Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk in the Green Room of the White House before being introduced at a Joining Forces initiative employment announcement for veterans and military spouses, April 30, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (all times Eastern)

10:50: The President participates in a live “virtual field trip” with students around the country; Anacostia Library, Washington

2:25: Signs the S. 535 Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015

3:20: Meets with members of the New Democrat Coalition; Cabinet Room


On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama meets hostesses at the annual Congressional Club Luncheon at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., April 30, 2009 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)



202 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. April 30, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Good morning TOD folks!

  2. 3 Allison
    April 30, 2015 at 8:29 am

    GM Chips and TOD Family!

  3. 4 Don
    April 30, 2015 at 8:31 am

    So now not only are police killing black men en masse, in some cases black men are apparently maiming themselves while in police custody.

    • 5 jackiegrumbacher
      April 30, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Don, the police and Boston officials are throwing stuff at the wall, hoping something will stick and they will be let off the hook in public opinion. I guarantee you that some people will believe a complete fairy tale rather than the truth if it fits their preconceived narrative. I know this because, much to my shame, these people exist in my family.

    • 6 99ts
      April 30, 2015 at 8:52 am

      This type of story is purely there to stop any police being charged – and to give validity to the MASSIVE military overreaction

  4. 7 Don
    April 30, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Is anyone surprised by the actions of the police, hell; the mayor vetoed a bill that called for the police to wear body cameras.

    • 8 jackiegrumbacher
      April 30, 2015 at 8:44 am

      Sadly the mayor of Baltimore seems truly incompetent for her job. I don’t know when the next mayoral election is, but I think we can be pretty sure that this is her last term.

    • 9 nospin
      April 30, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      Did she veto the bill Don? Need to go search for that. I thought she was for body cameras and she announced the end of the initial review on 4/22

  5. April 30, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Good Morning everyone….

    What is the New Democratic Coalition that the President will be meeting with?

  6. 11 JER
    April 30, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

    • 12 forus50
      April 30, 2015 at 8:39 am

      Correction to news report: “…will deploy to BLACK NEIGHBORHOODS of Baltimore.

    • 13 jackiegrumbacher
      April 30, 2015 at 8:45 am

      But, of course, Jer, there is no money for housing, infrastructure improvement, schools, or job programs. There’s only money for force and intimidation.

    • 14 sherijr
      April 30, 2015 at 9:02 am

      they’re sending more here? There is absolutely no need for this here unless they (the police) are planning to cause trouble. People here are being peaceful and extremely compliant. This is BS.

      • 15 forus50
        April 30, 2015 at 9:12 am

        The Baltimore PD was probably hoping that the sickening lie about Freddie Gray crushing his own spine and larynx would cause a riot last night and tonight.

        • 16 sherijr
          April 30, 2015 at 9:53 am

          I believe you. I put nothing past them, nothing. They have spent the week trying to set up the people of this city. Beginning with the kids on Monday. They’re playing this game all by themselves.

  7. April 30, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Morning everyone. Cover-ups are tricky…

  8. 18 jackiegrumbacher
    April 30, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Morning all. Since it’s my birthday today, I’m trying to push all medical issues to the back of my mind and concentrate on spoiling myself. I’m sick of worrying and getting frustrated with non answers, so I’m going to spend the day playing. Hope you all have a great day.

  9. April 30, 2015 at 8:40 am

    • 51 jackiegrumbacher
      April 30, 2015 at 8:48 am

      That is good news, Pf. I wonder how long it will take for Republicans and the media to find something wrong with it. For example, why isn’t it the lowest in twenty years.

      • 52 Linda
        April 30, 2015 at 8:55 am

        Happy Birthday Jackie.

        The Republicans and the media will say the people have stopped looking for jobs, which is laughable….

      • 54 desertflower
        April 30, 2015 at 8:58 am

        Why we have to take them seriously and not just break some ribs because we’re laughing so hard, is beyond me. Every time that we do anything more than laugh and make fun of their collective lunacy, we give them validation they don’t deserve.

      • April 30, 2015 at 9:24 am

        they will never acknowledge this President…be they Republican…or Democrat…i have come to realize that

    • 56 Vicki
      April 30, 2015 at 8:58 am

      Good Morning TOD.
      Low unemployment numbers are wonderful news to all of us here who care about our entire country.
      To the GOP this is awful news they will ignore.

      • 57 jackiegrumbacher
        April 30, 2015 at 9:16 am

        Hi Vicki. I was worried about you last night with all the helicopters flying overhead and the sirens. Hope you’re okay today.

  10. April 30, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Thursday morning. Congrats vetivera24, on being first this morning.

    To all, I hope you have a very delightful and gratifying day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  11. 59 99ts
    April 30, 2015 at 8:55 am

    GM everyone – I feel so guilty about my first world problem – why do tradespeople have to arrive at the crack of dawn? Not only that but weeks after they should have been here and on the first really cold days of Autumn. Sigh – tomorrow will not be a good day. I do not do early rising.

    • 60 desertflower
      April 30, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Morning, 99ts! Early bird gets the worm:) Early is the BEST time of the day:) Most everyone else is still sleeping/groggy/hungover and you get to go out there in the fresh air and start your day without the bustling crowds! It’s awesome…I have to be at work at 8am…I get up at 5am everyday…I love the quiet in the house and to have my reading time(here!)and my coffee in peace and quiet before the house wakes up….that’s only one of the reasons why I like to greet the day so early….you just need that Positive Mental Attitude to help you along:) Have a great day!

      • 61 99ts
        April 30, 2015 at 10:08 am

        Dear df – I am truly happy to leave the early rising to you 🙂 My quiet time is about now (near midnight) – the house has gone to sleep & I have it to myself.

        I thank you for the mental help – I just hope they work fast – so I don’t have too many early mornings. 🙂

    • 62 57andfemale
      April 30, 2015 at 10:06 am

      Apparently contractors are the same jerks worldwide.

      • 63 99ts
        April 30, 2015 at 10:11 am

        And to add 57 – they ALWAYS live on the other side of town – so all those who live near me are driving over there & this lot are driving over here – I often wonder how they find time to work as whenever I am out an about the trades folks are the major traffic on the road.

  12. 64 Linda
    April 30, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Is it wrong that I wish Anonymous would hack into CNN and take it off the air ?

  13. April 30, 2015 at 9:00 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, even amk, and Happy Thursday everyone! 🙂

  14. 69 amk for obama
    April 30, 2015 at 9:04 am

    bfd. bt does it every day for #dannystorm

  15. 74 amk for obama
    April 30, 2015 at 9:11 am

    The indian way of ‘retrieving’ stolen necklace.


    (again, I am just a messenger).

  16. 79 Vicki
    April 30, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Good morning again.
    I signed off last night as soon as i heard on Rachel that there was going to be another coverup of Police violence. I see that the valiant and incomparable Nerdy kept on fighting the good fight. Freddie Gray did not sever his own spine. The overriding concern for everyone in America should be that our Police force is murdering our children.

    Please read this:
    The NY Times, print edition this morning made no mention of the chaos and total mayhem in NYC last night.
    The NY Times website has a small item saying “Hundreds demonstrate” LIES LIES LIES Lies of Ommision

    If you saw the photos of Union Square you saw 6-10 thousand people. That was only the start. That crowd broke up into at least 6 groups that shut down traffic along the West Side from downtown where I heard the helos until 12:30 and as far north as Times Square where the Police were stymied by groups rushing them from many directions. Wild scuffling was caught on camera but deliberately showing only Small scuffles.

    By now many of us see the pattern which is
    1) to provoke a vulnerable population and then punish that population viciously while blaming the whole mess on the victims responsive behavior.
    2) Smother and or ignore the righteous outcry of the citizenry.

    I see no way to stop this.

    • 80 jackiegrumbacher
      April 30, 2015 at 9:21 am

      That is exactly the pattern, Vicki. The only hope I see is that more people are catching on to it. Not the diehards who won’t ever change their minds, but people of decency and common sense who are finally waking up to the disaster this country has been fomenting for hundreds of years.

      • 81 Vicki
        April 30, 2015 at 9:31 am

        The New York Daily News—not usually a people friendly newspaper–has a short video that shows more of the Truth.
        It shows the scale and tone of Union Square early in the evening.

        As one New Yorker said last night, “This is not a demonstration. This looks like a Revolution.”

  17. 82 JER
    April 30, 2015 at 9:14 am

  18. April 30, 2015 at 9:16 am

    And there she goes…..

  19. 115 GGail
    April 30, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family

  20. 123 globalcitizenlinda
    April 30, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Clearly, we need all hands on deck if we are to make any significant changes in the systemic problems inherent in the justice system. So here’s my suggestion, for years we have been subject to people in the academia (especially black intelligencia) and in the media, telling us they know better what POTUS should do to help the marginalized communities. Now would be a good time for each of us to decide what we are going to do – i mean practical things,

    • April 30, 2015 at 10:06 am

      amk…this breaks my heart…
      and brings tears to my eyes

      i struggle against the powerlessness that is creeping around the edges of my consciousness…

      i thing of our great President and the lessons that he has striven to teach us…i do not know if we as a country have the will to over the hatred that threatens to destroy us…

      but then just as i feel as if i am going under…i think of the President….

      it scares me to think what will happen when he is no longer the President…

  21. April 30, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  22. April 30, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Good morning, TODville, and a SUPER HAPPY BIRTHDAY to jackieg!! I hope your cares are lifted off your shoulder and you spend the day enjoying whatever makes you most happy and pampered!! Spend some quality time with chocolate!!

  23. 137 amk for obama
    April 30, 2015 at 9:39 am

    lucky bastid.

  24. April 30, 2015 at 9:39 am

    You know how that simpleton Tom Cotton challenged PM Zarif to a debate about the Constitution? Yeah, well, not so much:

  25. 146 desertflower
    April 30, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Love him. Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you,


    President Obama will announce two initiatives involving the private sector that aim to expand access to digital content to low-income students, according to the White House. The Obama administration marshaled major book publishers to provide more than $250 million in free e-books to low-income students and is seeking commitments from local governments and schools across the country to ensure that every student has a library card.

    Mr. Obama will roll out the programs during an appearance at the Anacostia Library in Washington, D.C. Thursday.

  26. April 30, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Good Thursday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

    Congrats on first, vetivera24! 🙂

  27. 150 desertflower
    April 30, 2015 at 9:50 am


    Powerful photo. His career is officially launched.

  28. April 30, 2015 at 9:59 am

  29. April 30, 2015 at 10:00 am

    So it took this long for us to learn that Freddie Gray did this to himself. For weeks Gray’s family, the people in Baltimore have been looking for some info as to how this happen, and finally what do they get? Gray did it to himself in the back of the van. That is what the police and the union lawyers came up with. In the back of the van Gray damage his spine and crushed his voice box, he did that to himself. B.S. And what about Washington Post they are just as disgusting for putting that B.S. out there.

    • 158 0388jojothecat
      April 30, 2015 at 10:04 am

      When I heard it was the Wapo I knew is was bullshit….although BPD could have fed this bullshit to any of the media and they would have repeated.

  30. 159 0388jojothecat
    April 30, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Have you noticed that AA protester’s never have misspelled words or meanings on THEIR signs?

    • April 30, 2015 at 10:09 am

      That’s right jojothecat, remember those tea party folks who were protesting. The only word they could spell right was HATE.

    • 161 Nena20409
      April 30, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      Teabaggers just don’t care for in their minds, especially those who have embarrassed themselves with misspelled words……..they think and believe that they are right and they know best.
      Hence, their proclaimed superiority complex blinds Truth, Doubt, Learning, Correction and Humility.

  31. April 30, 2015 at 10:03 am

  32. April 30, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD. A very Happy Birthday JG. I hope your day is filled with much joy and happiness.
    I am really struggling with this divide in the Democratic Party and I hope soon they get the message that Hillary is not our best choice. I am sick and tired of her already and this election season has just begun. This Clinton /Warren alliance is very disappointing. It was Bill Clinton who pushed NAFTA through. He could have stopped it. Now for Hillary to be against TPP is beyond stupid.

    Love the light banter here. It is what keeps me from going bonkers.

  33. 167 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 30, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Good morning, TOD!

  34. 169 Don
    April 30, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Some here have suggested that if Hillary is the Democratic nominee that we should get behind her and vote for her because she will be better than any Republican. She might be better than any Republican, but the question is will she build upon what President Obama has created. All of President Obama’s accomplishments could have happened under Bill Clinton if Bill was interested in moving towards a more perfect union. Clintoncare could have happened under Bill if he would have had the political courage to see it through. DADT and DOMA happened on Bill’s watch, again minus any political courage. Healthcare and gay rights are two of the most important pillars of any progressive society, but under Clinton they were tossed to the side in favor of political expediency. Now comes word that Hillary is backing Warren’s play when it comes to TPP, the Clintons have learned nothing since they last roamed the halls of the Whitehouse. But I’m supposed to run down to the nearest voting booth and vote for Hillary, Fuck no I’m not ready for Hillary.

    • 170 99ts
      April 30, 2015 at 10:32 am

      Outsider looking in – I do wonder if Hillary can win! I live in fear that one of the GOP dummies will be near the red button.

    • 171 57andfemale
      April 30, 2015 at 10:34 am

      I don’t disagree, Don, but there are some things to discuss. Clintoncare failed because the Democrats in Congress failed. Yes, should Bill have abandoned it after that? That will be a debatable question. Many reasons that Dems didn’t vote in the 1994 midterms was their anger that Dems failed to pass health care.

      I have stated repeatedly that the most progressive the Clintons are are on the campaign trail. However, LGBT rights over 20 years ago cannot be compared to where we are now. I always thought DADT was a terrible compromise, but I just don’t think we can look at political attitudes towards LGBT rights of two decades ago through our 2015 lens.

      I don’t know how old you are, but there was a strong sense in the early 90’s that the Democratic way of doing things had to be moderated with more “fiscal” responsibility, and a more rightward tilt. This was true even for a good many Democrats. We had deficits out of control, etc. Bill Clinton bridged that gap. What we have learned is that those rightward policies are dead-on wrong for the economy and society, but we really didn’t know that then.

      Clinton stood at a point in history when he could have reversed Reagan-era elimination of anti-trust laws and he could have halted the destructive and dangerous alliance of religion (read: religious Right) and government. He put both of those on steroids. A major mistake.

      Worse than DOMA and DADT was his collusion with Republicans to deregulate the banks. We are in this mess because of the law that Clinton championed.

      People do learn. Times do change and priorities and policies must be adjusted. Is Hillary there? I don’t know yet. I hope her eyes and ears are open and she understands that she also stands to move progressive change in a positive direction, helping her country.

      All that being said, your reasons for not wanting (or possibly not voting for) Hillary cannot stand up to what is the most important test: who appoints the next SCOTUS-es and influences the Federal Courts. Literally, nothing else matters. If Al Gore had been POTUS instead of W., we would not have had CU, Hobby Lobby or any other number of horrific decisions. The courts over the next 20 years will decide if we continue to be the America we love – NOTHING is more important than that.

    • 179 nospin
      April 30, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      Don, HRC will not be President. not gonna happen

  35. April 30, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Wendell’s not having it.

  36. April 30, 2015 at 10:21 am

    they are pitiful


    House Republicans try to gut a key American principle

    By Dana Milbank Opinion writer

    April 29 at 6:11 PM

    The Civil War era’s 14th Amendment, granting automatic citizenship to any baby born on American soil, is a proud achievement of the Party of Lincoln.

    But now House Republicans are talking about abolishing birthright citizenship.

    A House Judiciary subcommittee took up the question Wednesday afternoon, prompted by legislation sponsored by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and 22 other lawmakers that, after nearly 150 years, would end automatic citizenship.

    The 14th Amendment, King told the panel, “did not contemplate that anyone who would sneak into the United States and have a baby would have automatic citizenship conferred on them.” Added King, “I’d suggest it’s our job here in this Congress to decide who will be citizens, not someone in a foreign country that can sneak into the United States and have a baby and then go home with the birth certificate.”

    It’s no small task to undo a principle, enshrined in the Constitution and upheld by the Supreme Court, that defines the United States as a nation of immigrants. It’s particularly audacious that House Republicans would undo a century and a half of precedent without amending the Constitution but merely by passing a law to reinterpret the 14th Amendment’s wording in a way that will stop the scourge of “anchor babies” and “birth tourism.”

    Judiciary Committee Republicans brought in three experts to testify in support of this extraordinary maneuver (a lone Democratic witness was opposed), and they evidently had to search far and wide for people who would take this view, because they ended up with a bizarre witness: an octogenarian professor from the University of Texas named Lino Graglia.

    This would be the Lino Graglia who caused a furor in 1997 when he said that Latinos and African Americans are “not academically competitive with whites” and come from a “culture that seems not to encourage achievement.” He also said at the time that “I don’t know that it’s good for whites to be with the lower classes.”


    • April 30, 2015 at 10:25 am

      The Whitney Museum s being dedicated, or is that opening at a new site. So while in town she decided to go by and say good bye to David Letterman who was a supporter of President Obama.

  37. 198 amk for obama
    April 30, 2015 at 10:33 am

    A court in north-west Pakistan has jailed 10 men for life for the attack on education activist Malala Yousafzai.

    Ms Yousafzai, who was 15 at the time, was shot in the head on board her school bus in the Swat valley in 2012, in an attack that shocked the world.

    She was awarded last year’s Nobel Peace Prize for campaigning for children’s rights, despite the risk to her life.


  38. April 30, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Strange things are happening to our sea life. This little pup showed up in an SF neighborhood several blocks from the Bay.

  39. April 30, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD family & a very special Happy Birthday morning to you Jackie!! Hope you have all the fun and happiness you can stand & your day filled with sunshine and love. May your health issues be resolved and go away like bursting bubbles. Best wishes for the remaining year. Hope everyone has a lovely day. Not sure if its too late on this post so pasting it in the new one 😉

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