Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama dances with First Lady Michelle Obama in the Blue Room of the White House prior to an “In Performance at the White House” series concert honoring songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David, May 9, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)



The First Lady delivers the commencement address at Tuskegee University – ceremony starts 11:0 CST


Heart Mended

President Obama shows off the note given to him by Rebecca Kelley at Watertown Regional Airport in Watertown, S.D., May 8, 2015. Rebecca had written a letter to the President asking him to visit South Dakota (Photo by Pete Souza)

The President colors in South Dakota, his 50th state visited, on a map for the White House advance office backstage in Watertown (Photo by Pete Souza)


Photo of the Week

Our Judith getting a hug from unohoo – faaaaaaantabulous!


On This Day

President Obama watches the action during a break from playing basketball at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 9, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama stops to talk with families after playing basketball at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 9, 2009. (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama reacts to a comment made at the White House Correspondents Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 9, 2009 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Obama “meets” with speechwriter Cody Keenan, who dressed as a pirate for an Oval Office photo taken for use in the President’s humorous speech to the White House Correspondents Association dinner May 9, 2009. “But as I said during the campaign, we can’t just talk to our friends. As hard as it is, we also have to talk to our enemies, and I’ve begun to do exactly that,” the President said in his speech. (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama talks on the phone to Solicitor General Elena Kagan from the Treaty Room in the White House residence, Sunday night, May 9, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks on the phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the economic situation in Europe, prior to the Hampton University commencement in Hampton, Va., Sunday, May 9, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


First Lady Michelle Obama participates in the “Pit Crew Challenge” during an event with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition on the South Lawn of the White House, May 9, 2011. The First Lady visited seven activity stations during the event, which helped promote both the Let’s Move! and Joining Forces initiatives. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Obama walks through the Rose Garden of the White House for an outdoor meeting with senior staff, May 9, 2011. Walking with the President, from left, are: Senior Advisor David Plouffe, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, Counselor to the President Pete Rouse, and Counsel to the President Bob Bauer (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama meets with senior staff in the Rose Garden of the White House, May 9, 2011. Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett is seen at right (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama participates in an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC’s Good Morning America, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, May 9, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama watches a demonstration by Oscar Perez and Bobford Do as he tours a classroom at Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas, May 9, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama, Prince Harry of Wales, and Dr. Jill Biden help military children create Mother’s Day cards and other crafts in the State Dining Room of the White House, May 9, 2013. The children presented the gifts to their moms during the Joining Forces Military Mother’s Day Tea in the East Room (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)



118 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    May 9, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Good Morning Chips & Danny.

  2. 7 Dudette
    May 9, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Goooood Morning People of TOD!

  3. 16 sherijr
    May 9, 2015 at 8:38 am

    It’s hard to remember how young he looked in the beginning of his Presidency, I’m always so taken aback by the change when I see these early photos. The evidence of all he’s taken on for us is constantly reflected in his hair, his face. We really are a very lucky nation.

    • 17 jackiegrumbacher
      May 9, 2015 at 9:19 am

      I know what you mean, Sherijr. Sometimes I feel guilty that we’ve caused all that worry and stress, but I believe our president is still young at heart and still has surprises and triumphs on the road ahead of him.

      • May 9, 2015 at 9:32 am

        Back in 2009, I used to wonder what he’d look like when he left office. He’ll always be handsome.
        Thank goodness he’s in such great physical shape. He has truly shouldered the burdens of the world.

      • 19 sherijr
        May 9, 2015 at 9:40 am

        Oh I agree, there is nothing “old” about him at all… his youthful spirit and attitude belie that gray hair he sports 🙂 I’ve let mine go gray too, just so he’s not alone in it 😉

        • 20 desertflower
          May 9, 2015 at 9:45 am

          🙂 Morning, sherjr! Did you know that there are now people that are dying their hair gray ON PURPOSE?? For style! We’re just ahead of the game…or, we set the style for them to follow:)


          • 21 sherijr
            May 9, 2015 at 9:49 am

            lol… wow, I wouldn’t do that 🙂 I really liked being a strawberry blonde, but it’s just not to be anymore 😦 I really don’t like the gray, but it was time to stop fooling myself 😉 good morning df ~

            • 22 desertflower
              May 9, 2015 at 9:59 am

              I had gray hair when I was 18 years old. Not totally gray, but enough to notice. Colored it for many years…then, “Buckit” as PBO says:) I’m done. I earned every one and I’m ok with it. Life is too short to spend it worried about hair:)

              • 23 sherijr
                May 9, 2015 at 10:07 am

                My mom had gray at 18 too. Her hair was black except for a gray- then white patch in the very front. And yes DF, I have no doubt that you’ve earned your gray and then some 🙂 Wear it proudly.

  4. May 9, 2015 at 8:50 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats Roberta on #1 🙂 Thanks Chips for this fantastic Saturday R & S roundup!

  5. 26 Dudette
    May 9, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Whoa man, did I do a LOT of this yesterday! I should be ashamed, ASHAMED I tell ya! 😀

  6. 30 amk for obama
    May 9, 2015 at 8:55 am

    looks like the left got a drubbing across the board at all levels.

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    • 31 Dudette
      May 9, 2015 at 9:14 am


    • 32 jziglar
      May 9, 2015 at 10:02 am

      I think people forget how powerful incumbency can be. Historically incumbents do well during re-elections. Usually things have to go really bad in order them to lose. David Cameron clearly had an advantage. Also I think that the turnaround in the economy was another big factor in the election results.

  7. 36 JER
    May 9, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

  8. 37 JER
    May 9, 2015 at 9:21 am

  9. 38 jackiegrumbacher
    May 9, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Morning all. I’m sure our FLOTUS will deliver an inspirational and unforgettable speech at Tuskegee. I hope our President gets some well deserved rest, wraps his Mother’s Day present to Michelle (and Mrs. Robinson), fills out the cards and then enjoys a leisurely round of golf.

  10. May 9, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Good Saturday morning, TODers. May your weekend be full of relaxation and favorite things.

  11. May 9, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Rain predicted for end of next week but the last 3 or 4 predictions for rain in the Bay Area never materialized.

    • 41 0388jojothecat
      May 9, 2015 at 10:02 am

      It rained and got snow in SoCal areas. San Gabriel Valley got one evening of rain which I hardly heard falling. I don’t remember snow if May in SoCal, NoCal yes but not down here…..

      • 42 GGail
        May 9, 2015 at 10:13 am

        GM JoJo. It’s beautiful but cold over here. I turned on my space heater this morning to knock the chill off in my bedroom. Temps should be warmer after my hair appointment.

        • 43 0388jojothecat
          May 9, 2015 at 11:09 am

          GM GGail…up bright and early for your hair, nails, and other duties this weekend. I have been running the heater since it turned cold at least since Monday. Thank goodness it is warming up.

          Have a wonderful day!

  12. May 9, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Just had Danny at the Vets to check a little limp he’s had the last couple of days, he had his injection, got tablets, and we’ll go back in a week to see if all’s okay.

    The main news, though, is that they have a toy display on the wall in there – cats’ stuff on the left, dogs on the right.

    You can guess on which side he lifted his leg and pee-ed – all over a mouse toy.


    • 46 sherijr
      May 9, 2015 at 9:50 am

      LOL, oh Chips, he was made for you 😉 what a character he is.

      • May 9, 2015 at 9:53 am

        The alarming thing is, sherijr ….. I offered to pay for the pee-covered mouse, but they said ‘not at all’. And they left it hanging on the display, so the next cat owner who comes in ……. oh gawd.

        • 48 0388jojothecat
          May 9, 2015 at 10:04 am

          Hope Danny is doing better…..so Danny doesn’t care for the kitties.. 😦

          • May 9, 2015 at 10:16 am

            I’m not sure it’s anything personal JoJo, he’s really only had one brush with an angry cat, so he can’t be a kittyaphobe yet. I think he was just being careful not to wee on the toys he wanted me to buy. (He got a sheep 😕 )

            • 50 0388jojothecat
              May 9, 2015 at 11:07 am

              Ok, he needs to meet a friendly kittie although any cat that sees him coming is gonna freak out…just saying 🙂 Are you taking bets on how long the sheep lasts?

        • 51 sherijr
          May 9, 2015 at 10:08 am

          oh my goodness… now that is kinda icky, lol. Hopefully they’ll reconsider that.

    • 54 GGail
      May 9, 2015 at 9:54 am

      Danny boy.
      I hope he gets better soon. ❤️

  13. 58 Dudette
    May 9, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Heading out to go get “beautificated”!
    Catch y’all later! 🙂

  14. 59 GGail
    May 9, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family. Wonderful & beautiful pictures, especially the one of our Judith!!!

  15. 81 vcprezofan2
    May 9, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Good Morning, TODland!

    Thanks Chips, and NerdyW, for the recap of PBO’s trip to Boston and South Dakota. I haven’t caught up fully yet, but I’m not 5 posts behind as some would have you believe.

    Have yourselves a good Saturday, everyone, squeezing in many of the things you enjoy!

  16. May 9, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Good Morning TOD Family. Morning Chips and congrats to Roberta on being furst. Wow our very own Judith gets a hug from PBO, I hope you share the feeling of the day with us….this deserves a diary all by itself 🙂

  17. 85 FoxfireTX
    May 9, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Good morning Chips, Danny and TOD! Chips, I run dogs in agility which means lots of over taxing on their muscles at times. Same things that work for humans work for dogs. If you can get him to sit still for a few minutes, ice packs work wonders:-) Treats help while doing this.

    Then there’s this, not to mention the financial crisis!

    Hardly a word here that the guy who put iraq in iran sphere of influence was 43 . Obama left to clean up the mess https://t.co/Mf0PYV6IpJ— Laura Rozen (@lrozen) May 9, 2015

    Hope everyone has a great Mothers’ Day weekend! Looking forward to FLOTUS’ address this morning.

    • May 9, 2015 at 10:18 am

      Thank you Foxfire! The vet told me to rest him today, and he’s sitting here looking at me wondering why on earth we aren’t going on an epic adventure – nightmare!!!

      • 87 hopefruit2
        May 9, 2015 at 10:22 am

        Hope Danny gets better soon! At least you and him can both rest together on Mother’s Day tomorrow 🙂

        • May 9, 2015 at 10:26 am

          Thank yooooooou Hopefruit! I was told I can give him light exercise tomorrow, and I was like: ‘how the flip do I do that?’ Once he’s off that leash, he’s like Chariots of Fire.

          • 89 hopefruit2
            May 9, 2015 at 10:34 am

            LOL – exactly. There’s no such thing as “light exercise” when it comes to Danny-boy!

          • 90 FoxfireTX
            May 9, 2015 at 10:52 am

            That means a leash:-) My little Pap is just recovering from a strain in her lower back. She’s been on NO exercise for four weeks. The hardest part has been how sad she looks when I take one of the other dogs for a walk. She just looks like her heart is breaking when we go out the door and she is left behind. But we’re at the end, so I told her she could walk tomorrow:-)

  18. 94 yardarm756
    May 9, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Good morning…..and so it goes.(I wish I was here.) 😦

  19. 97 CEB
    May 9, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Good morning TOD ohana. Lovely wrap-up in the previous post (I was off-line yesterday) of all things POTUS, FLOTUS, and other news of note. Happy Mother’s Day to all who fill that role. Hope it is as lovely where you are as it is where I am in NE Fla. Have a great weekend.

  20. 98 amk for obama
    May 9, 2015 at 10:29 am

    A guy walks into a bar and sees a gorgeous babe nursing a drink. Walking up behind her he says, “Hi, there, good looking’! How’s it going’?”

    She, having already downed a few power drinks, turned around, faced him, looked him straight in the eye and said: “Listen! I screw anybody, any time, anywhere, your place, front door, back door, it doesn’t matter to me. I’ve been doing it ever since I got out of college. I just flat-ass love it!”

    Eyes now wide with interest, he responded, “No kidding! I’m a lawyer, too! What firm are you with?

    May 9, 2015 at 10:34 am


  22. 102 amk for obama
    May 9, 2015 at 10:42 am

    just in case. #forearmedisforewarned

  23. May 9, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Was planning to go out early this morning, but it looks like rain so I guess I will wait to hear our wonderful First Lady speak at Tuskegee this morning.

  24. 112 Judith Fardig
    May 9, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Chips, than you so much for including my husband’s excited, blurry picture of my POTUS hug!

    • 113 GGail
      May 9, 2015 at 11:49 am

      Girl, it’s the HUG of the Century 💕

    • 114 desertflower
      May 9, 2015 at 11:49 am

      Absolutely SO THRILLED FOR YOU!! You deserved every single bit of that marvelous hug:) Only thing better would have been for me to be there and get one of those, too:) I called you a tireless warrior yesterday and I’m sticking to that today…memories for you to last a lifetime!

    • 115 susanne
      May 9, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      congrats on that wonderful moment, judith! glad your husband got the photo— he seems like a nice guy, and it would be a shame if he had to go through the rest of his life under the gaze of fury 🙂

  25. 116 desertflower
    May 9, 2015 at 11:50 am

    bbl…busy, busy day!

  26. 118 Nena20409
    May 9, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Hello TOD.
    This R&S is Great! Thanks Chips.
    The Gold ⭐ goes to a Fellow Minnesotan, Roberta in MN 😉 Congrats.
    Sunny. Nippy. My kind of weather 😉
    TOD Rocks!
    {{{{ D ❤ nny }}}}

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