Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama and student performers react to seeing President Barack Obama as he drops by the White House Talent Show, hosted with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in the East Room of the White House, May 20, 2014. (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (all times Eastern)

9:05: The President departs the White House

9:20: Departs Joint Base Andrews

10:30: Arrives Groton-New London Airport, Connecticut

11:35: Delivers the keynote address at the United States Coast Guard Academy Commencement Exercises, New London

2:30: Departs New London en route Stamford, Connecticut

3:10: Arrives Westchester County Airport

4:0: Attends a DNC event, Private Residence, Stamford

5:50: Departs Westchester County Airport

6:50: Arrives Joint Base Andrews

7:05: Arrives the White House


On This Day: President Obama stretches in the afternoon sun after moving a meeting with his senior advisors outdoors into the Rose Garden on a warm spring day, May 20, 2009. (Photo by Pete Souza)



131 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. May 20, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Wednesday morning.

    To all, I hope you have an absolutely gorgeous day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  2. 8 jackiegrumbacher
    May 20, 2015 at 7:45 am

    What a gorgeous photo to begin the day! So many beautiful, smiling faces and our radiant FLOTUS. Last night’s primary election yielded some sad losers who I thought had a chance. Turnout was disappointingly low, even though Dems were offered some good choices. No matter how much time and effort people expend to wake them up, Democrats stay home in off years.

    • May 20, 2015 at 7:51 am

      Oh damn, Jackie – and the ones who stayed at home will, as usual, be the first to complain about their representatives 🙄

      • 10 jackiegrumbacher
        May 20, 2015 at 7:58 am

        Exactly, Chips. You will find them bitching about everything, but ask them to take five minutes to vote and they turn away. On days, like this, I’m tempted to chuck it in, but then I know that’s exactly what the opposition wants us to do.

    • 12 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      May 20, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Good morning, Jackie! So your turnout was low, too. Our’s was around 10%; a historic low — PATHETIC! Our only bright spot was that on Monday night, two very qualified folks decided to mount a write-in campaign for Borough Council. Needless to say, both got the required 10 votes and so we will have a full slate on the November ballot. The republicans only had candidates for two of the four positions. Both republican candidates are also qualified and volunteer in the community. Unfortunately, one of their candidates may be ineligible due to the Hatch Act. I’m going to call their Chair today, provide her the info so that the person can quietly withdraw. We are a community of 3000 people; this person is one of only about 10 folks who consistently volunteers for Borough activities. Yesterday, when I saw the name on the ballot, my first that was “Which Dem will I not be voting for in November.” This morning, at 4:00 am, I awoke with the thought “Oh, S#!t, the person can’t run in a partisan election…” I was going to ignore it, however, I just reviewed the law and summary sheet; quote on summary sheet “Ignorance of the law is no excuse…”

      • 13 jackiegrumbacher
        May 20, 2015 at 9:17 am

        Alycee, we had only 14 percent turnout, which is a disgrace. I don’t know how to knock sense into people. What is so hard about taking a few minutes of your time to decide how you want to be governed? People have endless time to shop and kvetch, but no time to function as citizens. It makes me want to puke.

        • 14 Vicki
          May 20, 2015 at 9:22 am

          Good morning, Alycee, Jackie, and all of TOD. I feel your pain. We don’t vote and then we don’t win.

        • 16 Alycee (@jazziz2)
          May 20, 2015 at 10:09 am

          The very folks that won’t vote are the same ones burning up my phone with complaints. I’m getting tired of beating my head against the wall. The local elections are just as important, if not moreso, as the Presidential. It pains me that my Borough has morphed from a cohesive, tightly knit community, to a suburban bedroom town…

  3. 17 amk for obama
    May 20, 2015 at 7:46 am

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  4. 29 amk for obama
    May 20, 2015 at 7:46 am

  5. 30 jackiegrumbacher
    May 20, 2015 at 7:47 am

    I hope the day brings good news about Beau Biden. He’s such a young man with a brilliant future ahead of him. Hope he makes a full recovery.

      May 20, 2015 at 10:01 am


  6. May 20, 2015 at 7:50 am

    My latest “Open Communique`:

  7. May 20, 2015 at 7:53 am

  8. 46 amk for obama
    May 20, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Don’t ask me, ask her.

  9. 56 amk for obama
    May 20, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Swiss bank UBS has paid US authorities a total of $545m (£352m) to settle an investigation into the manipulation of foreign exchange rates.

    The total includes a $203m fine after UBS pleaded guilty to a charge it rigged Libor benchmark interest rates.

    US and UK authorities are expected to hand out penalties to major banks totalling about $5bn related to the foreign exchange investigation.

    Details of these settlements are expected to be announced later.

    UBS said it had settled with the US Department of Justice, the US Federal Reserve and the Connecticut Department of Banking.

    In 2012, the bank reached a non-prosecution agreement with the US Department of Justice over the Libor scandal.

    However, this was revoked by the department. As a result, UBS has agreed to plead guilty to one count of wire fraud, pay the $203m fine and accept a three-year probation period.


    Hats off to Holder. But for him these thieves would have gotten away it.

    • 57 jackiegrumbacher
      May 20, 2015 at 9:06 am

      I think we’ll be finding many things to be thankful to Eric Holder about over the next several months and years. He left a legacy of true justice behind him.

    • May 20, 2015 at 9:41 am

      That doesn’t seem like enough money for what they did.

      • 59 amk for obama
        May 20, 2015 at 9:49 am

        True. But overall, Holder Inc had a ‘shake down’ (h/t corrupt gop punk joe barton) haul of close to trillion bucks with all the previous fines from various thieves.

  10. 61 amk for obama
    May 20, 2015 at 8:30 am

    via bj

    • 62 99ts
      May 20, 2015 at 8:45 am

      They throwing much love at FLOTUS over there – i was mildly surprised – it was a delight to read.

    • 63 jackiegrumbacher
      May 20, 2015 at 9:09 am

      Why is it that some people look terrific in everything and some…don’t. Our FLOTUS has impeccable taste and the requisite grace and confidence to pull off any design she chooses. If I didn’t love and admire her so much, I must just be a teensy bit jealous.

      • May 20, 2015 at 9:44 am

        Exactly! She’s at ease with world leaders, children, comedians, queens……with a shovel, jump rope, music, poetry…..she’s everything.

    • May 20, 2015 at 11:26 am

      Lovely, totally lovely!

  11. 66 Linda
    May 20, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Marco Rubio


    #MadMen finale – a reminder 20th Century was great, but it’s over & it isn’t coming back. It’s time for New American Century. #TheEndOfAnEra

    Yes Marco….just great !

    The ” Great ” Depression
    Jim Crow
    Iran Contra

    This man is a effing fool.

    • 67 jackiegrumbacher
      May 20, 2015 at 9:12 am

      Linda, not to mention that the overriding theme of MadMen was the outrageous discrimination against women in the mid 20th century. Someone this dense is a menace.

  12. May 20, 2015 at 8:43 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, even amk, lurkers, everyone, and Happy Wednesday! 🙂 Congrats to ranman11 on #1!

  13. 69 desertflower
    May 20, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Morning everyone! PBO is going to the Coastie graduation today?? What a beautiful campus they have…good luck to all the graduates and what a phenomenal commencement speaker you have today:) Hope the weather is glorious…just a little amazed that AF1 can land at Groton/New London airport:) Tad small

    • 70 hopefruit2
      May 20, 2015 at 10:13 am

      See Mark Knoller’s tweet posted by JER below – speaks directly to your concern about AF1 and the smaller CT airport! 🙂

  14. May 20, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Good Morning Chips, Danny, and TOD family. Loved the tale about Danny this morning Chips. They will keep us in line for sure, My small dog has done me the same way when I neglected to take him out the night before. They have the drill down pat! Hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday & also have a beautiful smile on your faces all day just like the lovely children in the above photo when seeing President Barack Obama! If I saw him in person I would never, ever be able to wipe the smile off my face ;-))

  15. 72 hopefruit2
    May 20, 2015 at 9:25 am

  16. 73 JER
    May 20, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

  17. May 20, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Hello everyone, I just finish my morning workout. Making it from my bedroom to the computer. Don’t tell FLOTUS.

  18. 87 Vicki
    May 20, 2015 at 9:34 am

    An addendum to the many remarks above, I offer today’s segment in This is What Propaganda Looks Like:

    The NY Times extensive article bidding David Letterman good-bye mentioned the celebrity guests he hosted in his last weeks on air—-Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Tina Fey, Bill Murray, Jerry Seinfeld.
    Then The Times said that Dave beat Jimmy Fallon’s ratings for the First time 2 weeks ago.

    This is the lie by ommission.
    What was it that happened 2 weeks ago that brought the record setting ratings?????????????????????????
    The NY Times never said.
    But I bet TOD knows the answer to this question, right?

    • 88 Linda
      May 20, 2015 at 9:40 am

      The NY Times and the Washington Post are now officially Rags .!

      Chris Matthews had on a NYT reporter last night to discuss a story he wrote about some friend of Hillary Clinton. I think the friend was named Blumenthal.

      When Chris asked him why he wrote it, the reporter could not answer why because it was a nothing burger.

      • May 20, 2015 at 9:51 am

        I think the purpose of the story was twofold: 1) That Blumenthal was secretly advising HRC while she was at the State Department even though he was barred from the State Department by PBO’s administration (he has been rather anti-PBO). 2) That Blumenthal was advising her on Syria while he had business interests there.

  19. 90 Linda
    May 20, 2015 at 9:47 am

    103 new documents from the bin laden raid were released.

    Some reveal his concern for Climate Change and how the world must conserve water.

    CNN’s Carol Costello is just ” amazed ” by that…. I guess she just assumed he was some ignorant cave dweller when no education or awareness of the world.

  20. 91 amk for obama
    May 20, 2015 at 9:58 am

    bj post

    If the Obama family was Republican and white, the rightwing would have them on a pedestal higher than the moon. They have all the qualities most Americans profess to want in a presidential family: intelligence, good work ethics, maturity, physical attractiveness, devotion to the family, have great senses of humor and no unsavory behaviors no matter how hard the rightwing tries to invent some. They are very comfortable relating to people from all walks of life. POTUS and FLOTUS did it the American way, working extremely hard pulling themselves up with their bootstraps from modest beginnings. Staunch Republican voters won’t even acknowledge that the Obamas are basically nice and normal people apart from political differences and are convinced they are the most evil people on earth. Totally unhinged from reality.


    • May 20, 2015 at 10:02 am

      The even sadder truth is the Democrats have treated them horribly, too.

      • May 20, 2015 at 10:13 am

        • May 20, 2015 at 10:31 am

          meta, if you were near me I would give you a Michelle Obama hug, because if you never spoke the truth before you sure did now. You better believe the Obamas have been disrespected and call every name in the book and no Democrats have stood up and publicly object. I will never forget the Republican Congressman talking about FLOTUS butt, and where was Sherrod Brown at then? Where were they when they talked about the Obama daughters? Let someone say something about Hillary’s granddaughter, the Dems would have a dam fit.

    • 96 0388jojothecat
      May 20, 2015 at 10:18 am

      Amk i must disagree about the “pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps”. I think PBO &FLOTUS would agree they had help from others like PBO mom, grandma and grandpa, free to low cost tuition based on income, state government loans, government backed student loans, etc. They had to keep up the grads and work hard to accomplish what they achieved. So many RW/GOP use that term but never admit they got state or fed government help too.

      • 97 vcprezofan2
        May 20, 2015 at 9:36 pm

        😉 😉 Jojo, maybe Amk meant “pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps” in exactly the way the Repubs use the term in relation to themselves! For example, didn’t Paul Ryan pull himself up by his own bootstraps? 😉

  21. May 20, 2015 at 10:04 am

    • 100 hopefruit2
      May 20, 2015 at 10:15 am


      Is that a spoof off PBO’s “rain” pic and the tweet about his dropping an album? ROTFLMAO!

  22. May 20, 2015 at 10:13 am

    For basketball fans, a couple minutes of super cuteness:

  23. May 20, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Congrats ranman!! 🙂

    TY Chips for the R&S – you spoil us every day!!!

    2.18 Million

    bbl …. probably not until very late pm …

  24. May 20, 2015 at 10:19 am


    • 107 amk for obama
      May 20, 2015 at 10:23 am

      lemme put this way, it’s going be a kick in the nuts, repeatedly, especially if any of the kkklowns gets elected.

  25. 108 JER
    May 20, 2015 at 10:23 am

    The President Arrives Groton-New London Airport, Connecticut. Click here ► ► http://wtnh.com/on-air/watch-us-live-breaking-now/

  26. 110 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 20, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Damn, did Hillary hijack a non-profit’s logo?????


  27. 111 amk for obama
    May 20, 2015 at 10:24 am

    why is japa awol? summering in cannes?

  28. 115 amk for obama
    May 20, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Breaking news (no, it really is).

    Five of the world’s largest banks are to pay fines totalling $5.7bn (£3.6bn) for manipulating the foreign exchange market, US officials say.

    Four of the banks – JPMorgan, Citigroup, Barclays, RBS – have agreed to plead guilty to US criminal charges.

    The fifth, UBS, will plead guilty to rigging benchmark interest rates.

    Barclays was fined the most, $2.4bn, as it did not join other banks in November to settle investigations by UK, US and Swiss regulators.

    US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that “almost every day” for five years from 2007, currency traders used a private electronic chat room to manipulate exchange rates.

    Their actions harmed “countless consumers, investors and institutions around the world,” she said.


    • 116 desertflower
      May 20, 2015 at 10:42 am

      these are the kinds of people the RW thinks we should help or at least allow them to continue on this path…I hope they all rot.

  29. May 20, 2015 at 10:31 am

    PBO, friend to bees, is also a friend to the Monarch butterfly!

  30. 122 Vicki
    May 20, 2015 at 10:52 am

    BWD’s Tweets have been reporting that Israelis have banned Palestinians from riding on their buses in the West Bank. (Ha’eretz had it last night and I mentioned it on TOD when I saw it.)

    Not on Israeli Only roads. Not on Israeli Only buses.
    Keep expanding settlements and stealing Palestinian lands.
    Bulldoze the homes of 100,000 Gazans in the war last summer, Not One of which has been able to rebuild. You do not need a degree in Political Science to conclude that the Israeli aim is the destruction of the Palestinian people.

    How much longer will the world, the USA, remain largely silent?

  31. 125 57andfemale
    May 20, 2015 at 10:53 am

  32. 127 desertflower
    May 20, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Post racial SC?? Not even hardly.


  33. May 20, 2015 at 10:56 am

  34. 130 57andfemale
    May 20, 2015 at 11:03 am

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