Rise and Shine

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a “Let’s Move!” taping with Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks in the White House Kitchen, May 21, 2014 (Photo by Amanda Lucidon)



11:25: The President holds a bilateral meeting with President Beji Caid Essebsi of Tunisia; the VP also attends

2:05: The President holds a Cabinet Meeting; the VP also attends




120 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 3 amk for obama
    May 21, 2015 at 11:10 am


  2. 7 amk for obama
    May 21, 2015 at 11:11 am

    sherman is that smart dood, right?

    • 8 donna dem 4 obama
      May 21, 2015 at 11:12 am

      Very Smart!!!

      • 9 amk for obama
        May 21, 2015 at 11:13 am

        Hi donna. long time no see?

        • 10 donna dem 4 obama
          May 21, 2015 at 11:18 am

          Hi Amk. Busy season at work leaves me little time to play but I’ll get a break for a while. I see you have a “new” family member. Congrats!!!

          • 11 amk for obama
            May 21, 2015 at 11:20 am

            working in summer? also. to. you wanna take him.

            • 12 donna dem 4 obama
              May 21, 2015 at 11:39 am


              My son and daughter in law stayed with us for a couple of months while their house was being built and moved out about 3 weeks ago. I told them to get the grand girls settled in the new house and come get their cat the next weekend. Did I mention that they moved out 3 weeks ago ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

              Needless to say “Gizzy the Cat” is laying across my laptop while I try to type this. She thinks she lives here and I keep telling her this is only temporary. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 17 donna dem 4 obama
    May 21, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD

    I’ve been on vacation with the girl cousins and completely out of touch. We arrived in Atlantic City on Sunday and the cousins were teasing me that I would be away from my “Obama” and would I survive then low and behold we turn on the news and PBO is in Jersey on Monday. I told them he couldn’t stand to be away from me for long. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have so much to catch up on. @POTUS breaks a world record on Twitter; FLOTUS kicks butt with her workout and Dave Letterman signs off.

    Now what’s this about GGail being out of work and Bill R having surgery?

    I know I missed PrettyFoots Birthday so Happy Belated Birthday and Happy Birthday to anyone else that I missed.

    I hope everyone else is doing well!

    • May 21, 2015 at 11:12 am

      Mooooooooorning Donna, great to have ya back! Hell, I missed that news about GGail, does anyone know what happened??

      • 19 donna dem 4 obama
        May 21, 2015 at 11:21 am

        It might be that she just took some time off. JoJo was wishing her well and a non-stressful return to work on the previous thread so I am not sure.

      • 21 GGail
        May 21, 2015 at 11:45 am

        GM Donna and welcome back ๐Ÿ™‚

        My dear friend JoJo is excited that after me having surgery on Monday the 18th, I’ve returned to work. She should have told the whole story, but I guess she left that for me to reveal. Truthfully, only Jojo and VC knew that I was going in for surgery and they took good care of me, telling what to do and what NOT to do ๐Ÿ™‚

        I’m on the road to recovery and had to come back to work, my boss was driving me crazy with texts and emails. Couldn’t fully enjoy my drugs so I came to work ๐Ÿ˜€

        I have a follow up appointment next Thursday with my surgeon for results. Let’s keep those positive thoughts coming folks and thank you all for your virtual love and support โค

        • May 21, 2015 at 11:49 am

          Hooooooooly smokes GGail, I had nooooooo idea, you kept that info close to your chest!!! I hope everything went well and you’re doing good?

          • 23 GGail
            May 21, 2015 at 11:58 am

            I kept it close because it was first just suppose to be a biopsy, but then turned into full surgical removal of the lump. Jojo was my designated driver and I think she’s still laughing at me for how I behaved afterwards. You see, we stopped at Marie Callendar’s to eat and it wasn’t until the next day or two that I realized how much food I had ordered to eat there and for take-out. She was too sweet to stop me, so we had a grand laugh about it. I still have two salads in my refrigerator and half of a banana cream pie! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

        • 26 donna dem 4 obama
          May 21, 2015 at 11:55 am

          Oh My GGail. Take care and let your body heal. We don’t bounce back like we used too. Get rest when you can and I hope everything turns out well. Keeping you in my thoughts!!!!!

          • 27 GGail
            May 21, 2015 at 12:59 pm

            Donna, I don’t want to bounce at all at the moment, if only I could have taken today and Friday off as well, that way with the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, I would have had a very long recovery. But alas, that is not how it turns out. But you & everyone’s well wishes have given me a warm feeling of love and for that I thank you โค

        • 28 0388jojothecat
          May 21, 2015 at 11:56 am

          GGail I see your boss left you alone long enough to drop in for a visit. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Since I was furst on the previous post I knew you would read it and it was a good announcement to welcome you back to work.

          • 29 GGail
            May 21, 2015 at 12:00 pm

            Jojo, he sent me a text this morning while I was in the shower for me to call him once I got to work and I’ve spoken with him 4 times since I’ve been here ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

        • 32 amk for obama
          May 21, 2015 at 12:06 pm

          Best wishes for a quick recovery, GG.

          Also. Too. Your boss is an asshole.

          • 33 GGail
            May 21, 2015 at 12:20 pm

            Thanks amk. I prefer to look at it that he has come to depend and rely on me soooooooo much! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

        • May 21, 2015 at 12:41 pm

          Nothing but positivity for you!!! (GGail)))

        • 36 jacquelineoboomer
          May 21, 2015 at 12:45 pm

          I’ll share in those positive thoughts and virtual love and support for you, GGail! โค

        • 38 sjterrid
          May 21, 2015 at 4:30 pm

          {{GGail}}, I’m sorry you had to rush back to work after your surgery. My thoughts and prayers for a quick recovery.

    • May 21, 2015 at 11:53 am

      Great to have you back Donna….

      What is your take on Elizabeth Warren and Company….and their venom towards the President

      • 40 donna dem 4 obama
        May 21, 2015 at 12:11 pm

        Hey PF I thought of you, JG and Alycee as I was driving up the NJ turnpike and saw the signs for PA. I hope you had a great BD.

        Look I have been rather silent about this whole TPP thing because I come from a family of workers who belong to unions. Needless to say they have concerns about any trade bill and have expressed those concerns with me. I believe there are people who have been hurt in the past by these trade bills and just find it hard to trust that this one will not hurt them as well.

        I think that a small amount of this is driving EW and most of it is just posturing to her extreme left base. We as loyalist to the President find it hard to believe that people have not learned the lessons of the past that PBO can be trusted to have the country and its workers best interest in all things. The fundraising and the fact that she and those concerned with the bill don’t go to the WH and iron out whatever issues they have directly with the President instead of grandstanding before the cameras tell me she is in it for the attention.

        I don’t have a problem with people disagreeing with the President on an important issue but I take exception to the disregard of his leadership and proven record of doing the right thing. She and all her minions in the Senate and Congress should know better but the bottom line is that most of them will be there after he is gone from the WH so most of this is about keeping their job rather than doing their job.

        • May 21, 2015 at 12:23 pm

          my issue with Sen Warren…was her lying about the TPA and casting the TPP as a secret deal…. re: the TPA…first is that all Presidents have been give “fast track” authority…it has become an issue when it is President Obama who needs this authority…..and re: the TPP…there will be plenty of time for Congress and the public to see the final agreement and Congress can vote up/down or file a resolution.

        • 46 57andfemale
          May 21, 2015 at 12:34 pm

          My feelings exactly, donna.

        • 47 vcprezofan2
          May 21, 2015 at 12:53 pm

          Hail, GDD! Good to see you ‘survived’ the annual cousin hoopla, and I bet you are all feeling refreshed and renewed. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

          I so agree with your pointed assessment of EW** et al – in particular… ‘most of this is about keeping their job rather than doing their job’.

          **These days whenever I see EW, I think ‘eeeuww’ (can’t spell it properly, but you get the idea)!

  4. May 21, 2015 at 11:13 am

    One of my favorite Letterman shows was back in 2008 when John McCain stood him up and Dave had Keith Olbermann on as a last-minute substitute. It was done as comedy, but I think Dave was really PO’d at McCain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdP4UBUEWCc

  5. 53 forus50
    May 21, 2015 at 11:14 am

  6. 56 57andfemale
    May 21, 2015 at 11:19 am

  7. 57 57andfemale
    May 21, 2015 at 11:26 am

    God, they are good at manufacturing their narrative:

  8. 63 57andfemale
    May 21, 2015 at 11:28 am

  9. May 21, 2015 at 11:28 am

    What’s up? ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  10. May 21, 2015 at 11:38 am

  11. 78 Judith Fardig
    May 21, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Congrats to Don and best wishes to everyone. Busy day for my OFA team yesterday. Had an in-depth meeting with Senator Merkley’s State Director about TPP/TPA, then celebrated getting the gun background check bill passed with our Alliance partners. Another vote coming today on the domestic violence abuser gun access bill. Will separate my tweets so WP doesn’t have a fit.

  12. 79 Judith Fardig
    May 21, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Victory party for gun sense in Oregon!

  13. 82 0388jojothecat
    May 21, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Was I in a coma over the past 20 years….when did the U.S. decides to go to war based on ONE senator’s say so? There were quite a few republican senators that agreed to go to war too….and WHO was president that ASKED to give him permission to go to war? Jeb Bush, the Media, and the GOP must think we are crazy and stupid.

  14. May 21, 2015 at 11:55 am

  15. May 21, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Our POTUS speaks the truth, brilliantly.

  16. 90 amk for obama
    May 21, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    India has successfully landed a jet fighter on an expressway for the first time as a part of trials to use roads for emergency landings.


  17. 92 JER
    May 21, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Good Afternoon Everybody.

  18. May 21, 2015 at 12:13 pm


    • 95 donna dem 4 obama
      May 21, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      I was invited to attend his announcement for President in Baltimore on the 30th. I’m somewhat torn about this.

      • May 21, 2015 at 12:26 pm

        Is it definite Donna? I’ve been a bit out of the loop the last week or so, so not sure what I missed. Was always a big fan of him, but he’s disappointed me lately, so not sure how I feel either.

        • 97 donna dem 4 obama
          May 21, 2015 at 12:30 pm

          Yes it’s a definite. He opened up a campaign office in Baltimore this week. Apparently once you start campaign activities (like leasing the office space) you have to officially declare within 15 days. It’s gonna happen for sure now.

          • May 21, 2015 at 12:40 pm

            Ah wow, okay, very interesting – looks like not everyone in the party reckons Hillary will be a shoe-in….

          • 99 forus50
            May 21, 2015 at 1:20 pm

            I admit I was going to be a big supporter until he started some mixed messaging about POTUS accomplishments and I read the David Simon article. Even if Simon had a very biased analysis it still is bothersome to me at some level. However, if I were in Maryland I would probably go to the announcement to hear it firsthand and get a better sense of it in tone, etc. to help clear the picture.

        • May 21, 2015 at 12:39 pm

          Yes, his stance on TPP is just ridiculous. On the other hand, we don’t really know HRC’s position on a lot of things.
          I’m still hoping that there will be some competition, even if it’s MO’M.
          But I have to say, the press is all gung ho for every one who jumps into the RW Clown Car but they seem to be completely dismissive of anyone else entering the Dem race. Hmmmmm, wonder why?

    • May 21, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      Wow, he could have used a photo of a crowd that seemed moreโ€ฆโ€ฆenthusiastic? And why is Adam Levine photobombing him? LOLz.

    • 103 57andfemale
      May 21, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      Sorry. This looks amateurish to me.

  19. 104 donna dem 4 obama
    May 21, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Hey Meta looked who got sued. Had I known I could have shared my emails from that jerk!

    Ed Schultz Trial Exposed Some Awkward Emails


    • May 21, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      WHOA, your emails would have blown the lid off. Amazing that he still has a voice on TV. UGH.

      Glad to hear you got a little vacay with your family. Hope your son, DIL and the little ones are loving their new home!

      • 106 donna dem 4 obama
        May 21, 2015 at 12:34 pm

        Thanks! They love the new house. The old house suddenly became way too small so now the girls have lots of room to get in trouble ๐Ÿ™‚

        • 107 57andfemale
          May 21, 2015 at 1:17 pm

          and they are just at that age to be curious and trouble-making. What fun!

          Congrats to them on their new home.

    • 108 jacquelineoboomer
      May 21, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      Donna – Some of us probably could still be witnesses to your e-mails from that jerk! (I remember hearing back from that awful Phil Griffin when I wrote him on your behalf, too.)

      • 109 donna dem 4 obama
        May 21, 2015 at 12:32 pm

        Remember how Ed Shutlz lied and told Phil Griffin that he never emailed me that awful crap and Meta told him we had the original emails and only once Phil saw them did I get an apology from that Jerk. I hope that guy takes him for everything he’s got.

        • 110 jacquelineoboomer
          May 21, 2015 at 12:35 pm

          Griffin also wrote me once or twice – first to say Ed said he didn’t do it, then to say “oops.” I’ve hardly looked at Ed on the teevee since, w/o being reminded of the dog that lies beneath. Pretty sure Griffin dropped all avenues for the public at large to directly engage him after that, as well, which obviously says a lot about him. I think there’s a new guy in town at the network who may not be too happy with Griffin’s choices, so I’m waiting and hoping.

        • May 21, 2015 at 12:36 pm

          I have to say, that was one of the weirdest capers I’ve ever been involved in. GAH, I hate the media!

    • 113 vcprezofan2
      May 21, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      I couldn’t read the entire article without signing in/subscribing which I chose not to do, but the intro made me shake my head.

      “The HC campaign staged an event for the New Hampshire media last week that struck us as the antithesis of what the New Hampshire primary is about.”

      Reading the bit they allowed reminded me of an observation often made here – that it’s one thing to copy PBO’s ideas and try to co-opt his coalition, but no one else is PBO. There was/is more to his success than a series of ‘activities’. ๐Ÿ™„ These political guys, and gals, and their campaign staff sure lack insight – they know how to talk but not how to think, IMO.

      • May 21, 2015 at 1:05 pm

        Yes, that’s the truth of it. It seems like they’re following a template.

        If anyone wants to read it, you can access the article from here:

        • 115 vcprezofan2
          May 21, 2015 at 1:14 pm

          O dear, Meta, that editorial pulled no punches! I almost felt a bit of pity for HRC and her gang, but really, they ought to know their audience, and all that was said made sense to me. I read it as, ‘Don’t waste our time with fluff; we are professionals, give us substance’, and I see nothing to criticize in their stance.

          • May 21, 2015 at 1:36 pm

            Yes, it was like a breath of fresh air because they aren’t playing the same game.

            • 117 vcprezofan2
              May 21, 2015 at 2:48 pm

              O yeah! Thanks for sharing the link with the article, Meta. Hopefully HRC and her campaign will see the truth, and value, in the criticism and get their act together and raise their dialogue to a fairly adult level. Also, too, I’m dreaming of a few more editorials like this one, to *all* campaigns that merit it. Maybe then we will lift the level of campaigning.

  20. 118 Nena20409
    May 21, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Hello TOD.
    Gorgeous. Sunny. Beautiful. Blue Sky. Lovely in my neck of the woods….. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Congrats to TOD Au โญ winners, starting with this post and 3 posts back.
    Welcome Back, ๐Ÿ˜‰ Donna.
    {{{{ GGail and Bill R.}}}}
    TGIT……Yes! The Eve of TGIF ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. 119 Nena20409
    May 21, 2015 at 1:06 pm

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