Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama waits to be introduced at a fundraiser in Los Angeles on May 27, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)



1:20: The President departs White House

4:0: Arrives Miami

4:45: Attends a DNC fundraiser, private residence, Miami

7:05: Attends a DNC fundraiser; private residence, Miami

The President remains in Florida overnight


On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama reacts during an interview with Vanessa Bush, Editor-in-Chief of Essence magazine, in the East Reception Room of the White House, May 27, 2014 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)



101 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 jackiegrumbacher
    May 27, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Good morning all. Hope our President has a safe trip to Florida and back. He works so hard to raise money for the DNC and they never seem to spend it wisely. I’m off to the dentist this am. Ugh!

  2. 4 jackiegrumbacher
    May 27, 2015 at 8:24 am

    By the way, I love that our FLOTUS can wear huge pins and look gorgeous. If I wore a pin like that it would look like the pin was wearing me.

  3. 6 LDS
    May 27, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Congratulations Jackie!
    Good morning TOD!

    • 7 jackiegrumbacher
      May 27, 2015 at 8:25 am

      Morning LDS. Are you holding out okay against the weather?

      • 8 LDS
        May 27, 2015 at 8:39 am

        Jackie, see my equation below…..
        I love the humidity for my skin but trains and busses AC is too high most of the time while you sweat to hell waiting for them to arrive.
        If you do get a seat you break out in a “cold sweat” because your body just went into shock from one extreme to another.
        Taking it all in stride because going to Aruba in July!
        How about you and the weather?

  4. 9 LDS
    May 27, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Love the SOS that is going on there!

    The pin and dress is gorgeous.
    But Vanessa Bush’s close crop hair-to-do is slamming!
    I am back to swimming laps and this would be perfect.
    Active women + humid weather = HOT MESS!

    Have a great day everyone!
    Back to packing for three day Women’s Conference.
    I will be lurking……

    • 10 desertflower
      May 27, 2015 at 8:44 am

      She has MY hair!!:) I go to the shop, they use a “1” on the clippers and I’m good to go! No fuss, no muss! Life is too short to worry about hair do’s:) Very liberating!!!

      • 11 desertflower
        May 27, 2015 at 8:45 am

        Once upon a time my hair was to my waist…I was a slave to my hair then. No more:)

  5. May 27, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Good Wednesday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

    Thoughts and prayers to those located in the flooded areas. Hopes that everyone is able to get to safety and that losses are few.

  6. 13 africa
    May 27, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Hello TODers.

    Just checking in to report that the news is not good about my husband. I will be bringing him home for hospice. I don’t even know how to talk to these people. I dread the conversation. I don’t have family in my town, but my good girl friend will be with me. Next Thursday I will be taking my son up to Southern University in Baton Rouge for school.

    Please pray for us.

    I will check in again sometime soon.

    • May 27, 2015 at 8:49 am

      Oh {{{{Africa}}}}}, I am so, so sorry. Wishing you strength and love, we’ll all be thinking of you.

    • 15 desertflower
      May 27, 2015 at 8:54 am

      Dear sweet africa…I’m so sorry that you are in this place right now….I just will pray for strength and the love of your family and friends to get you through….just know that you are stronger than you know. Your TOD family is here for you…at least we will always be an ear to listen. Much love to you and your family. Say everything that needs to be said…no regrets. {{{africa}}} You will be alright and get through.
      The hospice people won’t need a lot of talking to. They know why they’re there…

    • 16 Nerdy Wonka
      May 27, 2015 at 8:55 am

      I’m sending you all the strength, hope, courage, and love in the world. I will be sending positive and comforting thoughts your way.


    • 17 hopefruit2
      May 27, 2015 at 8:59 am

      Africa – so sorry to hear about this latest development. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts, and wishing you and your son all the strength as you go through this difficult time. {{{{{africa}}}}

    • 18 GGail
      May 27, 2015 at 9:03 am

      {{{africa}}} my prayers to you, your husband and your son.

    • May 27, 2015 at 9:24 am

      {{{{{Africa}}}}} My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    • 20 0388jojothecat
      May 27, 2015 at 9:31 am

      So sorry……we hold you in our prayers, so glad your girl friend can be with you.

    • 21 57andfemale
      May 27, 2015 at 9:32 am

      You are loved and treasured {{{{{africa}}}}}. Draw from our strength for courage and comfort.

      My heart goes out to you and your family.

    • May 27, 2015 at 9:34 am

      Oh africa, we are all holding you, your husband and son in our thoughts. It’s been a long road for you all and I hope you will have the strength and love to find peace. Please take good care and hugs to you.

    • 23 otter44
      May 27, 2015 at 9:54 am

      I am sending you courage and calmness to face what is happening.I know that you have all of TOD behind you.

    • May 27, 2015 at 10:15 am

      {{{{{{Africa}}}}}}, Praying for the strength and comfort for you and your family.

      I’m happy to hear that you will have someone with you when you speak with the hospice rep. If time permits, and if available in your area, I recommend that you speak with more than one hospice organization in order to find the one that is the best fit for your family. Each hospice has their own philosophy and protocols for handling care.

      Just yesterday, I participated in a hospice discussion with my Women Marine’s group. I’ll copy the tips and email them via Chips.

      May 27, 2015 at 10:18 am


    • 26 MightyPamela
      May 27, 2015 at 10:25 am

      Africa, Hospice is oftentimes prayers answered, and the support and encouragement very necessary, for your husband, for you, for all concerned. Prayers for you both, Heaven is never very far from us all. ❤

    • May 27, 2015 at 10:41 am

      You and your family are in my prayers.

    • May 27, 2015 at 10:46 am

      Lifting up you and yours in my prayerful intention and concern.

    • 29 sjterrid
      May 27, 2015 at 11:04 am

      {{Africa & family}}, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I’m glad that you have a good friend that will be there with you.

      Good luck to your son going to Southern University in Baton Rouge.

    • May 27, 2015 at 11:07 am

      Africa, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care of yourself.

    • May 27, 2015 at 11:52 am

      I am deeply sorry, Africa. Be strong, sister. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    • May 27, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      Will keep you, your husband, son and family in my thoughts, africa. Deeply regret your husband did not receive loving care at the hospice.

    • 33 vcprezofan2
      May 27, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      Africa, may you, your husband, your son, and the other members of the family, draw strength from each other and from the friends you have around you! Know also that you are being uplifted in our thoughts during this difficult time.

    • 34 Nena20409
      May 27, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      {{{{{ Africa+Family+Prayers+ ❤ }}}}}}

    • May 27, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      Hi Africa…you are your family are in my thought. Please give him all the love you can during this time.

    • May 27, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      Hugs Africa and prayers.

    • 37 Betsy
      May 27, 2015 at 8:38 pm

      I am so very sorry Africa. I will be praying for you and your family.

    • 38 mtmarilyn
      May 27, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      Dear Africa, I am sending you love, and prayers. Know your TOD family is here for you and your son.

  7. May 27, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  8. May 27, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Prayers continuing for all those in Texas

  9. 42 hopefruit2
    May 27, 2015 at 8:57 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers,everyone! Happy Wednesday everyone. 🙂 Congrats Jackie on #1!

    Keeping the people of TX in our thoughts.

  10. May 27, 2015 at 8:59 am

    I’m gonna put it bluntly:



    They have NEVER been interested in little-d DEMOCRACY.



    Only Voters Count?
    Conservatives ask the Supreme Court to restrict states’ rights and overturn precedent.

    By Richard L. Hasen

    For the second time in a year, the Supreme Court has agreed to wade into an election case at the urging of conservatives. In both cases it has done so despite the issue appearing to be settled by long-standing precedent. In a case expected to be decided next month, Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, conservatives asked the court to bar states from using independent redistricting commissions to draw congressional lines. In a case the court agreed to hear Tuesday, Evenwel v. Abbott, conservatives asked the court to require states to draw their legislative district lines in a particular way: Rather than considering the total population in each district, conservatives argue, the lines should instead divide districts according to the number of people registered or eligible to vote. Most states use total population for drawing districts, which includes noncitizens, children, felons, and others ineligible to vote.

    In both Supreme Court cases, there is great irony in the fact that they are being brought by conservatives, who usually claim to respect precedents and states’ rights. The challengers are not only asking the court to revisit issues that seemed to be settled by decades-old precedent. If successful, these cases will undermine federalism by limiting states’ rights to design their own political systems.

    A ruling favorable to conservatives in the Evenwel case, especially if extended to congressional redistricting, could shift more power to Republicans, who are more likely to live in areas with high concentrations of voters.



    • 44 Vicki
      May 27, 2015 at 9:28 am

      White Christian Male Property Owners
      In other words, “Our Founding Fathers.”
      That is the RW preferred voting bloc.

      • 45 idon
        May 27, 2015 at 9:42 am

        Yep. That’s exactly where I went with the summary read.

      • 46 idon
        May 27, 2015 at 9:43 am

        If they go by eligible voters only wouldn’t that mean some red states would lose reps in House?

        May 27, 2015 at 10:21 am


    • May 27, 2015 at 9:31 am

      This takes me back to an essay written by Smartypants…Important Read

      For a while now I have been suggesting that this form of Republicanism is best described as a beast in it’s final death throes. That beast is now a minority in this country and as it lashes out, one of the only remaining possibilities for survival is to subvert our democratic process.


      They cannot win by elections…so they muck-up the Government process…so that Congress does not work well…they challenge the legitimacy of the President’s actions…calling him lawless…they challenge him in the courts….be it “immigration reform” or “Obamacare”…this is just the lasted salvo…to diminish the power of “WeThePeople” aka the Obama Coalition….

      But “We The People” help them along by not being active citizens and voting….

      and tell me how is the DNC meeting this challenge to our Democracy…

    • May 27, 2015 at 11:43 am

      This scares me given the Conservative edge of the Supreme Court. I hope it is not like the Citizens United ruling outcome.

  11. May 27, 2015 at 9:02 am

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

    To all, I hope you have a very hopeful and rewarding day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  12. 51 GGail
    May 27, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    FIFA officials arrested on racketeering charges 😳

    • May 27, 2015 at 9:08 am

      Moooooooooooooorning GGail!!


      • 53 GGail
        May 27, 2015 at 9:11 am

        Holy Moly Chips! We need to send you to clean up FIFA pronto!!

        • May 27, 2015 at 9:16 am

          Methinks they’re uncleanable GGail, looks like they’ve got these guys, but the ones who’ll replace them will probably be just as bad. The running of the world game oozes corruption, just like the Olympic movement. Jeez, money sure creates yucky people.

          • 55 GGail
            May 27, 2015 at 9:21 am

            Bribing to get the next World Cup location is disgusting. Russia?
            Well, they should be very afraid of AG Lynch. She’s got them in her sights now.

  13. May 27, 2015 at 9:15 am

    of course the lawsuit is crazy, put forth by evil people who are just fine in taking away healthcare from MILLIONS of Americans.


    Former Senate Republicans Admit Obamacare Lawsuit Is Crazy
    By Jonathan Chait

    In the New York Times today, Robert Pear brings the latest report reassuring those of us who followed the health-care debate when it happened that we are not completely insane. This seemingly mundane task is necessary because the Supreme Court is due to rule on a lawsuit designed to cripple Obamacare, the premise of which is that everybody involved in the passage of health-care reform is misremembering or lying about the intent of the law.

    It is difficult to convey to people who don’t follow health care for a living just how preposterous the lawsuit against Obamacare has become. The original theory behind the lawsuit seized upon a tiny drafting error. The law allows states to run their own exchanges, but if they don’t, the federal government steps in to run exchanges for them. The glitch is that the portion of the Affordable Care Act authorizing tax credits only refers to health-care exchanges “established by the state.” The right-wing activists behind the lawsuit tried to use this drafting error to unravel large chunks of the law.

    The problem is that the law is not on their side. As law professors like Abbe Gluck and Nicholas Bagley have pointed out, the text of the law has many other provisions that make it utterly clear that it is intended to provide tax credits to exchanges run by the federal government as well as those run by the state. What’s more, if there is any ambiguity in the text at all, the agency carrying it out has a right to interpret it in the way it deems fit. So the textualist argument behind the lawsuit leads straight to dismissing it.

    This forced the lawsuit’s advocates to change their argument. They’re no longer arguing that the court has to eliminate tax credits in the federal exchanges because, sorry, the card says “Moops.” Instead, they’ve turned to arguing that the card is not a misprint. The law actually intended to create federal exchanges without tax credits — in other words, exchanges with unaffordable insurance that would immediately melt down. Unbelievably, numerous members of the conservative movement have actually persuaded themselves, or claim to believe, that this theory is correct. And not just oddballs of the talk-radio circuit, either. The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, which won a Pulitzer Prize for its health-care coverage, and Bloomberg columnist Megan McArdle count themselves among the luminaries of the right that claim Obamacare was deliberately written with a self-destruct mechanism. The theory is that this was intended as a threat to force the states to establish their own exchanges, and that the government never got around to communicating this threat even a single time.


  14. 60 desertflower
    May 27, 2015 at 9:17 am


    ……By tapping Schultz, Cruz also tied himself to Schultz’s leading cause: trying to restrict voting under the guise of combating voter fraud. During his four years as secretary of state, Schultz spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to unearth evidence of fraud but ended up finding little and being cited for the mismanagement of public funds.

    Schultz was a little-known political figure in 2010, when he vaulted from two terms on the Council Bluffs City Council to be elected secretary of state. At 31 years old, he was the youngest person ever to hold that title. It was a small campaign, with just $100,000 spent on his Republican primary contest and the general election. He campaigned for tightening up Iowa’s voting procedures, creating strict photo ID laws, and scaling back the state’s same-day voter registration policy.

    This is who Ted Cruz thinks is a good choice…someone that wants to keep certain people from voting….

  15. 62 Vicki
    May 27, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Not that I am pushing Bernie Sanders candidacy—-I am not—–but

    The NY Times Print edition did not even mention his giant, rocking, rollout yesterday.
    5,000+ screaming, cheering, sign waving folks as far as the eye could see. Standing in front of Lake Champlain in a park which Bernie brought to life while he was Mayor of Burlington.

    Mitt and McCain had to pay people and buss them in if they wanted turnout. I wonder if any Dems except PBO and Joe could draw this enthusiasm without paying for it.

    NYT ran a short piece mentioning the rally on line and that was it. Didn’t make the printed paper.
    Propaganda is not only what is said but what is hidden. Good to note that
    The Times did this to Bill de Blasio also. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  16. 63 MightyPamela
    May 27, 2015 at 9:44 am

  17. 64 carolyn
    May 27, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Africa, I know your heart is aching, but you are in the arms and thoughts of all of us here. Yes, hospice will know exactly what to do, and you won’t have to make many decisions. Everything I know about them is positive, and warm. The people who work for hospice are extraordinary. Trust yourself and your husband to them and to God. We will all be holding you tight.

  18. May 27, 2015 at 10:15 am

    • 67 GGail
      May 27, 2015 at 11:19 am

      Neither of these assholes deserves to ever Serve & Protect. McDermett claims he was young and trying to fit in. Fit in where? The KKK?

      • 68 idon
        May 27, 2015 at 4:01 pm

        They are not only assholes, they are UNEDUCATED white males from working class white families. They are just too dangerous for police work. It should be a requirement that any white male who applies for police academy in which they are likely to come into regular contact with individuals from communities of color that they be required at a minimum, to obtain an associates degree that includes at least one course in critical thinking, one course in 20th century AA history, 50 hours of basketball clinic run by the NBA, 3 month internship at an all-male college prep school like Urban Prep and a recommendation from a police community advisory board made up of residents and local leaders of color.

  19. May 27, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Africa, carolyn said it perfectly. No need for me to add anything else. Please know that your TOD family is here for you in any way possible.
    {{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}} Prayers for strength, wisdom and peace.

  20. 70 JER
    May 27, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD. Thinking of you Africa and Carolyn.

  21. 71 JER
    May 27, 2015 at 10:44 am

  22. May 27, 2015 at 10:47 am

    That was the message Gov. Wolf and law enforcement officials delivered Tuesday outside the state prison near Harrisburg to call for more money for early-childhood education, an investment they said has been shown to boost high school graduation rates and reduce the number of people in prisons.

  23. 80 amk for obama
    May 27, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Best wishes to africa and her family.

  24. May 27, 2015 at 11:05 am

  25. 83 amk for obama
    May 27, 2015 at 11:06 am

    da pope may be something but his underlings are still the same old pos.


  26. May 27, 2015 at 11:07 am

  27. 86 GGail
    May 27, 2015 at 11:29 am

    So far they haven’t snared the big fish, Sepp Blatter – yet…
    The U.S. Justice Department says nine soccer officials are among 14 people indicted on corruption charges.


  28. May 27, 2015 at 11:32 am

    I like how his candidacy is poised…

    • May 27, 2015 at 11:33 am

      although i think that he needs another word than “oligarthy”…I wonder who are his speech writers

    • May 27, 2015 at 11:40 am

      I’m very much against how he’s demonizing POTUS just as wrongfully as EW and MO’M.

      • May 27, 2015 at 11:53 am

        I am not a Bernie Sanders fan…he has had this stance against the President on many issues…as they all have…we could make a list…all i am saying is that to practice demagoguery against another DEM candidate is a bad idea…

        • 91 COS
          May 27, 2015 at 1:07 pm

          I am not a fan of his either. He has a one track mind and being President requires dealing with multiple issues.

      • 92 Vicki
        May 27, 2015 at 12:40 pm

        Bernie sounds as ignorant as EW on trade.
        All of the criticism is as if PBO was going to give us NAFTA. It is 20 years on from NAFTA and President Obama has learned the lesson well and has crafted a trade agreement that is for Now, not Then.

        Bernie also turns me off when he yells “Medicare for all.”
        That ship has sailed.

        Here is the winning message:

        “President Obama has brought the USA the first Social Justice Program in 50 years and as a result of the ACA more than 30 Million Americans who hadn’t had health security have it now. My task, if I am elected President, will be to extend Obamacare and security to an increasingly large percentage of all residents in our great country, so that the day we have universal healthcare in America will arrive.”

    • 93 idon
      May 27, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      I like Bernie Sanders. Sorry but there’s a but. He would have a problem on the global stage. And he cannot overturn Citizen’s United. Only Congress can do that.

  29. May 27, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Please RT this. OFA Sacto chapter has gone off the rails.

  30. May 27, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Great piece on the digital media team in the WH:

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