Rise and Shine

On This Day: Sen. Barack Obama talks with the news media after visiting with workers at the Rite Aid Distribution Center June 2, 2008 in Waterford, Michigan



11:15 EDT: The President awards Army Sergeant William Shemin and Army Private Henry Johnson (see here) the Medal of Honor, East Room


On This Day

President Obama closes his eyes before he tapes his weekly Radio Address in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, June 2, 2009 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

President Obama talks with (from left) Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Senior Advisor David Axelrod, and Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough in the Outer Oval Office June 2, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and former First Lady Nancy Reagan walk side-by-side through Center Hall in the White House, June 2, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama listens to a question from a reporter as he walks out of the White House toward Marine One in Washington on June 2, 2009. President Obama was traveling to Saudi Arabia.

President Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C. for the flight to King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, June 2, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama meets with the Democratic House Caucus in the East Room of the White House, June 2, 2011. Flanking the President are Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, left, and Rep. Steny Hoyer, Minority Whip (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks as she unveils a new food icon during an event June 2, 2011 at the Agriculture Department in Washington, DC

President Obama greets a group of Wounded Warriors in the Cross Hall of the White House, June 2, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Joe Paulsen, White House Advance Office site lead, holds the curtain for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as they are introduced during the Pritzker Architecture Prize award ceremony at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C., June 2, 2011 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the Pritzker Architecture Prize Event in Washington, DC, June 2, 2011



138 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 almablanca
    June 2, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Good morning TOD folks!

  2. June 2, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Danny-ambling time, see ya in a bit.

  3. 9 Linda
    June 2, 2015 at 10:09 am


    The USA Freedom Act voting begins at 10:30 AM.

    Also this is good

    A new lawsuit from Hillary Clinton’s legal counsel is taking aim a Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican Party’s efforts to suppress the vote in Wisconsin.

    also this

    Hillary Clinton’s top campaign attorney has filed a similar lawsuit in Ohio. These lawsuits are proof that the Clinton team is planning on being very proactive and aggressive in the fight against Republican voter suppression tactics.

    It is smart for Clinton’s representation to file these lawsuits instead of the campaign itself. The campaign will still have the option of legal action, and the Justice Department will be very active in protecting voting rights.


  4. 15 yardarm756
    June 2, 2015 at 10:31 am

    It looks like Tuesday……G’day you lot.

  5. 23 MightyPamela
    June 2, 2015 at 10:32 am

  6. 24 desertflower
    June 2, 2015 at 10:41 am


    Jawdropping chart here. If you can post this chart as a stand alone….maybe people will begin to understand the income inequality as it relates to taxes… Holy Moly!

    Morning everyone. Can’t believe it’s June already…or as my husband said this morning..”almost time to go back to school!” 🙂 🙂

      • 26 desertflower
        June 2, 2015 at 10:47 am

        And this is the crux of the problem: That these uber wealthy have lost any sense of responsibility to the rest of society. Each passing year gets worse and worse…

        The income tax system was only minimally regressive overall throughout this decade of IRS data, and at the very top it actually turned around and became regressive. These design flaws have helped to create the extreme wealth inequality that’s motivated Sanders to campaign against “a casino-type capitalism…where the people on top have lost any sense of responsibility for the rest of society,” as the Vermont socialist put it to CNBC in May.

  7. 27 jacquelineoboomer
    June 2, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Good mornin’, Chips and TOD!

    Chips, in addition to the photo of The Hands, my favorite is the President’s look in the 10th image from the top (he’s sitting next to Speaker-for-Life Pelosi). He sure can wake up a room!

    • 28 GGail
      June 2, 2015 at 10:49 am

      GM J’OB. You mentioned the other day that you weren’t feeling well – are you better now? {{{{Hugs}}}}

      • 29 jacquelineoboomer
        June 2, 2015 at 10:51 am

        Oh, thank you for asking, sweetie. Yes, I’m fine now and ready to kick some RWNJ ass! (Well, okay, that wasn’t such a nice thing to write first thing in the morning, but gotta be me!) Enjoy your day. 🙂

  8. 31 57andfemale
    June 2, 2015 at 10:43 am

    I got my Medicare Part D card in the mail yesterday. I am now fully covered by Medicare and my Medigap policy. I am so happy……..

    • 32 GGail
      June 2, 2015 at 10:48 am

      YIPPEEEEEEEE!!!! Congrats 57 🙂

      • 33 57andfemale
        June 2, 2015 at 10:51 am

        I fully expected BCBS to screw up the application and I won’t go with them during the open enrollment at the end of the year (I loathe Blue Cross Blue Shield). But they got me my card in less than 10 days from my application at medicare.gov. I went with a different company for my Medigap. Now to make some doctor’s appts. The finger I cut in February may need surgery. Or maybe not. But I will get to look at the most gorgeous doctor I’ve ever seen – the hand surgeon. There should be background music playing when he enters a room…….

        • 34 desertflower
          June 2, 2015 at 10:56 am

          🙂 Reminds me of the time I had a “rear end” issue….the Dr. walked into the room and I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. He was so totally beautiful with a killer smile and beautiful eyes…yet he snapped those latex gloves on and I was totally embarrassed:) Wanted to crawl out of the room…should have been a beast:)

        • 36 GGail
          June 2, 2015 at 11:04 am

          Uh Oh, I see “senior scandal” headlines coming to a supermarket tabloid real soon 😀 😀

        • June 2, 2015 at 11:17 am

          Nothing like a handsome doctor to cure what ails ya!!

          • 41 57andfemale
            June 2, 2015 at 11:22 am

            Next to PBO, the most gorgeous black man I’ve ever seen. Dressed impeccably. My only fear is that he won’t stay in Chicago. He’s from Chicago, but he worked in Florida where he met his wife. Her first winter in Chicago was two years ago – one of our worst. I wonder if she’s going to be able to adjust.

            • June 2, 2015 at 11:54 am

              Well, I certainly hope so for your sake!

              When I had viral pneumonia last Fall, my pulmonologist was so handsome, so kind and caring, I could hardly speak. He took about 45 minutes with me, going over my history, blood work and x-rays, chatting about this and that…….I confess I got quite a lot better after that visit, I must say.

              • 43 57andfemale
                June 2, 2015 at 12:07 pm

                This guy had the personality and bedside manner to match his good looks. Makes it all the more pleasant. I’d had a weird growth on my hand for over five years and never had it looked at until ACA (thanks, Obama!). He didn’t quite know what it was, it was superficial, said we could re-check it in 6 months. After 5 years, it then went away on its own. So he’s a miracle worker, too! I hope he can help me with the nerve damage in my finger.

                • June 2, 2015 at 12:15 pm

                  Oh, I hope so, too. So happy you are now covered.

                  • 45 57andfemale
                    June 2, 2015 at 12:31 pm

                    None of these evil Republicans understand how the stress of not having health care can weigh on you and how much the stress can affect your recovery. Bastards.

          • 46 desertflower
            June 2, 2015 at 11:22 am

            Ain’t that the truth:)

    • June 2, 2015 at 11:30 am

      Welcome to the club!

  9. 49 vcprezofan2
    June 2, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Dang! I was fiddling around on the previous post by myself for almost ONE HOUR? Okay, I’m signing off to go dip my head in some cold water – that m sharpen my wits. 😦 😦

  10. June 2, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Good morning, TODville!

    Looks like the Maytag Man is on board for Pride Month!

  11. 62 amk for obama
    June 2, 2015 at 11:04 am

    poor, poor limeys.


    joe root … ha, ha.

  12. June 2, 2015 at 11:07 am

    The RWNJs at Politico are upset that Sec Kerry speaks French and displays “patrician tastes.” BWwwahahaaaaaaa!!

    • 64 jacquelineoboomer
      June 2, 2015 at 11:28 am

      Shocking. Not. Some people are so small-minded!

      For those w/o “patrician tastes” – “I am particularly grateful to the police & medical teams remarkable # Geneva and # Scionzier – true professionals.”

    • June 2, 2015 at 11:30 am

      You know what I find hilarious about the incident as reported by some newstainers? Initially they said that the Secretary was injured in France and then flown to Switzerland – he of course had his biking incident in the “French” Canton (state) of Switzerland, which borders France. Americans are not known for their Geography skills. Mr. Kerry is fluent in French and attended an exclusive boarding school in the tiny village of Zug, Switzerland which is about 40 minutes south of Zurich. The school sits on top of a hill near the lake and I used to pass it every day when I lived in Zug, Switzerland – I think it use to be a monastery.

      Sidebar: Zug is home of Marc Reich whom President Clinton pardon when he was giving away pardons during last hours of his presidency. Reich fled US and relocated to Zug,Switzerland after he was convicted for money laundering in the 1990’s.

      Just a bit of triva.

      • June 2, 2015 at 11:57 am

        Verrrryyy interesting!

        I admire Sec Kerry immensely, partly because he is a cultured man. Too bad the lowbrow RW can’t appreciate a good education and informed world view.

    • 67 99ts
      June 2, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      Easy to understand why they are permanently at war with any non english speaking country

    June 2, 2015 at 11:24 am


  14. 69 jacquelineoboomer
    June 2, 2015 at 11:29 am

    President Obama is one of the finest gentlemen in our midst.

    Just thought I’d mention that.

  15. 72 Nerdy Wonka
    June 2, 2015 at 11:32 am

  16. 73 jacquelineoboomer
    June 2, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Some veterans of Pvt. Johnson’s regiment are in attendance. Sob.

  17. 76 jacquelineoboomer
    June 2, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Congratulations, Pvt. Henry Johnson, from a grateful nation. Well done.

  18. 78 jacquelineoboomer
    June 2, 2015 at 11:52 am

    And congratulations, Sgt. William Shemin, from a grateful nation. Well done. Good-lookin’ daughters, sir!

  19. June 2, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Beautiful heartfelt service.

    June 2, 2015 at 11:56 am


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  22. June 2, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    This event will be livestreamed at the WH.

  23. 88 desertflower
    June 2, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Morning LOL of the day! can some nice person put this up ?? These jokes really DO write themselves!


  24. 89 desertflower
    June 2, 2015 at 12:39 pm


    U.S. May auto sales race to strongest pace in nearly decade

    We know whose “fault” this is! 🙂

    June 2, 2015 at 12:45 pm


  26. 92 Nena20409
    June 2, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Hello TOD
    It’s a Fine day today…..Sunny, breezy and perfect…….until about 2:00PM CT….. 😦
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners, starting with this post and 3 posts back.
    R&S is beautifully done, Chips. Thanks.
    POTUS will be honoring Major Beau Biden with a Eulogy this coming Saturday. RIP Beau Biden.

      June 2, 2015 at 12:50 pm


  27. 94 Nena20409
    June 2, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    WH presser is about to start LIVE, momentarily on 6-2-15 with Josh “The Voice” Earnest

  28. 95 Nena20409
    June 2, 2015 at 12:49 pm

  29. 98 Nena20409
    June 2, 2015 at 12:51 pm

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  31. 110 Nena20409
    June 2, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    I am sorry TOD. I refuse to give up on this story. Why? GOPers and the US Media love to ignore facts……Since 2006, it was a public record that then Speaker was living with his male Homosexual staff. My objection is never on who one loves. It is always on Hypocrisy.
    I am so sick and tired of the Story the press did with John Edwards…..who did a bad thing…….who lost already by March 2008. Yet in 2009, the press was dealing with this story as if John Edwards had a chance.
    Hastert was 2nd/3rd depending on how counts, to the ascendency of the Presidency. That is a BFD.

    • June 2, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      I agree with your assessment of the media, but I don’t think Hastert will be off the hook.

      While we’re talking about hypocrisy, I do have to say, I don’t agree at all with Democrats’ efforts to make Bill Clinton out to be some sort of innocent bystander, no matter the comparison. I’m no prude, but I’m disgusted that he chose to have an affair inside the White House and then lie to everyone about on camera and then under oath, all an abuse of power. Yes I know there were both consenting adults and HRC is cool with it, but he tarnished the office of the presidency and he refused to take responsibility for it. In my book, he is thoroughly skeevy. I don’t think we have to spend more than a couple of seconds to know what what would happen to any other Dem POTUS if that happened on their watch.

  32. 114 Nena20409
    June 2, 2015 at 1:02 pm

  33. 115 Nena20409
    June 2, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Rand Paul is such a SMALL man

  34. 116 Nena20409
    June 2, 2015 at 1:05 pm

  35. 119 Nena20409
    June 2, 2015 at 1:07 pm

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  38. 123 globalcitizenlinda
    June 2, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Anyone who knows how US DOJ works knew that more shoes were destined to fall within FIFA. I hope they get to corrupt network from other countries – like my country of birth

    • 124 Nena20409
      June 2, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      They gave the fools a warning last Tuesday. Yet FIFA 209 members voted to re-elect the Corrupt fool. Just one week later, Down Goes Seep 😉

      • 125 0388jojothecat
        June 2, 2015 at 1:30 pm

        NPR had some guy on that they expected Blatter to be re-elected and that the indictments were just a political ploy by America. That most of the past under represented countries like South Africa, Phillipines, etc., loved Blatter for bring them into FIFA when past Presidents would only recognize the European countries. I guess we know now it was about getting paid…..

  39. June 2, 2015 at 1:21 pm

  40. 128 MightyPamela
    June 2, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Ai yai yai ~ I am remiss: please forgive me. Full Moon 11.49 Sagittarius, was actually an hour ago: 12:19p EDT 6/2/2015. 9:19a PDT. So, how is it I am so darned busy that I forgot to tell you, even though I was completely aware?? Also, happy 63rd to my little brother Joe. I love him dearly!

  41. 129 Nena20409
    June 2, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    The Songs Over Joy and Happy are both competing feverishly in my head and my body is having a harder time, especially my legs sticking to one tune.
    I am elated on this Resignation.
    Joseph Sepp Blatter is FIFA-less 🙂

  42. June 2, 2015 at 1:28 pm

  43. 135 Nena20409
    June 2, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    David Brooks’ arse must be on fire now…….Here comes the Obama Administration making it possible for a Cleaner…..knock on wood….FIFA. Thanks AG Lynch. Thanks Obama!

    • 136 Nena20409
      June 2, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      When GOPers and Congress are Not involved……..Hmm? Is it any wonder how quickly the Obama Team works?
      I am ecstatic.

  44. 138 Vicki
    June 2, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Go out about your business and leave TOD at your peril!!!
    OMG—Loretta Lynch bagged Blatter. Way to go, Madame US Attorney General! New Yorkers are not surprised. We knew who Loretta Lynch is.

    Also, in lesser news, but good, is that according to The Count this is PBO’s 19th Medal of Honor ceremony with 45 medals bestowed. This is Legacy building stuff because all military families are paying attention to the respect POTUS and FLOTUS have for them. Not empty screeches of “Support the Troops” but actually doing so to all our Troops, past and present.

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