Rise and Shine

On This Day: The Xcel Energy Center June 3, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota



2:15 EDT: The President will participate in the latest installment of “Live from the White House” by conducting a round of interviews with local television anchors from Dallas, El Paso, Seattle, Sacramento and San Diego to discuss the importance of trade to the American economy and workforce. The interviews take place in the Roosevelt Room and are embargoed until 5:0.

3:0 EDT: The First Lady Welcomes Students to Harvest the White House Kitchen Garden


On This Day

Senator Obama and his wife Michelle at an election night rally at the Xcel Energy Center June 3, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota


First Lady Michelle Obama gives the commencement address at the Washington Math Science Technical High School, June 3, 2009

First Lady Michelle Obama visits with Former First Lady Nancy Reagan at the White House on June 3, 2009 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

President Obama meets with senior staff during dinner in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, June 3, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama talks with Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest aboard Air Force One during a flight to Toledo, Ohio, June 3, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Restaurant staff react as President Obama stops for lunch at Rudy’s Hot Dog in Toledo, Ohio, June 3, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama has lunch with Toledo Mayor Michael Bell at Rudy’s Hot Dog in Toledo, Ohio, June 3, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama arrives to speak to workers at Chrysler Group Toledo Supplier Park in Toledo, Ohio June 3, 2011.

First Lady Michelle Obama and American Indian children plant traditional crops in the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn of the White House, June 3, 2011. National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel is at left (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

A young boy doesn’t let go of President Obama after he greeted residents across the street from Fred’s Pro Hardware in Toledo, Ohio, June 3, 2011

President Obama looks over gardening gloves for first lady Michelle Obama during an unannounced visit to Fred’s Pro Hardware in Toledo, Ohio, June 3, 2011


Pete Souza: “As part of their daily end-of-the-day wrap, the President and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough walk on the South Lawn of the White House. They usually walk on the South Drive but on this day they ventured to this corner of the 18-acre grounds.” June 3, 2013



97 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. June 3, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Good Morning, TODers!

  2. June 3, 2015 at 10:02 am

    WHAT A JERK!!!

    • 5 Vicki
      June 3, 2015 at 10:14 am

      Does Bibi know that a Leftist Liberal has won in a big province of Canada recently?
      In Canada as elsewhere the winds of change are blowing strong. The Conservative gov’t Bibi is fond of will not be there forever.

    • 6 Linda
      June 3, 2015 at 10:22 am


      Will Canada give Israel 3.15 billion a year ? I doubt it

    • June 3, 2015 at 10:29 am

      The people of Israel have a great friend in America, notice I said the people.

    • 9 almablanca
      June 3, 2015 at 10:34 am

      Where did he get that idea?

    • 11 vcprezofan2
      June 3, 2015 at 11:40 am

        • 13 vcprezofan2
          June 3, 2015 at 12:46 pm


          Honestly Meta, I cannot describe the aversion I have to BIbi, based mostly on the way he has reacted to PBO over the years! He first came on my disgust-radar when he accepted PBO’s hospitality then chose to disrespect him before Congress while he was out of the country. That bothered me big time! I don’t know why it is [ 😉 ] but this presidency has shown me that if you cannot treat civilly black folks like the Obamas who have *earned* their positions fair and square, then I am nothing in your eyes, no matter what you say.

  3. June 3, 2015 at 10:05 am

    I cannot get the Beau Biden death off my mind. I am expressively happy that President Obama will deliver the eulogy … there never was any doubt that the Bidens wouldn’t have asked him. These two families are very close moreso than any president and vice president I’ve seen during my lifetime going back to President Carter and Mondale.

    One particular incident of their closeness remains forever ingrained in my memory.

    After the election Senator Obama and Senator Biden following an old US Senate tradition by purchasing their senate chairs.

    Vice president Biden gave his chair to Beau Biden and the president gave his senate chair to Hunter Biden.

    Joe Biden explained the incident in a Rolling Stones interview:

    “We’re the ultimate odd couple,” he says. “We make up for each other’s shortcomings.” He makes up for a hell of a lot more of mine than I do of his, but it’s worked. When you leave the Senate, they let you buy your Senate chair. I have two sons, and I didn’t know what to do. He said, “Look, give Beau your chair; I’ll give Hunter my chair.” So Hunter has President Obama’s chair from when he was a senator. That’s major league. ”

    Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/joe-biden-the-rolling-stone-interview-20130509#ixzz3c0YAkumM

    • June 3, 2015 at 10:09 am

      The Obama/Biden relationship has extended beyond friendship…they have become an extended family.

    • June 3, 2015 at 10:09 am

      Wow, thanks so much for that wonderful memory. There is so much love and respect between them.
      Saturday will be gut wrenching.

        June 3, 2015 at 10:35 am


  4. 19 Vicki
    June 3, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Is there an award for commenting last on a long post?
    If so, I may be the champ. This is at least the umpteenth time I finish typing to see that the party is elsewhere.

    I repeat.

    So, yesterday we learned that Jeb tried to change the Nevada primary system from caucus to primary. He failed. Thank you, Harry Reid.
    In 2008, Sen. Clinton went to court to battle over Sen. Obama’s Nevada Caucus win. Her grounds were that “her people” were shift workers and caucuses were unfair to them. Or something. Blah blah blah
    This was only one of the endless senseless enterprises that made up Lady Walmart’s crazy 2008 campaign. HRC tried to win delegates in the courts after Senator Obama had won them on the ground. Then, as now, Harold Ickes is leading the effort.

    Jeb and HRC have more in common than we like to recall.

    As the election season goes on I will be recalling a myriad of campaign related events from 2008. Some of them I promise you haven’t seen in print before. But can be checked on old tape by someone with better skills than I have.

    • June 3, 2015 at 10:47 am

      She still gets my vote if she gets the nod. Jeb has more in common with his brother than he does Hillary. I’ll pass on that one.

      • 21 amk for obama
        June 3, 2015 at 10:54 am

        yup, better the devil you know than the devil you surely do know. 🙂

      • 22 Vicki
        June 3, 2015 at 11:32 am

        Of course HRC will get my vote, too, if she gets the nod. Goes without saying.
        I fail to see what that has to do with anything else.

      • June 3, 2015 at 12:12 pm

        I agree…

        and i would add..it is not the lesser of 2 evils…the GOP and what they represent is EVIL…i do not put that on the Clintons….

    • 24 jacquelineoboomer
      June 3, 2015 at 11:38 am

      With that on all that, Vicki.

    • 25 jacquelineoboomer
      June 3, 2015 at 11:48 am

      Of course, I meant to write

      With you on all that.

      • 26 Vicki
        June 3, 2015 at 1:41 pm

        Thank you, prettyfoot and jacquelineoboomer.
        I will write at the end of any mention of HRC that Of Course, If she is our candidate I will vote for her. Sigh.

        The point I will be making from now on is that we don’t crown Her Ladyship because she tells us she will win the Dem nomination. Presumptious. Yuck.

        After all, if you listen to her people and Rachel Maddow they are telling you that Hillary didn’t so much lose in 2008, She Almost Won!!!!

        • 27 jacquelineoboomer
          June 3, 2015 at 2:14 pm

          I’m waiting for Rachel (I barely even watch her any longer) to turn on HRC, too. Might never happen, but I wouldn’t be surprised at this point about ANYTHING. Some of them are in it only for themselves, and a lot smaller than they appear in the rear view mirror!

  5. 28 Vicki
    June 3, 2015 at 10:18 am

    That exact grape-colored dress with the belt on the top of this blog is the first awareness I had that Michelle Obama was going to be a fashion icon for me. I was blown away by the perfect simplicity and gorgeous color.

    • 29 carolyn
      June 3, 2015 at 10:27 am

      Looking at that picture also made me think of the masculine side of fashion…..there are many men in the public eye who would benefit from the same tailor PBO now has, and had after the election. He always looked good before the election, but afterwards, the quality of the tailoring and material in his suits just zoomed up. I remember reading an interview a number of years ago with the tailor who had made suits for several presidents, and how seriously he took his job. He knew the connection between the man’s suits and his overall impression on the public. Some presidents didn’t learn…..GWB! Nixon…..but our smart, savvy first couple knows, and PBO is always the best dressed, best tailored man in any room. The fit and the fabrics are always immaculate.

    • 31 Judith Fardig
      June 3, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      That top photo will always be one of my favorites.

  6. 32 almablanca
    June 3, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Good morning TOD folks! Have a great day.

  7. June 3, 2015 at 10:36 am

    That’s that famous fist bump, heard around the world. Terrorists fist bump.

    • June 3, 2015 at 10:40 am

      By the way I email CNN about their new poll concerning President Obama approval numbers. This is the same B.S.polls we got from the media in 2012.

  8. June 3, 2015 at 10:36 am

    I somehow missed this. It’s a beautiful but heart wrenching memorial.

    • June 3, 2015 at 10:50 am

      A really nice picture. It makes me think of the commencement speech President Obama gave at Morehouse U., where he talk about the things in life that really matter.

    • 37 Nerdy Wonka
      June 3, 2015 at 11:39 am

      What a beautiful tribute in his own words.

      A life – cut tragically and heartbreakingly short – but well lived indeed.

      Thanks for bringing this over, Meta. It gets one choked up, but yet so thankful for the good this kind and wonderful man did in the world with the time he had.

    • 39 GGail
      June 3, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      So, so sad that we will never see him again

    June 3, 2015 at 10:38 am


  10. June 3, 2015 at 10:42 am

  11. 42 amk for obama
    June 3, 2015 at 10:58 am

    aaaand I’m outta here.

  12. 44 jacquelineoboomer
    June 3, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Some of you may roll yer eyes when you see I’ve posted this on such a classy blog first thing in the morning, but I’m going for the laugh.

    I had a dream last night, which included my tweeting Clarence Thomas and telling him he was a “prick” and deciding before I sent the tweet if I should just write “p—k” instead.

    Looks like I’m dreaming in social media of the 21st century, now, instead of my usual dreams that take me back to when I was younger and cuter in the 20th, in the middle of the “action.”

    And I used to gently tease Bobfr if he “had dreams with hashtags.” I’ll stop that.

    The end.


    • June 3, 2015 at 11:23 am

      “I had a dream last night, which included my tweeting Clarence Thomas and telling him he was a “prick” and deciding before I sent the tweet if I should just write “p—k” instead.”

      😆 😆 😆 😆

      Funniest thing ever, Jacqueline – maybe he thought you were calling him a plank, plonk or pluck, in which case he would have been very puzzled!

  13. 48 rikyrah
    June 3, 2015 at 11:14 am



    How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti ­and Built Six Homes

    Even as the group has publicly celebrated its work, insider accounts detail a string of failures
    NPR June 3, 2015

    THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF CAMPECHE sprawls up a steep hillside in Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince. Goats rustle in trash that goes forever uncollected. Children kick a deflated volleyball in a dusty lot below a wall with a hand-painted logo of the American Red Cross.

    In late 2011, the Red Cross launched a multimillion-dollar project to transform the desperately poor area, which was hit hard by the earthquake that struck Haiti the year before. The main focus of the project — called LAMIKA, an acronym in Creole for “A Better Life in My Neighborhood” — was building hundreds of permanent homes.

    Today, not one home has been built in Campeche. Many residents live in shacks made of rusty sheet metal, without access to drinkable water, electricity or basic sanitation. When it rains, their homes flood and residents bail out mud and water.

    The group has publicly celebrated its work. But in fact, the Red Cross has repeatedly failed on the ground in Haiti. Confidential memos, emails from worried top officers, and accounts of a dozen frustrated and disappointed insiders show the charity has broken promises, squandered donations, and made dubious claims of success.

    The Red Cross says it has provided homes to more than 130,000 people. But the actual number of permanent homes the group has built in all of Haiti: six.


    • June 3, 2015 at 11:20 am

      Good gawd, that is astonishing – only six permanent homes built having raised half a billion dollars?? I always trusted the Red Cross, wow.

      • 50 jacquelineoboomer
        June 3, 2015 at 11:29 am

        Maybe that FIFA guy was heading the Red Cross, too. This is sickening!

      • 51 Vicki
        June 3, 2015 at 11:34 am

        In the same vein, the Clintons doings in Haiti are, to say the least, dubious.

      • 52 0388jojothecat
        June 3, 2015 at 11:42 am

        Calling Loretta Lynch…..time to look into another corrupt organization. I will never give to Red Cross again. Surely someone else can do a better job with billions.

    • 54 desertflower
      June 3, 2015 at 11:36 am

      I have a feeling that this was not the entirety of the Red Cross being negligent and incompetent, but this particular rebuilding project in Haiti. Still and all, it shouldn’t have happened.

      Morning everyone:)

  14. 55 arapaho415
    June 3, 2015 at 11:18 am

    GM TODville!

    Somehow I missed PBO in Toledo OH “OTD in 2011,” so am just seeing them now.

    LOVE all the photos — someone should send to sourpuss upChuck Todd to let him know how “real” Americans react to POTUS at Rudy’s Hot Dogs.

    Looking forward to JER, Dudette, and everyone else’s tweets about local anchors at the WH today — love local color at the WH — maybe Bo and Sunny will be there to greet them, which puts everyone in a good moodC!

    • 56 jacquelineoboomer
      June 3, 2015 at 11:30 am

      Hi, arapaho – that pic in the hog dog joint was my favorite! All of the other diners were acting as though it happened every day. Too funny!

  15. 57 arapaho415
    June 3, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Completely off topic, but I know that TODville discussed Caitlyn Jenner this week.

    Strictly my opinion, lash out at me as you will, but it drives me nuts that something that should be inherently female — a woman’s public appearance — is controlled by men (or people born and who experienced some portion of life as men), not women.

    Saw TV ads for Target recently and their models look anorexic, teetering on ridiculous platform heels. Girls grow up hoping to emulate this standard of beauty, which is contrary to what most hetero men prefer — a little meat on the bones of attractive women.

    Now girls should strive to look as much as possible as a transgender man. Puleeze.


    • 58 jacquelineoboomer
      June 3, 2015 at 11:34 am

      And this isn’t only occurring recently. Back in the ’60s, international model Twiggy was the one to emulate. She had a sweet and beautiful face, and otherwise looked as though she ate only celery sticks.

    • June 3, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      One of the things I find interesting about the Caitlyn Jenner process is how much emphasis, or it may be fair to say ALL of the emphasis, is being placed on how badly she wants to LOOK like a woman. She talks a lot about being able to wear nail polish, having a professional do her make-up in a way that made her very happy, wearing nice dresses and shoes, wearing a corset for the cover of Vanity Fair. Yes, this stuff can be fun if that’s where you’re at, but this is all about the superficialities of being a woman. I hope she begins to talk about what it’s like to BE a woman in every day life. She says she has the soul of a woman, I’d like to hear how that translates into her daily transactions, how it affects her behavior and her psyche. That will be a real interesting revelation.

  16. 63 Obama Grandmama
    June 3, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Just learned my MT redneck brother who plans to vote for Scott Walker for Prez calls me Pollyanna due to my support of PBO.

  17. 74 desertflower
    June 3, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Was this posted already? damn Obama:)


    U.S. stocks were higher in early trading on Wednesday after data showed that the country’s private sector added more jobs than expected in May and the European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged at record lows.

    U.S. private employers added 201,000 jobs last month, a report by a payrolls processor ADP showed, higher than the 165,000 additions in April and economists’ estimate of a gain of 200,000 for May.

    The data is a precursor to the U.S. Labor Department’s non-farm payrolls report on Friday, which includes both public and private-sector employment numbers.

  18. 75 desertflower
    June 3, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Oh wait… there’s more:)


    U.S. trade deficit shrinks; private jobs growth rebounds

    The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in April on a drop in imports, which surged in March following the end of a West Coast ports labor dispute, while companies picked up their hiring in May after a pullback the previous month.

  19. 77 jacquelineoboomer
    June 3, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    I’m having this embroidered on a pillow. Now that I looked up what “transmogrify” meant!

  20. 80 desertflower
    June 3, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Something to keep in mind when they all scream about their “Obamacare” huge rate increases


  21. June 3, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    I’d be in jail for beating his ass for calling the cops on me


    June 3, 2015

    How far is too far when it comes to disciplining children?

    Last month, Antonia Antoinette Folsom, 34, was arrested after being accused of forcing her 13-year-old son to sleep outside of her Augusta, Georgia home on a concrete patio. According to WJBF, the mother of four refused to let the teen into her home on the night of Monday, May 27 because he repeatedly stayed out past curfew. Officers responded to the home around 1:30 p.m. the following Tuesday after the boy called and told them that he had been locked out of the home since 9:15 p.m. that Monday.

    The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office says that the teen’s curfew was 9:00 p.m. “but he did not come home on time. When he arrived home the doors were locked and his mother, the subject, would not allow him into the residence even after he knocked multiple times. She came to the door and told him that she was tired of him coming home late and for him to find somewhere else to go. She kept all of the doors as well as windows locked so that he could not get in the residence.”

    At some point Monday night, police say that the teen’s older brother snuck outside and “gave him a pillow and blanket without his mother’s permission.” He claims that he “continued to knock on the door with no response and was forced to sleep on the concrete patio in the back yard.”

    When deputies arrived at the home Tuesday, the boy’s older brother told them that the teen “had come home late and was locked out of the residence for breaking curfew, and that the subject would not let him in even after he knocked on the door numerous times and spoke to her briefly. He also added that the victim told his mother that he was having trouble breathing and she told him ‘Now you know how I feel’ and refused to allow him in.” Folsom returned from work Tuesday at 3:15 p.m. and told investigators that she had not seen or heard from her son since Monday night. She reportedly told police that she had instructed her son to come inside of the house around 11 p.m., but he ignored her and left.


  22. June 3, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Sick bastards.


    Josh Duggar confessed to his father Jim Bob Duggar on THREE separate occasions to multiple acts of sexual molestation against his sisters and a family friend, according to a new police report obtained exclusively by In Touch magazine.

    The document also makes clear that Josh was 15 years old when he molested his 5-year-old sister and committed at least SEVEN acts of sexual molestation.

    With fewer redactions than the first report, the Washington County Sheriff’s document makes it clear that despite Josh’s chilling confessions the Duggars waited at least 16 months before contacting authorities about the molestations, even though the behavior was continuing and growing worse. During that period they did not get professional counseling for Josh or his victims. Legal experts tell In Touch that Jim Bob and Michelle could have faced six years in prison for their inaction, if the statute of limitations had not expired.



    • 83 0388jojothecat
      June 3, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      Megan Kelly should be ashamed to allow these parents a forum on teevee to spin their side. There is NO side when a five year old is molested. I am proud Oprah pulled the plug on featuring this family on her show and alerted authorities. NBC and other shows had them on multiple times. I wonder if they got the heads up and had them on anyway.

    • June 3, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      IN TOUCH MAGAZINE gets the lowdown….

      yet Fox can’t?

  23. June 3, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Congrats swbluega 🙂

    Thank you, Chips!!!

    Happy Wed., TOD!


    bbl ….

  24. June 3, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Bunch of important updates in the sidebar about Ukraine and Daesh ….

    Wish I had more time …

  25. 91 Nena20409
    June 3, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Hello TOD.
    Happy Wednesday to you all.
    It is cloudy, dull and unpleasant for my liking in MN 😦
    Great R&S post, Chips.
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners, starting with this post and 2/3 posts back.
    I know that Rafael Nadal Parera is playing Novak. I don’t know who the game has gone. I have never checked. I have the feeling that on Nadal’s 29th Birthday, his great luck on the French Open has come to an end……. I wishing, hoping and wanting a better outcome, of course.

  26. 92 Nena20409
    June 3, 2015 at 1:03 pm

  27. 93 Nena20409
    June 3, 2015 at 1:04 pm

  28. 94 Nena20409
    June 3, 2015 at 1:06 pm

  29. 96 Nena20409
    June 3, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    WH Presser LIVE with Josh “The Voice” Earnest already in progress

  30. 97 Nena20409
    June 3, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    OK. My misery is over.
    Novak took Nadal in 3 sets……so one of my family members has e-mailed me to GLOAT.

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