Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama tours the Egypt’s Great Sphinx of Giza (left) and the Pyramid of Khafre, June 4, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)



2:15 EDT: The President honors the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, East Room


Deepest sympathies and endless love from everyone at TOD to Kate (Africa) on the loss of her cherished husband. May he rest in peace. We’ll all be thinking of you, Kate. Take good care of yourself.


On This Day

President Obama speaks at Cairo University in Cairo, Thursday, June 4, 2009. In his speech, President Obama called for a ‘new beginning between the United States and Muslims’, declaring that ‘this cycle of suspicion and discord must end’. (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama jokingly shows off the hat he was given during his tour of the Pyramids and Sphinx in Egypt on June 4, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama tours the Pyramids and Sphinx with Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass (left), Senior Advisor David Axelrod and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (right), June 4, 2009. (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama tours the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt on June 4, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama ducks his head to get through an entranceway on a tour of the Pyramids and Sphinx in Egypt, June 4, 2009. At center-right is the hieroglyphic that the President comment on saying it looked like him. (Photo by Pete Souza)

Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, personal aide to the president Reggie Love, and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett take a ride on camels in Egypt on June 4, 2009. (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama looks out the window of Marine One as they leave the Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx in Egypt, June 4, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama tours the Sultan Hassan Mosque with Dr. Zahi Hawass (left), Iman Abdel Fateh (right), and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza).


President Obama gestures during a meeting on the response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, at the Tarmac Field House at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans, La., June 4, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama, at left, eats boiled seafood with residents at Carmandelle’s Live Bait and Boiled Seafood in Grand Isle, La., June 4, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama jokes with members of the Chilean delegation as President Sebastián Piñera of Chile sits at the Resolute Desk following a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, June 4, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)


 First Lady Michelle Obama uses a tin can prop during a filmed phone interview with “Kid President” Robby Novak in the Map Room of the White House, June 4, 2014 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

86 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Vicki
    June 4, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Good morning, Chips

    • June 4, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Morning Vicki, morning everyone.

    • 3 Judith Fardig
      June 4, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Congratulations, Vicki! Thanks for the lovely photos, Chips, and endless hugs to Africa. There has been so much loss lately. I’d be lost without this circle of caring friends to share both grief and joy in the age of Obama.

  2. June 4, 2015 at 11:44 am

  3. June 4, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Congrats, Vicki! GM Chips, TOD 🙂

    “Bozar expo presents a series of 3D printed works from the fields of art, design, science and engineering. the exhibition, ‘making a difference / a difference in making’ explores the extent to which the technology can contribute to individual and social developments. the event also celebrates the 25th anniversary of materialise, a Belgian company that specializes in the evolution of 3D printing applications…. also with a curious eye towards direct interaction is the ‘fix3d’ bike frame by James Novak. the lattice structured frame is both lighter and stronger than most traditional bikes, and is manufactured in its entirety in one print. the bike is significant in its energy and resource saving abilities and the thoughts it brings to the future of human mobility….

    …The ‘098XYZ shoe’, designed by earl stewart, is an example of the hybridization between printing technologies and traditional crafts. looking to the future, many see that advanced fabrication processes can be integrated into and perhaps revitalize craft industries. iris van herpen is well-known for her couture designs that introduced the world of 3D manufacturing into the world of high fashion. the ‘escapism dress’, designed in collaboration with daniel widrig and materialise, features highly intricate geometries that form around the body…continued”

  4. June 4, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Pretty 😎 stuff here:

    “Designing a secure bicycle lock might not sound like rocket science, but with 15 million bike thefts per year—one every two seconds—it’s clear that bike security remains an unsolved problem. Naturally, not every entrepreneur would see it that way. After all, starting up a business in an already competitive field is typically a nonstarter. But Yerka’s experience should prove that not every product is perfect—and even if something has already been invented, it doesn’t mean it can’t be reinvented. Here’s how the Santiago, Chile-based startup showed that indeed, the bicycle also needed a redesign.

    Last August, co-founders Andrés Roi Eggers, Cristobal Cabello, and Juan José Monsalve shared their company’s innovative design for a self-locking bike in a YouTube video that attracted 3 million views in one month. The response convinced the three founders to drop out of Adolfo Ibanez University in Santiago and launch a crowdfunding campaign for their product. In April, Yerka raised $68,000 on Indiegogo to fund an initial manufacturing run in China. The campaign marked the highest total ever for a Chilean project on Indiegogo. What separates the Yerka lock system from other bike locks is the way the bike’s own frame is used to lock it in place. The removable vertical frame and seat reattaches to the bike’s two-part diagonal frame to create a secure locking mechanism. “If you break the lock, you’re breaking the bike,” says Cristobal, adding that the company has a patent pending on its design…continued”

  5. 10 GGail
    June 4, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Chips, I just finished reading all of the condolences and words of love we placed on the last Post to Africa (Kate) and my heart filled with love at the outpouring of kindness and sympathy. We are in_deed a special blogsite. And thank you for posting a word of condolence up top of this Post. ❤

  6. 21 Vicki
    June 4, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Good news this morning from Carol Rosenberg the Miami Herald’s Guantanamo reporter:
    The Pentagon has been alerted there will be up to 10 transfers of detainees in the near future.
    The Congress requires a period of notification so it is not clear precisely when this release will happen but it is very welcome news , nevertheless.

    A pretty good start to today in national news. First, Unemployment is down yet again as it has been for many many many months.
    Next, Guantanamo population is shrinking.
    This is the first release with Ash Carter and I hope he keeps it up. That is what PBO and sane people want.

    • June 4, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      So if the 10 are transferred, does that leave 55 still imprisoned?

      • 23 Vicki
        June 4, 2015 at 12:36 pm

        Carol will have the breakdown soon. Meta, I thank you again for leading me to this resource!

        The number of cleared for release now is 55 or so as you mentioned.
        If 10 or so are transferred that will bring the number down to 40 something. I think. Not certain.

        What has also been going on is that a few so-called forever prisoners have had their status changed to “eligible for release.”

        PBO has turned himself inside out to end this national nightmare and disgrace and I am so glad when there is movement.

        • June 4, 2015 at 12:40 pm

          OK, thanks so much. I really want to continue to keep track of this.

          Yes, this was one of PBO’s most fervent promises and I know he must be pushing VERY hard to get as close as he can.

  7. June 4, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Action, however, is the one thing the Republican-led Congress won’t consider. At The Atlantic last week, Peter Beinart explained, “It is incredible. On the campaign trail, Republican presidential candidates endlessly slam Obama’s lack of a strategy against ISIS. And yet given the opportunity to help craft such a strategy, and back it up with an authorization for war, Republican leaders in Congress refuse. It’s a perfect illustration of the absurdity of GOP foreign policy today.”

    • 26 Nena20409
      June 4, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      CNN and Co are feverishly polling how @POTUS is doing on ISIL/Daesh without any reporting on the MIA…… US Congressional lack of action and their willful….. refusal to approve what the Obama Administration has asked of Congress.

  8. June 4, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Here they come!!

  9. June 4, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Tuesday evening, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf announced the state this week had submitted an application to the federal government to take over the state’s federal exchange. The move would allow Pennsylvania residents to continue to receive federal subsidies towards purchasing health insurance if subsidies on the federal exchange are invalidated by a ruling in the King v. Burwell case expected later this month.
    For the nearly 400,000 Pennsylvanians who’ve gained coverage, that’s certainly good news, but Wolf’s plan is dependent on support from the state’s Republican-led legislature, so success is far from assured.

  10. June 4, 2015 at 12:20 pm

  11. June 4, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Mirzakhani was born and raised in Tehran, Iran’s capital. In 1995, she broke another barrier, when as a high-school student she became the first Iranian to earn a perfect score in the International Mathematics Olympiad. After studying in Iran, Mirzakhani went on to earn her PHD at Harvard University. She currently teaches mathematics at Stanford University in California. Her work primarily focuses on studying geometric structures and deformation…On Wednesday, a twitter account associated with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani congratulated Mirzakhani, and shared a photo of her with and without a hijab, the female head covering mandatory in Iran….continued

    Maryam Mirzakhani, a professor of mathematics at Stanford, has been awarded the 2014 Fields Medal, the most prestigious honor in mathematics. Mirzakhani is the first woman to win the prize, widely regarded as the “Nobel Prize of mathematics,” since it was established in 1936. “This is a great honor. I will be happy if it encourages young female scientists and mathematicians,” Mirzakhani said. “I am sure there will be many more women winning this kind of award in coming years.”

    Officially known as the International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics, the Fields Medal will be presented by the International Mathematical Union on Aug. 13 at the International Congress of Mathematicians, held this year in Seoul, South Korea. Mirzakhani is the first Stanford recipient to win this honor since Paul Cohen in 1966. The award recognizes Mirzakhani’s sophisticated and highly original contributions to the fields of geometry and dynamical systems, particularly in understanding the symmetry of curved surfaces, such as spheres, the surfaces of doughnuts and of hyperbolic objects. Although her work is considered “pure mathematics” and is mostly theoretical, it has implications for physics and quantum field theory….continued via Standford

  12. 40 57andfemale
    June 4, 2015 at 12:24 pm

  13. June 4, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    My idiot Gov. has screwed the state out of so much future $$$ it is not even funny….the whole purpose of building the Colts a new stadium was so the RCA Dome could be used for conventions….and all the hotels they built before the Super Bowl a few years ago are the first that are going to take a hit:

    This is begging for an Anthony Wiener “moment” 😀 😀

    • 42 jacquelineoboomer
      June 4, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      Even I want to go hide behind a boulder, when I see how scared Jeb is.

  14. 43 Nena20409
    June 4, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Hello TODable TODville 😉
    I ❤ this Post. Thank you, Chips.
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners, starting with this very post and 3 posts back.

    It's Throw Back Saturday. Partly Cloudy and Dull as can be in MN with Zero Breeze and the Humidity is slowly getting uncomfortable.

  15. 49 Nena20409
    June 4, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    WH Presser with Josh “The Voice” Earnest

    From The WH Podium, LIVE already in Progress

    June 4, 2015 at 12:54 pm


  17. 51 jacquelineoboomer
    June 4, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    You gotta laugh at ’em.

    • 52 Linda
      June 4, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      Those two guys behind Perry look like bouncers

      • 53 jacquelineoboomer
        June 4, 2015 at 1:08 pm

        I think you nailed it. Was wondering who they were and why they weren’t moving any of their facial muscles. Probably some plainclothes or off-duty or fired Texas Rangers, hired to make him look … cough … important.

      • 54 jacquelineoboomer
        June 4, 2015 at 1:10 pm

        Rick Perry’s nostrils are flaring like a mad bull. Too bad he’s all hat, no cattle.

  18. June 4, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    I never noticed the Presidents ears until he mentioned it. But I heard about him in 2003-2004 in our local paper because the Repbulican had to drop out. Fell in love with him when he stood against the Iraq War. Still in love with him and his family and Joe Biden and his family. I didn’t have the best internet connection until 2012. Then I found TOD!

  19. 58 Nena20409
    June 4, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    • 59 misspat
      June 4, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      Nothing is going to happen. Waste of time even trying to get an indictment. They were busy covering up and delaying justice for the little boy. I hope his mother gets some closure though. Money talks.

  20. 60 Don
    June 4, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    I remember back in the day that running for President wasn’t something you did just to scratch it off your bucket list. I thought that running for President meant that you were a serious person with serious ideas. Rick Perry are you serious, do you have any shame at all? This guy couldn’t even remember what government agencies he wants to abolish. And we’re going to trust this guy with the nuclear codes.

    • 61 Nena20409
      June 4, 2015 at 1:17 pm

      Since Fox, Lucrative Speaking Fees, Punditry, and Citizen United makes it possible to raise loads of Ca$h and Keep it for oneself……

  21. 62 Nena20409
    June 4, 2015 at 1:15 pm

  22. June 4, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Serena just reach the final, she won in third set 6-0. But she looks like she is ill.

  23. June 4, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I can’t even express how disgusted I am.

  24. 68 Nena20409
    June 4, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Nothing would dramatically change things until…… more Young people start to vote in larger numbers.

  25. 69 Nena20409
    June 4, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    It starts Today…..Tonight.

    I am going to enjoy the game. I will be happy with either team crowned as NBA Champion.

    • June 4, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      Gosh, Riley looks just like her father at that age!!

    • 74 Vicki
      June 4, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      I won’t be happy with either result even though there are reasons to root for Cleveland as well as for Golden State.
      The pundits all say Golden State is favored and That is what I want.
      Can’t wait for this game as my beloved but woeful Knicks disgraced themselves (17 wins this year as opposed to 54 wins with Mike Woodson coaching.) It is good to be optimistic about a team (Go Golden State) again. Although against all common wisdom I am guessing it will be Cleveland in 6.

  26. 75 Nena20409
    June 4, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Another waste of Time and Money by the John Boehner’s controlled House of Failures…..oops…..Representative.

  27. 76 Nena20409
    June 4, 2015 at 1:47 pm

  28. June 4, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    LIVE now: Beau Biden Lies in Honor with his family greeting visitors:


  29. 79 Nena20409
    June 4, 2015 at 1:54 pm

  30. 80 57andfemale
    June 4, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    An interesting read. Charlie Pierce flagged it as a rare and excellent piece of journalism – fair and informative.


    • 81 vcprezofan2
      June 4, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      I have finally finished reading this article, 57F, and the truth is it hasn’t really settled any of my concern or uneasiness. Yes it is informative (very long too), and it does seem ‘fair’, but did it allay any fears you may have had about the Clintons? Do *you* feel that it clarified any doubts you may have had about their sincerity and their altruism?

      • 82 57andfemale
        June 4, 2015 at 10:16 pm

        Vc, it didn’t settle my uneasiness either but I found it honest journalism, insightful and without an agenda. I found that, sadly, unusual. Even flaawed people can do good. That Bill does it for ego and Hillary for ambition – it is all part of a complicated mix. At least a good deal of good occurs when there is not one single GOP candidate who isn’t reprehensible. If Hillary was truly as good as the foundation she would have made the foundation her life’s work and helped strengthen the Dem bench, but she chose ambition. We have to be mindful however of the motivating power of Bill Clinton. I have many friends who love the Clintons the way we love PBO. I thought the article articulated the good and the bad. Bottom line, Dems have to win in 2016. I hope I can vote for Hillary if she is the nominee with honest enthusiasm. I have never witnessed a more terrifying political climate in my lifetime. Zealous idiots have true power now and we can’t let them get stronger. I will never forgive the Clintons but I hope I can find faith that they want what is best for the country. I hope.

        • 83 vcprezofan2
          June 4, 2015 at 10:50 pm

          57F, I hear and understand, I think, all you have said. For a moment after I myself had finished reading I wondered if one of my take-aways was that ‘Bill does it for ego and Hillary for ambition’ (and the indirect monetary compensation) because I’m so mistrustful of both. {I noticed that if the ‘good’ they are doing does not rebound to their credit they shelve it -ex: the small business help that helped launched the Foundation beyond its small start.} Anyway, the article is quite comprehensive re Bill’s accomplishment post-WH, and as you and others admit here, if she’s the nominee you’ll vote for her….I can’t imagine the ‘honest enthusiasm’ part though. 😉

  31. 85 Nena20409
    June 4, 2015 at 1:59 pm

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