Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden talk with Zachary Atala, son of Dr. Anthony Atala, M.D., Director, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House, June 5, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)



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On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama talks with students from William R. Harper High School in Chicago, Ill., in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, June 5, 2013 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)



136 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    June 5, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Good Morning Chips & Danny.

  2. 3 Roberta in MN
    June 5, 2015 at 7:31 am

    OK, where is everyone? I am up earl today and no one but Chips getting the day off right. Love that picture of POTUS & VP Biden. Love his smile today. WE all need a little of the Biden Smile after the last couple of days of sadness. Thank you Chips.

    • 4 jackiegrumbacher
      June 5, 2015 at 7:33 am

      I’m here Roberta. Good to see you’re up with the sun this am.

      • 5 Roberta in MN
        June 5, 2015 at 7:46 am

        GM Jackie. It looks like our summer if finally coming our way between 70’s-80’s this next week. Woooot!!!!

  3. 6 jackiegrumbacher
    June 5, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Good morning all. I hope we can see our VP Biden laugh like that again. Seeing him and his family at yesterday’s ceremonies tore my heart.

    On another note, I have a followup echo cardiogram this am and I’m hoping that I’ve made progress reducing the fluid in my heart. Fingers crossed.

    • 7 Roberta in MN
      June 5, 2015 at 7:44 am

      What meds did they give you to take the fluids away? Since I had pneumonia I have t take a water pill if I go past 2-3 pounds in 3 days. It is not easy. I will have to talk to the Doc about changing this. I can hear my lungs when I have too much fluid build up so on to the pills.
      Good luck with your tests today Jackie. Will be thinking of you. This heart tuff is no damned fun. (((hugs)))

      • 8 jackiegrumbacher
        June 5, 2015 at 7:54 am

        Thanks, Roberta. The fluid in both my heart and lungs is the result of the viral infection that first attached my intestines. I’ve been on anti-inflammatory pills since it’s infection related.

        • June 5, 2015 at 9:09 am

          Oh my gosh, jackie. Sounds like you have something similar to what I had last Fall but it didn’t include my intestines. I can’t imagine having that complication as well. I took both an anti-biotic for a week and then anti-inflammatory for several weeks. I became very anemic and was completely depleted. It took me 6 weeks to recover and I could hardly do a thing except bathe and rest.

          My heart goes out to you. An echocardiogram is actually kind of fascinating. The pumping of our heart actually sounds like a washing machine!! I hope you’re getting the best care. I will be thinking of you. {{{{HUGS}}}} Please let us know how it goes.

          • 10 jackiegrumbacher
            June 5, 2015 at 9:21 am

            Thanks, meta. The complication of the intestines has meant that eating is problematic, so I’ve been struggling to get enough nutrients to fight the infection. It is very debilitating and I rest a lot. This is a follow-up echo. The first time, I couldn’t believe how hard our hearts work every minute of the day. It’s an amazing miracle.

            • June 5, 2015 at 9:27 am

              Yes, super amazing. Oh, you must be feeling even more weak without proper nourishment. Hoping for good news today. The viruses this year have been super nasty.

    • 12 sherijr
      June 5, 2015 at 8:39 am

      sending out all positive thoughts for a good report ((((Jackie)))) ~ very best wishes to you.

    • June 5, 2015 at 8:39 am

      Jackie, I hope and pray for a very favorable outcome on your medical exam today. May God Bless You. 🙏

    • 14 GGail
      June 5, 2015 at 8:59 am

      Fingers crossed JG. 😊

      • 15 jackiegrumbacher
        June 5, 2015 at 9:05 am

        Thanks, Gail, ranman, sherjr and Roberta for all the good wishes. Will keep you posted.

        • 16 carolyn
          June 5, 2015 at 11:17 am

          jg, what you are going through sounds a lot like what my husband went through last fall. He was told he had diverticulitis…..without any tests….the antibiotics tore him apart…..went to the emergency had a ctscan taken, showed no diverticulitis, dr. there said he was not sick…he WAS…..terrible diarrhea…..two weeks later back in the ER…..he had C.Diff. Another round of antibiotics, which cleared that up, we think…..dr. did no post tests. Seemed okay for a couple of months, then in Jan began to be strange…..physically and mentally…..had what I called the night terrors. Knew we had to change doctors, we did. then in March was diagnosed with pneumonia…..has been on antibiotics since March 8, still has infection…….had terrible edema……is on diuretics every day…..the infection is almost gone. His new doctor tests him every two weeks. Cannot walk on his own….uses a walker…..we don’t know which of the diseases he’s had has caused that…..is now in physical therapy…….we go for a test again Tuesday…….but we know he has been sick for over a year. When he told his doctor a year ago about his constipation at that time, he was told take Metamucil, with no directions, or explanation. By the time he got to the doctor in August, his intestines were in a total uproar. I know what you mean about not being able to eat……..he was on a basically liquid diet for the diverticulitis, taking strong antibiotics, with nothing to coat the stomach. He ate yogurt until he couldn’t tolerate it any more, he took probiotics, which he still does…..once the intestines are involved you have a vicious cycle.

          I hope the doctors today can find answers for you. We think we are on the way…..I have said the pneumonia was a blessing in disguise, because something definite was wrong, and he has been given enough antibiotics to deal with all the infection in his body.

          It has been a rough year, but the last visit the doctor said he can see light at the end of the tunnel. For that we are grateful.

          To see a man who could toss railroad ties over his shoulder, move pianos and sofas alone, reduced to walking with a walker, and not able to stand for any length of time is heartbreaking. But…..I didn’t lose him during this time, which I thought was going to happen several times…so I am very thankful.

          I am very interested in your diagnosis today. Blessings on you.

    • June 5, 2015 at 9:14 am

      Jackie, just saw your news, wishing you the VERY best today, hope it all goes well and progress is being made, love and hugs.

    • 18 Vicki
      June 5, 2015 at 9:46 am

      jackie, I am just tuning in and am sorry to hear you are ill. It is good that others on TOD have had similar issues and can offer helpful support and encouragement. My reaction is Eat! never mind if you want to or not. Get at least a bit of highly nourishing foods into you to help you fight.

        June 5, 2015 at 9:49 am


    • 20 arapaho415
      June 5, 2015 at 10:22 am

      ((( JackieG )))

      So sorry that you’ve been suffering for weeks.

      I’ve missed a lot on TOD recently, and thought I had missed your diagnosis.

      Hope you’ll be able to rest and enjoy this summer (with regular firefly updates of course, LOL 🙂 ).

      Glad you’ve got the proper diagnosis, and hope you find the right food that doesn’t upset your tummy 😦 .

    • 21 Nena20409
      June 5, 2015 at 11:13 am

      I am wishing the best outcome, Jackie.
      {{{{ ❤ + Prayers }}}}

    • 22 jacquelineoboomer
      June 5, 2015 at 11:52 am

      All the best to you at your appointment today, jackieG!

    • June 5, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      Hoping for the very best outcome, JackieG!!!

    • 24 sjterrid
      June 5, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      {{JackieG, I hope everything goes well on your echo cardiogram}}. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    • June 5, 2015 at 2:36 pm

      Be Well Jackie. I’m sorry I’m not keeping up with everyone. (((HUGS)))

  4. 26 japa21
    June 5, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Just a little late. GM all.

  5. 34 amk for obama
    June 5, 2015 at 7:40 am

    • 35 Roberta in MN
      June 5, 2015 at 7:45 am


      • 36 amk for obama
        June 5, 2015 at 7:48 am

        ^5. How are ya?

        • 37 Roberta in MN
          June 5, 2015 at 7:52 am

          I’m doing great. Got home yesterday from a trip to my Sister’s. Love her dearly, but nice to be home in my own bed. I imagine you already know how that feels with all your international trips you take for work. 🙂

      June 5, 2015 at 9:51 am


  6. June 5, 2015 at 7:52 am

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

    To all, I hope an excitingly and memorable day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  7. June 5, 2015 at 8:30 am

    280,000 Jobs added in May.

    • 42 Linda
      June 5, 2015 at 8:35 am

      Yet on MSNBC their breaking news is : ” Unemployment Rate Ticks Up to 5.5 ” Never bothered to post the numbers.

      They are becoming worse than Fox or CNN to me now

      • 43 Linda
        June 5, 2015 at 8:37 am

        All sectors except the Oil Industry gained jobs and pay ticked up 2.2 %.

        • 44 Vicki
          June 5, 2015 at 9:55 am

          Linda. Surely you know this:

          MSNBC is a tabloid style entity that exists SOLELY to drive the profits of the entertainment parts of the NBC Empire. That is why starting with Ronan Farrow, and ( honestly, before that with Lawrence) every “news” show has movie and/or TV and/or book promotions. All of them are steeped in star and celebrity gossip including a gossipy approach to everything they can manage to do.

          NBC’s CEO said the goal of NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, Universal Pictures, all their stations etc. was to promote—-in their word—–Symphony.

          If your interest is in accurate journalism or even the news of the day you must go elsewhere.

      • June 5, 2015 at 8:51 am

        Linda, now we know why CNN BULLSHIT poll came out about G.W. being more like then President Obama. The media want to be talking about a lameduck President, but instead they have a President who is still getting things done. The job numbers won’t be talk about, it will be UE went up, and that B.S. poll of CNN. And they will drill into stupid people head about the fight against ISIS being a failure, when I seem to recall the President never saying defeating ISIS would be a slam dunk, he didn’t give any time table, because he understand all the factors that are involve. There is no easy solution, unless they want to invade Iraq like that failure G.W. Bush did 100,000 American troops.

      • 47 arapaho415
        June 5, 2015 at 10:29 am

        Not just NBC, it’s #MSM, aka-corporate greed America.

        This news was buried after a commercial on the CBS “world news roundup” (extended version of network radio news) at 10 am EDT, and the “report” focused on an uptick in unemployment percentage (@JustinWolfers did in his tweets), but omitted:

    • 48 laraofzhivago
      June 5, 2015 at 8:37 am

      Yeap. 280k is today ‘s number indeed. Thanks to POTUS.

      Good morning.

    • 49 laraofzhivago
      June 5, 2015 at 8:37 am

      Yeap. 280k is today ‘s number indeed. Thanks to POTUS.

      Good morning.

    • 50 Vicki
      June 5, 2015 at 9:47 am


  8. 51 sherijr
    June 5, 2015 at 8:36 am

    good Friday morning TOD ~ wishing all of you a very good day & weekend. That photo of POTUS and VPOTUS is one of my very favorites :), thank you Chips.
    and once again, my deepest condolences to ((((Africa)))) and family for your tragic loss, I am so very sorry.

  9. 52 GGail
    June 5, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family. Congrats Roberta on First 😊

  10. 61 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2015 at 8:56 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, even amk, lurkers, everyone, and congrats Roberta on #1 🙂 Happy Friday everyone.

  11. June 5, 2015 at 8:56 am

    I’m reading comments were some people thanking Edward Snowden, and I ask for what. I still say Snowden belong in prison.

    • 64 kid kanga
      June 5, 2015 at 9:36 am

      Seriously, So many emotarians worship the ground he walks on. I can’t figure out why. People seem to just lap this stuff up. Snowden is a traitor and a spy.

      I see on Reddit.com all ALL the time “Obama should pardon snowden and bring him home.” What nonsense!
      Puh-leeze. Like Putin is just gonna let Snowwy come and go as he pleases anyways. IMHO he won’t be going anywhere until PUtin doesn’t need him bottled up anymore. probably after that whole Ukraine thing blows over would be my guess.

  12. 65 Nerdy Wonka
    June 5, 2015 at 9:00 am


  13. 66 desertflower
    June 5, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Morning everyone! Happy rainy Friday! Hasn’t rained in Phoenix in June in forever…..but now it is, so that’s news to celebrate:)

    • 67 GGail
      June 5, 2015 at 9:04 am

      GM DF, drizzle & rain over here too.

      • 68 desertflower
        June 5, 2015 at 9:10 am

        Great news! We even have a smattering of thunder:) I LOVE this weather:) Hope you get a few good downpours through the day…every little bit helps! Of course the roads/driving should be special today….people around here have NO IDEA how to drive in the rain!!

        • 69 GGail
          June 5, 2015 at 9:15 am

          Same here, crazy drivers when rain falls, go figure LOL

        • 71 arapaho415
          June 5, 2015 at 10:36 am

          GGail is lucky enough to live at the foothill of an 11K mountain, so her area is fortunate enough to get some rain from our usual June gloom weather pattern.

          Zero attempt at rain here (northwest of GGail), despite the lack of sunshine here for awhile. And when it did rain last month, we got less than 1/4″ (I set out buckets to catch the precious substance, and was quite disappointed to see the results 😦 ).

          LOVE, love this weather — hope it continues throughout June!

  14. 74 desertflower
    June 5, 2015 at 9:02 am

  15. 77 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2015 at 9:02 am


  16. 78 desertflower
    June 5, 2015 at 9:05 am

    If good things happen that make Americans and their families more secure, they lose their talking points…. let’s make them loose ELECTIONS because of it!

    • 79 jackiegrumbacher
      June 5, 2015 at 9:26 am

      Df, I think Cruz lives in a fantasy world of his own making that rarely, if ever, touches on reality. In that world, he’s handsome, charismatic and perfectly qualified to be President of the United States. The rest of of see a repellent, hate-filled psycho who’s ego is grotesquely overblown and who is wrong on every single topic.

      • 80 desertflower
        June 5, 2015 at 9:33 am

        So many of them do….he is not alone:) That said, this guy is creepy, slimey….makes my skin crawl kinda liar with delusions of grandeur. He can bite me.

      • 81 edp4bho
        June 5, 2015 at 9:46 am

        Morning TOD. What did PBO say about him at the WHCD ?…….he thinks the world revolves around him.

      June 5, 2015 at 9:52 am


  17. 83 desertflower
    June 5, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Why climate change/global warming deniers hate facts…

  18. 84 desertflower
    June 5, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Jason has growth at 63 straight months! It’s a record!!

    • 85 desertflower
      June 5, 2015 at 9:14 am

      Justin. 🙂

    • June 5, 2015 at 9:23 am

      I heart Justin Wolfers!! He’s so level headed and enthusiastic about his work.
      AND his wife Betsey works for POTUS on his Council for Economic Advisors. YAYAYAYAY!!

      • 87 desertflower
        June 5, 2015 at 9:28 am

        Agreed. He’s pretty awesome. I like that he talks about confusing economics in plain English.

    • 88 Nena20409
      June 5, 2015 at 11:21 am

      That is Private sector Monthly Job Reports……63 Straight…..a Record.
      56 is including Gov’t numbers? And 53 is since the ACA Bill was signed into law?
      Any which measurable way, it is still a Record number.
      GOPers and their News Media supporters are having a harder time LYING about Pres Obama’s Accomplishments.

  19. 89 desertflower
    June 5, 2015 at 9:18 am

    If ANY Republican Klown Kar Kharacters say ANYTHING bad about the Obama economy, that should disqualify them as a serious candidate for POTUS.

  20. 90 desertflower
    June 5, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Got a robocall call last night from the AFLCIO complaining about Fast Track…smh.

  21. 91 yardarm756
    June 5, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Good morning……my message for the day. 🙂

  22. June 5, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Appreciation for the people we know. Very good thought for all of us, Yardarm.

  23. June 5, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  24. 98 Gazelle
    June 5, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Good morning Chips, NW, BTs, TODers! Africa, many hugs; hang tight, tomorrow will be first class!

    This is one inspirational story, truly a gift!


    • 99 Gazelle
      June 5, 2015 at 9:58 am

      If you want to avoid UBS, here’s another vid:

        June 5, 2015 at 10:05 am


  25. 101 donna dem 4 obama
    June 5, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Good Morning TOD


  26. 102 donna dem 4 obama
    June 5, 2015 at 10:02 am

    The hypocrisy of Hastert against Gay Rights sickens me.

      June 5, 2015 at 10:06 am


    • 104 Linda
      June 5, 2015 at 10:11 am

      What bothers me is that Brian Ross said she contacted them 9 years ago about this and it was never reported.

      • 105 donna dem 4 obama
        June 5, 2015 at 10:15 am

        No proof. It never would have come out had he not lied about withdrawing at that money to the Feds.

        • 106 Gazelle
          June 5, 2015 at 10:31 am

          A light will always shine & expose evil. Sometimes at the speed of lightening and other times, eventually.

      • 107 Nena20409
        June 5, 2015 at 11:29 am

        Lawrence O’Donnell blogged about Hastert in Oct 2006 at HuffPost. Since Monday, he has yet to talk about what he knew and wrote about in 2006. That was nearly 9 yrs ago.
        US Media is always eager to overlook GOPers wrong doing. Just like they ignored GH Bush’s affairs during his Term and Laura Bush’s smoking habits and her stay for days at a DC Hotel away from GW Bush. No Dem could be forgiven for those since WJC’s terms.

        Brian Ross is The Investigative Reporter for ABC?
        Leslie Stahl of CBS and others knew of Reagan’s difficulties with early set of Alzheimers……yet, they covered for him.

    • 108 Nena20409
      June 5, 2015 at 11:30 am

      Karma has a Long Memory and Justice is always delivered when least expected.

  27. 109 JER
    June 5, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

  28. 115 donna dem 4 obama
    June 5, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Can you imagine being stuck at the airport for a 6 hour weather delay with the Broadway cast of the Lion King & Aladdin in a sing off.

    Pure Bliss ❤ ❤ ❤

  29. June 5, 2015 at 10:25 am

    We need our Riley Curry fix!!

  30. 125 MightyPamela
    June 5, 2015 at 10:38 am

    ❤ Heat wave a-comin' in. Usually we are spared until August. But, hey, no #climatechaos here? Off to water the peapatch. Love y'all. ❤

  31. 126 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2015 at 10:40 am

  32. 132 JER
    June 5, 2015 at 11:02 am

  33. June 5, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Unions Subdued, Scott Walker Turns to Tenure at Wisconsin Colleges
    JUNE 4, 2015

    CHICAGO — Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who began building a national profile four years ago by sharply cutting collective bargaining rights for most government workers, has turned his sights to a different element of the public sector: state universities.

    As Mr. Walker takes steps toward announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, he and leaders in Wisconsin’s Republican-held Legislature have called for changes that would give a board largely picked by the governor far more control over tenure and curriculum in the University of Wisconsin System.

    Critics said the proposal, which is championed by Republicans in the Legislature, would burnish Mr. Walker’s conservative credentials as he is scrutinized by likely primary voters.

    As a new and unknown governor in 2011, Mr. Walker quickly drew national attention by announcing legislation to limit collective bargaining rights for most public-sector unions and require workers to pay more for their health care and pensions.

    He followed that battle — which included surviving a recall effort — by signing other measures that attracted notice from conservatives nationally: new limits on early voting, the expansion of school vouchers and, this year, legislation barring unions from requiring employees in private workplaces to pay the equivalent of union dues.

    Republicans say the new proposal will give university leaders more autonomy and encourage savings and efficiency at a moment when the state is aiming to cut spending to balance its budget. But the plan has caused professors to express alarm.


  34. June 5, 2015 at 11:14 am

  35. 136 Nena20409
    June 5, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Congrats Roberta in MN for your Solid Gold ⭐

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