Early Bird Rise and Shine

@petesouza: President Obama waves to locals during a walk with Chancellor Merkel in Krun, Germany



CEST (+ 6 hours Eastern; + 9 hours Pacific)

9:0: The President attends a G-7 meeting on energy and climate, Schloss Elmau, Krün, Germany

10:05: Holds a bilateral meeting with President Hollande

10:45: Attends a G-7 meeting on terrorism with outreach guests

12:25: Participates in a family photo with outreach guests

12:45: Attends a working lunch on development issues

3:05: Holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi

4:0: Holds a press conference

6:15: Departs Germany


9:05: Arrives Joint Base Andrews

9:20: Arrives the White House


German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with President Obama at Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, June 8


Morning everyone

97 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    June 8, 2015 at 7:41 am


  2. 6 amk for obama
    June 8, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Turkey: Bloody nose for Erdogan’s AK Party.


    worth a read.

  3. 7 amk for obama
    June 8, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Turkey election: Kurds, women, gays put faith in upstart party


  4. 8 jackiegrumbacher
    June 8, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Morning all. We missed you, Chips. I hope you got your work done. Nerdy works so hard to bring us to to date on what’s happening. She has such a bright future in just about any field she chooses.

    • June 8, 2015 at 7:59 am

      Ah, thank you Jackie, got there in the end, although just when I thought I was done, I had to go on a three-hour round-trip for another assignment my delightful boss thought would be fun to add to my Sunday schedule 🙄

      As for Nerdy, if Hillary mucks it up, I confidently predict she will be America’s furst she Prez – which means all of TOD will be able to have sleepovers at the White House and stay in the Lincoln bedroom with President Nerdy and Furst Gentleman Idris Elba acting as the perfect hosts.

      • 10 99ts
        June 8, 2015 at 8:06 am

        For that I might get over the fear of flying and book into that there Lincoln room – what a hoot of a weekend we could have.

        • June 8, 2015 at 8:10 am

          🙂 Can you imagine 99ts, Secret Service would be utterly freaked!!

          • 12 99ts
            June 8, 2015 at 8:15 am

            gm Ms Chips – whether she be President or not, we shall hear more of Ms Nerdy – tweeter/reporter extraordinaire

            • June 8, 2015 at 8:18 am

              I’m settling for nothing less than the Presidency for her, 99ts, anything less would be unacceptable. Unless she was to become manager of United – she’d sort them out, I tell ya.

              • 14 99ts
                June 8, 2015 at 8:31 am

                I just have this idea that she doesn’t want to be manager of ManU – I could be mistaken, but I think not.
                Now, she could start with Governor of Texas and get all the text books written to reflect science and truthful history. Having that settled I can now sleep with all resolved 🙂

                • June 8, 2015 at 8:34 am

                  🙂 I was going to say that, yes, on reflection, she would simply sabotage United ….. but they’re doing a pretty damned good job at that themselves.

                  Ok, I’ll settle for her starting out as Gov of Texas as step one on the road to the White House.

                  Sleep soundly, 99ts!!

      • 16 MightyPamela
        June 8, 2015 at 5:54 pm

        I. Am. In!! 🙂

  5. 17 amk for obama
    June 8, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Climate change and terrorism are top of the agenda on the second day of the G7 summit of economic powers in Germany.


    any essploding heads yet?

    • 18 arapaho415
      June 8, 2015 at 9:22 am

      GM/GE amk.

      I know that this is 85 years away, but this is a BFD. It sets the standard for Kochroach heads to *really* explode (since they earned their $$$ the old-fashioned way, by inheritance — they are too stupid to see the writing on the wall for *their* inheritees):

  6. 20 jackiegrumbacher
    June 8, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Looks like TOD rolled over 31 million hits and we didn’t even celebrate.

  7. 21 hopefruit2
    June 8, 2015 at 7:51 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone. Congrats even amk on #1! Happy Monday everyone 🙂

  8. 26 amk for obama
    June 8, 2015 at 7:54 am

  9. 28 Roberta in MN
    June 8, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Good Morning Chips and Congrats on the 31mil hits. amk congrats on furst it’s been awhile.

  10. 29 Niliathiel
    June 8, 2015 at 7:57 am

    *raises hand* I would like to mention that I am living in a rather nice area, too. Little-ish village, tons of scenic landscape. Just putting this out tehre for certain people that seem to be enjoying themselves in scenic little German villages. 😛

    • June 8, 2015 at 8:30 am

      So, is that an “invitation” or were you “just saying?” Asking for a “friend…”

    • 32 arapaho415
      June 8, 2015 at 9:30 am

      So impossibly beautiful.

      Though our lazy MSM are tweeting “Sound of Music” jokes this morning, I was absolutely enthralled by the opening of Sound of Music — and am burning with jealousy — absolutely gorgeous, breathtaking setting.

      P.S. Are mosquitos a problem? (Asking because they’re not a problem in Southern California where I am, but have been to places [like Alaska] where they will eat you alive — when I camped there [on an uninhabited island off Homer], covered from head-to-toe, with mosquito netting over my hat/head, I still had bites all over my body, from head-to-toe [!]. But was worth it, Alaska is also incredibly gorgeous.)

      • 33 0388jojothecat
        June 8, 2015 at 9:44 am

        We only have a small problem with mosquitos and that’s the west nile virus they carry. Since we are a desert we don’t get mosquitos like the more humid areas of the country like the south or east, thank goodness. When I camped in the mountains in WA state I got eaten up by mosquito because we setup camp near the water. I never saw such big mosquitos in my life. It was fun though.

  11. 34 vcprezofan2
    June 8, 2015 at 8:21 am

    ^ 5 TODobots!

    Morning, Ms Chica! So the boss kept you out of (potential) trouble yesterday? Smart man!

    Everybody: Happy, and productive, Monday! After giving offspring a ride to doc for medical check-up in about 20 mins, will be back to keep a close eye on you all.

  12. June 8, 2015 at 8:30 am

    This is quite the private conversation!

    • June 8, 2015 at 8:32 am

      Such tensions!

      • June 8, 2015 at 8:47 am

        🙂 It’s a tight squeeze on that bench, could they not have got a bigger one? And who’s the fella top left? He’s looking at PBO like “damn, he’s the business”!

      • 45 jackiegrumbacher
        June 8, 2015 at 9:12 am

        Our president looks so relaxed and in his element with these world leaders. But, of course, the media and the GOP tell us he’s aloof.

        • 46 arapaho415
          June 8, 2015 at 9:36 am

          GM JackieG.

          Hope you’re feeling better this morning — very sorry to hear about your health challenges — hope you’re on your way to a sustained recovery (know these things take time).

          Apart from when PBO is with family/friends, in every. single. photo. I’ve see of PBO this morning, he looks as relaxed as he ever has.

          Our lazy MSM who love to “analyze” body language are strangely (snark) silent on PBO’s today. Gosh, I wonder if it’s because he’s fulfilled his specific, laser-focused with long-term consequences in mind goals?

          Seems PBO successes make our MSM want to chew nails.

    • 47 amk for obama
      June 8, 2015 at 8:34 am

      gary t.

  13. June 8, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Good morning, TOD! I pray that today is a better day for us all.

  14. 53 amk for obama
    June 8, 2015 at 8:36 am

    In Mexico’s elections for Congress, President Enrique Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party and its allies look set to retain control.

    On current projections, the PRI will win around 30% of the vote and see its number of seats drop slightly.

    An independent candidate has won a state governorship for the first time since legal change allowed that.

    The run-up to the poll was marked by violence with drug cartels blamed for the deaths of several candidates.

    The head of the National Electoral Institute, Lorenzo Cordova, said that the president’s party and its allies look set to win between 246 and 263 seats in the 500-member lower chamber.

    The opposition conservative National Action Party has won around 22% of the vote, he said.


  15. 54 amk for obama
    June 8, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Upset over the noncompliance of a directive by the Gwalior high court, the municipal authorities of Madhya Pradesh’s Bhind district issued a notice to the ‘top authority’ of a temple.

    The notice to Lord Hanuman — the temple’s main deity — reads: “You have illegally encroached the road which causes public inconvenience, leading to possibility of accident. Despite earlier directive to remove the encroachment, you have not complied. You were given the Gwalior high court’s order. But you didn’t comply. A contempt of court case has been initiated against you.”


    See? I’m not the only crazy injun.

  16. 55 Dudette
    June 8, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Good Morning Everyone!

    I just love seeing My President in his role as Statesman! 🙂

  17. June 8, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Monday morning. Congrats Amk on being FURST this morning.

    To all, I hope you have an absolutely super-fantastic day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  18. June 8, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Open Letter about that Wicked Azz Women Andrea Greenspan-Mitchell on MSNBC:

  19. June 8, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Perhaps POTUS is getting back to him on that wine he was gifted:

  20. June 8, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  21. June 8, 2015 at 8:57 am

    New toy! A snake! With six squeakers! The air has been filled with music for the last hour!

  22. 74 GGail
    June 8, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  23. June 8, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Busy man:

    • 76 Linda
      June 8, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Carol Jansing tried to push the narrative that Abadi was being ” snubbed ” by all of them….

  24. June 8, 2015 at 9:14 am

    • 78 Don
      June 8, 2015 at 9:18 am

      Are we nearing the Obamacare ruling?

      • June 8, 2015 at 9:21 am

        I think that case will most likely come toward the end of the session, end of the month.

        • 80 Don
          June 8, 2015 at 9:23 am

          Thank you, meta.

          • June 8, 2015 at 9:30 am

            You are most welcome.

            I was talking to a friend who’s a lawyer who is following this case closely and she thinks they’ll rule against Obamacare. I really hope she’s wrong. I just don’t see how they can unravel such an important law for so many Americans but of course it’s all in the technicalities.

            • 82 57andfemale
              June 8, 2015 at 9:50 am

              I think they’ll send it back to Congress to fix the language. That puts it all on McConnell and Boehner.

              • 83 57andfemale
                June 8, 2015 at 9:55 am

                And maybe if DWS and the rest of the DNC leadership had demanded that Dems get behind ACA, sell it to the American people, take some responsibility to change the narrative, we’d be able to put Nancy Pelosi out in front with a one-sentence fix. But nooooo……. DWS, Steve Israel and the others had to chase “conservative independent votes” by pandering to the know-nothings instead of informing them. Of course, if they had done their jobs to inform people about this law, this suit never would have gotten this far.

                And they haven’t learned a thing. Jon Tester will go after that imaginary “center” vote by being GOP-lite.


    • 84 GGail
      June 8, 2015 at 9:24 am

      GM meta. Another suspenseful ending to a playoff game yesterday.

      • June 8, 2015 at 9:26 am

        OMG, I was on the very edge of my seat, stomach in knots. Curry really had an off day. He just wasn’t scoring. Not sure I can take this series!!

  25. June 8, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Thought you guys might like a little bit of German press coverage. Yellow press, admittedly, because the serious press tends to be more neutral and objective, but still. 😀

    Some translations:
    Top right: “Mayor reveals Obama´s beer secret”

    Down left to right:

    1) Bernard Neuner (68), owner of the Gasthaus Post in Wallgau. “I am not going to wash this hand any more, Obama shook it and then Mrs Dr Merkel, too.”

    2) Christina Ammer (24) “He greeted me by saying “Hallo” and was very nice. I´d vote for someone like him for sure.”

    3) Hans Bauer (67): (leaving out the stuff before the quote because there are not even English words for the title of that guy…it has to do with the rifle club traditions I told you about though) “That was a big honour for me. President Obama even gave me a pat on the shoulder.”

  26. June 8, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Good morning TOD folks! Lovely pictures to start the day. I must say I miss FLOTUS. Loved when they travelled together. I know it doesn’t make sense anymore.

  27. June 8, 2015 at 9:36 am

    One Year Later-Racial symposium at Colerain High School

    Mending community after teens’ constitutional rights violated.
    Kate LeDonne

    15 Apr 2015, 14:02 GMT

    Imagine a group of teenage boys in high school making a music video for a digital media class. The music video gets an “A”. They post it online in typical teenage fashion with teenage boy swagger.

    Then, the next thing they know, they’re being put in a room with armed police and their phones and bags confiscated.

    Sadly, a year ago, in April 2014, this is what happened in Colerain High School. In the aftermath, the parents of four of the African-American teenagers filed suit against the Northwest Local School District and several Colerain Police officers for violating their children’s Constitutional rights.

    The following is a basic summary of the events that took place.

    School administrators accused more than a dozen African-American teens of making so-called “street” signs and being member of a gang. Local police and school administrators had scoured social media sites and gathered photographs of the accused. The administrators said the postings made several unidentified parents feel uncomfortable. Police Chief Mark Denney saw rounding up the students as a proactive way to squash the rumors of gang activity at Colerain High School.

    These students were scapegoated and criminalized because of the ignorance of a select few members of the community. School administrators and police rounded the kids up, and detained them in a windowless room without telling them why. The room was secured by armed police and the students’ phones, backpacks and bookbags were confiscated. Some of the kids were held for up to 5 hours in this manner, without bathrooms breaks, food or water. There were no attorneys present, nor any parents present.

    One of the accused students became upset, and when he raised his voice, a school administrator who was guarding the teen said,”Now we have our infraction!” A police officer then placed the teen in handcuffs.

    The kids were expelled from school. Their trust in the school administration irretrievably broken. Ultimately, the teens were expelled. They lost more than 10 days at school. One lost employment as a videographer. One lost access to the weightlifting equipment. The real loss was mutual trust and respect in the community between kids and those in positions of authority.

    The local police started harassing them over the summer. One teen was given a jaywalking ticket for an address that didn’t exist. They were banned by local police from going to a local festival “Taste of Colerain”. The teens became frightened to go anywhere without a parent, understandably.

    Since last year, the expulsions have been removed from their record and all involved are working toward mutual respect. I sincerely hope they are successful.


    • June 8, 2015 at 9:59 am

      This is an incredibly disturbing story. What’s happening in America or is it just that we now know and these incidents have been happening all along?

  28. June 8, 2015 at 9:49 am

    but, Kansas voted both these phuckers back into office. You get what you get.


    Brownback May Empower Kris Kobach To Prosecute ‘Voter Fraud’ Cases Himself

    Published JUNE 4, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) has five days before he must decide whether to sign a bill expanding the power of Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) to prosecute voter fraud cases.

    If Brownback does sign the legislation, which has already passed both chambers of the state legislature, Kobach would be given the power to prosecute voter fraud cases even when, according to critics, local prosecutors had opted against moving forward with those cases.

    Kobach is a prominent figure in conservative “voter fraud” circles, loudly declaring that voter fraud is rampant and pushing new laws that have the effect of restricting access to voting, especially among voters who tend to favor Democrats. Voting experts, on the other hand, point to studies that show voter fraud is relatively rare with negligible impact on election outcomes.

    “I very much worry about Kobach getting additional prosecutorial authority, as he seems to be someone who is willing to make false or exaggerated claims of voter fraud to fit his political narrative,” election law expert Rich Hasen told TPM in an email.

    Under current Kansas law, Kobach must refer cases of voter fraud to local prosecutors. Under the bill sitting on Brownback’s desk, those prosecutors would still handle voter fraud cases but Kobach’s office could move criminal charges on its own. “The bill also would upgrade penalties for several voting offenses to felonies from misdemeanors,” according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.


  29. June 8, 2015 at 9:55 am

    ONCE AGAIN, I say….you voted these mofos BACK into office. And now, he’s threatening the funding for the JUDICIAL BRANCH?


    Courts Budget Intensifies Kansas Dispute Over Powers
    JUNE 6, 2015

    The fight between Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas and the state’s judicial branch has escalated, with the governor last week signing into law a bill that could strip state courts of their funding.

    The measure, at the end of a lengthy bill that allocated money for the judiciary this year, stipulates that if a state court strikes down a 2014 law that removed some powers from the State Supreme Court, the judiciary will lose its funding.

    The 2014 law took the authority to appoint district court judges from the Supreme Court and gave it to the district courts themselves. It also deprived the state’s highest court of the right to set district court budgets. Critics said the law was an attempt by Mr. Brownback, a Republican, to stack the district courts with judges who may be more favorable to his policies.

    But in passing a separate budget bill to keep the third branch of government from shutting down, Republican lawmakers took the opportunity to insert language that would shield the 2014 law.

    “I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Matthew Menendez, counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice in New York, which is helping to represent a Kansas judge who is challenging the constitutionality of the 2014 law. “It seems pretty clear that these mechanisms have been an effort by the governor and the Legislature to try and get a court system that is more in line with their philosophy.”

    Richard E. Levy, a constitutional law professor at the University of Kansas, likened the measure in the judiciary budget bill to Congress’s passing a law outlawing abortion and then telling the judicial branch that it will lose its funding if it finds the law unconstitutional.

    “That kind of threat to the independence of the judiciary strikes me as invalid under the separation of powers principle,” Mr. Levy said in an interview on Friday.


    • 96 Don
      June 8, 2015 at 10:04 am

      Good job, Kansas, Brownback is going to skull-fuck the living daylights out of you and you have nobody to blame but yourselves.

      • 97 barbara
        June 8, 2015 at 1:50 pm

        NOT all of us in KS…..I voted Democratic and helped “get out the vote”. But to the fools who did not vote or who took the “easy road” and just marked anything with an R by the name, then they are the Kansans who should share this blame!

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