Early Bird Rise and Shine

Happy 14th Birthday, Sasha!



The President has no public events scheduled – he will have a private lunch with VP Biden




115 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    June 10, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Good Morning Sunshine. Chips, Danny & TOD.

  2. 6 Roberta in MN
    June 10, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Happy Birthday Sasha. You have a wonderful 14th BD. And lost of fun with family & friends. It has beena wonder watching you grow into a beautiful young lady and a credit to your Mom and Dad.

  3. 7 hopefruit2
    June 10, 2015 at 8:33 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, even amk, lurkers, etc and congrats Roberta on #1! Happy Wednesday everyone, and Happy 14th Birthday to Sasha!

  4. 9 jackiegrumbacher
    June 10, 2015 at 8:36 am

    What beautiful relationships our President has with his two daughters. If other fathers in this country emulated him in this alone, we would live in a better world.
    I hope we hear from Eve about her son’s transplant operation. Can’t imagine the agony of waiting for the results.

    On another note, yesterday’s medical appointments showed that I have increasing fluid in my lungs, which is going to mean a test involving a long needle put into my chest. Needless to say, I’m hitting high on the anxiety scale. On the other hand, my digestive issues seem to be progressing well and I may see the day when I may actually be back to normal in that area. Growing old is a real pain in every sense of that word.

    • June 10, 2015 at 8:39 am

      Oh Jackie, you poor thing – what causes fluid on the lungs? Is it easily fixable?

      • 11 jackiegrumbacher
        June 10, 2015 at 8:45 am

        Don’t know the answer because that’s the purpose of the test. If it’s an infection, it could mean massive antibiotics, which will cause my digestive system to go berserk all over again. If it’s worse, I can only hope it is fixable.

    • 13 mtmarilyn
      June 10, 2015 at 8:47 am

      Dear Jackie, continued prayers sent your way. Getting old isn’t for the wimpy.

    • June 10, 2015 at 9:12 am

      My thoughts for highest healing are with you, jackieg. I’m so sorry this has been such a long and tough process. I hope you be put on the correct treatment program ASAP.

    • June 10, 2015 at 9:26 am

      Morning Jackie. Hope you are well soon. Sending positive thoughts.

    • 16 57andfemale
      June 10, 2015 at 9:35 am

      Oh, Jackie!!!!! {{{{{{{{jackiegrumbacher}}}}}}} Sending positive and healing energy your way.

      As an asthma sufferer and plagued with respiratory problems my entire life including pneumonia, I understand the feeling of fluid in the lungs. It’s awful. I’m assuming you are confident in your doctors? Sometimes a fresh perspective is necessary.

    • June 10, 2015 at 10:02 am

      Jackie, There must be something in the PA water… Sounds like we have some of the same things going on. My prayer is that anxiety will be calmed, the Docs will be guided to the correct diagnosis, and that your healing will be swift! We are too young for this s#*t… 😉

    • 18 Roberta in MN
      June 10, 2015 at 10:20 am

      Oh, Jackie, my heart goes out to you. Will be praying for you and keep calm. I know it is easier said than done, Come on to MN -Mayo, they will find out what is wrong. Then I can come & visit and meet you. 🙂 Keep us informed. ((((hugs)))))

    • 19 Dakota
      June 10, 2015 at 11:15 am

      {{{Jackie}}} My thoughts and prayers are with you

    • 20 sherijr
      June 10, 2015 at 11:49 am

      ((((((Jackie)))))) I’m so sorry you are going through such health scares and concerns, I’m sending my positive thoughts out to you in hopes all will be well soon for you.
      When I had septicemia I too had severe fluid around my lungs.. so painful I couldn’t lay down. I had to have a needle put into my back on each side to withdraw the fluid. I don’t know if this is like your procedure.. but I can tell you that it was very successful for me. Again, my best wishes to you.

    • 21 jacquelineoboomer
      June 10, 2015 at 11:54 am

      JackieG – Thinking of you and sending big hugs your way!

    • 22 MightyPamela
      June 10, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      JG. _/I\_

    • 23 sjterrid
      June 10, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      JackieG, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and hope they find out soon what is causing this increase of fluids in your lungs, so they could find the right treatment to fix it.

      I will, also, continue to pray for Eve and her son.

  5. June 10, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Happy Birthday to Miss Sasha Obama.

  6. 25 globalcitizenlinda
    June 10, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Good Morning! Hope this comment shows up – yesterday evening i was in World Press jail with all comments just “vanishing”

  7. June 10, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Gooooood moooooorrrnnnninnnnngggg, Chips and TODers.

    I also picked that photo for my BD greeting to Sasha. I just love it. I hope she has a magnificent birthday celebration.

    • June 10, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Gooooooooo moooooooorning Majestic Meta!!

      June 10, 2015 at 10:17 am


    • 30 Obama Grandmama
      June 10, 2015 at 11:45 am

      I always compare Sasha with my oldest granddaughter who is a year younger also with a summer birthday. My granddaughter will be spending this summer with my daughter, her Aunt in Germany this year. She is enrolled in a day camp to learn German with International students while my daughter is at work. My daughter is an excellent cook and baker so they will spend time doing that together. She is not a risk taker, rather shy, but I think she will like it when she is into it. I know I would have loved it. Glad my son and daughter-in-law saw the value of the opportunity to send her.
      If I had not had this mobility problem I would have been there too. Plan to be ready to go for a visit in a couple years after two upcoming surgeries to replace a hip and a knee. It is a goal worth working towards.

  8. 31 carolyn
    June 10, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Jackie…..we know what you are going through, as my husband has been through a similar experience. First, last fall and winter, the intestinal/digestive issues, then this spring, serious pneumonia/bronchitis,. He has been on antibiotics for 14 weeks, with only two more (we hope)to go. Yesterday his white cell count was finally within striking distance of normal. The doctor found an antibiotic that has not messed with his digestion. He does take two powerful probiotic pills a day. The pharmacist and doctor said to take only those with live cultures which must be kept in the refrigerator. So far, the have kept him from having any more digestive issues. He also had terrible edema in his legs, ankles and feet, which has been greatly alleviated with diuretics. He now wears compression socks every day too. This is a long haul, but with good, medical care you will come through well. Our doctor has him come in every two weeks to check on him and regulate his meds. Yesterday was his best appointment in over four months, and we are thankful. Sounds like your doctors are doing all the right things. I know your anxiety, but you will come through and eventually be stronger. Will be thinking about you today.

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

      Thank you, Carolyn, your words and reassurance mean a lot. When you’re in the middle of it you have all sorts of nightmares, so I needed this perspective. I can’t tell you how glad I am that your husband is doing better. It’s been a long haul for you both and I’m sure it would be great to have this ordeal come to a happy end.

      • 33 57andfemale
        June 10, 2015 at 9:57 am

        Jackie, you may want to try something called “alkazone”. It is alkaline drops that go in any water, tea or coffee you drink. I have a terrible stomach in recent years, and it has helped. I work with a young man who contracted a nasty intestinal infection that he has been battling for almost a year, and these drops have helped him immensely.

        There is a theory on alkaline in your system, and the idea of alkalinizing your blood is quackery. BUT putting a very low dose in your stomach helps to balance acids in your stomach. I felt results immediately, as did my friend at work. Anything that will bring you some comfort and get more nutrients in your system.

        Of course, do what your doctor tells you. But these drops have helped me immensely. I ordered them from amazon.

    • 34 57andfemale
      June 10, 2015 at 9:53 am

      Thanks, Carolyn. I take probiotics but not the refrigerated kind. I need to do that, so thanks for the tip.

  9. 35 Allison
    June 10, 2015 at 9:11 am

    • June 10, 2015 at 9:54 am

      Wow, that is one of the most powerful statements I’ve ever read from our FLOTUS and she has an inspiring record. The weight that our President and family carry on their shoulders every day–would crush most of us.

      “Graduates, in the end, you all are the ones responsible for changing the narrative about our communities,” she said. “Wherever you go next, wherever you go, you all encounter people who doubt your very existence—folks who believe that hardworking families with strong values don’t exist on the South Side of Chicago, or in Detroit, or in El Paso, or in Indian Country, or in Appalachia.”

      “They don’t believe you are real,” she continued. “And with every word you speak, with every choice you make, with the way you carry yourself each day, you are rewriting the story of our communities. And that’s a burden that President Obama and I proudly carry every single day in the White House.”

  10. 38 GGail
    June 10, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    Happy birthday Sasha!

  11. June 10, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Good morning TOD folks! Happy birthday Sasha!

  12. 48 desertflower
    June 10, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Good morning everyone and Happy Birthday beautiful Sasha! Hope she has a wonderful day today.

    jackieg…..hope you feel better soon.

    eveingeorgia….thinking of you and your beautiful son and hoping that all is going well with the transplant. You were the first thing I thought about this morning…

  13. 50 vcprezofan2
    June 10, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Morning, Chips Chica! I’ve been on line for over an hour and it’s absolutely your fault that I’m only now signing. My eye caught that birthday tweet for Sasha, and before you know it I was bogged down in that Frontline video. As I’ve sait – it’s ALL your fault!

    Wednesday Greetings, TODobots, every. one! 🙂

  14. 51 MightyPamela
    June 10, 2015 at 9:41 am

  15. June 10, 2015 at 9:47 am

    But why on earth would any parent voluntarily face the risk of being in the same position? Anyone could reliably have predicted that devastating diseases would start to pop up again in unvaccinated kids, myself included. You can find misguided people willing to pooh-pooh the ill effects of measles, despite its potential for devastating consequences even in healthy children. But nobody who understands diphtheria could wave it away so blithely.

  16. June 10, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Jeb’s doing the European tour too?


    Jeb Bush’s anti-Putin speech in Berlin is a strategic and political blunder
    Updated by Max Fisher on June 9, 2015, 8:40 a.m. ET @Max_Fisher max@vox.com

    I happened to arrive in Berlin a few days before Jeb Bush, who is visiting the German capital today for a big anti-Putin speech. The governor did not see fit to recruit me into his advance team. But if he had, I would’ve called the home office to strongly urge that he cancel, for the good of both his political campaign and American strategic interests in Europe.

    Having Jeb Bush come to Berlin to argue on behalf of US foreign policy in Europe is a bit like sending Edward Snowden to give a speech on NSA reform to the Republican National Committee. Bush has come up in nearly every conversation I’ve had here since arriving, and always with a warning: that skepticism of the US is already high here, that the German public’s support of tough policies toward Russia is tenuous, and that the mere sight of a Bush makes Germans want to run in the opposite direction of US foreign policy.


    Jeb Bush is extremely unpopular in Germany, where only 7 percent see him in a positive light, according to a recent YouGov poll, with 27 percent negative. His last name is deeply intertwined with a popular opposition to US foreign policy that, to my surprise, Germans themselves have frequently characterized to me as “anti-Americanism.” When Germans express skepticism toward Merkel’s hardline policies on Russia and Ukraine, they often do so by suggesting those policies are being pushed by the Americans, and raising the much-loathed 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. The very worst person to convince them to stay the course on Russia, then, is anyone named Bush.


    • 54 99ts
      June 10, 2015 at 10:26 am

      Republicans spruiking nonsense in Europe are very damaging to both US policies and how people in other countries see the US. It is interesting that they seem to only go to Europe or Israel – like the rest of the world does not exist. One could almost think they only want to talk with people who have white skin.

    • 55 MightyPamela
      June 10, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      He really doesn’t want to be president, and is just working hard to make sure it never happens! And PBO was just in Germany, creating real progress and shining as he always does! #wevehadenoughbushes

  17. June 10, 2015 at 9:54 am

    We may see a House vote on the trade bill this Friday……..

  18. June 10, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  19. 58 amk for obama
    June 10, 2015 at 9:59 am

    guess who greeted me right at nairobi airport today afternoon?

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  20. 67 Linda
    June 10, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Sec, Burwell is testifying in front of Lyin Ryan on cspan 3.

  21. June 10, 2015 at 10:14 am

    If your Rep is resisting trade, please do what you can to call them and urge them to vote with POTUS.

  22. June 10, 2015 at 10:15 am

    He sure did.

  23. June 10, 2015 at 10:17 am

    OT: Back to the debate about the continued coddling of the White Working Class.

    When people vote against their own self-interest, there comes a time when they should not be coddled anymore.

    IF they vote this mofo Bevin in and he takes away their health insurance…no better for them. I have not one ounce of pity for them.


    Kentucky election could blot an Obamacare bright spot

    Matt Bevin has made eliminating the state’s Obamacare programs a central plank of his platform.
    6/9/15 6:48 PM EDT

    Gallup polling shows Kentucky saw the second biggest drop in its uninsured rate in the country, behind only Arkansas.

    Yet, Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin, a tea party favorite who narrowly won a brutal primary last month and could run a competitive general election race, has made eliminating the state’s Obamacare programs — and sharply curtailing the ranks of the newly insured — a central plank of his platform. If he wins this November, more than half a million people who got covered through the exchange or an Obamacare-proscribed expansion of Medicaid could find themselves in health care limbo.


    • 73 Linda
      June 10, 2015 at 10:23 am

      61 % of those that get subsidies are white and 62 % live in the South

      • 74 57andfemale
        June 10, 2015 at 11:13 am

        Unfortunately, the GOP is already prepared I’m sure on how to blame this on PBO. And the idiots will believe it.

        Will the DNC take control of this narrative? Will they train their people in how to show outrage and inform the people? Where is DWS anyway?

    • June 10, 2015 at 10:29 am

      the issue is that chipping away at Obamacare impact us all…where is the DNC touting the success of Obamacare…where are the Dem lawmakers doing the same….stilllllllll after all this time they are quiet….they should be shouting from the mountaintop the impact that this law has had on every American…yet they remain quiet….this is ODS….

    June 10, 2015 at 10:19 am


      June 10, 2015 at 10:21 am


  25. June 10, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Elections Matter….Voting Matters..

  26. June 10, 2015 at 10:42 am

  27. June 10, 2015 at 10:50 am


  28. 91 Judith Fardig
    June 10, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Sending hope for healing to all members of TOD who are battling illness themselves or alongside family members. Thanks for this post highlighting lovely Sasha’s birthday. She has always been a charmer.

  29. 96 Gazelle
    June 10, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Mauritius parliament elect first woman President, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

    By Kundai Mugwanda-Nyamutenha on June 8, 2015 — Renowned scientist and biologist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim was last week endorsed by the Mauritian Parliament to be the first female president of the African island

    More about her here: http://thisisafrica.me/mauritius-parliament-elect-first-woman-president-ameenah-gurib-fakim/

  30. 97 vcprezofan2
    June 10, 2015 at 11:44 am

    JackieG, am thinking of you and adding my wish to others here for the best outcome for you over the ensuing weeks and months.


    Nigeria student solves old maths problem
    By This Is Africa on June 10, 2015 — Nigerian graduate Ufot Ekong topped the awards podium after achieving the highest grades at a Japanese university in 50 years and solving a 30 year-old mathematical problem

    [Facebook pic]

    Ufot Ekong, smashed a record in Japan after he solved a maths puzzle in his first semester that was unsolvable for 30 years. As if that wasn’t enough, he recently graduated with the highest grades at Tokai University since 1965, according to a report by The Independent.

    His great achievements did not come on a silver platter for Ekong because according to the report, the mathematician attained a first class degree in electrical engineering through sweat and hard work as he worked two jobs to finance his education while studying at the prestigious private university, based in the capital city of the Asian country.

    …………………….. //


    • 98 Nena20409
      June 10, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      His future is Bright!

    • 99 0388jojothecat
      June 10, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      They say people with gaps in their front teeth are highly intelligent. Gap or no gap, he is an outstanding student and hope that he can do a lot of good in this world. We need the smartest and brightest to make a difference in solving some of the hardest problems this world faces. Congratulations to a fine young man.

      • 100 vcprezofan2
        June 10, 2015 at 3:39 pm

        Hi, Jojo. For once I have to say I know for a fact *they* are not right on this one. 😀 😀 I’m with you though, hoping the young man makes his mark in a major way.

  31. 101 JER
    June 10, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

  32. 103 sherijr
    June 10, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Happy Birthday Sasha Obama ! Wishing you a marvelous day.

    So I am quite bitter today.. am not sure how to overcome it. I’ve complained about my neighborhood before.. the hookers, the racists, the just plain unfriendly folks who surround me. This weekend a man walking by tried to sell me a pair of shoes- as he needed ‘food’. I instead asked if he knew any roofing.. he said he did. I just needed a small patch on my garage. He said he’d do the job for $15.00 which was ridiculous.. he did the work, I paid him 40. which I felt was fair to both of us. Needless to say, he came back two nights later and robbed my garage. How do I know it was him.. it was, in fact my sons were both very suspicious of the guy from the get go. Since we suspected he may come back to rob us, we’d removed some stuff from the garage.. but forgot my son’s bike and my grass trimmer… both of which this d*ckhead stole.

    Knowing that my neighbor has security cameras on the whole street (she told me during the riots), I asked if she could just check it and describe the guy to me. Today she tells me, that somehow her camera came unplugged and she has no video for the past three days. I wish I could say I believe this ‘coincidence’ but I just don’t. I live amongst some crappy people and I’m sick over it today.

    My rant, thanks for letting my spew it, TOD,

    • 104 sherijr
      June 10, 2015 at 11:59 am


    • June 10, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Damn it sherijr, what a horrible story, and what a way to lessen your trust in the people around you even more. And you paid him more than twice what he asked. Some people truly are shit.

      • 106 sherijr
        June 10, 2015 at 12:15 pm

        some people really are, you’d think at my age, I’d know that. It still hurts. I was so friendly when I got here to everyone, really wanted to make new friends/ connections. But honestly I have yet to meet anyone in my neighborhood that seems to have a heart or a soul. eh, I’m a biotch today, sorry ;(

        • June 10, 2015 at 12:18 pm

          You really must be worn out by the place, you’ve had nothing but misery since you got there, and there’s no worse feeling in the world than having kindness returned with spite. I said it before sherijr, I wish I could lift you out of the damn place and take you away from it. You deserve so much better than this.

          • 108 sherijr
            June 10, 2015 at 9:21 pm

            oh what a truly lovely comment Chips, thank you so kindly for saying these words to me. I am just now seeing this and want to hug you for being so thoughtful (((((Chips)))))) thank you thank you. You’ve made my night 🙂

            • June 10, 2015 at 9:30 pm

              Well, a sherijr hug has made my night, so we’re quits 🙂 Love ya, so so so sorry you are going through this, you’re a whole bunch of goodness in a sea of misery.

              • 110 sherijr
                June 10, 2015 at 9:36 pm

                omg, you are the sea of goodness, my dear. thank you Chips… my bitterness has magically evaporated 🙂 🙂

                • June 10, 2015 at 9:57 pm

                  Truly sherijr, I’m always struck by your gentle strength and righteousness, your hurt at others’ nastiness and deceit – you are a powerfully good person. Damn it, the world would be perfect if it was populated by sherijrs 🙂

                  • 112 sherijr
                    June 10, 2015 at 10:10 pm

                    oh boy, I need you to move in with me right away Chips and just keep on with that kind of talk 🙂 🙂 Coming from you that is probably the highest, kindest praise I’ve ever received from anyone. I think so highly of you and all that you accomplish- and how unselfish you are, that I’m just flabbergasted by your wonderful words- you have warmed my heart mightily ((((Chips))))

    • 113 MightyPamela
      June 10, 2015 at 7:02 pm


  33. 115 Nena20409
    June 10, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    A Huge Happy Birthday to sweet lovely Natasha “Sasha” Obama.

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