Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama holds six-month-old Talia Neufeld, daughter of departing staff member Adam Neufeld, in the Oval Office, June 14, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)




On This Day: President Barack Obama talks to kids during a stop at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland on Broadway Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, June 14, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

89 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    June 14, 2015 at 8:03 am

  2. 2 amk for obama
    June 14, 2015 at 8:04 am

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  3. 7 globalcitizenlinda
    June 14, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Good Morning Ms. Chips!

    Good Day Mr. AMK! Congratulations on first!

    Good Morning/ Afternoon/ Evening Everyone! Have a fantastic day

  4. 14 Marlz (@MarJGra)
    June 14, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Good Morning TOD.
    Finally catching up since April! … Lots of information… Tired! πŸ™‚
    Thanks to all for everything…this blog has kept me sane!

  5. 19 Roberta in MN
    June 14, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Goood Morning Chips, Danny, MP, Marlz, Linda & Congrats amk on your lonley furst. Have a great Sunday everyone.

  6. 21 jackiegrumbacher
    June 14, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Morning all. Don’t you wish you were in a place where PBO would just sit down and talk to you? On the one hand, I’d be thrilled; on the other I’d be so tongue-tied, I’d spend the rest of my days kicking myself for acting like an idiot.

  7. June 14, 2015 at 9:11 am

    I will not be watching any of the Sunday morning “ODS” shows!

    • 29 jackiegrumbacher
      June 14, 2015 at 9:22 am

      Smart move, Marlz. The thing is, no one on any of those shows knows anything more about what’s going on than you or me. They just make stuff up to satisfy a preconceived anti-PBO narrative. Who needs it.

      • June 14, 2015 at 9:47 am

        I wish this everyday! Glad I am not the only one.frankly, I am pretty much done with all the talking heads. All I want is for the president and his family to have a fairly pleasant and scandal free time in their remaining years at the White House. I want them to have a chance to live a good life together after all this.
        It has been a privilege and a pleasure to live through this amazing time.
        He has broken the mold; there will NEVER be another like him.
        Just wish I could see him one time, maybe say Hello.

        • 31 jackiegrumbacher
          June 14, 2015 at 11:58 am

          I feel exactly the same way,Eve. There will never be another president like PBO and we are all privileged to have lived through this time. As for the next president, my one wish is that they try to the extent possible to maintain President Obama’s legacy. That’s a thing worth fighting for.

      • June 14, 2015 at 12:23 pm

        Jackie I ‘ be never felt so emotionally removed from a presidental campaign. POTUS has worked so hard to reverse Clintonism. I just fear all the hard work will be lost. The Hillary on the campaign trail is not the real Hillary.

  8. June 14, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Sunday morning. Congrats amk on being “FURST’ this morning.

    To all, I hope you have an absolutely blessed and grateful day today. ❀ ❀ ❀

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. β­πŸ† β­πŸ† β­πŸ†

  9. 35 Vicki
    June 14, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Good morning TOD.
    This is unbelievable to me and I wonder if it is the “New normal” and I’ve been missing it for a while.

    The NY Times had an article about those 2 prisoner escapees and I had some interest as they were describing the terrain surrounding the prison.
    I was asking myself, When , exactly, did they escape—and couldn’t find the answer at first so i read the article carefully.

    ??? The NYT doesn’t reveal the day or date of escape???

    I took ONE journalism course in my life and was taught that a news piece must answer the who what where when how and why.

    Yes, journalism is gossip, titillation and speculation these days
    But in a straight news story is it too much to hope for complete info??? Apparently, it is.

    • 36 arapaho415
      June 14, 2015 at 9:59 am

      GM Vicki.

      Agree 100% with you.

      Drives me nuts that the Internet has made journalists lazy.

      When I read any article about something that happened in a time/place, IMO two questions have to be answered: when and where. The who is obvious, and the what and how are the gist of the story.

      Even something as frivolous as travel articles, should mention mention what time of year a visit occurred — they describe all the amenities, but it makes a difference if you’re visiting in April versus August.


    • June 14, 2015 at 10:11 am

      I’ve noticed this a lot recently. There’s hardly any backgrounding for stories, just follow-ups. It’s really annoying.

      • 38 Vicki
        June 14, 2015 at 11:31 am

        Arapaho mentions the “erasing of PBO.”
        If I were paranoid I’d say that journalism that avoids facts is the first course in a meal that will obliterate truth entirely from reporting.

  10. June 14, 2015 at 9:51 am

    • 40 arapaho415
      June 14, 2015 at 10:12 am

      GM RanMan.

      Every day I think I couldn’t hate the MSM more, and every day they prove me wrong.

      My tendency is to give people the benefit of the doubt, to hear their perspective (y’know, listen).

      This appears to be MSM’s prime objective (other than fawning over HRC — which makes me gag. I’m with others here — will vote Dem because SCOTUS and creating obstacles for plutocrats is vitally important to this country, but I hate being beaten over the head with the same message — how wonderful HRC is… but first let’s ignore the past 8 years…

    • 41 hopefruit2
      June 14, 2015 at 10:15 am

      Indeed Ranman. I don’t get what’s the obsession with being Black all of a sudden. Just yesterday some idiot was comparing Snowden to MLK. If you claim you are superior as a race, then why do you constantly try to be the race you claim is inferior?!?!?!?

    • June 14, 2015 at 10:20 am

      I actually never really understood why Bill Clinton was crowned our first Black President. What did he do to earn that? Especially onsidering his Omnibus Crime Bill.

      • 45 hopefruit2
        June 14, 2015 at 12:04 pm

        I think it was something Maya Angelou (a then staunch supporter of the Clintons) had said, which was later taken out of context. It was after the Lewinsky scandal.

    • 46 Nena20409
      June 14, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      And the ease in using the Term FAILURE whenever the Obama Presidency is mentioned…..then the other verbiage is Disappointment and Not meeting Expectations………
      These are words that DC/NY Pundits Never use with Nixon or Shrub, GW Bush.

  11. 47 amk for obama
    June 14, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Thousands of Nicaraguans have held a protest against the planned construction of a canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

    The $50bn (Β£32bn) scheme, being built by a Chinese firm, will be longer, deeper and wider than the Panama Canal.

    But the demonstrators fear it will have huge environmental costs and force thousands off their land.

    Nicaragua’s government says the canal will bring vital investment to one of Central America’s poorest countries.

    Some among the protesters, who were mostly farmers, accused President Daniel Ortega of selling Nicaragua to the Chinese.

    Initial site work began last December, with completion due in five years.


    The chinese are throwing around money everywhere on mega projects but the backlash is slowly starting to come out since these projects employ only chinese leaving only the low paying jobs to the locals.

  12. 48 hopefruit2
    June 14, 2015 at 10:08 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, even amk, and Happy Sunday everyone. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Congrats amk on FURST!

    • 56 carolyn
      June 14, 2015 at 10:32 am

      Thank you for bringing his obituary to this post, Africa. I would have loved to have known him…….your family was fortunate to have him, and I know your heart is broken. Please know that you are in my prayers. I will especially remember you in our prayer time at church today.

    • June 14, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Oh, africa, what a wonderful man and a beautiful tribute. You are in our thoughts with the wish that you may find peace in the days ahead.

    • 58 MightyPamela
      June 14, 2015 at 10:52 am

      _/I\_ ❀

    • 59 hopefruit2
      June 14, 2015 at 11:15 am

      Africa, I am so sorry to hear of your beloved husband’s passing. Wishing you and your family strength, comfort and healing at this difficult time. This is such a wonderful, touching tribute. May Alvin rest in peace.

    • 60 desertflower
      June 14, 2015 at 11:19 am

      What a beautiful, loving tribute to him, africa:) Will you still carry on with the online newspaper? Nice shout out to TOD:) Thinking of you

    • June 14, 2015 at 11:37 am

      Oh Africa, what a beautiful tribute to your husband, and what a rich and wonderful life he led. May he rest in peace. Endless love to you.

    • June 14, 2015 at 11:43 am

      What a lovely tribute, Africa. I know these days are tough, but try to find comfort and strength in your family, TOD, and of course your memories of your husband.

    • 63 jackiegrumbacher
      June 14, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      Africa, my heart goes out to you at the loss of such a wonderful husband and partner. Thank you for sharing your husband’s inspiring story. Hugs and much love to you and your family for the long healing process ahead.

    • 64 GGail
      June 14, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      Kate, thank you for posting Alvin’s obit. We surround you with hugs and love as you grieve. Know that you can talk & share with us, we’re here for you. ❀️

    • 65 Nena20409
      June 14, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      {{{{{{ ❀ ❀ Africatimes2 ❀ ❀ }}}}}}

  13. June 14, 2015 at 10:26 am

  14. 67 amk for obama
    June 14, 2015 at 10:32 am

    I just saw heard hillary on her ‘rally’…. nope, still can’t stand her.

    • 68 Don
      June 14, 2015 at 11:25 am

      You know, amk, as I look back on President Obama’s six plus years in office. At no time have the Clintons ever been fully committed to being good Democrats for President Obama. They have never been one-hundred percent loyal to President Obama.

  15. 69 Don
    June 14, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Dear White American,

    We’ll give you Don Lemon, Raven Symone and the “New Blacks” and cash, and we’ll keep Rachel Dolezal.

  16. June 14, 2015 at 10:46 am

    • June 14, 2015 at 10:50 am

      • 73 Don
        June 14, 2015 at 11:00 am

        As I’ve said before, the first Democrat that adopts President Obama’s policies and positions will win without even breaking a sweat.

      • 74 desertflower
        June 14, 2015 at 12:07 pm

        This right here is the crux of the matter. Their irrelevance is staring them in the face and they are terrified. Sucks to be them. The world moves on whether they want it to, or not. Thankfully!

  17. 75 catrst
    June 14, 2015 at 10:56 am

    I took action today. Every organization and every individual (Warren, etc.) that emailed me with negative stuff on the President’s position on trade is getting an unsubscribe from me and whenever I get a chance to leave a comment as to why it will same the same thing. I support the President’s positions on trade. This is my new way of expressing my disgust and I am also getting a chance to clear out a lot of emails in the future and also funding requests.

  18. June 14, 2015 at 11:24 am

  19. June 14, 2015 at 11:31 am

    • 81 Vicki
      June 14, 2015 at 11:45 am

      hahahaha Hillary is consistent in the same way she is progressive and honest.

      We need VP Biden to enter the race. In my humble opinion, neither Hillary nor Bernie has the slightest chance of becoming our next president.

  20. 82 Vicki
    June 14, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Senator Barack Obama in Berlin—————————————————-200,000
    Senator Barack Obama in Portland, OR——————————————-75, 000
    Senator Bernie Sanders in Burlington, VT——————————————-5,000 population 42,000
    SOS Hillary Clinton in NYC————————————————————–5,000 Roosevelt is. pop 10,000 NYC pop 9 Million

    Of course, it is up to everyone individually to say for themselves what is “success” and what is not.

  21. 83 HZ
    June 14, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Good Morning Chips and my TOD family.
    ((((((((((((( Love and prayers to Africa and family.)))))))))))

    Not a chance that these people will ever be what this great president has been to this nation and the world. They cannot rewrite history and we will not allow them to do it. Let us continue to enjoy, encourage, and engage with each other to help make his final remaining 18 months productive and wonderful. Our love for him will remain steady and firm.

    Everyone have a great Sunday. Love you Amk. Furst One! HZ

  22. 88 vcprezofan2
    June 14, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Greetings, TODobots and friends!
    I like to think the way Pres O always holds babies securely, protectively (and sometimes playfully), is the same way he holds the entire country, and figuratively, the world.

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