Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron visit with students while touring Enniskillen Primary School in Northern Ireland, June 17, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (all times EDT)

10:30: The President delivers remarks at an investiture ceremony for Attorney General Lynch

3:45: Meets with winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring

6:25: Delivers remarks at a picnic for Members of Congress; South Lawn

* The First Lady is in Milan where she will meet with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife, and visit the Milan Expo 2015


From Yesterday



President Obama is briefed on response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, during a meeting in the Rose Garden of the White House, June 17, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama greets hospital workers while visiting wounded service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., June 17, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama talks with housekeeping staff outside of a lodge at the Lough Erne Resort during the G8 Summit in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, June 17, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)



106 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    June 17, 2015 at 7:10 am




  2. 12 hopefruit2
    June 17, 2015 at 7:17 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, even amk, lurkers! Congrats amk on FURST. Happy Wednesday everyone :).
    Chips, I see you’ve learned quite well from Mr. Amk. What’s with all the ‘raffes & ‘roos? 🙂 🙂

  3. June 17, 2015 at 7:24 am

  4. 24 jackiegrumbacher
    June 17, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Aaahhh, Chips, thanks for this wonderful collection of morning photos. You have no idea how much they cheer the day. Can’t look at our President with those adorable children and with all the people who love him without grinning like a fool.

    • June 17, 2015 at 7:26 am

      Good morning Jackie! Love today’s photos too, especially the face of the woman at the Walter Reed Center!

      • 26 jackiegrumbacher
        June 17, 2015 at 7:29 am

        That woman at Walter Reed represents all of us. That’s exactly how I would react, although she probably showed more poise than I would.

  5. June 17, 2015 at 7:31 am

    • 28 Linda
      June 17, 2015 at 7:43 am

      Mort Zuckerman hates Trump…..

      Trump claims he saved the NY Daily News in the 80’s-90.s but Zuckerman did not own it until 93 and says Trump is lying.

    • 30 GGail
      June 17, 2015 at 9:05 am

      I can’t believe Trump said what he did about Mexico. He should stay away from microphones 😳

      • June 17, 2015 at 9:09 am

        Moooooooorning GGail! I completely skipped the creep yesterday, almost afraid to ask … what did he say about Mexico?

        • 32 GGail
          June 17, 2015 at 9:13 am

          Moooorning Chipsticks. Trump said that Mexico is only sending their criminals to the U.S., then he tried to clean it up and said not all are criminals. /damn!

          • 33 symmetry11
            June 17, 2015 at 9:23 am

            No one should be shocked about anything that comes out of his mouth.

          • June 17, 2015 at 9:28 am

            Where is my head in hands pic when I need it? What a repulsive prick.

          • June 17, 2015 at 9:37 am

            WHAT? WOW, I think my instincts to completely ignore this ugly fool are correct. What a disgusting carnival barker.

            Donald Trump is running for president so he can say every disgusting thing that comes to his mind and get on TV. MSM love his hysterical crap.

  6. 36 jackiegrumbacher
    June 17, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Tomorrow I’m meeting with the same loud-mouthed Dems I walked out on last month when they started trashing PBO over TPP. They’re going to be in full braying mode because they think they’ve triumphed over the President by stopping the trade bill. These guys don’t listen to facts because they’re too interested in shouting everyone down. I’m thinking of bringing a copy of “the Inferno,” and reading it openly when the bragging starts.

  7. 37 globalcitizenlinda
    June 17, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Good Morning Ms Chips! Good Morning Everyone! Have a fantastic day.

  8. 39 globalcitizenlinda
    June 17, 2015 at 7:56 am

    I have two “mean prayers” this morning : (1) that PBO chooses NOT to lobby ANY congressional critter on TAA/TPP this evening but instead just smile at them. (2) that a heavy rain downpour starts on the WhiteHouse lawn just as soon as the food is about to be served. Yes, i am childish like that in my need for p payback

    • 40 hopefruit2
      June 17, 2015 at 8:11 am

      🙂 G’morning Linda. I like your prayers, but I assure you that Mark Knoller won’t appreciate the second one! LMAO!

      • 41 globalcitizenlinda
        June 17, 2015 at 8:49 am

        I can imagine! Especially after the food is ready & rain stops it from being served. Instead, the food is taken to the DC soup kitchens

  9. 42 JER
    June 17, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

  10. June 17, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Jesus, the NYT is pure scum:

    • 46 99ts
      June 17, 2015 at 9:03 am

      We had a balcony collapse when a group of private school moms were having their end of term get together. All from the wealthy end of town. No-one – but no-one criticised the participants. What a disgusting report from the NYTimes – no doubt if it was a group of students from the 1% the story would have been different.

      • June 17, 2015 at 9:08 am

        It really was disgusting, 99ts. There is an issue with some Irish students misbehaving on their travels, mainly due to drink (what a curse), but to drag it in to this horrific tragedy is pure gutter journalism. Speaking of which: the Irish edition of a British tabloid had a photo of the body bags on its front page this morning. Very happy to read lots of Irish newsagents are refusing to sell the rag today.

        • 48 99ts
          June 17, 2015 at 9:36 am

          Houses/apartments built incorrectly/on the cheap collapse. It seriously has nothing to do with who was doing what – and I have some vivid memories from 40+ years ago of “students misbehaving” – to the best of my knowledge none were from Ireland – they aren’t the only students who use alcohol to celebrate their new found release from parent controls! Fortunately I lived to remember those times!

          • June 17, 2015 at 9:45 am

            🙂 Relieved you survived your wild days!!

            Unfortunately, the Irish (and British) do seem to be bigger drinkers than most, it’s just a part of the culture, and at times lose the plot when the partying begins. There’s been a lot of coverage in Ireland of students abroad going nuts – Perth, actually, seems to be a particular black spot 😕

            • 50 99ts
              June 17, 2015 at 9:55 am

              Beer is to Australians what water is to most of the rest of the world. We’re not so big on spirits although gin was to blame for the worst of my student excesses. Had a japanese professor who threw parties for his students and was keen on “gin fizzes” .

              Then again, it was my father with the Irish roots who explained the benefit of alcoholic beverages to his children.

              I do feel very sad that these students didn’t survive their stupid – to me it is what students do. We stole a llama from a local circus one night because – too stupid to know better.

              • June 17, 2015 at 10:00 am

                “We stole a llama from a local circus one night”


                Do you still have him?

                • 52 99ts
                  June 17, 2015 at 10:05 am

                  Poor little thing was petrified & we woke up realising we had NO idea how to care for him, not to mention the po-lice were looking for him (and maybe us) – so he was tied to the gate of a vacant paddock and an anonymous call advised as to his location.

                  • June 17, 2015 at 10:07 am

                    Weeeeeepin’. From this forth, I shall know you as the llamanapper!

                    • 54 99ts
                      June 17, 2015 at 10:11 am

                      A common thief – at least nothing common about the object of the theft 🙂
                      (and note my note to amk after you passed on the details of my crime)

                      In those days the police were truly on the side of the people – sorted things out, sent young uns home to sober up – with the odd lecture as to “what would your mother think” – how times have changed.

                    • June 17, 2015 at 10:15 am

                      I think the problem now is that the young (Irish) ones aren’t just drinking beer, it’s all these crazy blow-yer-head-off cocktail-type thingies, scary.

            • 56 99ts
              June 17, 2015 at 9:58 am

              I’m reliving my youth here – when the only responsibility one had was to make it to your own bed before the college curfew – else it was a task to find someone to let you in through a window!

  11. 57 No Child Left Behind
    June 17, 2015 at 8:01 am

  12. 62 No Child Left Behind
    June 17, 2015 at 8:03 am

  13. 63 No Child Left Behind
    June 17, 2015 at 8:07 am

  14. 64 globalcitizenlinda
    June 17, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Heavy rain storms this morning – just in time for people to head into work.

  15. June 17, 2015 at 8:38 am

  16. 69 Linda
    June 17, 2015 at 8:41 am

    It is going to be 97 in Atlanta today . High 90’s for at least the next week with the lows in the high 70’s.

    We own a roofing business which means 10-15 degrees hotter up on the roofs. Yikes….that means heatstroke alert and the guys will have to be off the roofs by 2 PM.

  17. June 17, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Morning TOD!

    Looks like the Trade Deal is back.
    Check the headlines at HuffPo.

  18. 72 amk for obama
    June 17, 2015 at 8:47 am

    so, how is ireesh summah?

  19. 75 JER
    June 17, 2015 at 9:00 am

    • 76 jackiegrumbacher
      June 17, 2015 at 9:21 am

      How I wish, wish, wish that I could be there. It looks beautiful.

      • June 17, 2015 at 10:04 am

        The galleria is beautiful and across the way sits the cathedral or ” Duom.” Spent a lot of time there … It was almost completely destroyed during WWII , there really isn’t much left of the original old down town.

  20. 78 JER
    June 17, 2015 at 9:02 am

  21. 79 amk for obama
    June 17, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Greece’s central bank has warned for the first time that the country could be on a “painful course” to default and exit from both the eurozone and the EU.

    It comes as the Greek government and its international creditors blamed each other for failing to reach a deal over economic reforms.


    This is gonna shake EU up.

  22. 80 Vicki
    June 17, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Good Morning.
    This is for VC, Arapaho and me. Plus all TOD confused by Trade status.
    NY Times has a Q & A and I’ll type in their summary—which was in answer to a reader who was confused.

    PBO really wants to get T.P.P., but he needs T.P.A. and that requires T.A.A. Dems like T.A.A. but will kill it to block T.P.A. LOL

    All clear now?
    If this is the end of the thread somebody please bring it to the next one as it may help someone else.

    • 81 99ts
      June 17, 2015 at 9:41 am

      I remember when I was working we used to have a sheet known as the buzz word generator for use in reports to the boss 🙂 This sure sounds similar.

    • June 17, 2015 at 10:07 am

      AND they want to kill TPA so they can kill PBO’s TPP.

      Yeah, crazy.

  23. June 17, 2015 at 9:35 am

  24. June 17, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  25. 88 99ts
    June 17, 2015 at 9:39 am

    What a photogenic delightful and all round gorgeous family is the 1st family of the US. The GOP pretenders are just so jealous – there is literally nothing that can be used for legitimate criticism.

  26. June 17, 2015 at 9:51 am

  27. June 17, 2015 at 9:52 am

  28. June 17, 2015 at 9:55 am

    FLOTUS looks she could be Malia in this photo!

  29. June 17, 2015 at 9:59 am

    I love this movie. Was always sad that they didn’t make more of them.


    Devil in a Blue Dress’ Finally Coming out on Blu-Ray in October

    Shadow and Act
    By Sergio | Shadow and Act

    June 17, 2015 at 9:10AM

    Just last month, I wrote an appreciation piece for Carl Franklin’s 1995 film adaption of Walter Mosley’s “Devil in Blue Dress” which I still believe is a much under-appreciated film.

    As I said, it is truly “a superior film that fires on all cylinders – acting, direction, script, cinematography, editing art direction… but is also true to its film noirish roots, giving us a complex, shadowy mystery story full of twists and turns with dubious characters who lie to hide their true agendas”.

    But, as I said as well, “the film is not simply a Humphrey Bogart film in blackface. It very accurately chronicles what like was like for black folks in this country during the 1940’s. Racism and segregation weren’t just a Southern thing. It was everywhere, from the Midwest to the East, to the so-called more liberal “Left Coast” of Southern California. Black people faced insults, oppression and degradation every day and yet persevered and endured. It wasn’t easy for sure”.

    Yet, somehow, when people talk about their favorite black films, “Devil” is rarely (if ever) on anyone’s list. It seems to have been overlooked. Though I’m sure there are those who still remember it fondly. It’s a shame that it didn’t do well at the box office since there are so many other wonderful Easy Rawlins novels that would make great films.


    • 94 0388jojothecat
      June 17, 2015 at 10:35 am

      Hi rikyrah, I enjoyed the film too. Denzel did a wonderful job and I normally don’t go for suspense mystery movies. I wish someone could do a series of Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins novels, I would watch them. I think this movie was just before its time, if it came out today it would do well.

      • 95 Dakota
        June 17, 2015 at 12:55 pm

        Have read all of the Easy Rawlins mysteries and a movie series would be great. Devil in a Blue Dress is one of my favorite movies. Still annoyed that Don Cheadle didn’t win the Oscar for his fabulous portrayal of Mouse.

  30. June 17, 2015 at 10:04 am

    OMG, Nancy Smash is losing it. I don’t get it!

    • 105 Linda
      June 17, 2015 at 10:11 am

      I just received the 2015 DNC survey which will be returned BLANK along with a letter letting them know how disgusting they are.

      Ugh !

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