Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama dances while walking out of the Oval Office with his daughter Sasha, 8, to join a luau for members of Congress and their families on the South Lawn of the White House June 25, 2009



(The President has no public events scheduled today)

135 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    June 25, 2015 at 7:13 am


  2. 20 amk for obama
    June 25, 2015 at 7:16 am

    via bj, gail collins

    Is it my imagination, or are half the governors in the country running for president?

    On the Republican side they’re piling up like … those huge stacks of walruses we see off the coast of Alaska now that there’s global warming. A stack of governors! Different from the walruses only in 1) lack of tusks, and 2) failure to believe that melting ice floes are a serious problem…

    Almost all governors brag about their economic development programs — hey, it’s economic development! But we could have an excellent conversation about how often these things really work. They’re frequently huge, thudding wastes of money.


    so incompetent, and yet so ambitious

    • 21 99ts
      June 25, 2015 at 7:46 am

      gm amk and TOD

      Posted on LGF as a response to Lindsay Graham – apparently an oldie – but most suitable for the GOP

      • 22 jackiegrumbacher
        June 25, 2015 at 7:54 am

        99, I think they should just run this clip for every comment made by any candidate in every Republican presidential debate. It will always be accurate.

        • 23 99ts
          June 25, 2015 at 7:59 am

          Rather a delight – and very suitable – trying to decide which of the clowns it best suits – but you are right – all of ’em.

          gm jackie – hope all is good in your Wednesday. Our Wednesday was full of the energy of a nearly 3 year old & we are now exhausted – but in a good way 🙂

          • 24 vcprezofan2
            June 25, 2015 at 10:10 am

            Hi, TS! Even though you have a better reason than I, I am heartened to see I’m not the only regular here confused about what day of the week it is. I thought yesterday was Tuesday too. It must be something in the TOD water that disorients us! 😀

            • 25 99ts
              June 25, 2015 at 10:17 am

              Blimey – I lost a day – I shall never recover from the shock!!!!! Such is the joy of grandbabes 🙂 🙂

      • 26 amk for obama
        June 25, 2015 at 7:59 am

        mittbot seems almost sane when compared to the every single nutjob running this season. their pool getting stupider by every election.

        • 27 99ts
          June 25, 2015 at 8:04 am

          Discussion on LGF when their resident moderate GOPer tried to suggest conservative not = RWNJ. He lost the argument, they are one and the same.

    • 28 jackiegrumbacher
      June 25, 2015 at 7:52 am

      The more of these idiots who jump in, the better. Let them fill two clown cars and compete with each other in spouting far right, idiotic views that reverberate with a tinier and tinier portion of the population. Meantime our President continues to get things done, showing what a brilliant leader with a vision can accomplish.

      • 29 jackiegrumbacher
        June 25, 2015 at 9:06 am

        We are going to be getting our little almost three year old granddaughter for several days in August if my health makes it possible. I love her with all my heart, but it takes two of us full time to keep up and then we’re both utterly exhausted.

        • 30 jackiegrumbacher
          June 25, 2015 at 9:10 am

          Hi, 99. The above was in response to your comment on taking care of grandkids. Replies seem to float around.

  3. June 25, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Nice pictures of POTUS and little Sasha. Excuse me, Good Morning all. July 25th the First Lady will be in Los Angeles to help kick off the World Special Olympics.

  4. 32 jackiegrumbacher
    June 25, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Morning all. When I look at the smiling photos of the younger Sasha with our President, I wonder how all that time flew by. Before we turned around she grew up and became a sophisticated young lady, who rarely smiles with the kind of glee she showed as a child. I can only imagine how our President feels when he sees these incredible changes taking place in his daughters. Childhood is so fleeting, we all should treasure every minute of it in our children and grandchildren.

    • 33 hopefruit2
      June 25, 2015 at 8:05 am

      I suspect she still smiles a lot when they’re in private quarters and not surrounded by cameras and media paparazzi. 🙂 🙂

  5. 34 hopefruit2
    June 25, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Is it today that the SCOTUS rules on the Obamacare subsidies?

  6. 36 hopefruit2
    June 25, 2015 at 7:59 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, and congrats even amk on FURST! 🙂 Happy Thursday everyone 🙂 Love that pic with POTUS and his lil’ precious one!

  7. 51 Linda
    June 25, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Nikki Haley has the authority to remove that flag for ” cleaning purposes ” If she doesn’t do it today she is nothing but a fraud.

    Also…she is a member of ALEC and needs to resign from that hate group immediately.

    • 52 idon
      June 25, 2015 at 8:28 am

      Nikki is an opportunistic racist. This makes sense for someone not white born and raised in South Carolina. Since colorism is a significant part of India’s class system, I think she was trained to think of herself as different from other people of color, to embrace whiteness as a way to increase access and opportunity. But I imagine her self-hatred runs deep. Nikki knows those white racists she has embraced hate she is and only tolerate her as long as she is doing their bidding.

  8. June 25, 2015 at 8:21 am

  9. 62 desertflower
    June 25, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Morning people:) Thanks, Mr, President!!


    Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits held below 300,000 for the 16th straight week, signaling a tighter labor market that will help propel growth in the second half of 2015.
    Jobless claims rose by 3,000 to 271,000 in the week ended June 20, a Labor Department report showed Thursday in Washington. The median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for 273,000 new applications.

  10. 64 GGail
    June 25, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family!

  11. June 25, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Middle-Class Black Families, in Low-Income Neighborhoods
    JUNE 24, 2015

    Many of the nation’s racial disparities stem from the simple economic fact that white families make more money than black families on average, a gap that has remained stubbornly large in recent decades.

    Yet neither this income gap nor blatant discrimination is the only reason for the disparities. A new study, by three Stanford researchers, highlights another big cause: the neighborhood gap.

    Even among white and black families with similar incomes, white families are much more likely to live in good neighborhoods — with high-quality schools, day-care options, parks, playgrounds and transportation options. The study comes to this conclusion by mining census data and uncovering a striking pattern: White (and Asian-American) middle-income families tend to live in middle-income neighborhoods. Black middle-income families tend to live in distinctly lower-income ones.

    Most strikingly, the typical middle-income black family lives in a neighborhood with lower incomes than the typical low-income white family.


    • 68 GGail
      June 25, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Because it’s the only neighborhood the black middle income family can afford.

      • 69 0388jojothecat
        June 25, 2015 at 9:36 am

        Plus there is still discrimination going on for minority middle class families. Middle class minority families are discouraged by white realtors who steer them to “their” neighborhoods which are lower income. When I was buying my condo the white realtor kept taking me to see condos above the 210 frwy to buildings that were primarily minority. After I found the condo I am living in now he would not even consider taking me to see it saying, “you can’t afford that”. I told him it did not matter to me, I will contact the realtor on the sign, that is when he finally took me there. Where I live now is a good mix of middle class AA, Asian, White and Hispanic some seniors and some young families.

      • June 25, 2015 at 9:48 am

        There is so much to OVERCOME!!!…Structural Racism keeps everything in place….

        “don’t push me, cause i’m close to the edge, i’m trying not to lose my head….it’s like a jungle sometimes, it’s makes me wonder how i (WE) keep from going UNDER…

        Grandmaster Flash and Furious Five

  12. 71 Roberta in MN
    June 25, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Good Morning Chips, Danny & TODers. Have a great Thursday.

  13. 73 desertflower
    June 25, 2015 at 9:23 am

    I really gotta get outta here! http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/06/25/3670860/water-knife-environmental-science-fiction/

    That map on the bottom is real, though! I moved from CT, why???

  14. 74 amk for obama
    June 25, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s announcement that he is entering the Republican presidential race has become the subject of online mockery.

    Mr Jindal launched his campaign with a call for a uniform US identity, saying he disliked Americans being identified by origin, ethnicity or wealth.

    The hashtag #BobbyJindalisSoWhite began trending on Twitter after the launch.

    The tweets poked fun at Mr Jindal’s speech and alleged attempts to distance himself from his Indian heritage.

    “We are not Indian-Americans, African-Americans, Irish-Americans, rich Americans, or poor Americans. We are all Americans,” he told supporters.

    Also a subject of ridicule was the fact that Mr Jindal railed against allowing “people to immigrate to this country so that they can use our freedoms to undermine our freedoms”.


    Indians online were not amused by his remarks.

    The original hashtag #bobbyjindalissowhite was started by Indian-American Hari Kondabolu, with a series of hilarious tweets. Following the success of the tag he said it was the most “satisfying thing” he had ever done.


  15. 76 arapaho415
    June 25, 2015 at 9:29 am

    GM TODville.

    Another day in the past two weeks the President has cleared his schedule to compose a eulogy. Very sad for PBO, but he has the strength of 100 people.

    A week ago (last Thursday, on the morning after Wednesday’s #CharlestonMassacre:
    ““The president called, and we talked, and I noticed that he was very emotional in talking about Clementa” Pinckney, the pastor and Democratic state senator killed in the attack, Clyburn said.

    “I mentioned a couple of names (of victims) to him. He said, ‘Those are my people! Those are my people!’ He repeated that two or three times. I could tell that this event has struck a very emotional chord with him. So I was not the least bit surprised when he informed us that he would be coming to the service,” Clyburn said. Obama will deliver the eulogy for Pinckney on Friday.”

    Observations about the Confederate Flag in the South by Rep. Clyburn:
    “‘When John Lewis was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, when — I think it was in Anniston, Ala. — when those Freedom Riders were attacked, everybody knows that the law enforcement officers stayed away so that the vigilantes could beat and firebomb these people. The confederate flag was everywhere to be seen,’ Clyburn said. When South Carolina’s Strom Thurmond ran for president as a segregationist in 1948, ‘that flag was all over his convention,’ the lawmaker added.”

  16. 77 arapaho415
    June 25, 2015 at 9:38 am

    I’ve mentioned before that I’m Japanese-American, so that’s the context of my tweet…

    Missed the opportunity to comment here yesterday on Joe Madison’s two-word response to Tim Egan/Don Lemon on Tuesday night:
    “Hell No.” Kudos to Mr. Madison, and shame on Tim Egan who apparently wears white privilege on his sleeve.

    #CluelessMSM #CluelessWhitePundits

  17. June 25, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Here we go, peeps.

    • 79 desertflower
      June 25, 2015 at 9:49 am

      Fingers and toes crossed! They are so informed and smart…the whole world is watching and waiting. Godspeed.

      • June 25, 2015 at 9:51 am

        Yes, I do hope Sec Kerry’s enormous efforts are rewarded with a good deal. He’s certainly earned it. And his entire team as well. Sec. Moniz and Wendy Sherman have been invaluable.

  18. 82 desertflower
    June 25, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Sad anniversary today….Miss him.

  19. 83 kid kanga
    June 25, 2015 at 9:51 am

    congrats to gov. dayton again! the president might be on to something with this whole education thing.


  20. 84 Vicki
    June 25, 2015 at 9:53 am

    For those tracking SCOTUS—2 boxes came out meaning, probably 3 or 4 decisions today.
    Out of the 7 remaining.

  21. June 25, 2015 at 9:55 am

    He worked with churches in Chicago while he was a community organizer. I remember how fondly he talked about the people there and his much they taught him. This is especially personal.

  22. 87 amk for obama
    June 25, 2015 at 10:01 am

  23. 88 amk for obama
    June 25, 2015 at 10:01 am

  24. June 25, 2015 at 10:03 am

    SCOTUS decisions are up……..

  25. 92 Vicki
    June 25, 2015 at 10:05 am

    First decision is a WIN for liberals and progressives—Fair Housing in Texas—–kennedy, kagan, Sotomayor, RBG and Breyer favored this!!!
    Alito, Scalia, Roberts and CT opposed.

  26. 94 99ts
    June 25, 2015 at 10:07 am

    I gather this is good news – this outsider doesn’t fully understand it

    Texas Housing – SCOTUS
    “The decision of the Fifth Circuit is affirmed, the case is remanded.
    This is a big deal for housing rights and civil rights groups, and a bit of a surprise.
    Not that I disagree with the opinion; it’s just that the Court had granted this issue three times (the first two settled), when there was no circuit split on the question, so the conventional wisdom was that the Court’s more conservative justices could be looking to reverse. And I guess four of them were!”

    Comment from the folks at Scotus Blog

  27. 97 99ts
    June 25, 2015 at 10:09 am


    • 98 99ts
      June 25, 2015 at 10:10 am

      This means that individuals who get their health insurance through an exchange established by the federal government will be eligible for tax subsidies.

      6-3 – woohoo

  28. 99 desertflower
    June 25, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Decision of the Fourth Circuit is affirmed in King v. Burwell. 6-3.

  29. 103 Vicki
    June 25, 2015 at 10:10 am

    ACA WINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    • 104 kid kanga
      June 25, 2015 at 10:15 am

      OMG YAYA!!

      never bet against the pres. the decision for the disparate impact is huge as well. As someone in the mortgage sector I believe this was a huge factor in the recent bank penalties and fines. No wonder the pro busines court took it up, so great to see it upheld.

  30. 105 desertflower
    June 25, 2015 at 10:11 am


  31. 106 99ts
    June 25, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Dissent by Scalia – how unexpected

  32. 107 Vicki
    June 25, 2015 at 10:11 am

    6 to 3 Chief Justice Roberts reading the decision!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Let the celebrating Commence!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. June 25, 2015 at 10:12 am


  34. June 25, 2015 at 10:13 am

    SCOTUS upholds ACA 6-3 vote.

  35. June 25, 2015 at 10:13 am

  36. 112 Vicki
    June 25, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Five decisions remain. SCOTUS back tomorrow 10:00 AM

  37. 113 desertflower
    June 25, 2015 at 10:13 am

    SCOTUS is done for the day….but we have prevailed on the ACA:) Great, great news!! Who has cake??

  38. 114 Jeff
    June 25, 2015 at 10:13 am


  39. 115 Gazelle
    June 25, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Woo-hoo! Obamacare! Supreme Court rules for O’Care!

  40. 116 desertflower
    June 25, 2015 at 10:14 am

    6-3 decision:) How unique:)

  41. June 25, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Great news for the people who needs good affordable health insurance.

  42. 118 Jeff
    June 25, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Fair Housing is also spared which is great news as well.

  43. June 25, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Well, well.

  44. June 25, 2015 at 10:18 am


  45. 123 amk for obama
    June 25, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Short & Suuuweet.

    • 124 amk for obama
      June 25, 2015 at 10:19 am

  46. 125 Gazelle
    June 25, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I’m dropping the mic, swatting flies, brushing my lapel for PBO! 🙂

  47. 127 edp4bho
    June 25, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Morning TOD. Just had to come to celebrate…..have the biggest grin on my face right now 🙂 🙂

  48. 128 desertflower
    June 25, 2015 at 10:21 am

  49. 129 Vicki
    June 25, 2015 at 10:21 am

    What a week for America and Our Sensational President!!!!!
    I am not very religious but today i have to say, God Bless President Barack Obama.

  50. 130 99ts
    June 25, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Should King (& friends) – who was NEVER going to lose healthcare – regardless of decision – be ordered to pay the government costs. This great fiscally responsible republican party is costing the government a fortune with its continuous attempts to overturn any legislation/rules related to President Obama.

  51. 131 amk for obama
    June 25, 2015 at 10:24 am

    bbc today.

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    bbc y’day.

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    fuck you, bbc.

  52. 132 rikyrah
    June 25, 2015 at 10:25 am

    I am sitting here with tears in my eyes seeing the SC verdicts. I have been unemployed. I have been without insurance. I know that there is a sense of fear of anything going wrong medically. That MILLIONS of Americans have peace of mind…is overwhelming.

    I can’t process the Fair Housing right now. I’m just on Obamacare.

  53. 133 yardarm756
    June 25, 2015 at 10:28 am

    And CNN entertains the possibilities of the ACA being overturned if they get a Republican President & congress…..sheesh!

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