Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: The First Family arrive in Moscow, July 6, 2009



2:20 EDT: The President receives an update on ISIS, The Pentagon

3:55 EDT: Delivers a statement



On This Day: The First Family arrive in the Kremlin, Moscow, July 6, 2009



125 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. 14 hopefruit2
    July 6, 2015 at 7:54 am

    G’morning Chips, vc & TOD! Happy Monday everyone. πŸ™‚ Where’s Mr. amk?

  2. 27 jackiegrumbacher
    July 6, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Morning all. What an amazing glorious win by our US Women’s soccer team. I hope it inspires tens of thousands of little girls to sign up for soccer this season. There were so few inspirational women sport’s figures in my childhood. Now the world is full of (s)heros, one of whom happens to be the First Lady of the United States.

  3. 29 amk for obama
    July 6, 2015 at 8:01 am

    all of em, katie.

  4. 30 hopefruit2
    July 6, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Venus & Serena are now playing each other at Wimbledon?

  5. 32 hopefruit2
    July 6, 2015 at 8:06 am

  6. 33 amk for obama
    July 6, 2015 at 8:08 am

    GG, blink twice if you got away from unohoo safely.

  7. 37 amk for obama
    July 6, 2015 at 8:20 am

    my opinion of newzies went several notches down.


    they are jus’ effing deers, ferchrissake.

  8. 40 vcprezofan2
    July 6, 2015 at 8:21 am

    A day late – what can I say?

  9. July 6, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Monday morning. Congrats Ms. Chips, on being first to open your store this morning for your wonderful customers.

    To all, I hope you have a glorious and illustrious day today ❀ ❀ ❀

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

  10. 43 amk for obama
    July 6, 2015 at 8:29 am

    so, the world did not end today? #bummer

  11. 45 amk for obama
    July 6, 2015 at 8:37 am

    both the w girls are wearing great outfits.

  12. 65 idon
    July 6, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Everyone should read this article, which is a heads-up about the electability narrative for 2016 – the angry white voter who is angry because he or she feels “abandoned or disappeared” by Dems. I wrote a couple of months ago on some board that Hillary’s biggest problem is gonna be white people. If you look at Bernie’s crowds, he gets it. Of course, the chances of me voting for him is slim to none. Check out the article, It’s not about PBO. It’s about white people and it’s amazing – http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/06/party-of-jackson-vs-the-party-of-obama.html

    • 66 jackiegrumbacher
      July 6, 2015 at 9:23 am

      Idon, it’s not so much about white people, as the white blue collar worker who feels perpetually victimized and unwilling to adapt to the modern world. In many of the rust belt states, there’s still a longing for the days of the coal mines and the thriving steel industry. People could support families on blue collar union wages and it gave them a sense of pride. The world has changed, the steel industry moved on, fossil fuels are becoming obsolete, but many don’t want to hear that that they might need to change as well. The Republican Party has absolutely no solutions for them, but it gives them someone to blame–the government, minorities, anyone who gets something they don’t have. Bernie tells them to blame rich guys and Wall Street, but he has no more effective solutions than the Republicans do. He’s just shifting the blame game.

      • July 6, 2015 at 10:16 am

        Bernie tells them to blame rich guys and Wall Street, but he has no more effective solutions than the Republicans do. He’s just shifting the blame game…


        • 68 idon
          July 6, 2015 at 10:26 am

          Yep. If I didn’t know better I would swear his crowds were paid for by the GOP.

          • July 6, 2015 at 10:29 am

            Bernie is an independent ..most states have closed primaries…what party does he belong to…is he 1. asking folks to change their registration or 2 sit out the primary and vote for him in the General…or 3 does he plan to join the Democratic Party….

            • 70 Don
              July 6, 2015 at 10:51 am

              What are Bernie’s plans, what are his policies, because I tell you, besides railing against the banks and railing against “The Man” what does he want to do?

            • 71 Obama Grandmama
              July 6, 2015 at 1:36 pm

              Bernie is an Independent that votes with the Democratic caucuses and is running for the Democratic Presidential spot. I have heard he was once in the Socialist Party and refers to himself as a socialist. I have noticed the letter I showing up next to his name in ads instead of D lately. If he ran separately as an Independent that might give the election to the GOP splitting the Dem vote. Bad idea!

              • July 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm

                but….if he is not registered as a DEM…no Dem can vote for him in the primary…in those states that have closed primaries…..like i said…what is he up to…is he changing parties or does he want dems to register independent or encouraging Dems to vote for him in the general election…doing a Ross Perot number

              • July 6, 2015 at 2:02 pm

                primaries are for parties to elect their candidate…if he is not in a party then …What???…is he planning to split the vote with Hillary Clinton in the General?

      • 74 idon
        July 6, 2015 at 10:24 am

        I hear you Jackie but underlying Bernie’s message is the seeping in of populism, e.g. “hardworking Americans”. I think the GOP solution is fear, hate, paranoia and divisiveness.

  13. 75 amk for obama
    July 6, 2015 at 8:46 am

    V is going head to head with S. Great furst set so far.

  14. 77 99ts
    July 6, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Good morning TOD – I’m trying to work out what I could do to win a visit to the White House. Got to be something related to grandbabes – although having just the one may not be a winner.

    When the media start discussing Greece – wonder if they’ll mention part of the problem was they “didn’t collect taxes” – Couple of US states could be facing bankruptcy for that exact reason, not to mention the GOP congress wanting to remove the IRS.

    • 78 jackiegrumbacher
      July 6, 2015 at 9:30 am

      99, you could always tour the White House if you could afford the fare to DC and, who knows, you might come on one of those days when FLOTUS is greeting visitors. You could also enter the lottery for next year’s White House Easter egg hunt and bring your grandchild. If you got a ticket, you’d see the president. It’s worth a shot.

      • 79 99ts
        July 6, 2015 at 11:12 am

        I’m not much of a flyer these days jackie – I was hoping to get a lift on AF1 πŸ™‚ – but never say never. When we were in the US many moons ago (Jimmy Carter time) we peered through the fence at the White House. I don’t remember ever seeing anything about tours – and we were certainly doing all the tourist things. Then again – without PBO – why tour.

        Thank you for the lovely ideas – have a great Monday.

  15. 80 amk for obama
    July 6, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Go venus.

  16. 82 amk for obama
    July 6, 2015 at 8:56 am

    serena honey, the 2nd line is for doubles.

  17. 83 Don
    July 6, 2015 at 9:08 am

    “Jackson was a populist, but he directed his populism not at the local elites (of which he was one) but at the federal government. He favored the gold standard, and his opposition to a National Bank served the interests of the local banks that competed against it. He believed the Constitution prevented the government from taking an active role in managing economic affairs. He was instinctively aggressive, poorly educated, anti-intellectual, and suspicious of bureaucrats. (Jackson replaced more qualified federal staffers with partisan hacks.) He resisted any challenge to racial hierarchies. The opposition to Jackson stood for the reverse β€” a more interventionist federal government, more lenient treatment of racial minorities, a less aggressive foreign policy.”

    Apart from being more lenient of racial minorities and a less aggressive foreign policy, you can replace Jackson’s name with a few Republicans and any of the talking heads from Fox News and conservative radio.

  18. 84 MightyPamela
    July 6, 2015 at 9:13 am


  19. 86 Vicki
    July 6, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Good morning everyone.
    In the “reading the tea leaves” method of political prognostication, today I offer the view that Sasha Obama accompanying the Biden clan to the USA soccer match is a visual signal to runbidenrun hopefuls that with VPOTUS Biden you get to keep PBO.

    Beyond “we are working hard and important differences remain” does anyone have a prediction they are confident about regarding Nuclear Deal?
    My fear is that this may be a repeat of the endless and fruitless Israeli peace process talks that exhausted SOS Kerry last year.

    • 87 jackiegrumbacher
      July 6, 2015 at 9:26 am

      Vicki–I think the difference is that Israel didn’t want peace and had no respect for Kerry or PBO. That isn’t the case on the Iran deal, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed and praying hard.

    • 88 amk for obama
      July 6, 2015 at 9:29 am

      you are comparing nut n yahoo with rouhani?

    • 92 amk for obama
      July 6, 2015 at 9:30 am

      jg beat me to it.

    • 93 Don
      July 6, 2015 at 9:31 am

      I agree with Jackie, Israel really didn’t want a deal, whereas Iran and the P5+1 want to get a deal done.

    • 94 FoxfireTX
      July 6, 2015 at 9:34 am

      Good morning TOD! What a great morning. Vicki, I don’t see these negotiations as comparable to the Israeli-Palestinian process. There the political will was lacking on both sides. Here, the political will is there for both sides. Read a very interesting article on the SL last night. Despite the recent rhetoric which is there to appease his conservatives, he is the one who has kept the process going for the last 18 months. I’ve read similar things other places the last month or so. Again, I suspect the hang up is the military inspections with the Corker bunch demanding anytime, anywhere inspections which no State would agree to given military secrets, including the US. From what I read the IAEC was again heading back to Tehran to try to find some solution. But it is a tough issue. Given the smart people in the room and the will to get a deal, I am cautiously optimistic they will find something that everyone can live with. But I am not as optimistic that will necessarily happen by July 9 which I believe is the last day for an agreement before it goes to a 60 day review period for Congress. And even that isn’t fatal, just gives the crazies here more time to try to tear it apart.

      • 95 Vicki
        July 6, 2015 at 9:45 am

        Foxfire, Jackie, Don, I see your points but to me the solid evidence of the will to get to an agreement will be an agreement.

        It is also possible that the desire to avoid blame for failure keeps a discussion going beyond the point when the participants know what the end will be. Corker as the fall guy? Maybe.

        • July 6, 2015 at 9:58 am

          I don’t believe Kerry et al take Corker’s demand seriously. It’s not a workable solution. DOA. Corker is positioning himself to sound the horns that the US has given up too much so the GOP can run on this. You already hear this from the idiot candidates who don’t even know what’s in the deal.

          I do think all parties are very earnest in wanting an agreement but they are groping primarily with decades of hostility and mistrust. Even though I think Kerry and Zarif have become quite close over this process, this is a formidable thorn that needs to be handled properly. Inspections are the lighting rod that require TRUST. But they do not have much time. It could go either way.

        • 97 FoxfireTX
          July 6, 2015 at 10:16 am

          I don’t think any of these parties would continue on if there wasn’t progress. As you will recall, there were huge gaps in the tentative agreement reached in the spring. It appears that the time the last month has been spent sorting out those details, including the timing and mechanism for the lifting of sanctions. Somewhere I read that 70% of these technical issues in the appendices have now been resolved. That is huge. And the more that gets worked out the more difficult it will be for the negotiations to break down. No one is going to want to walk away from this historic agreement over one final issue which is why I remain cautiously optimistic.

          • 98 Vicki
            July 6, 2015 at 10:29 am

            I hear both of your points and want to remain cautiously optimistic with you two—Meta and Foxfire.
            Yes, if details are smoothed out it is good.

            Yes to meta’s decades of distrust.
            If you add in Iran’s emphasis on dignity you get another important dimension.
            The USA! USA! zero sum approach of the GOP is a big problem here as it is everywhere.

            SOS Kerry has to somehow thread the needle between the Iranian People’s rightful need not to be beaten, and the idiots on our side.

    • 99 Obama Grandmama
      July 6, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      What I worry about is if they can even come up with an agreement having the Congress vote NO on it since the GOP seems to like to be in perpetual war.

  20. 100 amk for obama
    July 6, 2015 at 9:23 am

    V is losing it. Too many unforced errors.

    And S it is. No celebrations.

  21. 101 desertflower
    July 6, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Morning everyone:) Happy Monday!!

  22. 103 desertflower
    July 6, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Well, imagine that! Free birth control, fewer abortions….who would’ve thought! (ALL THE PEOPLE WITH A BRAIN!)


    July 6, 2015 at 9:33 am


    • 106 Don
      July 6, 2015 at 10:04 am

      I was never into the “Dead” but I’ve heard stories. Axelrod tweeted out a photo of himself at a dead concert the other day.

  24. July 6, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Serena won 6-4…6-3. I still hate to see them play each other.

  25. July 6, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Good Monday morning, TODville.

  26. July 6, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Justin punking on Wells Fargo.

  27. July 6, 2015 at 10:25 am

  28. July 6, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Military personnel can be assigned to serve around the globe, but when veterans come to Pennsylvania, out-of-state tuition and fees in higher education can be a financial burden.

    That won’t be the case anymore, thanks to a new state law that took effect Wednesday. Pennsylvania was required by a new federal law β€” called the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 β€” to provide such access to certain veterans, but the state version goes further than required.

  29. 123 desertflower
    July 6, 2015 at 11:01 am

    This is more than offensive to me… now R’s want to limit LEGAL immigration, too!


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