Rise and Shine

On This Day – Pete Souza: “The President hugs Stephanie Davies, who helped her friend, Allie Young, left, stay alive after she was shot during the movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colo. The President visited patients and family members affected by the shootings at the University of Colorado Hospital. The President later told their story in a news conference.” July 22, 2012


Today (all times Eastern)

1:45: The President meets with small business owners to discuss reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank; Roosevelt Room

4:30: VP Biden Speaks on the Importance of Increasing the Minimum Wage, Los Angeles

6:25: The President delivers remarks at a reception celebrating the signing into law of the African Growth and Opportunity Act; East Room


On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama hugs a child during a Drink Up event on the South Lawn of the White House, July 22, 2014 (Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

102 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Vicki
    July 22, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Good morning TOD

  2. 3 desertflower
    July 22, 2015 at 10:34 am


  3. 5 Vicki
    July 22, 2015 at 10:36 am

    A very good day for Our President and Vice President. My plan is to get my days need-to-do items completed in time to see VPOTUS and POTUS at their events.

  4. 6 amk for obama
    July 22, 2015 at 10:39 am


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  5. 23 vcprezofan2
    July 22, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Good day (whatever portion of it you are living), everyone!

    • 24 vcprezofan2
      July 22, 2015 at 10:43 am

    • 25 GGail
      July 22, 2015 at 11:05 am

      Good morning vc!

      • 26 vcprezofan2
        July 22, 2015 at 11:16 am

        From my beautifully cool, yet sunny, temperature to yours! 🙂

        • 27 GGail
          July 22, 2015 at 11:30 am

          Cool? we have your normally warm to hot muggy temperatures and they won’t go away! It doesn’t get below 70 at night!!! Bring back our dry weather – NOW! 😀

          • 28 vcprezofan2
            July 22, 2015 at 11:33 am

            smh – the good (weather) lord must get impatient at times: we never seem to know what we want! It is refreshingly cool today – my kind of weather. The sun is shining beautifully, the trees are swaying gently and a walk would be simply lov-e-ly (if I wasn’t so lazy). 😀

          • 29 vcprezofan2
            July 22, 2015 at 11:52 am

            Somehow I thought I had answered you before I left? 😕 It was something about it being great weather for a walk – sunny, light wind, trees bowing slightly as you pass….but I wasn’t going anywhere. I also think I said something about us earthlings being hard to please re weather. Oh well.

            • 30 GGail
              July 22, 2015 at 12:37 pm

              Sweetie, you need to take that walk and let the cool breeze clear your head 😀

              • 31 vcprezofan2
                July 22, 2015 at 12:41 pm

                Hey, my head is fine! Did you notice that my previous reply showed up? 😀 😀

                Anyhoo, I already walked, and danced, on the treadmill earlier today so I’ve been feeling quite pleased with myself. 🙂 🙂

  6. July 22, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  7. July 22, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Nelson George’s Misty Copeland Documentary – A Ballerina’s Tale’ – Picked Up by Sundance Selects for Fall Release

    Photo of Tambay A. Obenson
    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    July 21, 2015 at 3:46PM

    Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. rights to Nelson George’s documentary, “A Ballerina’s Tale” – a film about one of the most notable and trailblazing figures in the ballet world, Misty Copeland.

    Directed and written by Nelson George, the film made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year.

    Produced by Leslie Norville and executive produced by Dorria L. Ball, Ingrid Graham and Copeland, the film provides a behind-the-curtain look at the daily life of Copeland, the first African American female soloist at New York’s American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in two decades. On June 30, 2015, Copeland became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in ABT’s 75-year history.

    Sundance Selects will release the film in theaters and on VOD on October 14.


  8. July 22, 2015 at 10:50 am


  9. 53 57andfemale
    July 22, 2015 at 11:03 am


  10. 59 desertflower
    July 22, 2015 at 11:11 am


    At the start of the year, a group of 57 Native Americans students from the Lakota tribe were taken to a minor league hockey match in Rapid City, South Dakota to celebrate their academic achievements. But what started as a field trip to reward the students quickly turned into a nightmare, when a group of drunk men in an executive suite dumped beer on their heads and yelled “go back to the Rez!”
    Seven months later, only one of the perpetrators faces criminal charges. His trial begins today, and if found guilty he will be convicted of disorderly conduct and fined $500 — avoiding hate crime charges, a jury, and jail time.

    Because racism is gone, right?

  11. 66 Gazelle
    July 22, 2015 at 11:26 am

    £1m South African painting discovered in a UK kitchen

    Arab in Black, a 1939 artwork by South African painter Irma Stern, was donated to finance Nelson Mandela’s legal defense in the 1950s.

    Giles Peppiatt, director of Bonhams said that the”painting was a significant part of Mandela’s defense fund – there were other works of art given to the auction, but they were very minor. This was far the most important piece”.

    According to a report by The Guardian, the parents of the painting’s current owner emigrated to London in the 1970s, having taken their prized artwork with them. The piece was recognized by Hannah O’Leary, an expert in South African art during a valuation visit to the owners’ apartment.

    “I spotted this masterpiece hanging in the kitchen covered in letters, postcards and bills. It was a hugely exciting find, even before I learned of its political significance,” she said. […..]


  12. 67 carolyn
    July 22, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Good morning TOD……just a quick update on my husband. After a week in the hospital, and two weeks in a skilled nursing facility for therapy and rehab, yesterday we brought him home with hospice. He truly hated the skilled nursing facility, and was having all sorts of paranoid delusions about their doping his water, He making him sign papers, and their over medicating him, and plus, the therapists reported that he was not making progress. He hated the therapy. Called it a fraud, and said they were just after his money. The air conditioning was, of necessity, always low, and he was always very cold. I knew it was time to bring him home. So, yesterday afternoon the bed and other equipment were delivered, and he came home.

    His entire demeanor is different. He held good cognizant conversations with people yesterday, slept well, and took his morning pills easily. He is so happy to be here. This weekend our son and family are coming again, and that will cheer him even more. Right now he doesn’t look or act as if death is imminent, and I plan to enjoy and treasure these days. He is very weak, and has a laundry list of ailments including congestive heart failure, kidney disease, renal failure, a fib. arteriosclerosis, lymphocytic leukemia, which was discovered in the hospital, and a few other things like severe anemia, anorexia…..

    I am glad to have him here. Hospice has health professionals coming five days a week, and I am going to hire a man to come two or three hours a day to help take care of his physical needs.

    So…..that’s the latest, I will keep you posted. Thank you all so much for your thoughts, prayers, hugs, light…..they all mean very much to me.

  13. 80 amk for obama
    July 22, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    bbc has fp’ed sandra bland story since today morning. The world is seeing the ugliness that is american police.


  14. 81 amk for obama
    July 22, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Japan’s humanoids scoop 1-0 win at RoboCup.


    watch the vid in the linky.

  15. July 22, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    What may be the world’s oldest fragments of the Koran have been found by the University of Birmingham.

    Radiocarbon dating found the manuscript to be at least 1,370 years old, making it among the earliest in existence.

    The pages of the Muslim holy text had remained unrecognised in the university library for almost a century.

    The British Library’s expert on such manuscripts, Dr Muhammad Isa Waley, said this “exciting discovery” would make Muslims “rejoice”.



  16. 86 donna dem 4 obama
    July 22, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    And the Clown Car Showcase continues…. Today’s star clown is Scott Walker. IMHO he is the most dangerous of ALL the clowns.

  17. 90 amk for obama
    July 22, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    The latest images from the New Horizons spacecraft have revealed another range of ice mountains on Pluto.

    The frozen peaks were found on the lower-left edge of the dwarf world’s “heart” and are 1-1.5km-high.

    They sit between a patch of icy, flat terrain, called Sputnik Planum, which scientists believe is less than 100 million years old, and a dark area dating to billions of years ago.

    More close-ups will be unveiled on Friday at a press conference.


  18. July 22, 2015 at 12:29 pm

  19. 92 donna dem 4 obama
    July 22, 2015 at 12:30 pm

  20. July 22, 2015 at 12:31 pm

  21. 96 vcprezofan2
    July 22, 2015 at 12:31 pm

  22. July 22, 2015 at 12:34 pm

  23. 100 Nena20409
    July 22, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Hello TOD.
    Just finished watching the Daily Show from last night. I am not sure that I was able to watch it all……the extended 19mins seemed caught off some how.
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners, starting with this post and 3 posts back.

  24. 101 vcprezofan2
    July 22, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Over a hundred years later and in the U.S. the argument for equality under the law persists …..

    JULY 23rd, 1910

    Press Reports Murder of Black Taxi Driver in Montgomery

    On July 23, 1910, Colored Alabamian, a black magazine, reported the murder of black taxi driver Mitchell Johnson in Montgomery, Alabama. Earlier that month, a white man employed Mr. Johnson to drive him to his home, then refused to pay the fare. Mr. Johnson reported the incident to his employer and had the man arrested. After the passenger posted bond and was released from jail, he found Mr. Johnson and shot him dead. When the man was rearrested, he asserted that he killed Mr. Johnson in self-defense and he was released.

    On July 11, 1910, following Mr. Johnson’s death and a string of murders, Montgomery County Judge Armstead Brown instructed a jury to determine a defendant’s innocence based on evidence and not on class or race. He stated, “All charges of homicide should be rigidly investigated. Whether the killing be of some person of standing or a poor unknown negro.”

    Colored Alabamian applauded his remarks: “White men who murder Negroes only have to tell the Court they acted in SELF-DEFENSE, to be turned loose, whether the victim was a Negro man or a poor helpless Negro woman. We are therefore very thankful to Judge Brown.”

    …………………………………… //


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