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Rise And Shine

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President Barack Obama talks with Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, regarding a statement on Iraq and the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, in Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., Aug. 14, 2014. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. listens, at right. At left, National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice talks with Anita Breckenridge, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. Photo by Pete Souza)

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LIVE NOW: Secretary of State John Kerry Speaks at the Opening Ceremony for U.S. Embassy Havana

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Max Fisher: Obama Opens Up On Iran

But Obama’s primary message was one of certainty. “Of all the foreign policy issues that I’ve addressed since I’ve been president,” he said, “I’ve never been more certain that this is sound policy, that it’s the right thing to do for the United States, that it’s the right thing to do for our allies.” In terms of decisions I make, I do think that I have a better sense of how military action can result in unintended consequences. And I am confirmed in my belief that much of the time, we are making judgments based on percentages, and no decision we make in foreign policy — or for that matter, any policy — is completely without hair on it, which is how we kind of describe it. I mean, there are always going to be some complications. But that’s why, when I say that this to me is not a close call, I say that based on having made a lot of tough calls. So if you look at Libya, I was deeply concerned about what would happen after [Libyan leader Moammar] Gadhafi was gone.

I was deeply concerned about the ability of some of our European partners who were forward-leaning on that issue to sustain their efforts. We organized the campaign in such a way that I could guarantee they had to step up, and it wasn’t just riding on our coattails to get it done, and that there was broad international support. And to this day, I would say that, had we not gone after Gadhafi, you’d have some version of what happened in Syria in Libya, because he had already lost control of big chunks of the country. But even factoring all that stuff in, Libya is still a mess right now. And so maybe at the same time as I’m more confident today, I’m also more humble. And that’s part of the reason why when I see a situation like this one, where we can achieve an objective with a unified world behind us, and we preserve our hedge against it not working out, I think it would be foolish — even tragic — for us to pass up on that opportunity.

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President Barack Obama addresses a town hall meeting on health care insurance reform inside a hangar at Gallatin Field in Belgrade, Montana, August 14, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama addresses a town hall meeting on health care insurance reform inside a hangar at Gallatin Field in Belgrade, Mont., on Aug. 14, 2009. Photo by Pete Souza

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President Barack Obama confers with Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, and Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., right, regarding a statement on Iraq and the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, in Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., August 14, 2014. Anita Breckenridge, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, stands in the background at left. Photo by Pete Souza

Members of the audience listen as President Barack Obama addresses a town hall meeting on health care insurance reform inside a hangar at Gallatin Field in Belgrade, Montana, August 14, 2009.(Official White House photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

Members of the audience listen as President Barack Obama addresses a town hall meeting on health care insurance reform inside a hangar at Gallatin Field in Belgrade, Mont., on Aug. 14, 2009. Photo by Pete Souza

A young girl in the audience sleeps in her chair as President Barack Obama addresses a town hall meeting on health care insurance reform inside a hangar at Gallatin Field in Belgrade, Montana, August 14, 2009.(Official White House photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

A young girl in the audience as President Barack Obama addresses a town hall meeting on health care insurance reform inside a hangar at Gallatin Field in Belgrade, Mont., on Aug. 14, 2009. Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama points to a questioner during a town hall meeting on health care insurance reform inside a hangar at Gallatin Field in Belgrade, Montana, August 14, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama points to a questioner during a town hall meeting on health care insurance reform inside a hangar at Gallatin Field in Belgrade, Mont., on Aug. 14, 2009. Photo by Samantha Appleton

People in teh audience reach out to shake hands with President Barack Obama following his speaking on health care insurance reform at a town hall meeting held inside a hangar at Gallatin Field in Belgrade, Montana, August 14, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama works a rope line following after his town hall on health care insurance reform inside a hangar at Gallatin Field in Belgrade, Mont., on Aug. 14, 2009. Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama meets with Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer following a town hall meeting on health care insurance reform in Belgrade, Montana, August 14, 2009.. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama meets with Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer following a town hall meeting on health care insurance reform in Belgrade, Montana, on Aug. 14, 2009. Photo by Pete Souza


161 Responses to “Rise And Shine”


  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    August 14, 2015 at 9:08 am

    GM Nerdy

  2. 6 JER
    August 14, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Good Morning NW and TOD.

    LIVE NOW: Secretary Kerry Arrives In Cuba – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  3. August 14, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Morning Roberta, morning JER! Congrats on First and Second!

  4. 14 jackiegrumbacher
    August 14, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Morning fabulous Nerdy. I’ll bet your ears were ringing last night with all the praise directed at you as people said hello to Chips. Congratulations on first Roberta. Hope you have a terrific day.

  5. 20 GGail
    August 14, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Good West Coast morning NW & TOD family and a very long GOOOOOAL morning to my dear Chipsticks & Danny. Welcome Home. Miss you like crazy, but NW helped me maintain my sanity. LL & amk participated too 😎

  6. 33 Vicki
    August 14, 2015 at 9:19 am

    CUBA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Good morning TOD. I see Chips checked in on thread I missed last night. She and Danny are having a wonderful vacation. Well, Danny is for sure.

    NY Times in their usual mode of ignoring or downplaying any achievement of President Barack Obama, managed to get in a snide article from the chief turd who covers the President.
    The framing of the Times piece on Cuba is how it almost didn’t happen.

    I’m going to turn my TV on now and enjoy this triumph.

  7. 34 Dudette
    August 14, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Good Morning! Beautiful day to make history! Thank you President Obama!

    • 36 Linda
      August 14, 2015 at 9:30 am

      He forgot to mention that his brother released Al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIL, from prison in 2004.

      00ps

  8. August 14, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Hey, Nerdy! Thank you and good morning!

  9. 39 Allison
    August 14, 2015 at 9:24 am

    http://www.c-span.org/video/?327637-1/us-embassy-cuba-flagraising-ceremony

    U.S. Embassy in Cuba Flag-Raising Ceremony
    Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Havana, Cuba to participate in the re-opening of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba. Diplomatic relations with the country were restored last month.

  10. 40 Roberta in MN
    August 14, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Good Morning TOD, waiting for SOS Kerry to come on the scene. Is this televised by any national TV or just on line? I didn’t see it on C-Span either.

  11. 42 Dudette
    August 14, 2015 at 9:26 am

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  12. August 14, 2015 at 9:30 am

    whitehouse.gov will be carrying SOS Kerry’s speech at 9:45am

  13. 44 Roberta in MN
    August 14, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Watching it on C-Span 2 right now.

  14. 45 Roberta in MN
    August 14, 2015 at 9:33 am

    I think it is awesome they are going to use the same Marines that took it down to put it back up. What and honor and glad they are still alive to participate in this ceremony.

  15. August 14, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Happy Friday to my favorite people on the internet. Have a great day!

  16. August 14, 2015 at 9:41 am

  17. August 14, 2015 at 9:47 am

  18. August 14, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Good morning Nerdy, Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Friday morning. Congrats Roberta, on being first this morning.

    To all, I hope you have a heart-thumping, foot-stomping, jaw-dropping good-time today. TGIF ❤ ❤ ❤

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  19. 55 Linda
    August 14, 2015 at 9:53 am

    There are only a couple dozen protesters in Little Havana. The poor media doesn’t know what to say about that…

    teehee

  20. 58 donna dem 4 obama
    August 14, 2015 at 9:55 am

    TGIF Good Morning TOD. I see I slept through the visit from our Birthday Girl Ms. Chips. I hope she continues to have a wonderful Holiday Vacation with Danny.

    Nerdy Wonka, as a co-partner with Ms. Chips on The Obama Diary I have to say that I am so grateful that you stepped up when Chips put out that call for help a few years ago. The dedication to keeping us informed by the two of you has been nothing short of masterful. Your full time fill-in while Chips has been able to take a vaca has been so generous on your part. I can personally never thank you enough for the live tweets, the constant updates on ObamaCare, your crazy sense of humor with your end the day with laughter threads and your relentless calls for justice and equal rights. You are a jewel and I can never say THANK YOU enough!!!!

    p.s. and many, many thanks to all the other bt’s as well.

    Have a great O’Day Everyone!

    Friday’s Good

  21. 75 57andfemale
    August 14, 2015 at 9:57 am

  22. 77 desertflower
    August 14, 2015 at 9:58 am

    OH look! There’s my senator , Jeff Flake, smiling, shaking hands and taking a selfie….. wonder if he could vision this scenario with him in Iran in a few years?

    • 78 Don
      August 14, 2015 at 10:08 am

      Nice in depth commentary DF, if I close eyes I can almost smell the empanadas being cooked by the roadside vendors.

  23. 79 desertflower
    August 14, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Look at the old cars lining the street in the WH feed:)

  24. 80 Nerdy Wonka
    August 14, 2015 at 10:04 am

  25. August 14, 2015 at 10:05 am

    WOW, the three gentlemen who will raise the flag just stepped out onto the stage. WOW!

  26. 84 jacquelineoboomer
    August 14, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Richard Blanco!

  27. 86 Vicki
    August 14, 2015 at 10:18 am

    This is a genuine Mission Accomplished.
    Magnificent.
    Richard Blanco Unity. Together.
    Original Marines from 1961 raising the Flag they once lowered
    BiPartisan Senate representation.

    Our Great American Heros. PBO SOS Kerry and VP Biden

  28. 87 hopefruit2
    August 14, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Had to bust out of lurking briefly to say g’morning to TOD, and many, many thanks to Nerdy for bringing us this live coverage of this historic moment in Cuba!

  29. 89 amk for obama
    August 14, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Kerry speaks spanish too?

  30. 92 Allison
    August 14, 2015 at 10:23 am

  31. 93 MightyPamela
    August 14, 2015 at 10:23 am

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  33. 95 Roberta in MN
    August 14, 2015 at 10:28 am

    The more I see S>O>S> Kerry, the more I am impressed with his ability and knowledge of languages. Just love our POTUSs choice of cabinet members. He really puts Hillary’s time as SOS to shame.

  34. 96 JER
    August 14, 2015 at 10:32 am

  35. 97 Linda
    August 14, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Fox is covering the Iowa Fair

  36. 98 57andfemale
    August 14, 2015 at 10:36 am

  37. 99 Dudette
    August 14, 2015 at 10:36 am

    This is soooo cool!

  38. 102 57andfemale
    August 14, 2015 at 10:37 am

  39. 104 jacquelineoboomer
    August 14, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Well, I certainly shed a tear at the handing over of that flag!

  40. 106 amk for obama
    August 14, 2015 at 10:38 am

    dang, not a sniff of wind even though we are at the beach front.

  41. 108 57andfemale
    August 14, 2015 at 10:41 am

  42. 110 amk for obama
    August 14, 2015 at 10:42 am

    both aj and bbc covered it live. how did the murkan networks do?

  43. 116 Allison
    August 14, 2015 at 10:42 am

    • 117 Roberta in MN
      August 14, 2015 at 10:53 am

      Allison that pretty much sums it up. RWNJ’s aren’t going to accept that, it’s all OBAMA’s fault. Bad day typing. LOL

    • 118 GGail
      August 14, 2015 at 10:58 am

      This explanation is AWESOME! I hope NW will be able to FP it.

      It should be read very slowly and definitely placed on as many facebooks sites as possible.

      Thank you so much Allison for posting it.

  44. 119 57andfemale
    August 14, 2015 at 10:43 am

    This is too hilarious by half:

    • 120 99ts
      August 14, 2015 at 10:56 am

      I know I shouldn’t – but Greta looks weird in that photo. Seriously weird

      • 121 57andfemale
        August 14, 2015 at 11:08 am

        I’m old enough to remember when Greta was considered “liberal”.

        She got mad that CNN fired her friend, so she left to go to Fox. Her husband had/has an unnatural crush on Palin. Greta has gone completely off the deep end.

        • 122 99ts
          August 14, 2015 at 11:11 am

          I have the age but not the knowledge – first time I heard of them was during the Palin love fest.

          • 123 57andfemale
            August 14, 2015 at 11:26 am

            She had a show with a guy whose name I don’t remember. Started during the Clinton years. They were both lawyers and gave the legal perspective. She was the “liberal” and the other guy was the conservative. I actually loved her in those days – she was articulate, clear about the law and very informative. There was a shake-up at CNN – they got rid of their decent news people and were turning to more “personalities.”. I remember thinking, is Fox going to let her be a liberal voice? She turned on a dime – became a cheerleader for everything insane. And then the Palin lovefest. It was (and is) mind boggling.

  45. 124 amk for obama
    August 14, 2015 at 10:43 am

    53 years of utter nonsense brought to an end by one man.

  46. 126 idon
    August 14, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Re-opening of US Embassy in Cuba very very moving ceremony.

  47. 127 jacquelineoboomer
    August 14, 2015 at 10:44 am

  48. 128 vcprezofan2
    August 14, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Yea for renewed diplomatic relations with Cuba!
    That was a moving ceremony. ‘Promises made. Promises kept!’

    Another step forward ✔ – Thank you President Obama. #FORWARD we continue with you!

    Good morning, TODobots!

    Good morning and thank you for being on the job, Ms NerdyW! You continue to do terrific work, and we continue to be very appreciative!

    • 129 GGail
      August 14, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Good morning vc

      • 130 vcprezofan2
        August 14, 2015 at 11:59 am

        A very ‘good morning to you, GxG’!
        I sneaked out for a while to have an early lunch – just because I felt like it. Now I’m dealing with a few guilty pangs because that lunch included a big ice-cream sandwich. 😀

  49. 131 Linda
    August 14, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Nothing on Fox. CNN and MSNBC whining and negative.

  50. 134 JER
    August 14, 2015 at 10:46 am

  51. 135 vcprezofan2
    August 14, 2015 at 10:46 am

    ‘a courageous decision to stop being prisoners of history’

  52. 136 Dudette
    August 14, 2015 at 10:46 am

  53. August 14, 2015 at 10:47 am

    I guess Marco Rubio is having a darn fit. He is drinking something alittle stronger then that water he kept gulping after the SOTU.

  54. 139 Dudette
    August 14, 2015 at 10:48 am

  55. 140 Linda
    August 14, 2015 at 10:48 am

    I can’t tell if Mrs Greenspan is having flashbacks or hot flashes.

  56. 145 Dudette
    August 14, 2015 at 10:51 am

  57. 146 arapaho415
    August 14, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Historic:

    Poignant:

  58. 148 mtmarilyn
    August 14, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Good morning TOD family. So glad to see my Senator Tester came out for the Iran deal. I did call. The pictures of PBO in Belgrade bring back many memories. I wasn’t inside the building, we were outside across from all the tea partiers. They asked us if we were being paid. We had 2 buses of union folks from Missoula.

    What a great day. Raising the flag in Cuba. I do hope one day to go there.

    • 149 GGail
      August 14, 2015 at 11:09 am

      Good morning Marilyn, I am thinking of planning a trip to Cuba myself.

      • 150 mtmarilyn
        August 14, 2015 at 11:21 am

        We should plan a TOD trip. My busy week is finally over and now I can start thinking about our trip to So Cal. Off to do some shopping.

        Missed the ceremony. Know the whole video will be posted soon. Thanks NW!!!!!

    • 151 amk for obama
      August 14, 2015 at 11:24 am

      that’s good. tester was always a calculative sob.

  59. 152 Dudette
    August 14, 2015 at 10:59 am

    😆

  60. 153 Dudette
    August 14, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Wooooooot!

  61. 154 Don
    August 14, 2015 at 11:05 am

    It must be frustrating being a Republican, once you think you’ve got a handle on this Obama fella he ups and reopens an embassy in Cuba. In all my years of watching and studying politics I have never seen one person outsmart an entire political party even when that political party has basically all the power. I mean at some point the Republicans will win a battle against President Obama, I mean the law of averages have to work for them at some point in time.

  62. 159 57andfemale
    August 14, 2015 at 11:05 am

  63. 160 MightyPamela
    August 14, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Forgive me y’all: New Moon, 21.31 Leo. Actually was 1/2 an hour ago: 10:53 am EDT, 7:53 PDT. No excuses, just distraction, and I’m not even on holidays! 🐻 ❤


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