Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama visits with Natalie Quillian, Advisor to the Chief of Staff, and family in the Oval Office, Aug. 27, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)



10:05 EDT: The President departs the White House

12:20 CT: Arrives New Orleans

12:45 CT: Meets with residents and youth

2:55 CT: Participates in a roundtable discussion

3:55 CT: Delivers remarks on the region’s rebirth after Hurricane Katrina

5:00 CT: Departs New Orleans

8:30 EDT: Arrives White House


On This Day: President Barack Obama and family tour the Gay Head lighthouse in Aquinnah, Mass., while on vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, Aug. 27, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)



105 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. August 27, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  2. 4 GGail
    August 27, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    Congrats rikyrah on First😊

    • 8 jackiegrumbacher
      August 27, 2015 at 8:51 am

      This is so sadly true, AMK. I don’t recognize what has become of this country. The obsession with guns is nothing short of madness, as is the hysteria about an overweight, fuzzy thinking bully.

      • 9 amk for obama
        August 27, 2015 at 9:02 am

        what amazes me is that there is an overwhelming public will but zero political will to tackle this menace.

        • 10 hopefruit2
          August 27, 2015 at 9:33 am

          Because the NRA has bought up all those politicians.

        • 11 57andfemale
          August 27, 2015 at 10:14 am

          Public sentiment does not translate into who these America yahoos vote for. If they bother to vote at all.

        • 12 Nena20409
          August 27, 2015 at 11:24 am

          It has nothing to do with NRA. Nada! Nothing! Zilch! Zippo! Nil! Zero!!!!!!
          It has something to do with Will of the People.
          When Reagan in the 1960s had a gun issue (Black Panthers) in CA, then a more reliable GOPer state, it passed why? The Black Panthers marched to the steps of the State Capitol with Guns. That scared the pants of many in CA…….NRA, GOPers, Dems rushed and passed a law. It took them less than a month to get it done.

          Most of Americans want sensible Gun laws, but they Never punish elected officials who do nothing. Most of these so called supporters of gun control legislation are Never singular minded issue voters like the gun nuts. The gun nuts VOTE, and consistently. Those who vote consistently Win. The attitude is…….well, Guns kill those over there…….Not in my Suburb, Rural or Red States communities. A Lie. It is not logical nor supported with data. The Gov’t and the News Media are not making these facts known 24/7.
          NRA is Not the problem. We The People are The PROBLEM. Our political system and elected officials bend to the activities displayed by actual VOTERS. We The People need to get it done or we seriously need to STOP blaming others. Passing the buck is what We The People have become…….Frankly, it is killing and destroying our country.

        August 27, 2015 at 9:08 am


    • August 27, 2015 at 8:53 am

      Brilliant. Morning Mister!

    • 20 0388jojothecat
      August 27, 2015 at 9:18 am

      NRA wet dream….

  3. 21 jackiegrumbacher
    August 27, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Morning. I am suffering from a surfeit of Trump and really can’t stand to hear or read anything more about him. As for the Democratic side of things, I will take my cue from our President. When he asks for our support, I will give it to him, whether or not the Dem candidate fires my heart. Too much is at stake to do otherwise. We are blessed with beautiful weather here for late August, so I’m doing my best to soak it in, even with the prospect of another medical visit this am.

    • 22 catrst
      August 27, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Exactly how I feel. When President Obama asks for support I will give it to him whether or not the candidate fires my heart. He has earned my help and support for now and for the future.

    • August 27, 2015 at 9:20 am

      GM Jackie…thanks for your comments…they put me at ease..

      .i was feeling very tense after reading VP Biden’s heartfelt comments…i was disappointed but i understood….it means that we in the Obama Coalition will have to be revolutionary in our thoughts and behavior….we may have to work for someone who may not inspire us with hope…because it will not be enough to just vote…we will have to work hard to GOTV…

    • August 27, 2015 at 9:21 am


      praying for a good outcome from your doc’s visit today

    • 25 Betsy
      August 27, 2015 at 9:25 am

      Good luck with your appt. I will also take my cue from the president.

    • 26 jacquelineoboomer
      August 27, 2015 at 9:37 am

      All the best at your medical visit, jackieG. Hugs to you!

    • August 27, 2015 at 10:01 am

      Wise words to hear. Likewise blessings on your medical appt.

    • August 27, 2015 at 10:37 am

      You write so beautifully JG and will do what our President asks of me too. God luck with your appointment today. I’ll be thinking of you.

  4. 29 hopefruit2
    August 27, 2015 at 8:48 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, even amk, and congrats rikyrah on #1 🙂 Happy Thursday everyone! Thanks Chips for posting our President’s schedule for the day. Looking forward to hearing his remarks in NOLA.

  5. August 27, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Frank E. Petersen, First Black General in Marines, Dies at 83

    Frank E. Petersen Jr., who suffered bruising racial indignities as a military enlistee in the 1950s and was even arrested at an officers’ club on suspicion of impersonating a lieutenant, but who endured to become the first black aviator and the first black general in the Marine Corps, died on Tuesday at his home in Stevensville, Md., near Annapolis. He was 83.

    The cause was lung cancer, his wife, Alicia, said.

    The son of a former sugar-cane plantation worker from St. Croix, the Virgin Islands, General Petersen grew up in Topeka, Kan., when schools were still segregated. He was told to retake a Navy entrance exam by a recruiter who suspected he had cheated the first time; steered to naval training as a mess steward because of his race; and ejected from a public bus while training in Florida for refusing to sit with the other black passengers in the back.

    In 1950, only two years after President Harry S. Truman desegregated the armed forces, he enlisted in the Navy. The Marines had begun admitting blacks during World War II, but mostly as longshoremen, laborers and stewards. By 1951, he recalled, the Marine Corps had only three black officers.

    But in 1952, Mr. Petersen, by then a Marine, was commissioned as a second lieutenant and the Marines’ first black aviator. He would go on to fly 350 combat missions during two tours, in Korea and Vietnam (he safely bailed out after his F-4 Phantom was shot down in 1968), and to become the first of his race in the corps to command a fighter squadron (the famous Black Knights), an air group and a major base.

    Less confident men might not have persevered.


    • 31 GGail
      August 27, 2015 at 9:00 am

      I wish we could have known about him while he was alive so we would have been able to celebrate his accomplishments. May he rest in peace. Thanks rikyrah for posting his story.

  6. 36 JER
    August 27, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

      August 27, 2015 at 9:25 am


    • August 27, 2015 at 10:36 am

      Morning BFF, and thanks a million for the link to the interview!

  7. 39 amk for obama
    August 27, 2015 at 8:56 am

    for don, who was bellyaching about soccer in the last thread.

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  8. 44 Vicki
    August 27, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Good morning, TOD.
    Some small bits of good economic news this morning are that the Unemployment rate dropped a bit and the GDP went up.

    In other news, maybe the rest of you understood this before, but it has come to my attention that 30,000 emails per month from HRC’s server will be released month in and month out until they are all made public. Whose idea was this?

    • 45 99ts
      August 27, 2015 at 9:42 am

      Is there any other Sec who had all their emails released in this fashion? I’d like to see some of those from the Bush administration.

  9. 46 Betsy
    August 27, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Morning all. Today I am back at work after being away a month. Monday is the first day of school😀😀. Not sure I’m ready. I feel very out of it.

  10. August 27, 2015 at 9:23 am

  11. 50 Vicki
    August 27, 2015 at 9:29 am

    C-SPAN will be televising PBO in New Orleans at 5:00. I way prefer to watch the President on TV when I can. And C-SPAN is better than the cable networks who either talk over PBO, have their banners and crawls covering a lot of the screens, or cut away in the middle.

  12. 52 JER
    August 27, 2015 at 9:31 am

  13. 53 MightyPamela
    August 27, 2015 at 9:39 am

  14. 54 PrayerWarriorforObama
    August 27, 2015 at 9:40 am

    A blessed Thursday morning to one and all here at TOD.

    It’s a stormy morning here on Montserrat and the neighbouring islands. Tropical Storm Erika is passing through. From 5:00 am we had some uncomfortable moments of wind at 50 mph rattling our windows, but it was not unbearable (we experienced the full blast of Hurricane Hugo with all its 140 mph wind in 1989). Right now there is a lull, but we are told by the Met Office in Antigua and Barbuda that we will be getting some heavy showers with thunder storms and lightning (love the showers but hate the others). We have been urged to stay indoors. However, even as I type, Dominica and Guadeloupe are being pounded with the elements. Please remember the isles of the seas in your thoughts and prayers.

  15. 58 jacquelineoboomer
    August 27, 2015 at 9:47 am

    While waiting for my coffee to be ready this morning, I had Carol Costello’s CNN show on, in the background – relating to yesterday’s shooting of the reporter, cameraman, and chamber rep in VA. She interviewed two guests – one was (I believe) the dumbass mayor of Roanoke, VA, and the other was a former FBI profiler. Carol asked what the country can do about these acts of gun violence. The mayor said we all need to get back to prayer. Just everybody get on their knees and pray. The former FBI profiler said since there’s no will to change gun laws and since the mental health system needs to be fixed, that one idea the FBI has proposed in the past is for employers of fired employees to hire private detectives to go out and check on the possibly disgruntled employees, every now and then, for five years. The employers would pay for that.

    I’m all for prayer and I’m all for checking on people.

    But let that sink in for a bit … that’s all they had.

    And I won’t even mention the contribution of one of her next guests – Cornel West – but I think I heard him say “Brother Bernie” will bring back integrity or something, at the end of his interview, so all will be well.

    • 59 desertflower
      August 27, 2015 at 9:56 am

      This lack of will allows the NRA to further imprison us. It is “freedom through the looking glass”…

    • 61 57andfemale
      August 27, 2015 at 10:18 am

      As a 65 year old Jew, I was raised to believe that prayer doesn’t do shit unless you are willing to back it up with action. Be accountable, take responsibility. God is not an easy ticket to absolution. We are the masters of our own fate. We CHOOSE (the Hebrew word, timchel). THAT is our gift from God, for us to apply wisely.

      • 62 jacquelineoboomer
        August 27, 2015 at 10:29 am


        As a 68 year old Catholic, I also remember my grandmother saying, “God helps those who help themselves.”

        • 63 57andfemale
          August 27, 2015 at 11:02 am

          This notion that we can do anything we damn well please and then pray it away, has always been annoying to me.The Duggars, for example. However, that may be why there is “Catholic” and “Jewish” guilt. don’t hear much about Protestant guilt!

          • 64 jacquelineoboomer
            August 27, 2015 at 11:06 am

            Every day, I work through (or around) my Catholic guilt! My same-aged friends and I laugh about it, but our respective Jewish or Catholic guilt helps keep us somewhat on the right track! It was very annoying, however, to have it instilled in me as a baby boomer flower child in the ’60s, as I recall. 🙂

            • 65 57andfemale
              August 27, 2015 at 11:09 am

              I fondly remember back to the 50’s and 60’s when we all made friends with each other, and had actual dialogs. I LOVED spending holidays with the Italian Catholic friends, because their holidays were pretty and mine were so somber. Ah, the good old days…….

              • 66 jacquelineoboomer
                August 27, 2015 at 11:10 am

                Yes, here’s to the good old days!

              • 67 jacquelineoboomer
                August 27, 2015 at 11:13 am

                Just happened to think of the time when my younger sister and I used to play “Holy Communion” (I think I was the ringleader, around age 7) with one of the non-Catholic girls on our street. Her mother paid a visit to my mother, asking her to make us stop. Ha. No “converts” that week.

    • August 27, 2015 at 10:28 am

      Good grief, what a frightfully hideous stab at an “answer” to the unrelenting stream of blood flowing in our streets. Aren’t some of these gun nuts also religious nuts and fanatics? Seriously, follow a possibly disgruntled employee for five years? Who defines disgruntled? You just write into your budget tens of thousands of dollars for PI fees for five years? What happens when then see something suspicious? What do they do about it?

      How about we just stop worshiping guns and listening to gun fetishists? How about we get the NRA out of Congress, writing our bills and passing our legislation? How about stiffer penalties for gun related violence? How about holding parents accountable with jail time for not keeping their guns safe? If we can lock up pot dealers for the rest of their lives without parole, we can surely nail people who leave their guns accessible to 2 year olds who go on to kill themselves and others. How about we ban the sale of war weaponry? How about we repeal this insane open carry crap so we don’t have to live with the fear of guns in our midst in grocery stores, churches, schools, restaurants, cafes and bars? How about we get the NRA out of our lives forever?

  16. 76 desertflower
    August 27, 2015 at 9:48 am

    BAM! Wake Up America!!

  17. 80 desertflower
    August 27, 2015 at 9:51 am

  18. 81 99ts
    August 27, 2015 at 9:52 am

    gm TOD. Nasa report on sea levels rising reached down under – we have much development along the sea shore – 85% of the population of Australia live within 50km (30 miles) of the ocean.

    “Low-lying US states such as Florida are at risk of disappearing, as are some of the world’s major cities such as Singapore and Tokyo.”

    When politicians deny the scientists in their own country – and the media supports the politicians I guess Florida will just sink – or float away.

  19. 83 desertflower
    August 27, 2015 at 9:52 am

  20. 84 Niliathiel
    August 27, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Good afternoon, people. 🙂

  21. 85 PrayerWarriorforObama
    August 27, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Thanks everyone. I will not be venturing outside until we get the all clear. I will hang out on TOD today.

  22. August 27, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Now we all know what the haters will say, we told you that Obama want to take our guns. We told you Obama was a Muslim, he is sticking up for terrorists by saying that gun violence kill more people then terrorists. But President was telling the truth about gun violence, and yet whatever is said to these gun lovers, it will do no good. No matter how many people are kill, it won’t make any difference to these gun lovers. I wonder if there were a choice between these people children or their guns, who,what would they choose?

  23. 87 jacquelineoboomer
    August 27, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Cory Booker’s taking questions, I see.

    • 88 57andfemale
      August 27, 2015 at 11:02 am

      My God, he’s full of himself, isn’t he?

      • 89 jacquelineoboomer
        August 27, 2015 at 11:08 am

        He’s seeking recognition from others, I get that (who isn’t?). I’m no expert, but he seems to have zero “observant ego,” and has no clue how he sometimes comes across.

        • 90 Don
          August 27, 2015 at 11:15 am

          He can’t make a statement for or against the Iran deal but cameras seem to always find him every time a goddamn cat is stuck in a tree.

          • 91 jacquelineoboomer
            August 27, 2015 at 11:17 am

            Well, I’m pretty sure he calls out those cameras, because I don’t think it’s the cat in the tree.

            • 92 99ts
              August 27, 2015 at 11:37 am

              🙂 – Now I have a picture in my brain of a cat up a tree, on the phone dialing for help. In fact it is my neighbor’s cat as Mr 99 had to get him down from a tree yesterday – fortunately not very high up – just a scaredy cat chasing a bird.

  24. August 27, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Good morning, Chips and TODers. I hope the President has a good day. It’s tough to look back at that horrific event and feel anything but anger and grief. Thank goodness we have the best POTUS, our consoler-in-chief.

  25. August 27, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Man oh man, these Trump fans are a nasty lot. Absolute hatred of Latinos and immigration in general is real. I’ve been blocking tons of them on twitter. There are terrified.

  26. 96 desertflower
    August 27, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Just gonna put this here.

  27. 98 desertflower
    August 27, 2015 at 10:50 am


    In Case You Were Wondering

    Donald Trump has tied up that racist vote. David Duke just endorsed him.

    David Duke, the anti-Semitic former Ku Klux Klan leader, praised Republican front-runner Donald Trump for his immigration policy proposals and said Trump is “the best of the lot.”

    He just got an endorsement from David Duke. Enough?

  28. August 27, 2015 at 10:59 am

  29. 103 jacquelineoboomer
    August 27, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Let’s collectively keep in mind that although the topic and the memory are horrendous, we still get to hear our President speak about Katrina10 in New Orleans, later this afternoon … to hear this fine man who speaks the truth, on hand to console and encourage.

    Yeah, I’m good with that.

  30. August 27, 2015 at 11:31 am

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