Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day – Pete Souza: “I was on the second helicopter and arrived moments before Marine One touched down at Brenton Point in Newport, R.I. I bet one of the advance staff that after landing, instead of walking to the motorcade the President would walk across the road to view the ocean at sunset. I won the bet.” Aug. 29, 2014



President Obama greets five-month-old Davida Asen and her mother Rebecca Watson in the Outer Oval Office, Aug. 28, 2015. Rebecca’s brother-in-law, Jonathan Asen, Office of Legislative Affairs, brought his family to have departure photos taken with the President (Photo by Pete Souza)



130 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. August 29, 2015 at 8:32 am

    GM, Chips! Congrats on 1rst Don 😎

    ‘Only days before President Obama travels to the Alaskan Arctic on Monday to focus attention on climate change, one of the effects of global warming is again apparent: Hordes of walruses are scrambling onto the Alaskan shoreline, because the Chukchi Sea ice floes where they would normally have rested have melted. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed to the Post Wednesday evening that a mass of walruses had “hauled out,” or gathered on shore, near the remote community of Point Lay. The service did not estimate the number or provide images. But photojournalist Gary Braasch has posted dramatic photographs, taken during an Aug. 23 flyover, of what appear to be at least several thousand walruses crowding onto a barrier island. (The photograph shown here was taken during last September’s haul-out.) Government radio tracking of the walruses also show a number of tagged animals clustered at Point Lay. This is the seventh time in a decade that walruses have been driven out of the Chukchi Sea by warming waters, and past haul-outs have numbered in the tens of thousands. This is one of the earliest haul-outs on record; most of the previous ones have occurred in September.

    The Fish and Wildlife Service has been very concerned about the animals’ safety. Walrus populations are easily frightened on shore, and if something spooks them they may stampede into the water, often crushing any babies or smaller adults in their path. Past stampedes have caused thousands of fatalities. To prevent stress on the animals, the Service has issued a press release requesting that people — and specifically the media — keep away from the area while the walruses are hauled out….President Obama will arrive in Anchorage Monday to begin a three-day visit focusing on climate change and its effects in the Arctic, which include melting glaciers and sea ice, thawing permafrost, sea-level rise and their corresponding threats to people and wildlife. Alaska media have reported that one of the other stops on his trip will be Kotzebue — a village about 200 miles south of Point Lay, where the walruses are gathered on shore…continued’

    • August 29, 2015 at 8:34 am

      Moooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooorning LP!!

    • 11 jackiegrumbacher
      August 29, 2015 at 9:10 am

      LP, as a young school girl many, many decades ago, I was fascinated by the idea that whole species could become extinct, like dinosaurs and mammoths. It all seemed so unreal and impossibly distant. Well, now we’re seeing it happen in real time and on a grand scale. Nothing can be taken for granted anymore.

  2. August 29, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Good morning all and congrats, Don. Just an update, a few days ago Cory Booker was specifically targeted by a tv ad urging him to vote against the Iran deal. This morning Sen. Casey was targeted by name on a tv ad. So this is the new tactic by the opposition.

    • 13 Don
      August 29, 2015 at 8:35 am

      I really don’t know what the holdup with Senator Booker is, you would think that if he were inclined to vote yes he would have said so already.

    • 16 vcprezofan2
      August 29, 2015 at 11:40 am

      IMO. Booker and Casey have left themselves open to these tactics by pretending to be considering their position on a choice that seems evident to people who are a) principled and b) listening to the facts.

  3. August 29, 2015 at 8:36 am

    ‘There’s a new craze on Instagram that Christopher Columbus would totally heart: “tiny planet” shots—a trippy variation on landscape photography that depicts your surroundings as a free-floating orb rather than a flat square. It blurs the line between art and photography—and can result in some pretty dreamy images. The most convincing way to achieve these is with a camera like the Ricoh Theta ($300,theta360.com) It looks like a small remote control and has not one but two fisheye lenses on each side, which capture your surroundings in tandem. A companion app for iPhone and Android connects wirelessly to transfer photos from the Theta to your phone. To turn a Theta pic into a tiny-planet shot requires some fiddling in the app. The Theta camera takes 360-degree photos that capture everything above, below and even behind the photographer. Viewing these special photos in all their glory requires the app: You’ll see a wide-angle view of what was in front of the camera when you snapped the photo, and the app also lets you swipe the image to pan around. You can look up or down or even spin about.

    In the app, you’ll want to zoom out and adjust the view to create a tiny-planet composition. Then take a screenshot of your image to share it with the world. (Ricoh says a new app, out soon, will simplify sharing and editing stills.) But creating a tiny-planet shot doesn’t require a pricey one-trick camera. With the right app, you can use your iPhone or Android phone’s cam. My favorite iPhone app for this purpose is Circular+ ($2). After you take a photo within the app (or import a standard photo that you’ve already taken), the app magically rolls your photos into a sphere. It also lets you add fun effects, like lens flares and solar streaks. For Android, Tiny Planet FX Pro app works similarly ($3). These apps don’t give you as much control or interactivity as the Theta camera, but they are less expensive…continued’

  4. 20 idon
    August 29, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Good MOrning TOD family. Was just watching Jonathan Capehart subbing for Steve Kornacki on MSNBC’s Up. They did a segment on HRC’s effort to “discourage” VP Biden from jumping into race by letting everyone know she has 50% of degates already and 1/5 of superdelegates. This was seen as another unforced error and likely to cause resentment among voters. Maybe HRC just isn’t presidential material.

    • 21 Don
      August 29, 2015 at 8:41 am

      She had the same math in 2008 and look what happened.

    • 23 Don
      August 29, 2015 at 8:43 am

      Hillary has that same sense of entitlement that Ann Romney had, it’s our turn.

    • 24 globalcitizenlinda
      August 29, 2015 at 8:49 am

      not many people want to hear about inevitability => it implies that whatever voters are doing does not matter

      • 25 Don
        August 29, 2015 at 8:52 am

        I mean who are her brain trust, they brainstormed and this is what they came up with?

        • 26 idon
          August 29, 2015 at 9:05 am

          This is what I’m saying. I don’t think it’s her brain trust. I think she makes the final decision and seems almost unable to anticipate how different strategies can lead to negative or unintended consequences.

          • 27 globalcitizenlinda
            August 29, 2015 at 9:14 am

            they have a lot of learning to do. Hope they do it fast

            • 28 Don
              August 29, 2015 at 9:23 am

              G, they’ve had almost eight years to learn this, if they don’t know it now they will never learn it. They had the Whitehouse for eight years in the 90’s and it’s like they have no clue about running a campaign.

    • August 29, 2015 at 10:15 am


    • August 29, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      I have many of the same sentiments as most of you do about HRC. I will vote for her as a last resort only. No GOP candidate will get my vote. However, after PBO, Hillary would be such a let down. She really deserves the title of liar after the ducking fire on the runway story during the 2008 Primary. I have thought of her as a good worker bee, but not as a leader. She is too concerned about how everything affects her politically.

  5. August 29, 2015 at 8:41 am

    “Solocam is a selfie stick that may actually provide value (bear with me here) by letting journalists shoot video from the field without lugging around an entire camera crew. The device is a selfie stick attached to a high-def bluetooth microphone, just like the pros use. While the entire setup looks ridiculous, the video it helps create looks surprisingly professional. The device also comes with an app for your mobile device which lets you record while using features like a teleprompter or special effects. The camera is set at an angle to avoid the dreaded flesh beard under all of our chins. The most basic version will set you back $50, while the pro is selling for $149.

    The more expensive versions come with upgrade microphones and attachments to mount other cameras besides your cell phone. Before purchasing, it’s important to note that you will look just as weird pulling out the Solocam in public as if you were using a boring old selfie stick. However, this device may actually provide some real value, which could be worth it if you can stomach the embarrassment.”

  6. 45 donna dem 4 obama
    August 29, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Good Morning TOD and thank you Chips for the Rise and Shine

    Congrats on 1st Don

    This is completely off topic

    I need a favor. 😳

    Billie Holiday (the Jazz Singer) celebrated her 100th Birthday this year and my cousin (Changamire) who is a local Jazz artist here in the DC area is doing a project to celebrate that occasion. She interviewed me and many others about Miss Holiday and my very short comments are on Youtube and now I have to get 50 views. (Sigh) Can you please view this for me? I hate to be photographed and I hate being videoed more but there is very little I won’t do for family so….

  7. August 29, 2015 at 8:54 am

    ‘The great thing about go-anywhere, do-anything cameras like the Go-Pro is they capture everything. The bad thing about go-anywhere, do-anything cameras like the Go-Pro is they capture everything. That always-on, always-recording feature forces you to view and edit hours of B-roll, just to get to the highlights of that awesome 720 backside grab you did on the halfpipe. Enter Graava, a young startup with an artificially intelligent action camera that promises to do all your editing for you. The idea is that you’ll shoot video all the time, and trust the camera to save the best bits. The Graava camera ($249 during pre-orders) is a keychain-sized gadget that looks like a Pico projector in an white, black, or orange plastic shell. It clips onto your helmet, handlebars, or wherever, and records everything in your direct line of vision. It shoots 1080p video at 30 frames per second, or 720p at 60 fps. As it’s filming, Graava gathers data from its accelerometer, gyroscope, light sensor, GPS, and other sensors. That info—a landmark identified via the GPS or quickened heart rate picked up by your Apple Watch—tips Graava off to exciting moments buried in the footage.

    The Graava founders reason that certain sensory spikes, like a savory smell, or an unusual sight, can indicate moments our brains would normally catalog. The camera does the same thing. A spike in heart rate or your speed, for example, might indicate a wicked descent on a trail. The camera uses those variations from the norm to rate events in the footage. You can also say “Graava” to the camera if you want to flag a moment it might not otherwise catch. Once the footage has uploaded to the cloud, Graava uses that data to auto-edit your day’s highlight reel to whatever length you specify. Suddenly, three hours of your largely lackadaisical fishing trip becomes ten minutes of cannonballs and fish flopping on deck. “With Graava,” says founder Bruno Gregory, “we emulate the way the human memory works…continued’

    • August 29, 2015 at 9:07 am

      Speaking of historians – if I hear another one talking about past events using the present tense, I will punch them. I will. It’s my current most-annoying-thing.

    • 83 Don
      August 29, 2015 at 9:16 am

      Deez nuts is not new, my friends and I have been saying “Deez nuts” for years.

      Friend: hey don, where are you guys going tonight?
      Don: we’re going to d’s.
      Friend: what’s d’s?
      Don: d’s nuuuuuuuuuuuuts!

  8. August 29, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Good morning, Chips and TODville.

    Chips, I hope your re-entry into workville has been tolerable!

    • August 29, 2015 at 9:09 am

      Morning Ms Majestic! It hasn’t been smooth, and it took me about 10 minutes to find my desktop’s on button. How quickly we forget these things.

      • August 29, 2015 at 9:11 am

        Take it easy, Captain!

      • 87 jackiegrumbacher
        August 29, 2015 at 9:15 am

        Chips, that proves you had the right kind of vacation, chilling out and forgetting all the stresses. So many people I know take their work with them on vacation so that they never really have one. It’s probably one reason why so many Americans have either brain rot or ulcers.

  9. August 29, 2015 at 9:12 am

  10. 94 jackiegrumbacher
    August 29, 2015 at 9:27 am

    The front page of our local daily newspaper featured the story of a nearby town fair in which one vendor decided to prominently sell Confederate flags. When a Latino American complained about the flags as being offensive, racist symbols, the vendor told him to “Go back to Mexico!” (sound familiar?) The Latino American complained to the fair organizers who asked the vendor to remove the flags, but he argued that they were part of our “heritage,” even though he was selling them in a Northern state that fought for the union. Fortunately, the fair organizers held firm and he was forced to take down the flags. The craziness is everywhere.

    • August 29, 2015 at 10:18 am

      CHEERS for those who stood up to this racism. Glad they were supported.

    • 96 cd4biden
      August 29, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Morning jackie – I belong to a local women’s group and we write lots of letters/postcards to let our views be known on various subjects. We also write to thank people for doing something we think is worthwhile, especially when they have stood up for something that most people wouldn’t do.

      This would be one of those times we would all write thank you notes to the fair organizers for their actions. This world needs some good feelings to offset all the craziness out there.

  11. 97 donna dem 4 obama
    August 29, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Weekly Address: Meeting the Global Threat of Climate Change

  12. 98 donna dem 4 obama
    August 29, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Warning: You’ll need a tissue by the end. 🙂

  13. August 29, 2015 at 9:41 am

    West Wing Week is one of the smartest things the WH has ever done. Great communication tool that chronicles his actions with grace and humor. I just love it.

  14. 103 donna dem 4 obama
    August 29, 2015 at 9:43 am

  15. August 29, 2015 at 9:46 am

    The President Tours Faubourg Lafitte Neighborhood in New Orleans

  16. 105 donna dem 4 obama
    August 29, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Okay TOD Rocks!

    I’m at 56 views. My cousin will be thrilled. Thank you all so much!!

  17. August 29, 2015 at 9:57 am

    News we can use!

  18. 112 donna dem 4 obama
    August 29, 2015 at 9:58 am

    What a great story.

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  21. 117 Nena20409
    August 29, 2015 at 10:17 am

    GM TOD.
    TOD Rocks! Thanks Chips and BTs.
    Congrats Don on your Gold ⭐

  22. August 29, 2015 at 10:22 am

    So here we are. Sigh.

  23. 120 donna dem 4 obama
    August 29, 2015 at 10:35 am

    • 121 desertflower
      August 29, 2015 at 10:42 am

      That’s a steaming pile of bullshit!


      Donald Trump appeared at a fundraising event for an outside group that can collect unlimited contributions from secret donors, a move in sharp contrast with his public calls for transparency in money and politics.

      Trump attended a fundraising event Sunday at the home of real estate developer Charles Kushner and his wife, Seryl — Ivanka Trump’s in-laws — on the Jersey Shore. Some attendees were asked to pony up $10,000 for a group called Make America Great Again. According to an invitation, organizers have set up a super PAC as well as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit. While a super PAC is required to disclose its donors, the nonprofit is not.

      He LIES! And Donna…nice YouTube video:) I gave you a click:)

    • 122 Nena20409
      August 29, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Could it be that Trump needs Cash Flow more than he exaggerates?

  24. 123 Nena20409
    August 29, 2015 at 10:41 am

  25. 124 Nena20409
    August 29, 2015 at 10:47 am

  26. August 29, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Line up for your bar code tattoos and check in with your local agency every week.

    These people are NUTS.

    • 126 Don
      August 29, 2015 at 11:02 am

      Poor Christie, he had it all, from busting Teacher’s unions to closing bridges. He really doesn’t believe what he’s saying, but when you’re fighting for Trump voters you’ve got to say the most stupidest shit imaginable just to stay relevant.

  27. 127 Don
    August 29, 2015 at 10:55 am

    McCain and Palin received over fifty-million votes, and this was after Palin’s wit and wisdom were on full display. Over fifty-million people were willing to give the keys to the Whitehouse to a complete moron, an utter fool. Over fifty-million people looked inside Sarah Palin’s soul and said “I want some of that” my god, fifty-million people. I don’t think Donald Trump is in it for the long haul, he’s a real estate guy and like most real estate guys he’s just trying to up his per square foot price, sooner or later someone is going to buy him out.

    • August 29, 2015 at 10:59 am

      I don’t know but I can’t see Trump, whose primary purpose in life is to make money, giving up his “businesses” to be POTUS at $400K a year. He’d probably have to divest or hide some of what he does because he is one big bag of conflict of interest on steroids.

      • 129 Nena20409
        August 29, 2015 at 11:06 am

        Yet with all the Saturation of the NY/DC News Media coverage of Trump, none to the best of my ability has asked Trump how his “$10B” plus business is to be managed should he be elected.
        Blind Trust is what has been the Tradition for POTUS and many elected officials. Conflict of interest is never mentioned nor questions raised by these Lazy Journos being spoon fed by Trump.

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