Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama greets troops after delivering remarks at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, Aug. 31, 2012. The President traveled to Fort Bliss to mark the two-year anniversary of the end of America’s combat mission in Iraq (Photo by Pete Souza)



10:25 ET: The President departs the White House

1:40 AKT: Arrives Anchorage, Alaska

3:15 AKT: Participates in a roundtable with Alaska Natives

5:0 AKT: Addresses a conference on the environment in the Arctic



MoooOOOooorning – this is a scheduled post, back in a bit to say hello

155 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. 2 jackiegrumbacher
    August 31, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Morning. I’m looking forward to our President’s trip this week. Every day and every week, he does something deeply meaningful that promotes what’s good in this sometimes depressing country. He never despairs of our potential even when the rest of us do. We have sixteen months to enjoy the richness of this wonderful president and I don’t intend to waste it getting stomach cramps over the insane bellowing that rises from the collective Republican loonies who are running for President.

  2. 4 TrumpDog
    August 31, 2015 at 8:10 am

    On my wway out the door…headed to work…see you all later .
    Congrats on 1st, Don!

  3. August 31, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Good grief, why am I up so early?
    Chips must have messed with my alarm.

  4. August 31, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Good morning, y’all. Have a great Monday.

  5. 15 JER
    August 31, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  6. August 31, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Did Kanye West announce that he was running for President in 2020?

  7. 21 99ts
    August 31, 2015 at 8:39 am

    GM TOD – could someone explain to me why Ohio can stop a mountain in Alaska being renamed – weird??

    • 22 arapaho415
      August 31, 2015 at 8:58 am

      GE 99ts.

      No link, so not sure what law @markknoller is referring to:

      Here’s (AK) local perspective:

      • 23 Linda
        August 31, 2015 at 9:13 am

        The United States Board on Geographic Names (BGN) is a federal body within the United States Geological Survey, an agency of the Department of the Interior. The purpose of the board is to establish and maintain uniform usage of geographic names throughout the federal government of the United States

        Secretary Jewel has the authority to designate the name change.

        • 24 arapaho415
          August 31, 2015 at 9:28 am

          So as usual, Knoller-the-GOP-mouthpiece has it wrong.

          Well, we know where Secretary Jewel stands regarding the mountain name.

          • August 31, 2015 at 10:17 am

            He doesn’t have it exactly wrong – I think he’s stating the fact that some legislators think they can block this. And probably no one til now has cared enough to do anything about it. At most, he sounds like he doesn’t know the actual procedure.

            • 26 hopefruit2
              August 31, 2015 at 3:20 pm

              Yes, but he conveniently left out the part where it was a REPUBLICAN SENATOR from Alaska (Murkowski-R) who filed a petition to have it renamed. And she has put her full support behind it….and he also fails to specify which legislators (a small group from Ohio led by John Boehner)k by being as vague as possible “some legislators.”

              So by omission, he’s not being exactly factual – he’s trying to incite his rabid RW followers (as usual) under the guise of objective reporting….

              • August 31, 2015 at 5:34 pm

                Ah. I only read the tweet, not an article. I don’t usually see his tweets so was not aware that his followers were so right-wing, only that he seems obsessed with numbers kind of clueless.

        • 28 99ts
          August 31, 2015 at 9:47 am

          Thanks Linda – Knoller seems rather like Bill Kristol when it comes to getting things wrong. I just don’t understand the Ohio part.

      • 31 99ts
        August 31, 2015 at 9:46 am

        The latter about Ohio was the item I saw arapaho – just weird

      • August 31, 2015 at 10:05 am

      • 33 JER
        August 31, 2015 at 10:32 am

    • 34 arapaho415
      August 31, 2015 at 8:59 am

      More perspective on “Mount McKinley.”

  8. August 31, 2015 at 8:48 am

  9. August 31, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  10. 39 idon
    August 31, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Good Morning TOD Family. Looking forward to pics and links of PBO’s Alaska trip.

  11. 40 arapaho415
    August 31, 2015 at 8:55 am

    GM TODville.

    For perspective, this is how excited residents in the Arctic Circle are for PBO’s visit:

    • August 31, 2015 at 9:58 am

      That letter brought me to dears. I hope that everyone in this small town will have a chance to be in PBO’s presence. They are so thrilled and honored and have worked so hard to get their town ready for his visit. Our president will shower them with love, respect, recognition and resources because he is all about bringing real solutions, with the help of the people so affected, to make people’s lives better.

  12. 44 GGail
    August 31, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  13. August 31, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Beautiful dogs!

    August 31, 2015 at 9:09 am


  15. 47 desertflower
    August 31, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Morning everyone:)

  16. 50 desertflower
    August 31, 2015 at 9:13 am

  17. 51 vcprezofan2
    August 31, 2015 at 9:14 am

    ‘Good Morning and Happy Monday’, TODobots and friends!

  18. 52 desertflower
    August 31, 2015 at 9:14 am


  19. 55 kid kanga
    August 31, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Very excited and looking forward to OUR president being in Alaska this week. Heard about the Denali name change on the radio on the drive in to work this morning. instantly loved it. also got a chuckle picturing all those brainless ‘news’ reporters having to look up McKinley so they could find a reason to be outraged.

  20. 56 hopefruit2
    August 31, 2015 at 9:41 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! 🙂 Happy Monday everyone. Congrats Sir Don on #1!

  21. 57 globalcitizenlinda
    August 31, 2015 at 9:43 am

    On the ground in Ohio, i have not seen/heard people upset about restoration of the name Denali. So pls take all the noise from elected officials as the usual political garbage

  22. August 31, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Good Monday morning, Chips and TODers. I’m so excited for this history-making trip!

    Alaska is one hour behind Pacific time. So here are the Pacific and Eastern times:

    1:40 AKT: Arrives Anchorage, Alaska
    2:40 Pacific
    5:40 Eastern

    3:15 AKT: Participates in a roundtable with Alaska Natives
    4:15 Pacific
    7:15 Eastern

    5:00 AKT: Addresses a conference on the environment in the Arctic
    6:00 Pacific
    9:00 Eastern

  23. 66 amk for obama
    August 31, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    I really hope this pos takes down the entire gop pos with him.

  24. 67 Vicki
    August 31, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD.
    I see we are all deeply pleased by President Obama’s act of respect towards the people of Alaska. We know that this is who our President is.
    Always respectful, kind and decent.
    Always thoughtful

    So, we could have predicted what the RW response to this history-making 3 days in Alaska would be and the GOP will not disappoint.

    To the ??? about visiting Alaska after drilling started—the sane response is that George W. Bush signed these billion dollar contracts during his term. We need this oil. Who would you prefer drills there??? A responsible USA? or who?

    Emos and Rachel will be negatively all over this trip. Best to ignore them.

    Same nonsense as Bernie opposing TPP. As if that would stop trade. Nothing is easier than holding Someone Else to high standards.

    I am so proud of President Obama and will follow this trip as best I can.
    What is AKT translated to EDT? 3 hours earlier? 4? Anybody???

  25. 83 Don
    August 31, 2015 at 10:09 am

    I refuse to believe that the Republicans have always been this insane, crazy yes, but not insane.

  26. August 31, 2015 at 10:14 am

    I understand the premise….


    Where Black Lives Matter Began

    Hurricane Katrina exposed our nation’s amazing tolerance for black pain.

    By Jamelle Bouie

    On the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, in 2010, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu preached unity. “With the rising water, differences and divisions were washed away,” he said, asking the audience to listen to each other, and embrace their common aspirations. “We will hear and we will learn the beautiful truth that Katrina taught us all,” he declared, “We are all the same.”

    With this, Landrieu invoked our national memory of the hurricane—a catastrophe that devastated New Orleans for all of its residents. In his own address on the fifth anniversary, President Obama struck a similar tone, with a message of rebuilding and harmony. “Five years ago we saw men and women risking their own safety to save strangers. We saw nurses staying behind to care for the sick and the injured. We saw families coming home to clean up and rebuild—not just their own homes, but their neighbors’ homes, as well.”


    But there’s a problem with this capsule summary of Katrina and its place in national memory. It assumes a singular public of “Americans” who understand events in broadly similar ways. This public doesn’t exist. Instead, in the United States, we have multiple publics defined by a constellation of different boundaries: Geographic, religious, economic, ethnic, and racial. With regards to race, we have two dominant publics: A white one and a black one. Each of them saw Katrina in competing, mutually exclusive ways. And the disaster still haunts black political consciousness in ways that most white Americans have never been able to acknowledge.

    White Americans saw the storm and its aftermath as a case of bad luck and unprecedented incompetence that spread its pain across the Gulf Coast regardless of race. This is the narrative you see in Landrieu’s words and, to some extent, Obama’s as well. To black Americans, however, this wasn’t an equal opportunity disaster. To them, it was confirmation of America’s indifference to black life. “We have an amazing tolerance for black pain,” said Rev. Jesse Jackson in an interview after the storm. Rev. Al Sharpton, also echoed the mood among many black Americans: “I feel that, if it was in another area, with another economic strata and racial makeup, that President Bush would have run out of Crawford a lot quicker and FEMA would have found its way in a lot sooner.” Even more blunt was rapper Kanye West, who famously told a live national television audience that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”


  27. 85 FoxfireTX
    August 31, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Good morning TOD! Sooo looking forward to PBO’s Alaska trip. Alaska is one of two places on my bucket list for visiting in the future. And any morning when the Rs heads are exploding–particularly over this name change of this beautiful mountain–is a great morning!

  28. August 31, 2015 at 10:32 am

  29. 87 JER
    August 31, 2015 at 10:35 am

  30. 88 JER
    August 31, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Awaiting the President’s departure Joint Base Andrews. Click here ► ► http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  31. August 31, 2015 at 10:37 am

  32. 94 desertflower
    August 31, 2015 at 10:39 am

    does Alaska have its own timezone? 🙂

  33. August 31, 2015 at 10:42 am

  34. August 31, 2015 at 10:45 am

    • 106 CEB
      August 31, 2015 at 11:24 am

      I love that show! It is unreal that POTUS will be doing this (I sure that there will be no rat-snail-slug-snake eating on this episode). I know that there is no way that the SS will allow him to rappel down a mountainside which is the norm for this show, but it will be really interesting to see what PBO will allowed to do. Barack Hussein Obama, president of the USA is outrageous!!!! I love this about him. He will go wherever and do whatever with whomever to get the job done.

  35. August 31, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Good morning TOD!
    Congratulations Don!
    FoxFireTX, I second everything you said up there.
    I am back to walking in Central Park and was listening to “Respect Yourself” by the Staples Singers.
    It reminded me how much respect our President has for everyone. How much the Repugs don’t have.
    It took me a while to get here but thank God and TOD ALL IS WELL.
    It is another great morning!

  36. 111 desertflower
    August 31, 2015 at 10:48 am

    off to work. have a great day!

  37. 114 JER
    August 31, 2015 at 10:51 am

  38. 115 JER
    August 31, 2015 at 10:52 am

  39. August 31, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Good morning TOD ….

  40. 135 arapaho415
    August 31, 2015 at 11:03 am


  41. 138 JER
    August 31, 2015 at 11:06 am

  42. 139 vcprezofan2
    August 31, 2015 at 11:06 am

    BBL, way before PBO lands – off to ‘shop’.

  43. August 31, 2015 at 11:08 am

  44. August 31, 2015 at 11:12 am

  45. August 31, 2015 at 11:14 am

    • August 31, 2015 at 11:17 am

      Uh Huh
      Uh Huh

      WHAT DA PHUQ!?!?!?!?

      Whites Quit Working With Black Mississippi Judge, Then He Got Sacked

      Rickey Thompson started a drug court to start treating offenders and stop imprisoning them. Then he says officials quit sending him offenders altogether.

      A black judge in Mississippi claims he was removed from office following years of resistance from a mostly white legal system to his push to treat drug offenders instead of imprisoning them.

      Justice Court Judge Rickey Thompson of Lee County—named for Confederate general Robert E. Lee—is the first and only black judge in the county’s 149-year history. In May, the Mississippi Supreme Court removed him from the post that he’s held since 2004 over a slew of misconduct allegations.

      “It came to the point where they couldn’t beat me at the ballot, so they had to find another direction,” he said.

      Thompson said the sheriff quit sending him suspects and fellow judges quit sending the accused to his drug court. Warrants he signed for the sheriff’s department went unserved. A bailiff even once refused to open his court.

      Officially, Thompson was found by Mississippi’s highest court to have violated several rules, including what amounts to making clerical errors like using the wrong form when filing paperwork. That should not be surprising given Mississippi requires only a high school diploma to be a justice court judge. (Thompson, a registered nurse with an associate degree, has more education than that of his fellow justice court magistrates.)


      • 148 Don
        August 31, 2015 at 11:30 am

        WHAT DA PHUQ INDEED! I mean its Mississippi I guess.

      • 149 0388jojothecat
        August 31, 2015 at 12:21 pm

        This is a damn shame that judges don’t have to know anything about the law to convict people and put them away. Looks like you don’t have to have an education to be Supreme Court Judge either….

    • 150 idon
      August 31, 2015 at 11:34 am

      Judge Rickey THompson should use this to go to law school and then run for US House seat in 4 years.

  46. August 31, 2015 at 11:35 am

    now, this is a quote

    “Look, Jeb Bush was a very successful governor, he’s a thoughtful man, he was a good, conservative governor. But every day, Donald Trump is emasculating Jeb Bush, and Republican primary voters are not going to default to the establishment candidate who is being weakened by these attacks that go unresponded to.”

    — GOP strategist Steve Schmidt, quoted by Politico.

    Jeb wouldn’t even stand up for his wife, when she was insulted.
    He’s so used to everyone getting out of his way because his last name is Bush…he’s not used to dealing with someone who doesn’t give a phuck what his last name is.

    Jeb believes he’s ENTITLED to be President.

    And, if there had been just ONE of the Clown Car in 2012 that could match Willard’s resources, Willard never would have made it to the nomination.

    My money’s still on the Establishment getting Jeb the nomination…but, I’m wondering how.

    Trump better up his protection.

    • 152 0388jojothecat
      August 31, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      How sad, we have two dynasties that feel they are entitled to be president, another Bush and another Clinton. They will be so sad when the majority of the people reject them.

  47. 153 Linda
    August 31, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Boehner And McConnell Rocked As Republican Disapproval Hits A Record High


    I doubt either one of them care at all.

    • August 31, 2015 at 12:14 pm

      PBO has wore them out so badly they don’t even know if they should care.
      They thought this was going to be easy breezy.

      But I remember a song my sisters used to play”The Hunter Being Captured By The Game”
      It’s a sad state of affairs when a Black steps in the highest office in the U.S. cleans up your fuck ups, shows and tells you how to do it, it works, you still refuse to listen, you still try the same tricks(which are for kids)……what do you then?
      Have a drink!

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