Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, sit for a family portrait in the Green Room of the White House, Sept. 1, 2009. (Official White House Photo)



12:0 AKT: President Obama hikes to Exit Glacier; Seward, Alaska

3:50 AKT: Participates in a boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park; Seward, Alaska


On This Day: President Obama in Sioux City, IA, September 1, 2012 (Photo by Scout Tufankjian)



105 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 desertflower
    September 1, 2015 at 8:38 am


  2. 10 desertflower
    September 1, 2015 at 8:39 am

    I surprised myself! I actually have this photo of the family…look how the girls have grown….

  3. 11 JER
    September 1, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Good Morning BFF and DF.

    • 16 jackiegrumbacher
      September 1, 2015 at 9:08 am

      Good grief, df. Is there a form of mental illness required to run as a Republican Congressman? This Salmon guy was so far out of line, the parents should sue him for causing their children emotional distress.

      • 17 desertflower
        September 1, 2015 at 9:13 am

        I wish they would!! In this state, how crazy you are, no matter how far gone your ideas…if there’s an “R” behind yours name, you must be fine! This guy is batshit crazy…along with just about every other R rep in this state….and the state lege is filled to the brim with Teabaggers…. I am in the wrong place. Truly.

    • 18 desertflower
      September 1, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Just FYI, there is not a peep about this in any online local news site…not a one. We have storm news, shooting news, and mom drowning her kids in the tub news, but nothing about the US Rep that visited an elementary school to talk about how a bill becomes law and ends up talking about suicide bombers and death….wonder how much he paid them to bury that story? Should have shown the Schoolhouse Rock version and called it good. At least they would have always remembered it and not been terrified in the process. All they have is fear. Even when little kids are involved. Shameful.

    • 21 GGail
      September 1, 2015 at 9:33 am

      DF, he’s an idiot and should not be allowed to speak to school children ever again.

  4. 23 GGail
    September 1, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    Congrats DF on First!!!!

    Tell me again, is Alaska one hour ahead or behind California? Where’s meta???

    • 24 desertflower
      September 1, 2015 at 9:01 am

      Thanks, sweetness:) Have a great day….we got LOTS of rain last night! You get any?

      • 25 GGail
        September 1, 2015 at 9:04 am

        No, got no rain last night. You guys hogged it all ! 😕

        Oh well, have a great day too😘

      • 26 0388jojothecat
        September 1, 2015 at 9:21 am

        What? Calif didn’t get any rain. Wawawa not fair 😦 😦

        Good morning TOD family. Everyone have a wonderful day.

        Parents would’nt allow their kids to hear a message on first day of school but congress men can frighten young kids about the Iran Deal. I think kids from that school visited the WH garden once the name sounds familiar. I am glad the parents spoke up.

    • September 1, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Hhahaaa! Good morning, GGail, Chips and TODers.

      Yes, it goes like this:

      12:00 AKT: President Obama hikes to Exit Glacier; Seward, Alaska
      1:00 Pacific
      4:00 Easter

      3:50 AKT: Participates in a boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park; Seward, Alaska
      4:50 Pacific
      7:50 Eastern

      I don’t see any lifestream info up so we’ll probably have to rely on local media.

  5. September 1, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

    • 45 GGail
      September 1, 2015 at 9:19 am

      No more words are needed. Beautiful

      • September 1, 2015 at 10:59 am

        When Poppy Bush change The Kennedy Space Center back to Cape Canaveral I didn’t hear any outrage from the Left. Maybe we just don’t care about these things, even though I was ticked.

      September 1, 2015 at 9:53 am


  6. 48 99ts
    September 1, 2015 at 9:10 am

    GM all – just love that photo – thanks Ms Chips

    Delightful piece on our news this evening about PBO hiking in Alaska & how he is being very proactive about Climate Change – unlike any politicians in Australia.

    • September 1, 2015 at 9:17 am

      Goooooood evening to ya, Ms Australia!

    • 50 0388jojothecat
      September 1, 2015 at 9:30 am

      You should see what the empogs are saying that PBO is a hypocrite for allowing Shell to drill. One poster pushed back saying PBO put heavy restrictions and these leases were granted already.

      • 51 GGail
        September 1, 2015 at 9:41 am

        This is proof that Americans didn’t pay any attention to what the Bush administration did to us. But when the black man gets in office…he gets blamed.

        I better get to work

        Bye yal

      • 52 99ts
        September 1, 2015 at 9:44 am

        No doubt if he had said not to drill – but we need the oil!

      • 53 debz
        September 1, 2015 at 10:04 am

        And how many of those emos have a phone, use a computer, etc., all petroleum products. Rachel is the worst, sitting in a studio full of petroleum products, including the mascara she is wearing, yet call POTUS a hypocrite!

  7. 54 hopefruit2
    September 1, 2015 at 9:10 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, even amk, and congratulations df on #1! Happy Tuesday everyone 🙂 🙂

  8. 56 jackiegrumbacher
    September 1, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Morning all. Our local weather has returned to the worst of the hot, humid days typical of August. I pity the school children who have to go back to all day classes on days like this. On the plus side, it looks as if our soon-to-be three years old granddaughter will be celebrating her birthday with us this Saturday. Fingers crossed that it all works out.

  9. September 1, 2015 at 9:21 am

    I’m so overwhelmed by this trip, all the good PBO is trying to do for our planet and for native people. The conference is really terrific and the terrain is incredibly majestic. I’ve only ever gotten as far as the Canadian Rockies and Mt. Assiniboine and was bowled over by the beauty there. I know POTUS will be so thrilled. Really looking forward to Pete’s photos as he journeys along with PBO.

    • 58 GGail
      September 1, 2015 at 9:25 am

      Me too meta. Looking forward to Pete’s pics.

      • 59 0388jojothecat
        September 1, 2015 at 9:51 am

        PBO is going to be Photographer-in-Chief this trip…..can’t wait to see his artistic take on AK (Hope Pete takes backup pics just in case).

    • 60 hopefruit2
      September 1, 2015 at 9:26 am

      This is a historic and emotionally significant trip. And it’s a trip that will produce real and POSITIVE results for all parties involved. No wonder the corporate media is blacking it out (MSNBC I’m’ looking at you).

      Yesterday while our President was delivering important remarks on climate change at the GLACIER conference, MSNBC found it necessary to not air his speech live and instead run useless recycled PPP polls on Republicans’ racist beliefs. And that was after they falsely claimed that no one in Alaska wanted PBO there….

  10. 66 jackiegrumbacher
    September 1, 2015 at 9:26 am

    INot sure if this has been posted before, but Charles Pierce expresses a lot of our collective frustration over DWS’ chairmanship of the DNC and wonders why she hasn’t been fired. I had no idea that Jennifer Granholm was a potential replacement. Has anyone else heard about this?


    • 67 jackiegrumbacher
      September 1, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Um..supposed to read “Not sure..”

    • September 1, 2015 at 9:47 am

      I haven’t heard Granholm’s name floated before I read that piece. But she’s very close to HRC so that makes sense.

      The move to get rid of DWS is now a petition at the WH. I don’t think it’s actionable because I don’t see POTUS removing her when it will look like retaliation. But perhaps it will send a message far and wide. DWS is tone-deaf to this so she needs to be pressured unrelentingly. The petition currently has 6,484 signatures. 100,000 are needed.

      Here’s the wording. Note that it was submitted before it was known that she refused a DNC vote on the Iran Deal.

      Remove Debbie Wasserman-Schulz, effective IMMEDIATELY, as chairwoman of the DNC, Democratic National Committee
      We are asking President Obama, as the current leader of the Democratic Party, to please remove Debbie Wasserman-Schulz as chairperson of the DNC, Democratic National Committee, due to her very apparent bias as former 2008 presidential campaign manager for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Ms. Wasserman-Schulz has scheduled only 6 debates between Democratic Party 2016 presidential candidates, scheduled AFTER some states such as New York have already closed their voter registration process. In 2008, the DNC allowed over 20 debates between Democratic presidential candidates, including YOU, Mr. President, which actually helped you win the Democratic Party nomination for President. This is an obvious attempt by Ms. Wasserman-Schulz and her close friend, Hillary Clinton, to unfairly treat other candidates

      Published Date: Aug 18, 2015


    • 69 99ts
      September 1, 2015 at 9:48 am

      I was about to post that one jackie, Pierce has it right as usual – it is insane that the GOP has taken over the airwaves. Mr 99 is thinking Trump will be the next President because it is all we are reading. We hear nothing about the democrats other than a note that one of our ex PMs made a fool of himself in relation to a Clinton email.

      Maybe the lack of fundraising will get rid of DWS – democrats don’t seem to care that their senior folks don’t support the President.

    • September 1, 2015 at 10:52 am

      I’m not ready for JG as DNC chair. I like her, but she’s in Hillary’s camp right now and I don’t think she could refrain from being bias.

    • 72 99ts
      September 1, 2015 at 9:49 am

      If Trump builds his wall & Mexico refuses to pay for it – will he declare the US bankrupt?

      • 73 0388jojothecat
        September 1, 2015 at 9:57 am

        will he declare war on Mexico? why would Mexico pay for a USA wall anyway because it has to be on US side. I can’t see the UN not saying something about this….just goes to show you that there are really GOP voters that would prefer to elect someone who has NO idea what they are doing than someone who is supposed to know the constitution and how our government works. If Trump or Carson get elected they have to take a crash course in government and history or hire people who will tell them what to do even if it’s wrong….like it’s ok to torture people.

      • 79 amk for obama
        September 1, 2015 at 10:04 am

        the entire white race from eewrup to murka to downunder seem to have caught the immigrants gonna kill us all hysteria.

        • 80 99ts
          September 1, 2015 at 10:09 am

          Our lot are disgusting – they have all these secret laws – will not disclose ANY details of who is where & they are paying millions to “farm people out” to pacific nations. It is truly disgusting. We support these wars – but refuse to accept the massive refugee problem they have created.

  11. 81 JER
    September 1, 2015 at 9:47 am

    September 1, 2015 at 9:56 am


  13. 88 donna dem 4 obama
    September 1, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Good Morning TOD

    I greet you with this scrumptious tweet!

  14. 93 donna dem 4 obama
    September 1, 2015 at 10:37 am

    I haven’t been a fan of MoveOn since PBO took office but what they did to Schumer yesterday was priceless. Here is their twitter account to see all the activity that went along with their launch of the SchumerMobile that took place at his NY Senate office yesterday. https://twitter.com/MoveOn

    To Our NY TOD’ers did any of this make the local NY news?

  15. September 1, 2015 at 10:38 am

    • September 1, 2015 at 11:08 am

      I keep hearing from VPOTUS but…he isn’t saying what I want to hear, like, I’m running. It made me angry to hear HRC say she has a political machine and a ground game that will last way after she’s out of office. Really! It took some time for OFA to formulate a solid 50 state ground game. It didn’t happen before the first primary. And if I remember correctly, POTUS didn’t have 20 super delegates before Iowa. Sorry for the rant, I just feel like my vote is being locked in a box I don’t want it to be locked into.

      • September 1, 2015 at 11:40 am

        She said that? Well, that’s funny because it’s really PBO’s machine and ground game that she’s emulating. If she didn’t have that along with so many of PBO’s staff, I don’t doubt she’d be running her same old playbook from 2008.

      • September 1, 2015 at 12:43 pm

        Hillary just thinks she lost last time cuz he had a better ground game so getting PBO’s people to be in charge and playing the same game in her eyes makes her the winner this time. She seems to ignore the better person winning meme.

  16. 99 vcprezofan2
    September 1, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Placing his here for anyone who needs some ‘happy’! 🙂

  17. 102 vcprezofan2
    September 1, 2015 at 11:03 am

    BRB in …….50…49….. 😀

  18. 104 JER
    September 1, 2015 at 11:19 am

  19. September 1, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Scott Walker Campaign Says He’s Not Advocating For A Border Wall With Canada
    He just said it was “a legitimate issue” to consider.

    After critics mocked Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for saying a wall between the U.S. and Canada was a “legitimate” idea, his campaign said Monday that he is not pushing for such a policy.

    “Despite the attempts of some to put words in his mouth, Gov. Walker wasn’t advocating for a wall along our northern border,” Walker spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in a statement.

    The controversy followed the typical politician walk-back formula: a quick uproar over his comments to a reporter — in this case, made Sunday during NBC’s “Meet the Press” — followed by parsing of his words and, eventually, a clarification.

    Depending on how you parse those comments — and much of politics depends on this — the Walker campaign is right: He wasn’t advocating for a border wall between the U.S. and Canada. He didn’t bring up the idea at all. “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd pressed Walker on northern border security, asking why it’s discussed so little when candidates like Walker speak so frequently talk about the risk of terrorists crossing into the U.S. from Mexico.

    “Do you want to build a wall north of the border, too?” Todd asked.

    “Some people have asked us about that in New Hampshire,” Walker replied. “They raised some very legitimate concerns, including some law enforcement folks that brought that up to me at one of our town hall meetings about a week and a half ago. So that is a legitimate issue for us to look at.”

    In other words, Walker wasn’t out there demanding a wall be built between the U.S. and Canada — he just said the equivalent of “maybe” when asked about it.


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