Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama greets a man in the crowd after addressing the Labor Day celebration in Detroit, Mich., Sept. 5, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)



President Barack Obama meets 4-year-old Malik Hall during departure photos with Malik’s uncle, Maurice Owens, center, in the Oval Office, Sept 4, 2015. Also pictured, from right, Owens’s sister Ayesha Hall, his mother Chauvet Wells and his brother Derrick Harpe. Kayah Hall, Owens’s 2-year-old niece, is hidden behind Ms. Wells. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



On This Day

President Obama hugs a woman in the crowd after addressing the Labor Day celebration in Detroit, Mich., Sept. 5, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama visits Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, Sept. 5, 2014. (Photo by Pete Souza)

114 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 globalcitizenlinda
    September 5, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Good Morning!

  2. 11 idon
    September 5, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Good Morning TOD 🙂 I love love pugs!

  3. 12 hopefruit2
    September 5, 2015 at 8:51 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, even amk, and congrats linda on #1 🙂 Happy Saturday everyone!

  4. September 5, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Good morning, all.

    Wondering if this is part of the national security team’s concerns:

  5. 16 desertflower
    September 5, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Happy 3 day weekend! That photo of the woman in Detroit sure made some SS man nervous:) But she was holdin’ on to PBO and not letting go! I wouldn’t either! Big smile on her face…. off to listen and read… positive that’s amk’s bedroom…

  6. 17 desertflower
    September 5, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Thanks, Obama:)

  7. 18 hopefruit2
    September 5, 2015 at 9:10 am

    I don’t get why the Dow dropped 280 after yesterday’s jobs report. Makes absolutely ZERO sense.

    • 19 JER
      September 5, 2015 at 9:18 am

      Good Morning HF, BFF and TOD.

      U.S. Stocks Decline as Jobs Report Brings Little Clarity on Fed. http://bloom.bg/1L99nSq via @business

    • 21 jziglar
      September 5, 2015 at 9:33 am

      The markets don’t always move based on domestic job numbers. You have to take into account the potential actions of the FED and what is going on globally. You have a lot of factors that play a role.

      • 22 hopefruit2
        September 5, 2015 at 9:45 am

        Understood. But I’m referring specifically to yesterday’s drop. Most of the links claim that the domestic jobs data caused the market to plummet.

        • 23 Vicki
          September 5, 2015 at 10:14 am

          Propaganda. Period.
          As far as I know the link is suggested mainly to continue the blaming of POTUS narrative, which animates the national media and RW alike.

          Connecting jobs data and Dow falling overshadows the Great unemployment numbers and very low gas prices.

          Convincing America that President Obama is at fault for everything and ruining our country every day he remains in office is the SINGLE job—-the one and only job—of the national media corporations.

          • 24 hopefruit2
            September 5, 2015 at 11:06 am

            “Propaganda. Period.”

            Thank you vicki. And that’s exactly what I’ve been getting at. So far, none of the online articles I’ve read have given an HONEST explanation of what’s really driving the stock market. And yesterday’s jobs data clearly had very little to do with plummet – but that’s all I kept seeing in these articles.

        • 25 JER
          September 5, 2015 at 10:18 am

          Could it be in part because there is speculation that the Fed will raise interest rates? The jobs report is the last major data point before the Fed meets later this month on Sept. 16-17 to discuss the timing of its first increase in interest rates in nearly a decade. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-09-04/drop-in-u-s-stock-futures-signals-anxiety-over-payrolls-report

        • 26 99ts
          September 5, 2015 at 10:23 am

          I think it relates to interest rates. As full employment approaches, interest rates are likely to go up (people can afford to borrow at higher rates, there is more money in the hands of consumers, can create inflation so that may cause a rise in interest rates) – and rising interest rates will dampen the markets as it becomes viable for people to take money out of shares & put in other areas – e.g. fixed deposit.

          e.g. At the minute I have some shares returning about 5% in dividends based on what I paid for them. As they have increased in Price they are now returning about 3% for current buyers. If interest rates on fixed deposits get above 3% I will put any spare cash into fixed deposit rather than buy more shares.

          From the link above – the jobs report is really a small part of deciding what the Fed will do with rates – but it was the last piece of info & combined with international issues – sent the markets down.

          Also – remember that the money pundits are much like political pundits – they are making % guesses – I often read CNN money and on many many occasions their morning write-up will talk about the market falling – and then it rises – or the reverse. They just have to give a reason – after the event – for a rise or fall. We have one market reporter in Oz that I really like. Last week he made the comment one day “The market went up 1.5% today – I have no idea as to why”.

          • 27 Vicki
            September 5, 2015 at 11:02 am

            The interest rate— to hike or not—- is a genuine debate. In this context it seems to be an explanation that may or may not apply.

            The negative slant of every news item against our President is real as well.

            Not mutually exclusive.

            • 28 99ts
              September 5, 2015 at 11:10 am

              That the media will never acknowledge anything positive from PBO is real – but so is the relationship between employment, interest rates, inflation and the fed. Markets worldwide are in a downward spin based mainly on 3 issues – Greece/Europe, China and the US fed. Employment figures impact what the fed will do with interest rates. Interest rates impact share markets (& exchange rates).

          • 29 hopefruit2
            September 5, 2015 at 11:09 am

            Thanks 99ts, and JER for this info. I would imagine that it’s a combination of several factors as you said, but these articles, in their propaganda-churning tried to make it seem like it was just (and only) the jobs report causing anxiety and hence the reason for the drop.

            • 30 99ts
              September 5, 2015 at 11:15 am

              I didn’t see that hf – probably didn’t read enough links – plus our media isn’t so anti PBO. As I mentioned above, the media will never acknowledge the truth of the current administration’s economic success – this is a world wide stupid – somewhere the RW political parties have always said they are the great money managers – when in fact, the opposite is true. The Oz economy and sharemarket are in a serious decline at the moment – with a RWNJ PM and his cohorts leading us down. Our recovery stopped when this lot came in to power.

        • 31 57andfemale
          September 5, 2015 at 4:53 pm

          If jobs improve the FED could raise interest rates, and Wall St. wants free money. God, I remember double digit interest rates: when we bought our house in 1987 we were paying 10.5%. But business has become accustomed to free money and doesn’t want to pay a dime of interest.

    • 32 Nena20409
      September 5, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      To be honest with you, there is hardly any sane methodology to the Jingoism that has infested the Dow since Oct 2014. I can safely say that in the last 11 months, perhaps, the most, 4X in the past 11 months of UE Rate reports, with great JOB numbers, the Dow has tanked…….why….. the same nonsense about The Feds possible .25% interest rate increase. It was supposed to have been baked in by now. But No,……Dow has used every excuse to tank…..The German Dax, France CAC and The British FTSE have all gone upwards and Dow…….the Yoyo continued and Continues.

  8. September 5, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Curios about this new survey from Survey USA. I’m not so much interested in the polling firm’s reputation as I am in how the results dramatically shift when land line and cell phone only results are tabulated separately. The question is, who is more likely to vote?

    This is with 62% landline:
    “Trump 45%, Clinton 40%. (There is a 20-point Gender Gap; Trump leads by 18 points among seniors.)
    Trump 44%, Sanders 40%. (Trump leads by 10 among independents and by 6 among moderates.)
    Trump 44%, Biden 42%. (Trump leads by 10 among the best educated; Biden leads by 17 among the least educated.)
    Trump 44%, Gore 41%. (Trump leads by 12 among men and by 18 among voters age 50+.)

    Cell respondents, as is typically the case, vote more Democratic than do landline respondents.
    Among just the universe of cell-phone respondents:
    Clinton defeats Trump by 16 points
    Sanders defeats Trump by 12 points
    Biden defeats Trump by 17 points
    Gore defeats Trump by 17 points.

    The more cell-phone respondents a pollster includes in its “mix” of voters, the more Democratic the poll results will be.

    SurveyUSA interviewed 1,000 USA adults 09/02/15 and 09/03/15. Of the adults, 900 were registered to vote. Of the registered voters, 58% (522) pay “a lot” of attention to politics. This survey was conducted using blended sample, mixed-mode. Respondents reachable on a home telephone (62% of registered voters) were interviewed on their home (landline) telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents not reachable on a home telephone (38% of registered voters) were shown a question on their smartphone, tablet or other electronic device.”

    • 34 99ts
      September 5, 2015 at 10:28 am

      I have major doubts that 58% of 900 registered voters pay a lot of attention to politics. Maybe things are different in Australia – but for the first 50 years of my life, I was too busy coping with said life to worry too much about politics. Since I’ve retired, I seem to follow it more. Maybe all the people reached at home were retired??

    • 36 sjterrid
      September 5, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      I, also, think a lot of people have caller ID’s on their landline, and won’t answer the call, if they don’t recognize the number, especially if it’s an 800 number.

    • September 6, 2015 at 12:14 am

      The part that surprised me the most was that Trump had captured the highly educated people while Biden had the less educated voters. That seemed unlikely to me.

    • September 5, 2015 at 9:28 am

      As I said Donald Trump is a racists, sexists loud mouth bully. And the people that support him are too.

    • September 5, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Have said it from the beginning. Trump is NOT appealing to some ‘sliver’ of the Republican Party. He is speaking the language of the MAINSTREAM of this GOP, but he does not do it in Frank Luntz-approved dogwhistles. It’s been interesting to see articles being written trying to dance around what Trump is saying, because the dogwhistles gave the MSM the cover to pretend that the GOP doesn’t represent what they represent. Now, we get the articles about how ‘there must be more’ to their support of Trump. No. He expresses their hatred of THE OTHER in plain language, and that’s what they want. There IS nothing deeper there.

      • 41 jacquelineoboomer
        September 5, 2015 at 9:58 am

        Well said, as usual.

      • September 5, 2015 at 10:50 am

        do you think that the media is as tone death as they seem to be…that it is hard for them to actually believe that the what they see actually is what is there…

        • 43 globalcitizenlinda
          September 5, 2015 at 11:40 am

          nope, it is a deliberate effort to ignore racists behavior & talk that is before their eyes – pretending that we are post racial;

          they have done this with blatant racial attacks on PBO;

          like AG Holder said, we are a bunch of cowards when it comes to the issue of race;

          you can also see how quickly they are trying to move the voices of #BlackLivesMatter out of the general acceptability by going with the gop line that BLM are enticing violence;

          most of all never forget that in the end the audience that doesn’t want to accept that racism exists is larger than those who want the issue addressed in all its forms

  9. 45 JER
    September 5, 2015 at 9:25 am

  10. 46 No Child Left Behind
    September 5, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Good Morning TODVille! Happy Saturday! Happy Labor Day weekend!

    Another interesting read, though I am annoyed at the author sometimes.


    WASHINGTON — To launch a building project in New York, you need to be a ruthless, egotistical bully: intimidating bureaucrats, buying politicians and unions, and selling your dream by spinning the local media like a top.

    But to finish it, you need to be adaptable. If you hit unexpected bedrock, you change the footprint. If a supplier goes bankrupt, you sue and find another. If interest rates rise and the project no longer “pencils,” you build fewer floors. If the deal falls apart, you declare it bankrupt and unapologetically stick your investors with the loss, dismissing them as greedy predators even more ruthless than you are.

    Then you start over, for the goal remains the same: to get your name on yet another Taj Mahal on the island of Manhattan.

    And so it is with Donald Trump, the New York-based builder/TV host who was always too scary to be a joke and who is now the frontrunner for the 2016 Republican nomination.

  11. 48 jacquelineoboomer
    September 5, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Mornin’ to TOD and Chips, and congrats to Linda!

    Love how the hand of perhaps a Secret Service agent is often seen in some of the crowd photos from President Obama’s various visits (including one of those here), trying to hold him back!

  12. September 5, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

    Off to swim and run errands.

  13. September 5, 2015 at 9:41 am

  14. September 5, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Love the look of 4 year old Malik Hall in the picture meeting POTUS.

  15. 69 vcprezofan2
    September 5, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Greetings, everyone! (I’ve decided not to mention the day of the week since I was hopelessly befuddled yesterday.)

    Have a GREAT day, whichever it is and wherever you are!

    • 70 99ts
      September 5, 2015 at 11:18 am

      You messing up the days again vc – at least I have the excuse of living ahead of your time 🙂 I think I’m into Sunday down under.

      • 71 vcprezofan2
        September 5, 2015 at 11:55 am

        😀 😀 TS, I still haven’t completely recovered from yesterday’s mess up – I was so *sure* it was Saturday that now I don’t quite know what to do with the real Saturday.

    • 72 globalcitizenlinda
      September 5, 2015 at 11:32 am

      have to admit, your comment yesterday made me do a double-take (thinking I was the one who had to look at my calendar again)

      • 73 vcprezofan2
        September 5, 2015 at 11:59 am

        😳 My apologies. I don’t know what got into me GCL, but by the time it got sorted out in my mind I was well on my way to feeling very pleased about the progress of my Saturday chores! Today? :/ :/

  16. 76 Don
    September 5, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Being in love is never an easy thing.

  17. September 5, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Whole Foods’ security guard is fired after ‘slamming a customer into concrete pillars before choking him unconscious in bloody attack when he tried to pay with food stamps’

    A Whole Foods Market security guard in Oakland has been fired after he allegedly assaulted a customer Thursday night
    The attack reportedly began inside the store and an eyewitness shared disturbing images of the bloodied victim to Facebook
    Witness Zoe Marks says the victim was not ‘shouting’ or being ‘violent’ before the guard slammed the man into concrete pillars
    Marks says the guard put the shopper into a chokehold and ‘suffocated’ him before throwing him on the ground outside unconscious
    Police are investigating the incident and the victim is in stable condition at a local hospital

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3223093/A-Foods-security-guard-fired-reportedly-slammed-customer-buying-groceries-concrete-pillars-chokehold-throwing-ground-unconscious.html#ixzz3ks8MuBi2

    • 80 jacquelineoboomer
      September 5, 2015 at 9:55 am

      Sounds like attempted murder to me. Vile and very, very telling about some parts of our society.

      Also reminds me of one of Trump’s security guards who punched a guy this week, whose crime was carrying a protest sign.

    • 81 globalcitizenlinda
      September 5, 2015 at 11:53 am

      horrific story and very disturbing on so many fronts – almost killed for trying to buy grocery & the store employees not intervening

  18. 82 No Child Left Behind
    September 5, 2015 at 9:55 am

  19. September 5, 2015 at 9:57 am

    September 05, 2015 7:30 AM
    Why Donald Trump Will Defeat the Koch Brothers for the Soul of the GOP

    By David Atkins

    In order to understand how Donald Trump continues to dominate the Republican field despite openly promoting tax hikes on wealth hedge fund managers, hedging support for universal healthcare and other wildly iconoclastic positions hostile to decades of Republican dogma, it’s important to note the that the Republican Party was teetering on the edge of a dramatic change no matter whether Trump had entered the race or not.

    Demographers and political scientists have long been predicting that the Republican Party is due for a realignment—the sort of tectonic political shift that occurs when one of the two parties either take a courageous political stand or falls into danger of becoming a permanent minority, shifting the demographics and constituencies that sort each party. The last big realignment in American politics is generally considered to to have occurred in the wake of the Civil Rights Act, when Democratic support for civil rights legislation moved racially resentful, mostly Southern whites into the arms of the Republicans while picking up support from women and minorities. Republicans, of course, hastened this process through their use of the Southern strategy to maximize conservative white fears and resentments. It is arguable that the Democratic shift toward the conservative and neoliberal economics beginning the late 1970s as a response to the increasing power of money in elections and the rise of Reagan was also a minor realignment that moved many wealthy social liberals out of the Republican fold at the expense of blue-collar Democratic workers.

    Conventional wisdom has argued that demographic trends showing the rise of Latino and Asian voters would spell the need for another GOP realignment—this time away from minority-bashing Southern Strategy politics, toward a more ecumenical, corporate-friendly fiscal libertarianism and militaristic foreign policy that would in theory attract conservative-leaning voters across the racial spectrum who had previously felt unwelcome in the Republican fold due to its racial politics. Republican leaders are well aware that every election year the voting public becomes more diverse, and that permanently losing the Latino and Asian votes the way Republicans have the African-American vote would mean a permanent disaster for their party. The Blue Wall becomes more formidable for the GOP with every presidential election cycle, largely due to demographic change.


  20. 85 0388jojothecat
    September 5, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Good Afternoon/Evening TOD Family I have favor to ask of all of you who have twitter and those who would kindly sign up for twitter for a worthy cause.

    I volunteer with an organization called The Cat Posse. They are a small rescue group trying to get free food but we need followers on Instagram. For the month of September, Centinela Feed and Supply in California, has chosen The Cat Posse as its charity to donate food. They have a contest called Food Frenzy and with your Instagram Account, for every posting of a picture of ANY animal, eating ANY food, with the hashtags #FOODFRENZY #CAT POSSE follow #CentinelaFeed and #Cat Posse.

    I would appreciate it so much if my TOD Family would be so kind as to use your INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS, post pictures of your animals or any animal eating so that The Cat Posse can feed their deserving animals.

    Please tell friends, family, etc., and Thanks so much.
    Thank you Chipsticks and Dannysticks for allowing me to promote this on The Obama Diary.

      September 5, 2015 at 10:09 am


      • 87 0388jojothecat
        September 5, 2015 at 10:30 am

        Hi Sue, this is not my cat it’s just a picture from the Instagram postings. My cats refuse to wear collars and my older cat hated them from the day I brought her home. Our condos recommend that pets wear collars in case they get out and can be distinguished from a stray or owned pet. We have homeowners who let their cats out and they roam within the complex and that they have collars I know they probably belong to someone. My JoJo only wore a collar when he went outside, he was the only cat of mine that would tolerate a collar. For Xmas I bought them Holiday collars and they were miserable because I made them wear it all day. 🙂 🙂

        I feed strays too….

        • 88 99ts
          September 5, 2015 at 10:35 am

          I’ve never known a cat that didn’t – on occasion – escape to the wild outdoors & (if they will wear them) a collar is a good way to quickly get them back. One of mine was no trouble wearing a collar, another went insane trying to remove same. Rather like people, they all have different ideas 🙂

        • 89 sherijr
          September 5, 2015 at 12:24 pm

          okay as soon as I have a bit of time I will try to figure out Instagram and do this jojo (I had a parakeet named jojo when I was a child 🙂 anyhoo, I do have 3 indoor cats and two strays outside that I feed.. so will try very hard to do this for your wonderful cause. I am on twitter, so how to do this on twitter??

          September 5, 2015 at 4:09 pm


    • 93 99ts
      September 5, 2015 at 10:33 am

      Hope it goes well jojo – I have no idea how to use instagram – but am hopefully a minority on TOD 🙂

  21. 104 hopefruit2
    September 5, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Watch as Mitch McConnell tries to do a Serena split before a live crowd on national television…(To be aired on CNN on Thursday Sep 17 at 9pm prime time). This is MUST-SEE tv! 🙂 🙂

    September 5, 2015 at 10:12 am


  23. 108 hopefruit2
    September 5, 2015 at 11:18 am

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  25. 113 mtmarilyn
    September 5, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Good morning from beautiful rainy, cool Montana. This week the weather has been just what we needed, rain and cool weather. It is really helping to douse the fires. Yesterdays high was 62, last night it got down to 38. Now hoping when the cool weather ends we will have a long fall, my favorite time of the year.

    Love those pictures of the President and children. The look of wonder on their faces is so beautiful. We know the next generation is inspired by a man of greatness.

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