Rise and Shine

On This Day: A woman embraces President Barack Obama following the town hall meeting at the University of New Orleans, Oct. 15, 2009, in New Orleans, La (Photo by Pete Souza)



11:0 EDT: President Obama Delivers a Statement on Afghanistan

4:35 EDT: The President delivers remarks at a reception for the 25th Anniversary of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, East Room


On This Day

President Obama applauds a student who had just sung a song to him at Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School in New Orleans, La., Oct. 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama has a discussion with students during a visit to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in New Orleans, La., Oct. 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Students gather to see President Obama during his visit to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in New Orleans, La., Oct. 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Students hold out their hands to greet President Obama during his visit to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in New Orleans, La., Oct. 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama holds House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s granddaughter, following the Democratic National Committee dinner at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, Calif., Oct. 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


The First Lady casts her absentee ballot, October 15, 2012


President Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, conducts a conference call with Rob Nabors, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to discuss the federal government shutdown and debt ceiling, in the Oval Office, Oct. 15, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)


The President reaches out to feel the raindrops during a rainstorm, Oct. 15, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)



131 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. October 15, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Good morning!

  2. October 15, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Danny ambling time, see ya later!

  3. 11 tnmtngirl
    October 15, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Good morning. Now, to go back and checkout all the delish pictures!! 🙂 Thank you!!!!!!!!!

  4. October 15, 2015 at 10:08 am

    What an inspiration PBO is just by being present and engaged. These kids can see whats possible.

  5. 13 amk for obama
    October 15, 2015 at 10:12 am

    NJ rethugs to christie – gtfo the race

    Two years ago, Gov. Chris Christie was talked about as a Republican presidential candidate who might be able to deliver blue New Jersey to the GOP in 2016.

    Now, according to a poll released Thursday morning, Christie is far from the preferred 2016 candidate even among his home state Republicans, the majority of whom think he should drop out of the presidential race.

    The Rutgers-Eagleton poll of 781 New Jersey voters found that 67 percent believe Christie should drop out of the race. That includes 54 percent of Republicans, 79 percent of Democrats and 63 percent of independents. Forty-one percent of New Jersey Republicans think Christie should keep running, as do 16 percent of Democrats and 30 percent of independents.


  6. October 15, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  7. October 15, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Moved to post in this thread:

    I can’t wait to see this.
    I went and checked on Amazon – you can rent it for $6.99.

    In Theaters as Well as on Amazon and iTunes TODAY: Nelson George’s Misty Copeland Doc – A Ballerina’s Tale’

    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    October 14, 2015 at 7:38PM

    Sundance Selects opens Nelson George’s documentary, “A Ballerina’s Tale” – a film about one of the most notable and trailblazing figures in the ballet world, Misty Copeland – today, October 14.

    Directed and written by George, produced by Leslie Norville, and executive produced by Dorria L. Ball, Ingrid Graham and Copeland, the film provides a behind-the-curtain look at the daily life of Copeland, the first African American female soloist at New York’s American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in two decades. On June 30, 2015, Copeland became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in ABT’s 75-year history.


  8. October 15, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Yeah Denzel.


    Denzel Washington Will Make His TV Directing Debut with an Episode of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    October 13, 2015 at 4:20PM

    Denzel Washington has, interestingly, signed up to direct an episode of ABC’s Shonda Rhimes medical drama series, “Grey’s Anatomy” for Season 12.

    Washington will direct this season’s 9th episode from a script penned by Stacy McKee, which will shoot later this month.

    This will be Washington’s very first time directing for TV. He has of course directed two feature films – “Antwone Fisher” and “The Great Debaters.”


  9. 20 MightyPamela
    October 15, 2015 at 10:31 am

  10. October 15, 2015 at 10:31 am

    sure, they can. talk about voter registration. voter participation. And, taking back the Congress. See. I just talked about it.


    Why the Democratic candidates can’t confront the real elephant in the room

    By Paul Waldman October 14 at 12:30 PM

    In last night’s Democratic debate, there was only one question, to Bernie Sanders, on what may be the most difficult challenge that will confront the next president if he or she is a Democrat: What are you going to do about Congress?

    We’ll get to the answer Sanders gave in a moment, but first, some context. When Barack Obama was elected, congressional Republicans made what was in some ways a strategically shrewd decision, that they were going to oppose him on basically everything. Because he started with huge majorities in both houses of Congress, he had an extraordinary record of legislative achievement in his first two years, that opposition notwithstanding. But in 2010 Republicans won the House, and four years after that they took the Senate. For all intents and purposes, legislating was over.

    In those two wave elections of 2010 and 2014, a generation of extremely conservative Republicans who viewed all compromise as betrayal were elected, moving the party to the right ideologically and making it far more obstructionist. Now let’s say a Democrat wins in 2016. What happens then?


    • 22 desertflower
      October 15, 2015 at 10:43 am

      From the last thread…

      If this is the case, then the Dems (and DWS for all KINDS of reasons!) should use this opportunity to school America on the specifics of what has been happening in America for the last 7 years because the behavior of the Republican candidates is the same behavior they have engaged in every single day of their holding office. Chaos rules the day and lies and obstruction. A singular focus on smokescreens and diversion while sowing seeds of hate and division. They have no need to intense policy discussions, they just want to blow the entire place up! Hell, they don’t even believe that GOOD GOVT is even possible, so why even try! They scream to every TV camera they can find about “makers” and “takers” and “Cut! Cut! Cut!” It’s so THEY can TAKE, TAKE,TAKE! They are the biggest takers of all, but the smokescreen they put up and the MSM they have in on their rigged game goes along with all of it….follow the $$$.
      Yes, Americans need to be sat down, slapped across the face and made to take their medicine…so many live in a self made feedback loop bubble…time to pop that sucker and get real.
      They want substance? Good! Give them substance and a big dose of reality about what’s really been going on in their name, on their dime, because Republicans are having a tantrum, a power struggle and a food fight all at the same time. America, they just aren’t into any of us, really. Those Republicans left the barn and joined the Big Tent Dems a long time ago….

      • 23 desertflower
        October 15, 2015 at 10:45 am

        This was in response to what you posted about American people wanting to see discussion on policy…and substance. This would be the PERFECT teaching moment!!

    • 24 globalcitizenlinda
      October 15, 2015 at 11:44 am

      Unfortunately voter participation for Dems is also typically influenced by the level of excitment a candidate can generate.

    • 25 57andfemale
      October 15, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      This is a good read. It reinforces my position that Bernie Sanders has no right to call anyone “naive”. If he think Americans are going to rise up in sufficient numbers to “force” red state GOP congresscritters to acquiesce, he’s living in a dream world.

      Or he’s living in 1968. He’d better make sure he’s on the right meds.

      That period began because every effing American was affected by the draft. EVERYONE. Also, we were better educated, already politically engaged because our parents gave a damn. It’s a different world, a different generation, and a MUCH more lethal GOP.

  11. 26 desertflower
    October 15, 2015 at 10:46 am

  12. 27 57andfemale
    October 15, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Dennis Hastert is pleading guilty. We don’t yet know the exact charges or if he’ll go to the slammer (I doubt it).

    GOP hypocrisy is deplorable.

  13. October 15, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Couldn’t happen to a better Zombie Eyed, Granny Killer.


    Speaker or not, Paul Ryan’s career might never be the same
    Meredith Shiner
    Political correspondent

    ‎October‎ ‎14‎, ‎2015

    Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan does not want to be speaker of the House, for reasons that are as numerous as they are well-documented. But as he considers whether to accede to the overwhelming calls of his colleagues to seek the post, his most significant consideration could be the unintended long-term political consequences of ignoring establishment Republicans’ entreaties at a time they believe they need him most.

    The reasons not to reach for the speaker’s gavel are obvious: The job is arduous, thankless, and, at this juncture, practically impossible, with Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, resigning and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., dropping out of the race to succeed him. The hard-right faction of the party, a group of 40 to 50 members, will never believe any person connected to the GOP establishment — a category that includes Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee — will be conservative enough.

    Ryan, who presumably wants to run for president someday, would almost certainly be hurting his chances, perhaps irreversibly, by becoming speaker at such a difficult time. On the personal front, he has said he doesn’t want a job that would require him to spend most of his time, including weekends, away from his young children.

    But here’s the Catch-22 for the ambitious 45-year-old politician: If Ryan turns down the speakership because he has presidential ambitions, spurning his Republican allies at their most desperate time could potentially alienate him from them indefinitely. In other words, Ryan is at a crossroads, and both pathways seem to lead away from the White House. Take the gavel, compile a record as speaker that makes you unelectable as president. Or refuse the gavel and be caught in a no-man’s land where you’ve ceded much of your establishment clout and put yourself at odds with a wide range of colleagues who literally and very publicly begged you to run.


    • 30 MightyPamela
      October 15, 2015 at 11:15 am

      Tut, tut, tut. Sooooo hard to feel any level of compassion for these twisted, self-seeking whackoffs, who seem to have only their own best interests in heart and mind. Goes around, comes around, suck it up, bud. Don’t take he eff’ing ‘job’ of speaker – stay out there in your sad life of self-justification and ‘poor me’ mentality. No one will ever think of you again anyway. And those 40-50 extremists need to be put in their place and given no voice until they have earned the right to speak, for the Common Good, not merely for the non-realists who may have elected them, but for the millions upon millions they are meant to represent. Lawlessness taking a new form, on the inside of a governing body.

    • October 15, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      FU Lyin’ Ryan! 👻 The angry Mom came out in me when he lied about his marathon time. Moms never forget. 🎃 😈 May you be haunted by your lies for eternity. . .

    • October 15, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      He wants a job that leaves his weekends free????? Give up thinking about the presidency, then, Ryan. It’s not a 9 to 5 job.

    • 37 99ts
      October 15, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      He might as well accept the truth now, rather than later, he is NOT Presidential material

  14. 38 amk for obama
    October 15, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Bush’s $4.8 Million Ad Blitz In N.H. Has Had No Effect On His Polling.

    … that in the weeks since the ad buy — which has pro-Bush ads taking up 60 percent of the political airspace in the state — the former governor’s average poll numbers have actually dipped down, from 9 percent to 8.7 percent.


    donald dreck’ s #ma

    • 39 amk for obama
      October 15, 2015 at 11:43 am

      money quote from the gopolitico piece.

      Donors frustrated by the campaign’s current trajectory want to see positive movement as a result of Bush’s first month of TV ads; but they recognize that it may not play out that way, especially since many of the candidates polling ahead of him — Donald Trump, Ben Carson and fourth-place Carly Fiorina — aren’t advertising at all.

      “In the past, advertising was a show of strength. Now, if you’re advertising it’s because you’re in a weak position,” said Elizabeth Wilner, senior vice president of Kantar Media Ad Intelligence overseeing its Campaign Media Analysis Group.


      sweet sweet schadenfreude.

      first, citizens united turned out to be a nightmare for the goppers in 2012 and now in 2016.

      second, the cowardly dems now need not cower how the thugs’ ads are gonna kill them.

      third but the best, the effing msm will be denied the usual election bonanza in the form of ad revenues.

  15. 43 amk for obama
    October 15, 2015 at 11:48 am

    yet another innovative experiment by the kenyan. worth a read.


  16. 44 jacquelineoboomer
    October 15, 2015 at 11:51 am

  17. 46 jacquelineoboomer
    October 15, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Always loved this story.

  18. 47 jacquelineoboomer
    October 15, 2015 at 12:06 pm

  19. 48 jacquelineoboomer
    October 15, 2015 at 12:08 pm

  20. 49 amk for obama
    October 15, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    dumbya 3’s 3rd quarter haul is gonna suck and so their stratergy (sic) ? throw some chaff with the bad news.


  21. October 15, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Morning, all.

  22. October 15, 2015 at 12:22 pm

     Black Deaths Matter

    Historic black cemeteries have devolved into trash dumps and overgrown forests, while tidy Confederate memorials still draw public funding.


    Seth Freed Wessler

    On a spring morning a few years ago in St. Louis, Missouri, Etta Daniels, a spry 72-year-old with oval wire-frame glasses, was in the northeast corner of Greenwood Cemetery, where she often came on Saturdays, searching for gravestones “before they disappear.” She’d already spent more than a decade helping families locate and honor their loved ones buried in Greenwood. That day, she was joined by 69-year-old Barbara Harris, who is “not usually one to go to the woods.” Wearing gardening gloves and long sleeves to keep off the poison ivy and bugs, Harris was hoping that, with Daniels’s help, she could find her great-grandmother’s grave.

    “We had to crawl over great big trees that had fallen,” Harris says of the trek through one of St. Louis’s oldest African-American cemeteries, founded less than a decade after the Civil War. “I wanted to find her grave again, but the stones are all covered and the paths, you can’t find them.”

    In the thick forest that Greenwood has become, the once-grassy plot where Harris’s great-grandmother, Henrietta Flowers Ware, was buried in 1966 had disappeared. Back then, Greenwood’s 32 acres were well kept, the lawns mowed close by the cemetery’s owners and by the families and funeral homes that patronized it. But by the late 1980s, Harris found whole sections uncut, the ravines piled with trash and junked cars. On her final trip to Greenwood, Harris’s car got stuck on one of the roads. “I didn’t feel it was safe to visit anymore,” she says.


  23. October 15, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Good day TOD

    Congrats CarolMae 🙂

    TY Chips!!!

    FYI …..


  24. 57 jacquelineoboomer
    October 15, 2015 at 12:42 pm

  25. October 15, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    racist to the core.

    Alabama Guv Dismisses Outcry Over DMV Closures: ‘It’s Race Politics At Its Worst’

    PublishedOCTOBER 15, 2015, 11:51 AM EDT

    Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) called the outcry over the state’s mass closure of DMV offices after passing a photo voter ID law “race politics at its worst,” in remarks to state Republican leaders in a closed-door meeting last week.

    A recording of the Oct. 7 meeting was obtained by AL.com. In it, Bentley discussed with 17 members of the state GOP Steering Committee the Alabama budget woes that had prompted the closures and dismissed the concerns it would make harder for residents — especially African-Americans in the rural regions particularly hard hit by the closures — to vote.

    Per Al.com’s description of the recording:


  26. 59 jacquelineoboomer
    October 15, 2015 at 12:59 pm

  27. 73 jacquelineoboomer
    October 15, 2015 at 1:25 pm

  28. October 15, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    My life may be an isolated example but does anyone watch TV advertising? Everything I watch is DVRed except one game of NFL football a week & we even DVR that most of the time. I never get my news from TV anymore. I guess I do have to listen to news shorts on TV Internet sites if I watch their News shorts. Again I’m isolated in WY. Not even Republicans advertise here. We would see it on a Denver station or our newspapers I guess but it’s not starting this year. We have stupid writers in our “Letter to the Editor” section all the time but they help no one but the ego of the writer.

  29. 75 jacquelineoboomer
    October 15, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Lovely neighborhood to be carrying “such a burden” in.

  30. 86 Dudette
    October 15, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Hi and Happy Thursday Everyone!

    Have you seen this?

    • 87 Vicki
      October 15, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      I’ve seen it, Dudette and it is a lovely ad.
      Sadly, I am beginning to doubt that the Vice President will enter the race. There’s still a chance, of course. Until we hear it from Joe there is Hope.

  31. 88 jacquelineoboomer
    October 15, 2015 at 1:44 pm

  32. October 15, 2015 at 1:45 pm

  33. October 15, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Jane The Virgin- Season 1, is now streaming at Netflix!

  34. 97 jacquelineoboomer
    October 15, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    • 98 Vicki
      October 15, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      I could be wrong about this but it is at least possible that PBO made this announcement today to remove the troop levels as an issue from the 2016 race.

      • 99 jacquelineoboomer
        October 15, 2015 at 3:17 pm

        I don’t think the President made the decision for any kind of political gain (including to his own “legacy” – and I don’t think he makes any decisions on that, either), but you could be right about the fallout for 2016.

      • 100 57andfemale
        October 15, 2015 at 3:58 pm

        It makes Afghanistan very important in 2016, unfortunately. It makes a difference in the Democratic primaries, and could hurt Hillary immensely. Bernie, with absolutism, will say to pull the troops out and damn the consequences.

        My husband is ready to vote for Bernie on this issue, if the IL primary were held today. I’m not happy with either one of these candidates, but this could be a game-changer.

  35. October 15, 2015 at 2:34 pm

  36. October 15, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Just finished watching Dancing in the Light: The Janet Collins Story – on Netflix. I liked it. I’m going to show it to Peanut. (It’s mostly animated.)

  37. 104 donna dem 4 obama
    October 15, 2015 at 2:53 pm

  38. 107 donna dem 4 obama
    October 15, 2015 at 2:54 pm

  39. 108 donna dem 4 obama
    October 15, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    • 109 Nena20409
      October 15, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      Newt Gingrich did the same thing in 2012.
      These people are Not serious.
      Running for the Presidency for some…….it is a lucrative profitable gig.

  40. 110 Dudette
    October 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm


    Still cracks me up!

  41. 111 Dudette
    October 15, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Okay this dude had to be on something.

  42. 112 donna dem 4 obama
    October 15, 2015 at 3:05 pm

  43. 113 Nena20409
    October 15, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Hello TOD.
    Great posts since last night. Thank you Chips, NW, Bts, TOD Twitter Brigades, Commentators and Lurkers everywhere 😉
    Lovely. Sunny. Breezy. Tomorrow, it get down to the 20s-30sF

  44. 114 Dudette
    October 15, 2015 at 3:13 pm

  45. 115 Dudette
    October 15, 2015 at 3:13 pm

  46. 116 jacquelineoboomer
    October 15, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Regarding the President’s announcement on Afghanistan, BriWi turns to renowned military adviser on Middle East affairs du jour, Rachel Maddow, author of book, and I go *click* …

    There once was an anchor named Brian
    Who got tangled up in his stories by lyin’
    Today he needed a fill-in
    So Rachel’s on, to chat about killin’
    I need the kinda break a nap would be supplyin’.

    Bye, Brian.

    Later, TODville.

  47. 117 Dudette
    October 15, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Sorry about the duplicate. Meant to post this.

  48. 118 Dudette
    October 15, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    … and this

  49. 119 Dudette
    October 15, 2015 at 3:18 pm

  50. 120 Dudette
    October 15, 2015 at 3:19 pm

  51. 121 Dudette
    October 15, 2015 at 3:20 pm

  52. 122 Nena20409
    October 15, 2015 at 3:30 pm

  53. 123 Nena20409
    October 15, 2015 at 3:34 pm

  54. 128 JER
    October 15, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Starting Soon…

    President Obama Delivers Remarks at a Celebration for National Hispanic Heritage Month

  55. 130 Linda
    October 15, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Yesterday on MSNBC Kate Snow did a segment about which sandwich each Dem Presidential candidate would eat.


  56. 131 desertflower
    October 15, 2015 at 4:13 pm


    Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s (R) threats to withhold state funding did force a charter school operator to remove the Democratic speaker of the state House as its president, a top administrator for the operator testified Thursday.

    The testimony that Jack Moore, the chairman of the Good Will-Hinckley board of directors, gave before the state House Government Oversight Committee gave credence to a federal civil lawsuit Rep. Mark Eves filed in July against LePage, according to the Bangor Daily News. Eves had accused LePage of blackmailing Good Will-Hinckley to get him fired, costing Eves his livelihood in retaliation for the House speaker opposing the governor’s policies.

    Moore testified that communications between LePage and the board’s interim president about Eves raised a “red flag” in terms of fundraising, according to the newspaper.

    “The red flag came from our interim president, Richard Abramson, who did get a call or a direct communication from the governor,” Moore said, as quoted by The Bangor Daily News. “We felt if we didn’t have the funding, that could very potentially trigger a series of events that could conceivably result in the school closing down. That is why as fiduciaries we as a board took the steps that we did.”

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