Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day – Pete Souza: “The President plays peek-a-boo with the daughter of White House staffer Emmett Beliveau in the Outer Oval Office. It’s interesting to note that this photograph was taken not long after the conclusion of his Afghanistan meeting in the Situation Room. So he went from this very substantive meeting to being able to lighten up for a minute with this young girl.” Oct. 30, 2009



The President and the First Lady welcome local children and children of military families to trick-or-treat at the South Portico of the White House.


On This Day: President Barack Obama is greeted by Bill Russell during a stop to view the statue of Russell at City Hall Plaza in Boston, Mass., Oct. 30, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

147 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. 3 57andfemale
    October 30, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Hello, TOD

  2. October 30, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Short POTUS! lol…

  3. October 30, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Happy Friday TODers!!

    Heeeeeeya Chips!!

  4. October 30, 2015 at 8:55 am

    • 11 jackiegrumbacher
      October 30, 2015 at 9:07 am

      This is a good read, Africa. Thank you. Israel’s future as a respected democratic society depends on Netanyahu leaving the scene. He’s a relic of a barbaric past and seems to become more like Assad everyday in his ruthless disregard of life.

  5. October 30, 2015 at 8:58 am

    • 13 Vicki
      October 30, 2015 at 9:54 am

      Guantanamo population down to 112 today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      This is an ongoing good news story that the media is not so interested in.
      One by one. Maybe a large group soon. Gitmo will be closed.

  6. October 30, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Good Morning, TOD! I’m looking forward to see what you can teach me today…..my favorite place to learn. 🙂

  7. 26 jackiegrumbacher
    October 30, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Morning TODers. Last night was “trick or treat” time in our town, so it seems today as if Halloween is over. As the little ones were flowing to our door, the guy next door positioned himself as a glowing eyed zombie which produced lots of screams from every kid under six and uncontrollable tears in a two-year old. I have lots of candy left over–wish I could share it with you.

  8. October 30, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Thinking about Sherijr and her on this morning after reading that horrible attack on him yesterday. Sheri I hope you get some concrete answers and I hope your son is doing better.

    • 33 99ts
      October 30, 2015 at 10:09 am

      gm africa – I’ve been thinking of Sherijr as well – I didn’t read her post until very late – and more threads had been posted – but I’ve been sending all the positive vibes I can think of ever since.

      Do hope such issues can be resolved and all are in a better place today

  9. October 30, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Haven’t seen Hopefruit this morning. But looking forward to Halloween costume thread. LOL. Always enjoy reading that.

  10. 35 GGAIL
    October 30, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    Happy Friday! 👻

  11. October 30, 2015 at 9:22 am

  12. October 30, 2015 at 9:27 am

  13. October 30, 2015 at 9:38 am

    You might think that such revelations would be politically devastating. But the targets of such schemes know, just know, that the liberal mainstream media can’t be trusted, that when it reports negative stories about conservative heroes it’s just out to suppress people who are telling the real truth. It’s a closed information loop, and can’t be broken…

  14. October 30, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Congrats jazz! 🙂

    TY Chip!!!

    Happy Friday TOD 🙂

    And, ….


  15. October 30, 2015 at 9:54 am

    • 58 amk for obama
      October 30, 2015 at 10:05 am

      And he won 2-1 in the gop majority senate. some lame duck.

    • October 30, 2015 at 10:28 am

      From the article…

      Conservative Republicans are likely to try to attach controversial policy add-ons, such as prohibiting funding for women’s healthcare provider Planned Parenthood to punish the group for an abortion-related controversy involving fetal tissue.


      This is how the press keeps this meme alive by being deceptive…no where does it mention that the controversy has been debunked for the fraud that it is

      October 30, 2015 at 11:02 am


  16. 65 Dudette
    October 30, 2015 at 9:56 am

    I don’t blame her! He’s a jerk!

  17. 66 JER
    October 30, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  18. 69 amk for obama
    October 30, 2015 at 10:00 am

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the thugs did this.

  19. 71 Nerdy Wonka
    October 30, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Keep Central Texas – example: Austin, San Marcos, Bastrop, etc. in your thoughts, TOD. We’re being hit with another major storm this year. We’ve had tornadoes this morning, major highways are flooded, streets are flooded, and they’ve begun evacuating people in some cities and small towns and shutting down roads.

    It’s a frightening mess today because we’re right in the middle of everything.

  20. 85 amk for obama
    October 30, 2015 at 10:18 am

    In our own rw ruled desert, writers, media persons, actors, scientists, educators etc are up in arms against what they see as rising intolerance, religious bigotry, anti-science stances and the uncouth govt ministers trashing these protesters straight away without addressing the issues raised. Sound familiar?

  21. 88 JER
    October 30, 2015 at 10:33 am

  22. 90 MightyPamela
    October 30, 2015 at 10:34 am

  23. 91 amk for obama
    October 30, 2015 at 10:39 am

    At least 22 migrants – many of them children – have drowned trying to reach Kalymnos and Rhodes from Turkey, in the second major boat tragedy off Greek islands this week.

    Greek officials said 19 people died and 138 were rescued near Kalymnos.

    Three others died off Rhodes and three were missing. Six were rescued there.

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he felt “shame” over “the inability of Europe to deal effectively with this human drama”.

    Speaking in parliament, the left-wing Syriza leader condemned the “level of debate at a senior level, where one is passing the buck to the other” in the EU.


    • 92 99ts
      October 30, 2015 at 10:55 am

      And our ex PM is over there making speeches about how to refuse to take in immigrants. For a country built on immigration (as much, if not more than the US) what a horrific policy – that is still happening.

  24. 93 Nerdy Wonka
    October 30, 2015 at 10:43 am

    • 94 mtmarilyn
      October 30, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Hope you are staying in during all of this, NW. Stay safe. Sending lots of energy and prayers to all who are in need today.

    • 95 GGail
      October 30, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Sweet Jesus! NW, stay safe and I hope you are in a upper level apartment with plenty of food, water, flashlights

    • 96 jackiegrumbacher
      October 30, 2015 at 12:14 pm

      Oh, Nerdy, this is awful. Please, please don’t venture out for any reasons. Your safety comes first!!!

  25. 97 desertflower
    October 30, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Morning! No food or drinks while watching:)

  26. 102 donna dem 4 obama
    October 30, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Good Morning TOD

    I sure hope this works!!!

    Two little bumble bees for your Halloween enjoyment #GrandbabiesRTheBest


    October 30, 2015 at 10:55 am


  28. 109 desertflower
    October 30, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Koch’s are at it again… this time it’s a local school board in Colorado. Who’s next??


  29. 110 desertflower
    October 30, 2015 at 11:00 am


    It is nearly impossible to keep up with the dirty tricks and corruption being committed by Republicans on behalf of their masters the Koch brothers. This is particularly true in Republican states where it is not unusual for legislators, and often governors, work to assist the Kochs avoid environmental regulations and laws in exchange for campaign donations and electoral support. It is possible that even with America’s population mired in apathy and ignorance, exposing Republicans’ illegal activities, corruption, and collusion might better inform the error of supporting Republicans.

    Fortunately, there is one specific instance of scandal, corruption, and subterfuge that allows the Kochs free rein to dump tons of toxic waste into a Florida river that is finally getting the exposure it warrants. After three years of legal battles, the legal battle is going to the Supreme Court to weigh in on a bona fide scandal in Florida that is likely typical in Republican states working hand-in-hand with the Kochs to sidestep environmental regulations.

    After years of effort, there are finally results in an uphill battle to expose the environmental, and political, corruption which has been occurring in Tallahassee and Putnam County, Florida involving the Koch brothers, presidential candidate and former governor Jeb Bush, and current Governor Rick Scott. There are more players involved in the scandalous affair, but part of the corruption is Governor Rick Scott’s refusal to investigate the malfeasance involving his predecessor, his own administration, and his masters the Koch brothers.

  30. 111 99ts
    October 30, 2015 at 11:08 am

    It would be most likely that the only reason the GOP has funded the govt through to 2017 is that the few remaining same members don’t want to face an election with the public knowing that they closed down the government bringing grief to millions. If a democrat is elected President – watch them start the b.s. all over again.

  31. 118 yardarm756
    October 30, 2015 at 11:10 am

    TGIF………Good Day mates.

  32. 124 JER
    October 30, 2015 at 11:14 am

    LIVE NOW: Possible building collapse in midtown Manhattan. http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  33. October 30, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Good morning, Chips, NW and TODville. Happy Friday to everyone.

    NW, please stay safe. That storm looks very scary and I’m so sorry you are going through this once again.

  34. 126 amk for obama
    October 30, 2015 at 11:20 am

    My girls reach wta semis. 20 match winning streak.

  35. October 30, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Another release from Gitmo.

  36. 130 Gazelle
    October 30, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Good moooorning!

    BREAKING: More than 450 hospitals pay $250 million in cardiac-device investigation
    By Lisa Schencker | October 30, 2015
    More than 450 hospitals have settled with the government for $250 million as part of a years-long, nationwide investigation into the suspected overuse of implantable cardiac devices, the U.S. Justice Department announced Friday.

    The hospital systems involved include many of the country’s largest, such as Adventist, Ascension Health, Banner Health, Catholic Health Initiatives, Community Health Systems, HCA, Tenet Healthcare and Universal Health Services among others.

    More here: http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20151030/NEWS/151039998?utm_source=modernhealthcare&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20151030-NEWS-151039998&utm_campaign=mh-alert

    • 131 99ts
      October 30, 2015 at 11:37 am

      My uncle – aged 88 – had a doctor wanting to implant one of these because he said his heart had an irregular beat. He was all keen to do it instantly. Not my decision, but as I was with the uncle, I suggested he think about it & discuss it with other family members.

      Uncle was still keen – went back 2 months later to sign up & the surgeon discovered the irregular had disappeared (probably related to a cold/flu during the first test).

      Handling such a device at 88 years just seems a bridge too far for me. Guess it was good that the surgeon admitted the mis-diagnosis but one of the not so good things about universal health care for older folks seems to be way too much intervention/overuse of services.

  37. 133 yardarm756
    October 30, 2015 at 11:38 am

  38. 135 JER
    October 30, 2015 at 11:45 am

    View this post on Instagram

    Portrait of Sunny.

    A post shared by Pete Souza (archived) (@petesouza44) on

  39. 137 GGail
    October 30, 2015 at 11:46 am

    VP Biden has a few words with Bernie and now read how ole Bern speaks about the Obama Administration…

    Mr. Sanders, in a statement after the meeting, said, “Under the leadership of President Obama and Vice President Biden, this country has come a long way economically since President Bush left office and we were losing 800,000 jobs every month and the world economy was on the brink of financial collapse.”

    “Nevertheless, we still have a long way to go to create the kind of economy that works for all Americans and not just the top 1 percent,” Mr. Sanders added. “I look forward to working with President Obama and Vice President Biden to tackle some to the major issues facing our country.”

  40. 138 amk for obama
    October 30, 2015 at 11:51 am

  41. October 30, 2015 at 11:54 am

    more updates in the sidebar

  42. 140 amk for obama
    October 30, 2015 at 11:55 am

  43. 141 amk for obama
    October 30, 2015 at 11:58 am

    and I am outta here.

  44. 145 amk for obama
    October 30, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    ok, last one.

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