Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama greets First Lady Michelle Obama upon her arrival at Des Moines International Airport, Nov. 5, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)



2:10 ET: The President is interviewed by local radio hosts participating in “Live from the White House”

4:15 ET: Delivers remarks at the 2015 White House Tribal Nations Conference


On This Day



Des Moines, Nov 5, 2012



133 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Allison
    November 5, 2015 at 8:27 am

    GM Chips, GM TOD!

  2. November 5, 2015 at 8:30 am


  3. November 5, 2015 at 8:31 am

  4. November 5, 2015 at 8:34 am

  5. 7 amk for obama
    November 5, 2015 at 8:34 am

    GM… See? I am being nice, now be nice to me.

  6. November 5, 2015 at 8:40 am

    MUST SEE!!

  7. November 5, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  8. 32 desertflower
    November 5, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Wonderful photos!!! TY,TY,TY!! Beautiful dress FLOTUS has on during WISE presentation:) Sleeves not my favorite kind of sleeve, but beautiful just the same. Exquisite taste.

    • 33 jackiegrumbacher
      November 5, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Hi, Df. It must be really hard trying to be respectful of different cultures while being comfortable and looking good. She has had to cover up her arms and legs since she started this trip, which must seem pretty stifling to her. Still, she can pull anything off with both beauty and panache.

  9. 35 desertflower
    November 5, 2015 at 8:49 am


    Fox Newsers Suddenly Quiet When Their ‘Hero Cop’ Revealed to Be Fraudster
    Several of the cable net’s conservative commentators were quick to tie a cop’s death to ‘anti-cop violence,’ but they’ve gone silent now that it’s been proven otherwise.

    The investigation is now looking at wife and son as well.

  10. November 5, 2015 at 8:54 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, even amk, and congrats Allison on #1! 🙂 Happy Thursday everyone.

    Thanks Chips for this wonderful Thursday R & S, with these lovely 2008 memory lane pics! Hope you have made progress on your work, and get a lil’ breather today! 🙂

  11. November 5, 2015 at 9:01 am


    Why Ben Carson Isn’t Going Away — And What Makes That So Scary

    PublishedNOVEMBER 4, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    During the last month the long-awaited, heavily-promoted decline in Donald Trump’s standing in the Republican presidential nominating contest has finally begun to occur. But aside from a small reshuffling of the order in the “lanes” (e.g., Rubio moving past Bush among Establishment Republicans and Cruz moving past Huckabee, Santorum and Jindal among experienced Christian Right candidates) to which the candidates have been assigned by the punditocracy, the big beneficiary of softening support for Trump has been another candidate with no experience in elected office, Dr. Ben Carson. He is running either first or a strong second in virtually every national poll, and is now routinely leading polls of Iowa as well. His approval ratings, moreover, are extremely high, and best in the field. It’s safe to say he is almost universally admired by GOP voters.

    The conventional wisdom is that Carson is beloved for being a genial, soft-spoken figure and a non-politician with a distinguished biography. That may be true, though this does not necessarily distinguish him from many thousands of his fellow Americans. An equally obvious factor is that he is African American, and Republicans frustrated with being accused of white identity politics if not outright racism love being able to support a black candidate who is as conservative as they are.

    Less obvious — and finally being recognized by political reporters spending time in Iowa — is that Carson is a familiar, beloved figure to conservative evangelicals, who have been reading his books for years.


  12. 52 GGAIL
    November 5, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    It’s TBT 👯

  13. 53 Vicki
    November 5, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Good morning, TOD.
    And a happy Heads Up.

    This morning Diane Feinstein had an op-ed in the NY Times about the need to close Guantanamo.
    Also, this week Rachel has mentioned that something big is coming on Guantanamo.

    Can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 56 0388jojothecat
      November 5, 2015 at 1:41 pm

      But these same GOP Senators keep upping the Defense Budget with NO oversight and if there is any attempt at oversight or cutting the budget the GOP screams…..

  14. 57 amk for obama
    November 5, 2015 at 9:04 am

    wifey unit – happy b’day, here are your presents. shows buncha t-shirts. followed by hope they fit you crack.

    daughter unit – happy b’day, daddy. did you buy that shirt I told you to buy? Shorter du – buy your own presents, dude.

    son unit – can I have a car for your b’day, dad?

    sigh, and they told me married life is gonna be great fun.

  15. November 5, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Rubio: Deferred action for illegal immigrants must end
    November 04, 2015, 07:14 pm

    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Wednesday said he would halt protections for illegal immigrants who reach the U.S. as children.

    “It will have to end at some point,” he said after an event at Saint Anselm College in Goffstown, N.H., according to Bloomberg.

    If elected president, Rubio said he would discontinue Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) even if Congress failed to pass immigration reform beforehand.

    “[It would be] ideal,” he said when asked if he wanted Congress to act on immigration first.

    “But if it doesn’t, it will end,” the 2016 GOP presidential candidate added. “It cannot be the permanent policy of the United States.”


    • 91 jackiegrumbacher
      November 5, 2015 at 9:16 am

      I cannot find the words to describe the level of contempt I feel for this little Rubio twerp. He benefited from everything this country has to offer, but wants to make sure no one else does. Now he’s even going after children.

      • 92 desertflower
        November 5, 2015 at 9:48 am

        He is the perfect “I Got Mine, Fuck You!” candidate.

        • 93 FoxfireTX
          November 5, 2015 at 10:28 am

          So is Carson. And the thing that never ceases to amaze me is they spout these views while being the most pious Christians. Not the WWJD that I grew up with.

  16. 94 GGAIL
    November 5, 2015 at 9:09 am


  17. November 5, 2015 at 9:13 am

    embedded tweet:

  18. November 5, 2015 at 9:15 am

    This is a great resource for any school wants to take advantage and change their mascots that disrespect Native Americans.

  19. 104 JER
    November 5, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

  20. 106 JER
    November 5, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Happy Birthday amk!

  21. 109 otter44
    November 5, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Happy Birthday AMK. Thank you for the cartoons, you always make me smile.

  22. November 5, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Happy Birthday, amk. Big wishes for a great day and an even better year ahead! 🎉🎊🎈🎉🎈.

    Look at that. Not a snarky word from me. Others? Not so much. 😄😄😄😄

  23. November 5, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Mini-rant Alert:

    PBO is such a superior individual and President, it’s no wonder the MSM are constantly trying to tear him down with their bullshit memes about him causing Dems to lose, and all this crap. Notice the media has absolutely nothing to say about the lead politicians in the GOP when republicans lose. The media has not tied Bill Clinton to 8 yrs of GWB – they blame Al gore, John Kerry, the Naderites and the voters.

    But any off-year election with shitty Dem candidates (that run away from PBO) in a gerrymandered red-state district that produces a GOP “win” is somehow PBO’s fault?!?!? Meanwhile, deafening silence on those Dems who DO WIN WHILE EMBRACING PBO & the Obama coalition…notice the silence on the Dem sweep in PA (a purple state)….

    • 115 Linda
      November 5, 2015 at 9:37 am

      Rachel covered all the Dem wins across the country last night. She was the only one that mentioned it that I know of.

      • 116 hopefruit2
        November 5, 2015 at 9:50 am

        I don’t watch MSNBC, but I’m glad she did it. And most likely, she WAS the only one covering it. The rest of the media, including many on Twitter, seemed to be hyperfocused on Kentucky as if PBO had swept that state in 2008 and 2012 – which he didn’t.

        • 117 0388jojothecat
          November 5, 2015 at 1:49 pm

          Chris Hayes first half was all about how unprecidented it was that so many DEMs lost under PBO and if it was his fault although PBO won his two terms. He did blame the DEMs inability to gotv in the mid-terms and to spend money on DEM candidates during the mid-terms.

    • November 5, 2015 at 9:40 am

      hopefruit2 your mini-rant is forgiving, because you speak the truth.

  24. November 5, 2015 at 9:35 am

    LOVE our Dr. Jill.

  25. 122 amk for obama
    November 5, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Ok, I am off to partay with my college buddies. If I am not back, you all know whom to blame.

  26. November 5, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Some cool Native American music:

  27. November 5, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Good morning, TOD!

  28. 127 JER
    November 5, 2015 at 9:58 am

  29. 132 57andfemale
    November 5, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Wow, the Bernie supporters are nasty.

  30. 133 JER
    November 5, 2015 at 10:13 am

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