Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama reads in the Rose Garden of the White House, Nov. 9, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (all times Eastern)

10:30: The President meets with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

1:55: Meets with Secretary of State Kerry

4:55: Speaks at an OFA event



115 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 tnmtngirl
    November 9, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Good morning. Just got home from the Y. Good day to all. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. November 9, 2015 at 8:12 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, even amk, and congrats tnmtngirl on #1! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Monday everyone!

  3. 17 desertflower
    November 9, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Beautiful photo:) Morning everyone! Going to be beautiful in my neck of the desert today:)

  4. 18 99ts
    November 9, 2015 at 8:20 am

    gm & ge Chips, TOD & all – congrats tnmtngirl

    And g’nite from me – your new time makes it rather late down under when everyone is rising and shining

  5. 19 amk for obama
    November 9, 2015 at 8:26 am

    cyclone, torrential raining cats and dogs, jtp running after them, uprooted gahdun, cleaning up the uprooted gahdun, cleaning up jtp.

    fun was had by all.

    • 20 jackiegrumbacher
      November 9, 2015 at 8:58 am

      Morning, AMK. Sounds as if you had a frightening time–cyclones are no joke. I understand cleaning of jtp, but what is gahdun?

  6. 23 No Child Left Behind
    November 9, 2015 at 8:31 am

  7. 24 sherijr
    November 9, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Too damn cold here this morning 33 degrees and it was 75 just 2 days ago. This has got to stop, now! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy brrr Monday, all ~ pining for summer already.

  8. 25 No Child Left Behind
    November 9, 2015 at 8:36 am

  9. 28 No Child Left Behind
    November 9, 2015 at 8:43 am

    MORE: US official: shooter took his own life; 3 Americans shot in Jordan were contractors https://t.co/MGYLWspqfd pic.twitter.com/GiOoQcqDa1— ABC News (@ABC) November 9, 2015


  10. 29 No Child Left Behind
    November 9, 2015 at 8:44 am

  11. November 9, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Gooood Morning everyone……

  12. 31 No Child Left Behind
    November 9, 2015 at 8:46 am

  13. November 9, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Good Morning, Everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. November 9, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Oh you mean President Obama’s Job Act that the GOP won’t even bring to the floor for a vote.

  15. 36 JER
    November 9, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  16. November 9, 2015 at 8:57 am

    timeline for what is happening in Missouri

  17. 38 JER
    November 9, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Greg Grey Cloud composed a song to thank President Obama for Rejecting Keystone XL.

  18. 42 jackiegrumbacher
    November 9, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Morning. There must be some days that President Obama dreads getting up for. A day that includes Netanyahu has got to be one of them.

    • 43 Dudette
      November 9, 2015 at 10:42 am

      Ha! He’ll eat that fool for lunch and belch nutty-yahoo sprinkles.

    • 45 susanne
      November 9, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      I was thinking that, too, but then I saw the body language in the photos. Seems to me that Nutty-yahoo has been called on the carpet. Professor President Obama is educating him on what does and does not happen when you insult and denigrate the people who provide you with money and protection.

  19. 46 GGail
    November 9, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  20. November 9, 2015 at 9:15 am

    On Lifetime tonight at 8pm, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will appear on Lifetime’s WOMEN OF HONOR special Tonight. Honoring remarkable military women.

  21. 49 amk for obama
    November 9, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Russia should be suspended from athletics competition, a World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) commission has recommended.

    An independent Wada commission examined allegations that Russian athletes paid their own doping officials to supply banned substances and cover up tests, while the IAAF was implicated in covering up the abuse.


    • November 9, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Alex Da’Paul Lee
      As I look past the years I can honestly say that learning my ancestors has forever changed my life for the better. “Knowing your history is wisdom for the future.”-Alex Lee

  22. 52 amk for obama
    November 9, 2015 at 9:30 am

  23. 53 amk for obama
    November 9, 2015 at 9:32 am

  24. 54 amk for obama
    November 9, 2015 at 9:33 am

    and yet half the murka still believes small gobinment bs spewed by rethugs.

  25. 55 desertflower
    November 9, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Why we can’t have nice things…

    • 56 amk for obama
      November 9, 2015 at 9:46 am

      It’s too early to get engaged, especially given there is no much of competition.

        November 9, 2015 at 10:23 am

        I DON’T WANT TO THINK ABOUT PBO LEAVING…………………………………………..BBL………………….

    • November 9, 2015 at 11:03 am

      For the current primary season, I think the lack of a credible and viable challenge is a problem. There are a lot of people on her side but she’s going to basically cruise to the nomination, so many don’t feel an URGENCY to get involved. That must change for the general and it won’t matter who the GOP nominee is because they’re all insanely inadequate and crazy.

      • 59 debz
        November 9, 2015 at 11:20 am

        The lack of a challenge to Hillary is a problem. In 2007/08 we had 3 very credible candidates, PBO, Hillary, Edwards. it made the election exciting for everyone. I worry if Hillary cruises to the nomination, many voters will disengage, believing that she will just walk into the WH. The Clintons caused this problem themselves by clearing the field for her. It would have been nice to have a strong candidate, especially a woman, running against her.

  26. 60 amk for obama
    November 9, 2015 at 9:33 am

  27. November 9, 2015 at 9:49 am

  28. 62 amk for obama
    November 9, 2015 at 9:51 am


  29. 64 amk for obama
    November 9, 2015 at 9:52 am

  30. November 9, 2015 at 10:00 am

    The biggest hurdle for getting rid of the tax is figuring out how to replace the $87 billion in government revenue for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
    The tax on high-cost insurance plans is at the heart of Obamaโ€™s strategy to contain costs across the marketplace. Health officials and economists close to the law are dead set against abandoning the tax, which they argue should nudge employers and employees toward cheaper insurance plans with less waste.


    • November 9, 2015 at 11:06 am

      I really don’t understand this move unless they’re just doing it to support Clinton. It not only creates an $86B hole, it undermines the long-term strategy for cost-containment trajectory.

      • 67 Dudette
        November 9, 2015 at 11:11 am

        I don’t get it either

      • 68 57andfemale
        November 9, 2015 at 11:20 am

        It’s not about Clinton. It’s about the unions, who use Cadillac insurance plans as an important means of compensation. They have been against these plans from Day One.

        I have friends in Cadillac plans. My one friends gets an MRI every time she gets a sinus headache. I think everyone should have access to excellent health care, but it’s these kinds of abuses that perpetuate our broken for-profit health care system.

        The party leadership is getting great pressure from the unions on this tax, threatening to withhold support. Understand, the tax only applies to the amount of the policy over the very high threshold already established – NOT on the entire cost of the policy. Here is a case where the unions are not helping find another solution to those of us who desperately need ACA to be adequately funded.

  31. November 9, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Ben Carson, and the failure of black conservatives

    Terrell Jermaine Starr

    I was a 17-year-old teenager growing up on the west side of Detroit when I first read Ben Carson’s biography Gifted Hands.


    In September during his tour of Ferguson, Missouri, where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by former police officer Darren Wilson, Carson said, “We need to de-emphasize race and emphasize respect for each other.” He added that he was raised to respect police and “never had any problem.”

    This is Carson’s M.O.

    When Carson speaks to the mostly white audiences who support him, he positions himself as a black person who doesn’t “complain” about racism. He argues that we need to move beyond having difficult discussions about race.

    And his messaging during his campaign has been crystal clear: I am who I am because I worked hard, and that is the best way to overcome racism. If you are black and cannot succeed like me, he tells his mostly white audiences, then only you are to blame for your problems โ€” not police brutality, an unfair criminal justice system, or racist hiring practices.


    But Carson, the presidential candidate, doesn’t tell his white supporters about the pitfalls he narrowly avoided; he only talks about the heroic leaps he took in avoiding them. When I read Gifted Hands nearly 18 years ago as a young teenager, I never envisioned Carson becoming a 21st century Nat Turner โ€” but neither could I foresee him dismissing racial injustice entirely. The culmination of Carson’s success, as I now know, was not designed to accommodate any sense of responsibility for those in the black community who didn’t “make it.”

    Instead, it is only tailored to assure white voters that they don’t have to bear any of the racial baggage that comes with being black in America.


  32. 72 MightyPamela
    November 9, 2015 at 10:11 am


  33. November 9, 2015 at 10:17 am

    The White House plans to aggressively deploy President Barack Obama to rally Democrats to the polls for the 2016 election, particularly minority and young voters who are his strongest supporters.
    His campaign work could be the difference between Democrats holding or losing the White House in 2016.

    November 9, 2015 at 10:21 am


  35. 78 Dudette
    November 9, 2015 at 10:27 am

  36. 79 yardarm756
    November 9, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Good morning!(I think)

    • November 9, 2015 at 10:30 am

      Thank you for the early birthday salute!

      • 81 yardarm756
        November 9, 2015 at 10:31 am

        DMI….. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 82 sjterrid
        November 10, 2015 at 7:40 pm

        I wasn’t on-line yesterday. I went to the OFA summit in DC. I saw the President. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to shake his hand. 4 of the six people from our core team did, though. So jealous! Happy Belated birthday! I hope you had a great day.

        • November 10, 2015 at 11:01 pm

          I would have LOVED to have been there. Been out of the OFA loop since I’ve been ill. Unfortunately, DelCo marches to their own drummer and after the election it was like pulling teeth to get folks to participate. I miss working with OFA…

          • 84 sjterrid
            November 11, 2015 at 1:02 am

            Sorry you have been ill. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

            I really haven’t done much myself this year with OFA or with this election. Many of the other’s in my group were involved with the local election in Cherry Hill.

    • 85 Dudette
      November 9, 2015 at 11:06 am

      Morning Sailor!

  37. November 9, 2015 at 10:38 am

  38. November 9, 2015 at 10:40 am

    YIKES!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  39. 90 JER
    November 9, 2015 at 10:47 am

  40. 100 yardarm756
    November 9, 2015 at 10:57 am

    NUTENYAHOO is in the WH, hat in hand, begging for some more foreign aid. He’s now a docile pos!

  41. 104 yardarm756
    November 9, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Mizz U President is resigning!

  42. November 9, 2015 at 11:26 am

    I was just about to say the Missouri basketball players should join the football players.

  43. 108 forus50
    November 9, 2015 at 11:26 am

  44. 109 57andfemale
    November 9, 2015 at 11:27 am

  45. 110 yardarm756
    November 9, 2015 at 11:30 am

    This wiped me out……

    • 111 Nena20409
      November 9, 2015 at 11:46 am

      My goodness.
      NY is not a cheap place to rent let alone raise a family.
      Thanks Yardarm. This is a hard story with loads of heart and love.
      I wish father and son the very best life has to offer.

  46. November 9, 2015 at 11:42 am

  47. 114 Nena20409
    November 9, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Hello TOD.
    Once again in USA, $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Speaks!
    $83M last year. $75M in 2013.

  48. 115 Nena20409
    November 9, 2015 at 11:48 am

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