10:0: President Obama delivers the commencement address at the United States Naval Academy
Also live at:
White House live * CBS * NavySports.com
MooooOOOOoorning everyone, and:
Will catch up with the news in the next post – the latest Rise & Shine, like, ever.
Hey there all my O peeps!!! What a great getting up day again in the TOD corral. It’s in the low 30′s here in my neck of the woods with a windchill overnight at 32 degrees!! That’s FREEZING!!! It’s May 24th and it’s FREEZING!!!! Ugh…….
I think that’s PBO’s fault, as well as the fact that durable goods were up in April 3.3% after a 5.9% fall in March. Not to mention, 6 datapoints in a row have crushed expectations!!
It’s all his fault and I want better weather!!!
Dang, Cookemom, you made me skin my knee when you pushed me down to get here first.
Sorry bout that. I was moseying along in Twittertown when I saw the TOD logo about PBO’s commencement address. I clicked on the link and got the White House site. So I thought maybe I should just open my TOD tab to see what’s up. Lo and behold, there was Chips asking me to say something. So being the obliging person that I am, I made note of some stuffs, posted them, registered with Word Press and VOILA!!
I wasn’t trying to nudge you out, but looking at your time stamp, ummm, well, you weren’t exactly swift on your foots.
I had to put my knee back in place.
Good Morning Cookemom. Congrats!
Freezing weather, but Barack Obama is still our President; a warm thought for the cold weather.
32 degrees? what continent are you on?
Moooorning Chilly Cookemom, mooooorning everyone!
G’morning cookemom and congrats on #1!
32 deg in May is an abomination! Stay warm
We woke to 36F today, high expected 48F. Back in a bit with Full Moon Lunar Eclipse stats for you.
Warmer here in the middle of the night & we are heading into winter!!
Never thought I’d hear you complaining Cookemom. Get up, get happy! You’ve got to chase those blues away!
Good Friday Morning Chipsticks, TODers…Everyone!
Hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and if you are traveling, stay safe.
Happy Birthday ZiZI!!!!! Way to go fellow Gemini sister!!!!
How many child must die from gunshots, super storms ravage the country, bridges collapse before GOP realizes its policy are truly deadly?— john miller (@deaconmill) May 24, 2013
Only when it effects them on a personal level.
Happy Birthday Zizi!
Happy Birthday ZiZi from another Gemini!!!
Hi gb – have a wonderful healing day
I hope it is. Got some sleep last night so maybe that will help with the rest of the day.
Enjoy a wonderful day, Zizi. You deserve it! Happy Birthday!
Good West Coast Friday morning Chipsticks & TOD family. Happy birthday zizi!
Mooooooorning GGail, you early bird!
On my way to work. C u later.
Happy Birthday Zizi and Good morning TOD.
Happy Birthday to Zizi
As the school year comes to an end for many school districts, I would like to say thank you to the educators throughout the country and especially to TOD teachers. Your dedication and sacrifice on behalf of our children are greatly appreciated.
As a parent and substitute teacher, I have an even greater appreciation of what teachers have to deal with. I know that their jobs go so much beyond teaching. The goal posts are constantly moving and teachers are expected to do more and more even as their paychecks grow smaller and smaller. In their quest to fulfill their joy of teaching, educators put up with so much crap often with inadequate support from administrators and parents and at the expense of their own families. But they continue to reach deep within themselves to go before their students another day and hope that something in their lessons is being grasped and retained by the young minds in their care and that a life is being enriched.
So to all you educators….THANK YOU!!!!! YOU ARE REVERED for being the Miracle Workers that you are.
And one of my favorites…
Thanks so much for posting this…especially today. The kids last day of school was yesterday and when I go back to school today…it will be quiet and just us teachers there…getting our classrooms tucked away for the summer and turning in all our goodies to the office…. I have to share something that I got from the mom of the special needs child that I teach ( herself an educator that appreciates all that teachers do) I sat in my empty classroom yesterday afternoon, and balled my eyes out…yet felt such joy at the same time.
An old man had a habit of early morning walks along the beach. One day after a storm, he saw a human figure in the distance moving like a dancer. As he came closer he saw that it was a young woman and she was not dancing but was reaching down to the sand, picking up a starfish and very gently throwing it into the ocean.
Approaching the woman, he asked, “Young lady, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”
The woman replied, ” The sun is up, the tide is going out. If I do not throw them back in, they will die.”
“But young lady, do you not realize there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it? You can not possibly make a difference!”
The young lady listened politely, paused, bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the sea, saying…..
“It made a difference for that one.”
This is why we all do what we do. Because if it makes a difference for only one, it means everything.
Making a difference, even for just the one, is what makes it all worthwhile.
And I am willing to bet that every ONE that you know about, there are many more that you don’t know about who are making positive achievements and are saying, whether verbally or mentally, that it was because of you.
Thanks so much for this, I really needed. End of the year drama with students who played all year and are surprised that they do not meet the graduation requirements. The parents who enable them are coming and calling everyday expecting a miracle. This yearly mess is one of the reasons that I am retiring this year after 30 years of teaching.
Many students have the attitude of entitlement. They want the accolades with little or no effort. We are also in an age of instant gratification. Students want to see the immediate benefit before they will become engaged. Gone are the days of learning for the sake of learning. And school systems as well as parents are accommodating this attitude. As a result, many GREAT teachers are becoming disenchanted.
In your 30 years of service, I’m sure that you have made a difference in the lives of many students. You have earned your retirement. Enjoy it!
Live YouTube link:
Report from the Rose Garden: very unusual purple puffball flowers growing. Would be fun if I had a whiffle ball bat. http://t.co/vszn4DtAP4— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) May 24, 2013
To bash your head in I hope. Remember near the end of the movie The Color Purple and Celie and Shug are talking and admiring the flowers and one of them says God must really get pissed if someone doesn’t admire the beauty he created. I am pissed this dumbass can’t appreciate the beauty just wants to destroy it….Thank God they’re not donuts he’d have his face full of them.
“To bash your head in I hope!” jojo, I just spit coffee all over my desk!!! LOL! I wholeheartedly agree…how can someone look at those beautiful flowers and want to destroy them? I usually don’t comment on people’s weight, but he is just a fat bastard.
Can you just picture that creep swimming in a tub full of donuts?
*To bash your head in I hope*
Okay, I got what I came for! Ha! Love it.
Uh, knoller? You ARE a whiffle ball bat… Just sayin’, yo’ mama shoulda told ya’!
Can’t stay around, but wanted to duck in and say good morning. I’m on a tear today. I have guests who watch all the talk shows, so I couldn’t avoid Morning Joke. I’m trying to be a good hostess, but those shows drive me nuts! I’ll be glad when they go home.
Tell your guests I said to leave your home at once!
Nah, just tell them you don’t watch TV because it’s harmful to your blood pressure, but they are welcome to watch if they turn it down really low (or use headphones). You might even suggest they go for a daily walk to better appreciate the beauty of the neighbourhood.
Spread the word!
Due to #ObamaCare, Californians will soon see their premiums become lower just like Oregon and Washington. money.cnn.com/2013/05/23/new…— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) May 24, 2013
But but but AP/IRS/BenGassy!!
I hope this news is spread fast. I am hearing ads on the radio by the rwnj’s making money on a book to “how to survive obamacare” I am sure it’s full of lies and out to make money for the gop.
I’ve seen the ads on YouTube as well. It’s not often I agree with Krugman, but in this instance, he’s right. The “surviving Obamacare” book will soon be in the $1 discount bins….
Obamacare Will Be A Debacle — For Republicans nyti.ms/10pgXVZ— Paul Krugman (@NYTimeskrugman) May 24, 2013
Krugman has been pro-ACA for quite awhile now. completely and conveniently forgetting how he savaged the President on this issue several years ago. A mea culpa would have been nice and intellectually honest. That being said, I’m glad to see his support.
Indeed. Selective amnesia is a feature, not a bug of the PL contingent.
I’m amused when I hear those ads on progressive radio in Chicago. Waste your money, you guys.
CSPAN 1 TV will also carry PBO’s commencement address live
@MotherJones @DavidCornDC "Grapples?" More like media "grapples" with inability to spin Obama's effective counter terrorism speech.— (@aspirational12) May 24, 2013
Good ONE, hope!
The cheer that went up from the crowd when President Obama arrived was ** wonderful **!!!!
They love their President! Chips, I’m afraid that we are not the only O’bots out there…
GM Chips. I live for his entrance but I missed it.
A 1% TransactionTax on WallSt Investment Speculators would generate $200-Billion annually & erase America's debt nationofchange.org/sequester-squa…— From A Citizen (@CuestionMarque) May 24, 2013
I don't remember GWB ever getting the enthusiastic receptions from our servicemen and women that Obama receives. They love their CIC.— john miller (@deaconmill) May 24, 2013
Damn you’re quick.
Heh..I don’t waste any time when I see a great tweet!
Happy Friday Chips & TOD… very happy because POTUS is starting this day for us. Best wishes zizi for a beautiful Birthday!
Woohoo – thanking the first lady – for all she does for the services
Good morning wonderful TOD family and our main blog tyrant Chips! This has been an exhausting 2 weeks for me I am so thankful for my faithful droid that I can check in to TOD and know that sanity abounds. As one of the dedicated lurkers, I thank all you that faithfully post and bring information.
Happy, Happy Birthday zizi!!!
It is a beautiful sunny day here in MT. It is currently 35. Yesterday we did have snow in some areas and we had rain. We are thankful for any moisture we get. My lilacs are in full bloom. I love lilacs, I have 6 different varieties, white, lilac, dark purple, dark pink, light pink and a light yellow.
Now to listen to the President.
@AP You mean John Kerry actually nailed this thing???— Apollo1312 (@Jovie141) May 24, 2013
Alright I really like this Gov O’Malley I’ve inherited by moving to MD
You clever girl….
Sherijr, I’m chuckling as I recall the last time I lived in Maryland, Spiro T Agnew was guv, right before Tricky Dick tapped him for VP – shortly after, I was outta dere! Who remembers that freaking idiot?
Yes, I was following politics even then. The Rethugs are still trying to get their revenge on the Nixon resignation.
Gov O’Malley is doing us proud – not just those of us who are MD residents, but ALL American citizens.
I agree- he’s pushed great things- the end of the death penalty, equal marriage- he is my kind of Democrat.. and he has been loyal to President Obama.
MORE: 2 men arrested for endangering flight from Pakistan to England, police say; nature of indicent unknown: apne.ws/Z57hiu -DC— The Associated Press (@AP) May 24, 2013
If that happened here , the news would try and spin it about obama. And in a negative light.
Happy Birthday ZiZi!
Gobrooklyn, so glad to see you back. You are always in my thoughts, as all those here at TOD going thru tough times. Glad you got to have your pizza. Have a great day.
Thanks, Marilyn. It’s good to be able to check in with the site. Leaves me in a good mood.
My President has a loud voice.
GM TODers. Obrigada for a fine Post.
Congrats Cookemom on your Golden Award.
POTUS always have a Loud Voice
The President has been tweeting about climate change and immigration reform for 1 week.
Makes me think something in the pipeline, on climate change.
He is obviouisly looking to see just how much he and the EPA can do under their legitimate authority since the GOP in Congress isn’t going to let anything happen.
I think he will tie Keystone approval to some major announcement on Climate change through EPA or maybe dept of energy.
At least, that is what GOP is worried about.
Birthday Greetings, Zizi! Have a great day!
Hola, TODobots! It’s good to be here today with focused attention. You can bet I’ll be keeping a close eye on all the peeps in the village today, so…..
Oh good, VC, someone needs to keep an eye on me… Please add me to the list?!
Morning, MP – a chilly one here (I had to turn the heat on again), but morning nonetheless. I notice you have been improving gradually – good news!
Thank you VC, yes, gradual improvement and holding, with daily measurable increase in mobility! Hurray! and as the pain decreases, my mental state and strength also increases, so am beginning to get it that I will fully rehabilitate! I decided after a month of not running the furnace, I would shut down the pilot yesterday. That was before I checked the long range weather forecast and saw these ‘cooler’ temps! Ah well, too bad for me, will just use the little space heaters as needed and keep the many interior doors closed. And wear a few more layers!
The news indeed sounds good – Keep it up!
I’ve turned my heater on and off a few times since ‘spring’ has started; fortunately I only have to move the switcher on my control to the right or left. This morning was the first in a while that I’ve had to do so, probably because I forgot (before going to bed) to shut the windows I had opened yesterday. Come to think of it, I haven’t changed my snow tires yet. Hmmmm.
Annapolis is such a pretty city, loved that place. And the Naval Academy is right on the water, obviously, but it’s so beautiful!
The Collapse Of Public Infrastructure Spending In One Chart
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/skagit-bridge-collapse-infrastructure-spending-2013-5#ixzz2UDlbKAlG
Thank you Chips and this beautiful TOD family for all the wonderful well wishes. Have a Blessed day y’all!!
I’m late to the party, but Happy Birthday, zizi!!!!!!
Just sharing. I thought a few of you might agree with my rant.
Scarborough, Maddow, Scahill, Chris Hayes…STFU!
I don’t agree with everything the President says or does, but this constant knit-picking is too much to bear. I’ll never agree with the concept of war, but I also know I receive no morning intelligence briefing. I cannot fathom the heart-wrenching decisions that must be made to try to assure that I am safe in my home. None of the decision made to kill can be easy, and yesterday I listened to a President acknowledge that fact. I heard him speak about the regrettable realities of war and his responsibility to the safety of America. For God’s sake, give the man a break, accept that he doesn’t have all the answers, but that you have far, far fewer than he does and for the love of Mike, just STFU!
Thank you for putting into words what I have been feeling. I am so sick of these emoprogs that know it all!!!
I say let them keep talking. It motivates others. More speech is what are needed to trounce distorted speeches, lies, hate, etc. I appreciate what Social media helps those with facts do. Nothing is ever done in a vacuum. Our reaction, activism and idea help counter propaganda sold by ideologues and those with intend to demean and deceive.
I simply ask, they have been at this…..and their efforts to their Nightmare, resulted in the reelection of Pres Barack Obama.
Let the Say what they like. For ultimately, the Truth will and shall set Us Free.
Thanks for the link. It shades a light to their twisted rants
No armed drones over America, ever: Obama's domestic drone policy is tighter than Rand Paul's theatln.tc/13PLw87— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) May 24, 2013
Paging Van Jones….
It’s a shame that this President has to address these right wing conspiracies.
Happy HAPPY Happy Birthday Zizi, enjoy the day and the whole weekend!
I wonder if the POTUS will be handing out Diplomas like he did in CO last year?
^@NBCNews: ^@AliNBCNews Obama addresses military sexual assault head on: these attacks "have no place in the greatest military on earth."— Nora Wahlquist (@DahmPublishing) May 24, 2013
Will Ta Neshi Coates & Tim Wise come out with an articles whining that PBO “Scolds the military?”
Roger Ailes: Obama administration efforts to intimidate Fox will fail
05/24/13 10:16 AM ET
Ailes: “We will not allow a climate of press intimidation … to frighten any of us away from the truth.”…
They haven’t been acquainted with the truth for quite some time…
Coming from a station that in 2009 and 2010, two VPs, one Clemente, declared Fox as The Opposition to president Obama is not only laughable, it smells of self pity of the worst kind.
Congressman: Women Should Be Forced To Give Birth To Fetuses With No Brain Function
Louie Gohmert is mentally ill.
He is a perfect example of why women should NOT!
The problem of gridlock is real and needs to be fixed. Presidents (Democratic or Republican) deserve to have the people working for them that they choose. Republican obstruction has slowed down nearly every nominee that President Obama has submitted. Republicans have corrupted the Founders’ intent. I want to make the Senate work again – that is my commitment.
statement on Harry Reid’s FB page
Elizabeth Warren Student Loans Bill Endorsed By Several Colleges, Organizations huff.to/18az1Yf via @HuffPostPol— Russell Davis (@bentlightnvegas) May 24, 2013
Tune in to #OfficePolitics Sat+Sun on @msnbc Weekends with @AexWitt when we talk with @theGrio Joy Ann @TheReidReport on #Trayvon and more— Alex Witt (@AlexWitt) May 24, 2013
The Grand Staircase Escalante-National Monument has such varied & stunning landscape. A truly beautiful place. #Utah http://t.co/rxyDW064yB— US Dept of Interior (@Interior) May 24, 2013
Happy Birthday, Zizi. You rock, girl. Hope you have a fantastic day.
Yeah Zizi, HAPPY, HAPPY! Enjoy your day.
Good Morning Yardarm….hope you have a nice day…what is the weather like in ChiTown…rainy kool and dreary here in Philly
It’s the same here pretty. We’ll be lucky if we break 50. Have a good Memorial Day weekend.
GM Sailor! How is the old salt this fine morning?
Staying below decks Dakota. It’s cold here. I might have to top off my anti-freeze early, eh.
EMILY’s List & Union Back Schwartz for Guv shar.es/ZDmOO via @sharethis— Pretty Foot (@PrettyFootWoman) May 24, 2013
It’s always a lovely day when PBO is speaking to young achievers. He is so inspiring. And Happy Birthday to Zizi! It’s also my birthday today. Gemini’s are always looking for twin spirits. Have a great day!
Happy Birthday Almablanca!!! A dear dear friend was named Alma. I heardly ever see it anymore. Hope you have a beautiful day!
Need to proof, I hardly ever see Alma anymore.
Happy Happy Birthday to you Almablanca! I hope there is cake, and balloons everywhere!
Yay fellow Gemini! Happy Birthday to you too! Bliss
‘Happy Birthday to YOU, AlmaB!’ May you have a wonderful day!
have a super-terrific birthday, Almablanca!
Birthday Greetings Zizi….enjoy your day
Happy Birthday Zizi! Hope it’s a great one.
Good to see you gobrooklyn. Prayers and best wishes for your complete recovery.
Okay, today’s “Rise and Shine” will be more like “Friday Brunch”.
Or Friday Supper!
Coming soon LL, and then I’ll post your masterpiece after that!
I will leave it in your hands, as I’ll be doing the dutiful son routine this morning.
Ah, okay dutiful son, I’ll post it for you after this – thanks a gazillion again!
I really dislike using the word evil to describe people. But more I see of damage GOP has done to country, the more I think word applies.— john miller (@deaconmill) May 24, 2013
The truth shall set you free. Must be why Fox News avoids telling the truth so much. They and corporate masters are afraid of free people.— john miller (@deaconmill) May 24, 2013
Waiting… waiting… waiting for R&S
Anticipation, Carly Simon sang in 1971……
Great choice Nena
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