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Rise and Shine: The Week at TOD

President Obama greets White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit participants in the the East Garden Room of the White House, May 29, 2014 ( Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Sunday

President Obama disembarks from Air Force One at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, Sunday, May 25 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Early Bird Chat

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Rise and Shine: The Week Ahead

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A soldier hugs President Obama following his remarks at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan (Photo by Pete Souza)

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He Never Rests

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President Obama in Afghanistan

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President Obama awards medals to U.S. troops following his remarks at Bagram Airfield (Photo by Pete Souza)

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The Commander-In-Chief Honors Our Troops

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140 Characters Of Truth

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Democracy Wanted: Ukraine

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Monday

On This Day: President Barack Obama hugs Amy Simpson, principal of Plaza Towers Elementary School, outside what remains of the school following a tornado in Moore, Okla., May 26, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Early Bird Chat

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Rise and Shine

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Chat Away

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Honoring Heroes

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A President Who Cares

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A Tweet or Eight

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Chat On

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Tuesday

On This Day: President Obama waits to be introduced at a fundraiser in Los Angeles on May 27, 2009. (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Early Bird Chat

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Rise and Shine

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President Obama at the #WHScienceFair

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President Obama Delivers a Statement on Afghanistan

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Maybe This Is What It Will Take

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President Obama Celebrates STEM

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The Permanent @DCCC Freakout

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Night Owl Chat – Time For Some Monty Python

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Wednesday

On This Day: President Obama is reflected in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall as he delivers remarks during the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War commemoration ceremony in Washington, D.C., May 28, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Early Bird Chat

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Rise and Shine

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The Journey To West Point

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RIP Maya Angelou

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The Commander-In-Chief At West Point

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News Of The Day

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President Obama with Buffalo Soldiers Louis Coffield, 96, left, and Sanders Matthews, 93, at Stewart Air Base in Newbrugh, N.Y.

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A Tweet Or Two

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Picture Of The Day

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Hunter Schwarz: Joe Biden taking a selfie with a bunch of cyclists at the Naval Observatory.

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Thursday

On This Day: A woman hugs the President as he and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel greeted people on the tarmac at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. May 29, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Early Bird Chat

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Rise and Shine

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“We’re The Best Chefs In The Game!”

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Healthy Kids And Safe Sports Concussion Summit

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A Tweet Or Two

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Photo of the Day

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Night Owl Chat – Rave On!

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Friday

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Early Bird Chat

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Rise and Shine

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The President’s Statement on Secretary Shinseki

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Truth Is: 140 Characters

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Thank You Press Secretary Jay ‘Clark Kent’ Carney!

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The President’s Day

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Chat Away

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@petesouza: Pres Obama walks w Veterans Affairs Sec. Eric Shinseki on the WH south grounds this morning

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The Week in Toons

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Thank yooooou Nerdy, LL and LP for another TODriffic week!


98 Responses to “Rise and Shine: The Week at TOD”


  1. May 31, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Rising and shing! Good morning! 🌞

  2. May 31, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Thanks Chips for the photos and news!

  3. May 31, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Did I scare every one? Maybe I should refresh my screen. ;)

  4. May 31, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Morning Chips and CarolMae.

  5. May 31, 2014 at 9:38 am

    I’m so surprised I’m first I had just opened my iPad and I had to sign in twice. Fortunetly I coped my first post to paste into second try. One of things I put off fixing wit ph Apple support because of my eye.

  6. 14 Jovie
    May 31, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Am I getting this correctly?
    At Phoenix VA, bonuses are given out if wait times are reasonable?
    The wait times, however, exceeded reasonable limits, by far, and veterans ended up dying?
    The books were doctored, suggesting that the wait times were reasonable, in order to still receive bonuses?
    DC only knew what the People in Phoenix input in the computers?
    Then Shinseki and Phoenix staff gets Fired?
    Is that right?
    If so, please explain how Shinseki would know, and shouldn’t people be assigned to double check these bonuses, ie wait times??

    • May 31, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Welcome to the madness in my head Jovie! O_o

    • May 31, 2014 at 9:49 am

      That sums it up Jovie. Sad but true. I think we all know that if Shinseki stayed (I think he should have) the Repugs would continue their witch hunt, no matter how trivial the issue would be, which would continue to impact our Vets.

      • May 31, 2014 at 10:08 am

        GM Jackie and TOD. You are correct. The despicable repugs had already started airing ads against the Dems using Gen. Shinseki.

    • 18 anniebella
      May 31, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Shinseki shouldn’t have resigned, but he did it for the good of the veterans. He knew he couldn’t do the job he needed to do without the media doing what they love to do and the politicians doing the same. So for the good of the VA he step down. And the good of POTUS.

    • May 31, 2014 at 10:04 am

      Jovie,

      IMO, the deliberate cover up (so bonuses wouldn’t be forfeited?!?!?!?!) and the amount of autonomy given to upper level management in running the individual facilities, it is reasonable to expect that the issues did not make it up the chain such that informed decisions could be made.

      However, I find it hard to believe that those veterans and/or their families did not make any noise about the problems they were having in getting the health care and other services to which they were entitled. [They are certainly making noise now.] They would have most likely contacted their house representatives and senators to ask for assistance. I wonder how many requested help and were given a standard form letter in response without any action to assist. I suspect some of those congress people who have been acting so offended by the issues that have “come to light” are doing so because 1) they were already aware of the problems in their states and 2) did nothing about it; thus, condoning it by their inaction.

      • May 31, 2014 at 10:14 am

        I have thought of that many times. It is why the politicians have their huge staff. We must all hold them accountable in Arizona.

      • May 31, 2014 at 10:27 am

        You are so right. No doubt they contacted McCain here in Phoenix. He is such a piece of shit did nothing until they could hang it on Shinseki. No doubt that whistleblower doctor contacted him. I am so sick of these scumbags we call Congress

      • 22 anniebella
        May 31, 2014 at 10:28 am

        Someone from the Phoenix office I think, afew minutes ago spoke on CBS Morning news and told how they cover up and fix things to look like the veterans weren’t waiting long times to see the doctor. This person didn’t show their face cause they were worry of losing their job. Plus this person talk of how supervisors did things like this to get bonuses. So we can expect the DOJ to look into this and they should.

    • 23 Vicki
      May 31, 2014 at 11:15 am

      The Wire called this “juking the stats,” didn’t it?

  7. 25 dotster3
    May 31, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Col. Jack Jacobs threw PBO under the bus this a.m. on Today, saying that Shinseki would never have voluntarily resigned, that PBO threw him under the bus. (exact words) Helpful.

    • 26 Jovie
      May 31, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Jack Jacobs is a Neo con!!! Enough said! He was trained to defeat the soviets, instead fought in Vietnam and first gulf war.
      He hates the Russians bc he was trained to.
      You see where that’s going?

    • May 31, 2014 at 9:53 am

      No surprise. Although subtle, he’s been critical of the President during this whole ordeal.

    • 29 99ts
      May 31, 2014 at 9:54 am

      They were too used to the b.s. that GWB tried to pass off as truth – when they hear the truth it hurts their feelings – or bqwhatever

    • 30 anniebella
      May 31, 2014 at 9:55 am

      Unless Gen. Shinseki told Col. Jacobs what happen, then I think Col. Jacobs should shut the hell up.

      • 31 anniebella
        May 31, 2014 at 9:58 am

        Enough said.

      • May 31, 2014 at 10:14 am

        It’s like Jay Carney said in the press conference yesterday… the media likes to run with “information” from indirect or third-person sources and treat it as if it were 100% fact when in actuality it is mostly opinion or speculation. That opinion/speculation is only given credence if it is dignified with a response…which is why l liked when JC refused to do so..

        • 33 Lb4Obama
          May 31, 2014 at 11:53 am

          I just returned from a 3week visit to see my parents in Phoenix. The local news there did a lot of PBO bashing. But they also revealed that Senator McIdiot KNEW about the problems as the PHX. VA since 2012. The head of the NAACP wrote to him directly in 2012. And he did nothing. SURPRISE!

  8. 34 99ts
    May 31, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Wow – I’m exhausted just reading about the week.

  9. 35 dotster3
    May 31, 2014 at 9:53 am

    See golfer Phil Mickelson is under investigation for insider trading. Awwww. 2 FBI agents were waiting to talk to him when he finished his tourney round in Ohio on Thurs. Investigation has been ongoing for 3 years. I remember him crying like a baby about Ca. taxes and he was going to take his ball and Move Out of There! It always amazes me that a whole boatload of money is never enough for people with a whole boatload of money. How many houses and cars and stuff will it take to make them “happy”?

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-rt-us-insidertrading-icahn-20140530,0,1679917.story

  10. May 31, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I’m reading from bottom up on the posts and started listening to West Wing Week. One of the first things our President says is I love these kids. <3 He is about building a better future for the Country. President Kennedy would say things like that too. In fact when he was Senator he was interviewed by either Huntley or Brinkley and Jackie was pregnant with Caroline. The interviewer asked if it were a boy if he would like to for him to get into public service? (1954) Sen. Kennedy said that he hoped if it were a boy or girl they would devote their lives to public service because he believed in that. :) :) :)
    The most important political office in America is that of the private citizen. ~ Judge Louis D. Brandeis 😍

  11. 41 amk for obama
    May 31, 2014 at 10:10 am

    WHERE IS MY PINK WHITE?

  12. May 31, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Happy #Caturday

  13. May 31, 2014 at 10:17 am
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  16. May 31, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Hey Chips: ICYMI
    This was in honor of Jay Carney resigning. I’m guessing it was because Darth tweeted it at the time of the announcement. He/she is pretty fast on the Photoshop

  17. May 31, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Does anyone else remember the shooting rampage in D.C. In 2001 or 2002? A woman was shot at a Hope Depot. . .
    The press very worried about themselves then. Forgot the NRA response to it. Is Home Depot okay with this?

  18. May 31, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Damn Bush again. . .

  19. 75 hopefruit2
    May 31, 2014 at 10:52 am
  20. May 31, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Health tip. . .
    Did you know if you have a leg cramp you should shake your head several times and the cramp will soon be gone, within minutes. The cramp is the only reason I’m having a real time chat on R&S. Shaking my head and nodding did work. Just read it a couple days ago someplace. Oh and I looked at porn too. . . Photo porn. ;)

  21. 77 JER
    May 31, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

    Back Feed Streaming Now:

    Vice President Biden Delivers the Commencement Address at the University of Delaware – http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/vice-president-biden-delivers-commencement-address-university-delaware AUDIO ONLY

  22. 79 JER
    May 31, 2014 at 11:09 am
  23. May 31, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Most of the comments at Instagram say it looks like Jimmy Carter :???:

    • 81 idon
      May 31, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      When I first saw a picture of Mrs. Roosevelt, I wondered from that point on if she was African American. She looked so much like so many African American families I grew up with on the west coast.

  24. 82 hopefruit2
    May 31, 2014 at 11:11 am
  25. 83 Dudette
    May 31, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Good Morning Lovelies! Hope everyone is having a terrific Saturday (or Sunday for those of you on the other side of the world). :-)

  26. 85 donna dem 4 obama
    May 31, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Good Saturday Morning Everyone!

    No matter all the noise surrounding our President just remember that if we work hard to GOTV this November and make THIS happen we can stop the madness:

  27. May 31, 2014 at 11:25 am

    The jobs, energy independence, sustainable (because they are renewable) energy sources, the clean air and clean water, the reduction in carbon impact on the planet’s climate system are all critical, necessary outcomes of what President Obama has done and will announce on Monday.

    But, the most important consequence of his actions is that he is literally sustaining humanity’s ability to persist (and, hopefully, evolve).

    #TrustBarack

    #LandslideDEMS2014 (if you give a damn about anything other than personal greed & power)

    Yes WE MUST

  28. 87 Dudette
    May 31, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Had to work this morning. Now I’m off to go watch two of my cousins compete in swimming events at the Georgia Special Olympics this afternoon.

  29. 88 Dudette
    May 31, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Wooohooo! Just found out my cousin won the 25 meter swimming freestyle earlier this morning!! I’m soooo proud of him! :-)

    • 89 desertflower
      May 31, 2014 at 11:48 am

      So awesome!! Swimming is near and dear in this family :) daughter swam since she was a tile and ended up being the captain of her high school team. Stayed with her… Now she supervises a pool and teaches lessons and is clifeguard. Swimming is awesome! Congrats to him for winning his event !!

      • 90 Dudette
        May 31, 2014 at 12:01 pm

        Thanks df! Swiiming is not big in our family — few of us know how or took an interest. That makes their accomplishment all the more a big deal. He and his sister haven’t been doing it long, but they’ve taken to it as if they were born with gills! :-)

    • 91 sjterrid
      May 31, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      Congratulations to your cousins for both being in the special olympics, Dudette; and congratulations to your cousin that won the 25 meter swimming freestyle event. Please let them know that we are very proud of them.

  30. 93 africa
    May 31, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Happy Saturday TODers

    Hiya Chips

  31. 95 dotster3
    May 31, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I see rumors on a gossip site that George Clooney is planning to enter politics and the 2016 presidential race. I seriously doubt that’s true, but it sure would pep me up a bit from the expected doom and gloom of Obama’s impending departure.

  32. 97 dotster3
    May 31, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I love this story. Look what a Daytona Beach, Fl. couple found in their backyard hammock……chillin’ and relaxin’…….

  33. 98 africa
    May 31, 2014 at 11:45 am

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