04
Jun
14

Rise and Shine

President Obama delivers remarks at 25th Anniversary Freedom Event in Castle Square, Warsaw (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today

The President left Poland for Belgium this morning. After arriving he will meet King Philippe and Prime Minister Di Rupo of Belgium, attend the Council of the European Union in Brussels and attend a G-7 working dinner.

1:30 EDT: First Lady Michelle Obama Announces The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness

White House Live

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President Obama’s speech in Poland this morning – forward to 53 minutes

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The Week Ahead – See Here

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FACT SHEET: U.S. Security Assistance to Ukraine

The United States is working to bolster Ukraine’s ability to secure its borders and preserve its territorial integrity and sovereignty in the face of Russian occupation of Crimea and a concerted effort by Russian-backed separatists to destabilize eastern Ukraine.  President Obama has approved more than $23 million in additional defensive security assistance since early March.

This assistance includes:

A new tranche of $5 million for the provision of body armor, night vision goggles, and additional communications equipment.  This is in addition to the approximately 300,000 Meals Ready to Eat (delivered in March), as well as assistance for the provision of materiel using Foreign Military Financing to support Ukraine’s armed forces with medical supplies, service member equipment (e.g., helmets, sleeping mats, water purification units), explosive ordnance disposal equipment, and handheld radios.

The United States also has allocated Cooperative Threat Reduction funding to support Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service with supplies (e.g., clothing, shelters, small power generators and hand fuel pumps, engineering equipment, communications equipment, vehicles, and non-lethal individual tactical gear).

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Washington Post: Obama vows to defend freedom in Europe, support democratic movements worldwide

Surrounded by throngs celebrating Poland’s 25 years of democracy, President Obama on Wednesday pledged to uphold the United States’ longtime commitment to the defense of Eastern Europe against new threats, using the opportunity to deliver a resounding endorsement of democratic movements across the world.

“Throughout history, the Polish people were abandoned by friends when you needed them most,” Obama said. “I have come to Warsaw today — on behalf of the United States, on behalf of the NATO Alliance — to reaffirm our unwavering commitment to Poland’s security.”

Speaking at the “Freedom Day” event in a historic square by the Royal Castle, the president said he would use the full might of the American armed forces to protect Poland and other Eastern European allies and called out Russia as a threat to regional security and democracy.

“Our free nations will stand united so that further Russian provocations will only mean more isolation and costs for Russia,” he said. “We refuse to allow the dark tactics of the 20th century to define the 21st.”

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Brilliant:

Stonekettle Station: Negotiating With Terrorists

Are we really going to do this?

Is this what it’s finally come down to, is it really?

Look at yourselves, you silly selfish bastards.

Look. At. Yourselves.

Go on, do it, find a mirror and look into your own dead zombie eyes and see the empty void looking back.

This revolting, disgusting display of hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy, is this what we’ve finally become?

Are we now so filled with foul bilious hatred, are we now so consumed with soul-destroying fear, do we now despise our own selves so much that we would actually protest the return of one of our own? Is that it?

Is that what we’ve become?

If so, then the sooner America collapses of its own maggot-ridden gangrenous rot, the better.

No. No, don’t you dare look away.

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Steve Benen: McCain’s reversals on Bowe Bergdahl

It was just last week when Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) delivered a Memorial Day message in which she urged Americans to keep Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl “in our thoughts and prayers.” She added, “I renew my call on the Defense Department to redouble its efforts to find Sergeant Bergdahl and return him safely to his family.”

Less than a week later, the Defense Department announced that Bergdahl had been freed and he’ll be returned safely to his family – prompting a new round of criticism from Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.).

But all things considered, these conflicting statements are mild compared to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and his recent reversals…

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Michael Tomasky: The Bowe Bergdahl Story Is Right-Wing Crack

Never mind that Bush would have done the same as Obama. Republicans are hitting the pipe big time on the ‘deserter’ — and their creepy bottom line is that he should have been left to die.

I was amazed but not surprised by my Twitter feed Monday. More than 200 tweets from conservatives, I would estimate, calling me a host of names and Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl a menu of worse ones. That’s the most ever in one day, I think, even more than for my most scorching anti-NRA columns, which have heretofore set the gold standard for inspiring drooling right-wing vitriol.

I was not, as I say, surprised. This story has every element right-wingers dream of. Every dark suspicion they harbor about President Obama can be wedged into the narrative conservatives are constructing about how Saturday’s prisoner exchange supposedly went down and what the president’s presumed motivations were. So I knew instantly, when I read Michael Hastings’s 2012 Rolling Stone profile of Bergdahl on Sunday afternoon, that this was going to be the next Benghazi. The story is right-wing crack. And sure enough, Republicans are hitting the pipe big time.

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ThinkProgress: Former Bush Official Blasts GOP On Bergdahl: Bush Would Have Done The Same Thing

A former Bush administration official broke with Republicans on Tuesday to defend President Obama’s prisoner exchange, arguing that since “the war in Afghanistan is winding down,” the United States would be required to return prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay back to Afghanistan.

… Asked about reports that Bergdahl deserted his unit, Bellinger added that the former hostage “will have to face justice, military justice.” “We don’t leave soldiers on the battlefield under any circumstance unless they have actually joined the enemy army,” he said. “He was a young 20-year-old. Young 20-year-olds make stupid decisions. I don’t think we’ll say if you make a stupid decision we’ll leave you in the hands of the Taliban.”

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Smartypants: Why the prisoner exchange is a big issue for the neocons

We’re hearing all kinds of hysteria about the prisoner exchange that resulted in the release of Sergeant Bergdahl. The media is indulging claims about Bergdahl’s state of mind, whether or not the President was required to consult with Congress prior to finalizing the exchange and stories about soldiers who may have died trying to rescue him. But that’s all hyperbole designed to gin up the anti-Obama base. I propose that the real issue for conservatives actually centers on the other side of the exchange…the release of the 5 Taliban detainees from Gitmo.

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From Donna Dem:

Good Morning TOD

Before I head out to work let’s make today a Day of Action

We can start by all of us contacting Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Here is her contact information

Phone: (202) 224-3841

Fax: (202) 228-3954

Email

Twitter: @SenFeinstein

We can help her to understand that as a Democrat it should be her primary goal to support this President and if she has issue with anything he does she needs to talk to his staff or him directly about it. It is not necessary for her to run to every open mike and give the Republicans and the media ammunition to bash President Obama.

Have a great O’Day Everyone!!

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TPM: Videos Showed Bergdahl’s Rapidly Deteriorating Health

Some critics of the prisoner swap that exchanged Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban detainees said there was no evidence, as President Barack Obama insisted in a press conference Tuesday, that the soldier’s deteriorating health necessitated swift action to secure his release.

But the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday night that the U.S. intelligence community had evidence of Bergdahl’s failing health, based on a secret analysis of two videos of the soldier in captivity ….

Officials who saw the recent video described Bergdahl’s condition as “alarming.” ….

“We believe they saw Bergdahl as a golden egg. That is why they kept him alive and as healthy as possible. But as he deteriorated, some people believe he became more of a burden to them,” the official told the Journal. “And as the war was ending some of them [Taliban] came to doubt his value. He was more of a liability as his health declined.”

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LA Times Editorial: Editorial Freeing Sgt. Bergdahl: Why it was a good deal for all Americans

The release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a captive of Islamist extremists for almost five years, is good news not only for his family but for all Americans. But the price the Obama administration paid for the 28-year-old soldier’s repatriation was freedom for five detainees at Guantanamo Bay who are hardened Taliban commanders.

…. unless the U.S. were to assert the right to hold the detainees forever without trial, they would have been released at some point. Why not do it now when it helps to secure the release of an American?

…. Congress is free to press the administration about details of the arrangement that won Bergdahl’s freedom. But the president must be equally free to respond to a diplomatic opening that could mean the difference between freedom and captivity for an American soldier.

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Meanwhile in the real world, while the GOP try to distract everyone with Bergdahlzi ->

Steve Benen: ID law blocks 93-year-old voter in Alabama

Two years ago, the nation was introduced to Viviette Applewhite, a 93-year-old widow in Pennsylvania who had marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Applewhite has voted in nearly every election for the last-half century – right up until 2012, when the state told this African-American woman she wouldn’t be allowed to cast a ballot because Republicans policymakers had created a voter-ID law to combat voter fraud that didn’t exist.

After Applewhite’s story garnered national attention, election officials helped get her situation straightened out – and more recently, the law itself was struck down as unconstitutional – but the incident was a reminder about the real-world impact of unnecessary voter-ID laws.

Two years later, Zachary Roth introduces us to a similar face – of the same age – in the “war on voting.”

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ThinkProgress: Major Companies Distance Themselves From U.S. Chamber Campaign Against Obama’s Climate Plan

Days before President Obama’s EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced sweeping new rules to limit the amount of carbon pollution that existing power plants can dump into the atmosphere, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a report blasting the then-unreleased regulations as certain to raise electricity prices, kill jobs, and slow the economy. But leading climate-friendly members of Chamber don’t want to be associated with its anti-climate report. Several member companies, contacted by ThinkProgress, declined to endorse the Chamber’s efforts against the administration’s move to address a direct cause of climate change.

ThinkProgress reached out to several dozen of the major corporations that have either contributed to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce or had executives currently serving on its board of directors. None endorsed the new report.

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Steve Benen: An exceedingly rare NRA apology

It’s been about four decades since Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal introduced us to an unfortunate catchphrase: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” More recently, I’ve always thought it was better applied to the National Rifle Association, which never has to say it’s sorry, either.

No matter how extreme the far-right group gets, no matter who it offends, no matter the consequences of its policy purism, the NRA just doesn’t apologize for anything, ever.

Once in a great while, however, there are exceptions.

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AP: Brisk demand for SUVs and pickup trucks pushed U.S. auto sales to a nine-year high in May

Chrysler, Nissan and Toyota all reported double-digit sales gains over last May. Even General Motors, battling bad publicity from a mishandled recall, surprised with a 13 percent sales increase.

Ford’s sales rose a better-than-expected 3 percent, while Hyundai’s were up 4 percent. Of major automakers, only Volkswagen’s sales fell.
Video: Is 16M Vehicles the New Normal for Auto Sales?

May is traditionally a strong month for the auto industry, as buyers spend their tax returns and think ahead to summer road trips. This year’s calendar, with five weekends, gave it an extra boost. Sales were particularly strong the last weekend of the month, automakers said.

Sales rose 11 percent to just over 1.6 million in May. That was the highest monthly total since July 2005, according to Kelley Blue Book.

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USA Today: White House to host event on working dads

The White House, which is preparing a summit on working families later this month, sponsors an event Monday devoted to working fathers.

Business leaders, administration officials, and other working fathers will “explore the breadth of roles dads play today at home” and “the new challenges dads experience balancing career and family,” says a White House announcement.

…. Speakers will include New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, and Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Jason Furman.

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On This Day

President Obama speaks at Cairo University in Cairo, Thursday, June 4, 2009. In his speech, President Obama called for a ‘new beginning between the United States and Muslims’, declaring that ‘this cycle of suspicion and discord must end’. (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama jokingly shows off the hat he was given during his tour of the Pyramids and Sphinx in Egypt on June 4, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama tours the Pyramids and Sphinx with Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass (left), Senior Advisor David Axelrod and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (right), June 4, 2009. (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama tours the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt on June 4, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama ducks his head to get through an entranceway on a tour of the Pyramids and Sphinx in Egypt, June 4, 2009. At center-right is the hieroglyphic that the President comment on saying it looked like him. (Photo by Pete Souza)

Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, personal aide to the president Reggie Love, and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett take a ride on camels in Egypt on June 4, 2009. (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama looks out the window of Marine One as they leave the Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx in Egypt, June 4, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama tours the Sultan Hassan Mosque with Dr. Zahi Hawass (left), Iman Abdel Fateh (right), and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza).

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President Obama gestures during a meeting on the response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, at the Tarmac Field House at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans, La., June 4, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

 President Obama, at left, eats boiled seafood with residents at Carmandelle’s Live Bait and Boiled Seafood in Grand Isle, La., June 4, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama jokes with members of the Chilean delegation as President Sebastián Piñera of Chile sits at the Resolute Desk following a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, June 4, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama embraces Myrlie Evers-Williams during her visit in the Oval Office, June 4, 2013. The President met with the Evers family to commemorate the approaching 50th anniversary of Medgar Evers’ death (Photo by Pete Souza)

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112 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 11 CarolynfromDetroit
    June 4, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Good morning.

  2. 12 CarolynfromDetroit
    June 4, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Our President is the greatest!

  3. 13 hopefruit2
    June 4, 2014 at 10:11 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats vet24 on #1 :) Thanks Chips for this fine, FINE R & S round-up!

  4. June 4, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    Chips, much thanks to you and the TOD crew for keeping us informed about the President’s Overseas Trip.

    Still LOL at the guy going for a workout in the hotel gym and there’s the President of the United States!

  5. June 4, 2014 at 10:22 am

    An Awesome Round of AWEsomenesssssss…….Great Rise and Shine!!!!!!!!!

  6. 25 amk for obama
    June 4, 2014 at 10:23 am

    ‘4 in 10 is a majority’ is gop math. Nothing wrong with it…. It’s like me claiming furst in every effing thread.

    FURST.

    • June 4, 2014 at 10:23 am

      :-) My math is so awful I looked at the headline and thought, ‘looks right to me’.

    • 28 57andfemale
      June 4, 2014 at 10:54 am

      The daughter of a friend is a freshman in a good Catholic school in the Chicago area. She is good in geography and was appalled when her classmates, when asked for words that describe the Midwest, said things like ‘the ocean’.

      However, this teacher is also talking about Czechoslovakia as if it still exists and is using a world map with the Soviet Union intact.

      We are effing doomed………

      • 29 japa21
        June 4, 2014 at 11:09 am

        Must not be at the school my son teaches at. Trust me, if he knew stuff like that was going on, he would throw a hissy fit and I would know about it.

        • 30 57andfemale
          June 4, 2014 at 11:25 am

          The daughter was really distraught and she and her parents discussed what to do about it. She is going to her counselor first. I guess the teacher is near retirement age but seriously – there is no excuse for that.

  7. 31 amk for obama
    June 4, 2014 at 10:24 am

    matt & meta’s tweets are spot on.

  8. 33 hopefruit2
    June 4, 2014 at 10:26 am
    • 34 anniebella
      June 4, 2014 at 10:32 am

      These people who are hating don’t even know what happen, so why are they hating. Give that soldier a chance to get his self together and then let’s hear what he has to say. Why don’t CNN gone back to searching for that missing plane 24/7?

  9. 35 anniebella
    June 4, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I will call Sen. Feinstein office or send her a email.

  10. June 4, 2014 at 10:32 am
  11. 37 HZ
    June 4, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Good Morning my Chips and my grandson, Danny O’. I hope Danny will be having his swimming lessons this week. He is so brilliant, Chips.

    Thanks my beautiful Chips for this beautiful space with all of the great energies here along with the brilliant minds here at TOD. Chips, I thank you in my heart for your beautiful spirit to keep this support for PBO spreading all over the world.

    Your work with all of the great minds who help daily give so much, and I love you all for this. {{{{{{{{{{{{ TY, my angel}}}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

  12. 42 hopefruit2
    June 4, 2014 at 10:36 am
    • 43 Don
      June 4, 2014 at 11:09 am

      Who the fuck else would they blame? I guess voting all these years for the Republicans that constantly did nothing about immigration is finally starting to sink in.

  13. 45 amk for obama
    June 4, 2014 at 10:39 am
  14. 46 amk for obama
    June 4, 2014 at 10:41 am

    gawdhelpmurka.

    • 47 anniebella
      June 4, 2014 at 11:06 am

      I hope the Clinton aides remind folks that Hillary was all for the Iraq war. Providing she was wrong about that and she can be wrong about this.

    • 48 57andfemale
      June 4, 2014 at 11:30 am

      Exactly what I predicted: the whisper campaign from the Hillary camp, chipping away at PBO’s actual record to make up her own.

      Notice how this storm has been raging for a few days before the brave Hillary sent out her whisperers to burnish her RW bona fides.

      Let’s be clear: Hillary is no progressive and never has been. The Clintons play progressive a bit on the campaign trail, but they are comfortable with GOP policies. Hillary is also uber-sensitive that she won’t look ‘strong’ enough – this has been true her entire career. It is simplistic and would actually set us back seriously in the 21st century.

      I’ll vote for her if she’s the candidate, but I really don’t think she is up to the job. She had a chance to match PBO’s greatness by rising to her own greatness in 2008, but she, with frightening ease, crawled into the RW, racist gutter instead. She is comfortable there and I will never view her positively again.

      • 49 amk for obama
        June 4, 2014 at 11:35 am

        Now tell us how you reeeeally feel about her.

      • 52 debz
        June 4, 2014 at 11:39 am

        I’ve noticed Hillary always waits until storms are raging before she speaks. Like her husband she waits for polls before making a decision. Everything that has come up since she left her job as SOS, she waits until after the fact to speak. The whisper campaign is typical Clinton BS. I don’t think she is up for the job at all.

        • 53 57andfemale
          June 4, 2014 at 11:44 am

          I don’t either.

          But I’ll vote for her if I have to; and if there’s an actual GOP candidate who could win it, I’ll work to get her elected. But I so wish we had someone better. More and more, I question her qualifications (not resume) for being a good president.

          Expect to hear that any foreign policy decision PBO made was ‘against her advice’, thinking those racists in KY are actually going to elect her.

          • 54 EricFive
            June 4, 2014 at 12:15 pm

            I totally agree. I don’t think she will win the nomination. She is a weak candidate and seems to have learned nothing from her 2008 defeat. Her need to overcompensate for being a woman leads her to make dumb decisions. Her insecurity makes her unnecessarily hawkish. The msm/gop can easily manipulate her into starting a stupid war

            • 55 57andfemale
              June 4, 2014 at 12:29 pm

              I don’t see her capable of learning anything – she has yet to understand or appreciate the greatness of PBO and only sees everything through how the politics will affect her personally.

              But the party doesn’t appear to be doing anything but waiting for the Queen to decide.

              You are absolutely right – she would be an easy tool for the RW, either militarily or in business, regulation, etc. Bill was a total tool for the RW and I see nothing in Hillary to indicate that she is any different.

              I think she will be the default candidate, unfortunately. I hope not.

      • 58 Don
        June 4, 2014 at 11:42 am

        She was for the Iraq war and against the strike against bin laden, now comes word that she was against the POW exchange. She batting 1000% in the being wrong department.

      • June 4, 2014 at 1:03 pm

        BooooooooM!!the whisper campaign from the Hillary camp, chipping away at PBO’s actual record to make up her own.

  15. 60 amk for obama
    June 4, 2014 at 10:41 am
  16. 61 amk for obama
    June 4, 2014 at 10:43 am
    • 62 Vicki
      June 4, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Chuck Hagel has been previewing that 6 Guantanamo detainees might be on their way to Uruguay.
      Cue Diane F. and the other “constitutional” experts—-“bwah wah wah—PBO didn’t tell us. Imperial President.”

  17. 63 amk for obama
    June 4, 2014 at 10:44 am
  18. 64 Linda
    June 4, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Oliver North suspicious that Obama traded a ‘ransom’ for an American hostage. No, really.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/03/1304166/-Oliver-North-suspicious-that-Obama-traded-a-ransom-for-an-American-hostage-No-really

    hahhahaha….they used his mug shot for the article.

    • 65 57andfemale
      June 4, 2014 at 11:47 am

      I was absolutely floored when I read this. I shouldn’t be shocked by the gall but this really is astounding.

      Oliver effing North is asking that PBO ‘prove’ he didn’t pay a ransom.

      Unbelievable.

  19. 66 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    June 4, 2014 at 10:46 am

    THE HATRED IN THIS COUNTRY IS HORRIFIC….MANY DON’T KNOW OR CARE ABOUT AMERICAN VALUES ANYMORE…THEY HAVE LOST THEIR SOULS.

  20. 67 JER
    June 4, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  21. 72 HZ
    June 4, 2014 at 10:48 am

    TOD family, a hearing is now live on C-SPAN on Student Loan Debt. The Banking Subcommittee on Financial Institution and Consumer Protection. Sen. Warren and Sen. Brown.

    I just got an e mail this morning about signing a petition from a long list of Dems.

    Also there will be a vote to advance the nomination of Sylvia Burwell, HHS Nomination at 12:00pm ET.
    Also Sen. Schumer made a wonderful speech on the Senate Floor just a few minutes ago. He said that he also will and do support the actions of PBO later this summer, if the Senate does not act on getting an Immigration Bill through.

    Lots of great things going on for all of us to get involved with these coming weeks and months.
    We Can Do This. HZ

  22. June 4, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD. Fabulous R&S, as usual Chips.
    I saw Donna’s call to action on the a earlier thread and would like to expand it to all the fundraising organizations, especially the DCCC, DNC, etc. Also any candidate’s fundraising team. They need money and the more they side with the GOP the more complacent people get. Please respond to any email or solicitation by telling them if they don’t support the President, no donation. It really does get their attention by hitting them in the pocketbook. Also, mention throwing the President under the bus in support of Hillary doesn’t work either.

    • 74 HZ
      June 4, 2014 at 11:14 am

      Jackie, you are right on it. I also mentioned that as well. I told Sen. Feinstein’s office person to tell her that I do not want to receive any more letter about fund raising from her or anyone else associated with other candidates until I see More Dems on the tv supporting POB. She was silent, but polite. However, I asked her if she heard me, and she said, “I do understand Ms.” I assured her that I along with a host of other like minded supporters will be watching. She said that she would pass my message on.

      I was not rude, but I was firm with my comments. We need to stay on these people 24/7 from now until Nov. They are throwing PBO under their chosen shining buses trying to get HC to the WH, and our president is Still President and in that WH. I told her that as well. See, we know how these people are thinking, but they believe that some of us are not listening and watching. They get a shock moment of reality when we just bring it out to them, loud and clear and still do it with respect. I will continue to do everything that I can to continue to make this ‘A Year of Action.’ along with our hard working president. HZ

  23. 75 Nerdy Wonka
    June 4, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Fabulous Rise and Shine, Chiparoo.

  24. June 4, 2014 at 11:00 am
  25. 80 dotster3
    June 4, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Just a personal note on math hate——my math teacher daughter was so impressed that so many of her high school students took the time and made the effort to write her sweet end of the year notes (along with giving her many sweet gifts including one of her faves—homemade peanut butter cups with the recipe). She read a few of them to me and almost every one expressed thanks for “somehow managing to make math fun” for them—–for the first time in their lives. And I remember one note ending with this which made me tear up a bit—–“what a wonderful world it would be if everyone was as nice as you.” Sob. She is a sweetie pie, if I do say so myself.

    • 81 mtmarilyn
      June 4, 2014 at 11:32 am

      Thanks for sharing that dotster3! How wonderful that the students wrote her notes. Teachers are so important. My son is also a math teacher and the students love him. There are great teachers out there. Students are learning.

  26. 82 anniebella
    June 4, 2014 at 11:03 am

    First Lady Michelle Obama announces the Mayors challenge to end veterans homelessness. White House.gov at 1:30pm

  27. 87 CEB
    June 4, 2014 at 11:10 am

    The political summer sillies have begun; as predictable as 90 degree days in Florida. All of the sound and fury will end in a whimper as it always does and PBO will keep on keeping on. I hope that he and his family will have a great uninterrupted summer vacation this year.
    On the personal front, trying to finish the remodeling before the dog days of summer begin in earnest. While I have been pleased for the most part with the results, I am so tired of having workers in and out of my home.
    Have a great day everyone and do not let the GOP crazies take your joy.

  28. June 4, 2014 at 11:19 am

    It’s June 4, 1944, I’m wondering what my Dad was thinking while waiting for what they knew was coming, just not when. . .
    We’re here talking about Argule Bargle. . .

  29. 100 Don
    June 4, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Oh Hillary, you never disappoint, you are turning into a cartoon character. Have you learned nothing at the knee of President Obama?

    • 101 CEB
      June 4, 2014 at 11:53 am

      She does seem to think that it is 2007-2008. Since that did not work out so well for her one would think that she would have learned how to run a modern campaign from a master. Oh, well, I guess you really cannot teach an old dog new tricks. I am so tired of her and Bill that i just wish the two of them would fade out of the public eye entirely. Everything that they have done has been in service to themselves; it is time for them and their supporters to move on. It is a new day in America.

  30. 102 Nerdy Wonka
    June 4, 2014 at 11:23 am
  31. 103 amk for obama
    June 4, 2014 at 11:33 am
  32. June 4, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Gorgeous photo:

  33. 106 JER
    June 4, 2014 at 11:39 am

    PRESIDENT OBAMA ARRIVES IN BRUSSELS TODAY.

  34. 110 Vicki
    June 4, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Looks like there is a chance for democrats to pick up Senate seat in Mississippi. Won’t that be something!!!!

    McDaniels, a TeaParty fave, appears to be a smidgen in front of Thad so a run-off may occur.
    There is polling that the Democrat, Childers, polls even with McDaniels.

    Think about it. A Democratic Senator from MS. Change has come to America. Even the possibility cheers me.

  35. 111 hopefruit2
    June 4, 2014 at 11:47 am

    But, but, but Diane Feinstein sez….


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