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Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama greets Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., in the Outer Oval Office, July 28, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (all times Eastern)

11:10: President Obama participates in a town hall at the Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

(The First Lady was scheduled to deliver remarks and participate in a roundtable at the Summit, but I can’t find any time or link – will keep checking. Keep an eye on CBS)

1:0: Josh Earnest briefs the press

3:05: The President awards the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal (see here)

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The Week Ahead

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Trevor LaFauci (The People’s View): Looking Back: An American History Lesson from the year 2034

“Today’s topic:  The Obama Years.  First off, let’s generate some background information from you, the students.  What are some things that you’ve heard or that your parents might have experienced during Barack Obama’s presidency?  Call them out and we’ll make a list on the board.”

“He helped my Dad get home from Iraq!”

“He helped my grandparents regain their lost savings!”

“He helped my mom make more money from her job!”

“He helped give rights to my Dads!”

“He helped my parents save money with their health care!”…..

“Good, so the themes I have listed here on the board are jobs, rights, health care, money, and family.  Based on your own personal responses, how do you think the country as a whole felt about President Obama?  Call out some words that you think people used when they talked about our 44th President.”

More here

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AP: President Barack Obama to rename Young Africans program for Nelson Mandela

A program designed to foster a new generation of young African leaders will be renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela.

President Barack Obama, who has said he was one of the untold millions of people around the world who were inspired by Mandela’s life, is set to announce the name change at a town hall-style event Monday in Washington with several hundred young leaders from across sub-Saharan Africa.

The youngsters are participating in the inaugural Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, part of the broader Young African Leaders Initiative that Obama launched in 2010 to support a new generation of leadership there.

More here

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“Africa’s future belongs to its young people… We need young Africans who are standing up and making things happen not only in their own countries but around the world… We want this to be the beginning of a new partnership and create networks that will promote opportunities for years to come.”

–President Barack Obama
South Africa, June 2013

The Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. Fellowships provide outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. university, and with support for professional development after they return home.

More here

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David Grossman (NYT): An Israel Without Illusions

Israelis and Palestinians are imprisoned in what seems increasingly like a hermetically sealed bubble. Over the years, inside this bubble, each side has evolved sophisticated justifications for every act it commits.

Israel can rightly claim that no country in the world would abstain from responding to incessant attacks like those of Hamas, or to the threat posed by the tunnels dug from the Gaza Strip into Israel. Hamas, conversely, justifies its attacks on Israel by arguing that the Palestinians are still under occupation and that residents of Gaza are withering away under the blockade enforced by Israel.

Inside the bubble, who can fault Israelis for expecting their government to do everything it can to save children on the Nahal Oz kibbutz, or any of the other communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip, from a Hamas unit that might emerge from a hole in the ground? And what is the response to Gazans who say that the tunnels and rockets are their only remaining weapons against a powerful Israel? In this cruel and desperate bubble, both sides are right. They both obey the law of the bubble — the law of violence and war, revenge and hatred.

But the big question, as war rages on, is not about the horrors occurring every day inside the bubble, but rather it is this: How on earth can it be that we have been suffocating together inside this bubble for over a century? This question, for me, is the crux of the latest bloody cycle.

More here

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BBC: Gaza: Uneasy calm after UN ceasefire call

Sporadic attacks by both Israel and Palestinian militants have punctuated a lull in fighting after the quietest night in the 21-day conflict.

There were no Israeli air strikes overnight though they resumed in the morning after a rocket hit the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.

Earlier the UN Security Council urged a halt to hostilities to coincide with the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

Israel launched its offensive three weeks ago after a surge in rocket fire.

More than 1,030 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and 43 Israeli soldiers and two Israeli civilians have been killed. A Thai national in Israel has also died.

The Security Council called on Sunday night for an “immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire” in Gaza over and beyond the holiday period.

More here

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Jon Snow of Britain’s Channel 4 News on the children of Gaza

(Warning: some distressing images of injured children):

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Great Headlines of our Time:

‘Florida Lawmaker Drafts Bill To Require Every Student To Watch Documentary Explaining Why Liberals Hate America’

ThinkProgress

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Steve Benen: Congress reaches preliminary deal on veterans’ aid

As of Thursday, a pending bill to expand veterans’ benefits appeared to be just about dead. What had been a bipartisan issue had turned into yet another partisan food fight, with House Republicans rejecting multiple compromise offers and walking away from the negotiating table. The Senate Democratic caucus, led in this fight by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), was apoplectic, blasting House GOP lawmakers for killing legislation that should be approved easily.

If the goal of the Democratic outrage was to force House Republicans to reconsider, the apoplexy worked. GOP lawmakers, reluctant to get blamed for killing another veterans-aid package, were shamed into renewing talks, and last night, negotiators struck a deal.

More here

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On This Day

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan, center, holds the autographed basketball given to him by President Obama following their Oval Office meeting Tuesday, July 28, 2009, to discuss the outcomes of the first U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. Looking on at left is Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama bids farewell to Chinese Ministers in the Roosevelt Room of the White House after the first U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue on July 28, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama picks up his sub after meeting with five small business owners at Tastee Sub Shop in Edison, N.J., July 28, 2010. The President visited Edison to discuss the economy and urge Congress to pass support for small businesses (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama records an episode of The View at ABC Studios in New York, N.Y., July 28, 2010. Pictured, from left, are Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck (Photo by Pete Souza)

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First Lady Michelle Obama watches the swimming finals and medal ceremonies at the Olympic Park Aquatics Center during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England, July 28, 2012 (Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

First Lady Michelle Obama watches the women’s singles tennis match between Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic of Serbia at the All England Lawn Tennis Club during the London 2012 Olympics Games, July 28, 2012

.. with Venus Williams and former gymnast Dominique Dawes

Serena Williams gives a thumbs up gesture toward her sister Venus and First Lady Michelle Obama after she defeated Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic

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MoooOOOooorning!


126 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 COS
    July 28, 2014 at 9:42 am

    GM again Chips.

  2. 6 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    July 28, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Bringing this over from last:

    273-mile Walk for Rural Healthcare Culminates with Moral Monday Rally at US Capitol

    NAACP’s Rev. Dr. William Barber and Hundreds of Supporters Join GOP Mayor Adam O’Neal for final 3.8 miles into Washington

    (WASHINGTON DC) — On Monday “Walking Mayor” Adam O’Neal (R) will complete his 273-mile march from his home town of Belhaven, NC to the U.S. Capitol Building in the name of Medicaid expansion, endangered rural hospitals, and the Pungo District Hospital, which closed on July 1 endangering more than 20K people in his community.

    After entering Washington, DC, the mayor will rally with hundreds of his constituents and NC Moral Monday leader Rev. Dr. William Barber at the Upper Senate Park at 200 New Jersey Ave. NW at 11:30 a.m. ET. SaveOurHospital.org has posted a detailed map for July 28, 2014, the final morning of the 15-day journey – see tweet link:

  3. 7 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    July 28, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Just couldn’t let this go…

    • July 28, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Thanks, Alycee. We all know if this were a TP group, every camera in Washington (and beyond) would be right there. Sigh…….SMH.

      Sent you my daughter’s info. Hope you got it. :)

      • 9 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        July 28, 2014 at 10:38 am

        Yes, I got it, multiplied the suggestion by 7, (myself, 2 grands & 4 God-daughters). Will email you after my grandson leaves tomorrow.

  4. 10 No Child Left Behind
    July 28, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Good Monday Morning TODVille!

    (There is the photo of a beast up there that looks straight at me with its eyes!)

  5. 13 yardarm756
    July 28, 2014 at 10:04 am

    GOTV!!!

    • July 28, 2014 at 10:06 am

      Mooooooooorning Shipmate!!

      • 15 yardarm756
        July 28, 2014 at 10:20 am

        Ahoy Admiral. Have you set sail for the week ahead?

        • July 28, 2014 at 10:24 am

          I have indeed Shipmate, my sail is …. actually, I don’t know any shippy terms, you gotta help me here :???:

        • 20 Roberta in MN
          July 28, 2014 at 10:57 am

          GM Shipmate. my grandson just went into the USNSCC program. He is at Camp Ravenna, Ohio. for Seabee Combat & Construction School. Just finished up @ Camp Adderly, IN . for Search & Rescue. 2nd son was in the Navy in the late 80’s – 90’s. Grandson has changed a lot since entering this program. Love it. 2nd Son is actually getting in shape to put the uniform back on to be a Cadet Recruiter and teacher. So I am always interested in what you have to say and what Jim Wright does on Stonekettle Station. besides here . been reading a lot lately not participating. maybe will get back into doing that. Just wanted to let everyone know what Grandson & 2nd son is doing.
          Roberta

          • 21 arapaho415
            July 28, 2014 at 12:36 pm

            Roberta,

            Maybe your grandson will be headed out my way in the future.

            I used to live in an unincorporated part of Oxnard, CA near the beach, which is adjacent to Port Hueneme (Y-knee-me) home of the SeaBees. Would pass that sign quite frequently. I think I was right next to the base (no entrance from my street).

            My Dad was a US Navy lifer, hence growing up in San Diego, where almost everyone I knew had a father who was a lifer too. My student teachers were usually ex-Navy or ex-Marines on their second career.

            Congrats to your family and good luck to your grandson.

            • 22 jacquelineoboomer
              July 28, 2014 at 2:09 pm

              Spent a week near or in Oxnard once at a Navy conference – hotel with a lovely marina or something. (You can tell it wasn’t last week!)

    • 23 GGail
      July 28, 2014 at 11:06 am

      Good West Coast morning Sailor. I’m at my post (desk) and reporting for duty :-)

  6. 24 Nerdy Wonka
    July 28, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Even though you attacked Chelsea and Frank Lampard without justification this morning, Chiparoooo, :)

    I must say, this is a very emotionally impactful Rise and Shine. Every article and video resonated with me and gave me food for thought.

    Well done and thank you.

  7. 34 Dudette
    July 28, 2014 at 10:25 am

    • July 28, 2014 at 10:34 am

      The problem is you can’t get these people to stop voting against their own best interest.

      • 36 Don
        July 28, 2014 at 10:49 am

        You know, the only points I got on my SAT were from spelling my name correctly, we are past the point of begging people not to shoot themselves in the foot.

        • 37 Vicki
          July 28, 2014 at 11:16 am

          I don’t accept either Don’s or derbingle’s remarks.
          Where there is life there is hope. Enlightenment is always possible.
          The first rays of sunshine that penetrate may very well be a family member, friend, church member, co-worker talking about a person they know in a state with Medicaid expansion who has for the first time been able to see a doctor. a virtuous ripple

          Hope over cyniicism is the path to 2014 democratic victory.

          • July 28, 2014 at 11:33 am

            You’re right Vicki. It’s just that past performance has me a little leery. Maybe at this juncture in time they will have had enough of the lies.

            • 39 carolyn
              July 28, 2014 at 11:42 am

              For encouragement, look at the Kansas governor’s race. Brownback is behind the Democrat, Davis, by eight points as of this time. The people in Kansas, outside of the Johnson Co. wealth area, are fed up. He has destroyed the state economically and educationally. Kansans have always been proud of their educational system, and it has fallen to the basement with Brownback. No jobs have been created, the young people are leaving, and some people are actually waking up.
              Even Mary Fallin, here in Oklahoma, is not as far ahead as she assumed she’d be. As a friend at church said yesterday, she’s not as popular as she thinks she is. She made a big mistake in not accepting the funding and expansion of Medicaid.

              • 40 Vicki
                July 28, 2014 at 11:46 am

                Carolyn. I am so excited that Brownback as loathsome a Teabagger, C-Street Family RightWing zealot as you can imagine, looks to be going down!!!

  8. 41 Dudette
    July 28, 2014 at 10:26 am

  9. 43 desertflower
    July 28, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Good morning everyone:) WOW, WOW, WOW!!

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025300232

    What The ACA, and Kynect has done for Kentucky

    Take a peek…this is awesome!

  10. 54 vcprezofan2
    July 28, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Chips, didn’t you see my note about waiting til I returned?? Twinship sure doesn’t mean what it used to when I was growing up!

    Congrats, COS! You have definitely toned up them run-for-rhe-TODgate muscles! Well done and have a terrific Monday.

  11. July 28, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Have been in Facebook discussion about how the states have not been informed by the administration before some of the refugee children are brought to the state. Governors are very upset, Haslam being one of them. Copy of the letter he wrote to PO was in our paper Saturday. That’s what began the discussion. Thoughts???? Should governors be informed? Sen. Harkin expressed different take: If people know when and where the children are, they will show up there and do the same hate-filled things we’ve seen at the border towns.

    • 56 carolyn
      July 28, 2014 at 11:47 am

      That governor is lying, I think. We have over 1,000 children here in Oklahoma, and the governor was notified. They are at Fort Sill. The local media people even went to check out the conditions, which they found to be excellent. The governor has also visited and said conditions are fine.
      When the news hit, a few people were interviewed and said they weren’t wanted, because of “disease” but it’s quiet now, and the churches and Catholic Charities are making sure nothing untoward happens. They are sending legal and nutritional and educational help. This is pretty overwhelming, even for the feds.

    • 58 desertflower
      July 28, 2014 at 10:40 am

      Published on Dec 2, 2012
      Miko Peled was born in Jersusalem into a famous and influential Israeli Zionist family. His father was a famous General in the Israeli Army, of which Miko also served his time. When Miko’s niece was killed by Palestinian suicide bombers, you may have expected the family to put Palestinians at fault, but surprisingly they blamed the state of Israel, and their violent torturing and persecution for driving people to such sadness that they would take their own lives.

      • 59 0388jojothecat
        July 28, 2014 at 1:26 pm

        This video is long but it is a must see and hear. I plan to buy his book. This is just amazing the lies and fairy tales the media perpetrates. I think Is real gets away with because of the Holocaust but this has got to stop. We may need to protest not just with our feet but with our political will.

      • 60 Vicki
        July 28, 2014 at 2:30 pm

        This video tells the truth the whole truth and the surpise is that there are no surprises.
        Israel is about getting the land, all of the land, in Israeli hands. The agenda is ethnic cleansing and what this author calls de-Arabizing.

        The last 10 minutes Peled discusses America, Aipac and the bogus Iran Threat. And in 2012 says he doesn’t think POTUS is that interested in the slaughter and won’t do much for Israel in his second term. HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

        This was lecture was given in 2012 so except for Miko Peled’s utter mis-underestimation of PBO, it seems prescient today.

        In a nutshell, there is no threat from Iran, he says in 2012.
        Iran is the card Israel plays to distract the world from the real, actual, threat Israel is to the people of Palestine.

        Israel pulls out the Iran card to mask their intentions and keep their population confused and fearful. If Israelis object to what their country is doing they are called anti-semitic. Peled says depriving children deliberately of water is the crime here.

        So, what I think is going on now is that the US/Iranian rapport is the biggest challenge to Israel, EVER from the USA. President Obama is the opposite of unconcerned about Gaza, the palestinians and Israel. The Presidents actions show his concern.
        What is happening now is the long game to eradicate the racist murderous regime that deprives a population of food water electricity education money for 7 years encasing them in a 25 mile long open-air prison.

        It is a long tape and I am grateful to you df for providing it here.

  12. July 28, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Good morning, Chips, NW, all the fabulous BTs and TODville.

    Let’s get organized!!

  13. 63 Nerdy Wonka
    July 28, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Holy Moly. Thanks, Desertflower.

    • 66 desertflower
      July 28, 2014 at 11:08 am

      And a secretary to spell check. AND a filter on my mouth! Geesh.

      • July 28, 2014 at 11:14 am

        Absolutely, df. And have any of you heard the tape of SP speaking in CO? Stephanie Miller has played it many time this morning. She is obviously “drunk as a skunk”–I mean really drunk!!!!!!! Can you imagine if any Dem did this? It would be ALL OVER every media outlet 24/7. Makes me want to scream very loudly.

        • 68 desertflower
          July 28, 2014 at 11:20 am

          I would rather stick needles in my eyes than listen to that thing’s voice. Seriously. I did read about it though! Her drunkeness caused quite a commotion…FU, John McCain!!!

          Is your husband alright? Weather the storms on the trail ok this weekend?

          • July 28, 2014 at 11:44 am

            Yes, he is. He was at an Inn since Saturday night……in VT (Rutland/Killington area). He finally began walking about an hour ago. Rain had stopped for time being, but, of course, Trail will be muddy, messy and slippery. He’s aiming for 9-10 miles today.

    • 71 Layla
      July 28, 2014 at 11:18 am

      One of the comments on this article: ‘Just think… it’ll be nutritious! All that word salad…’ LOL

      • July 28, 2014 at 11:21 am

        LOL indeed. There is that………

        • 73 carolyn
          July 28, 2014 at 11:52 am

          Our daughter sent us the link to the video on Crooks and Liars. We both listened to it…….she was either drunk or on some very strong narcotic drugs. Every single thing she said was an out and out LIE. Tried to be funny, but I didn’t hear terrific reaction. She just went from strange thing to strange thing with no coherence at all.

          • 74 arapaho415
            July 28, 2014 at 12:42 pm

            I think she’s on drugs (IMHO).

            She’s as phony as a $3 bill and her specialty is grifting, having learned craft well from the mentor of all GOPers, Newt “Tiffany’s” Gingrich.

            P.S. – Chips no photos of Newt in lime green mankini, please, ;).

  14. 76 arapaho415
    July 28, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Heard on the radio a few minutes ago.

    1) @VP Biden is meeting with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister today.

    2) A truck has run over some pedestrians in LA’s Koreatown today, killing at least one person. :(

  15. 77 No Child Left Behind
    July 28, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Wow! What an introduction by this young African speaker.

    A warmth and beautiful welcome to our POTUS, the beloved Leader of the Free World. He doesn’t need to be shirtless to show his leadership. Take that Sarah-the-Idiot!

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  19. 81 Jeff
    July 28, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I like John Oliver way more than Jon Stewart. :)

  20. 83 No Child Left Behind
    July 28, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    What a very good townhall meeting with the President these young Africans had! Worth watching those of you that missed it.

  21. 84 Dudette
    July 28, 2014 at 12:23 pm

  22. 85 Dudette
    July 28, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    • 86 0388jojothecat
      July 28, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      How much they have grown into confident well adjusted and of course beautiful young ladies.

      • 87 anniebella
        July 28, 2014 at 12:58 pm

        jojo, Mom and Dad is doing a wonderful job, with Grandmom’s help.

        • 88 0388jojothecat
          July 28, 2014 at 1:15 pm

          They certainly have. Mrs. Obama and Robinson can and should write a parenting book. It would be a best seller indeed.

  23. July 28, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    • 90 vcprezofan2
      July 28, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      TY for sharing this, Mr. Bfr.

      I watched that town hall today while thinking, ‘I bet seated in the group are some of tomorrow’s African leaders who will never forget *something* PBO said here today, or *something* in his ease of manner, or *something* of his diplomacy, or *something* of his leadership style’. President Obama was chosen at this time not just to lead the USA, but also to lead the WORLD, and in spite of regressive leaders in certain areas he has been doing a great, and progressive, job laying a foundation for our world to go #FORWARD.

      May Pres O. be blessed and strengthened as he presses on, and may others walking forward with him be blessed and strengthened too!

      • July 28, 2014 at 1:20 pm

        “… in spite of regressive leaders in certain areas he has been doing a great, and progressive, job laying a foundation for our world to go #FORWARD.”

        Indeed he has, VC.

        Thank you.

  24. 92 anniebella
    July 28, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    POTUS mention that the Young African Leaders would hear from FLOTUS, but he didn’t mention the time.

  25. 93 kasai
    July 28, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Good Day Tod’s:-)

    This program is so dear and close to my heart…bursting with joy and tears as I watch my fellow countrymen/women..inspired by One and only one US President, that continues to do so much for Africa. God Bless him!

    Can’t thank you enough Chips….and everyone that contribute to this blog…

    Viva! Viva Obama!

    • July 28, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      It was a wonderful townhall Kasai, really really enjoyed it, I think PBO would happily have stayed there all day if he didn’t have other stuff to do :-)

      • 95 kasai
        July 28, 2014 at 1:11 pm

        I know…He has the whole world on his shoulders…Yet, he makes time for everyone, speaking to friends and family back home..most of of them believe that Africa is thriving due to what President Obama put in place since he’s been in office. They love him dearly and wish He was their President:-) Love how they call him “His Excellency” Yes He is and then some:-).
        (hugs)

  26. July 28, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    As countries in Africa, South/Central America, the Middle East, and Asia emerge from the effects of both colonialism and the Cold War, a certain amount of chaos is likely. I believe that President Obama has articulated his North Star when it comes to responding to that chaos:
    The people of those countries have the right to determine their own destiny
    Global norms and ideals must be followed and enforced
    We must face our challenges via partnership
    That’s an American foreign policy for the 21st century.

  27. 103 Nena20409
    July 28, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/press-briefing-press-secretary-josh-earnest-19

    Hello TOD on a Manic Monday.

    7-28-14……Josh “The Voice” Earnest LIVE at the WH Podium.

    Newsy and A Guest, didn’t get his name……on Ukraine and other subjects. In a hurry. Can’t listen. Trying to catch up with TOD since last night.

  28. July 28, 2014 at 1:11 pm

  29. 108 Jeff
    July 28, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Israel’s carnage is continuing, but trying to stay positive about the good things in life. Working on a story and keeping my mind away from reality for a bit.

  30. 109 kasai
    July 28, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Yes!!!! Carrying Madiba’s vision…I Love him! I Love him!….I can’t say it enough!

  31. 112 Nena20409
    July 28, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Just a marvelous R&S, Chips. Thanks.

  32. 113 Nena20409
    July 28, 2014 at 1:29 pm

  33. 114 Nena20409
    July 28, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Great News worth repeating……Over and Over again ;)

  34. 115 Nena20409
    July 28, 2014 at 1:35 pm

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    July 28, 2014 at 1:36 pm

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  37. 118 HZ
    July 28, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    GM/Afternoon/and Evening to my Chips and TOD family. Again, Chips thanks for this beautiful start for a new week in our lives with total respect and support for our beloved President, Barack Obama. I love this program and I always come away thinking about how so many of these beautiful young men and women will shape the continent of Africa and their countries within with much pride and innovative threads of greatness because of what our president presents to them in this format. What a joy to behold.

    I am so grateful to be alive and in the company of all of the brilliant and productive minds within this great family, the TODers. Chips, my life has been uplifted because of what you have created here, and I hope that you will be greatly blessed daily for your hard work . The brilliant minds who stand with you in this beautiful endeavor have many, many loving hugs from my arms today. Thank you all so much.

    I hope that today will be a wonderful new opening within our individual spaces to create hope, joyfulness of movement throughout our different communities, and a sense of calmness with a sprinkle of urgency to get our minds focused on the work that we have before us for moving our nation FORWARD with this great and decent man, our 44th President, Barack Obama.

    {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Everyone, have a lovely day, and remember to drink lots of water, especially those who are in the hottest spots of our nation. Keep loving and being gentle within your space.}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

  38. 119 Nena20409
    July 28, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    This picture thrills me always ;)

  39. July 28, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    i see so much flying past my timeline….

    what has happened….to break that fragile truce??

  40. 121 Nena20409
    July 28, 2014 at 1:56 pm

  41. 123 kasai
    July 28, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Department of State
    Washington, DC
    July 25, 2014

    On behalf of President Obama and all Americans, I congratulate the people of Liberia as you observe 167 years of independence on July 26.

    Liberia and the United States share a special bond dating back to the first days of your republic. Centuries later, that bond is stronger than ever. We remain dedicated to working with you to consolidate peace and reconciliation, support economic development, and strengthen democratic institutions.

    Next month, President Obama will host 50 African heads of state – including your own president, Ellen Sirleaf – at the African Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. We will discuss the interests the United States shares with the entire African continent.

    The United States believes that Africa’s future and the future of the globe are intertwined. You are at the center of two great promises of the 21st century: tapping the economic potential of all people and making an AIDS-free generation a reality. Achieving these goals is not just important for Liberia; it’s critical for all of Africa and the globe.

    Together, we will work toward an ever brighter future marked by economic prosperity, dignity, and stability for all Liberians. On this day of celebration and reflection, I extend my best wishes to the people of Liberia.

  42. 124 jacquelineoboomer
    July 28, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    What a gorgeous post, Chips, to greet me on my first visit here today (it’s all about me). Thanks so much!

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