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Rise and Shine



1:45 EDT: The President departs the White House

2:50 CT: Arrives Chicago

3:50 CT: Meets with community leaders to discuss immigration reform; Copernicus Community Center, Chicago

4:35 CT: Delivers remarks on immigration reform; Copernicus Community Center, Chicago

6:25 CT: Departs Chicago

9:20 EDT: Arrives White House


Nerdy prepared a beautiful post yesterday on the President’s day, but we held off because of events in Ferguson. So, here it is:





President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden applaud Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for his years of service as he announces his resignation in the State Dining Room of the White House



Stevie Wonder is greeted by President Barack Obama after receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a White House ceremony. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors


Actress Marlo Thomas




Golfer Charles Sifford


Ethel Kennedy


Journalist Tom Brokaw


Congressman John Dingell


Author Isabel Allende


Congressman Abner Mikva


Writer, curator, and activist Suzan Harjo


Robert Battle, the Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recieves a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama on behalf of dancer Alvin Ailey


Actress Meryl Streep


Stevie Wonder smiles while showing off his Presidential Medal of Freedom


Professor Mildred Dresselhaus








Happy Birthday, Stevie Wonder


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Rise and Shine

A boy listens to President Obama speak at The Community College of Aurora, Nov 4


Today (all times ET):

11:45: President Obama delivers remarks at MLK Boulevard, Madison, Wisconsin

12:0: VP Biden and Jill Biden deliver remarks at Claude Moore Park in Sterling, Va.

12:55: PBO departs Madison

2:05: Arrives Columbus, Ohio

3:15: Michelle Obama in Charlotte

4:10: PBO delivers remarks at Nationwide Arena, Columbus (need to check time for this – some schedules say 2:25 :???: )

6:10: Michelle Obama in Orlando

7:0: VP Biden and Jill Biden deliver remarks at the American Civil War Center in Richmond, Va.

8:25: PBO departs Columbus

10:0: Arrives Des Moines, Iowa

10:50: President Obama and Michelle Obama deliver remarks in Des Moines

12:0: Depart Des Moines

1:05: Arrive Chicago

(President Obama (and Romney) will both participate in interviews to air during halftime of the Monday Night Football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints. The interviews with ESPN’s Chris Berman will be taped earlier Monday)





Steve Benen: The voting fiasco in Florida reached truly farcical levels yesterday, with Dan Smith, a political science professor at the University of Florida, explaining, “We’re looking at an election meltdown that is eerily similar to 2000, minus the hanging chads.”

…. The early-voting debacle in the Sunshine State is deliberate …. Florida Republicans designed the system to work this way.

…. I’ll just conclude with Rachel’s conclusion: “It is frankly an outrage that there are forces at work in our politics right now that not only make this type of situation possible, but that make it inevitable – who see problems like this and go out of their way to try to make it worse…. If you are one of those people being forced to stand in those long lines tonight or tomorrow or on Election Day, honestly, your country needs you to do it. Your country needs you to do it, not only because it’s your civic responsibility, but also because there are people trying to profit politically off of you not doing it.”

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Michael Tomasky: Whatever the result tomorrow, voter suppression is one of the big stories of this campaign and its enduring scandal. The Republican Party before 2012 was a party that certainly did not want black and brown and poor Americans voting, so it’s long been officially racist and classist in this particular sense.

But up to now its measures were local and somewhat haphazard … now, though, in these past couple of years, the GOP strategy has been institutionalized …. For example, read here about what the secretary of state in Ohio is trying to do right now. It’s rather incredible.

…. Republicans: Are you really proud to be in a party that tries to rig the rules so that people who vote for the other side have a harder time voting? …. This is really a disgrace. The new Jim Crow, enforced not with burning crosses but with fountain pens, to paraphrase Woody Guthrie.

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Aventura, Florida


Charles Pierce: It appears that, while I was watching the president this afternoon, I missed another big moment in the ongoing mess that is the early voting being conducted here in the World’s Greatest Democracy, when all hell broke loose down in Miami-Dade county. The nonpartisan, but very conservative, mayor of Miami jumped in with both feet, with entirely predictable results….

Elections officials, overwhelmed with voters, locked the doors to their Doral headquarters and temporarily shut down the operation, angering nearly 200 voters standing in line outside — only to resume the proceedings an hour later….

…. Nearly all the voters stayed in line until a campaign worker reported her car had been towed from a private parking lot across the street. Scores of people ducked out of the line to check on their own cars. A second car had been towed.

My head may explode…..

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A Completely Amazing Day…..



Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi talks to President Obama through an interpreter on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, September 25

… with Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff



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happy birthday, first lady


best bet

First Lady Michelle Obama at the BET Honors 2012 at the Warner Theatre, January 14

….. with Maya Angelou

(L-R) Spike Lee, Michelle Obama, Mariah Carey and Stevie Wonder


‘celebrate the dream’

Text of speech here



People wait in line during sunrise for a dedication ceremony at the Martin Luther King Memorial on the National Mall

The Obama family examine a time capsule as they arrive for the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial


happy birthday blackwaterdog!

The Only Adult In The Room

I won’t reveal who tipped me off about BWD’s birthday (but her name is Symmetry)



my kind of town

President Obama greets Rev Al Sharpton as he arrives to speak at the 20th anniversary National Action Network Gala on April 6, in New York City

Former Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson gives a ‘thumbs up’ to President Obama

Spike Lee uses his smartphone to take a picture of President Barack Obama … and then his iPad:

Former New York City mayor David Dinkins greets President Obama


motown, take a bow

From left, Jamie Foxx, Nick Jonas, Seal and John Legend perform a medley during a tribute to Motown hosted by President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, February 24

Berry Gordy


Michelle Obama and Jill Biden

See 14:10 – hey, who said the President couldn’t dance?


what’s going on?

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during a student workshop event, ‘The Sound of Young America: The History of Motown,’ that brings students from across the country to participate in an event with Motown legends in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 24. Seated alongside Obama are (L-R): Singer John Legend, singer Smokey Robinson, record producer Berry Gordy and Robert Santelli, the GRAMMY Museums Executive Director.

‘The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House’ is live on the White House site (here) tonight, 7:00 PM EST

Barry Manilow. Oh, wait, sorry – Nick Jonas.

Any excuse to post this …. all together:

And for sherijr….hey, I feel like a DJ!

And, of course:


an extraordinary life

President John F. Kennedy hands a pen to his brother-in-law, Sargent Shriver, after signing a bill giving the Peace Corps permanent status in this September 22, 1961 file photo. Shriver was appointed the Peace Corps’ first director

Maria Shriver, Arnold Schwarzenegger and other loved ones carry the casket of Sargent Shriver into Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church

Caroline Kennedy escorts first lady Michelle Obama into Our Lady of Mercy Catholic church

Former President Bill Clinton, Senator John Kerry, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden attend the funeral mass for Sargent Shriver at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Potomac, January 22. Shriver died January 18 at the age of 95

Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul

Bono of U2 sings “Psalms 98”

Wyclef Jean sings “Psalms 98”

Anthony Shriver holds up a photograph of his father, R. Sargent Shriver

Bill Clinton comforts Anthony Shriver during the funeral Mass for his father

Andrea Mitchell

Former Democratic presidential nominee Senator George McGovern

Chris Matthews

Lynda Johnson Robb, right, daughter of former President Lyndon Johnson

William Kennedy Smith speaks with Ethel Kennedy, widow of the late Robert F. Kennedy

Cokie Roberts

Anthony Paul Kennedy Shriver (L), Bobby Shriver (2L), Timothy Perry Shriver (3R), Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) and other mourners carry the casket of Sargent Shriver

Glen Hansard and Stevie Wonder

More on the funeral here – Read Joe Biden’s remarks here


from california to the new york island….

January 18, 2009


can’t buy me love…. or votes

SFGate: Democrat Jerry Brown has amassed a 10-point lead in the California governor’s race over Republican Meg Whitman, whose negative ratings have reached record levels despite her spending $162 million in the largest self-funded campaign in American history, a new Field Poll shows….

….Brown, the state attorney general and former two-term governor who also served eight years as Oakland’s mayor, holds formidable leads among three voter groups considered crucial to the contest: Among Latinos, he leads Whitman by 30 points, while holding 16-point leads over Whitman among women and independent voters, the poll found….

…Brown leads formidably with women and has erased Whitman’s earlier leads among white voters and males; he now leads all categories in gender and age, the poll showed


from california to the new york island….

January 18, 2009







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