Rise and Shine

On This Day: “Shortly before Olivia arrived, Frank and I noticed a blurb in one of the parenting magazines .. if you send a birth announcement to the White House, you will receive a congratulatory note from the President. Since we had nothing to lose, we gave it a try and sent an announcement …. I checked the mail and found this … What a wonderful surprise!”


Today (all times Eastern):

1:20: The President delivers remarks at World AIDS Day Event, South Court Auditorium

1:45: Press Briefing by Jay Carney

The Week Ahead:

Tuesday: The President will welcome President Santos of Colombia to the White House for a bilateral meeting.

Wednesday: Delivers remarks on the economy at the Center for American Progress.

Thursday: Hosts a Hanukkah reception at the White House.

Friday: The President and the First Family will attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse.



Bob Cesca: As Healthcare.gov Bugs Are Fixed, the ‘Obama’s Katrina’ Script Continues To Be Shredded

It’s been 11 days since The National Journal‘s Ron Fournier wrote that Obamacare is President Obama’s Katrina. Oh, and it’s also his Iraq, Fournier wrote. Obama’s Katrina and Iraq. Both.

….The news media needs this. They need The Script to play out as planned because most of the major voices in the traditional press have argued that this is how it works. The second term curse. But in reality the only curse here is The Script. Instead of lying to readers by telling them that the response to a temporarily glitchy website is the same as the response to a deadly hurricane or an even deadlier war, when there’s absolutely no relationship between the three events is journalistically unethical and, yes, incompetent.

The incompetence is only amplified now that the problems with the ACA are being rapidly and competently resolved, contrary to the dictates of The Script. And I suspect The Script will continue to be shredded in the months to come. But I don’t expect that the Ron Fourniers of the world will acknowledge it or admit they were dead wrong.

Full post here



Kathleen Sebelius: Improvement dramatic over Oct. 1

Wherever I go, I meet Americans who tell me how long they’ve been waiting for the security of affordable health coverage.

The new Marketplace is an opportunity for individuals without employer insurance to obtain coverage — with choice and competition that was previously unavailable. Many Americans and their families are eligible for financial assistance to make insurance even more affordable.

Yet, far too many of those who have visited HealthCare.gov have experienced problems. These problems are unacceptable.

So we’ve been working 24/7 to make improvements, and more consumers are successfully shopping online and enrolling in a health plan each week.

As a result, today’s user experience on HealthCare.gov is a dramatic improvement over where it was on Oct. 1. The site is running faster, it’s responding quicker and it can handle larger amounts of traffic.

More here



Paul Krugman: Benghazification Begins

Healthcare.gov is much better …. the crisis is over — for Obama and the Democrats. It’s just beginning for the Republicans, who won’t be able to let go of the notion that it’s a criminal scandal, and that mobs with pitchforks will march on the White House if only they can find the right words.

They’ll try everything. They’ll hold endless hearings; they’ll get the usual suspects to publish many op-eds. Maybe they’ll get 60 Minutes to do a report that has to be retracted.

…. health reform is, almost surely, over the hump.

Full post here



Reuters: Manufacturing growth rebounds in November to 10-month high

U.S. manufacturing growth rebounded from a one-year low in November, while factory output grew at its fastest pace in 20 months, an industry report showed on Monday.

Financial data firm Markit said its final U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index rose to 54.7 from 51.8 in October, which had been a one-year low. November’s reading was the highest for the index since January, and stronger than the preliminary reading October of 54.3. A reading above 50 indicates expansion.

The rebound in the main index from its October level, which was negatively impacted by the 16-day partial U.S. government shutdown, came amid faster growth in output and new work intakes.

More here




Steve Benen: RNC reflects on ‘ending racism’

…. in the larger context, stories like these resonate because the party no longer qualifies for the benefit of the doubt. Too many incidents come quickly to mind: the Nevada Republican who’d embrace slavery, the North Carolina Republican whose appearance on “The Daily Show” became the stuff of legend, the birthers, the fondness for Jesse Helms, the widespread voter-suppression laws that disproportionately affect African Americans, the Maine Republican who wants the NAACP to kiss his butt, the former half-term Alaska governor who’s comfortable with “shuck and jive” rhetoric, etc.

The RNC, in other words, can’t lean on its credibility on racial issues to easily dismiss poorly worded tweets. The fact that the party can’t even say a nice thing about Rosa Parks without screwing up and getting itself in trouble only helps reinforce the extent to which race is a systemic problem for the party.

Full post here



Washington Post: Support for gun control helped a candidate win in Virginia

Political conventional wisdom has it that in a purple state, such as Virginia, support for gun-safety legislation is best played down. As manager of Mark Herring’s campaign for attorney general, I got a lot of advice. One of the things I heard most frequently was that we should soft-pedal his strong record and advocacy for sensible gun legislation. It would hurt us outside of Northern Virginia and wasn’t a voting issue within the Beltway, I was told.

Like much conventional wisdom, this was wrong — and we not only ignored this advice but did the opposite….

…. The painful and numbing record of senseless gun violence — from Columbine High School in Colorado to Virginia Tech to Newtown, Conn., and, during the heart of the fall campaign, the Navy Yard shooting — was the real determinant of voters’ sentiments. Our campaign pointed out the contrast, and voters lined up on our side. Even the NRA’s active opposition in its home state could not change the fact that voters rejected our opponent’s radical position on gun safety. Those perpetuating the conventional wisdom should take notice: In the end, voters were calling out for action on gun violence, and they flocked to the candidate who offered progress and a sensible, mainstream approach to protecting Virginians.
More here



ThinkProgress: How Texas’ Voter ID Law Could Lead To Six Hour Delays On Election Day

A provision of Texas’ new voter ID law could delay the amount of time required for hundreds of thousands of Texans to cast a ballot, forcing hours of delays at polling places across the state. Indeed, a ThinkProgress analysis of figures provided by the Dallas Morning News suggests that Texas voting precincts could require nearly six additional hours to process voters caught by this law in 2016.

In Dallas County, Texas, nearly 14,000 voters were delayed when attempting to cast a ballot, thanks to Texas’ new voter ID law. And that was in a low-turnout election last month where only six percent of the state’s registered voters turned out. In a presidential election year, nearly ten times as many voters are likely to turn out, likely resulting in ten times as many delays. In total, the voter ID law could force thousands of hours of delay spread across the many voting precincts in Texas.

More here



On This Day:

President Obama departs the Outer Oval Office at the end of the day, Dec. 2, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama and Ken Fisher of the Fisher House Foundation cut the ribbon to open the newest Fisher House at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on December 2, 2010. The Fisher house provides free housing to military families while their loved ones receive hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama watch Susan Retik and her daughter Molly light a Menorah on the second night of Hanukkah during a Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House, Dec 2, 2010

President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a meeting with newly elected governors at Blair House in Washington, D.C., Dec. 2, 2010 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Obama listens to former president Bill Clinton during a visit to a building under construction in Washington as part of the President’s Better Building Initiative to promote energy efficient buildings, Dec 2, 2011

President Obama listens as Hartford “Sonny” Black Eagle delivers remarks at the White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Interior Department in Washington, Dec. 2, 2011

President Obama smiles for a photo with a group Marine Corps Navajo Code Talkers after delivering remarks at the White House Tribal Nations Conference, Dec. 2

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama applaud as they attend the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors at the Kennedy Center in Washington, December 2, 2012



76 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. December 2, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Happy Monday TOD. Hope all is well.

  2. 3 MightyPamela
    December 2, 2013 at 10:07 am


  3. 4 amk for obama
    December 2, 2013 at 10:07 am

    So the admin was right all along.

  4. 7 57andfemale
    December 2, 2013 at 10:12 am


    • 8 57andfemale
      December 2, 2013 at 10:12 am

      Jees – not even the top 5. I was robbed by logging on.

      • 17 MightyPamela
        December 2, 2013 at 10:23 am

        Never you mind, 57, getting in there at all today was like one of those pinball machine games you still see here and there: lots of bumping around, WP saying you have already posted that comment several times!! And it still seemed I couldn’t get in, so I gave up and went back to answer email! And whadda ya know… A tie for the gold! Hope the rest of the day is as much fun! (?) HEADS UP: New Moon today in Sagittarius, 10.59, at 7:22pm EST. Now the real fun begins, those Sag types know how to party! 🙂

        • 18 57andfemale
          December 2, 2013 at 10:35 am

          Morning, MP!!!!!!! You in your new place? How are you feeling? You taking care of MP? Don’t make me come over there and pamper you……..

          • 19 MightyPamela
            December 2, 2013 at 1:48 pm

            Oh! Please do come, 57! A sane and sensible approach such as yours would do me a world of good right now! Pampering, huh, wha dat is?? Wuld I like it? Is there food involved?? (Unit #505!!) 😆

            • 20 57andfemale
              December 2, 2013 at 2:50 pm

              There’s ALWAYS food involved. But I’m sick of cooking and still have fudge and spiced cranberry jam to make for gifts.

              And thanks for calling me sane and sensible. I don’t hear that very often.

              Love you, girl friend.

  5. 21 hopefruit2
    December 2, 2013 at 10:18 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats Mariele on #1 🙂

    Thanks Chips for this wonderful Monday R & S roundup!

  6. 23 hopefruit2
    December 2, 2013 at 10:20 am

  7. 24 utaustinliberal
    December 2, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Great Rise and Shine, Chiparoo.

  8. 26 Vicki
    December 2, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Morning, all.
    On the last thread I mentioned that the NY Tmes was still complaining about the website. As if that were a bad thing.

    A half hour later it dawns on me that as long as WE are talking about fixing things for the country while the RWMSMGOPTP are concentrating on failure we are winning.

    The GOP message is doom and gloom.
    We are about healing and hope.

    2014 Here We Come.

  9. 27 Vicki
    December 2, 2013 at 10:33 am

    On another matter before BWD directed me to TOD I got the President’s daily schedule from Politico which bills itself as providing a minute to minute record of The Obama Presidency (!?!?!?!)

    These days they aren’t even trying. last time I checked they had as their main story Popcorn the turkey.
    What will the GOP do next to try to regain momentum? That is what scares me.

  10. 28 amk for obama
    December 2, 2013 at 10:41 am

  11. 29 amk for obama
    December 2, 2013 at 10:47 am

    The court rejected a petition filed by Liberty University, a Christian college in Virginia, which had raised various objections to the law, including to the key provision that requires individuals to obtain health insurance.

    The justices upheld the constitutionality of a the individual mandate in a 5-4 ruling in June 2012.

    • December 2, 2013 at 11:51 am

      Even the Supreme Court has had enough. Take the hint people.

    • 31 MightyPamela
      December 2, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      Those people can always skip the benefits of having health care, and pay the fines instead, right? Their bonus will be when they really have medical issues or are hospitalized, they get to pay out of pocket for all the excellent care needed to keep their sorry asses alive!

  12. 32 amk for obama
    December 2, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Jeffrey Zients, charged with fixing the troubled HealthCare.gov website, will be replaced when he leaves to start his new job as a top economic adviser to President Barack Obama, a White House official said on Monday.

    Jennifer Palmieri, the White House communications director, told MSNBC that Zients’ departure date as a special adviser for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is as yet unclear.

    Zients was chosen by Obama in September to take over from Gene Sperling as director of the White House National Economic Council. That job is supposed to start on January 1.

    “Right now Jeff is focused on the website,” Palmieri said. “He’s going to continue that for the immediate future. He will become the NEC director at some point, I’m not sure exactly the date.

  13. 33 amk for obama
    December 2, 2013 at 10:52 am

  14. 34 amk for obama
    December 2, 2013 at 10:55 am

  15. 35 utaustinliberal
    December 2, 2013 at 11:03 am

  16. 36 a4alice
    December 2, 2013 at 11:06 am

    sitting in a hospital waiting room waiting for my sister – no problem just a procedure. however on the way over I was listening to NPR classical and Mara Liasson comes on with not a bad article on #ACA but God love her, she just HAD to concern troll at the end. (“will it still be ok a week from now?” ooooo sooo worried) So I shot her a couple of tweets. When I can do it I’m not letting these knuckleheaded MSM types get away with this crapola:

  17. 37 CEB
    December 2, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Good morning TOD. Our president continues to bring “liberty and justice for all.”

    Note for Dudette: I love all of the gems that you brought to the Early Bird Chat. You are a wonder.

    Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.

  18. 38 Jovie
    December 2, 2013 at 11:22 am

  19. 39 Linda
    December 2, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I saw Anna Navarro ( CNN Republican pundit )on cspan yesterday and she told a story about CNN cancelling her appearance because they wanted someone who would ” pick a fight with Hillary Rosen ” over immigration reform.

  20. 40 japa21
    December 2, 2013 at 11:29 am

    GM all TODvillians. A very hectic weekend is now behind us and only 23 days until Christmas and a hectic time once again.

    Amazing how when I was younger time seemed to drag at this time of year, and now, when I wish it would drag, it seems to fly by.

    I can’t wait until the campaign season next year when the GOP goes all out against the ACA, which by that time will be extremely popular. I was going to say that they will all look like a bunch of fools, but they already do that.

    I get a kick out of people saying Pope Francis is a socialist or Marxist. He really has nothing against capitalism, but only wehen it reaches the point it has today, where income inequality is actually promoted by the corporate leaders.

    And it is important that we remember, when we talk about the good economic news, that there are still many people who haven’t benefited or benefited only slightly by the economic growth we are experiencing.

  21. 41 hopefruit2
    December 2, 2013 at 11:41 am

  22. 42 japa21
    December 2, 2013 at 11:42 am

  23. 43 Jovie
    December 2, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    FYI- for some reason the insurers are still trying to kill obamacare. They are still leaking crap and are fighting tooth and nail against it. Always have!

  24. 44 Linda
    December 2, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Shut the hell up Gibbs.

  25. 46 JER
    December 2, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    • 48 japa21
      December 2, 2013 at 12:07 pm


  26. 49 Nena20409
    December 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Chris Cuomo on TeaNN interviewing his brother, NY Gov Cuomo?

    Now folks how on earth does CNN live this one down? Wow. Seriously?

    The US press should be renamed for all the Objective Journalistic integrity left out the window many years ago. Seriously?

  27. 51 Nena20409
    December 2, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    TeaNN should just call it Quits.

  28. 52 japa21
    December 2, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    • 53 Nena20409
      December 2, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      Carol Castello on CNN today had Will Cain of Glenn Beck’s The Blaze and John Avlon, Rudy Guiliani’s former aide to talk about ACA. They don’t care for they still make Millions on just advertising alone. So they could care less anymore.

  29. 54 Nena20409
    December 2, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    In 4.10ys in office now, Pres Obama had conducted 617 interviews……TV, Cable, Radio, Internet, Print when compared with Bush at 217 and Clinton at 191.

    Simple facts. Lazy Media is still claiming lack of access and being shut off by pres Obama? They Lie and they repeat their lies 24/7.

  30. 55 japa21
    December 2, 2013 at 12:26 pm

  31. December 2, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Howdy doody all you O’s!!! “Sup on this great getting up day in TODville!!!

    So it seems at least BC/BS has decided that if you can’t beat em join em. They have been running very positive and informative ads on signing up for mandatory health care. Nothing like getting an early start on the competition, who will be dragged kicking and screaming to join the fray.

    btw, Gibbs is right, someone should be fired as he said, after the bugs have been ironed out and things are humming along. Someone/s left PBO in an awful position of having to defend his signature legislation. They had to have known how the MSM and ‘pubs would jump onto the least amount of inconsistency. He deserved nothing less than a heads-up so that he could have gotten out front of the whole issue. He could have cut the MSM off at the knees and made the pubs look inconsequential as he does do well. I say heads should roll.

    Now back to more positive news. PBO is still in the WH…..FLOTUS is gorgeous as ever……the girls are safe, secure, and quite the young ladies….and BO still rules. Side note…. where the heck is Sunny? Have they shipped her off to obedience school? Is she camera shy?? Has Souza yet to win her over? Is she just playing hard to get? Sunny where are yoooooouuuuuu?????

    • 57 No Child Left Behind
      December 2, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      While I agree with Gibbs, he could have expressed his counsel directly to the WH and not air them on TV.

      • 58 hopefruit2
        December 2, 2013 at 12:52 pm

        Gibbs is merely repeating GOP/MSM talking points by trying to suggest that someone in the Obama administration – probably Sec Sebellius should be fired. I happen to disagree strongly. I think the WH has long fired whoever needed to be fired. They are no longer using the same contractors or website builders. In fact, for all we know, they may be currently going through an investigation to determine whether there was any sabotage by any of those private contractors who were hired.

        But the MSM and GOP are not interested in unscrupulous private contractors being fired. They want a firing in the O-administration to prolong a “scandal” and to create in-fighting and bitterness within the Obama administration and Dem party. Similarly, Gibbs seems to be bitter since he left and is now working for MSNBC, not PBO. So his “advice” should be taken with the appropriate amount of salt.

        • 59 cookemom
          December 2, 2013 at 1:01 pm

          Not every issue is about the MSM, emoprogs, nor the pubs, when it comes to this administration. Gibbs is just pointing out that someone should have had PBO’s back and failed him. Gibbs have had shouting matches defending PBO and he hasn’t changed in that. He was with PBO from day one, before most folks knew his name. To think Gibbs have turned on him is just wrong.

          • 60 hopefruit2
            December 2, 2013 at 1:09 pm

            Let’s just agree to disagree here. I stand by what I said about Gibbs, and I continue to maintain that the media is far more of a threat to any well-being of ordinary citizens in this country than a glitchy website, or whether or not the administration fires someone.

            • 61 cookemom
              December 2, 2013 at 1:39 pm

              I never insinuated nor mentioned the importance of good and honest media coverage. We all know that the media is trying to set the narrative about this president. Gibbs is using those same media airwaves to denounce those who don’t have PBO’s well being at hand. There is nothing for us to agree to disagree on. We both agree on how the media is attempting to warp the minds of the masses and I hope we can agree that someone like Gibbs who was with PBO since he ran for Senator in Illinois would not do nor say anything to harm this president. To think that a person that loyal should be viewed through the same lenses as those who harbor ill will towards PBO is not justified.

              • 62 hopefruit2
                December 2, 2013 at 1:56 pm

                Trust me, I would be more than delighted to know that Gibbs is doing this all in the interest of the administration and as a friend to PBO. However, the issue of Gibbs’ changing attitude is not new. I have seen many expressions of concern, not just here on TOD, but on Twitter and elsewhere about Gibbs’ disposition since he left the administration.

                You are one of the few people who has defended Gibbs in that manner, so I can only conclude that as a Chicagoan, you may be privy to info about Gibbs that many of us simply aren’t aware of. We can only go by what we’ve seen of his behavior on MSNBC. And that’s how we’re basing our reactions about him.

        • 63 Allison
          December 2, 2013 at 1:02 pm

          I wholeheartedly agree with you HP.

      • 64 Nena20409
        December 2, 2013 at 12:55 pm

        I am Glad that Gibbs is speaking out. Why? Someone undermined this POTUS with the rollout of ACA. POTUS is not served well. With Gibbs speaking out and not backing down, then that information will eventually get to the POTUS. Those who work for pres Obama Know darn well that the TBGOPers and the media hate him. POTUS and Dems had the upper hand until this website overreaction. Not a way to serve a POTUS who has been undermined by the TBGOPers from the day he won in Nov 2008.

        Gibbs is bitter, not at POTUS, but at those who failed POTUS. That is why he is speaking and loudly. It took more than 2 weeks after Oct 16th before POTUS was able to get to the bottom of the healthcare.gov total glitch problem. It was then that The Fixer was brought in and deadline was set for Nov 30.

      • 66 cookemom
        December 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm

        Imo, not only should he have called for their firing publicly, unless it was Sebelius, he should have called them out by name. Gibbs was furious that some mope put PBO in that position. Remember, Gibbs had to fend off the MSM and the other folks who tried to embarrass PBO. He knows exactly who in the WH should have had PBO’s back. The least they could have done was to keep him informed and not subject him to the ridicule. I’m with Gibbs on this. PBO is not a shrinking violet. He would have been able to handle the negativity had he not been blindsided.

        There is nothing wrong with folks being called to task for this by Gibbs, or by anyone else, who we know only wants PBO to be successful. To me, Gibbs is publicly letting everyone that PBO is not the one responsible for the roll-out problems and that those who left him hanging don’t belong in his camp.

        Go Get ’em Gibbs!!!!

      • 67 nathkatun7
        December 2, 2013 at 6:49 pm

        NCLB, I agree with you 100%! My grandma taught me that family members do not wash their dirty linen in public. Gibbs may be genuinely pissed with the glitchy roll-out of healthcare website, but I am sure he still enjoys direct access to the President to voice his concerns, frustrations and recommendations. The was no need for him to aid and abate the enemies of the President. So why did he have to give them more ammunition and political cover to attack the President? Of all the people, Gibbs, of all the people, should know very well how our unethical vulture media operate.

    • 68 Pam S. in WV
      December 2, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      Sunny and Bo both helped FLOTUS and the girls receive the White House Christmas tree on Friday–there’s video in a previous post.

  32. 70 Nena20409
    December 2, 2013 at 12:40 pm


    Three African-American students who were waiting for a school bus in Rochester, New York were arrested on Wednesday morning when police officer told them to “disperse,” even though witnesses said they did nothing wrong.

    According to WROC, basketball coach Jacob Scott had arranged for a school bus to pick up the boys to take them to a scrimmage on a day when school was closed.

    A police report claimed that the boys were blocking “pedestrian traffic while standing on a public sidewalk…preventing free passage of citizens walking by and attempting to enter and exit a store…Your complainant gave several lawful clear and concise orders for the group to disperse and leave the area without complaince [sic].”


    RNC toild Us that Racism ended in 1995. Hmm?

  33. 71 japa21
    December 2, 2013 at 12:54 pm

  34. December 2, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Hey, my tweet got featured billing this morning!
    Thank you Chips! I’m humbled! 😀

  35. 76 SeattleGirl
    December 3, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Regarding the congratulatory note from the President and Mrs. Obama, my daughter and son-in-law got one from them after my granddaughter was born. How cool is that?

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