Rise and Shine

Pete Souza: “Snowball in hand, the President chases Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel on the White House colonnade. To escape, Rahm ran through the Rose Garden, which unfortunately for him, was knee-deep in snow.” Dec. 19, 2009


Today (all times Eastern):

8:20 AM: Joe Madison interviews First Lady Michelle Obama, XM Sirius

1:15: Rev Al Sharpton interviews the First Lady


2:0: Jay Carney briefs the press

2:30: The First Lady visits Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling




People: ‘I’ve Got 3 Opinionated, Strong, Tall Women’

Sitting down for their annual interview with PEOPLE, President and Mrs. Obama reflect on the year’s difficulties, both in the political arena and the smaller challenges he encounters at home.

“I’ve got three opinionated, strong, tall women,” says President Obama. “If they get together, they can have fun about my ears or being too loud, or how I dress.”

…. The Obamas reveal that daughters Sasha, 12, and Malia, 15, weigh in on Mom’s fashion choices and have tutored Dad in using Instagram and Vine. And, like any kids, they are occasionally embarrassed by their parents.

“Malia had friends over, and there was a question about whether she was going to even introduce them [to her dad], because sometimes he gets a little formal, asking them about school and interests,” the First Lady tells PEOPLE. “She says, ‘I don’t know if my friends can handle that.'” Then she turns to her husband and says, “But she said that you actually did quite well.”

“I acquitted myself well,” notes the President. “I did not embarrass her.”

Full article here



Washington Post: California is averaging 15,000 Obamacare enrollments each day

State health exchanges are reporting a surge in enrollment — and consumer interest — as they near a late December deadline to purchase insurance coverage.

If November had an Obamacare surge, consider this the December deluge. California averaged 15,000 daily enrollments early last week, about double the sign-ups the state had in early December. New York is now seeing about 4,500 residents choosing plans each day and, in Connecticut, the number is hovering around 1,400.

With consumer interest seeming to spike, these states and others are increasing call center staffing by half.

“We continue to see a tremendous increase in enrollment,” says Lisa Sbrana, counsel to New York State of Health. “We’re averaging between 1,200 and 1,500 calls per hour and have seen a 34 percent increase in enrollment from last week to this week.”

More here



NBC: Patients pour on to successful state insurance exchanges

People are flocking to the more successful state health insurance exchanges in the final days before a late-December deadline, exchange directors said Wednesday.

So many people are calling in for help that states have had to beef up call center staffing, and insurers have agreed to let deadlines slide a bit so that as many people as possible can get coverage starting Jan 1.

In just five states – California, Connecticut, Kentucky, New York and Washington – more than 436,000 people are signed up for health insurance – more than in the 36 states covered by the federal exchange. But the directors of the five exchanges say what’s happening in their states reflects much of what is going on nationwide – people want health insurance being offered by the Affordable Care Act.

“We are seeing huge interest,” said Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California. “In the first week of December we had 50,000 pick a plan in Covered California. That’s an average of 7,000 a day.” Last week, Lee says, 15,000 people a day were signing up for insurance in California. New York is enrolling 4,500 people a day, Lisa Sbrana, counsel to the New York exchange, said.

More here






Statement by the President on the Budget

I’m pleased that with tonight’s vote in the Senate, for the first time in years, both parties in both houses of Congress have come together to pass a budget.  It’s a budget that unwinds some of the damaging sequester cuts that have harmed students and seniors and acted as headwinds our businesses had to fight.  It clears a path for critical investments in things like education and research that have always grown our economy and strengthened the middle class.  And it will continue to reduce our deficits at a time when we’ve seen four of the fastest years of deficit reduction since the end of World War II.

All told, it’s a good first step away from the shortsighted, crisis-driven decision-making that has only served to act as a drag on our economy.  It helps chart our economic course for the next two years, which means that the American people won’t be exposed to another painful and unwise government shutdown.  But there is much more work to do to ensure our economy works for every working American.  For one, Congress should pass an extension of unemployment insurance so more than a million Americans don’t lose a vital lifeline as they fight to find a job.  Today, Senators Reed and Heller introduced a bipartisan solution that would prevent a lapse in benefits that would hurt these families and deal an unnecessary blow to our economy, and I urge Congress to act.

I thank Democratic and Republican leaders from the House and Senate who have worked hard to get this budget done and look forward to the Congress sending me bills that fund our government and refrain from fighting old ideological battles.  And I hope this spirit of cooperation will continue into the New Year as we work to restore opportunity and broad-based growth for every American.


@petesouza: Pres Obama gestures during mtg w Gene Sperling and Treasury Secr Jack Lew


Steve Benen: Dems’ sweep in Virginia now complete

The recount in Virginia’s remarkably close race for state attorney general wasn’t quite complete, but the writing was on the wall. Rather than push the contest into the hands of state lawmakers or into the courts, the Republican decided to bow out.

…. Democrats have won all three statewide races in Virginia for the first time since 1989. What’s more, this is the first time in four decades that Virginia will have a Democratic governor, Democratic lieutenant governor, Democratic attorney general, and two Democratic U.S. senators.

…. So, for all the talk about Obama’s “year from hell,” his party just swept all of the statewide contests in this key swing state. Republicans, strategists, and pundits assuming GOP successes in 2014 should probably take note.

Full post here


My sides still ache after this:



Line of the week?

“Liz Cheney, the electorally challenged carpetbagging spalpeen of the world’s most famous rebuilt war criminal….”

Charles Pierce, of course


ThinkProgress: Why An Anti-Gay Court Decision In Texas Could Become The Next Great Gay Rights Victory

Texas is not exactly the first place that young gay couples are likely to think of when they are looking for a welcoming community where they can begin a family, but the city of Houston elected its openly gay Mayor Annise Parker (D) to three consecutive terms. Shortly after her most recent electoral victory, Parker announced that her city would provide health and life insurance benefits to the same-sex spouses of Houston employees that are legally married in other states — an announcement she deemed necessary to bring her city into compliance with the Supreme Court’s most recent gay rights decisions.

The chair of her county’s Republican Party promptly labeled her nod towards equality “one of the most egregious acts by an elected official I’ve ever seen.” Then he filed a lawsuit seeking to block Parker’s decision….

More here


Ishmael Reed (NYT): The President of the Cool

…. In 2010 Mr. Obama awarded the National Medal of Arts and Humanities to Mr. Rollins, the saxophonist. Oftentimes, there is a gulf between the people receiving this medal and the person conferring it. What does a president know about theater, or architecture?

Not so that day. When awarding Mr. Rollins the medal, the president said that his music had “helped inspire me, or get me through a tough day, or take risks that I might not otherwise have taken.”

I can dig it — an expression that is now considered corny.

Full article here


On This Day:

Pete Souza: “The First Lady, Malia and Sasha outside in the midst of the snowstorm playing with Bo.” Dec. 19, 2009

President Obama talks on the phone in the Oval Office, Dec. 19, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and Vice President Biden talk in a West Wing hallway of the White House, following the President’s statement to the press, Dec. 19, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama stands with Vice President Biden as he makes a statement on Dec. 19, 2012, in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House about policies he will pursue following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary

President Obama sits on the edge of the Resolute Desk during a meeting in the Oval Office, Dec. 19, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)



136 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 COS
    December 19, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Good morning .

  2. 6 desertflower
    December 19, 2013 at 8:19 am


  3. 7 vcprezofan2
    December 19, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Rats! Not enough time to put on my snowsuit before you guys traipsed outside!

    • 8 vcprezofan2
      December 19, 2013 at 8:25 am

      Thought we weren’t going outside till about 9:30 -ish. FOOLED by Chipsticks…..AGAIN! Grrrr.

      • December 19, 2013 at 8:27 am

        😆 We are early today VC, wanted to post before the First Lady’s Joe Madison interview – I’ll be waaaaay later from now on!

        • 10 vcprezofan2
          December 19, 2013 at 8:36 am

          NOW you tell me, CC! 🙄 Crucial info like this needs to be shared BEFORE the fact! I was actually laid back, relaxed, actually confident in the knowledge that I wouldn’t need my boots for quite a while.

          Anyhoo, THANKS for the explanation.. I grudgingly admit that this is more than I usually get, so thanks. 😆

          You’re probably shaking your head, thinking, ‘why do I put up with this?’ 😀 😀
          Truth is, I for one harass you often because you have a weird sense of humour…and I kind-a like you ……sometimes. 😉 😉 {{{{ChipsChica}}}}

  4. 11 hopefruit2
    December 19, 2013 at 8:29 am

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

    Thanks Chips for this wonderful Thursday R & S roundup! 🙂

  5. 12 Linda
    December 19, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Steve Kornacki did a really good segment last night going after the silly media/newspapers trying to claim the PBO has had the WORST 5th year of a presidency EVER in the entire history of this country….

    Ummm…..NO….that would be wrong……..


    • 13 hopefruit2
      December 19, 2013 at 8:41 am

      The problem is that Kornacki himself was part of the SAME echo chamber that help forged that bogus narrative. I will never forget when he went on and on about the “disastrous” ACA. I hate when these MSM pundits try to play “good cop-bad cop” AFTER the fact, when things are going well and they don’t want to appear on the wrong side.

      Don’t help to build a false narrative and then hypocritically act as though you were the sole voice of reason all along. I call BS on that.

      • 14 COS
        December 19, 2013 at 8:46 am

        Krystal Ball started out negative also, and changed later. There are so many pundit hypocrites.

        • 15 vcprezofan2
          December 19, 2013 at 8:49 am

          Good Morning, COS, and kudos on your very timely entry! 😀

        • 17 hopefruit2
          December 19, 2013 at 8:50 am

          Indeed COS, and that is so typical of the majority of MSNBC pundits. They go along with, even amplify the GOP-inspired negative narratives about PBO. They bring on sketchy, agenda-driven guests and do little to no push-back on their rubbish. And then when it appears that PBO is winning (which he usually does), they backpedal and try to pretend they were in his corner all along. I’ve seen this movie way too many times to be fooled at this point!

      • 19 amk for obama
        December 19, 2013 at 8:48 am

        Yup, the so called librul pundtwits change their spots faster than a chameleon. Never trust a single one of them.

  6. 21 amk for obama
    December 19, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Why do all the teen girls think that their dad will be an embarrassment ? I went through that phase too.

    /preemptive strike. I know it’s me and all, but still …

    • 22 jacquelineoboomer
      December 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Dunno. When my son’s three oldest daughters each got into their older teen years, they all went through the “Your dad’s HOT!” period with their friends. THEY were more embarrassed by THAT, than anything “stupid” HE may have said around them. Ha.

  7. 23 mtmarilyn
    December 19, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Love the R&S! Glad I had time to read it thru before off to a long day. Love all those great stories and the snow!!!!

    Have a great day everyone!!

  8. 24 Ladyhawke
    December 19, 2013 at 8:34 am

    1) The Positive and Negative Sides of the President’s NSA Commission Report


    2) Eight Corporate Privacy Invaders That Know Way More About You Than the NSA


  9. 25 utaustinliberal
    December 19, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Fantastic Rise and Shine, Chips. Great ObamaCare news and you’re doing better this morning. You didn’t CHEAT. I’m proud of you. The first step is admitting you have a problem.

    Question for TOD: I know Dec. 23rd is the deadline for people who want coverage on Jan. 1st, 2014 and the enrollment period lasts until March 31st, 2014. But if one is enrolled on Dec. 24th or 25th or whatever, when does that coverage begin? I can’t remember right now and I need to inform someone. Thanks.

    • 26 desertflower
      December 19, 2013 at 8:50 am

      Just had a live chat on Healthcare site: This was the response I got:

      If you apply between January 16 – February 15 your coverage takes effect March 1st

    • 29 99ts
      December 19, 2013 at 8:55 am

      We now need to work out steps 2 – 12 for Chips to follow 🙂

    • 30 vcprezofan2
      December 19, 2013 at 8:55 am

      Morning, Utal. I don’t have a definitive answer, but did spot this in the NBC link in the post…

      “So many people are calling in for help that states have had to beef up call center staffing, and insurers have agreed to let deadlines slide a bit so that as many people as possible can get coverage starting Jan 1.”

  10. 31 anniebella
    December 19, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I can’t seem to get the Joe Madison show, anyone know how I can? I am missing FLOTUS interview. Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. 33 amk for obama
    December 19, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Finally, some sense?

  12. 34 amk for obama
    December 19, 2013 at 8:39 am

  13. 35 utaustinliberal
    December 19, 2013 at 8:42 am

  14. 37 amk for obama
    December 19, 2013 at 8:46 am

    In case the admin wants to extend ACA regn deadline, say by a month to the roll-out issue, can they do it? Or they have to go back to the pathetic gop congress to pass an amendment?

  15. 38 GGAIL
    December 19, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family, especially Danny!
    This is a whole lot of good reading – at 5:40 in the morning 🙂

  16. 42 amk for obama
    December 19, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Apparently, first time since 1876.

  17. 43 dotster3
    December 19, 2013 at 9:06 am

    UN Amb. Samantha Power in Central African Republic where there is a religious bloodbath going on—–Christians and Muslims have been busy killing each other—-machete attacks—-a reported 600,000 have become homeless. She is there to try to de-accelerate this conflict, prevent another Rwanda.


  18. 44 desertflower
    December 19, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Well…THIS IS WHAT THEY DO!! They spend like damn drunken sailors when they hold office, then have selective brain farts about where the money went and who spent it and blame Dems…. WE know this, but the rest of America needs to get a clue!


  19. 50 Vicki
    December 19, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Good morning TOD. Oh boy!
    Just checked in with my new obsession the ACA sign-up page and NY and Conn. are both now in a new category.
    The category is enrollments have exceeded expectations!!! “Ahead of schedule”

    In CA officials have said sign-ups are more than 15,000 per day!

    You wouldn’t know it if you get your news from only mainstream sources but Obamacare is spreading its goodness bit by bit throughout our country. At TOD we all said this would go well and here we are.

  20. 55 vcprezofan2
    December 19, 2013 at 9:15 am

  21. 56 dotster3
    December 19, 2013 at 9:16 am

    In non-significant news, Hillary was Barbara Walters “most fascinating”? Didn’t watch, clicked on it once briefly and there was “fascinating” Snowden, clicked away—-fast– and never went back. What was so fascinating about Hillary last year, other than her makeover?

    • 57 jackiegrumbacher
      December 19, 2013 at 9:39 am

      Nothing, dotster. Barbara is a sick woman, so filled with hate, she can’t control herself.

    • 58 hopefruit2
      December 19, 2013 at 9:39 am

      Barbara Walters was severely and rightfully mocked on Twitter for this ridiculous “most fascinating” list. Her agenda with this list was so pathetically transparent and politically-driven. You can’t help but notice the strong anti-Obama theme in most of her selections on this list – from HRC to Snowden. It’s as if she and her producers sat down and thought up people based on their political history or political actions/positions relative to PBO as President.

      Barbara’s “Most fascinating” list could also be correctly called “My Obama Derangement Syndrome” list.

      • 59 carolyn
        December 19, 2013 at 9:50 am

        Whoopee! With BW’s retirement, we won’t be subjected any more to her absolutely moronic “Most fascinating people” list. Who is she to decide anyway? I’ve always thought her lists were stupid. Fascinating should be someone complex, of depth, who’s contributed something worthwhile, not a teen idol, or the latest reality tv dummy! Yes, her agenda with this year’s list is so obvious, it’s pathetic. She is WAAAAAY past her sell-by date!!!

  22. December 19, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Regarding the story about Whole Foods. One is being built here in (west) Knoxville. The company is not ‘hurting’ for business!!!!!!! Liar, liar, pants on fire. What else is new?

  23. 61 carolyn
    December 19, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Whole Foods built a store in OKC about two years ago. It is built on the edge of the most “exclusive” section of the city. I went once. It is the most pretentious, expensive store I’ve been to. Could not see the draw. The only good thing I can say, is that a couple of other grocery stores stepped up their game and provide much more fresh produce, cheese, meat now……..so I patronize them, and their prices are much better too. The owner is doing fine and could help provide health care for all his employees. However…..isn’t Whole Foods based in Texas? Not a state known for treating employees well or paying them well.

    • December 19, 2013 at 9:34 am

      Don;t know where it is headquartered. I won’t shop there when it opens. I went one time to the Whole Foods when we lived in Fairfax. Same impression you had, Carolyn. We have Kroger, Publix, Trader Joe’s and other very nice regional stores, as well as some wonderful local stores. Why waste my time going there?

      • 63 Layla
        December 19, 2013 at 9:43 am

        Austin TX I read

      • 64 Betsy
        December 19, 2013 at 10:02 am

        I love. Trader Joe’s. I never go to Whole Foods if I can help it.

        • December 19, 2013 at 10:10 am

          Me too. I’ve taken to getting a number of things there that I used to buy at Kroger……things like ketchup, mayo, steak sauce, some canned veggies (corn is great), hotdog chili, any kind of refried or black beans, eggs (natural), etc. It is so much healthier…..not a long list of ingredients you can’t pronounce. Cereal (high fiber) and oatmeal are always on my list, frozen veggies and fruit…….Obviously, I could go on and on. Do a lot of my shopping at TJ’s.

        • December 19, 2013 at 10:31 am

          TJs started out as this very cool shop in Pasadena and has really blossomed as a result of a great business model. A lot of their stock is overruns they buy from big name brands (including wine), so you’re getting the same product with a TJ label at a much cheaper price. They started adding fresh produce a few years ago and they’ve really increased their fresh meat and fish offerings. For bakers, their bulk semisweet and dark chocolate is really from Callebaut, a very good brand and the chocolate many bakeries use as their workhorse chocolate.

        • 67 nathkatun7
          December 19, 2013 at 5:31 pm

          Me too, Betsy! Reasonable prices, especially on fresh produce, wine and cheese. I also heard that Trade Joe’s employees are treated very well. This might explain why they are so friendly and so helpful.

    • December 19, 2013 at 11:30 am

      Morning TODers!

      The CEO of Whole Foods is a “libertarian” RWNJ who called “ObamaCare” fascism. He’s another billionaire who doesn’t give a rat’s ass about his employees, the middle class or poor people. He has lied about GMO’s in his stores. I use to shop there for particular items, but no more. Never again.

  24. 69 desertflower
    December 19, 2013 at 9:54 am



    Consumer data companies are selling lists of rape victims, seniors with dementia and even those suffering from HIV and AIDS to marketers, underscoring the need for tighter government regulations, a privacy group told Congress Wednesday.

    Add to this, the number of people who's credit cards may have been compromised from shopping at Target….WTF is WRONG with these people that these EVERYDAY threats are so much LESS important than a minisule chance of govt spying? SMH


    Millions of Target customers' credit, debit card accounts may be hit by data breach

    Of which, I could be one.

    • December 19, 2013 at 10:14 am

      Me too, definitely. Have shopped there a number of times since Thanksgiving…….more than usual. Why? Christmas shopping…..and I have a new one very close to me. 🙂

      • 71 symmetry11
        December 19, 2013 at 10:57 am

        Same here. My husband & I have made several purchases. I just made an online last night before reading about this.

  25. 72 amk for obama
    December 19, 2013 at 9:58 am

  26. 73 amk for obama
    December 19, 2013 at 9:59 am


  27. December 19, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Ohhh Donnaaaa…they are sooo cute….

    Congrats..to the Proud Grandmom!

  28. 75 amk for obama
    December 19, 2013 at 10:05 am

  29. 76 hopefruit2
    December 19, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Does that mean they will extend UI before they leave?

  30. 80 hopefruit2
    December 19, 2013 at 10:14 am

    There is somewhat of a lull in the media right now. Something tells me they are gearing up to stalk the First Family and manufacture stories about their Hawaiian trip – waiting for RNC/ROVE/Koch memo to be faxed in….

  31. 82 hopefruit2
    December 19, 2013 at 10:15 am

  32. 83 amk for obama
    December 19, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Nancy Pelosi has had enough of Darrell Collateral Damage Issa.

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is calling for a high level security briefing on the operations of Darrell Issa (R-CA), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, in which he would have to be forthcoming about what information he has released and to whom after he got his hands on sensitive documents surrounding HealthCare.Gov. It would then be up to the Department of Justice to make a determination.

    • 84 amk for obama
      December 19, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Issa finally got his hands on sensitive information about HealthCare.Gov that were it to be leaked, panelist E.J. Dionne pointed out, would make the site vulnerable to a cyber attack and would endanger national security. The release of the information could jeopardize the security of websites across the government, according to cyber security experts from across the administration IT departments.

      It’s also the kind of information that someone who had it out for President Obama and the entire Democratic administration could really use, if they had no scruples and maybe had a penchant for criminal activity. Darrell Issa just so happens to qualify.

      The Democrats are concerned.

      The administration asked Issa for a personal briefing in order to explain the security risks, but he declined to meet with them. So they had little choice but to escalate the matter, pointing out that he had not followed protocol in the procuring of the documents and his refusal to even listen to the security concerns “reckless in the extreme”.

      gop is full of fucking treasonists.

    • December 19, 2013 at 10:35 am

      YES. This is a very important and very necessary move to reign in the madness and megalomania from Issa. I would love to see his tactics exposed for all to see. GO NANCY SMASH.

      • 86 jackiegrumbacher
        December 19, 2013 at 11:34 am

        Good for Nancy. And if he releases this information and jeopardizes national security he should be publicly censored, shamed and charged, if possible. He needs a strong challenger next year, so he never again darkens the doors of a committee hearing again. And we need to regain the House, so Republicans never again chair committees.

    • 87 Lovepolitics2008
      December 19, 2013 at 11:43 am

      Issa obtained those documents from whom ? Some private contractor ? Or some “mole” within HHS ?

      There’s NOTHING, NOTHING that those traitors won’t do to block the ACA. They couldn’t do anything legislatively, they’re losing the political battle, so now it’s time for criminal activity.

      I don’t find the words…

      The bad guys are organized and powerful. Very powerful. It scares me sometimes to see how many dirty tricks they can pull off.

      Watch for the next hysteria re ACA: SECURITY of the data.

    • 88 nathkatun7
      December 19, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      Darrell Issa is a criminal! It’s a shame that he chairs one of the most important Congressional Committees. This man should be no where near any sensitive information. I would very much like to see the DCCC and the DNC target him for a vigorous challenge by pouring money in his district. In 2012, his Democratic challenger who was poorly funded, and had no meaningful support from the DNC and DCCC, received almost 45% of the votes. Issa can be defeated in 2014 if Democrats invest money and energy to mount a vigorous challenge to unseat him.

  33. 89 hopefruit2
    December 19, 2013 at 10:16 am

    • 90 amk for obama
      December 19, 2013 at 10:49 am

      I read today that PBO said they’re introducing a bipartisan bill reg UI today. Keller (nevada?) and some dem.

  34. 101 amk for obama
    December 19, 2013 at 10:37 am

  35. 104 cookemom
    December 19, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Well howdy doody all you O peeps!!! Another great getting ups day in TODville, heh???!!!

    I missed the debut pics of the TOD babies. They are precious and with all the cyber godparents here, they will be thoroughly spoiled with loving TODerismness. As a Ganna (combination of granny, grandma, nana which were already taken by 1st generation grandmoms), I tip my bonnet to our newest grandmother, DonnaO.

    Rev Al’s show comes on our local WVON station at noon. I’m assuming his interview with FLOTUS is cst becuase he’s actually in Chicago today. #2 will be meeting with him at a stop the gun violence event this evening. It’s being held at the Hyde Park High School where FLOTUS spoke after the Kadayah (sp) murder.

    Now off to ring my bells!!!

  36. December 19, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Ambassador has flown to the hotspot of danger in the CAR.

  37. 106 carolyn
    December 19, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Today is my darling husband’s birthday…..83. A year ago we didn’t know if he would be celebrating….but thanks to excellent surgeons, the pacemaker/defibrillator implant a year ago, he is thriving and his quality of life is better every day. The whole family is rejoicing. As all of you know, dads and granddads are very important. He’s had two heart attacks, one in 1989 with a quadruple bypass, and one in 2011 with two stents put in. He never came back after that until the pacemaker. He had a year of barely existi ng, and every night I would wake up six or seven times and lean over, put my hand in front of his mouth to see if he was breathing.
    I am SO thankful for Medicare, and our supplement, Tricare for Life that made this possible. I tell everyone who talks about health care, THIS is what EVERY American should have.
    So…….we are going to lunch today with our daughter, and dinner tomorrow night with our daughter and her husband and family. A joyous weekend.
    Donna…….those two granddaughter will bring so much joy to you!!!!

  38. December 19, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I just skimmed through and think someone said Christmas is in SIX DAYS??? WTF??? HELP!!!

  39. 119 cookemom
    December 19, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Theodore Wafer, the man who claimed self defense in his killing of Renisha McBride on his porch, will face 2nd degree murder and manslaughter charges.

  40. 120 japa21
    December 19, 2013 at 11:36 am

  41. 122 amk for obama
    December 19, 2013 at 11:38 am

  42. 129 dotster3
    December 19, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Even tho I’ve drifted away, I still love all the xmas carols I grew up with. I thought this was a sweet moment last night on Colbert with the wounded vet group MusicCorps, Aaron Neville and Stephen singing Silent Night.


  43. 132 Linda
    December 19, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    John McCain is on c-span 3 ” live ” at the Atlantic Council talking about the Ukraine…..

    Shouldn’t he be at work ?

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