Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden in the Blue Room of the White House before the National Governors Association Dinner, Feb. 24, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (all times Eastern):

11:0: President Obama delivers remarks to the National Governors Association; State Dining Room

1:15: Jay Carney briefs the press

1:45: President Obama meets with governors of western states

4:05: The First Lady Speaks at a Screening of The Trip to Bountiful


The Week Ahead:

Tuesday: The President will hold an event on the economy at the White House. In the evening, he will attend an OFA event in Washington DC.

Wednesday: The President will travel to the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area for an event on the economy.

Thursday: The President will host an event on his ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ initiative.

Friday: The President will attend a DNC event in Washington.



Brian Beutler: The right’s sociopathic new scam: Using Americans to harm their own health plans

GOP-aligned groups are now exploiting innocent people who need Obamacare — by having them campaign for its demise

Every time an enemy of the Affordable Care Act promotes a new Obamacare “horror story,” the law’s supporters, and a handful of diligent reporters, are given an exciting new opportunity to assess whether the story really stands up to scrutiny, or whether it’s a product of exaggeration, ignorance, malice, prejudice or a combination thereof.

But at the same time, it places Democratic politicians on the horns of an awkward dilemma, because even if the story is completely bunk, it’s still a human tale, and no elected official comes out well by questioning a constituent who claims to have been harmed in some way.

More here



TPM: The Obamacare Hail Mary That Could Save The Senate For Democrats

The 2014 handicapping is underway, and the consensus is clear: Democrats face a tough battle to maintain control of the Senate. They’re defending too many seats in red states where President Obama and his signature health care reform law are unpopular.

They’re also at a structural disadvantage. Turning out the base, conventional wisdom and historical precedents say, is the key element for midterm elections, and Republicans have done it better.

But Democrats might have a secret weapon in a couple of those key Senate races. Activist groups and state lawmakers are working to get Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion on the ballot in Louisiana and Montana, where they have vulnerable candidates and GOP officials have refused to adopt the provision.

More here




Steve Benen: Susan Rice, vindicated, has no regrets

National Security Adviser Susan Rice appeared on “Meet the Press” yesterday, and host David Gregory noted that the last time she appeared on the show was shortly after the Benghazi attacks in September 2012. “As you look back at your involvement in all of that,” he asked, “do you have any regrets?” Rice replied:

“No, because what I said to you that morning, and what I did every day since, was to share the best information that we had at the time. The information I provided, which I explained to you, was what we had at the moment. It could change. I commented that this was based on what we knew on that morning, was provided to me and my colleagues, and indeed, to Congress, by the intelligence community. And that’s been well validated in many different ways since.

….. Rice’s defense has the benefit of being true. For reasons that have never been fully explained, she was the target of an aggressive smear campaign, which may have derailed her chances of becoming Secretary of State as President Obama began his second term.

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Steve Benen: Walker dodges questions on email controversy

At the National Governors Association meeting over the weekend, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), caught up in a new/old controversy, did his very best to direct reporters in a different direction.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) bridge scandal, Walker said to reporters in D.C., is “just beginning.” Christie “addressed it early on, but obviously he’s not out of the woods yet,” the Wisconsin Republican added.

It was a pretty obvious “Hey, look over there!” moment, but it didn’t have much of an effect…..

More here



Just when you think these people can’t be any more disgusting……

TPM: Senate Candidate Joked About Graphic X-Rays He Posted Online

The Tea Party challenger to Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) in Kansas posted on Facebook graphic x-ray images of deceased patients who suffered serious injuries and poked fun at the images, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported on Saturday.

Dr. Milton Wolf, a radiologist, told the Capital-Journal that the images were uploaded legally. Wolf’s personal Facebook account, where he published the x-rays, was disabled when he launched his bid for Senate.

Wolf would not say whether he continued to post such images to social media sites. “I’m not going to play these kinds of gotcha games,” he told the Capital-Journal.

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ThinkProgress: What You Need To Know About This Weekend’s Dramatic Events In Ukraine — And What Lies Ahead

After three months of protests turned exceptionally violent this week, supporters of Ukraine’s anti-government movement are now in power after President Viktor Yanukovych fled the capital city of Kyiv and parliament voted to hand over the president’s powers to parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchynov.

On Sunday, residents in cities from east to west took to the streets in droves — this time to mourn the victims.

Yanukovych’s whereabouts remain a mystery. In a video message released Saturday, recorded in an undisclosed location, Yanukovych compared the protests in Ukraine to the movement that brought the Nazis to power in the 1930s and refuted claims that he had stepped down, saying defiantly, “I am a legitimately elected president.” He then fled Kyiv, reportedly for eastern Ukraine….

More here



On This Day:

President Obama has a moment alone with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and Senior Advisor David Axelrod before addressing the Joint Session of the United States Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Feb. 24, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama hugs Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as he arrives to address a joint session of congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 24, 2009

President Obama greets Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as Vice President Biden watches on prior to addressing a joint session of congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 24, 2009

President Obama addresses the Joint Session of the United States Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C., Feb., 24, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama hugs Ty’Sheoma Bethea, a student from Dillon, South Carolina, who was pointed out during a speech by President Obama as he addressed a joint session of congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 24, 2009


NSC Senior Director for Russian Affairs Mike McFaul briefs President Obama in the Oval Office, Feb. 24, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks with family members of Ambassador Daniel Ohene Agyekum of Ghana, during a credentialing ceremony in the Oval Office, Feb. 24, 2010 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)


First Lady Michelle Obama greets, from left, John Legend, Smokey Robinson, Berry Gordy, and Bob Santelli in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House before the Motown Music Series student workshop, Feb. 24, 2011 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

President Obama talks with Vice President Joe Biden in the Oval Office, Feb. 24, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Recording artist Stevie Wonder receives a standing ovation during “The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House,” a concert celebrating Black History Month and the legacy of Motown Records, in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sits next to First Lady Michelle Obama as President Obama welcomed the National Governors Association to the 2013 Governors Dinner at the White House, Feb 24, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama announces the Best Picture Oscar to Argo live from the Diplomatic Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)



122 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 4 jackiegrumbacher
    February 24, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Good morning Chips and all early risers. I think our FLOTUS gets to pick a special treat or gift each year in compensation for having to sit next to the worst governors. Otherwise she is a saint who sacrifices herself to spare others. Either way, she gets my awe and admiration.

  2. 6 carolyn
    February 24, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Seeing the picture of Christie next to FLOTUS last year and thinking about what has happened to him, then seeing Haley and Pence next to her this year, I’m thinking each one of them better watch out! I think Bob is right……long term strategy.
    If they have secrets, they’d better watch out!

  3. 7 Roberta in Mn
    February 24, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Good Morning everyone. Gonna go back and look at all the pics. BBL tonight. lots to do today. 🙂

  4. 8 jackiegrumbacher
    February 24, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Thanks for the great R&S, Chips. I have to say that every article about how tough it will be for Dems to keep the Senate this year makes me see red. Democratic candidates should be out there fighting with all barrels blazing. The Democratic Senate is the ONLY congressional body looking out for the American people. And if Republicans had one tenth the accomplishments Democrats have had under this president they would be bragging about it on every street corner. Dem candidates had better not mealy mouth anything this year. We have much to brag about. Every article about our ‘disadvantages’ has to be scorned and used as an incentive to prove the article dead wrong!!!! I’m convinced that this is all about making the Democratic electorate discouraged and depressing turnout. Let’s fight long and fight hard to make sure that does not happen. Not this year. Not this time.

  5. February 24, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Good Morning, Everyone

    My day was more than a notion and it wasn’t even 7:00 am 😦

    And, it’s only Monday.


  6. 14 japa21
    February 24, 2014 at 9:48 am

    First of all, welcome from, once again, frigid Chicago. And have I mentioned yet just how much I hate this winter?

    Secondly, that top picture has two of the most good looking people in the world. The guys are okay, I guess.

    Thirdly, Chips, please post the link again for meta’s contest. And remember, you are allowed to vote once per registration on the site. However, registration is based upon email address, so you can register under different email addresses. Don’t make them up, but do think of different ones you can use, spouses, siblings, firends, children, parents. Not being Nerdy Wonka, I will leave out the one category she included. Ask permission to use them.

  7. 15 dotster3
    February 24, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Tamron Hall named official co-anchor of 3rd hour of Today Show. She is tearing up with the announcement now. Not sure what that means for her msnbc show.

  8. February 24, 2014 at 10:16 am

    MI congressional delegation set to change

  9. 19 japa21
    February 24, 2014 at 10:19 am

    I originally tweeted this last Friday night and I am doing so again for one simple reason.

    No, niot to make people rave over the cuteness of my grandkids.

    Rather, it is to make a point seldom made about the ACA. A lot of mentions are made, and rightfully so, about the benefits peopel get right now from the ACA. But I look forward to the future. Two of the kids in the picture have celiac disease which is something they will have all their lives. As a result, they would fall either into the pre-existing condition trap and not get insurance or have to pay through the nose for insurance if it weren’t for the ACA.

    It is not just the people who haven’t been able to get insurance before the ACA who matter (though I am not diminishing the importance of that fact) but also those people who may have insurance now, as kids under parents policies for example, but would have difficulty down the road when they become adults. There was that one poster of a young girl obviously being treated for cancer which has gone around and is, indeed dramatic. But it is the normal looking kids as well.

    • February 24, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Gorgeous sweet family, japa21. And you’re right about the need for healthcare for EVERYONE, affordable and without condition. Families deserve that kind access and that kind of security.

      All thanks go to President Obama, his team and Nancy Smash.

    • 21 donna dem 4 obama
      February 24, 2014 at 11:24 am

      What beautiful kids Japa. God Bless our President for being persistent against all forces to make sure that every family will have access to affordable health care throughout their lives.

      BTW the wee little one is adorable.

  10. 22 dotster3
    February 24, 2014 at 10:27 am

    I didn’t watch much—-but I will give Piers Morgan credit for his persistence in showcasing the gun violence in this country. He was almost alone among his peers in trying to knock some sense into the public about this issue. I think he was honestly and rightly horrified about the love of guns in this country and the resultant shooting deaths, compared to UK, and the apparent impossibility/refusal of Congress to do anything about it. And—–that persistence reportedly led to his unpopularity, a really sad state of affairs.

  11. 23 Nerdy Wonka
    February 24, 2014 at 10:29 am

    VOTE, VOTE, VOTE for Meta’s Pastry Studio.

    This is a new round of voting. This is the big time, folks. If you voted last week, awesome. But this is a new round.

    Use your email, get your friends to vote. You know that friends with benefits thing you have going on? Well, tell that person, you want nookie tonight? Then vote. No vote, No nookie. You know those shoes your friend has been eyeing for his or her birthday? You tell them, no vote, no shoes. You tell your dog to go tell the neighbor’s dog that no more play dates until the neighbor votes. You know that Starbucks barista who’s been giving you extra foam in your latte? Get him or her to vote.


  12. 35 Linda
    February 24, 2014 at 10:32 am

    I watched this yesterday …..it was excellent…..This man has been doing this for 30 years and said that PBO’s foreign policy is spot on.

    “A Citizen’s Guide to Terrorism and Counterterrorism”

    Christopher Harmon

    About the Program

    Christopher Harmon looks at the continued threat of terrorism today and talks about the Obama administration’s efforts to combat terrorism since the killing of Osama bin Laden. Prof. Harmon spoke at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC.


    Ignore the jerk from Heritage at the end…..he could not stop himself from dinging PBO over his dislike of ” perpetual war “.

  13. 36 JER
    February 24, 2014 at 10:42 am

  14. 37 Paulita
    February 24, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I believe the root of all the vitriol directed at this POTUS &FLOTUS is jealousy, pure and simple. Jealous and insecure people do crazy irrational things; (for instance, cutting off their nose to spite their face). Every time Barack & Michelle smile, something inside them withers. They are clueless in the presence of greatness and instead of trying to raise their game, they retreat further into the dark and small center of their soul. I pity them. That is all.

    • 38 jackiegrumbacher
      February 24, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      Paulita, I think that’s a big part of it. Nobody can match the Obama for intelligence, charisma, or speaking ability. They look at our beautiful First Couple and they look at themselves and the envy consumers them.

    • 39 Lovepolitics2008
      February 24, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      And FEAR. All the political establishment FEARS them. They sense that the Obamas are no ordinary first couple. The first loyalty of Barack and Michelle Obama is, and will always be , to ordinary americans. Not to the establishment. Not to the privileged few. The Obamas are feared because they have the power to change the status quo. The power of waking up ordinary americans. The enthusiasm of the 2008 campaign FREAKED THEM OUT. They had never seen something like this since the Kennedys. The awakening of ordinary citizens. Ordinary citizens not only working to elect a particular candidate. No. Ordinary citizens UNITING to make REAL CHANGE happen.

      Every single obstruction tactic has been about more than blocking a particular initiative. It has also been about deflating the enthusiasm for a fantastic, historic, transformative leader.

  15. February 24, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Good Morning everyone. Congrats Vivatera, great R&S Chips! If you have the chance to read Stonekettle and have the time and like his style you will enjoy this essay. If this goes into law there will be headaches for everyone.

  16. 41 Allison
    February 24, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Beginning Shortly: President Obama and Vice President Biden Speak to the National Governors Association


  17. 44 Nena20409
    February 24, 2014 at 11:16 am

    The Pic with Fluffy Christie sitting next to FLOTUS should have a caption; TOAST.


  18. 45 donna dem 4 obama
    February 24, 2014 at 11:21 am


    Did You Know That?

    In 1957 Daisy Bates an African American civil rights activist was the critical player in helping nine black students to become the first to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas? These students became known as the Little Rock Nine. Despite the enormous amount of animosity they faced from white residents of the city, these students were undeterred from their mission to attend the school.

    Bates’ home became the headquarters for the battle to integrate Central High School and she served as a personal advocate and supporter to the students. Daisy Bates guided and advised the nine students when they attempted to enroll in 1957 at Little Rock Central High School, a previously all-white institution. The students’ attempts to enroll provoked a confrontation with Governor Orval Faubus, who called out the National Guard to prevent their entry. White mobs met at the school and threatened to kill the black students; these mobs harassed not only activists but also northern journalists who came to cover the story.

    Mrs. Bates used her organizational skills to plan a way for the nine students to get into Central High. She planned for ministers to escort the children into the school, two in front of the children and two behind. She thought that not only would they help protect the children physically but having ministers accompany them would “serve as powerful symbols against the bulwark of segregation.” Bates continued with her task of helping the nine enroll in school. She spoke with their parents several times throughout the day to make sure they knew what was going on. She joined the parent-teacher organization, even though she did not have a student enrolled in school. She was persistent and realized that she needed to dominate the situation in order to succeed.

    On the direction on President Eisenhower and with U.S. soldiers providing security, the Little Rock Nine left from Bates’ home for their first day of school on September 25, 1957.

    Mrs. Bates was a pivotal figure in that seminal moment of the civil rights movement.

  19. 46 amk for obama
    February 24, 2014 at 11:24 am

    A new department at the Vatican has been created by Pope Francis to oversee its finances following scandals at the institution.

    The new ministry would study the “organisational and economic problems of the Holy See”, said the Vatican.

    An auditor will also oversee the department’s dealings, it said.

    In January, Italian police reported a senior Italian cleric was charged with laundering millions through the Vatican bank.

    Monsignor Nunzio Scarano allegedly planned to smuggle 20m euros (£16.5m) into Italy.

    Australian Cardinal George Pell will lead the new department.

    The Vatican said the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, which manages the Holy See’s financial holdings, would become the Vatican’s central bank, with “all the obligations and responsibilities of similar institutions around the world”.


  20. 51 jacquelineoboomer
    February 24, 2014 at 12:05 pm

  21. February 24, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Afternoon everyone, missed this for today’s schedule:

    4:05 PM EST: The First Lady Speaks at a Screening of The Trip to Bountiful

  22. 56 jacquelineoboomer
    February 24, 2014 at 12:12 pm

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  24. 58 japa21
    February 24, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    BTW, it looks like 24 million might well be hit this week, and definitely next week if not.

  25. 75 dotster3
    February 24, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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  28. 88 Linda
    February 24, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    WASHINGTON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to wade into the politically volatile issue of gun control by leaving intact three court rulings rejecting challenges to federal and state laws.

    The court’s decision not to hear the cases represented a loss for gun rights advocates, including the National Rifle Association, which was behind two of the challenges.


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  32. 98 amk for obama
    February 24, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel ‘to downsize US Army’

    The Pentagon is reportedly about to unveil plans to shrink the nation’s army to its smallest size since after World War Two, in a cost-cutting drive.

    An entire class of Air Force attack jets is tipped to be axed under the plans, as Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel outlines his 2015 budget.

    He is expected to propose trimming the active-duty Army to between 440,000 and 450,000 personnel.

    The US military is under pressure to downsize after two costly foreign wars.

    The number of active-duty US Army members is already expected to be pared down to 490,000, as the US prepares to end its combat role in Afghanistan later this year.


    Cue rw poutrage and bursting heads.

  33. 99 Linda
    February 24, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Tip to Ronan Farrow.

    Don’t use Gallop polling to make a point.

  34. 100 donna dem 4 obama
    February 24, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    When everything else is crazy in this world these bundles of joy make the world alright.

  35. 117 Lb4Obama
    February 24, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    There is absolutely NO WAY Ronan Farrrow is NOT Frank Sinatra’s son. I mean, come on. If Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra had a son he would look exactly like Ronan Farrow. He may have a good résumé, but he sucks on the air. Wonder how his singing voice is! LOL,

  36. 119 Linda
    February 24, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    CNN and C-span 2 are showing Sec Hagel’s announcement.

    Also here …http://www.defense.gov/live/

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