Rise and Shine: The Week in Photos, Videos & A Word Or Two

Photo of the Week? That face when the heckler started up – epic.




NerdyWonka: John Dingell: Great American



First Lady Michelle Obama greets students from Orchard Gardens in Boston, Mass. after the students performed at a luncheon for National Governors Association spouses, in the Map Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2014 (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)



First Lady Michelle Obama reacts as she introduces the cast of “The Trip to Bountiful” after a screening of the movie in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex









Liberal Librarian: Of subhuman mongrels and keeping away the gay






First lady Michelle Obama gives a hug at a Miami parks and recreation center during a visit to promote her “Let’s Move” campaign




First Lady Michelle Obama recites a “wrap” song written by students from George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, Va., about healthy eating







President Barack Obama speaks at Union Depot in St. Paul, Minn., about a $300 billion transportation infrastructure plan. Obama spoke at Union Depot rail and bus station with a proposal asking Congress for $300 billion to update the nation’s roads and railways, and about a competition to encourage investments to create jobs and restore infrastructure as part of the President’s Year of Action.


President Barack Obama and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, listen as Mark Fuhrmann, New Start Program Director of Metro Transit, shows them a ticket vending machine during a tour of the Metro Transit Light Rail Operations and Maintenance Facility

‏@petesouza: Potus shakes worker’s hand at Light Rail Maintenance Bldg in St Paul








Lovely Plains: My Brother’s Keeper


Pres Obama talks to grp of boys & young men who later appeared w him at “My Brother’s Keeper” event (Pete Souza)

President Obama and Christian Campagne walk into East Room for “My Brother’s Keeper” event (Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama signs a Presidential Memorandum establishing My Brother’s Keeper




President Obama reacts as he is introduced to speak by Christian Champagne, 18, from Chicago at the unveiling of Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative at the White House










Black History Month – by Nerdy and Donna


President Barack Obama is introduced by Shelly Ortiz from Phoenix, Ariz., at the first ever White House Student Film Festival. The event showcased the power of technology learning and the Obama’s administration commitment to bringing classrooms into the 21st century.


Right Wing Tears Sustain Me – by Liberal Librarian


President Obama confers w natl security advisors on situation in Ukraine (Pete Souza)



Video of the Week?





From all the TOD crew, 24 million thanks!

104 Responses to “Rise and Shine: The Week in Photos, Videos & A Word Or Two”

  1. 1 desertflower
    March 1, 2014 at 11:05 am

    the fun has drained out of the game. So has the substance. I used to get excited about the big issues we covered — civil rights, women’s liberation, the fate of the country’s great cities, the end of the Cold War. I loved the politicians who brought those issues to life, from Everett McKinley Dirksen and Howard Baker (Dirksen’s son-in-law, curiously) to Russell B. Long and Edmund Muskie, from Bob Dole to George Mitchell — all people who knew and cared a great deal about governing. Watching them at work was exhilarating. Watching their successors, today’s senators and representatives, is just depressing.

    I realized just how depressing last October, when Congress voted on legislation that would raise the debt ceiling — allowing the Treasury to pay the debts Congress had already incurred — and keep the government open. This was exciting, but perversely so. On Oct. 16, 162 members of Congress, 144 in the House and 18 in the Senate, voted “no,” votes meant explicitly to drive their government into bankruptcy, when there was a real chance that their view might prevail. Here was an entirely new style of public service, and it turned my stomach.


    • 2 desertflower
      March 1, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Do not pass this by…it’s a MUST READ.

      • 3 dee
        March 1, 2014 at 12:07 pm

        Excellent! His sentiments are so representative of my own. Get a spine, dem congressmen! Represent your constituents, back up the legislation you passed, and stop trying to appease!

        • 4 4morefor44
          March 1, 2014 at 12:32 pm

          df, normally i’m completely with you on things, but i didn’t really like this article. sure, he correctly describes republican lunacy, but he can’t stop himself from sneering at democrats too and perpetuating the “both sides suck” storyline, when nothing could be further from the truth. all the stuff he highlights as bad is 100% a creation of republicans and the media that covers for them. taking sheila jackson-lee out of context to imply she’s dumb? spare me. this kind of framing is so destructive in a subtle way, since you start hearing more and more comments such as dee’s above, where democrats allow themselves to feel dejected, when in reality they be the happiest they’ve ever been in generations!

          with president obama leading a liberal renaissance not seen since the 1960s at least, in the face of the most obstructionist congress ever, you would think he should be more energized by washington than ever, not dropping out. instead, like a chris matthews ode, he pines for the “good ole days” when all these white man were all so great and worked together. maybe what he’s really feeling is that “his america” is slipping away too, just like republicans feel, if you catch my drift.

    • March 1, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      Good Morning DF. I understand completely. I’ve been thinking about this. I never watched as closely as I do now, but I always felt almost everyone was working together to make a better America. When they are elected to federal office they are no longer state representatives, but U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives. They swore an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution, not their states, their party, or the bible or a corporation. As Judge Louis D. Brandeis said “The most important political office in America is that of the private citizen.” Let’s Move. 😊

    • 6 MightyPamela
      March 1, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      I read this article carefully before posting it to my FB page. While some elements of it felt uncomfortable, and somewhat stretched what is accurate and true, it seemed to me the overall lament is that our ‘leaders’, particularly the GOP and the tp, are in for the money and the power to control others lives according to their own ingrained religious beliefs, rather than the higher values of a proportionate sense of equality and fairness. He fails to separate the fact that there are more than a few in congress who are qualified, and do understand why they have chosen to take office, in both parties. The weight is still in the Democratic party to keep clear on WHO they are there to serve, while we have witnessed the bulk of sheer racism emerging and being cemented in the GOP, for the singular reason that (our beloved) President Obama is a dark-skinned man. Their very engagement in the vows of insurrection are proof of that. As a group, they choose to fail our country, as they choose to see the gift we are granted in the election and re-election of a man who is far beyond their comprehension of compassionate and capable achievement. Barack Obama is a man of the future. Incoming, we will see a fresh perspective, a group of young leaders who are not molds of the outgoing stale ideology. PBO is the example they will follow. For all of us, this is a time of remaining steady in our own Hope, in the center where our own Will is to level the plane of existence for all lives, and to Live that high standard each day, within our own Hearts, and within our own communities. The sense of Goodwill spreads out from each of us, creating a net of kind interaction we may all come to recognise and trust. This is the example being set by both PBO and FLOTUS, a more potent example of human kindness we have seldom seen. Certainly not in politics. It may be that in the decline of the ‘politics of old’, in the very visible want of the current and unproductive players, the seeds of a new political will thrive. Let us not turn away from Hope into fear. Fear is not to be considered when our choices are clear. Once a direction has been revealed, trust in wherever it may lead. Fear cannot follow ~ let us not follow it’s path.

  2. March 1, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Hola Chicas y Chicos!!

  3. 8 japa21
    March 1, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Chips, you are a marvel. That is all.

    • March 1, 2014 at 11:07 am

      But you know Japa, when I went through the week’s posts I realized Nerdy did 99.26% of them – I really need to up my game so Chelsea Girl can sleep occasionally!! Thank you Former Future Hubby!

      • 10 japa21
        March 1, 2014 at 11:11 am

        But if it weren’t for you, she would be toiling in anonymity somewhere. You are her inspiration, as you are the inspiration for so many others. I will ignore the last comment.

        • March 1, 2014 at 11:17 am

          Ah, with all that energy, passion and smartness, Nerdy would have burst through somewhere – blessed to have her here! Thanks Japa, it’s been a pleasure sharing the journey with you.

          • 12 Nerdy Wonka
            March 1, 2014 at 11:30 am

            Thanks, Chiparoo. Blessed and lucky to be here too.

            You’ve created a place full of wonder, information, great people.

          • 21 japa21
            March 1, 2014 at 11:30 am

            Yes, no doubt we are blessed to have her here, as with the other contributors, whether they be blog tyrants or just mere commenters. This is a remarkable assembly you have gathered, and make no mistake, it is you that has gathered and created the community. You are the foundation from which all else has sprung and the mortar which continues to hold it together.

            The future bride, former future hubby stuff has been fun. But, I say in all seriousness, although we have never met and probably never will, I am proud and happy to consider you a friend.

            • March 1, 2014 at 11:32 am

              Oh, I do hope we’ll all get to meet up one day Japa, that would be wonderful. Really, really touched by your lovely words, they are hugely appreciated – it’s been a joy, and continues to be. Thanks Japa.

            • 23 GGail
              March 1, 2014 at 11:42 am

              japa, I’m trying to eat my breakfast and read and you’ve made me stop because tears welled up in my eyes from your truthful words. I wholeheartedly agree with what you said about Chips: “This is a remarkable assembly you have gathered, and make no mistake, it is you that has gathered and created the community. You are the foundation from which all else has sprung and the mortar which continues to hold it together.”

              “in all seriousness, although we have never met and probably never will, I am proud and happy to consider you a friend.”

              • March 1, 2014 at 11:50 am

                Well, both of you are making me all teary now, as if I wasn’t sad enough already about Chelsea winning. Thank you so, so much GGail, you have the kindest of hearts, love ya gal.

                • 25 GGail
                  March 1, 2014 at 12:06 pm

                  Love you too Chips, but I want to know…can you tell which is a “happy” tear and which is a “sad” tear? Is one salty and one sweet???

      • 26 Nerdy Wonka
        March 1, 2014 at 11:28 am

        Thank you, Chips.

        This is a fantastic round-up of the week and wow, what a busy, historic, and life-changing week it has been.

        Congratulations on 24M blog hits! Woooohooooo!

        Freaking awesome job, Chiparooo.

  4. 27 desertflower
    March 1, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Looking back at the week that was on TOD…..absolutely fabulous!!! Thank you everyone that made this all possible and put this goodness out there for so many….WOW!

  5. 28 GGAIL
    March 1, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Awesome Chips, thanks!
    President Obama & his facial expressions say what he can’t say in words. HA!

    • March 1, 2014 at 11:21 am

      Say it again: ThankgodThankgodTHANKGOD we have this President handling this crisis and not a gaggle of delusional, short-sighted neocon-nincompoops.

        March 1, 2014 at 3:54 pm


    • March 1, 2014 at 11:31 am

      That response was pretty expressive. 😀 If those expressions could be converted to words, some or all of them might be bleeped — at least it would be if they were the words I would want to say.

  6. March 1, 2014 at 11:17 am

    24 Million + Congrats to Chipsticks and all the TOD crew!!!! You all are AWESOME!!!

  7. 34 debz
    March 1, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Congrats Chips on 24 million!

  8. 36 mtmarilyn
    March 1, 2014 at 11:31 am

    WOW, 24 million. What an honor it is to be a part of this wonderful community. The week that was in the R&S is awe inspiring. Thank you Chips and all the BT’s and folks who bring us light laughter and love, along with the truth and information. Thank you all.

    I am very concerned about what Putin is going to do. Will he really start a war? He is nuts.

    Update on all that is happening in Missoula. There has been 1 more small avalanche, it didn’t take out any homes, but they are warning all the people that live near a mountain with more that a 30 degree angle to be prepared for a snow slide. That covers 3 of our perimeters. Right now it is 0 degrees with a wind chill of -30. This is to go till tomorrow afternoon. Needless to say I am staying indoors. Also none of our 3 vehicles will start. We’ll get them going tomorrow. Plan to bake and maybe make some plum jelly.

  9. March 1, 2014 at 11:34 am

    24 million served and counting!

    Congrats, Chiparoo. This thing you’ve built is a marvel.

  10. 40 Nerdy Wonka
    March 1, 2014 at 11:36 am

    OMG!!!! OMG!!!! Thank you Chelsea! We’re number one! We’re number one!

  11. March 1, 2014 at 11:37 am

    WHAT A SENSATIONAL RISE AND SHINE…..OMY GOODNESSSSSSSS!!!..as my granddaughter would say….It is Good…

  12. March 1, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Well, Russia’s upper house has approved troops for Ukraine. This is what international relations experts term as “not good.”

  13. March 1, 2014 at 11:43 am

    And in lighter news, Manuel Pellegrini has been suspended by the FA for being a douchebag. Happy happy, joy joy.

  14. 47 hopefruit2
    March 1, 2014 at 11:46 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone. Congrats Chips on your 24M hit-milestone! Thanks for another fantastic R & S round-up (I’m still replaying PBO’s heckler video)!

  15. 48 desertflower
    March 1, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I want to have these men come for dinner. I would choke on my laughter, but they are just amazing:)

  16. 53 sherijr
    March 1, 2014 at 11:49 am

    wowzer Chips ~ 24 Million Congratulations AND Hugs to you and all the ‘blog tyrants’ Superb job!!

  17. March 1, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I am truly concerned about Putin sending troops into the Ukraine….scares me…not just for the people of Ukraine but for the rest of the world esp ..We The People….

    we got out of Iraq…looks like Afghanistan is next….got rid of CWs in Syria, negotiating with Iran….now this….with Putin…sigh..i pray that The Creator continues to bless our President with Wisdom…Courage…and Patience…for ALL of our sakes….

  18. 56 Paulita
    March 1, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Ms. Chipsticks – this blog represents the best the internet has to offer; IMHO.

    I am truly honored to be numbered with this community.

  19. 63 africa
    March 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Happy Saturday!!!

    Hiya Chips

    24 million reasons why I visit here everyday!!

    Thanks, Chips.

  20. 65 Nerdy Wonka
    March 1, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Chelsea….. I love you.

    My Chelsea boys?…..I love you and I want to do beautifully filthy things with you.

    Thank you…thank you…..THANK YOU.

    We’re number one! Welcome home, Jose Mourinho!

    Manchester United and Arsenal? Bahahahahahahahahahahaha……suckers!

    • 66 GGail
      March 1, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      Chips! please don’t let NW do the next New Post. I have a feeling she’s gonna turn it into a Chelsea celebration 😆

  21. March 1, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Ok, I’m officially worried.

  22. 74 desertflower
    March 1, 2014 at 12:07 pm


    ” When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves or figments of their imagination, indeed, everything and anything except me.”
    Ralph Ellison, “Invisible Man”

    Today would be the 100th birthday of Ralph Ellison

    This is a MUST READ.

    • March 1, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      The more things change …the more they remain the same…

      Last year LL wrote an essay in which he talked about whey we keep fighting the same battles over and over again…that the root causes of these issues remain…

      short of a revolution that truly alters the focus of our country…the OBAMA Coalition comes as close to a revolution as possible….the GOP and their 1% meisters see this much more clearly than many Americans…


  23. March 1, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    At a minimum ….

    Would imagine that our President will be spending his weekend in the situ room …

    • 78 GGail
      March 1, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      Bob, this seems to be the only alternative to war that Putin will understand. I pray it will be swift and severe sanctions!

      • March 1, 2014 at 12:49 pm

        Gail, if those types of actions don’t happen, fast, and include European Nations refusing to purchase or transport natural gas that flows from Russia through Ukraine, then what leverage exists to prevent all out war will have dissipated.

        Don’t know if we have hours, days, a week … when stuff like this has started rolling, in the past, it’s taken decades to recover. However, this is the first time since the Cuban Missile Crisis where the US and, in this case, Russia face off.

  24. March 1, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Heads up ….

    Calling UN Security Council

    Reuters — The United Nations Security Council will hold an urgent meeting on the crisis in Ukraine on Saturday after Russia announced plans to send armed forces into the autonomous Crimea region of the former Soviet republic, council delegations said.

    A diplomat from Luxembourg, president of the 15-nation council this month, said the meeting would take place at 2:00 p.m. EST and was being convened at the request of Britain.


  25. 87 japa21
    March 1, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    • March 1, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      And even though it’s been 5+ years that douche left a hideous legacy in the international community we’ll be living down for a long, long, LONG time: “Of sure, look what the U.S. did when it claimed it was threatened.”

    • 89 MightyPamela
      March 1, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      Even worse, kinship on a (so-called) Soul level. As if he has any idea what that means.

  26. March 1, 2014 at 12:23 pm

  27. March 1, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Consider this …

    and then, this …

  28. March 1, 2014 at 12:33 pm

  29. March 1, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    In case you’re wondering about Greenwald & other ‘progressives’ (cough cough) aka #emotarians …

    And, yes, those reruns will not play well ….

  30. March 1, 2014 at 12:45 pm

  31. 97 4morefor44
    March 1, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    putin is a long-time friend of the bush crime family. he has hung out with them at their vacation home fed cryin out loud:

    they are leaders in the military industrial complex and some of the biggest war profiteers ever, and have been for generations (also why I cannot give the daughters a pass…they owe their careers and fortunes to this family history). president obama has been driving them crazy by eliminating the various boogeymen these war profiteers have developed over decades. that’s why putin put himself back in power, so that he could start wars if need be, now that president obama has disrupted their plans. look at articles/photos of putin with the bushes and condaleeza rice and so on, compared to how he’s treated president obama. this is the only explanation for this, and it is why we’re seeing this stuff in ukraine and now and what putin was doing with syria.

    as soon as putin reappointed himself after president obama and mededyev were making good progress, i knew we’d be seeing these kind of actions in short order. i’m often wrong, but man, was i correct about putin’s plans!

  32. 98 amk for obama
    March 1, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    whiny nasally david gergen wants US aka Obama follow mcangry’s lead and talk war with putin. uugghh.

  33. 99 Nerdy Wonka
    March 1, 2014 at 12:56 pm

  34. March 1, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    FS Hague on his way to Kyiv in the next few hours ….

    Speaking this afternoon Saturday 1 March, Foreign Secretary William Hague said:

    I am deeply concerned at the escalation of tensions in Ukraine, and the decision of the Russian parliament to authorise military action on Ukrainian soil against the wishes of the Ukrainian government. This action is a potentially grave threat to the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. We condemn any act of aggression against Ukraine.

    I spoke today to Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov to urge steps to calm this dangerous situation. I told Minister Lavrov that Britain supports the Ukrainian government’s request for urgent consultations in accordance with the 1994 Budapest Memorandum signed by the UK, US, Russia and Ukraine. In the light of President Putin’s request to the Federation Council, we have now summoned the Russian Ambassador to the Foreign Office to register our deep concerns.

    I also spoke this afternoon to German Foreign Minister Steinmeier where we agreed on the need for international diplomatic action to address the crisis. The UK supports the proposed emergency meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, and we have already called an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council for this afternoon in New York.

    Yesterday I spoke to Ukrainian Acting President Turchynov and made clear the UK’s support for Ukraine’s new government. I urged him to ensure that the government takes measures which unify the country, and that it protects the rights of all Ukraine’s citizens, including those from minority groups, in a spirit of inclusiveness. And I assured him of the UK’s commitment to working with other international partners and institutions to ensure that reforms by Ukraine are matched by international willingness to provide economic support.

    I will visit Ukraine on Sunday to discuss these issues directly with the Ukrainian government. I will reiterate the UK’s support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine. I will also discuss how the UK can support the Ukrainian government in recovering improperly acquired assets. The EU must agree urgently an asset freezing regime to target those suspected of laundering the proceeds of corruption. On my instructions, the British Embassy in Kiev has told the Ukrainian government that we stand ready to provide Ukraine with technical advice on asset recovery.”


  35. 102 japa21
    March 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I was going WTF, until the last line

  36. 104 Nena20409
    March 1, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Wow ❗

    Unbeatable R&S

    24M Hits, well, What Can TOD say ❓

    Just awesome, that’s all TOD has to say…… 😉

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