Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are welcomed by school children at the SEED School in Washington, D.C., after signing of the Kennedy Service Act for National Service, April 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)



10:40 AM EST: President Obama and the First Family attend the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll


The President’s Schedule: April 21-29 here


Live Streaming

(Streaming is over, videos removed – see later posts for all your Easter Egg Roll Needs!)


On This Day

Senator Obama exchanges a glance with his wife Michelle during a rally at University of Pittsburgh, April 21, 2008

Sen. Obama waits for his turn to address his supporters at the Peterson Event Center in Pittsburgh on April 21, 2008, the eve of the Pennsylvania Primary election


President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet guests in the Oval Office April 21, 2009, including former President Bill Clinton, U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, along with Vice President Joe Biden (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama meets with President Bill Clinton in the Oval Office, April 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are welcomed by school children at the SEED School in Washington, D.C., after signing of the Kennedy Service Act for National Service, April 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama hosts former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Dr. Jill Biden and Maria Eitel, new CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, at the White House April 21, 2009 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

President Obama escorts King Abdullah of Jordan to his motorcade following a meeting in the Oval office at the White House, April 21, 2009

White House Deputy Director of Oval Office Operations Brian Mosteller attempts to protect his shoes as he plays with the Obama family dog “Bo” in the Cabinet Room at the White House April 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama shares a laugh with Sen. Edward Kennedy before signing the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act at the SEED Public Charter School on April 21, 2009

President Obama hands a pen used to sign the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act to Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-MA, at the SEED Public Charter School on April 21, 2009

President Obama and Senator Ted Kennedy walk on the grounds of the White House, before signing of the Kennedy Service Act at the SEED School in Washington D.C., April 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama participate in a tree planting event at the Kenilworth Aquatic Garden in Washington on April 21, 2009


First Lady Michelle Obama exercises with students and Olympic athletes during a Let’s Move event at the River Terrace Elementary School in Washington, D.C., April 21, 2010 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

  President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet members of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey team in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, April 21, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama participates in a health care implementation meeting in the Oval Office, April 21, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama walks to the motorcade from Marine One after arriving at the Barrington Recreation Center landing zone in Los Angeles, Calif., April 21, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama poses with Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban with players from the NCAA national championship team on the South Lawn of the White House, April 19, 2012


Happy Easter Monday everyone – I’m waaaay too lazy to do a newsie round-up, so just enjoy the Easter Egg Roll!

114 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 carla4obama
    April 21, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Isn’t she lovely….

  2. 6 Dudette
    April 21, 2014 at 8:29 am

  3. 7 amk for obama
    April 21, 2014 at 8:31 am

  4. 9 hopefruit2
    April 21, 2014 at 8:31 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats carla on #1 🙂 Happy Easter Egg Roll Day everyone!! Thanks Chips for a very early and info-jammed Monday R & S!

  5. 10 hopefruit2
    April 21, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Is it me or is Bubba eyeing the First Lady from an angle in one of these pics? 😦

  6. 13 Roberta in MN
    April 21, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Good motning everyone. Wonderful pics this morning. I wonder if Bill Clinton had some green envy when he was visiting the WH.
    I was watching C-Span- Journal this morning and the had a guy on there talking about our Presidents trip to Asia. What he a negative BS’er. Apparently the GOP has gone on a “fact” finding trip already ahead of the President. Guess what , every time they do that trouble Leays follows & they try to hi jack what the President is trying to accomplish . Any thoughts on that? McCain & buddies were in Liev just before a hell broke loose, the same with Bengazi if my memory serves me right.

    • 14 Linda
      April 21, 2014 at 8:57 am

      c-span leans right ….especially the book tv series on weekends.

      Yesterday that had Jim DeMint. and Newsmakers had Tim Pawlenty. Two losers

    • 15 jackiegrumbacher
      April 21, 2014 at 9:04 am

      Roberta, as usua,l the feckless GOP will try to upstage the president, but they will fail. Asian leaders know even better than many Americans who is the boss and who are the asses.

      • 16 carolyn
        April 21, 2014 at 9:22 am

        They of course didn’t do this with GWB, because even they knew he would do something to embarrass himself or the country and did not want to be associated with him. They know nothing untoward will happen with PBO, and they want to get some reflected glory from him. They are SO stupid…..

        OT…..every time I see pictures of the Oval Office pre Obama makeover, I notice how sterile and unwelcoming it looks, then contrast it with the warmth it exudes now, not just the people in it, but the décor. It looks welcoming now, and not stuffy.

  7. 17 hopefruit2
    April 21, 2014 at 8:39 am

  8. 18 hopefruit2
    April 21, 2014 at 8:44 am

  9. 23 Linda
    April 21, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Send an email to: David Brooks


    I just sent him the article I posted yesterday about him and asked ” Who has a Manhood Problem, Mr. Brooks”? You were not even Man Enough to deal with it and just sat there .

    David Brooks: A Republican senator put ‘his hand on my inner thigh’ for a ‘whole’ dinner party.


    • 24 jackiegrumbacher
      April 21, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Good for you, Linda. Frankly, I don’t know any many who would sit there and take it. You remove the hand, you say something, or you get up and move. What a loser.

      • 25 Layla
        April 21, 2014 at 9:08 am

        ..unless he LOVED it!!!!! Who was this senator is what I want to know……

        • 26 0388jojothecat
          April 21, 2014 at 9:19 am

          I see brooks and lady Lindsey Graham. Brooks just got divorced in 2013 and he’s supposed to be opposed to it. I have a feeling Mr brooks will be coming out soon….

      • April 21, 2014 at 10:54 am

        Not only is Brooks not “manly” in this op-ed piece, he’s not even “girly,” LOL.

        How many women would write those words anywhere, let alone a nationwide audience of millions?

        These are the type of situations that young women deal with on a regular basis.

        Self-absorbed and unself-aware MSM. Bah.

  10. 29 Dudette
    April 21, 2014 at 9:01 am

  11. April 21, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

    Can’t wait to see the pics from the WH Easter Egg Roll 2014 🙂

  12. 31 Dudette
    April 21, 2014 at 9:03 am

    VPOTUS has landed in Kiev

  13. 34 Dudette
    April 21, 2014 at 9:05 am

  14. 35 Dudette
    April 21, 2014 at 9:09 am

    • 36 jackiegrumbacher
      April 21, 2014 at 9:19 am

      Dudette, it’s amazing to think that since the internet evasion hasn’t been possible. Even as late as the 90’s it would have been possible to dupe people with stunts like this because internet usage wasn’t ubiquitous and we didn’t have all the portable devices we have now. You can’t run and you can’t disguise in today’s world because someone, somewhere is going to see you and make sure the whole world knows about it. All of those tyrants who rely on military intimidation and propaganda for their power, are exposed by 21rst century technology

    • 39 anniebella
      April 21, 2014 at 9:24 am

      Was there ever any question that Putin was behind all of this stuff.

    • April 21, 2014 at 10:59 am

      Our dear bobfr was on top of this over a week ago.

      Good to see “the paper of record” getting on board now.

  15. 42 Dudette
    April 21, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Iraq’s Ambassador to the U.S. is running in the Boston Marathon as a sign of solidarity

  16. 44 Dudette
    April 21, 2014 at 9:13 am

  17. 46 Dudette
    April 21, 2014 at 9:16 am

    • 47 jackiegrumbacher
      April 21, 2014 at 9:27 am

      Dudette, did you know each runner is asked to raise $5000 by June. Our niece made her goal early and is set to run. Go Ellie!!!!

  18. 49 Dudette
    April 21, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Heads up Kentucky!

  19. 50 jackiegrumbacher
    April 21, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Same heads up for PA, Dudette. Register today or you won’t be able to vote in the May 20 PA primary!!!

  20. April 21, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Mitch McConnell Says He Stood Up for Women in a Senate Sexual-Harassment Scandal. The Real Story Is Damning.

    McConnell claims he led a 1995 investigation against a GOP senator accused of sexual misconduct. Actually, he took steps to keep it quiet.

    —By Molly Redden

    | Fri Apr. 18, 2014 3:00 AM PDT

    Facing his toughest reelection battle in years against a well-known and well-financed female opponent, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) recently boasted that he led the Senate in ousting a GOP colleague accused of sexual harassment in 1995. But news reports from that time show that late in the investigation, McConnell tried to stall the probe against his fellow Republican, Sen. Bob Packwood (R-Ore.). He derided efforts by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) to hold public hearings on Packwood as “frolic and detour”—after the Senate ethics committee had substantiated nearly two-dozen claims of sexual harassment leveled against Packwood by female lobbyists and former staffers.

    Talking about the Packwood scandal this past week, McConnell noted that he was chair of the Senate ethics committee when Packwood resigned. In a Tuesday interview with the Lexington Herald-Leader, McConnell said he had taken “the toughest possible position.” The newspaper reported that McConnell had “offered himself as an example of how elected officials should handle situations when a member of their own party is accused of sexual harassment.”

    But the bulk of the ethics probe against Packwood took place when the committee was chaired by a Democrat. When Republicans regained a majority in the Senate after the 1994 elections and McConnell became chair of the committee, he transformed the Packwood investigation into a partisan mess.


  21. 52 donna dem 4 obama
    April 21, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Good Easter Monday TOD

    Someone remind me why I decided that I didn’t need to take today off from work?? I’m exhausted…Oh well, I at least get to watch the First Family at the Annual Easter Egg Roll.

    One of my co-workers daughter won tickets to the event. I know she is going to have a wonderful day with her son on the WH grounds.

  22. 53 Dudette
    April 21, 2014 at 9:33 am

    LOL! 😀

    Look, Vlad… I don’t have time for this. Call me again when you don’t have so many distractions. Okay?

    • April 21, 2014 at 9:45 am

      But I hate how they’ve photoshopped this!

      • 55 TrumpDog
        April 21, 2014 at 11:54 am

        I kept looking at it and thinking “something” was wrong with that photo and sure enough, scolled down and saw your comment. Phew! Thought it was just me; glad I’m not the only one that figured it was doctored.

  23. 56 Dudette
    April 21, 2014 at 9:41 am

  24. April 21, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    When you see this slideshow, you’ll feel a sense of deep gratitude to Ambassador Samantha Power for her service.

    • 59 Linda
      April 21, 2014 at 10:01 am

      I love red hair…..4 of my siblings had it , including me.

      My 2nd born son had it at birth but it turned blonde later on.

  25. 60 desertflower
    April 21, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Good Monday morning everyone:) If you have some time, this is an excellent read about Elizabeth Warren. Just excellent. I am one that’s perfectly happy having her as a Senator rather than a President, but if the day comes that she runs for that office, to MY mind, she’s a MUCH better choice than Hillary. Hand’s down. all women are NOT the same. This one is exceptional.


  26. April 21, 2014 at 9:46 am

  27. 69 MightyPamela
    April 21, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Morning all y’all egg rollers!! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Muir

  28. April 21, 2014 at 10:09 am

    did i miss it?…did the First Family come out on the Balcony yet…..

  29. 74 Dudette
    April 21, 2014 at 10:15 am

  30. 75 Nerdy Wonka
    April 21, 2014 at 10:18 am

    LIVE NOW: First Lady Michelle Obama and Jim Carrey from the White House on Live with Kelly and Michael.

  31. April 21, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Rush Limbaugh Is Going Down, And It Can’t Come Soon Enough

    Author: Ryan Denson April 20, 2014 6:31 pm

    Rush Limbaugh has been around for over twenty years. For twenty years, the misogynistic pig has plagued our airways with outrageous speech, offensive rhetoric, and sheer stupidity to a mass of equally stupid people. However, just two years ago, grassroots groups like BoycottRush and StopRush put their feet down and said enough is enough, and began a massive national boycott movement which took storm to expose Limbaugh for his truly offensive ways, with the goal of destroying his hateful career. Conservatives can pipe up about Limbaugh’s “freedom of speech,” for it is his sponsors who can choose what to do with their money.

    Facing possible probes of illegal funding based on political agenda, right-wing think tank The Heritage Foundation ended its five-year sponsorship of Limbaugh’s circus act show after paying a total of $9.5 million over the course of the partnership. If someone receives money from an organization like The Heritage Foundation, who pays you to promote their product (in this case a slanted political opinion), without directly telling the audience the source of funding, it may be considered ‘payola,’ which is illegal. It’s like a business paying for positive reviews. So they paid $9,5 million, and when they realized it might be illegal, they pulled out.


  32. April 21, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Parents Outraged After Finding Easter Eggs Filled With Racist Notes
    Updated: Apr 21, 2014 4:53 AM EDT

    By WRIC Newsroom – email

    HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) -Parents in the West End are outraged after waking up to find Easter eggs filled with racist notes.

    “You can hit the whole world with the Internet, stay out of my yard.”

    The Smiths were having an egg hunt with their 3-year-old son Sunday afternoon. It’s an Easter tradition that was interrupted after an upsetting discovery.

    “My husband noticed the last Easter egg and i knew it wasn’t one that put out. we opened it and it’s got the white supremacist stuff in it,” said Jackie Smith.

    Inside the egg was the message “diversity = white genocide.” It said, “Mass immigration and forced assimilation of non-whites into our lands is genocide.”

    “I think it’s absurd,” said Brandon Smith. He went around their college hill neighborhood looking for more of the eggs and alerting parents so other children wouldn’t find them.

    “We don’t want other kids around here who can read being like, ‘Hey mommy what’s the million man white march or what’s the genocide project?’ Most of us don’t want to explain genocide to our 6-year-olds,” said Jackie.


  33. 82 Nerdy Wonka
    April 21, 2014 at 10:30 am

  34. 83 Dudette
    April 21, 2014 at 10:39 am

  35. 84 Dudette
    April 21, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Such cuteness at the Easter Egg Roll! 🙂

  36. 85 Nerdy Wonka
    April 21, 2014 at 10:48 am

    President Obama is so funny. Typical male – he’s wearing the same shirt he wore in 2013 to this year’s Easter Egg Roll.

    He’s all, it worked once. It’ll work again. LOL.


  37. 89 desertflower
    April 21, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Whoo! WHoo! No regulations, baby! What some would want for USA….big bad govt regs gone….then this. But hey, they’d make LOTS of money!


  38. 90 Dudette
    April 21, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Upcoming commencement addresses for FLOTUS (May 10 and May 17)


  39. 91 mtmarilyn
    April 21, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Happy Monday everyone!. Love the Easter Egg Roll. Came back just in time to hear the President read. Love to hear how the kids react to him. We had a lovely weekend in Spokane, WA. Their crabapple and apple trees are all in blossom. It was so beautiful. Here at home the trees and flowers are just starting to bud out. It is to get to 71 today. Think I will work out in the yard. Ready for spring. Have a great day everyone.

  40. April 21, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Conservative heavyweights have solar industry in their sights

    The Koch brothers and large utilities have allied to reverse state policies that favor renewable energy. Environmentalists are pushing back, but the fight is spreading and intensifying.

    By Evan Halper
    April 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

    WASHINGTON — The political attack ad that ran recently in Arizona had some familiar hallmarks of the genre, including a greedy villain who hogged sweets for himself and made children cry.

    But the bad guy, in this case, wasn’t a fat-cat lobbyist or someone’s political opponent.

    He was a solar-energy consumer.

    Solar, once almost universally regarded as a virtuous, if perhaps over-hyped, energy alternative, has now grown big enough to have enemies.

    The Koch brothers, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and some of the nation’s largest power companies have backed efforts in recent months to roll back state policies that favor green energy. The conservative luminaries have pushed campaigns in Kansas, North Carolina and Arizona, with the battle rapidly spreading to other states.

    Alarmed environmentalists and their allies in the solar industry have fought back, battling the other side to a draw so far. Both sides say the fight is growing more intense as new states, including Ohio, South Carolina and Washington, enter the fray.


    • 93 Linda
      April 21, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Oklahoma Will Charge Customers Who Install Their Own Solar Panels

      Oklahoma residents who produce their own energy through solar panels or small wind turbines on their property will now be charged an additional fee, the result of a new bill passed by the state legislature and expected to be signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin (R).

      On Monday, S.B. 1456 passed the state House 83-5 after no debate. The measure creates a new class of customers: those who install distributed power generation systems like solar panels or small wind turbines on their property and sell the excess energy back to the grid. While those with systems already installed won’t be affected, the new class of customers will now be charged a monthly fee — a shift that happened quickly and caught many in the state off guard.

      “We knew nothing about it and all of a sudden it’s attached to some other bill,” Ctaci Gary, owner of Sun City Oklahoma, told ThinkProgress. “It just appeared out of nowhere.”


      See also just signed a law banning an increase in minimum wage and paid sick days.

  41. 96 Nerdy Wonka
    April 21, 2014 at 11:24 am


  42. 98 amk for obama
    April 21, 2014 at 11:29 am

  43. 99 Linda
    April 21, 2014 at 11:31 am

    The Supreme Court on Monday shot down Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s request to review a lower court ruling that struck down his drug testing program for state employees.

    The high court’s decision not to take the case effectively upholds the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the Republican governor’s executive order in 2011 to randomly drug-test state employees was unconstitutional as it violated 4th Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure.

    The Supreme Court did not explain its decision not to hear the case. The order is a victory for the state workers’ union.

  44. 101 Dudette
    April 21, 2014 at 11:34 am

  45. 102 Linda
    April 21, 2014 at 11:35 am

    I think he just lost my vote.

    How hostile is Georgia to gun control? The state’s presumptive Democratic nominee for governor recently voted for a bill to let Georgians carry guns in bars, schools, churches and government buildings. And he’s supportive of communities who want to arm teachers.

    State Sen. Jason Carter appeared Monday on MSNBC and defended his vote for the pro-gun bill, which Gov. Nathan Deal (R), who is running for reelection in November, intends to sign into law this week.


  46. April 21, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Watching FLOTUS hug every one of those children…..Amazing….The Extraordinary and Compassionate First Lady…I love her!!

  47. 106 Linda
    April 21, 2014 at 11:41 am

    According to Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the current Archbishop of New York, women don’t need insurance coverage for birth control because they can purchase it at “any shop on the street,” including a gas station like 7-11.


  48. 107 yardarm756
    April 21, 2014 at 11:44 am

    G’day mates. And the beat goes on and on and on…….!

  49. 108 Nerdy Wonka
    April 21, 2014 at 11:44 am

    I know that pain.

    • April 21, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      Biggest racket in higher ed. There should be a way to eliminate this and I thought there was work being done but maybe not?

      • 110 vcprezofan2
        April 21, 2014 at 1:58 pm

        What I hate about the higher-ed textbook racket is that in many cases the *required* text is published by their professor and in order to ensure that *they* get maximum benefits and students don’t, they pretend to have ‘editions’. IOW, they change a page or two then insist that the students starting the course have to have the latest edition. Ticked me off big time, especially when I saw both ‘editions’ and the $100+ price difference between the two! (Have a very literal offspring who had to have the ‘correct’ edition. 🙄 )

  50. 112 Nena20409
    April 21, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Sniper Pug?


  51. April 21, 2014 at 12:06 pm

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