Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden wait to be introduced before the Fatherhood Town Hall at the White House, June 19, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (all times Eastern)

10:15: The President joins a President’s Export Council Meeting, Eisenhower Executive Office Building

12:15: Josh Earnest briefs the press

12:30: The President delivers a statement on the situation in Iraq

2:15: The President awards Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), the Medal of Honor, East Room


On This Day

President Obama visits and leads a discussion at “Year Up” in Arlington, Va., June 19, 2009. “Year Up” is a one-year, intensive training program that provides urban young adults 18-24 with a unique combination of technical and professional skills, college credits, an educational stipend and corporate apprenticeship (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and celebrity chef Bobby Flay grill steak, corn and barbeque chicken at the Kick Off Young Men’s Barbeque on the South Lawn of the White House, June 19, 2009 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

Television Correspondents Dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., June 19, 2009 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)


President Obama greets patrons at Thomas Sweet Ice Cream and Chocolate in Washington, D.C., during a family outing on Father’s Day, June 19, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Pete Souza: “The President and German Chancellor Angela Merkel listen to remarks by Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. The last time I had been here was in 1987 on the opposite site of the Gate when President Reagan had challenged Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev to ‘tear down this wall.'” June 19, 2013

President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel talk with Dallas Mavericks basketball player Dirk Nowitzki before a dinner at Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin, Germany, June 19, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel and Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit before delivering remarks at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, June 19, 2013. Working in the background, from left, are: Caitlin Hayden, Senior Director for Strategic Communications and NSS Spokesperson; Cody Keenan, Director of Speechwriting; and Gary Lee, Advance Associate (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama, with her daughters Malia and Sasha, Auma Obama, President Obama’s half sister, and German Chancellor’s husband Joachim Sauer visit the Berlin Wall memorial at Bernauer Strasse on June 19, 2013 in Germany

First Lady Michelle Obama, President Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer attend the dinner given in honor of President Obama at the Orangerie of Schloss Charlottenburg palace on June 19, 2013 in Berlin, Germany

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama raise their glasses in a toast with other guests during a dinner hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin, Germany, June 19, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Pete Souza: “A beautiful evening just after sunset as the President and and First Lady boarded Air Force One at Tegel Airport prior to departing Berlin, Germany.” June 19, 2013


MooOOOooorning everyone, apologies for the news-less R&S, a gazillion things came up again, will try to catch up through the day.

108 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Cindy
    June 19, 2014 at 10:43 am


  2. 10 desertflower
    June 19, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Morning everyone:) Happy Thursday! Chips, no need for ANY apologies here for your R/S pictorial. It’s wonderful.

    • 11 Cindy
      June 19, 2014 at 10:53 am

      HAPPY BEAUTIFUL THURSDAY desertflower and Simi!!!

      Wishing you an AWESOME and WONDERFUL DAY-ENJOY!!!!

      • 12 desertflower
        June 19, 2014 at 10:58 am

        You too, Cindy! Thanks. gb, hope you’re doing well today and have a spring in your step and a smile on your face! {{gb}}

  3. June 19, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Hey, Chips! Gave a shout out to your website on twitter. Someone had the impression that if POTUS announces a program/initiative then the press would cover it. LOL!!! Poor child has no idea. That person asked me for examples of press ignoring POTUS and I was able to do that because I read The Obama Diary every day. Thank you and everyone that contributes. 🙂 🙂

    • 14 99ts
      June 19, 2014 at 11:12 am

      Hi gb – winning them over 1 at a time! – 6 years in and they still think the press reports the news! Do hope he/she enjoys TOD

  4. 15 Jovie
    June 19, 2014 at 10:50 am

    12:30 statement from president.

  5. 17 Jovie
    June 19, 2014 at 10:52 am

  6. 18 Dakota
    June 19, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Good Morning TOD Family!

    A fabulous Thursday to you all!

  7. 20 Jovie
    June 19, 2014 at 10:53 am

    That’s scary.

  8. 21 CEB
    June 19, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Good morning TOD ohana.

  9. 24 JER
    June 19, 2014 at 10:57 am

  10. 28 Nerdy Wonka
    June 19, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Fantastic. Hope her career continues to soar and soar!

    • 29 Layla
      June 19, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Absolutely gorgeous, inside and out!

      • 30 Jovie
        June 19, 2014 at 11:03 am

        That’s a pretty girl. I want to meet her.

      • 31 Cindy
        June 19, 2014 at 11:04 am

        Good morning Layla and HAPPY BEAUTIFUL THURSDAY TO YOU!
        I pray for you daily and hope that you are healing day-by-day {{{Layla}}}; keep the faith and keep believing in miracles.

        Have a very JOYOUS and BLESSED DAY!

    • 34 Cindy
      June 19, 2014 at 11:09 am

      Morning Nerdy Wonka and Happy BEAUTIFUL THURSDAY TO YOU!

      Thank you for posting Lupita’s beautiful pictures, she is stunning, and it’s true; black really is BEAUTIFUL. I am so glad that she found her place and walk in confidence of who she is. Her life story of dealing with her color is so touching and I am happy that she didn’t give up.

    • June 19, 2014 at 11:20 am

      She is such a wonderful breath of fresh air in so many ways.

      Did you see that she optioned the rights to “Americanah”? It will be produced by Brad Pit’s Plan B company, who produced 12 Years a Slave. Cannot wait to see that!

      “Americanah centres on two young Nigerians, Ifemelu and Obinze, who are separated after falling in love. Determined to leave a nation riven by military dictatorship, Ifemelu secures a place at an American university. Obinze is unable to secure a visa for a country suffering the aftermath of 9/11 and instead suffers as an undocumented immigrant in London.”

    • 36 CEB
      June 19, 2014 at 11:24 am

      When I see how Lupita’s beauty is admired and how Michelle’s health real woman figure is looked to for inspiration, I know that the tears of many African American women and girls are being wiped away and replaced with confidence and pride in their own unique beauty. When I was a young girl and woman, dark skin black girls were looked down upon (still are in some places), our lips were considered to be too thick (and now people get injections to plump theirs up), our hips and butts deemed too big (and now everyone wants some back), and our natural hair too kinky and to be straightened at any cost and in any way. Now, many are beginning to realize that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors and that the best form of beauty is that of a kind and generous heart. We still have a long way to gone from being considered to be “mule women” (from Zora Hurston’s Their Eyes were Watching God) to being seen and appreciated for who we are. I was one of those girls who was too dark, too skinny, and considered by some to be too smart for my own good. But all of these things were something to be embraced and my life, my God’s good grace, has been filled with accomplishments and opportunities. One final note on the beauty aspect: almost 20 years ago I completely embraced my natural curls and have been “happy to be nappy” in so many ways.

      • 37 CEB
        June 19, 2014 at 11:28 am

        Should be “healthy real woman figure” and “a long way to go…”

      • 38 Cindy
        June 19, 2014 at 11:37 am


        Sooooooo BEAUTIFULLY stated CEB; have walked a mile on the same path and know exactly what you mean. Have been there, gone through that and settled it; I am a BEAUTIFUL, Intelligent Black Woman and I know who I am : )

  11. 39 desertflower
    June 19, 2014 at 11:00 am

    HOLY MOLY! “My comment is waiting moderation” it tells me from a scary red box with an exclamation point attached to it!! RELEASE ME!!!!!!! Please 🙂

    • 40 Jovie
      June 19, 2014 at 11:04 am

      The red means drone attack. Beware! 🙂

      • 41 desertflower
        June 19, 2014 at 11:07 am

        I thought so! Something REALLY bad….can you guys see it, or only I can see this? I’ve never been put in moderation here before like so many of you have….I guess WP thought it was my turn to get messed with:)

        • 42 99ts
          June 19, 2014 at 11:16 am

          WP uses a magic random number generator – and that red box – they just know you have done something bad – the GOP uses the same system to decide which of PBO’s policies to attack today.

          gm df – getting very chilly here – so I assume your world is warming up!

          • 43 desertflower
            June 19, 2014 at 11:28 am

            Well, the GOP doesn’t need little ole ME to spin them up and make them paranoid and batshit crazy:) They got that DOWN!

            We’re “warming up” 🙂 🙂 Been nice the past few days. Around 100…..supposed to “warm” closer to 108 this weekend. You have to wonder what constitutes DAMN HOT by the weather people in Phoenix 🙂 They have such a boring job that the only “work” they really have to do is choose the right adjective to describe dry, sunny hot…dayafterdayafterdayafterdayafterday….. I WISH for cool…enjoy it, 99ts!!

  12. 44 Jovie
    June 19, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Does anybody like Tamron? That chick on msnbc?
    I can’t stand this chick. 🙂

  13. 49 Nena20409
    June 19, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Good, Good, Morning. Good a Rainy Stormy Day, in my neck if woods.

    Au ⭐ for Cindy 2X in a roll. Congrats.

    Thanks for the Memories, Lady Chips ob this fabulous R&S.

    • 50 Cindy
      June 19, 2014 at 11:18 am


      Thank you for the Gold. Today, the “NEW 1st” is 2nd place; don’t want to be greedy : )

      I was refreshing the page when it popped up, so I am yielding but I am keeping the Early Bird Chat gold : )

  14. 52 Jovie
    June 19, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Oil prices at a nine month high. So, the president is making a statement at 12:30?
    Interesting, isn’t it?

  15. June 19, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Chips and NW, thank you so much for lifting me up each morning with such magnificent, poignant, glamorous and proud moments from the last few years with our First and Second Families. I savor every moment. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    I’m smiling at the Presidential Seal on POTUS’ apron! And I can feel the heaviness in the hearts of FLOTUS and the girls as they pay their respects to the long history of the Berlin Wall.

    I love the tight partnership btwn PBO and Joe. Here’s the video that goes with that memory of that Fatherhood Town Hall:

  16. June 19, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Morning again everyone, sorry for the news-less R&S, one of those days 😦

    • June 19, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Chips, you NEVER need to apologize!!! With all you and NW do that last thing either of you should feel is pressure. We so appreciate all your efforts given that both of you have significant other obligations and you do everything at TOD merely to support our community and our President.

      Thank you!!

    • 58 99ts
      June 19, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Bad hair day? 🙂 I had one of those today – also 1st world problems attacked me.

      • June 19, 2014 at 11:20 am

        🙂 A severely bad hair day, 99ts – but I do have some happy news: I found an old hairbrush, so I now look like a supermodel. Have chained it to the table just in case you know who gets any ideas.

        • 60 99ts
          June 19, 2014 at 11:33 am

          So pleased that life can move on past the “Mystery of the disappearing hairbrush” – I should mention – that twice in my life I have lost objects which disappeared into the nether regions – and both reappeared about 3 years later – and both in the linings of suitcases – so maybe that is the missing clue.

    • 61 amk for obama
      June 19, 2014 at 11:26 am

      layzee, layzee, layzee.

    • 62 CEB
      June 19, 2014 at 11:33 am

      It’s all good, Chips. You have a life (and Danny). We are so thankful for all that you do at all times.

    • 63 arapaho415
      June 19, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Newsless days are worrisome.

      IIRC, some of the biggest news days start from a “newsless” base.

  17. 65 Nena20409
    June 19, 2014 at 11:19 am

    :lol::roll: 😆

    I am with Ms Giffords 😉 ❤ + ❤ + ❤ = ❤


  18. 66 Jovie
    June 19, 2014 at 11:19 am

  19. 67 amk for obama
    June 19, 2014 at 11:22 am

    double stack pizzas???? yeah, kill me sooner.

    also. too. how you supposed to eat that damn thing? even fork and knife won’t cut it.

  20. 70 Nena20409
    June 19, 2014 at 11:25 am


    And a salute to what YOU do Chips.

    No Apologies needed, Ever 😉 where ❤ is in abundance. That is what YOU, Lady have created here at TOD!

    With NW. ⭐

    LL , LP, Zizi2, Amk 🐻

    The TOD Twitter Brigades ❤

    Viva TOD!

  21. 72 Jovie
    June 19, 2014 at 11:26 am

  22. 73 amk for obama
    June 19, 2014 at 11:28 am

  23. 74 amk for obama
    June 19, 2014 at 11:30 am

    daymn, these african chillies are really hawt. love it.

  24. 75 Jovie
    June 19, 2014 at 11:32 am

  25. 78 hopefruit2
    June 19, 2014 at 11:38 am

    • 79 arapaho415
      June 19, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      Last comment on the previous thread (as per usual) from me:

      Hillary is in Los Angeles today for a book signing… the local all-news radio station @knx1070 is providing full coverage, but it’s not something I can stomach listening to — all about 2016, and here at TOD, our focus is on #LandslideDems2014.

      The other top news story here is about the consistency downward trend of new unemployment claims. Anecdotally, EVERY fast food and retail store that I’ve been to recently has a “Now Hiring” sign, and appear to be desperate to hire new employees. After the GWB 2008 meltdown, tons of retailers closed here (affluent exurbia, where the rich got richer and everyone else suffered). For instance, the car dealerships that line the Ventura freeway here went through major upheaval — we no longer have a Nissan dealership (my car brand), replaced by a Rolls-Royce/Bentley dealership, which underscores how well GOP trickle-down economies work (not).

      It will be a long time before I forgive WJC (repeal Glass-Steagall) or GWB for what they did to the US economy and the regular joes of the middle-class.

      However, it looks like the SoCal economy is poised for takeoff, which is great and encouraging news.

      * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

      Let’s sit back and watch between now and November, when retailers will truly be desperate for help while MSM ignore this fact (or find some fault of the Obama Adm. to attribute the teensiest negative news) while voters happily cast their ballots because all of their friends and family have jobs. LOL.

  26. 80 Jovie
    June 19, 2014 at 11:42 am

  27. June 19, 2014 at 11:45 am

    EGADS, this explains a lot:

  28. 82 hopefruit2
    June 19, 2014 at 11:46 am

    There seems to be a certain individual by the name of “Professor Crunk” on Twitter, who is getting on everyone’s last nerve with her griping about PBO not doing enough for Black women/girls, and even accuses PBO of “not caring about Black girls.” What exactly is her issue? Why should she attack the President simply because he developed the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative? I don’t get it.

  29. 88 amk for obama
    June 19, 2014 at 11:46 am

  30. 89 amk for obama
    June 19, 2014 at 11:53 am

    5. “The US should intervene with air power against ISIS.” The Sunni radicals are not a conventional army. There are no lines for the US to bomb, few convoys or other obvious targets. To the extent that their advance is a series of urban revolts against the government of PM Nouri al-Maliki, the US would end up bombing ordinary city folk. The Sunnis already have resentments about the Bush administration backing for the Shiite parties after 2003, which produced purges of Sunnis from their jobs and massive unemployment in Sunni areas. For the US to be bombing Sunni towns all these years later on behalf of Mr. al-Maliki would be to invite terrorism against the US.

    A good read.


    • 90 amk for obama
      June 19, 2014 at 11:54 am

      6. “US interests are threatened by the ISIS capture of Mosul.” It is difficult to see what precise interest the hawks are thinking of. Petroleum prices are slightly up because the pipeline from Kirkuk to Ceyhan in Turkey is closed. But it only does a few hundred thousand barrels a day on good days. Most oil in Iraq is produced in Basra in the Iraqi deep south, Shiite country where ISIS is unlikely to gain sway. And in any case high petroleum prices may be good for the US. More Americans should be using public transport, moving to the city from the suburbs, buying electric vehicles and electric plug-in hybrids and putting solar panels on their roofs to power their EVs. These steps are desirable to fight climate change and for economic health. Wars for oil are so 20th century.

  31. June 19, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Happening now:

  32. June 19, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Lupita Nyong’o on Winning the Oscar, Becoming the Face of Lancôme, and Her First Cover of Vogue

    by Hamish Bowles | photographed by Mikael Jansson

    In little more than a year, Lupita Nyong’o has made the leap from serious student to Oscar-winning actress and head-turning fashion star. Hamish Bowles catches up with Hollywood’s newest golden girl.

    Marrakech in May is unseasonably tagine-hot. Hapless tourists are being felled by sunstroke merely from sauntering across the city’s pulsing medina square, which is all but abandoned by the native food and trinket traders, snake-charmers, and storytellers who will throng it in the desert cool of evening.

    But in the oasis sanctuary of the Ksar Char-Bagh, all is balmy dolce far niente. A luxe spa hostelry built in imitation of a castle-like fort in the middle of the Palmeraie, it has crenellated towers that hide a private dipping pool and afford views down to a central marbled courtyard modeled on Granada’s Moorish Alhambra, and across the palm groves to the distant Atlas Mountains. Guests are lounging poolside in the shade of an allée of date palms, seemingly oblivious of the Academy Award–winning deity in their midst, who is the focus of the Vogue cover shoot in full fluster around them.

    Lupita Nyong’o is cucumber-cool, as beautiful and hieratic as an ancient Egyptian statue of a cat goddess, dressed in Prada’s magenta Deco-print dress licked with silver that is dazzling against her luminous skin. Lupita instinctively falls into graceful attitudes; she can’t help herself. “She knows the camera, she knows her angles,” notes an approving Phyllis Posnick, Vogue’s Executive Fashion Editor, who, it should be noted, does not suffer fools gladly but is in some kind of awe of this particular subject.


    • 95 desertflower
      June 19, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      She is so stunningly beautiful! I was so taken by her beauty that I almost missed seeing the cobra! OMG! The only thing that she and I share…is that we wear our hair the same way:) Liberating and wonderful! (Head’s up, Chips…no hairbrush needed!)

  33. 96 lockewasright
    June 19, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Ugh! I couldn’t sleep last night. Now I am at work trying to remove the screw the whole world filter that I am seeing through as a consequence.

  34. 103 amk for obama
    June 19, 2014 at 12:00 pm

  35. 104 amk for obama
    June 19, 2014 at 12:09 pm

  36. 105 amk for obama
    June 19, 2014 at 12:10 pm

  37. 106 desertflower
    June 19, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Smartypants has the answer to the Prof. Crunk thing on Twitter…seemed like a no brainer to me, but whatever. Someone pass this along to them?


  38. June 19, 2014 at 12:15 pm

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