Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the Quirinale Palace, in Rome, July 8, 2008


Today (all times Eastern)

11:0: The President meets with NATO Secretary Rasmussen

12:35: Josh Earnest briefs the press

2:0: Hosts a reception for the diplomatic corps; East Room

4:20: The President departs the White House

5:55 MDT: Arrives Denver


The Week Ahead

Wednesday: In Denver, the President will attend a DSCC fundraising event. He will then travel to the Dallas, Texas area for a DCCC event. In the evening, he will travel to Austin, Texas, where he’ll attend a DNC event and remain overnight.

Thursday: While in Austin, the President will attend a DNC event, and will deliver remarks on the economy, before returning to the White House.

Friday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.



President Obama (in Haaretz): Peace is the only path to true security for Israel and the Palestinians

In an exclusive article for Haaretz’s Israel Conference on Peace, Barack Obama says that the only solution is a democratic, Jewish state living side-by-side in peace and security with a viable, independent Palestinian state.

As Air Force One prepared to touch down in the Holy Land last year, I looked out my window and was once again struck by the fact that Israel’s security can be measured in a matter of minutes and miles. I’ve seen what security means to those who live near the Blue Line, to children in Sderot who just want to grow up without fear, to families who’ve lost their homes and everything they have to Hezbollah’s and Hamas’s rockets.

And as a father myself, I cannot imagine the pain endured by the parents of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, who were tragically kidnapped and murdered in June.  I am also heartbroken by the senseless abduction and murder of Mohammed Hussein Abu Khdeir, whose life was stolen from him and his family.  At this dangerous moment, all parties must protect the innocent and act with reasonableness and restraint, not vengeance and retribution.

More here




Michael Tomasky: Why You Don’t Know Obama Has Created 4.5 Million Jobs

Do you have any idea how many more jobs Obama has created than Bush did? You don’t, because liberals are less likely than conservatives to cheerlead.

The terrific June jobs report may be the signal we’ve been waiting for that we’re finally turning the psychic corner. The overall jobs number was great at 288,000, and the unemployment rate was down to 6.1 percent. But the most important number was that the employment-to-population ratio, which many economists think of as the truest measure of the jobs market, was up a bit to 59 percent, a high for the recovery, indicating that maybe more people are finally out looking for work than staying home.

A lot of liberals puzzle over why the Obama administration isn’t getting more credit, or doesn’t do a better job of making sure it gets credit, for such good economic news. There are a lot of theories, and most of them hold varying amounts of water. But the main reason to me is fairly obvious: Liberals don’t speak as one big fat propagandistic voice on this subject in remotely the same way conservatives do when a Republican president is in power.

More here




On This Day

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in Rome, Italy, to attend the G-8 summit in L’Aquila, July 8, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama meet with President Napolitano and his wife Clio Napolitano at the Quirinale Palace in Rome, Italy, before departing for the G-8 summit in L’Aquila, July 8, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama arrives for the G-8 summit in L’Aquila, Italy, July 8, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Clio Napolitano, wife of President Napolitano, at the Quirinale Palace in Rome, Italy, July 8, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama confers with world leaders, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, while attending the G-8 summit in L’Aquila, Italy, July 8, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama attends the G-8 summit in L’Aquila, Italy, July 8, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama greets firefighters as he tours earthquake damage with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, while attending the G-8 summit in L’Aquila, Italy, July 8, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama waves to the crowd at a grassroots event for Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan at the Folly Theater Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo., July 8, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama meets with senior advisors in the Situation Room of the White House, July 8, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama smiles as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House upon his return to Washington from Camp David on July 8, 2012


MoooOOOooorning again everyone – work is interfering with TOD life again, so hadn’t time to do a decent R&S. If you could fill in the newsie gaps in the comments, that would be greeeeeeeat!

83 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 jackiegrumbacher
    July 8, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Brilliant, beautiful R&S, Chips. Thank you!!!!

  2. 4 jackiegrumbacher
    July 8, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Ummmm…am I first?

  3. July 8, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Thank you for sunny rise and shine. Morning all at TOD

  4. 8 hopefruit2
    July 8, 2014 at 9:22 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats jackie on #1! Excellent R & S mishmash, as always Chips – thanks a ton 🙂

  5. 9 hopefruit2
    July 8, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I generally like Josh and his style of reporting, but that tweet he posted is rubbish and so I just had to push back on that bullshit meme right there:

    • 10 jackiegrumbacher
      July 8, 2014 at 9:28 am

      Good for you, Hf. All I can say is stagnant, my ass. Nobody has accomplished more in a second term with so much ferocious opposition than this president. He is getting it done with or without the saboteurs in Congress. Guess Josh Lederman read the GOP talking points with his breakfast cereal.

    • 11 Vicki
      July 8, 2014 at 9:37 am

      So glad you hit back, hopefruit.

    • July 8, 2014 at 9:42 am

      Nicely done HF. I am reminded of this terrific post from yesterday …..

      Republicans, I Give In: Here’s a List of a Few Things You Can Blame on President Obama –

      See more at: http://www.forwardprogressives.com/list-of-things-you-can-blame-on-president-obama/#sthash.q2GQkBv7.dpuf

      • 13 hopefruit2
        July 8, 2014 at 9:50 am

        Exactly Ladyhawke – that tweet from Lederman is such a blatant distortion of reality. And he tries to have it both ways by using a campaign theme from his 1st term to apply it to his 2nd term. PBO didn’t campaign on “hope” per se in 2012, he campaigned on what already had been accomplished and that we needed FOUR MORE YEARS to finish the job that was started. The American people gave him a second term to finish the job – and he’s doing JUST that.

        I’m simply disgusted with this media which, instead of pointing accusatory fingers rightfully at the GOP and their unprecedented and racist obstruction, cowardly and disingenuously make PBO the target of their ridicule and criticism.

        • 14 amk for obama
          July 8, 2014 at 9:56 am

          Frankly, I don’t see why these msm idjits even take to twitter. 99.99% of the twitter users don’t give a shite about 99.99% of their tweets.

          • 15 hopefruit2
            July 8, 2014 at 10:02 am

            LOL! I think Lederman should stick to simply reporting facts and stop trying to offer GOP interpretations of PBO’s Presidency.

            The same thing happened with Laura Rozen – whose tweets I enjoyed when she simply stuck with the facts. Once she started falling in line with the GOP “Obama is weak in foreign policy” crap narratives, she lost me.

    • 16 amk for obama
      July 8, 2014 at 9:42 am

  6. 17 jackiegrumbacher
    July 8, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Glad to see so many coming on board. It was eerie there for a while–all alone.

  7. July 8, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Morning Chips, Danny and TOD. Super R&S Chips.

  8. 20 CEB
    July 8, 2014 at 9:36 am

    GM, TOD ohana.
    I find it interesting that of the leaders in that 2009 photo from the summit in L’Aquila, only three are left standing: our PBO, Germany’s Angela Merkel, and Canada’s Stephen Harper; ummmm.
    I always find the ceremonial military dress of other countries too fussy and almost cartoon-ish. I really prefer the stream-lined, no fuss and ready- for- whatever- happens military dress that our troops wear. I always feel that our men and women could jump into action, while the others would be floundering over their polished jack boots and tripping over their useless big ass swords.

    • 21 carolyn
      July 8, 2014 at 10:20 am

      CEB, I noticed the same thing about the leaders…..only three are the same.

      You are probably too young to remember when Nixon, after visiting some of these other countries and seeing their honor guards, decided that our uniforms were too “plain.” So, he had someone design a fancier uniform. They were hilarious. They looked like they belonged in a Balkan country in a comic opera. They were laughed out of existence, and our impressive plain ones came back. I’m sure there are pictures of those disasters somewhere.

  9. 22 JER
    July 8, 2014 at 9:36 am


    Going all the way back to the early days of the campaign, whenever President Obama shook off his schedule and busted out of the bubble, we would say “The Bear is loose.”

    Lately, the bear has been loose a lot and this week will be no different. The President is hitting the road on a three-day swing to Colorado and Texas where he will meet with Americans who’ve written him letters and whose stories – their challenges and successes — resonate with folks from across the country. …

    The day after the State of the Union, a woman named Alex received a raise, allowing her to pay rent and afford groceries without worry. Alex’s boss was inspired by the President’s call and increased her wage right away. Earlier his year, Alex wrote the President to say “thank you.”

    Tonight, the President will deliver his reply in person when he meets Alex for dinner in Denver. And, tomorrow she’ll introduce the President before his remarks in Denver.

    On Thursday in Austin, TX, the President will highlight the actions his Administration has taken – more than 40 since January – to benefit hardworking Americans. From helping to create new manufacturing jobs, to expanding apprenticeships and job training, and from making student loan payments more affordable, to cutting carbon pollution, the President’s used his pen and phone on behalf of folks all across the country. …


  10. 23 amk for obama
    July 8, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Cool WH graphic on job nos.

    (del>Cooler Hotter flotus.

  11. 24 JER
    July 8, 2014 at 9:43 am

  12. 25 Nerdy Wonka
    July 8, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Words and actions do indeed have power. Thank you, President Obama.

  13. 26 donna dem 4 obama
    July 8, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Hey Nerdy Wonka you are the bees knees when it comes to twitter so what does it mean to “donate tweets”?

    • 27 Nerdy Wonka
      July 8, 2014 at 11:07 am

      I believe donating tweets is about and for charity causes. For example, if you tweet or retweet for a cause, and if the organization has linked up with a corporation, then the corporation will donate money for every tweet tweeted or retweeted.

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  17. 34 GGail
    July 8, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    I loved opening up TOD and seeing FLOTUS looking soooo lovely in that yellow dress!!!

    Chips – the R&S is full of uplifting news and photos – thank you!

    HF – you GO GIRL! I hollar’d when I saw your reply tweet to Josh!!!

    Bob – thank you for keeping us updated with tweets and news regarding Syria chemicals and other happenings around the world!

    It’s a GREAT day in America! I know that Alex is super excited to be meeting and then introducing POTUS! OH MY!!!

  18. 35 JER
    July 8, 2014 at 10:53 am

  19. 36 japa21
    July 8, 2014 at 10:54 am

  20. July 8, 2014 at 10:55 am


    The grueling schedule of Secretary of State Kerry.

  21. 39 JER
    July 8, 2014 at 10:56 am

  22. 40 japa21
    July 8, 2014 at 10:57 am

    • 41 yardarm756
      July 8, 2014 at 11:09 am

      It means that the topic at hand need not be examined or discussed. They’re like fireflies.

      • July 8, 2014 at 11:15 am

        What about fireflies?

        Fireflies shouldn’t be discussed?

        While you were up north, I tried to engage TODville in a discussion of fireflies, and a few here responded.

        I was wondering when the peak activity of fireflies is. Would you say right about now, just after the 4th of July???

        I love watching them, but sadly they’re few and far between west of the Mississippi and non-existent in the arid West.

        • 43 japa21
          July 8, 2014 at 11:24 am

          Now until mid-August is pretty much peak time. Several years ago, we had a family reunion not far from where Yardarm was recently. There was a big open field across the road and at night it was totally lit up by fireflies. And I mean totally. I had never seen anything like it, and haven’t since.

        • 44 yardarm756
          July 8, 2014 at 12:54 pm

          It’s all about lighting up your ass for a brief moment and then turning the light off while you change your position.

  23. 45 yardarm756
    July 8, 2014 at 11:00 am

    G’day mates. SOS-DD I see. Mind the shoal waters!

  24. 50 hopefruit2
    July 8, 2014 at 11:02 am

    BRAVO/BRAVA to COSTCO! It’s time our institutions stop coddling these close-minded idiots, and started showing some courage in openly supporting our President.

    • 51 GGail
      July 8, 2014 at 11:09 am

      Wow COSTCO!

    • July 8, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Good for Costco.

      Was sick to hear (I think from Jovie) that Stephanopoulos had D’Souza on his show this weekend, with of course no mention on what an unethical and downright sick/skewed flamethrower he is.

      Reminder from Wikipedia:

      In the second chapter of What’s So Great About America, D’Souza defends colonialism, arguing that the problem with Africa is not that it was colonized, but rather that it was not colonized long enough. He supports the European colonization of India and other countries, claiming that Christian colonization was a good thing for India because it was a way for Indians to escape the caste system, superstitions and poverty.[43][44]

      Abu Ghraib
      Dinesh has argued that the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse scandal was a result of “the sexual immodesty of liberal America”. He further asserted that the conditions of prisoners at Abu Ghraib “are comparable to the accommodations in midlevel Middle Eastern hotels”.[45][46]

    • 53 amk for obama
      July 8, 2014 at 11:46 am

      cue 1st amindment poutrage from the wingnutz and media.

    • 54 Nena20409
      July 8, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      It’s their right to do so.

      I applaud them.

  25. 55 japa21
    July 8, 2014 at 11:02 am

  26. July 8, 2014 at 11:10 am

    @nycjim tweeted this with the wrong link, but the tweeted article describes why there’s “red tape” involved with child immigrants…

    Because of a law that passed with bi-partisan support during the GWB administration.

    Another example where MSM freely allows GOP to flap their gums with zero pushback.

  27. 59 No Child Left Behind
    July 8, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Good Morning TODVille,

    Nice reminder of how busy POTUS has been since he took office on 1/20/2009. By the way, the first two dates are off, they should be 2009 and 2008.

    Hope everyone has a great Tuesday. I am still battling my cough/infection.

  28. 60 donna dem 4 obama
    July 8, 2014 at 11:19 am

  29. 61 JER
    July 8, 2014 at 11:21 am

  30. 62 donna dem 4 obama
    July 8, 2014 at 11:22 am

  31. 63 donna dem 4 obama
    July 8, 2014 at 11:26 am


  32. 64 JER
    July 8, 2014 at 11:27 am

  33. 66 donna dem 4 obama
    July 8, 2014 at 11:33 am

    • 67 hopefruit2
      July 8, 2014 at 11:35 am

      I guess that’s what people do when they want to see the “Worst President Ever.” Deprive themselves of a full night’s sleep, just to hear a 20-minute speech from someone deemed worst than Bush….

  34. 69 desertflower
    July 8, 2014 at 11:47 am

    RW priorities : http://thinkprogress.org/world/2014/07/08/3457552/benghazi-panel-taxpayer-dollars/

    House Will Spend More Investigating Benghazi Than On Ethics, Veterans, The Budget, Or Science

    Morning everyone:)

    • 70 anniebella
      July 8, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      $3million dollars to keep investigating Benghazi. Do the right wing haters who are always complaining about POTUS and FLOTUS trips and vacations have anything to say about the waste of money, just like the waste of taxpayers money for Boehner’s lawsuit.

  35. 71 JER
    July 8, 2014 at 12:12 pm

  36. 72 desertflower
    July 8, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    This may be the Texas Republican Party Platform….but I’ll bet dollars to donuts that ALL the Repubs feel the exact same way, no matter WHERE they live!! People should know this…it’s nightmare inducing.


    n the next of its forty pages, the platform demands, among other things,

    • That the Texas Legislature should nullify—indeed, “ignore, oppose, refuse, and nullify”—federal laws it doesn’t like. (Unmentioned is the fact that, beginning in 1809, the Supreme Court has steadfastedly rejected state nullification of federal laws.)

    • That when it comes to “unelected bureaucrats”—i.e., pretty much the entire federal work force above the janitorial level—Congress should “defund and abolish these positions.”

    • That the Seventeenth Amendment, which was adopted in 1913, be repealed, so that “the appointment of United States Senators” can again be made by state legislators, not by voters. (Admittedly, the Texas Legislature could hardly do worse.)

    • That all federal “enforcement activities” within the borders of Texas—including, presumably, the activities of F.B.I. agents, Justice Department prosecutors, air marshals, immigration officers, agricultural inspectors, and tax auditors—“must be conducted under the auspices of the county sheriff with jurisdiction in that county.”

    This section of the platform, “Preserving American Freedom,” also features a syllogism:

    Socialism breeds mediocrity. America is exceptional. Therefore, the Republican Party of Texas opposes socialism in all of its forms.

    • 73 anniebella
      July 8, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      First Lady to deliver speech on education at NYC meeting of Hispanic civil rights groups Thursday.

    • 74 0388jojothecat
      July 8, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      Does that include the SS offices? Who is going to verify and process these when not done on line. Please proceed TexAsses.

  37. 75 amk for obama
    July 8, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Vatican bank clean-up wipes out profit for 2013.

    The Vatican bank has seen its 2013 profit almost wiped out largely due to a clean-up process which has seen it end relationships with 3,000 customers.

    The bank, known officially as the Institute for Religious Works, reported a 2.9m euro (£2.3m) profit for the year, down from 86.6m euros in 2012.

    Most of its losses came from the winding up of investments made before its reform programme began.

    Without these, it said profit would have been 70m euros.

    Pope Francis has sought to stamp out corruption and other abuses at the Vatican bank, which handles funds for the Catholic Church.

    He pledged to clean up the bank following accusations of money laundering and a lack of due diligence which allowed non-religious, and even crony, businessmen to hold accounts.


  38. 76 amk for obama
    July 8, 2014 at 12:32 pm

  39. 79 amk for obama
    July 8, 2014 at 12:45 pm

  40. 80 desertflower
    July 8, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    🙂 🙂 When you’ve lost Eric….Bwahahahahaha!!


  41. 81 hopefruit2
    July 8, 2014 at 12:53 pm

  42. 83 Nena20409
    July 8, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Awesome R&S with a tint of circa 2009. Great job Chips.

    The 1st picture is dated 2008 while the rest of similar pictures below the fold were dated 2009.

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