Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama and his daughters Malia and Sasha eat take-out lunch of fried seafood at Nancy’s Restaurant in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts on the island of Martha’s Vineyard on August 26, 2009


Today (all times Eastern)

9:50: President Obama departs the White House

11:20: Arrives Charlotte, North Carolina

12:0: Delivers remarks at the American Legion’s 96th National Convention, Charlotte Convention Center

1:10: Departs Charlotte

2:35: Arrives White House

4:50: Meets with Secretary of State Kerry


President Barack Obama looks at photos of Press Secretary Josh Earnest’s newborn baby boy, Walker, during a meeting with senior advisors in the Oval Office, Aug. 25, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Morning everyone!

Just to let you know, we’re continuing with the short R&Ss for now, completely out of time these mornings.

As usual, we’ll try to catch up later in the day, while posting the regular ‘Heads Ups’, photos, videos, etc.

Seeing as this is the most completely wondrous community on the internet – 😎 – I’d just ask that you keep on doing what you’re doing, ie posting links to the good stuff out there in the comments – thank yoooou!

88 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 desertflower
    August 26, 2014 at 9:36 am


  2. 5 amk for obama
    August 26, 2014 at 9:39 am

    slacker …

  3. 7 amk for obama
    August 26, 2014 at 9:39 am

    temple, temple tomorrow. grumble, grumble.

  4. 8 desertflower
    August 26, 2014 at 9:42 am

    That’s a great pic of the President and the girls:)

  5. 11 Dudette
    August 26, 2014 at 9:44 am


  6. August 26, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Good morning. We appreciate all you do, Chips and NW!

  7. 13 hopefruit2
    August 26, 2014 at 9:47 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats df on #1 🙂 Thanks Chips for posting today’s O-schedule.

    JER posted a link on Early Bird thread showing a line wrapping around the block for PBO’s speech at noon. No matter where he goes, what he’s doing, people line up. It never gets old!

  8. 14 hopefruit2
    August 26, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Reposting the tweet posted by JER on last thread 🙂

    • 15 Nerdy Wonka
      August 26, 2014 at 11:02 am

      The reception he receives is freaking awesome. People gladly wait for hours – sometimes overnight – and are never disappointed.

  9. 16 desertflower
    August 26, 2014 at 10:00 am


    Hamas said Tuesday that Israel has agreed to a long-term cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, according to the Associated Press and AFP. Israel has yet to make an official statement on the action.

    The nearly two-month-old conflict has left more than 2,000 Palestinians dead, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. In Israel, four civilians and 64 soldiers have been killed, according to the Israeli military.

    Wonder what “long term” means?

  10. August 26, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Lovely pic to start the rise and shine. Thanks for starting the day with a smiling PBO.

  11. August 26, 2014 at 10:01 am

    “It also believes that a world where Obama can govern without constraints is the actual world we live in, or, at least, a reasonable approximation thereof. More inspiring speeches, harder fighting, or some other unspecified application of willpower is all it would take to have forced Olympia Snowe to vote for a larger stimulus or Scott Brown to go along with tougher financial regulation. Because they cannot conceive of any limits to Obama’s power, betrayal and haplessness are the only causes they can imagine for their distress”.

  12. August 26, 2014 at 10:04 am

    You have to wonder why this is the case….i have heard this many times before…..

    • 31 amk for obama
      August 26, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Yup. The right wins because they always vote. Always.

      • 32 57andfemale
        August 26, 2014 at 11:00 am

        For all of their (honest) belief in liberal ideals and inclusion, they don’t know how to talk to people. They don’t think they have to build anything – just ‘demand’ because they are ‘correct’. Sure, that’s what the RWNJ’s are doing now, but they didn’t do it 30 years ago when they were building their rightward march into changing lies into truth. the far left looks for heroes, for Bobby Kennedy incarnate – otherwise they won’t bother to vote. The RWNJ’s look to move the ball imperceptibly down the field, so that people won’t notice until it’s too late.

        We still yell that they are ‘crazy’. They are crazy, yet have managed to convince people with a few pots and pans and a BW TV set that they will have to pay a ‘death’ tax. That they are not ‘safe’ unless the Men are waving their organs as weapons of war. They didn’t try to get their version of ‘Single Payer’; they passed little law after law limiting women’s right to choose until it’s damn near impossible for women to choose an abortion. And now they’re going after our contraception. Because they built their power slowly enough so that people didn’t notice. Or worse – thinks that’s the way things should be.

        It’s ridiculous when the whiny left thinks one black President will fix everything, and fix it NOW or he’s EVIL. These educated people should know better, but learn nothing about how to achieve goals.

        • 33 GGail
          August 26, 2014 at 11:03 am

          This is so true 57!
          “It’s ridiculous when the whiny left thinks one black President will fix everything, and fix it NOW or he’s EVIL.”

        • 34 catrst
          August 26, 2014 at 11:19 am

          I am bursting out of lurkerdom to thank you for this. You have said one of the most significant things I have read on the difference in approach. Thank you.

        • August 26, 2014 at 11:46 am

          You said it, 57andfemale. Exactly, brilliantly putting into words a powerful truth about my people, my side, how and why we get so much of it wrong.

          • 37 57andfemale
            August 26, 2014 at 11:51 am

            It’s my side, too, and it’s so frustrating, Nancie.

          • August 26, 2014 at 12:03 pm

            Absolutely. I should have said, “…our side”, not ‘my side’! You nailed the short-sightedness, the all-or-nothing attitude demanding Single Payer healthcare and then pouting and sitting out elections to ‘punish’ our brilliant President, who always wisely plays the long game.
            “….the far left looks for heroes, for Bobby Kennedy incarnate – otherwise they won’t bother to vote. The RWNJ’s look to move the ball imperceptibly down the field, so that people won’t notice until it’s too late.” What our President could have accomplished for all of us, had these arrogant ones been willing to see that we succeed by playing on a team! I think people are waking up, in time for election day 2014.

    • 39 anniebella
      August 26, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Sometime I wonder if the far left isn’t as nutty as the far right?

  13. 40 amk for obama
    August 26, 2014 at 10:06 am

    All 43 police forces in England and Wales have agreed to adopt a new government code of conduct on the use of their powers to stop and search members of the public.

    Home Secretary Theresa May had said the technique was being misused so often that it was damaging relations between the public and police.

    Police will now record every outcome resulting from stop and search.

    There will also be more limits on using the controversial “Section 60” stops.

    Officers will need higher authorisation than at present to deploy Section 60 powers, under which someone may be stopped without grounds for suspicion in a situation where serious violence is anticipated.


    Last year, an Equality and Human Rights Commission report said black and Asian people were still far more likely than white people to be stopped and searched by police.

    Black people were six times as likely to be stopped overall – but this was as high as 29 times in some areas.

    A black police inspector, Nick Glynn of the Leicestershire force, has already been chosen to lead reform of the way stop-and-search powers are used nationally.

    He said he had been stopped and searched himself about 30 times while off duty by officers from other forces.

    Metropolitan Police Commander Adrian Hanstock said the new code supports the force’s “ongoing drive to make stop and search more intelligence-led and effective”.


    At least the brits are willing to do something about it.

    • 41 GGail
      August 26, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Good for them! Acknowledging that the problem exists and attempting to bring it to the consciousnesses of others is an admirable first step.

  14. 42 Vicki
    August 26, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Good morning TOD.
    Seventy Days. 70 days. Again, seventy days until mid-term, 2014.

    My plan, always is to vote (D) for everything, every chance I get.
    Even though, in New York, a Democratic Win in the NY Senate is destroyed by our Governor and handed over to the Repubs. You may have heard about this disgrace.

    Still, a vote for dems, any dems, DINOS, conservadems, emoleft, DLC, is a strike against despair. The worst dem still may see the light, right?

    Maybe someday we will have a huge majority of Obamadems. And these corporate tools with (D) around their names will fade away. A woman may dream.

  15. 43 desertflower
    August 26, 2014 at 10:15 am


    Two top Republican lawmakers profited from a corporate tax-avoidance maneuver that the U.S. Treasury Department is seeking to curb.

    While U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp have resisted calls for a crackdown on companies adopting overseas addresses to pay lower taxes, both have made money off one of the deals. They also have investments at risk of losing value because of government action.

    The two lawmakers reported the sale of stock in Covidien Plc within nine days of Medtronic Inc. saying it was planning a takeover, an announcement that sent Dublin-based Covidien’s shares near a 52-week high. The deal, one of several that have sparked a national debate over U.S. corporate tax policy, would put the combined company’s headquarters in Ireland and reduce its tax rate.

    Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, and Camp, whose committee controls tax policy, haven’t backed a proposal by President Barack Obama and Democrats for a retroactive law that would penalize the Medtronic-Covidien deal and seven others.

  16. 44 vcprezofan2
    August 26, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Off to see if I can find someone to start my lawnmower; the front lawn is pitiful so I’d rather not leave it like that and head out on vacation. BBL

  17. 45 JER
    August 26, 2014 at 10:22 am

  18. 46 JER
    August 26, 2014 at 10:23 am

  19. 48 Roberta in MN
    August 26, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Good Morning everyone. Sunny day here a little cooler for now. Wonderful Pics Chips Just trying to catch up. I will be having a busy week, so I will be in & out. Love you all & Our POTUS & FLOTUS> BBL

  20. 49 amk for obama
    August 26, 2014 at 10:34 am

    The Vatican has stripped the former papal envoy to the Dominican Republic of his diplomatic immunity, opening the way for him to be extradited to face sex abuse allegations in the country.

    The Polish priest Jozef Wesolowski was found guilty of sexually abusing young Dominican boys by the Vatican in June.

    Correspondents say the Caribbean state was unhappy at his immediate recalling by the Church when the claims surfaced.

    He is the most senior Vatican official to be investigated for sex abuse.

    Pope Francis has pledged a crackdown on clerics and employees of the Church who exploit minors, comparing their actions to a “satanic mass”.

    Wesolowski had served as ambassador to the Dominican Republic for five years.


  21. 50 desertflower
    August 26, 2014 at 10:49 am

    • 51 GGail
      August 26, 2014 at 10:57 am

      I say boycott Burger King. I hate to do this because many of the franchise owners are African American, but maybe they will find their voice and speak up.

  22. August 26, 2014 at 10:51 am

  23. August 26, 2014 at 10:55 am

    But obama didn’t go far enough he needs to pay for it his self and…

    • 57 hopefruit2
      August 26, 2014 at 11:07 am

      …and he needs to promise the vets that he won’t play golf anymore…or take any more vacations for the rest of his life…

  24. 58 yardarm756
    August 26, 2014 at 11:08 am

    On this day……..
    1986 Iran-Contra Affair The U.S. Justice Department begins a full-scale investigation of the Reagan administration’s weapons shipments to Iran.
    1969 Lottery for Selective Service Draftees Bill establishing the draft lottery is signed by Pres. Nixon
    1942 Casablanca The film classic premiers. It starred Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
    1922 King Tut Archeologist Howard Carter looks into King Tutankhamen’s tomb for the first time.
    1861 A convention in western Virginia votes to secede from Virginia and form the state of West Virginia.

    1938 Tina Turner (Annie Mae Bullock), American singer, with husband Ike. Music: Proud Mary.
    1938 Rich Little Canadian impersonator.
    1933 Robert Goulet American singer, actor. One of his TV appearances prompted Elvis Presley to shoot his TV.
    1922 Charles Monroe Schulz d. 2000 American cartoonist, creator of Peanuts (1950) featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the gang.
    1912 Eugene Ionesco d. 1994 Romanian-born playwright. Writings: The Bald Soprano (1950) and The Lesson (1950).
    1912 Eric Sevareid d. 1992 American Emmy-winning broadcast journalist for CBS.
    1910 Cyril Cusack d. 1993 Irish actor. Film: The Day of the Jackal, The Taming of the Shrew, and My Left Foot. He was considered Ireland’s finest actor.
    1908 Vernon “Lefty” Gomez d. 1989 American Baseball Hall of Famer. He won 189 games with the N.Y. Yankees, and was the winning pitcher for the first All-Star game (1933).
    1902 Maurice “Mac” J. McDonald d. 1971 American restaurateur. He and his brother started the McDonald’s hamburger chain in 1940.
    1895 Bill Wilson d. 1971 (William Griffith Wilson aka Bill W.), American cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous (1935).
    1861 Albert Bacon Fall d. 1944 American senator, first member of a president’s cabinet convicted of a crime (1929). While Pres. Harding’s Secretary of the Interior, he was convicted of accepting a $100,000 bribe. He was sentenced to one year in prison and fined $100,000.
    1844 Karl Friedrich Benz d. 1929 German automotive pioneer, built the first car powered by an internal combustion engine.
    1832 Mary Edwards Walker d. 1919 American physician, women’s rights leader. She was the first female surgeon in the U.S. Army (1864), and the only woman to receive the Medal of Honor (1865); although it was revoked in 1916 and then reinstated in 1977. In 1897 she established a women’s colony called “Adamless Eden.”
    1607 John Harvard d. 1638 English scholar. As he was dying he bequeathed his library and half his estate to a new college being formed. It was named Harvard in his honor.

    1970 Benjamin Oliver Davis b. 1877 American soldier, first African-American U.S. Army general (1940).
    1956 Tommy Dorsey b. 1905 American bandleader of the Big Band Era, brother of Jimmy.
    1954 Wallace Rupert Turnbull b. 1868 Canadian aviation pioneer, inventor of the variable-pitch propeller (1927).
    1952 Sven Hedin b. 1865 Swedish explorer, scientist. His explorations (1899-1902) provided the first substantial knowledge of Tibet to the rest of the world.
    1915 W. Atlee Burpee b. 1858 American seedsman. In 1876 at age 18, he founded what would become the world’s largest mail-order seed company.
    1885 Alfonso XII b. 1857 King of Spain (1874-85).
    1883 Sojourner Truth b. circa 1790 ex-slave, abolitionist.
    1836 John Loudon McAdam b. 1756 Scottish engineer, creator of asphalt.
    399 Saint Siricius b. ???? Italian religious leader, 38th Pope (384-399).

  25. 61 JER
    August 26, 2014 at 11:09 am

  26. August 26, 2014 at 11:13 am

    • 63 hopefruit2
      August 26, 2014 at 11:18 am

      They are jealous that Rev Al has the President’s respect and attention – something they will NEVER have if they keep up their current B.S.

      • 64 Vicki
        August 26, 2014 at 11:32 am

        I think Rev. Al is a severely under-rated leader.
        You can tell how afraid the RW is of him by the decibel count of them talking about his early missteps.

        The louder the ridicule of the Righteous Rev, the more significant his positive and on-target message seems to me.

        Just as with PBO, Rev. Al is a huge threat to the privileged status quo.

      • August 26, 2014 at 12:19 pm

        The people in Ferguson respect and listen to Rev. Al too…may be because he’s there with them instead of looking down his nose from afar pontificating their oughta – shoulda – couldas.

        • 66 hopefruit2
          August 26, 2014 at 12:27 pm

          Exactly. Rev Al said that he was personally telephoned by someone near and dear to Mike Brown a few hrs after the boy was killed.

          I don’t think any Ferguson resident or relative of Mike Brown thought to call Dyson, Cornel West, Don Lemon, MHP, or any of those idiots on cable TV.

          • August 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm

            “I don’t think any Ferguson resident or relative of Mike Brown thought to call Dyson, Cornel West, Don Lemon, MHP…”

            Truth, hopefruit. Who wants to call on someone who will not only talk down to them and treat them as if they have no common sense, and basically blame them for their circumstances, but will not get their hands dirty and get in the trenches with them.

  27. 68 JER
    August 26, 2014 at 11:14 am

  28. 70 hopefruit2
    August 26, 2014 at 11:16 am

  29. 72 57andfemale
    August 26, 2014 at 11:18 am

    How effed up is this country that we cannot defeat all of these RWNJ’s:


  30. 74 JER
    August 26, 2014 at 11:19 am

    LIVE NOW: President Barack Obama arrives at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport – http://www.wral.com/news/video/13925651

  31. 75 yardarm756
    August 26, 2014 at 11:24 am

    This is old but is on point in today’s climate.

  32. 76 57andfemale
    August 26, 2014 at 11:29 am

  33. August 26, 2014 at 11:29 am

    An essay written by smartypants in July of 2009….she highlights the President’s speech on race….well worth a read…

    This is where we are right now. It’s a racial stalemate we’ve been stuck in for years….But I have asserted a firm conviction – a conviction rooted in my faith in God and my faith in the American people – that working together we can move beyond some of our old racial wounds, and that in fact we have no choice if we are to continue on the path of a more perfect union.

  34. August 26, 2014 at 11:33 am


    citing security demands…because of course blk folks are unruly animals and we are afraid of them,….the meme continues

  35. 81 JER
    August 26, 2014 at 11:35 am

    CONTINUING COVERAGE: http://www.wbtv.com/category/259075/wbtv-newscast-live-stream

  36. 82 JER
    August 26, 2014 at 11:37 am

  37. 83 JER
    August 26, 2014 at 11:39 am

  38. 85 JER
    August 26, 2014 at 11:43 am

  39. 86 Vicki
    August 26, 2014 at 11:45 am

    If the GOP was thinking that we have an “unpopular President” they’d better think again.
    No enthusiasm gap whatsoever. We will storm the polling places!

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