Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama speaks at a campaign event at the University of Colorado-Boulder, September 2, 2012 (Photo by Larry Downing)


Today (all times Eastern)

12:30: White House Press Briefing

3:15: President Obama departs for Estonia


Short of time again this morning, we’ll catch up through the day!


On This Day

President Obama in Boulder, September 2, 2012 (Photograph by Scout Tufankjian)

President Obama in Boulder, September 2, 2012 (Photograph by Scout Tufankjian)

President Obama in Boulder, September 2, 2012 (Photograph by Scout Tufankjian)

89 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 5 jackiegrumbacher
    September 2, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Congratulations on first, Vetivera. September 23 is National Voter Registration Day. In Pa, all registrations have to be in one month before the election, so time is getting tight. There are a lot of registration events planned for that day in our county. Are other areas planning registration activities?

  2. 7 vcprezofan2
    September 2, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Good Morning again all you early risers and newcomers! 😀

    Vicki earlier shared some info about NY’ gubernatorial race – here’s something that connects

    Gov. Cuomo’s political operatives are eyeing a “painful scenario’’ to dump Kathy Hochul, a moderate upstater, as the governor’s running mate for lieutenant governor amid growing signs that leftist law professor Tim Wu is picking up momentum in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary.

    Such an action could be needed because a Wu victory would result in a Cuomo/Wu ticket on the Democratic line in the November election but potentially disastrous Cuomo/Hochul tickets on the Working Families, Independence, and Women’s Equality lines, where no primaries are slated.

    Under the state Election Law, votes for a Cuomo/Hochul ticket in November would not be added to the tally for the Cuomo/Wu ticket, potentially costing Cuomo hundreds of thousands of votes. Cuomo would have until Sept. 16 under the election law to swap Wu for Hochul, using a technique that would allow the former Buffalo-area congresswoman and lawyer to be nominated instead for a judgeship, according to an expert on legislative election law.



  3. 8 desertflower
    September 2, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Great VoteVets ad against Turtle in KY…

      September 2, 2014 at 10:35 am


  4. 10 arapaho415
    September 2, 2014 at 9:46 am

    The Boulder CO photos melt your heart.

    The tenderness when PBO holds a baby is palpable.

    Wish I could be in that breakfast place right now!

    R-money could spend millions on coaching to try and achieve this genuineness, all to no avail. The closest R-money has come to genuineness is in that photo posted on TOD recently of him with other Wall Streeters posing with dollars coming out of their ears.

  5. 16 dee
    September 2, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Great ad!!! Speaks to age and people who vote.

    • 17 desertflower
      September 2, 2014 at 9:49 am

      It is…and it really goes against the false meme that the RW is ALWAYS doing good for veterans! NOT SO! Great ad..

  6. 18 99ts
    September 2, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Pierce had a labor day post well worth a read.

    I read this para

    “People loved their work once, and it didn’t matter if they worked in the public sector or in the private one. The men who worked in the CCC would take their grandchildren to see the forests they planted, while the men from the auto plants would point out the cars they’d built as they passed them on the new interstate highway system. The women who fastened the engines on the wings would watch the B-17’s fly off to make a liar out of Goering, and the women who taught in the public schools would point with pride when one of their old students got elected mayor. ”

    and remembered 2 things from my past

    Age about 6 – presumably a school excursion – we visited a plastics factory – and I remember the ladies working there made red plastic cups while we watched – and each of us was given one of these cups.

    My first job – working for a steel company – part of the induction was touring the plant (in all its dirt and heat and I really didn’t want to be there). When we reached the blast furnaces – the man whose job was to sweep away the rubbish in front of the furnace explained how important was his job, how hot it was working there and how many of his family also worked in the plant.

    No-one said “have a nice day” ( I think “mind where you go” was the common phrase) but they were all proud of what they were doing and all wanted to show us the jobs they did.

  7. 19 donna dem 4 obama
    September 2, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Good Morning TOD!

    I’m sorry but I didn’t know that I would be MIA for a bit until it happened. 😯
    I was sort of “kidnapped” by my cousin over the last week. Her son had a destination wedding this past Saturday and the wedding coordinator had a family emergency and had to backed out. I had to step in and pull everything together for the event. Needless to say that I had to pull some
    all-nighters last week getting things prepared. Once at the destination last Wednesday we had no WiFi so I haven’t a clue as to what is going on in the world. The wedding went off beautifully but I am exhausted. I hope all is well with everyone and that everyone had a great Labor Day Holiday and if I missed any birthday’s while away, Happy Belated Birthday!!!

    Now unfortunately there is no rest for the weary….It’s back to work for me today 😦

    • September 2, 2014 at 9:58 am

      Great to hear all’s good Donna, we were worried about you!! Goodness, what an exhausting time you’ve had, hope you get a chance to rest VERY soon!

    • 21 desertflower
      September 2, 2014 at 10:00 am

      dd!!!! OMG…we were all wondering where you were last night!! So glad that you’re alright and you had a good time:)I was thinking that it was something wonderful with those beautiful grandbabies that was keeping you away! Welcome home:)

    • 22 vcprezofan2
      September 2, 2014 at 10:01 am

      {{{{GrandmaDD}}}} I am absolutely thrilled to see you! You **will** make it through a good day at work, then come home early for some rest (my prayer for you). 🙂 🙂

    • 23 57andfemale
      September 2, 2014 at 10:16 am

      We were getting worried!!! If you have to be MIA, let it be for a wedding.

      Same thing happened to me when my goddaughter got married. NOTHING was taken care of or organized. She’d bought flowers – bulk – and we had to figure out how to make bouquets and centerpieces. Surprise!

      I went into ‘stage manager’ mode and pulled everything together: checklists, delegation, schedules.

      As we were going to the ceremony, someone gave me a mother’s corsage. “Oh, I’m not the Mother of Bride,” I said. Then my goddaughter came up to me and said, “You’ve been as much my mother as my own mother is.” That was all the thanks I needed.

      Glad the wedding was lovely, due of course to your special touch. And we’re especially glad you’re back!

      • 24 donna dem 4 obama
        September 2, 2014 at 10:33 am

        Ha!! They had 500 yellow and white roses delivered last Thursday and we had to make 18 centerpieces, 6 bouquets, 8 boutonnieres and 6 wrist corsages. I don’t know what I would have done without the crash course I put myself through of the “how to” videos on youtube before we left. 😯

        • 25 57andfemale
          September 2, 2014 at 10:37 am

          My story exactly! My goddaughter had downloaded ‘instructions’ – yeah, that was a big help! But we got REALLY lucky: a cousin of the groom, who didn’t think she’d be able to make the wedding, decided to come at the last minute. She was a florist! So I delegated that task to her, and she corralled the troops. My wonderful goddaughter is a surgeon – but when it came to organizing her wedding, she was useless.

    • 26 Vicki
      September 2, 2014 at 10:40 am

      Welcome back and TOD certainly missed you a lot. Me included, obviously.

    • September 2, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      So glad to know you are well, Donna, and that the wedding was a success!!!

  8. 28 vcprezofan2
    September 2, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Folks, my bags aren’t packed yet, but I think it’s time to make a move, so I’m signing off! Please, o please turn on the positive vibes in about 45 minutes. Thank you all in advance! Love, love, ❤ to all you Obots! ~vc

  9. September 2, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    Donna, great to see you back. Sounds like you were pressed into service and you likely outperformed everyone’s expectation. Congrats!

    vc, I don’t know where you are but I hope you have safe travels back home.

    Fog is rolling in now but should burn off by mid-morning. Time for a cuppa.

  10. September 2, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Police Arrest Young Black Politician For Distributing Voting Rights Leaflets

    by Alice Ollstein Posted on September 2, 2014 at 9:17 am

    CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA—The stars of North Carolina’s Moral Mondays movement took the stage Monday at Charlotte’s Marshall Park to condemn the state’s record on voter suppression and racial profiling, and urge the community to organize and turn out at the polls this November. Just a few hundred feet away, police cuffed and arrested local LGBT activist and former State Senate candidate Ty Turner as he was putting voting rights information on parked cars.

    “They said they would charge me for distributing literature,” Turner
    told ThinkProgress when he was released a few hours later. “I asked [the policeman] for the ordinance number [being violated], because they can’t put handcuffs on you if they cannot tell you why they’re detaining you. I said, ‘Show me where it’s illegal to do this.’ But he would not do it. The officer got mad and grabbed me. Then he told me that I was resisting arrest!”

    There is a local ordinance prohibiting leafleting on cars. But according
    to local activist Casey Throneburg, who filmed the above video, it is
    almost never enforced, and “certainly not with handcuffs.”


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  13. 47 Ladyhawke
    September 2, 2014 at 10:22 am

    The Unbearable Emptiness of a New York Times Op-Ed

    John McCain and Lindsey Graham want Obama to confront ISIS now. They don’t specify how.



    I have my concerns about President Obama’s foreign policy. But nothing eases them like listening to his Republican critics. There’s an onion-like quality to the arguments GOP politicians often deploy against Obama’s policies in the Middle East. Peel away the layers of grave-sounding but vacuous rhetoric, and you’re left with almost nothing intellectually nourishing at all.
    Sometimes history vindicates presidents who choose war. At least as often, it vindicates presidents who don’t. That’s part of the reason Obama’s decision in Syria is hard. Of course, if you ignore the times when war has brought disaster—and you ignore the most difficult questions about war in Syria—then Obama’s decision doesn’t seem that hard at all.



    • 48 anniebella
      September 2, 2014 at 10:34 am

      If John McCain, Lindsey Graham, will lead the troops who will be sent to confront ISIS, I mean since they want war so bad get on the dam battlefield and lead those troops you want sent Sen. McCain and Graham, take Sen. Feinstein too.

      September 2, 2014 at 10:38 am


    September 2, 2014 at 10:32 am


  15. 51 dotster3
    September 2, 2014 at 10:33 am

    LOL—-just saw this comment on facebook: “May or may not have just told our 3 yr. old son that every time he slams down the potty lid, a panda dies. Looking for feedback, confirmatory remarks preferred.”

  16. 52 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    September 2, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Good morning, TOD!

    DD, glad to see you’re back, and that your absence was for pleasure. I love weddings and births, both give hope for a bright future.

    VC, I’m praying that you have a safe return home.

    Family, I need Heeeeeeeeeelp! Looking for recommendations for a good android tablet. This will be my travel device, need it to read TOD, email, maybe movies and/or books on long trips… Thanks!

  17. 54 desertflower
    September 2, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Saudi Arabia has arrested 88 men from 10 terror cells who were plotting attacks inside the country and abroad, Interior Ministry says.

    CNN Breaking News….

      September 2, 2014 at 10:45 am


    September 2, 2014 at 10:42 am


  19. 57 desertflower
    September 2, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Obama’s fault


    Bullish U.S. manufacturing, construction data bolster growth outlook

    U.S. manufacturing activity increased to its highest level in nearly 3-1/2 years in August and construction spending rebounded strongly in July, in further signs of vigor in the economy.

    The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said on Tuesday its index of national factory activity rose to 59.0 last month, the highest reading since March 2011, from 57.1 in July.

    A reading above 50 indicates expansion in the manufacturing sector. Economists had expected a pullback to 56.8. August’s reading was boosted by a surge in the new orders gauge, which touched its highest level since April 2004.

    Separately, the Commerce Department said construction spending increased 1.8 percent to an annual rate of $981.31 billion, the highest level since December 2008.

    The reports added to employment data in painting an upbeat picture of the economy in the third quarter.

  20. 58 JER
    September 2, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

  21. 61 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    September 2, 2014 at 10:49 am

  22. 64 JER
    September 2, 2014 at 11:01 am

  23. 66 JER
    September 2, 2014 at 11:05 am

  24. 67 JER
    September 2, 2014 at 11:12 am

  25. 68 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    September 2, 2014 at 11:23 am


    The work of artists and creative activists can help to create a cultural democracy that prizes diversity, practices equity, and brings a deep respect for human rights to every aspect of civil society. Therefore, the people-powered U.S. Department of Arts and Culture* calls on all artists and creative activists to join in the movement to demilitarize the police and bring justice to victims of publicly funded racism.

  26. 69 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    September 2, 2014 at 11:27 am

    #CultOfCompliance – Thought Crime and Involuntary Commitment

    Today’s stories about compliance take a different spin. Thankfully, no one is being shot or tasered by the police in these examples. Two men have, however, been involuntarily committed for what they might do in the future.

    One is an English professor. His case has not made the news but he was involuntarily committed and tweeted about it. I understand there has been some misinformation and definitely misinformed speculation (I was responsible for some of it). It’s put the issues of involuntary commitment front and center, especially given the next case.

    The other wrote science fiction set centuries in the future. He worked at a school. His story was set at a future school, beset by violence. And then he was taken for a mandatory emergency psych eval, his home and school were searched for weapons and drugs, and as far as I know he remains un-free. More details below.

    • September 2, 2014 at 11:38 am

      Actually the present circumstance with regard to mental health involuntary commitment, is that it is difficult to do, and the result is that too many severely disturbed, individuals who need mental health treatment are on the streets or in jails, instead of getting treatment.

  27. 71 HZ
    September 2, 2014 at 11:28 am

    GM. my beautiful Chips and TOD family. So wonderful to hear from Donna. Lovely news of new beginnings to a bright and new life for the family. Get some rest my love and know that you are so loved by this granny.

    My Chips, thanks for this beautiful space. I am so grateful for you daily, my love.

    Loving thoughts of goodness be placed into Vc’s space as travels ensue. You are certainly in my thoughts, Vc.

    Miss CarolMae and Layla. Thought of them in my meditation last evening just before retiring for the evening. I pray for sweetness of joyfulness in both their spaces. {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Lots of loving hugs to Layla and CarolMae.}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

    May our President’s travels be safe ones and very successful. May his team with him be alert, and fully aware of their duties at all times. May gentle peace be upon our beloved president as he represent all of us. May physical strength be granted to him as he moves from one place to another. May his smile give hope to someone else and his words and deeds give hope, encouragement, and a gift of fairness and justice to so many lives as he work throughout each of his meetings. May nothing but goodness be in his space. May favor of a steady hand of wisdom be granted to his every move. My prayers will be in my space for him each day and night for great things. Bless his precious heart as he work each day and night for humanity on this trip. Blessings, Mr. President.

    TOD family have a wonderful day, and do not forget to put a little goodness of love, faith, and hope into your space. It helps. I love you all so dearly. HZ

    • September 2, 2014 at 11:32 am

      Very good day to you, HZ. Hope you’re feeling much, much better today. Sending you a big bouquet of fresh flowers to brighten your table.

      • 73 HZ
        September 2, 2014 at 11:39 am

        {{{{{{{{TY. my love.}}}}}}}} I feel better. I will ride on this joy for this moment because I have so much paper work to get done today. Please send the flowers, I will be reminded of your love and care for me. They surely will brighten my day. You are so precious, meta. Now, you also have a great day. Keep cool as well. Love you and thank you a whole bunch.HZ

    • 75 donna dem 4 obama
      September 2, 2014 at 11:34 am

      Thanks HZ you are a beautiful person and…..”I Love You Back.”

      • 76 HZ
        September 2, 2014 at 11:42 am

        {{{{{{{{TY, my love as well}}}}}}}}. I am so grateful that you are back and doing fine. TY, so much for all that you bring to this beautiful space, DD. You are a rock of stability to all of us. “I Love You Back.” HZ

    • 77 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      September 2, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Good morning, HZ. Lovely to see you in the village this morning! ICYMI:

      • 78 HZ
        September 2, 2014 at 11:51 am

        TY, Alycee. You are such a light of inspiration. I was typing a message to you, and it disappeared. But believe me it was all good and a message of gratefulness. Keep me in your light of goodness, please. {{{{{{{{{{{{{Love you much, Alycee}}}}}}}}}}HZ

  28. 79 Ladyhawke
    September 2, 2014 at 11:36 am

  29. 80 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    September 2, 2014 at 11:48 am

  30. 81 JER
    September 2, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    LIVE NOW: Centers for Disease Control – EBOLA – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  31. 82 Linda
    September 2, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Washington Post moves Right.

    Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos has replaced publisher Katharine Weymouth with a co-founder of the newspaper’s competitor Politico, the company announced Tuesday.

    Weymouth’s departure is the end of an era of Graham family involvement with the Post. Her great-grandfather bought the newspaper in the 1930s, and her uncle Donald Graham sold it to Bezos last August for $250 million.

    She’ll be replaced by Frederick J. Ryan, the founding CEO of Politico and a former Reagan administration official.

    Bezos declined to comment to the Post on the reasons behind the switch, but the Amazon founder had been looking to expand the Post’s editorial staff with a focus on its digital side.

    Ryan told the Post in an interview that he planned to keep executive editor Marty Baron and editorial page editor Fred Hiatt on board.

    • 83 57andfemale
      September 2, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      And the move to becoming a right wing rag is now complete.

      Nice use of your money, Jeff Bezos. Limit real news, reporting and fair commentary even further.

  32. 84 57andfemale
    September 2, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    I’m apparently hopelessly behind. What’s going on with CarolMae and Layla? I glanced through several past posts and couldn’t find anything. Any info would be appreciated.

  33. 88 MightyPamela
    September 2, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Um. It’s Tuesday, right? I am thinkin’ that second pic from the bottom could easily spark a ‘khaki gate’, as it just ain’t fair! 😉 🐻 ❤

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