homeward bound

President Barack Obama confers with National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, right, Chief of Staff Bill Daley, left, and Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, following a conference call on Libya with his national security team, in San Salvador, El Salvador, March 23, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave prior to departing El Salvador, March 23

27 Responses to “homeward bound”

  1. 1 Theo67
    March 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Stellar representation of this country, and a really successful trip opening up and respecting the people of these three countries that were visited. This is a presidency to be proud of, indeed! Safe journey…

    • 2 V C prezOfan2
      March 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      Hi Theo! Trust you are having a good day!

      IMO they have done an excellent job representing the US of A by their warm interaction with all whom they came in contact. I am so proud of them! Never before have I seen this level of ‘naturalness’ and involvement with the ‘natives’ on the part of presidential families travelling abroad. And, we won’t even mention the way the President interspersed Libya and other business into the trip without seeming to be distracted in the social events! As people have said here off and on, whoever succeeds this President has a high standard to live up to. Safe journey home, President and Mrs. Obama and the rest of the family! You have shared a terrifec eye-opening weekend with us.

  2. 3 rikyrah
    March 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Have totally enjoyed their trip. the pictures and posts have been terrific.

  3. 4 HZ
    March 23, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Safe travels Mr. President and our First Family. We ask for protect to our pilots and the entire crew on Air Force One, and Marine One. We thanks all of the men and women who make everything work smoothly for our President as he travels all over the country and the world. These men and women have a great responsibility and are serving all of us with much hard work, focus on their duties each and everyday as they prepare for all of the President’s trips. I say a prayer for you all daily. We thank you so very much!!

  4. 5 CTGirl
    March 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I agree with everyone here! Thanks Chipsticks for keeping up with our First Family … it was just wonderful!

  5. March 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    ThanX so much Sticks for allowing us to travel with our beloved President and his family in photos and videos these last 5 days. You Rock!!!

  6. 7 Me4obama
    March 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Chipsticks, there is something weird going on this wonderful blog first, i had trouble getting on here, then I saw my comment with CTgirl’s name on it and it was vey long and I couldn’t make sense with the whole thing.

    • March 23, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      Hi Me4Obama, I was wondering if what happened with that comment was that CTGirl accidentally copied and pasted other stuff that appeared on the page??? It came up weird, alright, so I just deleted all the stuff apart from the comment itself. It could be, though, that WordPress is still glitchy after it went down yesterday. Will check to see if other sites are having problems. Thanks for letting me know 😉

  7. 9 Proud of Obama
    March 23, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    It was a wonderful journey. Praying for safe travel for our President and his lovely ladies.

  8. 10 Fred
    March 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    thank you very much Chip 😉

    safe travels Obama family

  9. 11 Shirley
    March 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Yes, I enjoyed every step of the way, of the Obamas vacation. I thank you President Obama for dealing with some of the MOST Important business and Challenges of “OUR” Country, while you were away. You have shown the world, that “YES YOU CAN”, take vacation and be plugged In with the rest of the world at the same time. You have shown the world President Obama, that “YES YOU CAN”, deal with rescuing a Country, and coordinate business meetings and conferences with Security, and other Countries, all while you are on vacation, and Enjoying the presence of your Family. President Obama, you have shown the world, that “YES YOU CAN”, be a “LEADER” of our Country. President Obama, I just want to tell you, just how much you make me proud 🙂 Thank you President Obama, Thank you First Lady Obama, I love you 🙂 I pray that our Lord and Savior continue to bless you richly 🙂

    • 12 Theo67
      March 23, 2011 at 5:53 pm

      Actually – this wasn’t a vacation, it was an official visit to three countries to discuss trade (and, by extension, American jobs) and other opportunities for cooperation. Just wanted to be clear about that… 🙂 But everything else you said was great!

  10. 13 Debz
    March 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Come home safely Mr President.

    Thanks for covering this trip. He works so hard for this country and to reset relationships with other countries.

  11. 14 Debra
    March 23, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    There has never been a President who has handled so many major issues at one time as President Obama. He is amazing. On another note all of the sudden after bashing President Obama the headline at Huffington post now reads Gaddafi retreats from key city a, Air strikes bring relief to residents who suffered under brutal seige. Oh, maybe President Obama knew what he was doing. As I said President Obama is amazing.

  12. 15 hgerhard
    March 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Thank you, Chipsticks, for all the work you do to keep us up to date. Although events in Libya are dominating the news right now, I am confident that President Obama’s ongoing efforts to improve our relationship with our neighbors in Central and South America will yield long-term benefits for the U.S. as well as our partners in the hemisphere. It would be expecting too much to look to the media for a balanced coverage of all the things accomplished by our President who works incredibly hard dealing with multiple issues and crises at the same time.

  13. 16 anniebella
    March 23, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Chipsticks…I have enjoyed their trip as if I was right their with the Obamas. Thank you.

  14. 17 EveryDayPeople
    March 23, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    President Obama will come home and explain to his critics that we (USA) will pass the lead role off to NATO, France, or England. I admire his courage in taking action against Gaddaffi. To this day, I still have a huge amount of disappointment in President Clinton for not being proactive on Rwanda. 600,000 to 800,000 people did over the course of 3 months, because of the repercussions of Belgium colonialism.



  15. 18 Jessica
    March 23, 2011 at 4:28 pm


    A pic of the girls if anyone wanted to see.

  16. 19 Audrey
    March 23, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    May God continue to bless, protect and defend our most magnificent President and his beautiful family!

  17. 20 Hachikō
    March 23, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Thank you for taking us on this wonderful journey with them, Chip. You did a tremendous job. I totally enjoyed your coverage. Couldn’t wait to get a chance to come on the blog and catch up. Kudos!

  18. 21 barb
    March 23, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Sticks it’s been a wonderful trip. I hope President Obama accommplished all he set out to do. I am going to miss this opportunity to see Malia and Shasia now that they go back into hiding. I’m sure Brazil, Chile and El Salvador are happier nations today. Brazil and Chile are already established and I wish the best for El Salvador to get the help they need to grow their world addressing their crime rate and powerful gang. I don’t know the exact status of the Salvadorians in the US but the Billion dollars they send home each year to their families supports the nation. I hope that can continue.

    • 22 Jessica
      March 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      The Easter Egg roll is April 25th and we should see them a lot this summer. The President has foreign trips scheduled.

  19. 23 Perry
    March 23, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Is Sasha happy to be going home?:)

  20. 24 anniebella
    March 23, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    In that third picture Malia looks so much like her father.

  21. 25 WalkingOnSunshine
    March 23, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Thank you for keeping the photos coming! I would have no idea where to find these lovely pics if it were not for you and BWD. You have me hooked Ms. Chipsticks!

  22. 26 Eleroy
    March 23, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Gorgeous!!! I adore my President and First Lady!!! They ROCK!!! Woo hoo!!!

    I love Mrs Obama, I love everything about her and I want that outfit!!! She is hot, sexy, appealing, smart focused, grounded, self-assured, empathetic, down to earth and oh so amazing!!!

  23. 27 Titti
    March 24, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Sasha is such a happy carefree child. My fave picture of her is one taken in Spain of her in her rainbow swimming suit and a sarong dancing away regardless.

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