the state dinner, london

Queen Elizabeth, President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Prince Philip in Buckingham Palace ahead of a state banquet

321 Responses to “the state dinner, london”

  1. 1 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 24, 2011 at 2:32 pm


  2. 2 GGail
    May 24, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Thank you Chipsticks for the heads up and the connection!

  3. 3 sherijr
    May 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Okay.. me again ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am at the BBC link.. and getting only the recorded video.. am I missing a live connection thats ongoing?

    • May 24, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      There’s no coverage yet sherijr, it’s not starting for an hour. Not sure how much we’ll see.

    • 5 meta
      May 24, 2011 at 2:56 pm

      I never seem to get video there, only audio. Not sure why because there’s no mention of a needed plug-in or anything. I’ve tried other BBC sites and there is only a message that it’s not available in USA.

    • May 24, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      BBC special attention REQUIRED for LIVE feed..

      For example if you are online now there is only one block at bottom of video it is recorded…. It reads ‘LIVE Reports covering Obama’s UK visit.’

      WHEN BBC goes live another block appears beside it.

      THUS you must keep an eye out for that second LIVE block, normally itprecedes the RECORDED block.


      PS I missed some lives today because I did not know what was going on.

  4. 9 Theo67
    May 24, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I just wanted to be sure I’m not missing anything – I only see recorded video on the live feed showing earlier events. Are they on a break with the live broadcast?

  5. 13 M
    May 24, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Now dear Chips, do you remember you prepared us last night to not expect as good a coverage today on TOD as you were able to do yesterday as you kept us informed on the events in Ireland. Well,I do think you were mistaken. You rock!

  6. 17 Fred
    May 24, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I cannot wait ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. 18 mtmarilyn
    May 24, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Can’t wait to watch it with all these friends.

  8. 19 meta
    May 24, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    It’s also going to be shown at the WH livestream:


    May 24, 2011 at 3:11 pm


    May 24, 2011 at 3:14 pm


    May 24, 2011 at 3:19 pm


    • May 24, 2011 at 3:21 pm


      ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† You’re a hoooooot!

        May 24, 2011 at 3:24 pm


    May 24, 2011 at 3:22 pm


  13. 35 Doris
    May 24, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Whitehouse.gov is up!!!

    May 24, 2011 at 3:29 pm


  15. 40 sherijr
    May 24, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I’d like to have a look at the silverware ๐Ÿ˜‰ Lately I’ve been buying little pieces to a hundred year old set of silverPLATE (lol) that I’ve fallen in love with, I’m wondering how old the REAL SILVER is on Her Majesty’s dinner table.

  16. 44 meta
    May 24, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Was that Tracy Ullman?!

  17. 47 meta
    May 24, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    This is really thrilling!! I’m so excited for them.

  18. May 24, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    whew! just caught it.

  19. 49 Theo67
    May 24, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I forgot that this will be a tails/tuxedo event, and royalty will be wearing tiaras! How exciting! Thank heavens for the White House feed, I clicked on BBC live, and it said “not available in your area”. I would have cried if not for WH.gov. This should be fun.

    • 50 sherijr
      May 24, 2011 at 3:35 pm

      Fun indeed, my first State Dinner ! Look at those Candlabras~ wowzer.

    • 51 dotster
      May 24, 2011 at 4:04 pm

      It looks like from another era to me, what with the tiaras and all the extreme elegance and pomp and circumstance. Michelle looks elegant. Tom Hanks sure gets around, doesn’t he? Just saw him on the Oprah Extravaganza. Recognized a few others. Didn’t know Hillary was going to be there. It looks like a tough gig to me though, very nice and all but not real enjoyable. The pub in Moneygall looked like a lot more fun.

    May 24, 2011 at 3:33 pm


  21. 54 sherijr
    May 24, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I wish Barack’s ๐Ÿ˜‰ mom and dad could be here to witness him being honored by the Queen ~ how nice would that be~

    • 55 meta
      May 24, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      Oh, you just brought a tear to my eye. If only his mother and his grandparents could see him now, what pride they would feel.

      • 56 sherijr
        May 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm

        and his father I think, his grandparents too.. all of them would be so amazed and so proud. I think of his mom a lot, as a mom myself of grown men.. I think of these milestones and how happy he would have made her with all his many worldly achievements.. all the good he is bringing to the world longterm.

  22. 57 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 24, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I’ve got the White House feed up and running. Woot.

  23. May 24, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I find British jibber jabber more tolerable.

    Anyone ever seen a show called Keeping Up Appearances?

    Hyacinth would just die over this dinner.

  24. 69 Debz
    May 24, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I cant wait to see what Michelle is wearing. It all looks so beautiful

  25. 70 AnitaW
    May 24, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    White tie??? Ugh. I hope the President is ready for this and how much attention is FLOTUS going to get for her dress? Ugh again.

  26. 73 Proud of Obama
    May 24, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I don’t know why but I’ve got the butterflies! I’m nervous!

  27. 74 sherijr
    May 24, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    the guy with the blond hair reminded me a bit of Trump.. sorry sir.

    It can’t be easy to be on camera for all of this too.. that would be even more disconcerting.

  28. 75 Fred
    May 24, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    omg one young lady is wearing some thing on her left shoulder ๐Ÿ˜ฎ wtf is THAT? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    lawdy lawd ๐Ÿ˜†

  29. 76 sam uk obama supporter
    May 24, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Hi just got back from London. It was incredible!!! We were right at the front at Buckingham Palace when President Obama came out in the beast! My son and husband saw him get into the car but my friend and I were in a different place and got real close to the motorcade. It has been a dream come true. The atmosphere was incredible, everyone was so friendly and happy to see the Obama’s. The President was sitting on the side of the car facing where we were. Even though I was shaking so much I still managed to get a picture of the car on my phone but i have no idea how to upload it onto the computer. People were screaming and shouting ‘Obama’ or ‘I love you’ (I have to confess that last comment was me before bursting into tears of joy.)Lol! A DREAM COME TRUE!!!!

    Thank you so much for all the incredible coverage on this site of both Ireland and London. This blog is a national treasure!! I must say one more time how much I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your great president. (Sorry for being so OTT, I am still so excited.)

    • 77 kelly
      May 24, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      OMG I feel your excitement. Just fabulous.

    • 78 sherijr
      May 24, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      LOL SAm, how wonderful, so glad for you- I know you sent him love from us all.. thanks so much for representing ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 79 Sue in Minnesota
      May 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      We are united in that love. I am so thrilled for your experiences today, thank you for sharing them, I hope they are always important and pleasant memories for you into the future.

      President Obama’s and FLOTUS capacity to inspire joy and hope is truly remarkable, and a gift to the world.

    • 80 dotster
      May 24, 2011 at 4:08 pm

      Tres cool! I can feel your excitement—-and understand it completely!

    • 81 Debz
      May 24, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      How wonderful for you! My hands would have been shaking too much to take pics.

    • 82 Theo67
      May 24, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      Your recap is exactly how I would have been if I was there – thanks for sharing your enthusiasm. It’s so wonderful to hear about all the excitement an positive energy being poured over President Obama and Michelle while they are in London. You are so lucky! And the weather looks amazing, too.

      • 83 sam uk obama supporter
        May 24, 2011 at 5:25 pm

        Theo67 it was hot and sunny, I even managed to get sunburned (Ouch!) but so worth it.

    • May 24, 2011 at 4:40 pm

      Ah Sam, what a fantastic report – thank you sooooooooooooooooooo much! ๐Ÿ˜†

      Absolutely thrilled you got so close and had such a great day, thank YOU again!

    • 87 MTmarilyn
      May 24, 2011 at 4:45 pm

      WOW!!!!!!!! I am so excited for you. I can feel it thru the computer!!!!!!!!! If you ever get the picture uploaded we would love to see it.

      Our Obamas are very special. We do love them!!!!

      • 88 sam uk obama supporter
        May 24, 2011 at 5:02 pm

        They sure are MTmarilyn they are so very special! Today has been so amazing. Although I am still buzzing with excitement I must go to bed as I am up at 3.00 am for my little boy’s school trip (beginning at 4 am!!!) My guess is that I will not sleep at all)
        When I can get someone to show me how to upload pics I will post it. I am so dumb with technology!

    May 24, 2011 at 3:39 pm


  31. 91 AnitaW
    May 24, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I see Doris Kearns (sp?). The author who wrote that Team of Rivals.

  32. 92 Debz
    May 24, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Some woman walked in with a really ugly dress. I looked like it was made with two sets of curtains.

  33. 93 sherijr
    May 24, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I know that little blonde is an actress, but can’t place her.. anybody know?

  34. 97 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 24, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I miss the Irish folks from yesterday :-).

    • 98 AnitaW
      May 24, 2011 at 3:48 pm

      Me to. This is unbelievably formal and dare I say pompous. Ugh.

      • 99 kelly
        May 24, 2011 at 5:04 pm

        How is it unbelievably formal and of course its pompous, this is the Royals. If there is ever an occasion for pomp and circumstance its amongst British Monarchy. ๐Ÿ˜€ I am enjoying it. Even though I too miss Moneygall. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  35. 100 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 24, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Lots of fashion crimes and victims. Heavens to Betsey.

  36. 101 AnitaW
    May 24, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Just saw Tom Hanks!! Woot!

  37. 102 meta
    May 24, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    What an interesting mix of people. Lots of Americans. Lots of Hollywood.

    May 24, 2011 at 3:43 pm


  39. 104 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm


  40. 105 meta
    May 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    OH MY, here comes the Queen, all bejeweled!!

  41. 106 collegekay
    May 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    PBO looks so handsome!!

  42. 107 meta
    May 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm


  43. 108 collegekay
    May 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Michelle’s dress…. oh my god a work of art!

  44. May 24, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    ya’ll see the dress?

    she looks lovely. check her out in gloves.

    • 110 dotster
      May 24, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      I was wondering how one slyly and discreetly slides off those gloves to eat, and where do you put them. You don’t leave them on, do you? Awkward. This is way out of my league—–I have to go get the clothes out of the dryer.

    May 24, 2011 at 3:46 pm


  46. May 24, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I knew she’d show those arms.

  47. 115 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 24, 2011 at 3:46 pm


  48. 116 hopefruit2
    May 24, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    WOW! WOW! Just WOW!

  49. 117 Proud of Obama
    May 24, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Wow!!!!!!! They look fabulous!!!!!!!

  50. 118 Debz
    May 24, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Flotus is gorgious.

  51. May 24, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I’ve seen a dress like that before I just can’t remember.

  52. 120 sherijr
    May 24, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Oh Michelle, OMG GORGEOUS!!

  53. 121 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 24, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I hope there’s nothing on the menu to potentially soil her white. Dreamy :-).


  54. 122 CTGirl
    May 24, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I am so proud of our POTUS and FLOTUS … so proud!

  55. 123 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 24, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    *back up*

    Hillary looks lovely, too.


  56. 124 Proud of Obama
    May 24, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Oh my, our President is soooooooooooooooooooo handsome. I’m soooooooooooooo PROUD of him.

  57. 125 Fred
    May 24, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I need a drink the President and the First Lady looks so A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! ๐Ÿ˜€

  58. May 24, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I think Michelle should also have a crown.:)

  59. 132 Kels
    May 24, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Am I the only one scared to death of the Queen? I would be soooo scared sitting up there next to her. LOL

  60. 133 meta
    May 24, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    LOLLAPALOOZA, what a gorgeous moment. Secretary Clinton also chose a beautiful look.

  61. 136 Proud of Obama
    May 24, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Too bad PBO has to sit next to Camilla.

    • 137 dotster
      May 24, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      I think Pres. Obama made a little joke with her, pointing to his silverware, asking her to help him with which fork, or something similar. At least that’s what I picked up, or maybe what I’d be asking—-Help! Which fork?

  62. May 24, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I’m being very objective here when I say FLOTUS is the best looking woman there. who’s with me?

  63. 144 meta
    May 24, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Oh, wonderful – David Plouffe is there!!

  64. 147 Proud of Obama
    May 24, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Michelle’s make-up is flawless.

  65. 148 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 24, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    side note: I love it when Michelle wears white. We don’t often see black women portrayed as pristine, delicate, royal…it is wonderful to see this dimension presented.

    love it, love it, love it.

  66. 150 Kels
    May 24, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Michelle looks amazing! Sigh. Look at her hair, I love it!

    • 151 Sue in Minnesota
      May 24, 2011 at 4:09 pm

      She is riveting……all eyes go immediately to her, even past our handsome President.

  67. May 24, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    And to think, Obama used to drive a busted up car, wore shoes with holes in them, and used to have his mother-in-law bug him to cut his hair. Now look where he is.

    May 24, 2011 at 3:53 pm


  69. 160 sherijr
    May 24, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Oh man that whitehouse feed is threatening to stop

    Lovely speech by the Queen

  70. 161 Kels
    May 24, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Hillary looks pretty as well.

  71. 162 CarolineAnna
    May 24, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Aaaaah now I see the pictures for myself….too funny to read all your comments and wonder what Michelle looks like today. Most beautiful woman in the room, by far.

  72. 163 hopefruit2
    May 24, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    The sound just got better (I’m wathcing from Whitehouse stream).

  73. 164 collegekay
    May 24, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I have never seen him in a suit with tails and a vest. He looks cute

  74. May 24, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Camilla’s crown is like bling! bling! bling!

  75. 166 Fred
    May 24, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    fantastic speech by the President ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  76. 167 AnitaW
    May 24, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Oops. Was he talking during their National Anthem?

  77. 169 sherijr
    May 24, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    oops why’d they play music while he was still talking, yikes.

  78. 172 Debz
    May 24, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Why did they start playing the the anthem while PBO was speaking?

  79. 176 Kels
    May 24, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Well, the commentators haven’t even mentioned anything about them playing the music so….

  80. 183 Claire
    May 24, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    FLOTUS looks GORGEOUS!!!!!!

  81. 184 Me4obama
    May 24, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    What happened at the end?

    • 185 hopefruit2
      May 24, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      PBO gave a toast to the Queen and the British Anthem kicked in. Afterwards I guess they sat down to eat.

      • 186 LYNND
        May 25, 2011 at 8:44 am

        I just heard after the Queen gives her toast the band always plays the anthem. T was wondering about the odd looks of some of the people gave the President while he gave his toast. The President looked unfazed while the band played on. He is always as cool as a cucumber.

  82. 187 Kels
    May 24, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    I can’t get over how amazing Mrs. O looks. That dress is simply perfect and so is her hair and makeup. Stunning. I dare to say this may be her most incredible formal look ever.

    • 188 Doris
      May 24, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      Yes, yes, yes, simple beautiful! She takes my breath away.

      • 189 UT Austin Liberal
        May 24, 2011 at 4:25 pm

        She was absolutely gorgeous!!!!. Seeing it in real time was GREAT.. but then looking at the pictures.. I was like WOW.. She is STUNNING.

  83. 190 Me4obama
    May 24, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I gasped when I saw Michelle in that dress. Dammm.

  84. 192 Carolyn
    May 24, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    I watched the White House Live, and MSNBC at the same time. I liked the large picture on my TV….but the sound was better on the White House feed. Did not FLOTUS look absolutely gorgeous! I love the pomp once in a while…the Brits do this extremely well, it’s gorgeous. I feel like I’m watching a British novel. Most of the women’s dresses were beautiful too. When Brits go out in the evening they dress. I could feel the affection between the Queen and the President. Just lovely.

    • 193 meta
      May 24, 2011 at 4:20 pm

      I also felt like I was watching a British novel or Gosford Park or something. Such an intriguing setting.

  85. 194 kelly
    May 24, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    OMGahhhhhhhhhhhhh! Stunning beyond epic. My POTUS looks handsome and beautiful. Mrs. O well I have no words. she killing it….I love my president and fist lady.

  86. May 24, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful – PRESIDENT AND FIRST LADY ( S O S not bad either.)

    • 197 Sue in Minnesota
      May 24, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      Hillary does look beautiful. Nice to see her be able to let her “girlie flag fly”.

      Anyone know what the protocol with tiarra’s is….can anyone wear one? They seem so over the top to me.

      • 198 UT Austin Liberal
        May 24, 2011 at 4:31 pm

        I think just royals or those married into roaylty wear Tiaras. Sometimes it does seem silly to me; just like the hats.. some of them are just way too WEIRD.

        I was glad to see Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson. A couple of months ago Tom was on Morning Joe and he’s a BIG Obama supporter. Joe asked him if he was disappointed with PBO. Tom came back with a strong defense of PBO. He talked about healthcare, financial reform, the auto bailout. Then Joe was like aren’t you angry that PBO is proposing going back to the Clinton tax rates.. so wealthier people pay more. Tom was like.. uh am i supposed to whine b/c I have to pay more?… there are middle class ppl shouldering too many of the burdens. The rich have to contribute their share. Am I supposed to be happy that I get a tax break while ppl are suffering? I was like Ha.. take that Joe. ๐Ÿ˜€

        • 199 meta
          May 24, 2011 at 4:43 pm

          Good for him. This is not rocket science. Why are some people so dense? Eric Cantor made a statement today that the people of Joplin, Missouri, won’t get disaster relief unless the President is willing to make more cuts from the budget. What kind of crazy idiocy is that? Holding people who just went through a horrendous tornado hostage? I tell you, these guys are very, very sick.

          • 200 Theo67
            May 24, 2011 at 4:52 pm

            Well – these is the party that the Republican presidential candidates come from. Those who think they can vote in a “moderate” Republican and get government services after 2012, are deluding themselves. The Republican statements like those from Cantor are the realities of Republican rule. They are telling us what they will do, and they’re already doing it. I heard some union leader saying that the Dems shouldn’t take them for granted in 2012 – well, why not? We know what Republicans are doing to the unions, and they’d only get worse if the union members sit out the election. So, why shouldn’t their support be taken for granted?

          • 201 anniebella
            May 24, 2011 at 10:46 pm

            Let Cantor and the Republicans keep playing games like that. Then not only can we keep the White House, we can get the House back.

        • 202 Sue in Minnesota
          May 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm

          Tom Hanks has always impressed me as being a decent, kind and balanced human being. Hard not to like him. I think I saw the same episode, although it has been a long, long time since I exorcised Morning Jackass from my daily routine. I really appreciated Hank’s expression of support for our President, which he did without hesitation and directly to Bully Joe’s face.

          The MSM makes me weary, always the tail attempting to wag the dog. I have zero trust in them or their product.

  87. May 24, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Love the president when he said:

    “To her Majesty, the Queen, to the vitality of the special relationship between our peoples, and, in the words of Shakespeare, to this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.”

  88. 204 zizi
    May 24, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Folks a bit of history here with a tad touch of irony. Today May 24 used to be celebrated all over the British Empire as “Empire Day,” a public holiday, during which school children and all “colonial subjects” of Her/His Majesty would march in parades and sing songs in praise of the British Crown. I am originally from a former British colony and my parents told me about Empire Day when they would pledge allegiance to their colonial masters.

    The irony here is that President Barack Obama’s father and grandfather in Kenya likely had to participate in similarly honor parades tot he British Crown. And now here we are on May 24th 2011, when their progeny is standing shoulder to shoulder with and being honored BY the same British monarch. History is truly funny sometimes. We’ve come full circle. I bet the irony is not lost on Royal historians.

  89. 220 Kels
    May 24, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Mrs. Obama was the belle of the ball. It’s not even up for debate. She killed it!

    • 221 Puddin'
      May 24, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      Yes she did!!!!!! GORGEOUS! As she walked in, I thought about her mother and her girls…they must be so proud of her!

  90. 222 GGail
    May 24, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    From looking at the photos and from the Queen’s speech, I feel that she is genuinely fond of Pres Obama and First Lady Michelle. In the photo’s she has the widest smile and her eyes give him direct contact. It is no pretend or protocol affection – it’s real! He’s charmed another nation with his wife as his secret weapon. Thanks Chipsticks for the heads up for I was able to see and hear all. Why did they cut us out of the eatin’?

    • 223 dotster
      May 24, 2011 at 4:25 pm

      I think she adores him too. Her face lights up when she looks at him. I think his “irresistible charm” has won her over, just like it did with the good folks in Moneygall.

  91. 224 Carolyn
    May 24, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Zizi…I love that bit of history and irony. I kept thinking about that little girl from Chicago’s South Side, the little boy from Hawaii, looking totally at ease in one of the grandest rooms in the world. As the Irish Prime Minister said yesterday, “He is the American Dream.” I have to admit, I teared up.

  92. 226 CTGirl
    May 24, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Our SOS is looking good as well!

  93. 228 AnitaW
    May 24, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Oh good. The BBC is blaming the band for starting to early.

    • 229 meta
      May 24, 2011 at 4:39 pm

      It was definitely the band’s fault. They were to have waited until the end of the toast. I applaud PBO for carrying this off despite the blunder.

  94. 230 MJ
    May 24, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Mrs. Obama looks a little like Audry Hepburn in Roman Holiday.I am so proud of her!

    I’d also like to thank the Queen Elizabeth for giving them such a wonderful welcome. You can really see how much affection she has for President and Mrs. Obama.

    P.S. Is it just me, or did the Queen let out a dignified little giggle during the President’s speech?

    • 231 Theo67
      May 24, 2011 at 4:41 pm

      I saw that, too. I think it was when he mentioned Malia and Sasha being given a ride in the carriage on the Palace grounds. She giggled!

    • 232 Debz
      May 24, 2011 at 4:42 pm

      That is why that dress looks familiar. I just watched that movie recently.

  95. 233 MeaBloom
    May 24, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    WOW!!!!! First Lady Michelle Obama showed up and showed out today. I absolutely LOVE her grown. She’s so BEAUTIFUL… The President look nice as well. This couple is simply smashing. LOL
    So glad that I can call this couple President and First Lady of the United States.

  96. 234 P
    May 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I am still in shock!! Did yall see Mrs Obama? OH my word that woman looked A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!!! She blowed everyone at that dinner away it was like she alone was in the palace!!!!! I kept on saying to myself ‘camera man show Michelle!! Show Michelle!!’ I could just look at her forever…DAMNNNNN she looked fly!!!! Wooh Mr. President huh you got a Queen on your arms there!!!!!! Michelle……Michelle….Michelle!!!! This is definitely gonna get some talks for fashionistas around the globe!!!

  97. 235 dotster
    May 24, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Yes, now that you mention Roman Holiday and Audrey Hepburn’s dress, it is ringing a bell. Not everyone will be old enough to know what we’re talking about, but, sigh, I’m old enough to remember. It’s a beautiful dress, and Michelle looked regal in it, which was as appropriate as you can get for tonight’s festivities.

  98. 238 MJ
    May 24, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    FYI: Just heard on the BBC that the gown is by Tom Ford.

  99. 243 Debz
    May 24, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I just saw Tom Ford’s name at the BBC web site. The dress is ivory but it looks white. Any way it looks fabulous on FLOTUS.

    • 244 DreamChaser57
      May 24, 2011 at 10:57 pm

      When I shopped for my wedding dress, the saleswoman said she absolutely loves how ivory looks on black women, it brings out the bronze undertones. Then someone else I know had a friend that is a gown designer and she said that by far ivory is the more popular color than white.

  100. 245 Jessica
    May 24, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Three words. Tom Ford yall!!

    • 246 m
      May 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      This is a joke, but I am guessing Tom Ford is NOT the same designer who made Princess Bea’s hat for the royal wedding last month….right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      FLOTUS looks amazing!!!!!!!!!

  101. 252 Suzette
    May 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Chipsticks … this is why I love your website… You are always ahead of everyone else. Great pictures as usual.
    I absolutely love Mrs. Obama’s gown. It is really gorgeous.

  102. 253 Debz
    May 24, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    You can get a good look at the dress on the Mrs-O.org website.

  103. 254 COS
    May 24, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    I watched the arrival and toasts on MSNBC with Martin Bashir. I was surprised that they showed it. FLOTUS and POTUS looked great.

  104. 255 MTmarilyn
    May 24, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I am so in awe of our President and Michelle. They are worthy of all the praise they get and to all those people who are so jealous. You could never be as gracious and beautiful as these 2 people are. God bless our POTUS and FLOTUS!!!

  105. 256 anniebella
    May 24, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Went to get a nap, so I miss the start of everything. I’m getting my first look at POTUS and FLOTUS. What can I say that haven’t already been said? Our First Lady looks wonderful,lovely, fantastic, dam good, no, dam great! Who could ever have imagine? I know Michelle’s Mom see her daughter and is beaming with proud. And I know Michelle’s Dad would have been so proud of his princess too. Just like Barack’s Mom, and Grandparents would have been so proud of him too. Man, I don’t know what to say, I am so proud of Mr. and Mrs. Barack H. Obama. Our President and First Lady.

  106. 257 rikyrah
    May 24, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    they look FABULOUS ๐Ÿ™‚

  107. May 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Last photo, Elizabeth R looks like she has a crush.

    • 259 Theo67
      May 24, 2011 at 5:25 pm

      Yes, when they first sat down, and President Obama was talking to Camilla, the Queen looked a little jealous, and then he paid her some attention and she was happy again. Just my observation… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • 260 hopefruit2
        May 24, 2011 at 5:30 pm

        LOL! Are you implying that the Queen is cougar?

        • 261 anniebella
          May 24, 2011 at 5:43 pm

          You guys are so crazy. The Queen a cougar. LOL !!!!

        • 263 Theo67
          May 24, 2011 at 5:57 pm

          I’m sitting in a meeting reading these while the subject under discussion is outside my area. I nearly spit out my tea when I read the comment about her being a cougar. Priceless! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • 264 anniebella
        May 24, 2011 at 5:37 pm

        As I said before, can you just imagine Barack and Michelle conversation as they get ready for bed tonight, in Buckingham Palace. A black girl from the south side of Chicago, and a black guy from Hawaii, the product of a young white girl from Kansas and a black guy from Kenyan. Could you have ever imagine this? Who could have ever imagine?

        • 265 Theo67
          May 24, 2011 at 5:59 pm

          Yes – this must be totally surreal for them, because they are essentially just normal people. Although, I loved the President’s comment and side glance to David Cameron that their elected positions are fleeting, while the queen’s been there longer than either PBO or Cameron have been alive!

        • 266 zizi
          May 24, 2011 at 5:59 pm

          Absolutely. I bet they pinch themselves and giggle silly about the improbable journey they’ve been on. She once said in an interview that before this senatorial and Presidential gig, her hubby said that he could not promise her riches but he would guarantee her “an interesting life”. Well I guess that now qualifies officially as a humongous understatement. ๐Ÿ™‚

  108. 268 Tien Le
    May 24, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Is anyone more beautiful than our First Lady? (Rhetorical question)

  109. 273 Sonjia Duncan
    May 24, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Today was such a joy to be able to watch our first Family as they represent Our Country. Thank you for all the work you do to provide us with this coverage, thank you so much.

  110. 274 Dakota
    May 24, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    They just take my breath away! True Royalty indeed. The Flotus is absolute perfection in that gorgeous gown!

  111. 275 Me4obama
    May 24, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    I have been searching everywhere to see the back of this dress but can’t find any pictures. When she turned her back it’s when I gasped for air and cheered so loud.

  112. 276 Carolyn
    May 24, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    After seeing the President in white tie and tails…..I think they were made just for him! He looks spectacular in that formal wear. JFK looked good in white tie, but PBO puts him in the shade! Michelle, is absolutely a goddess in that dress…she is all the time, but that dress is the most outstanding I’ve seen on anyone!
    I have thought of a line from Rudyard Kipling which describes PBO and MO very well: “Can walk with kings, nor lose the common touch.”

    • 277 Theo67
      May 24, 2011 at 6:34 pm

      Perfect line – it describes them exactly! Especially over this last 24 hours. Well done!

      • 278 VC prezOfan2
        May 24, 2011 at 7:27 pm

        Actually, MOST of the poem describes the POTUS! Wonder if Rudyard knew him? ๐Ÿ˜‰

        Rudyard Kipling

        If you can keep your head when all about you
        Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
        If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
        But make allowance for their doubting too;
        If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
        Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
        Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
        And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

        If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
        If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
        If you can meet with triumph and disaster
        And treat those two imposters just the same;
        If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
        Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
        Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
        And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools;

        If you can make one heap of all your winnings
        And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
        And lose, and start again at your beginnings
        And never breathe a word about your loss;
        If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
        To serve your turn long after they are gone,
        And so hold on when there is nothing in you
        Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

        If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
        Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
        If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
        If all men count with you, but none too much;
        If you can fill the unforgiving minute
        With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
        Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
        And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!

        • 279 Betsy
          May 24, 2011 at 8:33 pm

          Love this poem and I agree that it totally fits President Obama. He looks like he’s having a wonderful time, and I am so glad that his spirits are being lifted up by the Irish and British people. It’s too bad he gets such lousy treatment here in his own home country. I hope he learns about this blog and BWD’s site, so he can know how much we love and support he and his wonderful family.

        • 280 Puddin'
          May 24, 2011 at 10:44 pm

          I love this poem…thanks for sharing.

  113. May 24, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    I just saw the video of President Obama trying to toast to he Queen. Did anyone else see it?

    • May 24, 2011 at 6:54 pm

      Sorry guys came in kinda late. Now making the rounds around the web.

      President Obama looks gorgeously handsome and the first lady looks absolutely beautiful.

  114. 283 Mark in Dominica
    May 24, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    I’m not a royalist at all but I must say I’ve never been more proud of the Queen than I am today. She is displaying great class in her affectionate admiration for the President and Michelle. From all accounts it’s genuine and I can fully understand why. I just hope the republicans who do nothing but shower negativity and hatred on the first family will take note. I don’t expect them to because they haven’t the class to recognize class. Anyway, one thing is for sure; the fact that the Obamas are personal guests of the Queen is likely to make them mad!

  115. 286 halo
    May 24, 2011 at 7:07 pm


    • May 24, 2011 at 7:08 pm

      Yes! Tom Hanks was there too.

      • 288 Me4obama
        May 24, 2011 at 7:26 pm

        Chipsticks thanks for displining me for my bad behavior in my earlier comment, I got carried away by the goddess in this magnificent first lady. Please don’t put me in timeout I will behave good from now on. Pleaassseeeeee!

        • May 24, 2011 at 7:59 pm

          ๐Ÿ˜† I had exactly the same thoughts as you M4O, but I thought it better if we both behave and keep them to ourselves! Hope you don’t mind – you will never ever ever be put on ‘timeout’ on this blog, you’re my buddy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  116. May 24, 2011 at 7:17 pm


    I just did a Google search for articles about Moneygall back home and discovered nothing. Is it me or is there a concerted organized effort by the medias stateside to IGNORE the feel good narrative of this president touching his extended family and the world positively?

    I am Europe and the coverage is everywhere, every move. What’s up USA?

    • May 24, 2011 at 7:23 pm

      I saw about a 20 second clip on CBS last night about the Obamas’ visit to Ireland – and about 10 seconds of that was about the ‘Beast’ getting stuck at the Embassy, They didn’t show a single clip from the speech in Dublin, and there was no mention of the size of the crowd. I don’t know if they did better in later bulletins, but it was incredible.

      • May 24, 2011 at 7:27 pm

        Truly sad and for this I as an American am ashamed.

      • 293 dotster
        May 24, 2011 at 7:50 pm

        There was no more than 10 seconds of coverage on network/cable news and mostly about the Stuck Beast and Michelle’s hair blowing in the wind. It’s almost like they’re trying to “protect” us from any positive Obama news. Pretty astonishing. And demented.

      • 294 meta
        May 24, 2011 at 8:00 pm

        NO, it wasn’t any better. If if wasn’t for you and our community here, we wouldn’t have experienced any of it. Not event he OFA site connected us to these events. Infuriates me beyond words.

    • 295 kelly
      May 24, 2011 at 8:30 pm

      Really, I just did it (moneygall ireland) and got this stuff, actually there are over 3.000 articles. ignore the limpbag article title that one came up first the rest were positive.

      Search Results

      Limbaugh: ‘Paddy’ Obama’s Ireland trip a ploy for the Irish …
      Daily Caller – Jeff Poor – 4 hours ago
      A boy stands near US President Barack Obama t-shirts in a shop in Moneygall, Ireland, Saturday, May 21, 2011. …
      Video: Obama now in London after successful visit to Ireland
      YouTube euronews
      Obama makes Celtic connection in Moneygall, Irelandโ€Ž – USA Today
      Obama makes jubilant visit to his Irish rootsโ€Ž – Boston Globe
      Christian Science Monitor – TIME
      all 3554 news articles ยป

    • 296 zizi
      May 24, 2011 at 8:52 pm

      It is no conspiracy theory, There is a concerted effort to media blackout President Obama. Afterall the corporate plutocrats want to get rid of him. Heck Roger Ailes is mad that none of the wingnuts he groomed on his Fox station over the past 2.5 years has come close to becoming a serious presidential contender. He and his minions in the other media houses will do everything to to “muzzle’ this president and blunt the positive approval coming out of the bin Laden operation.

      They are not coy about their hit jobs any more.

  117. 297 gn
    May 24, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    The First Lady’s gown is on point! That gown is the absolute business. Thanks a million for these photos chipsticks.

  118. 298 lisalovesobama
    May 24, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Hey all. Totally late to the party. Just watched a repeat of the Queen and PBO’s speech. I think the musicians are going to get a stern talking to. They started playing while he was talking which is apparently not appropriate because all you’re supposed to do while that song is going on is stand still and be quiet. Wow. I think the musicians were a bit trigger happy. Yikes. PBO was super cool though, didn’t blink just went on with the show. How much do you bet the Queen will apologize to him. She seems as though she’s just that nice and respectful and she’ll also probably laughed it off, saying the formality is all stuff and nonsense.

  119. 299 Carolyn
    May 24, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    VCPrez, thank you. I remeber bits of that poem, but it was great to see all of it.
    I watched quite a bit on daytime cable shows. I watched the entire Dublin speech yesterday afternoon, and the first part of the State dinner today. Also, newspapers are giving good coverage. Not enough, but there is some. However, I think so many people get all their news via the internet now, that this is the best way to reach people. Also, the only audiences for regular evening news are those over 55 for the most part. Check out the commercials and you’ll see that: denture products, Viagra, digestive products, all sorts of medicines….My children, who are 40 & 42, never watch network news. They get everything via the internet, and this is all over the internet.
    People like the news when they want it, not when the network says they should watch it. We watch it, but we’re of that older generation.
    I have never, in my long life, seen a more spectacular couple than our President and First Lady! No one….not even JFK and Jackie.

    • 300 VC prezOfan2
      May 24, 2011 at 9:38 pm

      My pleasure! I’ve always loved this poem (met it first in high school decades ago)and your quote reminded me of it so I just googled it for a refresher. Most of it applies to our President, but I was touched anew at the way he DAILY exemplifies the first 4 lines and the last. Off the top of my head I cannot think of one republican, presidential contender or otherwise, that these lines describe. Not one!

  120. 301 zizi
    May 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Netanyahu is an ass. He knows that on his own he cannot sizzle up the media, so he waits and plans his DC junket to coincide with PBO’s high profile trip abroad, so he can get international media split screen coverage.

    I thought I would be free of his nonsense while here outside the US listening to BBC world radio. But no, today of all days Nut n yahoo had to be given the lead headline while President Obama’s state banquet was the 3rd news item all this evening. I am livid.

    • 302 lisalovesobama
      May 24, 2011 at 11:01 pm

      Nut n yahoo…….hahahahah. How about Know Nothin’ Yahoo? I think we should have an ongoing contest about who can come up with the best play on names for all our political nemesis(es????) What’s the plural for nemesis?

  121. 303 M
    May 24, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Alright, after looking at all of these amazing photographs from today I must say I think Queen Elizabeth and President Obama are BFF’s!

  122. 304 Kasai
    May 24, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Wow………How Beautiful and Regal are Our First Family:-) They make me so proud….

    I read somewhere…that First Lady Michelle and the Queen have a very close relationship…they keep in touch often.
    Is quite evident that the Queen adores our President…she’s smiling..and if she had it her way..she would probably squeeze his cheeks like the lady in Ireland…:-) in the most loving way…

    It just warms my heart…when I think that a community organizer and girl from south side Chicago…. And to be invited to spend 2 nights at the Buckingham Palace..must be so awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

    I bet The President….. just before they getting ready to lay to bed…He might be telling Michelle…
    “I told you honey this would be our second honeymoon” since we couldn’t effort it the first time…LOL
    I am just joking out loud…..tehee ๐Ÿ™‚

  123. 305 Kasai
    May 24, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Whohoooooo…keeping fingers crossed N-26 NY
    Dem -48
    Rep -42

    This would be a huge upset!!

  124. 308 Barb
    May 24, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    I believe that President Obama is the Queens favorite person in the world. Just the way she looks at him eye to eye is amazing. She is such a sober person and at the wedding she didn’t lift her eyes or smile except when William and Kate presented themselves before her at the end of the ceremony and that was a small smile although I know she loves Will. It warms my heart to watch her response to our President. Considering her age she is a very alert smart woman. She respects his wisdom, intelligence and balanced demeanor and warmth. When she is around our First Couple she reminds me of a schoolgirl. I have no doubt she has an immense crush on him. He makes her heart flutter. This makes me happy because she can be a tough cookie to crack and he has the charm as no other.

    I have been just taking it all in. I didn’t think I would enjoy this part of the trip as much as Ireland, my first love, but seeing Michelle and our Pres in that tux is just amazing.

    I have many interests and history is one of them, esp Russian history. The Queen is wearing the Vladimar Crown which was snuck out of Russia as the Revolution began in 1917. It is made of pearls and diamonds and my favorite. I don’t care for the one she allows Camilla to wear and why is she so sober sitting next to our man?

    • 309 lisalovesobama
      May 24, 2011 at 11:04 pm

      hahahahahaha. I love it.
      ps- I love history too, but wow, you have a keen eye and wit. Nice spotting of the crown.

    • 310 m
      May 24, 2011 at 11:16 pm

      Barb, such a wonderful comment. Thank you for sharing all of that! SO INTERESTING about the crown being snuck out of Russia! As I was just looking at the pics of such a bubbling/happy Queen I thought how these images show a side of QE that is completely unfamiliar to the world. I do think she is taking PBO under her wing and that she is ecstatic to do so. I am really impressed that at this time/stage in her life she has chosen to do this. The Queen has certainly caught onto the spirit of the “Yes We Can” attitude!

      • 311 Puddin'
        May 24, 2011 at 11:41 pm

        Yes she is…as stated before, you can see it in her eyes…the way she looks at PBO (and Michelle). It really is quite lovely to watch. I quess as the repubs has accused us of, the Queen has been drinking the kool-aide!

        • 312 m
          May 24, 2011 at 11:50 pm

          I think we may just need to send the dear Queen Elizabeth a link to The Obama Diary blog so she can come here to celebrate, respect, support and love PBO along with us all! She is most definitely drinking the kool-aide. No doubt about it Puddin’! By the way, pass me another glass!

    • 313 DreamChaser57
      May 24, 2011 at 11:42 pm

      Wow – such a learned crowd on this blog. Why does the Queen of England have the crown? Should it not be returned to Russia and her people? It just seems odd. It reminds me of the time I was watching the Antique Road Show and a family who were the descendants of slave owners had a large vase made by a slave. The piece was appraised at $10-$15K and they cheered like YAY for us, we’re so lucky. I found that appallingly disgusting. Surely, the proceeds should have been donated to charity. They had absolutely no control over what their ancestors did but to be so brazen in the face of an opportunity to change course was quite disturbing.

      • 314 Theo67
        May 25, 2011 at 1:26 am

        I felt the same way when I lived in London and spent an afternoon visiting the Tower of London and the jewels on display. I was furious to see the diamonds from Africa and the Star of India. I felt like shouting that they should give them back… But, I guess that’s history.

  125. 315 Barb
    May 24, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Just want to add that FLOTUS is absolutely ravishing and wearing those gloves is smart since
    the queen always wears gloves. In my day I had a pair of them which is basically a thing of the past. I think they had small buttons on the wrist side.

  126. May 25, 2011 at 12:37 am

    I am just enjoying myself tonight. You all are so beautiful on this site. This is my home. And to our beautiful Chipsticks, You are just wonderful to us. Thank you for all of this beauty on this site. I am just crying with joy and love. Our First Lady is just plain beautiful. Our President, well we all know, he is just plain fine. Our SOS is looking lovely as well. Bill should be trembling in his booths.

  127. May 25, 2011 at 4:31 am

    This is one of my favorite videos of the queen. It shows that she too is normal.

  128. 318 Titti
    May 25, 2011 at 6:36 am

    FLOTUS looks divine and the Prez aint bad either. I really admire the Queen and Prince Phillip the best representative the UK could ever ask for.

  129. May 25, 2011 at 10:00 am

    MY FIRST LADY IS G.D. GORGEOUS!! AND of course My President is Fine!! But when I first saw the pictures….my fist thougt was Do Ya Thang Michelle!!

  130. 320 Evelyn
    May 26, 2011 at 1:10 am

    The President and First Lady of the United States are beautiful, I love the pictures, keep up the wonderful works we truly appreciate you for recognizing our President and our First Lady.

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