47 Responses to “a week to remember”


  1. 1 Doris
    June 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks Chips for a beautiful week. We couldn’t have gotten this close without you. Love ya!

  2. 2 gc
    June 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Just echoing Doris’ comments – I thank you, and I appreciate being able to share the “week to remember” with all of you.

  3. 4 GGail
    June 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Once again, you’ve come through for us Chipsticks and I thank you very much and love you to pieces! πŸ™‚ Have a pleasant Sunday.

  4. 5 utaustinliberal
    June 26, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Wow. Great reporting and great coverage. Thanks for this Chipsticks. I actually watched part of This Week with Christiane Amanpour today, but these days I can only take her in small doses and I wasn’t ready to deal with George Will’s BS and his fawning over Huntsman.

    I am glad Africa got to experience one half of our dynamic duo and I applaud her for continually promoting womens issues and telling women (especially), men and youth activists to never give up. There are battles to be won, prejudices to be overcome and above all, history to be made.

  5. 6 Fred
    June 26, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    thank you Chip πŸ˜‰

    May GOD continue to bless;guide and protect our First Lady and may HE take down (not literally) ALL of the President’s opponents that will come his way in the coming months

  6. 8 isonprize
    June 26, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks Chica!!! The only way I see msm is the good clips that you choose. I find Amanpour’s voice annoying, so that was enough for me. Mrs. O is just so refreshing, love her!!!

  7. June 26, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Thank you Chips for this wonderful week as you took us along on the Journey of Mrs. O and her family. She made such an impact on all she met and I love that picture of Mandela with the Obama family. Twenty engagements in a weeek is quite an accomplishment .. She really is a role model to many people esp. women and children of this world. May she continue to thrive and spread her words of encouragement. You are our hero for opening your heart to include us on all things Obama.

  8. 10 theo67
    June 26, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    This reporter was so respectful and clearly in awe of Mrs.Obama – we should remember to send thank you messages to him for excellent (if brief) reporting on the trip (if we want to see more of this high quality of work). He was good during the interview,and I found his summary did the whole visit some real justice. I think his name is Brian Muir.

    • 11 theo67
      June 26, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      Sorry – his name is David Muir.

      • 12 isonprize
        June 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm

        Yeah, he had to get in that little dig about PBO not doing enough for AIDS in Africa, but aside from that, he was good. I guess that means he won’t be back!! πŸ˜‰

        • 13 theo67
          June 26, 2011 at 5:52 pm

          Yes, that was the only negative bit for me, too.The reporters should just call the State department to find out what is going on behind the scenes before they talk about what’s “not being done”. Plus, it’s not really behind the scenes, but it’s more about them just choosing not to report on stuff.

          But the rest of the summary was good.

        • 14 Fred
          June 26, 2011 at 5:59 pm

          ya’ll should know better.You know Muir had to fabricate something negative to say about the President or he’d be called into his boss’s office πŸ˜‰

    • 15 globalcitizenlinda
      June 26, 2011 at 5:26 pm

      yes theo67, what you say about send the reporter a note of thanks is very important (especially when they do their job well). I am certainly going to jot down my note of thanks to Mr Brian Muir as soon as I post this comment.

  9. 17 africa
    June 26, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Wow. Thanks Chips for a breathtaking experience. I am from the Western part of Africa, and having lived here for a long, long time now. But the First Lady visit, I am sure, not only touched the people in South Africa. I know that people from my own home were watching her and witnessing gleefully from afar the history that she and her husband has shared.

    If she and PBO or either of them ever goes to Liberia, it will be something to behold. Liberia was founded by freed slaves from this country and a lot of the settlers were from the South. We share a rich history with the U.S. Whenever I am about and someone asks me if I am related to some family from these parts, I jokingly tell them no, but we could be kin, given our history.

    Thanks, again for making us a part of this extraordinary journey with your daily reporting.

    And oh, I think David Muir did wonderfully reporting on the first lady, but I could do without the PBO hasn’t done enough about AIDS in Africa. He never does enough too quickly for everyone.

    Other than that little quibble, I thought Muir did a great job reporting on FLOTUS. Here’s hoping for a safe arrival of this wonderful family tomorrow.

  10. June 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Hope everyone’s having a nice sunday πŸ˜€

    From my twitter timeline:

    RT @PragmaticObot: Pride in Our President: A Month of LGBT Progress | National Stonewall Democrats: http://bit.ly/jbSD5g via @AddThis #news

  11. 19 bjw2
    June 26, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Hey everyone, not to change the subject, but just seen this on a twitter post over at BDW.

    Now we know why Cantor stormed out of the budget talks last week. Turns out that his financial disclosure exposes that he’s betting against Government treasury bonds…….meaning if they do not raise the debt ceiling, US treasury bonds tanks and he makes out like a bandit.

    Turns out the WSJ is running this story……I think these nuts are starting to step on the wrong people toes.

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2010/06/18/103329/eric-cantor-treasury-bonds/

    • 20 Fred
      June 26, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      I’ve been sending this article to every “News” Network for the past 20 minutes BJW2 so thank you πŸ˜€ but the WSJ is running this too ? Unfreakingbelievable 😯 😯 πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      • 21 bjw2
        June 26, 2011 at 6:12 pm

        Yep per the WSJ: Now, the Wall Street Journal finds that Cantor actually invests in an exchange-traded fund that β€œtakes a short position in long-dated government bonds” β€” effectively betting against the U.S. Treasury bonds that the government uses to fund its operations:

        As I wrote down thread, these nuts who are playing with the debt ceiling are messing with some big players money and they’re sending a message.

      • 22 utaustinliberal
        June 26, 2011 at 6:13 pm

        Thank you so much for this article bjw2. For the WSJ to report this, they must be really pissed off. Eric Cantor has shares in a company that is betting against the US Treasury Bonds. If this isn’t treason, then this is definitely insider trading. The DOJ and the SEC have got to look into this. Who does this? Who does this?!!!! No wonder he walked away from the debt ceiling negotiations. Then he has the audacity to accuse President Obama of being unpatriotic and not having Americas’s best interests at heart. According to the article he’s not a very smart investor because the company lost 31% of its stock. Thank goodness. I hope the company’s stock continues to deplete until it goes bust. All of the individuals who have shares in that company are disgusting. How can a person with a conscience knowingly bet against said person’s country’s treasury bonds. I hope all news media outlets lead with this story b/c if there ever was an insider trading scam… then this it.

        • 23 bjw2
          June 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm

          Back at you Fred and UT πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

          Looks like it’s going to be the people who force the fourth estate to do their jobs!!!!

  12. June 26, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    I loved how civil David Muir was in his commentary about our First Lady. I appreciated his respect very much. I just sent an email to This Week to praise them. I also told them why I had stopped watching any news programs and got my news online — never from Fox or CNN even online.

    ABC News has taken several actions with integrity in the past and this interview is another instance. I’m not going to start watching TV news again, but I will check them online.

    Here is First Read with Christiane Amanpour

    http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/

    And here is the online contact form for This Week. The interviewer was David Muir.

    http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/mailform?id=12660077

    Great job ABC! And thank you so much for this video and all the wonderful photos, videos and news this week.

    • 25 theo67
      June 26, 2011 at 5:58 pm

      I sent a positive tweet to David Muir, as well. I won’t go near Christiane anymore- she really put me off with her anti-Obama nonsense.

    • 26 Walking on Sunshine
      June 26, 2011 at 10:47 pm

      Thanks for the links. I sent a nice message to ABC News.

  13. 27 dotster
    June 26, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Michelle, like her husband, is a great ambassador. She represents this country so well. She is warm, loving and loved. And also like her husband, she has energy to burn. Wonder what vitamins those 2 are taking.
    OT, but I think this is big news. Caught it from a BWD tweet, but Wall Street Journal is reporting that financial disclosure forms reveal Eric Cantor invests in a fund which bets AGAINST U.S. treasury bonds. He is, in effect, betting against the financial future of the U.S. There should be consequences for this disturbing and shocking news.

  14. 33 GGail
    June 26, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    They have an “old boys club” so I bet he’s not the only one.

  15. June 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Wasn’t their restrictions on AIDS support in Africa from the Bush adminstration? I am going to google this and see if I can find out more information.

    • June 26, 2011 at 6:43 pm

      Democracy Now article 2-18-2008..

      In Africa, Bush Touts Record AIDS Relief under his Administration, but Funding Restrictions Tell a Different Story on the Ground

      • 36 EDP4BHO
        June 26, 2011 at 7:59 pm

        Thanks Michele. I haven’t read the article yet but from what I can remember, the Aids package came with stipulations of birth control mandates. How benevolent.

  16. June 26, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    It was a week to remember. And I sat at my computer and enjoy following every move of the First Lady and her family. They made me so proud. Can you imagine how proud President Obama was of his wife and daughters?

    • 38 Doris
      June 26, 2011 at 7:18 pm

      Me too anniebella, it was a fabulous week following the First Lady and being so proud. It was also a real joy being here with Chips and all you guys. It’s been a thrill. This week was right up there with the POTUS and FLOTUS european trip. Boy what fun we had with that one too. Thank you Ms. Chipsticks, we adore you.

      • June 26, 2011 at 8:19 pm

        In the not serious side, I think of the First Lady, her daughters, her Mother, niece and nephew, and the other people standing in a circle as that cute little boy lead them in a song and dance. It was so cute and funny. Then the First Lady told her Mother to take a bow. I’m watching that and trying to do it. Just special moments.

  17. June 26, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    A job well done! Lots of meat for the soul! Thanks, Ms Chips, for another well-planned Chips-Obama junket, particularly for the all inclusive photographic details! If your excellent travel opportunities continue I’ll soon be able to add ‘ experienced world traveller’ to my resume.

    Thanks also to all fellow travellers – I enjoyed Southern Africa more with you along! You were excellent travel companions!

  18. 41 Gwen Day-Fuller
    June 26, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    After all the negative history we followed in South Africa, it must have been such a pleasure to experience the changes that have taken place. This was a perfect place for three generations of First Lady Obama’s family to have visited. She has such a kind and gentle way which seems to have been passed down to her girls . I am sure the people she visited must have felt the love and genuine interest. I’m so happy she had this opportunity and that her family could share many life changing moments with her.
    We all understand that there is still so much to be accomplished in Africa, a vast continent with over 50 countries. I will trust President Obama to make the right choices. I trust he will work hard to make positive change and support the many positive programs already in place. Negative issues in Africa have the fingerprints of many and we must never stop trying to erase them. Mrs. Obama’s visit shines a positive light on an often forgotten continent.

  19. 42 HZ
    June 26, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Thanks soooooooooooooooooooooooooo much, Chipsticks. You made this a beautiful trip for our family here. I am so grateful for all of the wonderful work that you put into this journey with our First Lady. You can us a walk alongside of nature, laughter, joyful smiles, grace, intellect, the poise of two beautiful First Daughters, and the joy of a mother and mother-in-love of our President, Mrs. Robinson, and quiet and thankfulness of being an America who is proud of our First Lady and our President. Thank you, Chipsticks. And thank you, Mr. President for marrying such a graceful, intelligent, beautiful, and caring young lady, our First Lady, Michelle Obama.

    • 43 HZ
      June 26, 2011 at 8:17 pm

      sorry, should be You gave..

      • 44 gc
        June 26, 2011 at 8:22 pm

        You articulated what I have been thinking about Mrs Obama’s visit all week – and perfectly. You are one classy person, HZ. (sorry don’t know your gender)

        Mr and Mrs Obama were born to play these roles in the history of our country.

        • 45 HZ
          June 26, 2011 at 8:31 pm

          Female. Ms. is fine gc. Thank you. You are so kind gc. We have such a great TOD family here. Love you back.

  20. June 26, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Reposting this link to this lovely slideshow of our First Lady’s visit to South Africa in her own words. πŸ™‚
    http://www.news24.com/AudioSlideshows/SouthAfrica/Michelle-Obama-in-South-Africa-20110624

  21. June 27, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Mr. President I think our wonderful First Lady deserve more than a pat on the back for a job well done.


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