homeward bound

First lady Michelle Obama waves as she boards her plane in Gaborone, Botswana, at the end of her week long trip to Africa, June 26. The first lady left Botswana Sunday morning, she is due to arrive at the White House early Monday.


See you all later today 😉

43 Responses to “homeward bound”

  1. 1 Fred
    June 26, 2011 at 9:51 am

    safe and blessed trip First Lady;Malia and Sasha

    good morning TOD family
    may GOD bless;guide and protect the President

  2. 2 utaustinliberal
    June 26, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I’m glad her trip went excellently well and she was able to impact positive change on a nation and especially up and coming youth activists. I’m excited she’s coming back home! woohoo. Safe journey Mrs. O and thank you for being the perfect ambassador of the United States of America.

    ps: loving the shades.

  3. June 26, 2011 at 10:09 am

    See ya home, Queen of the World. That’s the name one lady called Mrs. Obama. What a trip. I imagine the people of S. Africa is so sorry to see her and her family leave. I imagine the President is ready for his family to get back home. And so are we . I pray they have a safe and peaceful trip back home. But I have enjoyed every minute of the trip as if I was there with there. Thank you Chipsticks for all you do to make this such an enjoyable place to come too, and keep up with our First Family. Thanks to everyone who help. Have a blessed day.

  4. 5 GGail
    June 26, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Good morning TOD family (especially Bobfr and Tulips). We had a fun time last night and I’m happy to read that Bobfr and his wife were a-okay with our little skit. It’s a beautiful sunny morning here in LA and I pray that God smiles on each of you today. 🙂 And happy blessed travels home for FLOTUS and her family.

  5. 6 Debz
    June 26, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Safe travels, Michelle and fam.
    I hope you all didn’t chase poor Bobfr away last night. LOL

    • 7 GGail
      June 26, 2011 at 11:32 am

      LOL, no I read that he weighed in early this morning and was okay with our humorous thread. Also he’s happily married. 🙂

      • 8 Walking on Sunshine
        June 26, 2011 at 12:29 pm

        That’s good to know. I didn’t join in last night but I was reading the whole thread and my husband was wondering why I was laughing to myself like a crazy woman at 1:30 in the morning!!! I was wondering if Bobfr was reading too! 🙂

        You ladies are too funny!!

      • 10 HZ
        June 26, 2011 at 7:42 pm

        Oh, thanks for that GGail. I thought about what I said in my comments, and I thought, oh, did I go too far? Suppose he is married. But it was such a beautiful moment at the time. I just love people being in love, finding love, and loving those that they are happiily married to. Thanks . I was enjoying the humor. No disrepect to anyone.

  6. June 26, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Just a small side note. When Michelle was interviewed by one of the ABC reporters abroad he made a comment “it was nice to hear the voices of Malia and Sasha for the 1st time”. I am like where have you been because they’ve read for the children at the Easter Egg Roll 2011 and they have been seen quite a few times at various events of importance; such as providing service to others etc….

    • 12 N
      June 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm

      In fairness to the reporter, a lot of people hadn’t heard their voices before. Don’t forget that many people don’t follow every move of the Obamas like we do!

    • 13 theo67
      June 26, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      I thought the same thing, because the Obama children have been out there reading at all the Easter egg hunts, and also at the children’s events at the hospitals over both Christmas holidays. But, I’m happy they’ve been relatively out of site, and that this reporter didn’t know the contrary. I hope they don’t think this is now a license for them to try and capture pictures of the girls and invade their privacy.

    • 14 Vivian
      June 26, 2011 at 6:06 pm

      I just watched that interview again. The reporter did not say that people were hearing Sasha and Malia’s voices for the first time. He simply stated how much attetion was given to hearing their voices and realizing that it is a rare thing to see them as much as they’ve been seen on this trip.

  7. June 26, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    So the First Lady will arrive home early Monday morning. Great. Since they’ve been gone, the President had has to deal with a lot crap from the loony PL and Teabagging Republicans. I know he’s strong and courageous, but this unfair crap from “Raychull” and the like has to have been weighing on him. He hasn’t looked his usual vibrant self in days. I know he will be excited to get his three girls back home. He looks like he could use some real comfort and loving Michelle, his rock.

    • 16 Kasai
      June 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm

      I am sure that he knows how Rachel misspoke in regards to LGBT SSM. I would love to see him grant her an interview, and set her straight…..Now that would be the only reason, I will gladly watch that debate…..LOL

      PBO will have her rumbling, and she wouldn’t know what hit her. We know that PBO will praise her reporting, and all the good things she said about him, given her credit..where credit is due, and the fact that he allowed her to be the only one to report on the Irak Troops withdrawl, But what he will probably do is, talk about all his accomplishments for LGBT than any President in history…then BAM!! will end by saying: By the way your reporting on the NY SSM passing is obsolutely false.

  8. 17 Sue in Minnesota
    June 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    A successful trip and one that will leave lasting memories in many of the lives she touched. She is an outstanding good will ambassador.

    She has the most beautiful, graceful hands…….”hands that serve are holier than lips that pray.” I simply love our First Family. I hope their return trip is safe and their homecoming joyful. Live long and strong Obama’s.

  9. 18 Kasai
    June 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Safe travels, Thank you for the warmth and love you showed our mother land.

    One of my favorite quotes from Nelson Mandela

    I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses.
    ~Nelson Mandela~

    I believe your presence made that dream of Mandela a realization.

    With gratitude I thank you.

  10. 19 Walking on Sunshine
    June 26, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    She did a wonderful job. The comment she made to the young ladies in SA “The only thing that happens in an instant is destruction…everything else requires time” I posted as my Facebook status.

    It’s my favorite quote of the Century, so far.

    I also spread that video around as much as I could.

    • June 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      “The only thing that happens in an instant is destruction…everything else requires time”

      WOS, I loved that quote when I first saw it too. Her saying that let’s me know that she is so in sync with her husband’s way of thinking. Furthermore, the quote is so relevant for today’s world. I do believe the pundits need to really reflect on that before passing judgment on President Obama’s actions.

  11. June 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Our family is a fan of Alexander McCall Smith, a Scots writer who loves Africa, especially Botswana, where he had lived and taught. His series on the Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency is set in Botswana. We recently watched his travelogue of Botswana, pointing out the places of interest to Mma Romotswe, the owner of the detective agency. I was so happy to see that our Queen of the World visited Botswana, that was wonderful. The dancers, too, were simply charming, especially the tiniest one.

    We’re so lucky to enjoy Africa vicariously with Mrs. Obama. And, yes, I’m also glad our president will soon have Michelle and his two girls with him once more. He needs all the love he can get.

  12. 22 P
    June 26, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Safe trip home to the entire crew…..PBO is anxiously waiting 🙂

      • 25 theo67
        June 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm

        Thanks for these stories,N.

        • 26 Sue in Minnesota
          June 26, 2011 at 1:55 pm

          I am glad her trip is being covered. But in retrospect why did their trip to Europe go so under reported.

          My disgust with our media grows : – (

          • 27 Sue in Minnesota
            June 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm

            :-(………..officially, I am the emoticon dunce!

            • 28 GGail
              June 26, 2011 at 2:03 pm

              But on the bright side Sue, you never give up! 🙂

              • 29 Sue in Minnesota
                June 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm

                Thanks for noticing…..you’ve inspired The Pointer Sister’s song to pop up into my head ……” I know we can make it, I know darn well we can work it, out, Yes we can, Yes we can, can……..great gosh almighty!” 8)

          • 31 theo67
            June 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm

            I think they had a lot of coverage because (1) the reporters wanted to visit Africa, and (2) they were hoping for something to happen that they could use against the President. Most of our news of this trip was still from the overseas press.

            I’m glad this trip went as well as it did – she must be proud of her own performance. She did really well.

            • 32 GGail
              June 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm

              I agree theo67 and I’m sure she and POTUS are both very proud of her representation. She did very well and looked good doing it!

    • 33 Jazz
      June 26, 2011 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks for sharing these articles! Enjoyed both. Had seen one article re her trip to Africa and it was totally presented as a vacation, etc, etc. Nice to see the positive summaries not only on some evening news (even on one network that only showed PBO’s car/”Beast” getting stuck coming through that gate and PBO drinking in the pub in Moneygall as “highlights” of their last trip). Mrs O was incredible on this trip – her talk to the young women african leaders rank with me as one of her best yet. Thanks again.

  13. 34 Debz
    June 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Michelle did get a lot of good press on this trip, It seems as though there was a story each day on the three nightly news programs. all very positive.

  14. 35 globalcitizenlinda
    June 26, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Mrs Obama, you and your family did us proud during your visit and I am glad you were very well received.

    Good to see that you are headed home now because the President could use your presence at this critical time when so many selfish people who were elected tp serve choose to act like babies – cue the Baby Whisperer

  15. 36 holymoly
    June 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Welcome back Mrs O, you and your family did America proud.

    Have you guys seen this, Mrs O dancing ‘the Dougie’ with some school children :d

    • 37 holymoly
      June 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      okay my smiles sign still isn’t working ;-( ,Am i doing it wrong

      • June 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm

        Holy moly, holymoly–where have you been? 🙂 This happened a month or so ago, but it doesn’t really get old, I guess. I enjoyed it when I first saw it, and thanks to you, I’ll go back and review it again. 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • 39 sjterrid
        June 26, 2011 at 3:04 pm

        Holymoly, you could make a smile by typing the word smile between two colons 🙂

        Thank you michelle for making such a great impression in Africa, and I’m so glad you will be coming home soon. I pray you have a safe trip home.
        Chipsticks once again thank you so much for making us feel that we were part of this journey.

  16. 41 Anonymous
    June 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    So proud to have such an accomplished and gracious woman representing our country, she is beautiful on the inside and out.

  17. 42 HZ
    June 26, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    A Big thank you to our First Lady for allowing us to pack up with our wonderful Chipsticks and be on this beautiful trip to Africa. I pray for their safe travels back to all of us, and especially to our President. I know he is waiting to see his ladies, and so are we. Thanks so much, Chipsticks for this beautiful trip that you provided daily for all of us. Love you so very much for the beautiful work that you give us here on our site.

  18. 43 evelyn glass
    June 26, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    job well done Mrs. Obama have a safe trip home

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