patience is a virtue…..

March 2010: A 100-square-meter brick art tribute to U.S. President Barack Obama is unveiled in Sydney, Australia. The tribute wall was erected as a lead-up to Obama’s visit to Australia, part of his first international trip of the year which was recently cancelled


Reuters: President Obama will visit Australia and the Indonesian island of Bali in mid-November, the White House said on Monday.

It will be Obama’s first stop in Australia – after scrapping a visit twice last year because of domestic concerns – and his second presidential visit to Indonesia, where he spent part of his childhood.

Obama will be in Australia from November 16-17 after hosting the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in his home state of Hawaii and will then travel to Bali for an East Asia summit.

…. In Australia, one of the closest U.S. partners in the region, Obama will mark the 60th anniversary of the ANZUS alliance and hold talks with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on cooperation to foster global economic growth, trade and jobs.

Obama canceled a visit to Australia in March 2010 to stay home and push his U.S. healthcare overhaul plan through Congress. Another visit was called off in June of last year so that Obama could deal with the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

45 Responses to “patience is a virtue…..”

  1. 1 collegekay
    September 12, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Awesome! I remember reading in a novel that he went to Bali back in 1994-95 to work on memoir. It must be a beautiful place.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:08 pm


  3. 3 collegekay
    September 12, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    why can’t I post?

  4. 4 cuphalffull
    September 12, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Just remembering the events that led to the canceling of his previous trips makes own realize how much this President has had on his plate from day one and every week since then.

  5. 5 vitaminlover
    September 12, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    This is so awesome!! Just Wow!!!

  6. 6 StR
    September 12, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    PM Gillard could use the bump in her polling as well. Murdoch papers have declared all out war on the Labour Party, and he owns something like 80% of the news papers in Australia.

  7. September 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    LOL. This is freaking awesome!!!!

  8. 8 Linda
    September 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Remember this ?

    Bush confuses APEC with OPEC, Australia with Austria

    Even after he corrected himself…he did not know that the US is not a member of OPEC ?

  9. September 12, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Apologies if this has already been posted. PBO will do a national conference call today:

    Join the President on a briefing today — Monday, September 12th — at 5:45 p.m. Eastern Time.

    Shortly before the briefing begins, go here to listen: http://my.barackobama.com/American-Jobs-Act-Call

    It’s not going to be easy to get Congress to take action on the American Jobs Act. That’s why the President is calling on all of us to help spread the word and keep the pressure on. As he said last week, we have to tell Washington that doing nothing is not an option.

    It’s easy to join him in this fight. Just click here at 5:45 p.m. ET today:


    • September 12, 2011 at 5:14 pm

      meta thanks for the heads up!

      Yeah, WE gotta do our part to help PBHO and his Admin…

      And, WE gotta “have his back!”

      Let’s JUST DO IT! 🙂

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!

  10. 12 Obama Grandmama
    September 12, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Is it just me or what as I do not see the title above the picture of Prez Obama being tribute worthy? It seems more like a negative criticism of PBO to me, but then I have been to Australia and realize they are rather laid back and not very formal about their thoughts.

    • 13 jacquelineoboomer
      September 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm

      Looked more like a joke to me; that they really wanted him to visit, but he had to cancel twice due to domestic concerns. That part seems temporary!

      • September 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm

        I interpreted it as a joke too – one tinged with frustration. Somewhat like a friend saying ‘Get your butt over here, why don’t you?’

        • 15 AnitaW
          September 12, 2011 at 6:18 pm

          I agree. A joke tinged with a little frustration, but I’m guessing they will be happy once he gets there to visit. I don’t think he will cancel a third time so let’s just keep our fingers crossed until he goes and comes back.

  11. September 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    But Romney says, nobody overseas likes us and…

    • 17 Linda
      September 12, 2011 at 4:36 pm

      Was Romney sleeping during the Ireland trip ?

      • 18 jacquelineoboomer
        September 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm

        Or any of the trips?

        What a loser Romney is.

      • September 12, 2011 at 4:56 pm

        He didn’t make it on to the Chips Obama Travel coach.

      • 20 hopefruit2
        September 12, 2011 at 6:52 pm

        The MSM virtually buried most of the Ireland trip – in exchange for endless coverage Netanyahu’s disrespectful anti-Obama speech to congress. That’s why people who rely on the MSM for their “news” about this administration and President are woefully uninformed and misinformed.

      • 21 nathkatun7
        September 13, 2011 at 1:07 am

        Romney was probably watching the miniscule coverage at CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, and the rest of MSM, instead of coming here, at TOD, to check out Chipsticks’ full coverage of Obama’s visit to both Ireland and the U.K.; and the enthusiastic welcome he received in both countries. In this instance, I blame the MSM more than I blame Mitt Romney.

  12. September 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    And remember, when he goes overseas, their will be a manufactured crisis and chuck Todd will say that Austrailians are only Luke warm to the President!
    Meanwhile, Maureen Dowd will be giving interviews about how the President is Arrogant, all the while he gives a speech with 200k Austrailians show up!

    It happens all the time!

  13. 23 CEB
    September 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Hope nothing gets in the wayof his third attempt to go there. Home, former home, and the home of friendly allies; he will receive much love in each place.

  14. September 12, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Cantor to Obama: let’s scrap 60% of your jobs bill;


    The GOP is making a mistake, it allows the Presudent to campaign on this and not use OFA funds! Allows him to re connect and get hisessage out!
    2 or three cities per week is good for now!

    • 25 Debz
      September 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm

      I am constantly amazed by the fact the when the repugs talk about what “The House” will or won’t agree to, It is only the repugs they refer to. Are there not democrats in the house? I can not believe that all of the repugs would be against the jobs bill, but then again, what do I know. And where are all the house dems who never miss an opportunity to get in front of a camera to bash the President? They should be screaming about getting this jobs bill passed.

      • September 12, 2011 at 4:57 pm

        The deal is Boehner gets to decide which bills come to the floor. He will not bring anything to the floor that he doesn’t have the votes for completely from his caucus. I think it was one of the deals he cut to be Speaker, he could never look for Dem votes to get anything passed – they needed to have 218 GOP votes . I just hope this is hurting GOP reps in purple states that they are always supporting teabagger bills and won’t have many(any?) examples of them working with Dems.

        There is 50 seats that Dems won in 2008 that flipped to the GOP in 2010. That means to me that these seats are purple, and yet the current reps are voting as if they are in deep red seats.

        • 27 Debz
          September 12, 2011 at 5:03 pm

          And he made a fool of himself, having to rely on dem votes for the debt bill. He didn’t even have enough sense to ask Nancy Smash for help.

  15. 29 HZ
    September 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Jovie, I think Chuck is going to have to find another job after 2016. It is sad to make your paycheck off of the backs of those who are in need in a time of our nation. Chuck nor Maureen will not be blessed. There is so much great journalism that can be put into print about this great Administration rather than the constant negative, viile and petty reporting that is presently being done. It is hateful, small minded, and sorry reporting. I am old enough to remember some great journalism in politics. But, President Obama and Vice President Biden will be fine. We will prevail. Make the calls, e mails, and fazing today and all week for the American Jobs Acts. It has just been delivered to the House. I watched it on C-SPAN. HZ

  16. September 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    New pages just up

    Pennsylvannia, Wisconsin, and Iowa now have pages that show the numbers of construction workers, teachers, schools, community colleges, and houses that will be improved. Also the amount of $$ coming to each person’s paycheck each month and how much businesses will save.

    To see if your state has a page visit here

    Those of you who have made a request for a page from your state, I am happy to comply, you also need to post to this blog with at least 3 local media resources. We will be using these resources in the weeks and months ahead.

    American Jobs Act :: Impact by State – http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/09/american-jobs-act-impact-by-state.html

    Remember – after the page is made, the real work begins, we have to tweet, email, facebook and print out the page. Use the stats on the page to write a letter to the editor. Hand this out at meetings.

  17. September 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Hiya Collegekay – yikes, I don’t know why your comments aren’t automatically appearing. Are you signed in?

  18. September 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Jovie–You are exactly right. Every day the GOP does not pass this bill, they give the president more campaign fodder. They are literally putting him on the campaign trail a year early, so that he can bank public support, bypass the beltway media and effectively point the finger of blame at the “Do-Nothing” Republican led House. They would be smarter to pass the bill and keep him in Washington, but their minds are so clouded with hatred they can’t even see their own self-interest. PBO is starkly laying out in black and white, easy-to-understand terms that he’s done his part. Congress has to do theirs. If they fumble the ball, he’s going to make sure that people know who exactly is to blame. The GOP used to be more subtle about strategy, but they have gotten so cocky they are publicly showing their hand, even to the point of parading presidential candidates who belong in a museum of curiosities. They’ve given up the pretense of caring about people and believe that nothing they say or do can possibly hurt them. We have to show them how very wrong they are.

    • 37 Debz
      September 12, 2011 at 5:01 pm

      Agreed, Jackie. They are putting him on the campaign trail. He told them he would go to every corner of the nation and wouldn’t stop until they pass the bill. They are so blinded by their hatred it hasn’t occurred to them that the more the public sees of our President, the more they like him. If they just quietly passed the bill, without all the grandstanding, then they would keep POTUS in Washington.

  19. 38 utaustinliberal
    September 12, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Yay! I’m excited. I love it when he goes on foreign trips. He brings back economic growth for the U.S. and he’s the perfect ambassador for our beautiful country.

  20. 41 PoliticalJunkessa
    September 12, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Wheeeeeee……..Road Trip! :mrgreen:

  21. 42 carolyn
    September 12, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    The media doesn’t like his trips, because they need to educate themselves about the countries he visits, and that is too much like work! They won’t even educate themselves about this country!

    If the Repubs get tired of the President’s trips across the country about the jobs bill……they can pass the darn thing and stop the trips! They never think of that!

    The Australians will find his visit well worth the wait.

  22. 44 Pamela
    September 12, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Oh, I will just miss him! I will be Down Under until November 12….. Darn it.

  23. 45 Sue in Minnesota
    September 13, 2011 at 2:34 am

    I love Australia, and I understand why they are anxious for our awesome President to visit. I’ld like to go along, I could be a field reporter and do the work the freaking MSM doesn’t. When he travels, we should collectively pound their asses asking where is the coverage?
    Lessons learned from previous trips would indicate that pressure needs to be applied, and heavily to our MSM.

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