welcome, south korea

President Barack Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak attend a state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, October 13

First lady Kim Yoon-ok of the Republic of Korea with US first lady Michelle Obama

The quality of this clip is terrible, but keep watching the two girls on the left (at the start of the clip – they’re in white and gray), hilarious:

85 Responses to “welcome, south korea”

  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    October 13, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Thanks for the heads up Chips. In my excitement, I forgot! Whew! Thanks so much. 😀

  2. 2 COS
    October 13, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD friends. I just woke up and boy am I elated over how much money the Dems raised. I just saw Paul Steinhauser on CNN saying how much the Dems raised, and he said that he believe that the Dems raised more than the repugs. We will see. What a wonderful morning!!!!!!!

    • 3 Debz
      October 13, 2011 at 10:54 am

      We need to celebrate the fundraising!! WE ARE AWESOME!!!!!!! 😀
      And I love those children in the photo/video their expressions are priceless!!

      • 4 jacquelineoboomer
        October 13, 2011 at 12:33 pm

        Hooray to the dollars raised, the number of donors, and the sheer joy of those children in the images posted! Thanks, Chips!

  3. 6 MTmarilyn
    October 13, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Good morning TOD family. I have to leave shortly for a job so hope the President isn’t too late in starting. I haven’t had time to call Tester’s office again. Tomorrow I will be home. I am still so upset. This time I will have everything written down I want to say. Thanks everyone for your help. Can’t wait to see the State Dinner tonight and see what Michelle will be wearing. Have a great day!

    • October 13, 2011 at 9:11 am

      Take care, MTmarilyn. Don’t sweat the small stuff. We will prevail!!

    • 8 globalcitizenlinda
      October 13, 2011 at 9:51 am

      from the reports, you have a lot of company among those upset with tester. he is feeling the heat

    • 9 Mel
      October 13, 2011 at 10:35 am

      I do not understand Tester was a DARLING of the PL when he was runing for the Senate and the PL are not going
      to make accountable for his voting NO? Oh but i forgot it’s Obama’s fault disgusting. I am. glad the DEMOS raised
      more $$$$$ than the GOP keep Pressing and keep giving all the way.
      Congress weman Loreta Sanchez called the GOP UN_ AMERICAN for not voting for the AJA bill a BIg Thank you
      this is how we Latinos feel we have worked hard a play by re rules the only thinks we ask it’s JOBS is this a crime.
      On every Election the GOP use the Latino comunity as a fucking punching bag tired of this B.S.

  4. 12 COS
    October 13, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Oh No. It is raining in DC. Everyone is pulling out umbrellas.

  5. 13 PoliticalJunkessa
    October 13, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Good morning Chips! Good morning TOD Family!

    So, since the fundraising totals have been announced, I’m sure we’ll be getting the news on our very own Donna any moment now….right? right? 😛 😛 😛

    Have a great day everyone!

  6. 15 LOL
    October 13, 2011 at 9:22 am

    What will Hackperin do? There is a TIME poll that has the pres beating EVERY rep…I can’t linky cuz I am on my phone- but it’s on time.com under politics and look in swampland- wonder what that dick will do?

  7. 22 hopefruit2
    October 13, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I’m loving the ceremony so far. My President makes us proud!

  8. October 13, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Cspan 2 has it also…
    Raining there.

  9. 25 COS
    October 13, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I have my direct mix channels on which shows a screen for all of the major channels and not one channel is showing the ceremony. What’s up with that?

  10. October 13, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Wanted to shake the guy who couldn’t figure out POTUS wanted him to move forward with the umbrella. GAH!!

    • 28 Me4obama
      October 13, 2011 at 9:52 am

      Easy meta, My President can be very intimidating. Felt sorry for the poor guy.

      • October 13, 2011 at 9:59 am

        Just thinking if it’s your job to hold an umbrella over the President to keep him dry, then your umbrella should be over the President to keep him dry. And when PBO asked him to move forward, he was frozen. Yes, poor guy. He was probably nervous!

  11. 30 meabloom
    October 13, 2011 at 9:34 am

    I didn’t think South Korea’s President would pause for the translator. 🙂 And yeah, I saw POTUS get wet too.

  12. October 13, 2011 at 9:38 am

    One thing I noticed in these polls, the demographics are off.
    The kids 18-29 voted at 18% in 2008, yet the NBC poll has them at 9%.
    Hispanics should be15%, NBC has them at 11.
    AA community should be 14%. NBC has them at 11.
    Cross tabs are off on all these polls.

  13. 33 globalcitizenlinda
    October 13, 2011 at 9:40 am

    as we predicted last night, the first thing President Lee said was that President Obama is one of his best friends, PBO and Prez Lee have sunny personalities and the wide smiles will more than make up for the rainy weather

    • 34 Debz
      October 13, 2011 at 10:58 am

      They really seem to like each other, don’t they? They seemed to hit it off from the start. The two of them are always smiling when they are together.

  14. 35 FiredUpInCA
    October 13, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Rick Perry’s net approval in NBC/WSJ poll is below Romney’s, Cain’s, and the Republican Party’s overall:

    Click to access October_Poll.pdf

  15. October 13, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Can’t you tell, the crowds hate him. Lol!

  16. 37 PoliticalJunkessa
    October 13, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I see FLOTUS. She looks purty! She is working that waistline.

    • 38 Janelle
      October 13, 2011 at 9:49 am

      FLOTUS looked gooooood!!! Well, that’s per usual. I want that waistline. They did an earlier shot of her outfit and it was very intricate up close…it was shimmering with lace overlay I think. I know if the sun was out you would have been able to see it good. I’m sure she’ll recycle it because it was beautiful.

      • 39 PoliticalJunkessa
        October 13, 2011 at 10:00 am

        Ooooo, can’t wait to see a detailed pic :-).

        • 40 PoliticalJunkessa
          October 13, 2011 at 10:01 am

          *scrolls to top* Lovely!

          • 41 Janelle
            October 13, 2011 at 10:28 am

            I saw her on my TV on C-Span2 and the outfit looked much better live. Sometimes photos just don’t match up to the real thing. It looked like little miniature crystals woven in the brocade-type fabric. I bet you it reappears around the holidays when they have to attend all those holiday receptions at the WH. Her fashions are always a nice diversion from everything.

  17. October 13, 2011 at 9:46 am

    They went way off script there, didn’t they!! the crowd loved it.

  18. 43 hopefruit2
    October 13, 2011 at 9:46 am

    So people are standing in rain and nasty weather to see shake hands with our President. I’m hearing people shout “we love you!” to our President. I guess that’s how they show their anger and disgruntlement, according to the MSM!!

    • 44 anniebella
      October 13, 2011 at 10:12 am

      I don’t blame them for standing in the rain to shake POTUS’s hand I would too, I’m like the mailman, I would go through the sleet, rain, and snow to meet POTUS and FLOTUS.

    • 45 utaustinliberal
      October 13, 2011 at 10:23 pm

      Peggy Noonan must be melting in her witches cauldron. 😉

  19. 46 Me4obama
    October 13, 2011 at 9:49 am

    What a beautiful ceremony!! I enjoyed every second of it. Rain or shine the show must go on.

  20. October 13, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Off topic but worth sharing nonetheless. Remember the flack the President for his “just words” he got from Deval Patrick?

    Scott Brown accused of plagiarism


  21. 52 Me4obama
    October 13, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I smell Bromance between My President and S. Korea’s. Same blue tie. Well..

  22. 53 PoliticalJunkessa
    October 13, 2011 at 10:00 am

    OT: it’s amazing how many men in politics dye their hair these very dark, inky colors. Vanity, vanity, lol.

  23. October 13, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Those two girls are so happy. You could even hear their gleeful girlish laughter towards the end of that clip.

  24. 55 Fred
    October 13, 2011 at 10:02 am

    good morning TOD family

    may the President have a happy;successful;blessed day dealing with all that he has to handle and may he and the FLOTUS have a wonderful State Dinner

  25. October 13, 2011 at 10:11 am

    The House of Republicans are trying to make sure that the Presudents health care bill dies nor allow abortions.
    Despite the fact that the President wrote a executive order detailing that, in that whole stupak fiasco, they are rehashing this for fundraising purposes only!

    Me thinks…

    • 57 anniebella
      October 13, 2011 at 10:27 am

      Even though the polls says the American people number one concern are jobs, that sorry ass Republican House will be discussing abortion today. Not jobs, but abortion. 2012 we have to get rid of Canter and Boehner. Get Speaker Pelosi back in there.

      • October 13, 2011 at 3:03 pm

        Recent polls also show, anniebella, that the majority think the republicans are placing too much emphasis on abortion and gay issues. And, you’re right. The polls show jobs as the #1 issue. I read on Twitter that Boehner made a statement today in which he claims that by focusing on abortion, the republicans are doing what the people asked them to do. NO. He’s pandering to the tea partiers and telling the rest of us to sit down and shut up. Not gonna happen.

  26. 59 globalcitizenlinda
    October 13, 2011 at 10:14 am

    thanks for the hook up Chips! Okay I will say it one more time so bear with me: “I like Prez Lee a lot and it is simply because he usually looks very and he seems to really, really, really like President Obama and is not embarassed to show it.

    • October 13, 2011 at 10:17 am

      I know, that hug was cool. He is a conservative, too.

      • October 13, 2011 at 3:06 pm

        I find it amazing that most of the republicans don’t know the meaning of conservative. They think it means going back to an earlier time in our history, but it means ensuring that the vision of America established by the Constitution is adhered to and preserved. It doesn’t mean voter suppression, hating anyone, or ditching the parts of the Constitution one doesn’t agree with.

  27. 64 Ladyhawke
    October 13, 2011 at 10:28 am


    From the Office of Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer


    • 65 Ladyhawke
      October 13, 2011 at 11:06 am

      The poorly-named ‘Protect Life Act’


      House Republicans aren’t at all interested in working on jobs bills. They do, however, have plenty of time for anti-abortion legislation that has no chance of becoming law.

      …Republicans can’t let social conservatives feel overlooked by the focus on the tea party’s spending concerns — so they’re about to make sure those critical GOP voters know that they haven’t forgotten about their campaign pledge to block federal funding of abortions.

      The House is set to vote Thursday on the Protect Life Act, legislation that would ban women from using the health reform law’s tax subsidies to purchase health plans that cover abortions.
      Maybe some enterprising campaign reporters can ask the Republican presidential candidates whether they’d sign this bill in 2013 — and whether they think this is the best use of Congress’ time right now.


  28. 68 desertflower
    October 13, 2011 at 10:31 am

    If you read nothing else today, READ THIS AND SEND IT TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!!
    http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2011/10/senate-republicans-successfully-filibuster-american-jobs.html Morning, TOD’ers.

    • 69 Ladyhawke
      October 13, 2011 at 10:33 am

      ds, we are kindred spirits. I was just about to post this Bob Cesca item. It is excellent. I’m really looking forward to his podcast this week.

      • 70 desertflower
        October 13, 2011 at 11:19 am

        Yes we are:) I hope everyone here will read this and pass this along…..the other thing that got my hot Italian temper up this morning was the fact that just about ALL the reps from AZ including McCain have drafted a bill to drill for uranium in THE GRAND CANYON!!! A wonder of the world,a place where people from ALL OVER THE WORLD, come and see and spend their money,,,not to mention the fishing, hiking, wildlife,canoeing,endangered species that reside there, the water and aquafirs….AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! Did I say how very much a hate these greedy, selfish SOB’S today?????

  29. 71 Ladyhawke
    October 13, 2011 at 10:35 am

    AFFORDABLE CARE ACT – “Rate Reviews”

    Cutting Costs for Consumers and Small Businesses – Chapter One


    Today, consumers got some good news when a big insurance company – Blue Shield of California – announced it will be returning $295 million to consumers and the community by the end of the year. This announcement will provide some much needed relief to families who have seen their premiums increase in recent years. And it’s the fourth positive announcement we’ve heard this week alone about health insurance premiums.

    Before the Affordable Care Act became law, many insurance companies could raise your premiums without any transparency or accountability. If you wanted to know why your rates were going up, they were under no obligation to tell you.

    Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, that’s all changing. Starting September 1, 2011, in every State and for the first time ever, insurance companies are required to publicly justify their actions if they want to raise rates by 10 percent or more. The Affordable Care Act also included $250 million to help States strengthen their rate review procedures so they can successfully fight high premium hikes and help keep costs under control.

    Making the insurance marketplace more transparent and holding insurance companies accountable is good for consumers. Accountability and transparency can help drive costs down and give you more information about your health insurance choices.


  30. October 13, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Feds bust another ring of accused painkiller peddlers in Florida.

    South Florida’s painkiller peddlers have taken a sharp turn into the Medicare rackets, authorities say.

    On Wednesday, federal agents broke up another major ring of alleged prescription drug peddlers — including a doctor, a pharmacist and two clinic owners — in a takedown across Miami-Dade and Broward counties.


  31. October 13, 2011 at 10:46 am

    via Mcclatchy

    The headline in the Los Angeles Times scored Tuesday night’s Republican debate this way: “Romney No. 1, Cain 9-9-9, Perry 9-1-1.”

  32. October 13, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Go politico headlines-

    Seoul Man.

    Isn’t that a bit racist?

  33. October 13, 2011 at 10:59 am

    White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer took to Twitter on Thursday morning to address the “Today” show’s “obsession” with Biden’s spot on the Democratic ticket.

    “I have noticed a weird @todayshow obsession with faux story of Sec. Clinton replacing @VP…Have asked both about it last 2 days on the show,” Pfeiffer wrote in his tweet.

    Pfeiffer added that he was “not upset, just tweaking them.”

  34. October 13, 2011 at 11:10 am

    All 17 EU nations have approved the bailout for Greece! Phew.

  35. October 13, 2011 at 11:17 am

    First guy in jail- Rajartnam gets 132 months in jail from today’s sentence for insider trading.
    What were the OWS saying about nobody going to jail?

    • 81 hopefruit2
      October 13, 2011 at 11:27 am

      OWS is not an informed group.

    • October 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm

      If its not someone from Goldman Sachs or Lehman then they don’t care. There is an entire site/unit called stopfraud.gov that lists all the lawsuits, indictments and conviction of anyone involved in the financial industry. Whether the company is literally on Wall Street or not. I guess those don’t count either.

  36. October 13, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Just made two phone calls. First, to Rep. John Duncan’s office to remind that all the Rs ran on jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs and that we are still waiting for a jobs bill to be introduced from the House and asked why are they still voting on abortion and planned parenthood and not working on jobs. Answer: Blabbering about how hundreds of bills go through Congress every day. I interrupted him and said that he isn’t answering my question and he said, “Yes, I just did.” I told him the American people are NOT stupid and I can tell him exactly what the Rs are doing: Keeping millions unemployed to try and put one man out of his job and that that is treasonous. My second call was to Jason’s Deli in Raleigh and asked to speak to the manager or assistant mgr. Explained that we met long-time friends there Tuesday evening as we came through town…..how I was so looking forward to an enjoyable evening UNTIL I walked in and saw the TV on Fox News…….said I purposely sat with my back to the TV, but the others were occasionally watching & as we were leaving some of them were commenting on a story O’Reilly was doing. I told him if I had been alone I would have immediately gone to mgr. and said, “Change the channel or I am leaving.” Reminded him that they are serving the public and that many of the public have no desire to be subjected to the lies and hate Fox spews 24/7 when they come into a restaurant. He thanked me and said he would pass it on to the appropriate people.

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