australian arrival

3:30 PM Canberra time (11:30 PM DC): The President arrives in Canberra

4:15 PM (12:15 AM DC): Ceremonial welcome at Parliament House

4:30 PM (12:30 AM DC): Meeting with PM Julia Gillard

6:0 PM (2:0 AM DC): Joint press conference with PM Gillard

7:30 PM (3:30 AM DC): Parliamentary dinner, speeches from both leaders


Live coverage:

Herald Sun * Yahoo Australia * Sydney Morning Herald * ABC Australia

White House live (2:0 AM ET press conference)


News.com: As the Occupy camps in Melbourne and Adelaide rage against the ills of Western capitalism, young Australians have given their backing to the man who leads the world’s biggest economy.

A news.com.au survey can reveal that under-35-year-olds are happiest about Barack Obama’s visit, with more than 50 per cent saying they were happy or ecstatic.

…. The feelings of good-will and warmth for Mr Obama are in stark contrast to those George W. Bush aroused when he visited Australia in 2003 and 2007.

… A Gallup poll shows that approval of US leadership nearly tripled among Australians between 2008 and 2010, jumping from 25 per cent to 69 per cent. It was the biggest increase Gallup measured worldwide pre- and post-Obama.


….. greeted by Australia’s Governor-General Quentin Bryce

… greeting Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard

342 Responses to “australian arrival”

  1. 1 hopefruit2
    November 15, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    WOW…Australia is giving us TODers some stiff competition for “botness”

  2. November 15, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    wow…he’s here…he’s here

  3. November 15, 2011 at 11:17 pm


  4. 19 P
    November 15, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    WOW the dogs are out!!! Top security I always welcome!

  5. November 15, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Governor General dressed in yellow…Australia’s Queens representative because we are part of the Commonwealth

  6. November 15, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    PM Gillard didn’t want to go for a ride in The Beast? Every foreign dignitary should try it if they ever get the chance! That ride is fricking FIERCE!!!!!! (speaking as someone who has driven in The Beast vicariously! πŸ˜‰ )

  7. 32 desertflower
    November 15, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hello Australia! I have to say, when they showed AF1 coming in…I felt a lump in my throat.How proud he makes me to be an American, and have HIM represent this country overseas.
    The woman in the yellow seems like she didn’t want to let go πŸ™‚ Madame Prime Minister got her kisses!

    • November 15, 2011 at 11:29 pm

      PBO is so incredibly charming. He’s sweet, warm, genuine. A real magnet.

    • 38 dotster3
      November 15, 2011 at 11:43 pm

      I noticed that AF1 has a cute face!—–watching it come in—–it has cute little eyes, cute little nose and a nice big slightly smiling mouth. AF1 is adorable!

      • 39 HZ
        November 16, 2011 at 12:36 am

        Dotster3, AF1 has a cute pilot as well. I fell in love with him the first time POB met him for his first trip on AF1 . Turner is his name. Oh, my kind of looks. No disrespect at all. But he is mine.

        Seriously speaking now, I am also thankful that President Obama arrived safely. I am also grateful to all of the SS and every member of AF1 Crew for All that they do for our President on each and every trip. Let us always remember them in our prayers and thoughts. They are carrying a very precious and valuable person for all of us and the world.

        The lovely Prime Minister made sure that she received her kiss on the cheek. Me thinks she think very highly of our wonderful, intelligent, caring, and fineeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee President!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HZ

    • 41 theo67
      November 15, 2011 at 11:45 pm

      She was holding on pretty tight, and it looked like he wasn’t sure how he’d move on to the next person! I also noted that PM Gillard was fairly aggressive with getting a kiss – but I can’t blame her at all… πŸ™‚

    • 43 TrumpDog
      November 16, 2011 at 7:30 am

      The woman in the yellow seems like she didn’t want to let go

      I don’t blame her one bit. They’d probably have to surgically rermove me from the president if I got that close to him.

    • 44 Mel
      November 16, 2011 at 11:36 am

      THank you Australia and take good care of our President, and please please post all of this great
      information on facebook, tweet it our US MSM is not given us any inf about PBO overseas.

  8. November 15, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    I’m still up watching the events.. This is truly my President and I will follow him any and everywhere…

  9. November 15, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    I watched the President land – AWESOME !!! I couldn’t help but think ‘man, that’s a lot of power and the President handles it very, very well.

    BTW, am I first?

  10. 48 GGail
    November 15, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    I can’t believe that it’s tomorrow 4pm already in Australia!

    Berny – I bet you are just tingling all over to have POTUS in your Country!!!!

    We know you all will treat him well and we look forward to the coverage πŸ˜€

    • November 16, 2011 at 12:12 am

      Yes. It’s major headline news here. I’m so distracted that I’m hardly doing any work (thankfully, I’m the boss so I don’t need to cover up what I’m doing) but I do have a few important client calls and new staff to check up on. I’m sure I’ll find a way to do it all, if Mr President can, I will at least try….

  11. 50 hopefruit2
    November 15, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    AF1 loves it’s President. LOL! πŸ™‚

  12. November 15, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    what’s next?!! I wanna see more of my sexy prez. I’ve only got 2.5 more hours to see HIs Sexiness!!! :mrgreen:

  13. 53 Asher in Boston
    November 15, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Oh, no. I missed it.

  14. 55 SueBee
    November 15, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    I am such a loser..I missed the big Australian welcome 😦

  15. November 15, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    You guys didn’t miss anything. The only thing that happened so far is the President arrived safe and sound…

  16. November 15, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Where are you guys watching this?

  17. November 15, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Ugh! Freakin apple And there flash player bs.. Having trouble getting video in my iPad

  18. 75 jacquelineoboomer
    November 15, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    This was interesting to read, from The Herald Sun:

    MPs have been warned to be on their best behaviour for the president’s speech tomorrow.

    Speaker of the House of Representatives, Harry Jenkins, has written to Senate president John Hogg issuing a standard reminder to parliamentarians to behave themselves.

    Liberal senator Scott Ryan said he hoped Australian Greens leader Bob Brown, who interjected about the Iraq war and terrorism detainee David Hicks during a speech in 2003 by George W Bush, did not “embarrass the country this time”.

    Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese said Mr Obama is “certainly the best public speaker” that he had ever seen and he looked forward to Cabinet’s meeting with him.

  19. November 15, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    the two dunderheads aka anchors talking about how America has structural problems we should take care of before we criticize the Chinese over their currency. One said that America needs to stop consuming so much and save money instead. Ahhhhhhh, dude, last time I checked -as much as i like Australia- America is the largest economy in the world so thank you very much Australia, but we don’t need your economic advice.

  20. 81 dotster3
    November 15, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    It never gets old, does it?—–watching him appear at the doorway of AF1, smile and wave and bounce down those stairs. Everyone always looks so thrilled to pieces to see him as he greets everyone so warmly and personally.

  21. November 15, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Chuck Todd is tweeting from Australia what Romney, Huntsman and Perry did today.
    So far, nada on POTUS.

  22. 102 SueBee
    November 15, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    State Visit to Australia by HON. BARACK OBAMA
    President of teh United States of America

    I love it! πŸ˜€

  23. November 15, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    It’s good Gillard got cap and trade her first year.

  24. 105 P
    November 15, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    I think PM Gillard like PBO….I don’t blame her. He’s so cute and full of life πŸ™‚

  25. November 15, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    There’s a total blockout..black plastic along temporary fence railings in Canberra and Northern Territory. People asked for public viewing spaces but it was turned down…security 😦 but..we are so glad that he finally made it here, we see this as an amazing honour, so we will be watching alongside TODs the President of the World’s every move.

    • 111 nospin
      November 16, 2011 at 12:03 am

      I am sure he will find a way to connect with the people. He always does. My guess is he will stop into a local restaurant or local shop. He can’t help it. He needs that connection with everyday folks.

    • November 16, 2011 at 12:14 am

      Oh no, that’s a shame. Wish more people could see him and have a sense of the excitement that comes from seeing him in person.

    • 113 Chi
      November 16, 2011 at 2:30 am

      Oh that’s a shame Berny…

      It’s a sign of our times unfortunately and it’s stealing all our joy…

  26. 114 EDP4BHO
    November 15, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    I’m still up with all of you crazy folks πŸ˜€ It really bums me out to hear these Aussie newscasters announce that PBO is more popular there than he is here at home. They are listening to the faux-news here, because if they saw how he drew crowds and delighted reactions from the places he visits here at home, they’d know something just does not jibe with what the msm is saying.

    • 115 theo67
      November 15, 2011 at 11:58 pm

      This is true.

    • November 16, 2011 at 12:03 am

      Not all….remember, this is Murdoch media land with murdoch puppets. But, Australia has one of the highest penetration of Internet users http://www.internetworldstats.com/top25.htm (higher than the US), and because of our location in the world, most are well travelled, utilise the Internet extensively as well as have a wide range of global news outlets available to us.

      We know how popular and how loved President O is back in the US (and everywhere else) and we most certainly ‘know’ about the underhanded lack of truthiness from Faux News and the GOP.

      • 117 EDP4BHO
        November 16, 2011 at 12:06 am

        Thank you very much for that clarification. I just knew you guys could not possibly have so many ill-informed people as we have (atleast I hope not).

      • 118 nospin
        November 16, 2011 at 12:06 am

        that is good to know. Thanks for your perspective.

      • 119 Chi
        November 16, 2011 at 2:32 am

        Thank you so much for sharing that Berny…

        It is heartwarming knowing that people know very well the shenanigans of the GOP and our corporate media…

      • 120 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        November 16, 2011 at 4:13 am

        Thanks Berny. Glad our fraudelent MSM and opposition party are recognized for what they are abroad. πŸ˜‰

  27. November 15, 2011 at 11:57 pm


    Secret Service confirms bullet hit the White House and was stopped by ballistic glass – @nbcwashington bit.ly/rvmfY0

    • 122 P
      November 15, 2011 at 11:58 pm

      OMGGGGGGGGGGGGG please tell me more…………ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh screaming are they OKAY????????

      • November 16, 2011 at 12:01 am

        I believe that’s a reference to the shooting incident the other night. Police have a suspect and are trying to locate him. I’m sure now that this info is out the FBI and SS are in on the whole thing. It took a while for this info to come out. Really crazy.

    • 127 theo67
      November 15, 2011 at 11:59 pm

      These people are disgusting and so full of hate. I hope they catch this idiot. Makes me mad.

      • 128 utaustinliberal
        November 16, 2011 at 12:07 am

        I know. I just saw it on twitter. A bullet hit the White House. First a drive by shooting and now this. I hope they get the bastards.

        • 129 theo67
          November 16, 2011 at 12:16 am

          They said there were two bullets. One hit the glass, the other hit the exterior of the building. They were talking about it on the Australia live stream.

    • 130 P
      November 15, 2011 at 11:59 pm

      OMG I already wanna cry………………….lawd let me put on my t.v. Jesus PLEASE Lord!!

    • 131 anniebella
      November 16, 2011 at 2:19 am

      I hope they catch the bastard who did that. Do they have a suspect? Know wonder Michelle went back . I hope Sasha and Malia didn’t hear anything about that. You know kids can get scare about things like that. I’m glad Michelle will be there with them. I’m not saying anyone was after the family, but everyday we must pray for our President and First Family.

    • 132 Ann_T
      November 16, 2011 at 6:49 am

      I heard this too. I’m sure MrsO knew about this long before the latest news broke about the window. I bet the Aussies are disappointed that they did not get our First Couple, but everyone should understand this situation. I think about all the times the family is outside the White House for events. 😦


  28. 133 Ceb
    November 16, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Letterman was all over the Cain Libya video. It was the subject of the top ten list and most of the jokes during the monologue. Other members of the GOP field were lampooned as well. Bill Mahr is up next so I am switching to Jimmy Kimmel.

    Good night everyone. See you down under!

  29. 134 LDS
    November 16, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Okay. Let me be the first to say it…..I know Lady Prime Minister do not want Miche to jump on the next plane. Too much touchy, touchy going on there. I know they have a rapport and everything. But…….BACK IT UP!

  30. 142 jacquelineoboomer
    November 16, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Is the ceremony at a standstill? I’m only hearing wind and some background noise.

  31. 143 Ceb
    November 16, 2011 at 12:15 am

    I commented before I saw the welcome photos from Australia. These are great; I am so excited!

  32. November 16, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Video clip of President’s arrival added.

    Gotta go sleep – will update everything in the morning, ‘night everyone πŸ˜‰

  33. 152 Ceb
    November 16, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Good night, sleep tight Chips and TOD family. Will join you again tomorrow ( or today or whatever day it is in Australia).

    Thanks for this wonderful treat Chips.

  34. 153 SueBee
    November 16, 2011 at 12:19 am

    PM Julia Gillard is so smitten..lol

  35. 154 hopefruit2
    November 16, 2011 at 12:20 am

    The ceremony has just begun!!!!

  36. 155 Sankofa
    November 16, 2011 at 12:20 am

    I want to see the video where Air Force One landed…….oh wait, something is happening………..”whoosh” and away to watch

  37. November 16, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Okay now.. it has begun Yeah!

  38. 157 hopefruit2
    November 16, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Even the birds seem excited that the President is arriving πŸ™‚

  39. 161 hopefruit2
    November 16, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Here he comes!

  40. November 16, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Dang they’re some quick change artists.. love their bright springy suits.

  41. November 16, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Our Governor General is in love with bright vivacious colours LOL

  42. 167 SueBee
    November 16, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Queen Mother changed out of her yellow out fit..:)

  43. November 16, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Queen mother? how funny…yeah…not quite …I wonder how many wardrobe changes she makes LOL

  44. 172 nospin
    November 16, 2011 at 12:27 am

    The third picture of POTUS in the attached link is a keeper. US President Barack Obama gets into his personal armoured vehicle – known as ‘The Beast’ – after arriving in Canberra. Picture: Stuart McEvoy


  45. 174 hopefruit2
    November 16, 2011 at 12:30 am

    NOW here he comes!!!

  46. November 16, 2011 at 12:30 am

    The Beast is pulling up!!!!!11

  47. November 16, 2011 at 12:33 am

    He always makes me feel so proud.

  48. 177 SueBee
    November 16, 2011 at 12:34 am

    WOW..this is cool

  49. 178 jacquelineoboomer
    November 16, 2011 at 12:35 am

    President Obama reviews the troops … and I cry. I’m so proud of him.

  50. November 16, 2011 at 12:40 am

    so good the first time around…we’ll play that again πŸ™‚

  51. 183 hopefruit2
    November 16, 2011 at 12:40 am

    They’re playing the US national anthem again πŸ™‚

  52. November 16, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Alright I’m out guys. Can’t wait to see the videos tomorrow.

    BTW, I’m loving the Governor-General??? tangerine suit. It’s too fly for me…lol

    Night guys.

  53. 192 hopefruit2
    November 16, 2011 at 12:41 am

    It’s a pity the time zone difference – this is a beautiful ceremony and so many folks are in bed.

  54. 193 jacquelineoboomer
    November 16, 2011 at 12:43 am

    And now the school children meet him!

  55. 197 hopefruit2
    November 16, 2011 at 12:43 am

    OMG the schoolkids are super duper excited!

  56. 198 SueBee
    November 16, 2011 at 12:43 am

    The kids are freaking out! LOL

  57. 199 nospin
    November 16, 2011 at 12:43 am

    how cute. Some school kids got to meet the President. They (the kids) were on a tour apparently.

  58. November 16, 2011 at 12:44 am

    the reaction from the kids is basically how most of us feel about PBO

  59. 204 hopefruit2
    November 16, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Awwww the little boy gave Prez and PM big hugs πŸ™‚

  60. 207 FiredUpInCA
    November 16, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Is he writing a speech?

    • 208 aristac
      November 16, 2011 at 12:48 am

      that is what Michelle would of said lol. Good nite all

    • 211 ribletsonthepan
      November 16, 2011 at 12:51 am

      LOL! Can you imagine a Herman Cain signing the Welcome Book……999 Black Walnut Double Dutch Pizza!

      • November 16, 2011 at 1:07 am


      • 214 Denise
        November 16, 2011 at 8:36 am

        Hello Everyone! My name is Denise and I live in the great and unionized state of Ohio, USA, and I love and adore my First Family, our President Obama, and this site! I visited this site about a year ago, but forgot it until a few weeks ago, and I love it here! I am an Obama campaigner here in Ohio, and I am ready to begin our fight to re-elect him in 2012. It is nice to meet everyone! I will not come everyday to post, just some days to read the beautiful and wonderful articles and comments that are posted here about our President! God bless everyone and to the great country of Australia, please keep our President safe, and thanks for much for the wonderful welcome! I just love it here!

  61. 215 hopefruit2
    November 16, 2011 at 12:48 am

    That was an awesome welcome for our President. Thank you Australia! Okay good night everyone.

  62. 217 utaustinliberal
    November 16, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Now we wait for the press conference. Long night indeed. Only for you PBO. Only for you. πŸ˜€

  63. November 16, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Oh the kids were wonderful, loved when they yelled out to him.

  64. 220 P
    November 16, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Damn he’s soooooooooooooo sexy and full of swag especially when he smiles and does that thing with his teeth!! Wooh!!!

    • November 16, 2011 at 12:50 am

      Yep indeed he is.. what gets me is when he laughs at his own jokes when he’s giving a speech.. that laugh he does always cracks me up.. but dang he’s a pretty son of gun.

    • 222 nospin
      November 16, 2011 at 12:50 am

      I think he does that thing with his teeth on purpose. lolol He knows it’s effects.

      • 223 jacquelineoboomer
        November 16, 2011 at 12:59 am

        Of course! Anybody that good looking totally knows his own appeal. And yet – I’m not sure how he does it – he still seems modest and humble! πŸ™‚

        • 224 anniebella
          November 16, 2011 at 2:54 am

          I’m still mad about the bullet being found at the WH. By the way, there is lots more to our wonderful President then how sexy he is.

  65. November 16, 2011 at 12:49 am

    I have 4 links open so I can’t tell which one did it, but I swear I heard on of the dunderheads say something like: “it’s remarkable, both these ladies……” and then he went on to talk about domestic popularity and how PBO has it worse than Gillard. Am I hallucinating?—— Op, it was the Herald. Should have guessed sooner. 😐

  66. 227 EDP4BHO
    November 16, 2011 at 12:49 am

    I’m going….”alright, don’t write a book sir, I’m sleepy”. Oh, the kids. That was just wonderful. Good nite TOD. We all need our rest to keep up with the Energizer Bunny In Chief. πŸ˜€

    • 228 FiredUpInCA
      November 16, 2011 at 12:52 am

      Our president is also a bestselling author-in-chief, so I guess we should expect it but it did seem like an unusually long guestbook message. I can’t wait to hear what he wrote.

  67. 229 nospin
    November 16, 2011 at 12:49 am

    why are they saying his polls are very very poor at home? Hogwash

    And the reporters are also pushing the meme that POTUS is positioned in a difficult spot in the US because of the economy. Even suggesting he could have competition with the repubs. utter nonsense and balderdash.

  68. 234 ribletsonthepan
    November 16, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Do I understand correctly that at 3:30 am eastern time there is the Parliament Address…so confused?

    • November 16, 2011 at 12:59 am

      You’re correct, 2am is the press conference.. I’m gonna just stay up I think.. its an hour earlier where I’m at, so what the heck.. I’ll try to keep up with the man.. I seriously cannot imagine anyone else doing all that he does in a day/night.. not a one of those repub candidates could match his schedule ever.. and he does it all with a brilliant brain, a gleam in his eye, a swing in his step and that flashing smile.

      • November 16, 2011 at 1:00 am

        oops, sorry, you’re correct about the 3:30 am.. and before that at 2am is the press conf.

        • 237 ribletsonthepan
          November 16, 2011 at 1:08 am

          Thanks…now I’m torn..stay up for press conference or sleep for a couple to catch Address….damn you Australia! LOL…Why cant you Live Stream straight to my REM ZZZZ!

  69. 238 Kat 4 Obama
    November 16, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Thank you, Australia, for so warmly welcoming our President!

    • 239 jacquelineoboomer
      November 16, 2011 at 12:57 am

      Hi, Kat! Wasn’t it great?

    • 240 theo67
      November 16, 2011 at 1:25 am

      This is probably a fairly emotional trip for President Obama. First, being in Hawaii, seeing his sister and recalling his grandmother just a couple of weeks after the anniversary of her passing. And then going to Australia, where the country is so excited to see him, but he can also remember travelling through Australia when going home to Hawaii from Indonesia. And then heading to Indonesia, where he’ll have memories there, too. All pretty emotional and nostalgic.

    • 241 globalcitizenlinda
      November 16, 2011 at 1:39 am

      Great thanks to the good people of Australia for rolling out the best mat for President Obama and welcoming him so nicely into your country

  70. November 16, 2011 at 12:58 am

    I watched every minute and loved every minute.

  71. November 16, 2011 at 12:58 am

    And when President Obama wins re-election what will these fools talk about next…. Guys don’t feed into these news entertainers marching orders. Report the love, smiles and hugs he’s received on the ground and the 600 plus dinner party to be served in his honor…

    • 244 FiredUpInCA
      November 16, 2011 at 1:26 am

      They are missing out on a historic Presidency simply by virtue of their chosen professions. After they retire, they’ll kick themselves that they didn’t pick the brain of one of the most interesting, intelligent, effective leaders ever. I on the other hand am free to be an upologetic groupie for life. I am enjoying every moment of this First Family, here and now.

  72. 246 FiredUpInCA
    November 16, 2011 at 12:59 am

    If you want to geek out on the details of Air Force One and The Beast, the Herald Sun has a cool interactive link. After clicking the link below, choose the Obama’s Entourage tab and then click Cadillac One or Air Force One.


  73. 248 LDS
    November 16, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Thank you for calming me down. And thank you, Chips for a job well done tonight and staying up so late. But I am still going to sleep with one eye open. (lol)……. I am looking forward for tommorrow and my prayers are with Our President and his family at the WH. I pray for sweet sleep for you, Chips, whatever time you decide to turn in……..Good night.

  74. November 16, 2011 at 1:05 am

    I miss Reggie Love who told him to get a 2nd life…

  75. November 16, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Sad that it takes the Australian media to objectively analyze Pres. Obama’s achievements in his first term. No luck with our corporate media

  76. November 16, 2011 at 1:29 am

    Can I just say how much I hate that MF Chuck Todd? Instead of tweeting about the Pres visit, he’s tweeting abt some bs poll that shows Willard beating PBO in New Hampshire. Bastard. I just hate him.

    • 252 anniebella
      November 16, 2011 at 2:40 am

      I wish Todd and all those other fools were left in America so they could cover their beloved Romney. And someone need to remind Chuckie boy that the election is Nov. 2012. Not Nov. 2011.

    • 253 theo67
      November 16, 2011 at 3:07 am

      Doesn’t he say in his MSNBC commercial that he’s asking the questions that Americans want to be asked? He may want to revisit that statement. He’s a fool.

  77. November 16, 2011 at 1:32 am

    Yup yup the Australian TV analyst was right on the mark when he said that the White House Press corp is very parochial, that they’ll ignore the host country Australia and ask about US domestic politics. He surmised that they’ll be asking about the police action on OWS when the Press conference comes up in 30 minutes.

  78. November 16, 2011 at 1:38 am

    so is PBO also responsible for the [police taking down Occupy tenements in Australia and Canada too? These emoprogs need to look beyond their parochial noses.

    • 265 FiredUpInCA
      November 16, 2011 at 1:47 am

      Yes. This was coordinated globally with Homeland Security, the White House, the FBI, MI-5, Interpol and the Batman.

      Homeland Security also is responsible for influencing each judge in every jurisdiction around the world as they rule on Occupy Movements in various cities.

      The spineless President is omniscient and is ruthless as he caves.

  79. 268 SueBee
    November 16, 2011 at 1:38 am

    My twitter converstion with Chuck Todd

  80. November 16, 2011 at 1:50 am

    I found this after making a comment about the cute AF1 pilot we have Col.Turner. This is light-hearted from another pilot.


    Different pilot. I do not know if he is still with the crew. However, Col.Turner is AF1 pilot. He and President Obama hit it off in a very cool manner. I hope he is still AF1 pilot.HZ

  81. November 16, 2011 at 1:55 am

    That is why the President is going to NH on the 22nd.
    That is why Joe Biden has been up there recently.
    OFA needs to get busy in that state.
    Will somebody tweet chuck Todd, Romney is in third place in new ppp poll California primary by 5 points?

  82. November 16, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Press conference limited to 4 questions to President Obama and 4 questions to PM Julia. Interesting comment from one of the pundits on an unbiased network saying that ‘IF american press corp are polite, they’ll ask first question about Asia-Pac issue” . He also said that he will likely be asked a question about OWS. We’ll see.

    • 272 Chi
      November 16, 2011 at 3:01 am

      But our media sucks Berny…

      The can’t help themselves…

      They are all mostly suited as stand-ins on entertainment shows and as gossip columnists in free street rags…

  83. 273 Bobfr
    November 16, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    Obama is seriously cutting into to my cash flow – must incite more rage among keyboardcomandos #MichaelMooreThoughts #KeithOlbermannThoughts


  84. 275 donna dem 4 obama
    November 16, 2011 at 2:09 am

    Press Conference is live on MSNBC for those who are still awake to watch it.

  85. 276 globalcitizenlinda
    November 16, 2011 at 2:10 am

    here is PM and President Obama starting the press conference. I am surprised that MSNBC and CNN are carrying it live. Fox is not airing it live

  86. November 16, 2011 at 2:10 am

    It’s on. Julia’s opening speech about the alliance and focus on looking forward, beginnig with 200 to 250 marine deployment growing to 2,500 troops.

  87. 278 globalcitizenlinda
    November 16, 2011 at 2:17 am

    PBO: “My friend Julia”….. admire that she speaks up like it is … straight up

  88. 280 donna dem 4 obama
    November 16, 2011 at 2:22 am


    Another oops for the lastest flavor of the week of the Republican Candidates. Mr. Gingrich haz a bad…

    Newt Gingrich made between $1.6 million and $1.8 million in consulting fees from two contracts with mortgage company Freddie Mac, according to two people familiar with the arrangement.

    The total amount is significantly larger than the $300,000 payment from Freddie Mac that Gingrich was asked about during a Republican presidential debate on Nov. 9 sponsored by CNBC, and more than was disclosed in the middle of congressional investigations into the housing industry collapse.

    Gingrich’s business relationship with Freddie Mac spanned a period of eight years. When asked at the debate what he did to earn a $300,000 payment in 2006, the former speaker said he β€œoffered them advice on precisely what they didn’t do,” and warned the company that its lending practices were β€œinsane.” Former Freddie Mac executives who worked with Gingrich dispute that account.


  89. November 16, 2011 at 2:23 am

    first question from Oz media – asking about the marine deployment, rising power of china and afghanistan. Great answer from PBO. thorough and knowledgeable.

    • 282 globalcitizenlinda
      November 16, 2011 at 2:27 am

      I concur with your assessment. It is hard not to compare the foolish US media with the OZ first question

  90. November 16, 2011 at 2:28 am

    second question from Reuters – european approach to PBO and was that a question about super committee?

  91. November 16, 2011 at 2:31 am

    that question about budget was directed at PM Julia…PBO is answering it also…focus on trade..economic growth..a region of huge important strategic focus

  92. November 16, 2011 at 2:31 am

    At which time the speech tomorrow?

  93. 288 globalcitizenlinda
    November 16, 2011 at 2:32 am

    PBO: “we are here to stay and I say the same thing tommorrow in my speech to Parliament

  94. November 16, 2011 at 2:33 am

    third question from Oz media – about the rise of India and the uranium decision to supply it to India. Carbon trading emission scheme?

  95. November 16, 2011 at 2:37 am

    PBO is not wading into decision of Aus government to supply this to India. He shares the views of PM Julia and most scientists…there goes that ‘science’ thing again (ha) about carbon issue. Another belief shared is advanced economies can’t do this alone so part of multilateral insistence for emerging economies to be part of it. take seriously their responsibilities.

  96. November 16, 2011 at 2:39 am

    US media question – reasking question about China. What is that is fearful about China.

    • November 16, 2011 at 2:44 am

      correction…what is it, that makes most people fearful about china?

      Julia answers first, talks about common goals….PBO great response..”notion that we fear china is mistaken..notion that we exclude china is mistaken”…we are welcome china…its about same rules….adjusting like everyone else…focus on consistency. Having a clear set of principles so everyone can succeed. Talking about aligning existing policies for a brighter future!

      All finished…Ha, he didn’t ask the usual suspects LOL. Great Presser!

  97. November 16, 2011 at 2:41 am

    Oh I like her, she’s quite smart.. I can see why she & POTUS have hit it off.

    • 294 globalcitizenlinda
      November 16, 2011 at 3:08 am

      PM was good in her answers and appeared effortless. PBO was very good in his responses and also appeared to give them effortlessly. good presser

  98. November 16, 2011 at 2:52 am

    MIRANSHAH, Pakistan β€” US drones on Wednesday fired a salvo of missiles, destroying a house and killing up to 18 militants in Pakistan’s Taliban-infested tribal badlands close to the Afghan border, officials said.
    Four missiles slammed into the compound in the Baber Ghar area of South Waziristan, killing at least 18 people who were reported to be local Taliban fighters, the Pakistani security officials said in Peshawar, near the tribal belt that Washington considers an Al-Qaeda hub.
    US officials say Pakistan’s tribal districts provide sanctuary to Taliban fighting in the 10-year war against US troops in neighbouring Afghanistan and to Al-Qaeda-linked militants plotting attacks on the West.
    Another security official in Wana, the main town of South Waziristan, confirmed Wednesday’s strike and casualties.
    Officials said the attack took place at around 2:30 am (2130 GMT Tuesday) about three kilometres (two miles) from the border of Afghanistan’s Paktia province, one of the flashpoints in the 10-year Taliban insurgency.


  99. November 16, 2011 at 3:21 am

    The press conference with Prime Minister Gillard and President Obama was brilliantly poetic with the forces of both their intellect beautifully making the US Media look like complete fools. He was direct and took pleasure in answering intelligent, pertinent, and issue contextual questions.

    I was simply elated that he did not call upon Chuck Todd, Nora O’Donnell, Jake, nor Ed Henry. The US media should feel like complete fools after hearing such respectful, and intelligent questions asked of an intelligent President, Barack Obama and Prime Minister Gillard. POB knocked it out of the park tonight.

    The clowns should take the first plane back to the US and catch up on their clown show reading for their next circus with the GOPer.

    POB was brilliant as always, but it was so refreshing for him NOT to have to hear the fools speak tonight in that press conference. Thank you, Mr. President. That is how intelligent and prepared journalists act with brilliant World Leaders. It is about time POB is shown some respect for his brilliant mind in a press conference. Good Night, Morning, TOD Family. Great comments from TOD family members on Twitter during the presser.HZ

    • November 16, 2011 at 3:29 am

      G’day HZ, I thought the American lady from Reuters question was decent. I thought Jackie’s question sucked because she always is a snarky person even at the White House briefings…

    • 298 theo67
      November 16, 2011 at 3:34 am

      President Obama even said “good” when asked a complex question at the front of the press conference. He’s amazing!

    • November 16, 2011 at 7:20 am

      I am so bummed I missed the press conference. I tried to stay up to catch it, but couldn’t. I can’t wait to watch it later tonight. Good to know he did not call on those guys. No need to ruin a good press conference. Was good for them to watch and learn a few lessons.

  100. 300 FiredUpInCA
    November 16, 2011 at 3:50 am

    What President Obama wrote in the PM’s guest book:

    β€œTo the People of Australia, with whom we have stood together for a century of progress and sacrifice. On this 60th anniversary of our alliance, we resolve that our bonds will never be broken, and our friendship will last for all time. Barack Obama.”


  101. 302 theo67
    November 16, 2011 at 4:03 am

    Good night – to all those still awake. I have no idea what time festivities start tomorrow, but I’ll see you all here. πŸ™‚

  102. November 16, 2011 at 4:08 am

    Good night all, I need to get some shut eye.

  103. 304 sjterrid
    November 16, 2011 at 4:26 am

    Thank you Berny for sharing with us your thoughts and reactions to President Obama’s visit.

    Chips, thank you once again for your great coverage of the President’s trip. I don’t know how you do it. πŸ™‚

  104. 305 Mary Kennedy
    November 16, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Chips – being an Aussie living in NYC – if you only KNEW how grateful I am re your coverage of Obama Down Under … or should I say – Aubama Down Under :)))Thank you x0x0x0x

  105. 306 FiredUpInCA
    November 16, 2011 at 4:49 am

    They should seriously consider changing their name from the Grand Old Party to the Grand Oops Party (Same letters so they don’t even have to change their letterhead.):

    Jon Huntsman at a New Hampshire fundraiser:

    “I don’t care what the rest of the country thinks or feels,” he said. “That’s not important.”

    He continued: “I do care about what the people of New Hampshire feel, because this is important.”

    After the event Huntsman was asked by a reporter to clarify his remarks. He said his comment was “the wrong thing to say” and explained he had been referring to national polling.

    “Of course I care what people think in the rest of the country,” he said. “Specific to the poll numbers, is what I was referring to.”
    Huntsman ranks in the low single digits in most national polls, but has seen an uptick in his polling in New Hampshire.

    Read more: http://www.kitv.com/politics/29780682/detail.html#ixzz1drNX7AWG

    • November 16, 2011 at 7:16 am

      I keep shaking my heard and wondering what the rest of the world is thinking about us. Candidates for high school elections are better than this crowd. And what’s so galling is that the MSM pretends as if this is OK. I read a report a while back where the author was talking about how the media was being disingenuous by giving credible coverage to people they knew did not stand a chance of going anywhere in this race.

      How far we’ve fallen. I bet Huntsman wishes he had stayed in China.

  106. November 16, 2011 at 5:24 am

    Just heard Pres. Obama’s wonderful dinner speech in Australia and I wonder what Cain thinks of his ability to be coherent after such a long trip and maybe less that 4hrs sleep.

    I am happy, though, that he can now go and get some rest.

  107. November 16, 2011 at 5:36 am

    GOOOD MOORNING, all you night (morning?) owls! Knew I could rely on you to keep the President covered until I surfaced! πŸ˜†

  108. November 16, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Well I am one hour ahead of you here in Trinidad – 7.02am so I got up for the dinner arrival and speeches. I missed the press conference but read the comments. I expected it to be excellent and so it seemed. It is now 10 pm in Australia and the official functions are over so Mr Pres can now go and rest his weary head. The welcome speech to the dinner by an aboriginee as well as the Prime Minister’s and Opposition Leader’s dinner speeches were all good.

    • November 16, 2011 at 6:56 am

      Thanks for the help in situating myself on what has happened, SS. I do feel a bit ‘lost’ trying to read the thread, listen to the live feed, and comment ‘live’, but I ain’t complaining. Just to be able to tap into all this because of CHIP’s & TODville’s dedication is awesome! Thanks to EVERYONE!

  109. 313 CTGirl
    November 16, 2011 at 6:36 am

    I missed it but am loving your recap!

  110. 314 Ann_T
    November 16, 2011 at 6:38 am

    I can’t believe I missed so much. I caught part of the news conference earlier this morning on MSNBC when I could not sleep. PM Gillard really seems to like PBO! Who can blame her? πŸ™‚

  111. 315 ber6964
    November 16, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Morning everyone………..As usual Chips you are the best!!!

  112. November 16, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Evening all, I apologise if you see a double posting, I forgot to log in..I just wanted to post below the speech by Prime Minister Gillard at the State Dinner tonight. It reflects how we feel about President Obama and our friendship with the United States.

    Mr President, you come to Australia tonight to share a night of friendship and to share a visit in which we will look to the future.

    You come to our country with all of the honours due to a Head of State. You come as an ally, as a partner and as a friend. And, you come as a person for whom many Australians feel great personal warmth and I think, that’s been on display in this room tonight.

    Not just for the substance of your leadership abroad and at home but for the style of modern leadership you display as well.

    Australians not given to over-statement, see you leading a great nation amid all the passions of politics in a democracy and we see in you a clear combination of vision and a very deep calm. And we admire your own unique journey in life, in law, community and politics.

    Australians who read your memoir β€œDreams from My Father” can’t help but experience the shock of the familiar, as we read your remembrances of time past, of a life lived with roots in many places. From Hawaii and Indonesia, to Kansas and Kenya. To Boston to Chicago to Washington, we know that in this respect, you embody the American dream of opportunity.

    But Australians also recognise in your wider reflections on identity and place, the value of the world-view that looks outward rather than inwards. Like ours, a state of mind that is inclusive, rather than exclusive . That sees diversity not as a weakness but as a very great strength. Like ours, an acceptance of responsibility in the world, of an obligation to all, that goes with maturity as a people, and as a nation.

    That is your story. That is our story. That is part of what our two people hold in common, part of our common cause, for the common good.

    Mr President, we have been allies for 60 years, comrades in arms for decades before then, and friends for longer still.

    In what is a year of anniversaries, we share a long history but we know it is a history defined more than anything else, by our shared restless forward quest defined always then and now, by the things we do together to honour our national pledges – to be young and free, to be home to the brave.

    Mr President, you are very welcome.

  113. November 16, 2011 at 7:10 am

    I guess it will help if I signed in. Wow. It is so good to see PBO well received.

  114. 321 Me4obama
    November 16, 2011 at 7:24 am

    I missed everything live but I have enjoyed reading every comment. You guys are the best. Thank you. Goodmorning to you all.

    • 322 prettyfoot58
      November 16, 2011 at 9:34 am

      Gooood Morning….everyone.. πŸ˜€

      i could not stay up..if i wanted to be at work today…but i knewwwwwwww…i could come here and see and feeeeeeel it all….i love Chips and the TOD fam….

      Pressssssssss ON!!

  115. 324 nospin
    November 16, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Hey Chips – did you notice that Politico updated a page with the heading Politico 44 A Living Diary of the Obama Presidency?

    That page was chock full of snark and bullsh*t to the highest power. One would think they were trying to co-opt your brand. I refuse to post a link.

    • 325 hopefruit2
      November 16, 2011 at 7:49 am

      The media is in full swiftboating mode. They are getting increasingly frustrated and aggressive because it’s not as easy to tear down this President’s support as they would have liked or as they initially thought. Now the media is trying to turn OWS into a full-blown anti-Obama movement. The “report” from that right-wing rag examiner.com was designed to associated Obama with the local crackdowns so that the movement would turn against him. With the help of certain PL media whores like Michael Moore and Keith Olbermann who latched on to the story and ran with it, the focus is now on the “federal government” and no longer on Wall Street.

      • 326 prettyfoot58
        November 16, 2011 at 9:40 am

        hello Hope…

        we will begin to see this more and more….esp as the economy begins it climb up….

        the PL is just the another version of the TP folks….they spout the same garbage trying to use the cover of the progressive label….

        they will continue to be exposed….

  116. 327 globalcitizenlinda
    November 16, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Great first day Australia! Beautiful country, very good happy people and tremendous welcome for PBO. Thank you for your good reception and respect of the Prez!!!

  117. November 16, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Chips, please feature the clip of PM Julia re-teeling the story of Flotus saying POTUS is so involved with some problems he forgets to eat.. I heard this while I was half sleep and I am not sure I heard this story correctly… This was so touching if she told this piece of news I didn’t know about…

  118. 329 halo
    November 16, 2011 at 7:46 am

    CHIPS, this video from Australian media is hilarious! It counts the nubmer of times PBO shakes the Governor General’s hand.

  119. 331 halo
    November 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

    You woulnd’t know the President is in Australia by listening to American media!

  120. November 16, 2011 at 7:58 am

    I truly enjoyed the brilliant analysis on Australian Broadcasting Corp about the fascinating pivot of PBO’s foreign policy away from the stagnant Mid East wars to deep engagement in East Asia. Of course China is not happy saying that US is not an East Asia country. [ http://www.rentadrone.tv/world-news-stream/australia-abc-news/ ]

    Ha! eat your heart out. PBO is drinking China’s milkshake and they haz a sad. I say good. Of course there is mutual benefit to India, Australia and the other growing economies of the region to have their own defender against China’s expansionist designs. In comes PBO bringing Medvedev with him.

    The East Asia Summit in Bali should be very interesting. PBO kills several birds with one charming grin. Checkmate.

    P.S. Does Herman CAin know where Bali is? And perry wants to start foreign aid from zero? yeah right, PBO is operating in a completely different galaxy from these wingnut doofuses.

    • 335 hopefruit2
      November 16, 2011 at 8:01 am

      That’s why the media is trying to now distract by reviving that silly OWS making it now into an anti-Obama movement and that’s all you are hearing on the new. This thing is beginning to sound more like Teabaggery 2.0

  121. November 16, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Well, I have missed everything so far this last two days. I will have to catch up later this week when work calms down. That is what is so awesome about this site. Chips, you have it all covered. Thank you so much!

    I just lit the 44th candle for our President this morning! Please join me in lighting a candle for his continued success and safety as he travels in Austrailia and Indonesia.


  122. 339 utaustinliberal
    November 16, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Intensive man hunt is underway for the man who used an assault rifle and fired shots at the whitehouse. Two bullets were found. via @GMA

    • 340 FiredUpInCA
      November 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm


      Update: Suspect in White House shooting arrested near Indiana, Pennsylvania, officials say – @NBCNews

  123. 341 Titti
    November 16, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Awwww, missed all the arrival excitement. Enjoyed all the comments and thanks Chips for the coverage. The lady with the yellow outfit – can’t wait to see the next outfit. Thank you Aussies for your warm welcome of POTUS.
    Don’t even want to think of those bullets that hit the WH. Hope they catch the MF and throw the book at him.

  124. 342 FiredUpInCA
    November 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production rose in October at the fastest rate in three months. Factories made more trucks, electronics and business equipment, a sign that manufacturing is recovering after slowing this spring.

    Energy prices have moderated since then. In a separate report, the Labor Department said consumer prices fell for the first time since June. The key reason was cheaper energy costs….

    Automakers are also rebounding. In October, car sales were 7 percent higher than the same month last year, the government said Tuesday….

    The economy grew at an annual rate of 2.5 percent in the July-September quarter, the best quarterly performance in a year. Many economists project similar growth for the October-December quarter, a view bolstered by Tuesday’s report that retail sales rose in October for the fifth straight month.


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