coming up …. down under

Okay, we are about to enter time-zone befuddlement …..

The President will visit two Australian cities…. Canberra is 16 hours ahead of Washington DC ….. Darwin is 14 and a half hours ahead of DC …. so, it’s already tomorrow in Australia 😯

Julia Gillard

3:30 PM local 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

Canberra Times

Thursday (in Australia!): The President begins his day by laying a wreath at an Australian war memorial; meets with opposition leader Tony Abbott; addresses the Australian Parliament; visits a local primary school with PM Gillard; visits the US embassy. Leaves Canberra for Darwin. Visits a memorial to the USS Peary and lays a wreath. The President and PM Gillard together address Australian troops. That concludes the Australia portion of the visit. The President flies that night to Bali, Indonesia.

Friday: Attends a number of bilateral meetings. Meets with the Prime Minister of India and the leaders of Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia. Meets with the ASEAN nations, the 10 Southeast Asian nations. Meets with President Yudhoyono of Indonesia; attends an East Asia dinner that night.

Saturday: The East Asian Summit takes place through the day. At its conclusion the President returns to the United States.


Original video here – thanks Donna and VC


Australian Newspaper Links: The Canberra Times * The Age * Sydney Morning Herald

Warning: these are owned by Rupert ‘fair and balanced’ Murdoch: The Australian * Herald Sun * Northern Territory News (Darwin) * The Daily Telegraph


TV/Video: ABC * Special Broadcasting Service * News.com * Sky News Australia * Yahoo Australia


Any links to add? Leave them in the comments 😉


Live coverage:

The Herald Sun will have live coverage of the President’s arrival – but seeing as it’s Murdoch-owned, its commentators will probably be wearing Romney t-shirts.

Live coverage of the President’s arrival for the official dinner and speeches at Parliament House here (ABC Australia) – thank you JER

More live streaming at Yahoo Australia and the Sydney Morning Herald – thanks Meta and COS


White House live

221 Responses to “coming up …. down under”

  1. 1 collegekay
    November 15, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    I am not going to get any sleep following him all around the world.

  2. 12 Fred
    November 15, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    he will touchdown in Australia supposedly at 10:30 pm Chicago time 😀

    it is 11:20Am Australian time right now

    it is 6:20 pm Chicago time so he will land in about 4:30hours from now 😉

  3. November 15, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    This is one of the few times that the West Coast is at a better place time-wise than the East. I love watching the Australian Open because most of the matches are on at prime time in L.A.

    • 21 Fred
      November 15, 2011 at 7:47 pm

      I envy you LL :mrgreen:

    • 22 theo67
      November 15, 2011 at 10:09 pm

      I was just thinking the same – it will only be 8:30 when he arrives. Just early hours after midnight when the final speeches are made. Day 1 will be a piece of cake – day two may take some navigating… but so worth it! 🙂

  4. 23 jacquelineoboomer
    November 15, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    The President will stop in Bali … reminds me of the old classic “Bali Hai” from South Pacific! It would be romantic adventure, if he weren’t there on a mission.

  5. 27 utaustinliberal
    November 15, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    My goodness; how does he do it? I’m exhausted just looking at his schedule and knowing that my sleep clock will be all out of whack over the next few days. Coffee!

    • 28 hopefruit2
      November 15, 2011 at 7:38 pm

      Can you imagine ANY ONE in the current GOP field having the energy to keep up with this punishing schedule? At least Gov Christie had the presence of mind to realize that he simply wasn’t up to the task.

      • November 15, 2011 at 7:44 pm

        Those (republican) toads would never leave the USA because they are weak and the world has no respect for cowards…

      • 30 EDP4BHO
        November 15, 2011 at 8:44 pm

        I’m back after a busy day. My you guys can hang 😀 Funny you mention Christie. Just heard on radio this morning that he said it will be hard for a repub to beat PBO, unless the economy isn’t any better which will make it “possible” for a repub to win, but that one should not underestimate PBO’s political savvy. See, even the big one knows this. I pray every day for this stubborn economy to turn around in noticeable fashion…..just so PBO’s attackers can have a hissy fit.

      • November 15, 2011 at 9:48 pm

        And he doesn’t just have a punishing travel schedule. When he lands someplace, he’s able to make brilliant and cogent remarks. I can sort of get the idea of putting an R bozo on the plane somewhere, but every one of them would be speaking even more gibberish than usual when they landed. The Republican cheerleaders in the msm can try to pretend that the candidates are credible, but people in other countries would just hear these guys and assume they and we were all morons.

      • 33 Eleroy
        November 15, 2011 at 10:18 pm

        LOL, Jon Huntsman gets tucked warmly in bed for at least a week when he gets the slightest hint of the sniffles!!!

    • 34 Mel
      November 15, 2011 at 9:09 pm

      But, But, But, teh fucking USA MSN have reported zero about where PBO is right we were watching ABC news
      with Dianne , but nothing about the United States President woooow!!! so thank you fro the vidio fram the MSM
      in Australia, and what ever vidio somebody can get send it viral so a lot’s of us can see what this GREAT
      PRESIDENT is doing around the world. THe US MSM will only report anythink if PBO fucks up somehow pricks.

  6. November 15, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    The Diane Sawyer interview special with Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly scored 13.4M viewers last night. The Pedophile Sandusky interview scored 4.5M viewers in the same hour for NBC – poor souls who chose to watch that monster lie and deny over a truly inspirational Giffords story.

    • 36 hopefruit2
      November 15, 2011 at 7:36 pm

      Thank you. 🙂

    • 39 dotster3
      November 15, 2011 at 7:40 pm

      The Giffords story was inspiring and beautiful. She is a wonder. I also liked that they reminded everyone in the book and on the program about Sarah Palin putting crosshairs over her district shortly before the shooting. Someone had shot through the window of her office after that, and Gabby had expressed fears that someone would show up at one of her events with a gun one day. Mark Kelly also criticized Boehner in the book for never calling or visiting when he was in Houston, had sent a get well card shortly after the shooting, no further inquiry as to how a member of the House was progressing, did not attend the memorial service.

      • November 15, 2011 at 8:21 pm

        Yes, I watched Gabby with Diane Sawyer last night, and I was so moved and touched by her miraculous recovering. I admire her and her Husband, I’m so happy and proud of them 🙂

        • 41 HZ
          November 15, 2011 at 10:28 pm

          It is a remakable miracle indeed. They are truly an inspiration to all of us. My book will arrive on Monday, and I am looking forward to reading it because it was written by Gabby and Mark , first of all. Secondly, it shows us so much peace and love that has come out of those dark days that they went through. There is something about their spirits that resonates pure peace and love in my opinion. I believe that Gabby and Mark will also help the families and suvivors bring into being the healing that they will also need.

          You all know that I cry not just because I am sad all the time, but I see how so many ugly, mean, and sick people who need so much help in this world, can cause so much horrific things on our lives.,And then to witness how bad things can turn out for goodness to be seen, it makes the tear ducts open up like the gates of a flooding river. So these tears surely last evening brought me into a state of giving thanks for Gabby and Mark to see how far they have come through all of this.

          We always have to remember,”Life is fragile, handle with prayer.” God knows that we bent the Almighty ears for mercy, healing, justice, and compassion with our prayers for Gabby , Mark, and all who left us on that awful day.

          So, we still give thanks for all of the healing that Gabby and Mark will bring into the lives of so many through this program that many of us saw last evening, and now the book. May we always continue to send out good thoughts, prayers, and meditations because so many hateful thoughts are being sent out as well. We must not sleep with complacency ,but be a total and beautiful partner of intolerance for this sickness and hatefulness.

          We will work very hard with our leader, President Obama and his Administration to make our very necessary departments, of justice, mental health elements of our healthcare, and the advancement of brilliant medical research to continue to be a well and balance focus of his Administration. He has so much to try to accomplish with such a hateful bunch within our own Congress. These are severe wake up calls for us as a people and a nation. We will work hard to help our President to make as much change for those ‘better angels’ to operate within each of us, with his help as our President.

          Blessings to all of us and to our dear Gabby and Mark.HZ

      • 42 anniebella
        November 15, 2011 at 9:08 pm

        Boehner didn’t visit or call, well that doesn’t surprise me one bit. Boehner and these Republicans have no heart. Or maybe he was scared if he visit or call the Democrat, his base would be mad with him. How pitiful.

      • November 15, 2011 at 9:55 pm

        Both Palin and Boehner had an opportunity to rise to the occasion and demonstrate character. They failed and showed how hollow they are. Palin, self-absorbed as she is, even had to add to her disgrace with her blood libel nonsense. The GOP has cultivated these soulless creatures and have a lot to answer for.

        • 44 theo67
          November 15, 2011 at 10:15 pm

          Indeed – the President of the United States and the First Lady took time out and supported the people of Tuscon, plus visited Gabby Giffords. Boehner has a duty to the members of the House, and he should have made an effort to attend the memorial and at least call to inquire after her.

        • 45 HZ
          November 15, 2011 at 10:35 pm

          Yes, they do Anniebella and Jackie Grumbacher. Their souls must be so bankrupt that their actions are so ugly and useless for goodness.HZ

    • 46 Mel
      November 15, 2011 at 9:12 pm

      But, but, Diane Sawer forgot to mention where PBO is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 47 desertflower
      November 15, 2011 at 10:23 pm

      That was such an uplifting, wonderful program last night! She is truly an inspiration and her husband is the poster child for what it means to be a husband! That was fabulous. I NEVER would have watched the pedophile spew the BS he did…that’s ALL I heard about today. Would much rather be uplifted than to get dragged into the mire. 13.4 million people agree:)

  7. 48 Me4obama
    November 15, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Michael Moore’s ass is getting kicked on Twitter & am I am enjoying retweeting everything about him.

    • November 15, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      Give us a blow-by-blow, M4O!

      • 50 Mel
        November 15, 2011 at 9:15 pm

        Yes M4O blow-by blow despasito until it hurts Michael Moore needs to be kick hard, he is a fucking
        opportunist PUNK.

    • 51 hopefruit2
      November 15, 2011 at 8:10 pm

      Keith Olbermann has jumped to Moore’s rescue by tweeting this:

      // @KeithOlbermann
      Keith Olbermann
      #ShowPlug 3: The nationwide wave of #Occupy raids? See a pattern here? And silence from Pres. Obama? @MMFlint Michael Moore on all that //

      So I guess the PL really wants to start some anti-Obama riot with this OWS thing…they are so disturbingly and obsessively hung up on using every opportunity to attack this President. They had better be careful.

      • 52 nospin
        November 15, 2011 at 8:24 pm

        If I cared to lock horns with at self righteous jack rabbit my comment would be – KeithOlbermann, you don’t vote http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54UcKbtGJuU.

        so bottom line he needs to have a heaping helping of STHU!

        • 53 Bobfr
          November 15, 2011 at 8:56 pm

          Our4thEstate Bobfr
          @KeithOlbermann, you don’t vote youtube.com/watch?v=54UcKb… So, you don’t MATTER, Mr 1%er.

          He has no hope if he wants to mess with me.


          • 54 nospin
            November 15, 2011 at 9:05 pm

            lol Bobfr – Thank you. I couldn’t summon the energy to go after that self absorbed pr*ck even though I knew that would shut him down on Twitter. KO certainly won’t appreciate the reminder. Words matter and that video says it all.

          • 55 anniebella
            November 15, 2011 at 9:13 pm

            Thank you Bobfr. It’s ashame how these people want to try and blame President Obama for everything. Do they hate the man that much? Keith Olberman need to shut his phony mouth considering he can’t even take the time to go cast a vote. Go back to sport Keith, if anyone would have you.

          • 57 Mel
            November 15, 2011 at 9:20 pm

            K.O wants the Ralph Nader to be the next President or the TEAPARTY He and MM are the 1% and a fucking
            opportunist so glad he was fired by MSNBC.

            • 58 anniebella
              November 15, 2011 at 11:09 pm

              Mel don’t forget ESPN . Or did he just decided to leave ESPN? And what’s he on NBC Sunday night football?

      • November 15, 2011 at 10:01 pm

        And Yet, where President Obama was in Hawai’i at the APEC Gala they let the Occupy Aloha sing his songs for 45 minutes! Does that not tell the profiteering leftist Olbermann NOTHING? Or does he prefer his wallowing in ignorance?

      • 60 theo67
        November 15, 2011 at 10:16 pm

        People involved with OWS better speak up and make this right. Their movement has nothing to do with President Obama, and it’s pathetic that they’re trying to drag him into it.

        • 61 Eleroy
          November 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm

          The OWS is a jungle of all sorts of people: some naive and well-intentioned but terribly misguided and a whole lot of others with a negative agenda!!! I find that they are mostly doing more harm to their support and their cause!!!

    • 62 anniebella
      November 15, 2011 at 9:15 pm

      Me4obama, good good good. I wish I could kick that phony ass attention seeking freak know as Michael Moore.

    • November 15, 2011 at 9:56 pm

      Yes, Dish, Me4obama! Por Favor! 😛

    • 64 ChristiMtl
      November 15, 2011 at 10:05 pm

      I just saw on twitter that AP picked up the story from the examiner, or whatever blog this ”information” was taken….no fact check, nothing as usual.

      Olbermann also cited the AP where the same info was cited that Moore gave.

      • 65 hopefruit2
        November 15, 2011 at 10:50 pm

        The examiner is owned and operated by a right-wing billionaire.

        Michael Moore is now getting a LOT of push back on Twitter. I’m seeing tweets from folks who I’m not even following calling him out for starting this rumor. His defenders are now saying that he didn’t actually say that Obama/FBI started it but was just asking a question. Moore is getting desperate and is trying to safe face and wants to get Mayor Bloomberg to say that he had spoken to the FBI or DHS.

        The Examiner author apparently has even started backtracking.

  8. 66 dotster3
    November 15, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    C-Span is seeking to air the Sup. Ct. health care arguments. Good. I think we all deserve to see how that goes down.

  9. November 15, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Id love to know how Obama manages jet lag and all that travel with out getting messed up? We went to Outback Steak in his honor tonight. No really its my Birthday and thats where I wanted to go. Never been before.

  10. November 15, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Obama SURGES In New Polls
    President Barack Obama is now polling even with a generic Republican candidate in a new Gallup poll — a measure by which he was down by eight percent in recent months — a sign that he is turning his presidency around after a miserable few months.

    Incumbents running for reelection underperform in this sort of poll, which allows voters to imagine their ideal candidate running against Obama. When placed in a head-to-head match-up with the GOP field, Obama performs even better.

    Obama has also gained tremendously among swing voters — who favored the generic Republican by over 20 points in September, but now are split between Obama and the dummy candidate.

    In a separate poll from Quinnipiac University, Obama ties GOP front-runner Mitt Romney in the key swing states of Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania, and leads the rest of the Republican field.

    His strategy of putting the screws to Congress for failing to pass his jobs bill and the lack of enthusiasm for his Republican opposition are certainly contributing to the bump. While by no means assuring him victory in 2012, the polls indicate that Obama has succeeded turning around months of bad poll numbers.

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-surges-in-new-poll-2011-11#ixzz1dp9Xlumd

    • 76 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      November 15, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      🙄 SIGH….of course by NO means does that gaurantee re-election. Looks like my year long prediction is coming to fruition. Mitt is the GOP nominee. But why he is polling so close to PBO in swing states is beyond me. He is a FARCE. We have to eliminated this imposter from the outset.

      • 77 hopefruit2
        November 15, 2011 at 8:27 pm

        Keith, the question should be: Why isn’t Romney ahead of Obama in swing states when he has been campaigning (as opposed to governing) all year, had the PL, and GOP MEDIA essentially campaigning for him with their relentless negative coverage of our President while giving Romney a free pass, and when there is high unemployment?

        Obama hasn’t even started campaigning yet. Mitt Romney has been campaigning for President for more than 4 years yet cannot get more than 25% of the GOP vote in a given poll, when his competition is a boatload of clowns. The fact that Obama is tied with or beating Romney in several states is not good news. Yes Mitt will be the GOP nominee but once he is competing directly with President Obama, his facade of competence will be unsustainable.

        • 78 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
          November 15, 2011 at 9:10 pm

          Good points Hopefruit. I try desperately not to pay attention to polls, but I have to admit they are addictive. Thanks for some perspectice my friend. 😉 Obama/Biden 2012!!

        • November 15, 2011 at 10:02 pm

          Hopefruit, you’re right. The imagined version of Romney was beating the president in the swing states earlier, so I think it’s a question of the more you see Willard, the less you like him. And I agree with you on the fact that the PRESIDENT HAS NOT YET BEGUN TO CAMPAIGN. He’s going about his business in his usual brilliant way. When he starts campaigning against a specific candidate, that person better start shaking in their boots.

      • November 15, 2011 at 8:54 pm

        always remember this..

        remember that study…this is with 90% negative coverage of POTUS.

      • 81 Mel
        November 15, 2011 at 9:25 pm

        Who is doing the polling? they wants us to believe their B.S just like in 2008 remember and many
        of us were really worrried. but, but PBO has a very good team let’s not worried about Mr Flip Flaper

      • November 15, 2011 at 9:34 pm

        Jeez Keith, it’s beyond extraordinary that the President – before he even starts campaigning – is tied or ahead of Romney in swing states, considering what he’s been up against: GOP economic sabotage and largely unquestioning MSM swooning over Romney! Just wait til he starts campaigning, you might lose some faith in Mitt 😉

    • 85 LunarSea
      November 15, 2011 at 10:52 pm

      ‘but now are split between Obama and the dummy candidate’ but all the GOP candidates are dummy candidates. How does one distinguish?

    • 86 Mae who love our CIC
      November 16, 2011 at 3:43 am

      In swing states the pollsters want you to think that it is close. It is not close. They are trying to set up this mental scenario. They intend to steal and depress the vote in swing states, like in the state of FL during the 2000 election.

  11. November 15, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    The visit to Indonesia should be especially dynamic — wonder if any childhood friends will be made known through the media or other means.

  12. November 15, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    The GOP Won’t Make A Deal

    Ezra Klein wonders whether they will regret it:

    Republicans have not said yes to any of the [budget] deals the Democrats have offered. They continue to assume a better deal is just around the corner, and thus far, they have been right. Currently, they may be assuming that yet a better deal could be struck with, say, President Mitt Romney, and if he wins the election, they may well be right. If Obama wins, a reinvigorated Democratic majority might prove them wrong. But the fact remains: Their strategy of saying no has, thus far, paid great dividends, though not ones Republicans have decided to collect.


  13. 90 LDS
    November 15, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I will catch up on sleep 2017! Right now, when he moves, I move. When he sleeps, I will nod out. This is too exciting and he is working so hard. It is such a shame that he is not getting the respect and coverage that he and his family deserves. “KEEP ON PUSHING”, Mr. President.
    Difficulties and obstacles are God’s challenges to our faith. I recognize a gift when I see one. He is truly an amazing man to take on all of this, simply because he cares.

  14. 95 symmetry11
    November 15, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Saw this over at Prgmatic Obots Unite…
    Garth Brooks on PBO: “I Love Him To Death and I Fully Support Him

  15. 102 COS
    November 15, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    As much as I hate Tweety sometimes, his “Let me finish” was worth watching tonight. He was talking about the hate in the GOP party and the candidates.

    • 103 LunarSea
      November 15, 2011 at 11:00 pm

      Another one of his mood swings

    • 104 Eleroy
      November 15, 2011 at 11:19 pm

      Sorry, but Chris Matthews IS part of the instigator class!!! He openly praises and supports the very people who control and manipulate the poor hate-filled lemmings!!!

      Chris Matthews really does have a nerve!!!

      Once a person shows you who they are, BELIEVE THEM!!! All this speaking out of every side of the mouth Chris Matthews does and constantly singing ever changing tunes, should be enough evidence the man’s no good.

      And this new thing of addressing President Obama as “Mr. Obama” and “Obama” must be his next step to showing just how incensed he is at the President for totally ignoring Chris Matthew’s sorry ass!!!

  16. 105 Anya
    November 15, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Chips and friends, can you please make a post about our friend and fellow O’bot, Rumproast blogger StrangeAppar8us, who’s critically ill. Rumproast is looking for a home for his three cats. Strange is a huge Obama supporter, who uses humor to highlight the absurdity of Obama haters from both sides. You can also go to Rumproast to read about the plea and drop a line of support for Strange: http://www.rumproast.com/

    • 106 Fred
      November 15, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      much love to Rump and I pray he recovers as much and as fast as possible.I’ll log off now but I’ll be back in the hopes that we’ll find a livestream of POTUS

    • 107 globalcitizenlinda
      November 15, 2011 at 8:35 pm

      wishing for a very fast recovery for Rumproast blogger StrangeAppar8us!!! please get well soon

  17. November 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    AEDT = Australia Eastern Daylight Time.

    You’re welcome.


  18. November 15, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    awe, the MSM has a sad. all that GOP water carrying, and it still comes to this….

    and just to think….


    say it with me with mocking sarcasm…



    PPP: Obama Takes A Lead Over Romney

    Kyle Leighton November 15, 2011, 2:55 PM 10664 94

    Public Policy Polling (D) released new numbers on Tuesday showing President Barack Obama up on former Mass Gov. Mitt Romney by three points. The two men were tied last month at 45 percent in PPP’s polling in the most competitive pairing between the President and any of his possible GOP foes: the rest of the field is down by between 6 and 11 percent.

    The President’s approval stands at only 45 percent against 51 percent disapproval, but the Republican candidates continue to have problems on the favorability side. The most liked candidate is new GOP flame Newt Gingrich at 39 percent favorable versus 50 percent unfavorable, a surprising jump of nine points on the positive side from a 30 – 56 split in last month’s PPP national poll. Romney is second in the favorability column with a 36 – 50 split, and the other candidates are further down.

    Probably the most incredible number in the poll is Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s favorability rating, down to 18 percent, versus 67 percent unfavorable. The only recent comparable candidate with an unfavorable rating that high was former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s rating in PPP’s August poll, when she hit 62 percent.


    • November 15, 2011 at 8:20 pm


      The MSM & GOP are going to haz a LOT more than just a sad.


      • November 15, 2011 at 8:26 pm

        I’m so sure that when PBO starts to campaign for real, well, he will have a heck of a lot to say, and play back all the crazy rhetoric, that the Rethugs have been saying, doing, and lack of doing. That’s gonna be pretty, yep.

      • November 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm

        Hi Tally. So happy to see you. You were in my thoughts with a little worry, I must confess. Ask Chips. However, I am happy to see you tonight. Hugs coming to you our wonderful one.HZ

  19. November 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    So, Keith olberman pandering to daily kos again, with a diary- spinning bloomberg as a hero!


  20. 117 JER
    November 15, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    November 16, 2011 2:00 AM EST – http://www.whitehouse.gov/live
    President Obama and Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia hold Joint Press Conference
    Parliament House, Canberra, Australia

  21. November 15, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Speaking of time zones, math etc., I want to speak if I may, for all of my TOD Family members here: We Want To Say: “Thank You Chipsticks for keeping up with our wonderful President during all of his travelling and meetings with these World Leaders.”

    Chipsticks, we would not be enjoying such great photos, and as always such beautiful and respectful conversations without all of the hard work that you produce each and everyday, and especially now. . Through our comments and informative links concerning issues that are related to POB as well as the world’s breaking news, it you who keeps this beautiful site up to date.

    You are the best, Chipsticks. We love you, we appreciate you, and we respect you. Love and Hugs from your TOD Family, Chipsticks.HZ

  22. 130 JER
    November 15, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Live Coverage of President Obama’s arrival for the official dinner and the dinner speeches at Parliament House.
    3:30 AM EST: Parliamentary dinner, speeches from both leaders


  23. November 15, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    ha- ha most popular news item in Canberra Times “POTUS is coming! POTUS is coming”

    G’Day Mr President
    16 Nov, 2011 12:01 AM
    Parliament House is abuzz with expectation and preparations. Everywhere you look there are signs that POTUS is coming. POTUS is coming!

    Over there, a small group of worker bees are hosing down the windows in the corridor that leads to the House of Representatives.

    Over here, AFP officers are strolling the building in those navy jumpsuits. You know the kind that suggest they haven’t come up to learn about the legislative process.

    Australia’s Ambassador to the US Kim Beazley is hanging out in Aussies again. And cars with diplomatic plates are running between Parliament and Yarralumla as if they’re competing in a foreign affairs relay.


    In the marble foyer, extra lights and cables have appeared and the Great Hall is now bedecked with American flags.

    Even the exteriors of the building have an Obama frisson. The grass is looking lush and juicy – ready to represent the pastures of this great nation. On the slopes of Parliament, the lawns have been mowed into a stripe pattern. So far no stars have appeared. But you never know … in these pre-Presidential times, it’s hard not to get a little bit yeehah and carried away.


  24. 140 vero804
    November 15, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Ed Schultz cannot let Rick Perry go. He’s DONE, Eddie.

  25. 141 nospin
    November 15, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Another perspective on why Mayor Bloomberg made the right decision.

    Angry Residents, Businesses Protest Occupy Wall Street Protest
    The movement has been going on for two months.
    By Melissa Russo and Erika Tarantal

    Downtown residents and business owners angry that their neighborhood has been occupied for two months by the Wall Street demonstration staged a protest of the protest Monday, declaring that City Hall has let it get out of control.

    Angry over all-day drumming, people urinating and defecating on the streets and verbal attacks from protesters, organizers rallied at City Hall Monday to send officials a message.

    “They go to the bathroom in the garbage,” said one local business owner. “They destroyed the stall, they broke one of our bathrooms. We gotta take all our customers now down into the downstairs bathroom.”

    “I’m just sick of people being harassed and pushed around by these people,” said another protester wearing a white mask. “People are scared to come out. People are sick of seeing them. They’re sick of them taking over the neighborhood, fighting with police.”

    Exasperated residents and businesses said they are “pursuing all options,” including lawsuits against the city, the mayor and the private company that owns Zuccotti Plaza, the encampment headquarters.

    Businesses have complained for weeks that the encampment is causing them to lose money, although a few have made money off the protests, as donors from all over the country have sent food from nearby restaurants to the movement.

    Mark Epstein, owner of Milk Street Cafe on Wall Street, said his business has suffered and he has had to lay off people in recent weeks.

    The protest has been, he says, “a fiasco.”

    Han Shan, a member of Occupy Wall Street’s community relations working group, said he and others in the encampment are trying to be better downtown neighbors.

    Organizers of the anti-Occupy protest posted fliers downtown that say “Mayor Bloomberg is helping them stay.”

    Read the rest of the story here –>http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/133796083.html

    • November 15, 2011 at 9:14 pm

      OWS support was polled recently and it’s tanking. They blew any goodwill support they had with their antics and their insane “fight the police” focus. Occupy Wall Street is all about Occupy wall Street – it’s navel gazing.

  26. November 15, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I would love to try to stay up for POTUS arrival in Australia, but man I’m getting tired earlier in my old age. I don’t know if I can make it past 10:00pm without falling asleep. Gonna be in bed with my Ipad and hopefully, I don’t fall asleep on it trying to stay up…lol!

    Whatever I miss, I am sure I can catch up on here at TOD. Thx in advance Chips for all u do!

  27. November 15, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Wow Australia is truly gaga over Prez. Obama. here’s a detailed analysis of his speechmaking skills with the writer advising Australian politicians to learn communication skills from PBO:

    Public speaking 101: A lesson in leadership from Obama

    Dean Frenkel

    When US president Barack Obama intimately addresses Federal Cabinet today, Australian politicians will experience a level of performance they are not usually exposed to; for most it will be an unforgettable highlight.

    Invariably their radars will tune into information about policy direction, presidential insights and American perspectives about different issues. But regardless of what he says, they should pay close attention to his delivery.

    This is an opportunity for our elected representatives to listen to the outstanding professional communicator of our generation, the finest American political speaker since Martin Luther King. First and foremost, Mr Obama should trigger awakenings about the importance of communication skills to politicians. After listening to him, Australian politicians should clear their eyes, look into mirror, appraise their own abilities, commit to raising their standards and taking away some of Obama’s qualities by osmosis.

    Why? Because communication skills are a fundamental requirement of their job description – the Australian electorate deserves politicians with better than B-grade communication skills. Our politicians should rate well on listenability, clarity, understandability and expression. Obviously they also should pass tests of character and competence, be intelligent and committed and promote good policy. But it is clear that the communication skills of most Australian politicians are not in the same league as those in England and America.

    What should our politicians learn from Mr Obama? They can start by listening to the sound-map of Mr Obama’s voice and take note of his resonance, speech manner, his adroit sense of timing and musical presentation of his voice. His speech virtues begin with a combination of accurate and crisp articulation, beautifully timed speech rate and commanding presence. He has license and he willingly uses it. He is able to infuse passion into his speech and while he is understated, he does have remnants of speech gifts learned from preachers. Yet he never seems to over-do the passion.

    He has control over his emotional range and the intensity in his voice can be raised or lowered at will. His voice is powerful enough to maintain a consistent volume setting and he applies his vocal power very cleverly; rather than using it to over-power he uses its foundation to hold up his voice and buy him space. This is where his multi-tonal resonance is evident; Obama’s resonant voice is very listenable. His vocal strength and energy is easily detectible – he wastes very little. It is evident that during long and loud speeches he doesn’t easily get hoarse as most people would. This suggests that he’s well practiced at exercising his vocals without misusing them.

    His speech manner is highlighted by many qualities – it has style and panache, can be warm when required, and he easily steps into his statesman-like mode. He is confident and relaxed with his personality and appears to be as natural as you can be in public. Telltale signs are that his facial muscles are usually relaxed and his movements are slow. He uses body language well and connects with his audience. He doesn’t freeze into one position as many others do. His presentation exterior seems not to be false, nor retentive and the projection of both his personality and volume are measured yet natural. He is remarkably mostly free of yips. His presence is commanding – even when he’s listening. He is a master of emphasis. He often starts his sentences quite slowly then quickens up as he sifts through detail, then strategically slows his speech rate to emphasise strategic points. In circumstances when others get macho, shrill and mad he gets serious and clear; he treats his listeners with respect. Listening to him is like listening to music, he is brilliant at using melody to enforce a point. His speech tune leads to crescendos that finish his points well. He makes it easy to anticipate when he will finish his sentences and for interactive audiences to time their applause. His spoken manner routinely applies a concluding flourish just before he finishes his point – creating a ‘personality echo’ He stylistically completes his sentences with downward inflections and emphatic closure; this is emblematic of his Southern American speech manner.

    Yet Obama’s speech skills extend beyond his delivery. He is highly articulate – he has a good mental library of words and his memory enables him to access the right words when required. His attention to detail is incisive. His judgment skills appear to be very good and he clearly has outstanding expression. He is very able at expressing his intent and expressing words that efficiently describe his message. He responds well under pressure, is able to rise to the occasion and doesn’t lose the plot in the spotlight. He is very good at situation analysis – he can modulate and make incremental changes to his voice and adjust to suit. He is a quick thinker and a fluent speaker – and somehow doesn’t come across as heavy.

    President Obama is accomplished because he excels at so many skills. While he does not appear to be burdened by any weakness, he does set a precedent for high standards. Let’s hope that he raises the bar for Australian standards also.

    Dean Frenkel is a vocal instructor, speech analyst, speech coach and author of Evolution of Speech.


    • 146 nospin
      November 15, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      “politicians should clear their eyes, look into mirror, appraise their own abilities, commit to raising their standards and taking away some of Obama’s qualities. President Obama is accomplished because he excels at so many skills. While he does not appear to be burdened by any weakness, he does set a precedent for high standards.”

      just WOW. and this is why the “I want to take my country back” crowd is anxious.

    • November 15, 2011 at 9:37 pm


      If I was a Republican candidate….I would be terrified to debate this President.

    • 149 utaustinliberal
      November 15, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      Wow. They love him. They really really really really looooooooooooooooooooooooooove him. They’re almost as gaga over him as we are and I think it’s bloody amazing!

      • November 15, 2011 at 10:08 pm

        Yep I was googly-eyed when I saw the article. This line had me thinking:

        “He uses body language well and connects with his audience.”. Ah but Tweety and Andrea Mitchell say PBO does not connect with people…Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm,,,

    • 152 jacquelineoboomer
      November 15, 2011 at 10:54 pm

      I am in love with that article! Let’s spread it, far and wide. (I’ve already tweeted it to Tweety.)

    • 153 Eleroy
      November 15, 2011 at 11:29 pm

      Wow!!! This is great!!!

    • 154 LunarSea
      November 15, 2011 at 11:46 pm

      ‘In circumstances when others get macho, shrill and mad he gets serious and clear; he treats his listeners with respect. Listening to him is like listening to music, he is brilliant at using melody to enforce a point.’

      I couldn’t agree more!

    • 155 Vicky
      November 16, 2011 at 1:27 am

      VERY impressive – the man and the analysis.

  28. November 15, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Hello Chips…..and Everyone:-)

    I’ve been extremely busy….but had to catch up…starting with Politico…LOL that was hilarious…and end up going to their site..just to see how close you were.

    Well…since they couldn’t find anything they had to go back to a “non story”.

    So here’s the Headline “Barack Obama golfs with Bobby Titcomb, friend nailed in prostitution sting”
    HONOLULU — President Barack Obama’s partners on the golf course here Monday afternoon include a longtime friend who was arrested earlier this year for soliciting prostitution.

    Obama is playing with two White House staffers — Marvin Nicholson and Pete Selfridge — and with high school classmate Bobby Titcomb, according to a pool report. In April, Titcomb was one of four men arrested here as part of an undercover prostitution sting. He was later released on $500 bail.

    I won’t even link their garbage here……….

    I must say your Politico headline is extraordinary work, creative, funny and to the point..just Wow!!!
    What a Gem you are 🙂 I salute you dear one…..

    • 157 anniebella
      November 15, 2011 at 9:42 pm

      If it doesn’t bother Politico that we have a GOP Senator who sleep with prostitute, we have a GOP deadbeat Dad in Congress, then that shouldn’t concern them, should it? Boehner and McConnell hangs around with these guys everyday.

  29. 160 carolyn
    November 15, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    That is a masterful analysis of President Obama’s speaking. I agree with him, the President is the best public seaker since Martin Luther King. He is far better than JFK was…sorryTweety. I heard JFK, I’ve heard President Obama, and President Obama is by far the better speaker. Oh what an example he is to all public speakers, if most of them could just put their political ideology aside and actually listen to him. Why does no one in this country write like this about him? I taught speech for two decades, and this man is spot on in his analysis. There is no one else on the U.S. public stage who can compare with him. I am not familiar with the British politicians at the moment, but I do know they can make awful stuff sound good:-)
    Most of our speakers are just plain lazy. They think “talkin’s natural” so you don’t have to practice and learn…..how wrong they are.
    I especially liked his point that the President can talk for a long time and not sound hoarse or strained. He uses his Godgiven marvelous instrument PROPERLY! He can play his voice like a saxophone.
    Remember how Clinton got hoarse? This will not happen with POTUS. The key is that he breathes correctly…..from his diaphragm, not from his lungs and throat. That way the sound glides up and projects out without any stress, strain or yelling.

  30. November 15, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    “ABC News 24” (a non-Murdoch organisation) similar to PBS streams live 24 hour Australian news. Worth a look when it comes to seeing how well they cover President Obama’s visit here fhttp://www.abc.net.au/iview/?series=2932730#/view/587926

    • November 15, 2011 at 9:57 pm

      Berny, I think that live streaming is only available to people in Australia?? 😦

      Enjoy the President’s visit, looking forward to hearing your reports!

      • November 15, 2011 at 10:00 pm

        darn…sorry about that….will see what I can do…I’m not sure how to record from live streams…and will probably need to look at whether putting clips on youtube helps so you can view it.

        • 168 Eleroy
          November 15, 2011 at 11:34 pm

          Thanks Berny and you be sure to give our President a grand Aussie time!!! thanks for trying to find us a Murdoch-free, snark-free medium to watch our President!!!

  31. 169 aristac
    November 15, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    President Obama, I love ya, I really really love Ya, and i’m trying soooo hard to stay up for you, but dam Mr. President, you are really pushing my limits tonight lol.

    • November 15, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      Aristac, good luck! Me, I’m going to bed, BUT I will take the laptop upstairs with me for the first time, so that I can check in when I wake up. If I feel so inclined. Usually when I wake up in the night I pretend that I’ll fall asleep quickly if I don’t turn on the light….and sometimes it works. 😉

      Good night, all and sweet dreams!

  32. 171 CTGirl
    November 15, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Chips, Romney t-shirts? I can’t believe you forgot to send them the Mankini t-shirts…after all he is the new flavor 🙂

  33. 175 hopefruit2
    November 15, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Thanks Australia for all your good will towards our President. I hope he inspires and lifts the spirits of your citizens just as he did when he visited Moneygall Ireland.

  34. 176 halo
    November 15, 2011 at 10:02 pm


  35. November 15, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Great info for us, Chips, and thanks to everyone for helping out with the time change stuff. It’s crazy confusing.

    I found an Aussie livestream news station:


  36. 180 Me4obama
    November 15, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Though we most often see famed documentarian Michael Moore in the trenches, in the factories, among the tents at Occupy, he actually lives in a pretty sweet pad. And the media– particularly conservative media– is crying foul.

    According to CurbedNational,  Moore’s been “widely slammed” for his homeownership. Moore “owns a 10,000-square-foot mansion on Torch Lake on Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. It’s got a taxable value of nearly $1M and it may be worth twice that.” The sin is apparently compounded by the fact that this mansion is only a vacation home.  The conservative blog Big Hollywood writes in outrage that “The fact is that Moore is so wealthy that he does not need to worry about his income. According to public tax records, Moore owns a massive vacation home on Torch Lake, Michigan–one of the most elite communities in the United States–in addition to his posh Manhattan residence.”

    Some of the critique is less than articulate. Curbed quotes Red Kingman of Michigan based radio station, WHTC who writes:

    “So typical of the left. “How can this be? Easy, it’s how the left operates. They figure that their follers [sic] are morons and that they can tell them anything because the masses will believe it. What other explanation could their [sic] be for so many to heed the words of Mr. Moore while he himself is a multi millionaire?”

    Kingman readers don’t seem to agree, at least according to their comments. Reader “Woody Dog” replied, “Gee, how many on the Right are speaking out about the poor and the disappearing middle class??  How about ZERO?” Fellow reader “Mr. B” writes, “At least Michael Moore is in favor of taxing the rich.”

    What do you say, readers? Is Moore a giant hypocrite for enjoying his success in such an obvious, big-house-on-the-lake way? Or is he allowed to enjoy his success? Take a tour of the Torch Lake mansion and let us know.

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  37. 184 jacquelineoboomer
    November 15, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Please don’t! 🙂

    • 185 jacquelineoboomer
      November 15, 2011 at 10:21 pm

      Oops, as Perry would say. This was meant to be posted above, to beg that you don’t post the mankini image, Chips!

  38. 186 dotster3
    November 15, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Canberra Times is all excited and say they are going to try something new for PBO’s visit with live updates. I’m sure everyone will be happy to know that Chuckie T. has arrived—-oh great!—-and the rest of his shameful gang. Said crowds are already building near the airport for our president’s arrival:

  39. 190 ChristiMtl
    November 15, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    ABC News has learned authorities are increasingly concerned that a man sought in connection with a bizarre shooting incident on the Washington Mall last week could pose a threat to the president.

    DC Shooting Suspect Could Be Threat to Obama, Police Say. Police believe the suspect, Oscar Ramiro Ortega of Idaho is mentally ill. He has an extensive record, ranging from domestic violence to drug charges. Sources say a police investigation has uncovered evidence suggesting Ortega has a fixation on the White House.

    Police linked the car to Ortega and have been hunting him ever since.

    I can’t post the link, it doesn’t work…………….lets hope and pray that they will catch him soon!

    I hate reading things like this, it turns my stomach.

  40. November 15, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    The liberal msm, CNN and fox news, has not even mentioned the Presidents visit to Australia. Doesn’t he have the WH jackals with him?
    Did the nightly news channels mention it?

    • November 15, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      Wow, it’s impossible to fathom the trash these stations and networks have become. They are just trying to will away the very existence of PBO. Tragic waste of time.

    • 196 hopefruit2
      November 15, 2011 at 10:53 pm

      My local ABC mentioned it, but it’s only because we’re in the DC metro area. They have no choice.

    • November 15, 2011 at 11:21 pm

      Yes, at least Ed Henry and Chuckie. Ed Henry tweeted that the press arrived a few hours before POB, and “Customs gave them ‘bobble-heads of POB.:

      I tweeted to Henry”What are you whining about now Ed? Just do some good journalism for a change. I can’t remember, but you got my drift. Bobble heads and you are traveling and have the opportunity to be covering”The Leader of the Free World” while in Australia, and this is what you are reporting to us? Shame on these clowns.HZ

  41. 198 dotster3
    November 15, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Now saying AF1 arriving early—–3:00-3:15—–which would mean—-uh—–possibly in 10 minutes —–10:00—-for me, dotster, in Chicagoland?

    • 199 ChristiMtl
      November 15, 2011 at 10:53 pm

      I’m so confused!! It’s 10:52PM in Montreal….I don’t even know at what time I have to set my alarm…..

    • November 15, 2011 at 11:00 pm

      Yes, he’s early!! So far, the only stream I can get to work is the one I posted above. Hope it pulls through…….don’t see any others so far that are working on my laptop.

  42. November 15, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    TOD Family the President’s plane is landing in Canberra in about 30 minutes.according to the Canberra Times news paper

  43. November 15, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    this is bit out of canberra times

    While there won’t be the same interest in what he is wearing compared to our last big visitor (Her Majesty was in ? for those who don’t remember), that is not to say people will not be paying attention to Obama’s style. CT fashion reporter Claire Low has the low down on his style and finds he is ‘The ‘best-dressed president since Kennedy’


  44. 207 JER
    November 15, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Livestream – Awaiting President Obama’s arrival in Canberra, Australia – http://www.ustream.tv/cbsnews

    • 209 meabloom
      November 15, 2011 at 11:09 pm

      And its taking forever to land. Left got a drink of water, came back and it was still in the air. I’ve never been on a plane so I wouldn’t know.

  45. 210 JER
    November 15, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    That should be AF1 landing now : http://www.ustream.tv/cbsnews


  46. November 15, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Here comes Air Force One!!!!

  47. November 15, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    12:30 AM
    Obama participates in an official arrival ceremony.

    12:45 AM
    Obama joins Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia for a guest book signing.

    1:00 AM
    Obama participates in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Gillard.

    2:00 AM
    2:05 AM
    Obama holds a joint news conference with Prime Minister Gillard.

    3:00 AM
    3:30 AM
    Obama attends a parliamentary dinner.

    4:00 AM

  48. November 15, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Canberra Times notes on Presidents visit:

    That growl you hear overhead is the “sound of freedom” also known as F/A 18 Hornets. They’ll be here for the next day until Obama moves on to Darwin – when the jet fighters will go on, too. Joint Task Force commander Rear-Admiral David Johnston told Peter Jean about the operation earlier this week.


  49. November 15, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Canberra Times note :
    And US President Barack Obama has arrived in Australia. Air Force One just touched down at Fairbairn.

    Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Governor-General Quentin Bryce and US ambassador Jeffrey Bleich are on hand to greet him before he gets into the beast, his armoured car.

  50. November 15, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    woohoo I’m so excited for him.. this should be a lot of fun (for us) 🙂

  51. 221 dotster3
    November 15, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    After all the arrivals I’ve seen, I still get a big huge smile on my face when he appears in the doorway of AF1, with his big smile and wave. So proud of this president.
    Everyone there seems so excited for his visit, everyone all dressed up. Anyone know the identity of the gal in the new yellow suit and new yellow heels? She was really thrilled to see him and stay in his space with all those vibes of excellence.

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