London 2012

Independent (UK): Michelle Obama will be travelling to London to attend the Olympic Games’ opening ceremony, the White House announced.

The US First Lady is following in the steps of her predecessors Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush….

Mrs Obama will also attend a reception for Heads of State hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace and meet Prime Minister David Cameron’s wife Samantha during the three-day visit. She will also cheer on Team USA athletes as they compete at the Games.

Mrs Obama will lead the presidential delegation to the opening ceremony accompanied by Olympic and Paralympic greats and will host an event for about 1,000 US military children plus US and British students…. David Beckham and Manchester United stars are also set to appear at the Let’s Move! London event on July 27.

More here


Thursday, July 26th:

First Lady Michelle Obama will arrive in the UK in the evening.

Friday, July 27th:

9:00 am UK (4:0 am ET): FLOTUS and the Presidential Delegation will greet members of the 2012 Team USA at an informal breakfast in honor of the Olympians. Mrs Obama will deliver brief remarks at the event.

11:30 am UK (6:30 am ET): FLOTUS hosts a Let’s Move! event for about 1,000 American military children and American and British students … Let’s Move! London will include sports stations, performances and chances for the kids to meet Olympic and Paralympic legends including the members of the U.S. delegation along with David Beckham, Bart Conner, Nadia Comaneci, Teresa Edwards, Emily Hughes, Sarah Hughes, Shawn Johnson, Carl Lewis, Dikembe Mutombo, Dara Torres, members of the 2012 US Track and Field Team and Manchester United legends, among others.

In the evening, the First Lady will attend a reception for Heads of State hosted by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Following the reception, the First Lady will attend the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in her role as head of the Presidential Delegation.

Saturday, July 28th:

In the morning, the First Lady will meet with Mrs Samantha Cameron. This meeting will be closed press.

In the afternoon and evening, the First Lady will cheer on Team USA at Olympic sporting events to be announced.

Sunday, July 29th:

In the morning, the First Lady will deliver brief remarks at a brunch at the Ambassador’s residence for the U.S. Olympic Committee, U.S. Olympic alumni athletes and Team USA supporters. Afterwards, she will greet and thank members of the U.S. Embassy and their families. These two events will be closed press.

1:45 pm UK (8:45 am ET): Prior to departing the United Kingdom, Mrs. Obama will greet American military families stationed at Mildenhall Air Force Base.

More details here

80 Responses to “London 2012”

  1. 7 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    July 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Hi back at ya! Congrats on 1st!!!!

  2. 8 Allison
    July 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm


  3. 9 sherijr
    July 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Oh this will be fun.. FLOTUS inspires me like no other.. except of course POTUS and VPOTUS.. and Dr. Biden… thats it.. oh & CHIPS.. and all of TOD 🙂

  4. July 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Hey can’t wait this is great!

  5. 11 Roberta in MN
    July 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    That will be the only thing I watch of the Olymics.

  6. July 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Keep me in your thoughts, everyone. I’m going to be on reference most of the day, since my boss is home with a very nasty illness. It’s going to be one of those days.

  7. 19 57andfemale
    July 23, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Doesn’t get any simpler than this:

    • 21 anniebella
      July 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Right on patti. All the ones who are running their darn mouth, get your butts are there and help re-elect President Obama, help get rid of these Republicans, give President Obama some sane people he can work with then he can work on making it harder to get those automatic weapons. But this President is already in a tough election because of the economy, and these fools want him to stick his neck out on gun control. I don’t think so.

    • July 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      That would be the political wise but the less courageous thing to do. It is a classic double-bind.

    • 23 vitaminlover
      July 23, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      Spot on!

  8. 25 carolyn
    July 23, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Yes, to the fringe left……if they don’t work to elect him and a Democratic house, NOTHING will get done! Is that the way they like it? They’d rather complain than work and win????

    • July 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      But, that is the Role they play. Always have. Then, they wonder why the Country is a mess? They have a “Role” in that, to coin the phrase!

    • 27 theo67
      July 23, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      I heard someone on Friday on Randi Rhodes’ show (Nicole Sandler was hosting) say that the President shouldn’t take the caller’s vote for granted (and of course he doesn’t, hence his hoarse voice last week after non-stop rallying and asking people for their votes). The caller then said that if President Obama doesn’t do something about gun control right away, he won’t get the caller’s vote. Of course, Nicole Sandler agreed with him. Giving them both some leeway because emotions were high on Friday after the shooting, I just shook my head and wondered if they are capable of thinking past their immediate reaction and to the five minutes after they withhold their votes and find themselves staring directly at a Republican President, House and Senate. How much gun control do they think they’ll get then? It’s so shortsighted to squeal about ‘x’ and ‘y’ without taking reality into account.

  9. July 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    • 31 utaustinliberal
      July 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      Awesome Meta! You’re on a roll with these tweets! RT’D.

      p.s. It’ll be so exciting to watch FLOTUS on the international stage.

      • 32 COS
        July 23, 2012 at 2:17 pm

        I am loving Meta’s tweets today also. I wonder how much of lying Robney’s trip will the MSM force on us? They barely covered PBO’s last trips abroad.

    • 33 57andfemale
      July 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      When did it stop being illegal to fundraise in a foreign country?!?! Aren’t they still bitching because through six degrees of separation, Al Gore had someone with an Indian-sounding name contribute to his campaign?

      Didn’t the Unholy Five SWEAR that there would be NO CHANCE that foreign money would pollute our elections?

  10. 34 Bill
    July 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    We can be certain the Queen and all the Brits will be much more excited about seeing FLOTUS than they will be seeing Willard, Ann, and the dancing horse. FLOTUS is a super star of the world. The world could less about the Willards. The comparison is not going to look good for the Willards.

    • 35 desertflower
      July 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      You’re right, Bill…the comparison will not look good for “the Willards”….one is a TAKER, and someone else is a GIVER…..

    • 36 utaustinliberal
      July 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      The FLOTUS gets to lead the U.S. delegation, champion them, promote her wonderful Let’s Move initiative, and have a sit down reception with the Queen, who from all reports holds FLOTUS in the highest regard.

      Romney goes to the Olympics to cheer on a horse.

      What a visual.

      • 37 Bill
        July 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm

        Not only a horse, but a “dancing” horse. The Queen loves race horses but maybe not Austrian “dancing” horses so much.

  11. 38 Sharon
    July 23, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Trying to catch Romney’s round table in California (held a breakfast fundraiser beforehand–Orange County), but CBS is showing the AIDS convention, C-Span doesn’t have it and CNN doesn’t have any sound. Oh, well. Better for my blood pressure not to be subjected to him.

      • 42 anniebella
        July 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm

        Our First Lady will rock the world. I know she will make her husband, her Mom, even her Dad, and all of us very proud. I only wish Malia and Sasha were going with her.

        • 43 anniebella
          July 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm

          The people in London won’t even know Mitt and Ann are in town, because they will be more interested in knowing what our FLOTUS is doing.

          • 44 theo67
            July 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm

            I’m sure Romney will be all too eager to issue press statements misquoting Prime Minister Cameron after is meeting, and badmouthing the President. Fortunately, I’m sure the word “Romney” will never be uttered from First Lady Michelle’s lips while she’s there. She has class, unlike the Romneys.

    • 45 vitaminlover
      July 23, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      Mittiful is pitiful.

  12. July 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    You can listen to Gibbs Conference call here-


    Pay no attention to Halperins drivel!

    • 47 COS
      July 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      Thanks Jovie for this post. I love how the Obama campaign is on the offensive about Robney’s trip. Gibbs laid out everything and everyone who then Sen. Obama met with. Robney’s so called foreign trip doesn’t come close to what PBO did at the time. This was worth listening to.

  13. July 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Oh, you didn’t get here on your own? Oh ok! Sounds like…. Hey, Wait a minute!

  14. 49 jeff
    July 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I looked at John Holmes picture on the courtroom. I was instantly taken aback at what I saw and know many here will condemn me for this but I saw a very deeply disturbed man. The discription of him falling asleep and his expression like he was seeing something that wasn’t there disturbed me… Now I’m not saying he should or shouldn’t be put to death but I am saying there is something that really bothers me about this footage.

    I feel that yet again this is the product of our nation refusing to address mental illness and do ANYTHING to help those that are mentally ill. Our social programs to address this issue is a disgrace and instead they throw the mentally ill (most never commit the crimes that Holmes or Laughner commit) to prison. I think it is deeply troubling that people like Bloomberg focus on gun control rather than the mentally ill and those that are in desperate need of help before it’s too late.

    Of course not all mentally ill commit these sorts of heinous acts but if unchecked we will see an upsurge of these sorts of things. Again please don’t misunderstand me as I care about the victims way more than Holmes but to ignore this guy and instead treat him like he doesn’t matter and just to focus on the victims is a mistake in my opinion.

    • 50 FiredUpInCA
      July 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      It’s not a popular discussion but it’s a necessary one. It is easier to get 6000 rounds of ammunition than it is to get adequate mental health care. We scour for red flags after the fact, rather than before.

    • 51 Sharon
      July 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      President Obama was in the community when he said that perhaps to honor a request that came from the community. There that emphasis will rightly prevail. I share your concern with this and think the country as a whole needs to get behind this.

  15. 52 57andfemale
    July 23, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Hope I embedded the picture correctly. Here goes:

  16. 54 Ladyhawke
    July 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    LOL Of The Week: Where In The World Are Mitt Romney’s Tax Returns?


  17. 56 Ladyhawke
    July 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Stock Shifting and Loopholes: Mitt Romney’s Tax Evasion


    But then there’s the other factor: the unmitigated avarice of Romney. Steve Rattner, who served as President Obama’s car czar, and who is a proponent of private equity, explained this during an appearance on Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN:

    “If you say to your tax people, as he seems to have done, ‘I want every trick in the book. I want to push this to the edge. I will tell you that as a private equity guy, I’m familiar with many of the things that he did. And I know many people who have done many of the things that he did. I do not know anyone who did everything that he did. Some of what he did, like the IRA, I have asked fellow private equity guys. None of us had even known this was a possible trick, if you will. He has pushed the envelope all the way to the edge, to his benefit, and I think that Americans would find that pretty distasteful.”

    Yes, they would find it distasteful. In fact, the IRA that Rattner mentioned is another example of Romney’s fuzzy math when it comes to his own finances. That IRA contains a whopping $102 million, and Romney has yet to explain how that account has managed to amass such an amount, considering the annual limits on IRA contributions, even for a guy like Romney, as William D. Cohen of Bloomberg explains:



  18. 57 ChristiMTL
    July 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Romney and Obama are scheduled to speak on foreign policy today at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Reno, Nev.

    I know when the President is going to speak, what about the tax evader?

  19. 61 socasweet
    July 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Any live streams of President leaving?

    • July 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Darn, I got busy and didn’t manage to catch it. He’ll be landing soon so let’s see if we can find a livestream…….

  20. 63 anniebella
    July 23, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Will Dr. Biden be going to the Olympics with FLOTUS?

    • 64 Sharon
      July 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      I doubt it. I’m sure that would have been included in the story if she were.

    • July 23, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      Members of the Presidential Delegation to the Olympics:

      Members of the Delegation

      First Lady Michelle Obama

      The Honorable Louis B. Susman, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

      Ms. Brandi Chastain, 2-time Olympic gold medalist (1996, 2004), 1-time Olympic silver medalist (2000), Women’s Soccer

      Ms. Dominique Dawes, Co-chair of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and Olympic gold medalist (1996), 3-time Olympic bronze medalist (1992, 1996, 2000), Women’s Gymnastics

      Mr. Gabriel Diaz de Leon, Paralympic javelin gold medalist (1992), Paralympic discus silver medalist (1992), Paralympic shot put and discus bronze medalist (1988, 1996, 2000)

      Mr. Grant Hill, Member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and Olympic gold medalist (1996), Men’s Basketball

      Ms. Summer Sanders, 2-time Olympic gold medalist (1992), 1-time Olympic silver medalist (1992), 1-time Olympic bronze medalist (1992), Women’s Swimming

  21. 66 ChristiMTL
    July 23, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    During the Bush years, the wealthiest 400 Americans saw their wealth increase by some $400 billion. #BushTaxCuts

    Pretty sickening if you think about it…..

  22. 67 Jessica
    July 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I assume the girls will be going. They have keep their mom company.

    • 68 anniebella
      July 23, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      I hope Malia and Sasha are going, it will be a great experience for them. I wasn’t sure because I know they said the girls will be going to summer camp at the end of the month.

    • 69 Nena20409
      July 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      No they are not. Both will be going to Camp.

  23. 70 desertflower
    July 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm


    Just so everyone is clear that the Republicans don’t give a damn about the deficit…(a chart!)

    Democrats also want to extend expiring tax cuts from the 2009 Recovery Act, targeted directly at the middle class. The GOP plan allows all those tax cuts to expire. So while the two plans are similar in many ways, the GOP plan demands extending tax cuts for wealthy Americans, while allowing middle class taxes to go up slightly. The Democrats’ plan accomplishes the opposite. And the net result? According to a preliminary report by the Joint Committee on Taxation, provided by the Democratically controlled Senate Finance Committee, the Democrats’ plan would have a significantly more salutary impact on the deficit next year — over $42 billion in 2013 — than the GOP plan.

    Here’s how it looks in chart form. Note that this chart excludes the parties’ different plans to patch the Alternative Minimum Tax. When you include that figure, the GOP plan increases the deficit even more.

  24. July 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    anyone else watching Political Animals on USA?

    • 72 57andfemale
      July 23, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      I am.

    • 73 Vicki
      July 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      Mrs. Greenspan gave a big preview party for this show in Tribeca. Perhaps that clears up why there was such an unflattering view of the President in this so-so mini-series.

      • 74 Vicki
        July 23, 2012 at 3:06 pm

        Mrs. Greenspan is Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC

      • 75 57andfemale
        July 23, 2012 at 4:16 pm

        It’s a little too ‘close’ for comfort for me although I think it’s well-acted. Sigourney Weaver is trying to sell it as a ‘family drama’. But the parallels are uncomfortable for me and in this reality-challenged culture it will be read as ‘truth’ about everyone involved.

    • 76 Obama Grandmama
      July 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      I am too. Seems like they are having the main character patterning Hillary Clinton with her ex being Bill.

      • 77 theo67
        July 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm

        It’s rather unflattering, if they’re trying to pattern that character after Hillary Clinton. Anyway, I think I’ll give the show one more week, then I’m done. The only character I like is the female lead reporter. It just seems too shrouded in messages that I don’t like.

  25. 79 desertflower
    July 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm


    Ted Nuggent! The Pantaloon Pudding man! ( A BJ poster referred to Nuggent that way, and I thought it was priceless…)

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