A President Abroad: 2009 – 2012

President Obama’s first trip abroad – greeted at Ottawa airport by Governor General Michaelle Jean


 Canada * United Kingdom * France * Germany* Czech Republic * Turkey * Iraq * Mexico * Trinidad and Tobago * Saudi Arabia * Egypt * Germany * France * Russia * Italy * Vatican City * Ghana * Mexico * Denmark * Japan * Singapore * China * South Korea * Norway * Denmark


 Afghanistan * Czech Republic * Canada * India * Indonesia * South Korea * Japan * Portugal * Afghanistan


 Brazil * Chile * El Salvador * Ireland * United Kingdom * France * Poland * France * Australia * Indonesia


 South Korea * Colombia * Afghanistan * Mexico * Thailand * Burma * Cambodia


Foreign trip details at Wikipedia


So then, what was your most loved trip? I’ll go for India, Brazil and Ireland, in no particular order. Anyone who doesn’t put Ireland in their top 3 will get a Newt Mankini. No pressure.

289 Responses to “A President Abroad: 2009 – 2012”

  1. 1 Rita
    November 20, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    GREAT photos!!

  2. 12 andogriff
    November 20, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Congrats on first, Rita! I am speechless at these incredible photos, you’ve outdone yourself yet again Ms Chips! Ireland was most definitely in my top 3, possibly in first place!

  3. November 20, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    This is must watch video from Thom Hartmann – it’s 10 min. Worth every second.

    • 15 joanshaw
      November 20, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      Tallly, I’ve watched this twice and wondered if you or anyone here knows — Is there reliable evidence to prosecute for trial? And if so, are there any efforts at DOJ to indict? I Hope so, I would love to see Rove finally pay for all his underhanded tricks.

  4. November 20, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I will go for Trinidad because I am from Trinidad. I think however, I love all because they show a respect for each culture and place.

  5. 20 carla4obama
    November 20, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    All these beautiful pics! Our President makes us proud…the world loves this man. Drives the GOP crazy…this man “has it” and they Never will.

  6. 21 Ahero62
    November 20, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Wow, just beautiful. Thank you Chips for the memories!!

  7. 22 cookemom
    November 20, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Chips you have given us a fantastic collection of pictures lady. These are soooo very nice and chronicles the many happy PBO away from home times we’ve shared. Hat tip to you GF.

  8. November 20, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Lordy, Chips… You are amazing. And there was a SHIRT in Singapore, in 2009, also, wasn’t there?

    Can I hope/pray that OFA is well aware of you? Awesome stuff you do, always.

    And a happy Thanksgiving to you & yours…


    • 24 isonprize
      November 20, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      Gato, oh yeah. OFA is VERY aware of the wonder that is Chica!!! VERY AWARE!!! She’s even gotten responses from VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE. (Personally, I think she’s an insider on the president’s personal staff — only explanation for the fabulous pictures that our sucky media never seems to be able to get… But that’s just me… 😎 😎 )

      • 25 jackiegrumbacher
        November 20, 2012 at 10:00 pm

        The media doesn’t give a damn about providing coverage of the president’s trips. If it’s not gossip, they’re not interested. Chips, on the other hand, cares with all her heart and has the skills to give us the best of the best. We are blessed beyond words that all of this goodness is available to us.

  9. 26 Nena20409
    November 20, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Chips, Chipsticks, Chips……Hooray.

    Your handiwork is brilliantly displayed.

    Lady. you are 15M plus a Lady. Just fantastic.

    What a memory? What a sight for FOUR eyes?

    Thank you…..sweet, precious one. You are simply, The Very best.

  10. 27 cookemom
    November 20, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I just received my copy of Scout’s book, ‘Yes We Can’ from Amazon. It’s wonderful and much better than I thought it’d be. It’s a nice coffee table sized book. I can’t believe it was so inexpensive and free shipping.

  11. November 20, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Ireland, Ireland, Ireland were my top 3 favorite. 🙂

  12. 29 collegekay
    November 20, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Wow look how black his hair was in 2009.

  13. 30 Nena20409
    November 20, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    And to cap it off, Chips concluded with THE SHIRT?

    Oh, my.

    I also saw the back of the pres on the Great Wall of China with that wicked Leather Jacket.

    Hmmmmmm, interesting?

  14. November 20, 2012 at 7:39 pm

  15. 32 Rita
    November 20, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    This horrible game being played by all these Republican governors that are not implementing the Healthcare Exchanges for their state should be exposed. There was a good explanation of why this matters by Steve Benen: http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/11/20/15311603-what-gop-governors-hope-to-accomplish-on-health-care?lite

    Read the original Jonathan cohn article here: http://www.tnr.com/blog/plank/110322/obamacare-oklahoma-lawsuit-federal-exchange-subsidies-cannon#

    “The subsidies are in the form of tax credits. So Oklahoma officials and everybody else making this argument are essentially calling upon states to block their citizens from receiving federal tax breaks, worth as much as several thousand dollars per person. Aren’t conservatives and libertarians supposed to be the party that likes giving tax money back to the people?

    Of course, Obamacare critics believe that, by blocking the subsidies, they’ll undermine the law’s effectiveness and eventually erode support to the point that people clamor for a conservative alternative.”

    Just as when the media failed to report on the all great things that the ACA would accomplish, resulting in a backlash against the act, they are now failing to fully explain what these states are doing and how that’s going to undermine the law and shortchange the people in these states.

    • November 20, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      HHS will do it for them, the Federal government will implement the exchanges.

      • 34 Rita
        November 20, 2012 at 8:30 pm

        And that’s my understanding as well, jovie, but by reading Jonathan Cohn’s article (link above) I found out the following:

        “But Obamacare critics think they’ve found a way to undermine that effort, because of some ambiguity in the text of the law: It says very clearly that the federal government can set up exchanges in lieu of the states, but the language is a little fuzzy when it comes to whether the federal government can also offer subsidies through those exchanges.

        Michael Cannon, the Cato Institute health care expert who has waged a one-man crusade to stop Obamacare implementation, has been pointing this out for months. In July, he published a paper with Jonathan Adler, of Case Western Law School, arguing that federal attempts to offer subsidies through the exchanges would actually be unconstitutional. ”

        So basically these people want Obamacare to fail so badly that they are willing to throw the people in their state under the bus. I expect lawsuits about this and my hope is that, as with all the other lawsuits filed to derail this act, these will fail as well.

        Hypocrisy and shameless behavior. Should be exposed for what it is.

        • November 20, 2012 at 8:55 pm

          Well, if the people want healthcare, they’ll vote out the Republican governors who are blocking it. I’m not too sympathetic to people who vote for Republicans and then are shocked when they act the fool. That’s what they do. That’s why in Maryland, I was very happy to vote against Ehrlich when he ran for governor in 2010. No matter how moderate they appear, Republicans are always pulling some nonsense once they gain power.

          • 36 Rita
            November 20, 2012 at 9:28 pm

            A lot of those that this will be affecting are children and the elderly. We need to be sympathetic and to speak out so that it becomes public knowledge. If we don’t speak out, the truth will never be exposed and people will be left with the wrong impression, which the GOP are counting on, that Obamacare does not and will not work. So it’s quite important that we tweet, blog, FB this information so more people know what’s going on.

          • 38 isonprize
            November 20, 2012 at 10:36 pm

            Well, if the people want healthcare, they’ll vote out the Republican governors who are blocking it. I’m not too sympathetic to people who vote for Republicans and then are shocked when they act the fool. That’s what they do.

            THIS. THIS RIGHT HERE!!! x 1,000,000

  16. 40 forus50
    November 20, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    By the way thanks to everyone last night on my email full of TOD comments. I opened TOD today with much trepidation fearing a 100 more emails showing up but the advice from amk and Bobfr and others worked! Thanks all!

  17. 41 sonjiaduncan
    November 20, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Chips you are on the ball. I hope you are going to rest and eat a lot of Turkey and watch some football. Oh that’s my plan.
    I just wish you the best on turkey day. Love you and thanks for all that you do.

  18. 42 Nena20409
    November 20, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Dudette….are you there? Memory by Barbara Streisand or another remembrance song would be fitting too.

  19. 43 Laura
    November 20, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I’m new to this website!! Love it!!

    • 44 desertflower
      November 20, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      Welcome, Laura:)

    • 46 sonjiaduncan
      November 20, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      Welcome Laura we love it too.

    • November 20, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      Yep, you’ll love it for sure. Kind of like a fan club – in fact, it IS a fan club! Welcome and have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Hey, tomorrow is my bday (just glad I’m having one at this point), but a pic from Chips would be the best present ever! Hint, hint. It’s rare when Turkey Day is so close to my bday. My mom used to cook beef stroganoff for me – my fav dinner at the time. Except when Thanksgiving was close like this. She was busy getting stuff ready for the big meal. Sure do miss her.

      I sadly remember when I was young and JFK was assassinated the next day, not the best bday memory to have for sure. First time I remember seeing all that live coverage on the old b&w TV. I will be very grateful if Tweety will stop talking about his JFK book! 😉

      My husband is cooking on Thursday just for the two of us. Daughter and grandkids live 5 miles away, but we’re not invited. Long story. Oh well. Maybe I’ll call Dr. Phil. Wow, I didn’t mean to TC! Sorry!

      Again, welcome, there are SO many good people on here!

    • 51 GGail
      November 20, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      Welcome aboard Laura 🙂

    • 52 jacquelineoboomer
      November 20, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Hi, Laura! Be prepared to be hooked on TOD!

    • 53 PoliticalJunkessa
      November 20, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Welcome! :mrgeen:

    • 54 isonprize
      November 20, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      Welcome Laura. We are a crazy, lovable family. And as families sometimes do, we tussle, but usually make up in the end. Even the occasionally sexist joke posted out by a few ruffians who toss ’em and run. Don’t mind them, they just like to poke fun… 😆 😆

      But UNITED behind POTUS and VPOTUS? ABSOLUTELY!!! Michelle and Jill are favorites too! There are some wicked smart folks on this blog. Join the crew, you’ll get hooked in no time!! 🙂

  20. 55 CEB
    November 20, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    My top three: Ireland, Australia, and the last trip to England with Michelle (when he addressed both houses of Parliament). South America with the family is close.

    Thanks for being once again, the best tour guide ever for our Asian travels with PBO.

    • 56 forus50
      November 20, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      On second thought I like your choices!! I really loved his speech at Westiminister Abbey. What an honor.

      • 57 lisalovesobama
        November 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm

        Loved this! Thanks for the reminder.

        • 58 jacquelineoboomer
          November 20, 2012 at 9:22 pm

          I even like when the screen grab shows “Barack Obama, President of the United States.” Call me crazy!

          • 59 carolyn
            November 20, 2012 at 9:34 pm

            That was a brilliant speech. I don’t know how many people actually listened to it, I don’t think much of the MSM did, but he really reset foreign policy for the entire world in that speech. Years from now people will go back and read that and be amazed at what he said, and how consistent he was in carrying out what he said in that speech.

            • 60 jacquelineoboomer
              November 20, 2012 at 9:46 pm

              Truth. I cannot wait to see the book, “The Speeches of Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States,” one fine day. Especially since many of us are so ga-ga seeing him give these speeches, at least I’ll admit to that, we don’t absorb each and every word.

            • 61 susanne
              November 21, 2012 at 1:14 am

              i’d never seen this before–what an incredible speech! thank you so much, forus. he is the first american president to be invited to speak there because they were waiting for the best president ever!

              watching this, i’m so proud of our president, and of our country for electing, and re-electing him.

              and, i must say, i thought of the ridiculous rethug contenders who believed themselves better than pbo. try to imagine, oh say, donald trump in this setting. or lyin’ ryan or myth robmey. ugh.

  21. 62 collegekay
    November 20, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    My favorite trip abroad for him was GHANA. No contest.

  22. 66 ouapiti
    November 20, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Thanks, Chips, for these beautiful photos encapsulating the first four years of travel. Can’t wait for the next round. I am hoping the President will make more visits to Africa in his second term. Thanks as well for the wonderful pix and commentary from the recent trip — really fun to keep up to speed via all of you. And yes, the shirt…

  23. November 20, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    WOW, Chips!!! You keep raising the bar for the quality of your posts and then exceed it, as you’ve done with this one!!! Thank you.

    As to John McCain …

    … will not let this drop ….


    • 69 Nena20409
      November 20, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      You are on it…..Sir. Thank you Bobfr.

      I have Only hated one person in my life. To tell you the truth, Romney was coming close, but now…..John McCain gets on my last nerve. Hate is a wasted emotion…..but I am almost there for this man, McCain.

      • November 20, 2012 at 7:56 pm

        Thank you Nena.

        “Hate is a wasted emotion …” Have always felt that way. For me, folk like GWB, Romney, Ryan, McCain … the emotion I have for them personally is ZERO. The emotion I have for what people like that do is the emotion that drives me to be sure I do everything I can to keep them from harming others, thus my dedication to President Obama & Joe Biden.


        • 71 HZ
          November 21, 2012 at 2:05 am

          Bobfr, thanks for staying on this one. It is worth our efforts to do the same. “Hate is a wasted emotion…” Yes, it can be, but the counter-actions and reactions that we take especially when our counter-actions and reactions are for the good cause of standing up and speaking up for another person’s life in this case, Dr. Susan Rice who is a good and decent person whose accomplishments are being attacked by the likes of a vile and mean-spirit man like Sen. McCain. The spirit of despising such a spirit, in my opinion, is a worthy cause to express disdain for that person’s action.

          That is why we saw POB reveal to all of us and the world through his words and body language in that press conference when the question was asked of him about Dr. Rice. My brother has very close and decent friends who grew up with Dr. Susan Rice and went to school with her and is still a very close and dear friend of her family. This hurts Susan’s family and friends to hear her name being smeared by Mc Cain and Graham. However, Dr. Susan Rice comes from a great family and POB knows that and former Pres. Clinton as well.

          It is painful to watch someone as brilliant as Dr. Susan Rice and her family having to hear this crap about her. My brother’s friend is just besides himself. This crap that is being put out there is shameful and it is poison. I know how I would feel if someone said such ugly remarks about my dear and very brilliant brother who worked so hard to reach his goals, and is still making great accomplishments in his life while giving back to society in a good and decent way.

          However, I do not plan to stand by and be silent on this issue. Plus Susan Rice lovely children and dear family has to hear this crap being spewed by these “haters” and it hurts. These fools do not care how others are touched by this crap. But, you know Bobfr, we will get through this. POB is thinking this one out carefully for sure. He does not scare when such fools like McCain and Graham and all the rest try to test him. POB is a fighter for people like Susan Rice who has done nothing to John McCain, but has done excellent work for her country.

          These fools are haters, evil and ugly spirits , and I am committed to helping call the likes of McCain and his foolish mean friends out. No one should have to take this crap, and believe me, POB will not take it either. His is faithful to himself and his core, and he certainly will not allow anyone to pick on women especially. Dr. Susan Rice has served us greatly and she will not allow anyone to shame her or taint her name or her family’s name and sacrifices that they made to help her accomplish what she has accomplished.

          These old ugly white evil and angry men need to leave POB alone because believe me he will be nice to you, but Do Not Play Him. He will not allow that. So I will support him and Dr. Susan Rice in anyway that I can. HZ

      • 72 pkayden
        November 20, 2012 at 9:04 pm

        He turns my stomach. So vile and nasty. I am so glad that he’s bitter about losing in 2008. How dare he call Ms. Rice “not so bright” after he chose that idiot Palin as his VP!

    • 73 desertflower
      November 20, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      Thank you, Bob. DO not let this bitter, ignorant, has been off the hook. I detest this man

    • 75 susanne
      November 21, 2012 at 2:16 am

      have mercy please.
      he now says he will block any nominee that pbo puts forward. so he admits he can’t or won’t bother to think through the issues, or consider the nominees’ attributes. in other words, he refuses to do his job.

  24. 76 vitaminlover
    November 20, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Alrighty, Chips, I’ll take a BOOK with all of your historical Obama pictures. The cover photo can be of him in the suit with the rain gently falling on him. (good idea, huh?

    • 77 Nena20409
      November 20, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      That is my Fave picture on this post……I like that picture second to the one Pres Obama’s head was being touched by the youngster.

    • 78 vcprezofan2
      November 20, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      VitaminL, I doubt Chips can make a book of these pics as they were not originally taken by her. I can just imagine the copyright nightmare something like that would (?) cause. Probably would be the same scenario for calendars, though I like your idea of having several PBO calendars with a different focus for each. I’m hoping that Pete Souza will make a couple of books once his position is ended. That’s one I aim to buy for sure.

  25. November 20, 2012 at 7:48 pm

  26. 83 dudette9t9
    November 20, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Chips, this post is MAGNIFICENT!! Excellent picture choices! Brava!!!

    Ireland’s tops for me (the reception he & FLOTUS received still gives me goosebumps), then France (Wet POTUS!), Brazil, Ghana & Turkey – tie (cuz history, yo!).

  27. 84 dotster3
    November 20, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I’ve loved them all—-and Chips’ travelogue brought all the beautiful photos here for us to enjoy and experience the trips as if we were there. I choose —–IRELAND!—whew, no mankini for me—-and because I did love every minute there and UK because of Obama’s historic, moving speech to Parliament. And for the 3rd—-it was in 2008 before the election—–but I will never forget the amazing sight of Obama speaking to 200,000 in Germany.

    • November 20, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      “I choose —–IRELAND:

      Dotster, would you please pass on a message to Mr Dotser for me? Tell him he chose of woman of exquisite taste 😎

      • 86 dotster3
        November 20, 2012 at 8:54 pm

        Oh he knows I have exquisite taste. He crabs about my exquisite taste. 🙂 He doesn’t crab about my exquisite taste in choosing him or in choosing Ireland though.

  28. November 20, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Well, I”ve had a hell of a busy day. Lost my voice for an hour from an over-exuberant Storytime. Busy on the desk. Getting appointments lined up for my days off. But I had to tweet this:

  29. 89 gobrooklyn
    November 20, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Moneygall beats them all. Followed so closely i felt like I was there. Meeting the Queen was next favorite. Loved seeing Michelle looking more regal than the Royals.

  30. 91 anniebella
    November 20, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    I don’t know what is my favorite, it just has been so nice seeing our President and First Lady storm across the world representing us in such a wonderful way.

    • 92 anniebella
      November 20, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      By the way what time will POTUS arrive back in the U.S.A.? I’m off to watch alittle college basketball again tonight. See you later.

  31. November 20, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    desertflower posted an important, easy to read article in the previous thread and hope all of you read it.


    • 94 desertflower
      November 20, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      Maybe all those Republicans should get a copy:) Just sayin’…. 🙂 EIther they’re totally ignorant, or they are pedaling their BS once again. Fear is all they ever have. I’m guessing #2.

  32. 95 Elly in Maryland
    November 20, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    These are so beautiful they bring tears to my eyes. Couldn’t believe there were some I had never seen. Our President is so full of life and humor, you see how he glows in a group and all eyes are on him. And Michelle, too. I am so thankful to have this man as our President and that he has such a warm and wonderful spouse to give him support.

  33. 96 prettyfoot58
    November 20, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Awsomeeeeeeeeeeee ………..Awsomeeeeeeeeeeee……Awsomeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

  34. 97 prettyfoot58
    November 20, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Awsome MsChipssssssss……simply Magnificent

  35. 98 JER
    November 20, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    My favorites: Ireland, Parliament, and Australia.

  36. November 20, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Well, I hadn’t been able to check in here since early last night, so today I’m catching up and on the very-late-last-night post and what do I see? ? “You people’!!! “YOU PEOPLE”!!!! Chips, have you been hanging around with Queen Ann behind our backs????

    Also, this year’s shirt is waaaaaay better than last year’s shirt.

  37. November 20, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Chips! Chips….thank you for starting off with Canada. It was a proud day for us with the first ever Black Governor-General and the first ever AA President. I doubt that will ever happen in my lifetime again.

    • November 20, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      My faves, Canada, Ireland and England.

      • 102 vcprezofan2
        November 20, 2012 at 10:33 pm

        Hi AlmaB, how are you? I didn’t choose Canada because I didn’t take the Chips-Obama Travel Tour for that one. In fact I just watched on regular TV news which did not in any way compare to the perks you get when you book with C-O T T!

        • November 21, 2012 at 12:27 am

          Hiya VC…I am good. Catching up. I have had great value by booking with C-OTT. Best seats and best service ever, not to mention the great travel companions.

          • 104 vcprezofan2
            November 21, 2012 at 12:32 am

            I know, eh! 😉 It’s all those qualities that have made me a repeat customer, and of course let’s not forget the humour. Once I traveled with C-OTT’s head tour guide, the other touring companies didn’t stand a chance of luring me away!

  38. November 20, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Chips, thank you so much for the excellent reporting on PBO’s trip. These last couple of days I could only lurk because the monitor on my computer at home died. It hell not being able to comment but just read, although there were so many interesting comments and reports. Thanks, again, Chips.

    And, hello everyone!!

  39. 109 Allison
    November 20, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    I love seeing photos of the president abroad. I especially loved the one of him and Governor General Michaelle Jean in Ottawa. Being Canadian, I am a little bias.

  40. 110 auni
    November 20, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    The picture in Ghana had an impact on me. The look on their faces, including Michell’s dear Mother, tells the story. It’s hard to even know how to comment–but there it is–.

  41. 111 ctgirl7
    November 20, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Ireland is #1 of course! 🙂

  42. 112 amk for obama
    November 20, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    England is the tops what with their pageantry and real warm welcome & respect. Then Moneygall & India.

  43. 114 Nena20409
    November 20, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    The Song Candy…..an old tune was once played on The Cosby Show. These pictures, I have looked at them at least 10 times already. Then that song, Candy kept popping into my head. Wow. These pictures are just pure Candy.

  44. 115 lisalovesobama
    November 20, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    I just went back to listen to PBO singing Al Green. I was tickled, I giggled and shivered. I am so wrong. 🙄

  45. 123 vcprezofan2
    November 20, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    WHAT A WONDERFUL IDEA TO HIGHLIGHT ALL!! 😆 😆 😆 There are times you get the bestest ideas, Chips, my gurl! Who would have thunk?

    Top three for me = Brazil (the first one, I really packed my bags and followed along at every stop); Ireland (who can forget that!); Africa [Yes that was FLOTUS and the girls, but they are ‘president abroad’ too in my estimation. I’m sure his heart was there with them. 😉 ]

  46. 124 prettyfoot58
    November 20, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    It is hard to say,,,,,which trip ranks the highest on my list….but i will say my most memorable was the when Flotus attended the dinner with the Queen and she word that white ball gown…she was absolutely stunning….Ms Chips do you have that pic…

  47. November 20, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Wednesday Nov. 21, 2012
    12:45 AM
    Obama arrives at Joint Base Andrews.
    Obama arrives at the White House.
    11:00 AM
    Michelle Obama is presented with the official White House Christmas Tree at the North Portico.
    2:00 PM
    Obama pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey.
    4:20 PM
    The First Family participates in a service event.

    • 126 anniebella
      November 20, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      jovie I thought it would be Friday when the First Lady received the Christmas tree.

      • 127 isonprize
        November 20, 2012 at 11:10 pm

        Hey Anniebella!! I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!!

        Can you believe it? It’s been two weeks since we re-elected the best president this country has EVER HAD!!

        WOOOOOO HOOOOO 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆

  48. 128 sherijr
    November 20, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    omg Chips this is so spectacular- thank you very very much 🙂

  49. November 20, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Ireland, Australia and Burma. And if I could choose more than three I would add Egypt, Indonesia and South America (which I realize is not a country). And Germany during the 2008 campaign, which I realize was not a presidential trip.

  50. 131 amk for obama
    November 20, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    That czech republic april 8 2010 pic of HRC and PBO is wonderful.

    Of course, FLOTUS looks lovely hawt, hawt, hawt in all the pics.

  51. 132 GGail
    November 20, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Thank you Chipsticks. This trip down memory lane was with you and TOD and all of the pictures hold special meaning for me, however….here are my Top Four: The Vatican, S.Korea(11/09), IRELAND(5/11) and France(11/11).

    Thank you my beloved Blog Leader and I look forward to the next 4 years with you!

  52. November 20, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    This is simply beautiful. Excellent post.

  53. November 20, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    This is simply stunning work, Chip. Stunning. #faint

  54. 136 amk for obama
    November 20, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Now that he seems to have visited all continents, he should make a trip to alaassskaa. I bet it would turn blue in 2014.

  55. 143 forus50
    November 20, 2012 at 8:30 pm

  56. 149 Nena20409
    November 20, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    First Lots of pictures. And now Video and audio tapes.

    Wow……I am in Heaven……..Dancing Check to cheek.

    At the top of the hill in Brazil with a Large Jesus Christ’s statue. It is just a wonderful peaceful picture.

    I was there 21 yrs ago during Carnival. One of my best trips.

  57. November 20, 2012 at 8:32 pm

  58. 151 sherijr
    November 20, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Ireland is my #1.. because it was like going home for all of us I think.. POTUS & FLOTUS were family to Moneygall & it was all so perfect. I loved all the countries, the people, the love, the respect- theirs for him and he for all of them.. his speeches in Egypt, Burma, England, Ireland, the townhall he gave… it has all been so wonderful. He is a true world leader.

  59. 167 ber6964
    November 20, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Ireland, Ireland, Ireland………..I Loved How The People of Ireland, Embraced Him like a Like a Son coming Home!

  60. 168 99ts
    November 20, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Has to be Australia – and he’ll be in my town in 2014 – praise to everyone it is PBO and not he who has returned to the car elevator

  61. November 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Chips, I would very much like to include Ireland in my top three, just as I would want to include Italy (for many, many reasons), but, the President addressing the British Parliament, his journeys into Afghanistan & his presence in Burma prevail. Hope we’re still friends 😉

  62. November 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Why so few pictures this time?? ;>)

  63. November 20, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    So much HOPE!!! now beginning to shape actions that will be of inestimable value to so many ….

  64. November 20, 2012 at 8:46 pm

  65. 176 sherijr
    November 20, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    oh and that purple dress on Michelle… somehow I missed that one- what a gorgeous woman she is.

  66. 177 Eveingeorgia
    November 20, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Late, but my three: Ireland, Australia, India

  67. 178 amk for obama
    November 20, 2012 at 8:55 pm

  68. 180 Nena20409
    November 20, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    The trip to China where the president had a Q&A with the Chinese University students.
    The Brazilian Trip.
    The Picture with a 4-5 yrs old Irish red haired child.

    The GQ Pic of the POTUS with broad smile walking in the rain……In FRANCE……..Wow….that picture is a knock out.

  69. November 20, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Hey Everyone — just received this DM

    “Let’s do this….. Twitterbomb at 9:00 est #ApologizeMcCain”


  70. 184 amk for obama
    November 20, 2012 at 8:57 pm

  71. November 20, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    So my spidey senses failed me I think, PBO flew east instead of west when leaving Cambodia which would have been perfect to sneak into Afghanistan to be w/ the troops for Thanksgiving under cover of night but something spooked the SS and instead PBO landed in Japan to refuel. Cant go to Ramstien in Germany and refuel in Alaska now obviously either like they did on the way to Thailand. Official word is they flew east because of a ” Tailwind ” which would make their flight faster. Im pretty convinced something leaked and they squashed the Afghan stop thus landing in Japan instead. PBO should be home around midnight EST now and will be pardoning the Turkeys around 2 then doing some community service probally a soup kitchen. Was hoping the troops would get a visit from COC Obama especially after Patraeus and Allen for morale purposes. Oh well Happy Thanksgiving TOD!

    • November 20, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      Tried to follow you on Twitter, but you have me blocked ….. 😥 Oh well!

      • November 20, 2012 at 10:56 pm

        oops! the way my twitter is set up is I use tweetdeck and I create different lists like international/sports/D.C. reporters/DNC/Obamans/local news/ etc.. and by doing that all the people I follow are not in one single timeline b/c I get all your tweets! Is there a way to invite you to follow me? or I can unblock you follow then I cant fix my tweetdeck afterwards I have a great twitter feed!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 188 Lovepolitics2008
      November 20, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      I’m with you. I was almost sure he would stop in Afghanistan for Thanksgiving.

    • 189 theo67
      November 20, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      It could also just be that with the Gaza crisis, and having sent Hillary there in an emergency, it might have seemed awkward for him to go to Afghanistan instead of having gone to Israel himself. I don’t know – I think they may even go there after Thanksgiving, since there’s no scheduled events.

  72. 190 Beverly
    November 20, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Pic # 31 (the one from Chile): does anyone know the story there? Who is that adorable little girl looking like she is about to curtsy?

  73. November 20, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Mightily impressed by the number of people choosing Ireland – either (a) you have majestic taste, or (b) your fear of the Newt mankini is overwhelming. Either is good 😎

  74. 193 amk for obama
    November 20, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    An old man was wondering if his wife had a hearing problem. So one night, he stood behind her while she was sitting in her lounge chair.

    He spoke softly to her, “Honey, can you hear me?” There was no response.

    He moved a little closer and said again, “Honey, can you hear me?” Still, there was no response.

    Finally he moved right behind her and said, “Honey, can you hear me?”

    She replied, “For the third time, Yes!”

  75. 194 amk for obama
    November 20, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    A man approached a very beautiful woman in the large supermarket and said, “I’ve lost my wife here in the supermarket. Can you talk to me for a couple of minutes?”

    The woman looked puzzled. “Why do you want to talk to me?” she asked.

    “Because every time I talk to a beautiful woman like you, my wife appears out of nowhere”

  76. November 20, 2012 at 9:07 pm

  77. 198 amk for obama
    November 20, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.

    A successful woman is one who can find such a man.

    with that, gunnite folks.

  78. 203 anniebella
    November 20, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    What trip was it when FLOTUS and POTUS spent the night at Buckingham Palace? Can you just imagine them being there? And FLOTUS speaking to the young girls in England.

  79. November 20, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Ireland tops my list. You made it so real and present for us that I felt like I was actually there. It was a brilliant moment in time. His trips to Afghanistan come next.

  80. 206 nathkatun7
    November 20, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Absolutely awesome pics. It’s so hard to pick because each country he visited had it’s own unique flavor. My top favorites: Ghana, Ireland and Australia. India, Brazil, and UK were also right there in the mix of top favorites. Basically, I loved every country and the warm receptions that each gave to our President.

    Thank you so much, Chips, for making it possible for us to know and appreciate how much people in other countries love and respect President Obama.

    • November 20, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      “Thank you so much, Chips, for making it possible for us to know and appreciate how much people in other countries love and respect President Obama.”

      Will be forever grateful to Chips, nath, for just this!!! Well stated, as always, friend.

      Yes We Can

  81. 209 kasai
    November 20, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    This Thanksgiving…
    I am Thankful for all the wonderful people on TOD.
    Thankful, for this blog after days of volunteering and came home beat and tired, you kept me sane to do more. Thankful for all the great work you all contributed in electing the Best President ever.
    I am thankful for the laughs and tears of joy shared by many.
    I am most thankful to Chips for not giving up and keeping this oasis open, your work is truly a labor of love Dear One.
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Love you All! 

  82. 214 Maubyandice
    November 20, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Big up to T & T!

    Thanks for these pictures Chips! Thanks for including Trinidad and Tobago in the line up. We’re small, but his visit created huge excitement.

    Our then Foreign Minister, Paula Gopee Scoon, caused a mini scandal by daring to “break protocol” to spontaneously hug PBO. They said she had no decorum, etc, etc. Poor lady couldn’t help it. (See Julia Gillard)

    But his trips in terms of sheer deliriousness: Moneygall. Hands down.

    • 215 pkayden
      November 20, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      Lucky Trinidad! Wonder if he ever visited Jamaica.

      Must google to see if there are many pictures of his visit to Trinidad. And good for Ms. Scoon. I would have done the same thing. Michelle would have had to peel me off of him.

      • 216 Maubyandice
        November 20, 2012 at 9:45 pm

        If he ended up in Trinidad then a trip to Jamaica is quite likely, as a prominent Caribbean country.

        As for Ms. Scoon…this is the natural reaction when people meet him, isn’t it. Few can hold it together, dignitary or not. I mean look what happened when he innocently wore a batik shirt.

  83. 217 isonprize
    November 20, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Hey Chica!!! What a SPLENDIFEROUS photo essay!! WOW, just wow… One teensy, weensy, itsby, bitsy correction.. The date on the very first photo (Pres Obama with the fabulous Governor General Michaelle Jean in Canada) can’t be 2011. It’s got to be 2009, yes?

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  86. November 20, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    England and Ireland = tie. India and Burma etc.

  87. November 20, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    For me:
    1. Ireland (this was such a joy)
    2. England (Parliament speech)
    3. Germany (before the election in 2008 speaking to over 2000 people)

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  89. November 20, 2012 at 9:34 pm

  90. 231 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 20, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    WOW! You’ve outdone yourself with this post, Chips! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    I think Moneygall was awesome — we followed that like WE were the Obamas, lol. I also loved the trip to Australia — especially when he greeted a small group of Aborigines and a sweet elder lady cried when she met PBO. The Nobel Peace Prize trip was spectacular — there were some pictures from that event where PBO and Michelle looked like a prince and princess (for example when they were waving from their hotel balcony), it was really magical. The Ghana and Brazil pics were especially touching for so many reasons.

    What a wonderful, exciting statesman we have as a President. I am glad to be a witness.

  91. November 20, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    I cannot keep up with this site! Has the pic of the miserable, disheveled willard m. romney shown up here yet? I KNOW we’re not gonna gloat excessively or interminably AND there’s good reason to just act as if the lying asshole never existed BUT it’s a GREAT pic!!! Have you all…..mmmm….. viewed and commented already????

    • 234 forus50
      November 20, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      Yup. I have a tweet above on it. He looks dazed and confused but may be just trying to remember to pick up some Grecian Formula at Walgreens on the way home.

      • 235 magapie
        November 20, 2012 at 9:46 pm

        Oh, thanks forus50. I WISH I could….but no I skim and I have to flit in and out. But I just LOVE THIS COMMUNITY. A meet up at the inaguation would be so cool!

    • 236 jacquelineoboomer
      November 20, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      It was tweeted around. Horrific photo of him. Nightmarish!

  92. 237 Lovepolitics2008
    November 20, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Ms Chips, I’m stunned by this post. Epic. So wonderful. Thank you !

    As for my choices…

    – Ireland, for obvious reasons. In the same trip, the speech at Westminster: the speech in itself, but also the introduction speech, which was very moving, full of admiration and respect. Oh, and I remember how excited those elected officials were to meet him; every one wanted to shake his hand lol…

    – India. It was an emotional trip. The President had the occasion to pay tribute to one of this heroes, Ghandi. Also loved the first couple’s visit with school children in poor neighborhoods, and the President’s town hall with the university students. I absolutely LOVE those kinds of town-halls because they display the depth of knowledge and wisdom of President Obama, and his empathy and respect for everyone , and his confidence in the young generation. He doesn’t do those town-halls anymore. I wonder why,,,

    – Egypt: the Cairo speech. It was just… wow.

    – Brazil, especially when President Obama went into some poor neighborhoods and played with those young boys .

    – Ghana: a very moving trip for him and his family.

    -Afghanistan, all trips. It always moves me when he goes there to thank the troops and tell them how he cares.

  93. November 20, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Ireland .. yes; because I have been there and felt the hospitality of the people, so then the crowds, the love, the respect shown to our President when he was there. They seriously wanted to make him theirs. And then of course, Cousin Henry. After that, as someone who shall not be named would say “any of them, all of them,” but then this latest the Burma trip : over the top, for the historical significance of this trip alone, and the reception he and Hillary received. Just unbelievable. I am so proud to be an American with Barack Obama as my President and Ms. Hillary Clinton as my Secretary of State.

  94. 239 prettyfoot58
    November 20, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Is PBO home yet

  95. 243 magapie
    November 20, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    OH! I should have said in my prior post it’s a pic of willard PUMPING GAS. Apparently it’s gone VIRAL?

    I cannot keep up with this site! Has the pic of the miserable, disheveled willard m. romney shown up here yet? I KNOW we’re not gonna gloat excessively or interminably AND there’s good reason to just act as if the lying asshole never existed BUT it’s a GREAT pic!!! Have you all…..mmmm….. viewed and commented already????

  96. 244 Dakota
    November 20, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    My choice is Brazil. We were just there in May & it is a beautiful country with beautiful people…the exuberance and love of life is like nothing I’ve ever experienced. We visited two communities (they don’t like the word favela) Santa Marta and Santa Teresa. I told this story before, but after we visited the Corcovado and we were walking to our bus, a gentleman realized that we were a group of African Ameoricans and he started shouting “OBAMA! OBAMA! FAMILY! OBAMA! FAMILY! Well needless to say we were stunned, but shouted back to him. Most of us were in tears! It’s was such a wonderful highlight of our trip. I’m choked up just remembering.

  97. 245 carolyn
    November 20, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    I am so proud when our President goes to other countries now. He is making friends all over the world, and raising respect for our country again. When GWB used to visit other countries, I was sick to my stomach the entire time he was out of the country, and he never failed to embarrass us. A true sad experience for our country.
    I truly loved the England trip because of the Parliament speech. That was a true masterpiece, and was adjudged so by the British and world press. Our press almost ignored it, but the impact on the world was great. I honestly think our MSM does not listen to a thing he actually says. His Parliament speech will be studied for years and will become part of the canon of well known speeches. He totally reset American foreign policy in that speech, and therefore world policy.

  98. 246 Pamela
    November 20, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Australia (PBO arrived 2 days after I left!). Canada ( my second citizenship). Ireland ( my great grand daddy left there in 1850).

  99. 251 Lorraine
    November 20, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Chips, I love you! This is the best one yet!!!! I love reliving the last four years the President went abroad, First Lady Michelle has chemistry with everybody. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in the next 4 years. I must confess one of the reasons I wanted President Obama to win a 2nd term is because of this site, seriously. You do such good work, dear. God Bless you!!!!!

  100. November 20, 2012 at 9:50 pm

  101. 253 proudmemberofglobalzero
    November 20, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Wow! Thank you for all the beautiful pictures. You are amazing. I took quite some time looking at them all. What a treat. Don’t know what I would do without Chips and my TOD family.

    • 254 daisydem
      November 20, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      Amen … amen. I second that if I may proud .. thank you Chips. Thank you so very much. And now, please let us know when our beloved President returns safely home!

  102. November 20, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Bill O the Clown is still a wee bit Mad!

    • 256 anniebella
      November 20, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      Bill O’Reilly is a racists dam idiot. Who can’t deal with the fact that a black man is President. All my life I have had to deal with white man as President.

  103. 258 FiredUpInCA
    November 20, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    What an excellent round up this is. My favorite trips are Moneygall, the UK (for his address to Parliament), Australia and Egypt, for the New Beginning speech in Cairo.

    I am proposing a draft petition for We the People:

    “Having watched the current President of the United States on the world stage since his momentous speech in Berlin and having seen a gallery at The Obama Diary of the President and the First Lady as they exude dignity and grace and good-lookingness, peacefully grant the people of the United States of America permanent status to the President and First Lady as official First Couple of the U.S. to be ambassadors representing the U.S. regardless of whomever becomes President in the future.”

  104. 260 SueBee
    November 20, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Chips! I don’t post often, but I read the site EVERYDAY and everyday it makes my day…thanks for all that you do..hope you have a great Thanksgiving.

    My favorite trips 1. Ireland 2. Ireland 3. Ireland 😉

  105. November 20, 2012 at 10:00 pm


    you almost brought tears to my eyes with this post. I realized that so many of these trips I got to see because of YOU!

    YOU were the keeper for many of us, especially when the MSM decided that they wouldn’t cover the President’s foreign trips.


    • 265 COS
      November 20, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      This may have been commented on already, but I really did appreciate Rachel’s report on PBO in Burma. So far, this is the most detailed report which I have seen.

    • November 20, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      ♥ you Rikyrah 😉 Thank you.

    • 268 nathkatun7
      November 20, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      Rkyrah, I totally consign your statement and join you in thanking Chips for this site. For example: not very many people in America, who are not members of TOD, got to see the warm and wonderful reception that the people of Ireland — including the government — gave to President Obama and the First Lady. The same was true of all the President’s other foreign trips.

  106. November 20, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    My all time favorite country to which the President and First Lady have traveled: America

    • 271 anniebella
      November 20, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      Good one Tien Le, and thanks to the America voters we have 4 More Years

      • 272 anniebella
        November 20, 2012 at 10:28 pm

        It has been a pleasure watching the Obama family, as a black American, seeing the first African American family in the White House. I have felt such pride, because I never expected it to happen. Finally when you look up the leader of the free world, the First Lady their kids, they are like you. When I talk to some elderly person who have really seen alot in this country and I listen as they speak of what it is like for them to live to see our first black President, first black family. I mean wow.

  107. 275 forus50
    November 20, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    • 276 isonprize
      November 20, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      Wait… What??? Do my eyes deceive me?

      Mark Knoller has something somewhat remotely positive to say about Pres. Obama???

      Seriously, has his twitter feed been hacked? SERIOUSLY. It must have been hacked.

  108. 277 Dakota
    November 20, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Well as I’m preparing my sweet potato pies (I’ll take one to work tomorrow) i’m watching Red, White & Blues In Performance at the White House and rocking out! Loved when the Prez sang a few bars of “Sweet Home Chicago.”

  109. 279 jacquelineoboomer
    November 20, 2012 at 10:21 pm


    Ireland. And everything else!

    • November 20, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      Top of the class Jacqueline, but forget the everything else 🙂

      • 281 jacquelineoboomer
        November 20, 2012 at 10:37 pm

        Chips – Wasn’t Ireland the first time we “knew” that the whole world loved him? I may be mistaken about that, but I cried when I saw him receive that welcome during that visit. (I’m one-quarter Irish, the part I identify with, but I always joke I can never go there because once my mug is on the shelf in the pub with my name on it, I ain’t leavin’.)

  110. 282 itgurl_29
    November 20, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    I can’t decide which Presidential foreign trip is my favorite because they’re all been so amazing. It’s like trying to pick a favorite child, but if I was forced to choose, Ireland would be my favorite daughter.

    But there is one trip that started it all. Senator Obama’s trip to Kenya. According to what I’ve read, it was this trip that sparked Barack Obama’s interest in making a run for POTUS sooner than later. Once he saw the reception he got in Kenya, he knew he had something special to offer.

    For those who haven’t seen it, there was an amazing film made about this trip called “Senator Obama Goes to Africa”. I saw this on Netflix back in ’07 and it’s still one of my favorite documentaries.

    • 283 LDS
      November 21, 2012 at 12:35 am

      This was absolutely amazing. Thank you, itgurl_29 for sharing this.

      I am catching up with all the wonderful posts that Ms. chips has provided for us and this truly was worth staying up late to watch. What a humble man PBO and a gracious kind woman Michele . My prayer is that they grow old together and live to see their grandchildren and great grandchildren. So they care share of this rich history they both posess and the life journeys they have traveled. They truly were meant to be with each other and we are blessed to be a part.

      I am so grateful to be alive knowing that suc humble, caring and loving human beings once again will reside in the “People’s House” another four years.

  111. 284 anniebella
    November 20, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Looking forward to POTUS pardoning the turkey tomorrow, who I have name Mitt McCain Lindsey Romney.

  112. November 20, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Ireland is my favorite because of the friendliness of the people and their willingness to embrace PBO as one of their own. I have loved the devotion that Cousin Henry Healey has shown to the president. He came for St. Patrick’s Day and seemed to have had a ball, and he was pulling for PBO on election night. Ireland is also special to me because it reminds me that although many in the U.S.don’t accept/respect our president, the people of Ireland have opened their arms wide to embrace him. Any nation of people who can do this live in one heck of a great place.

  113. 286 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    November 20, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Thanks Chipsticks. Beautiful pictures. My favorites: Ireland, Brazil and India.

  114. 288 LDS
    November 21, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Chips, my favorite is Ireland, Africa and Brazil.
    Thank you for the memories.

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