Friday’s schedule

Israeli students recreate iconic President Obama ‘HOPE’ poster out of ….. chocolate (thank you LovelyPlains)



All times Israel – six hours ahead of U.S. EDT:

8:55 am: President Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony at the grave of Theodor Herzl, Jerusalem

9:10 am: Participates in a wreath laying ceremony at the grave of Yitzhak Rabin

9:35 am: Tours the Hall of Names, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem

10:10 am: Lays a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance

10:30 am: Signs a guest book and delivers remarks in the Hall of Children

11:15 am: Lunch with Prime Minister Netanyahu, King David Hotel, Jerusalem

1:15 pm: Tours the Church of the Nativity with President Abbas, Bethlehem

3:20 pm: Departs Tel Aviv

All times Jordan – seven hours ahead of U.S. EDT

4:55 pm: Arrives Amman, Jordan

5:35 pm: Arrives at Al Hummar, the official offices of King Abdullah II of Jordan

5:55 pm: Meeting with King Abdullah

6:45 pm: Press conference with King Abdullah

8:50 pm: Attends a dinner with King Abdullah


See you in the morning.

191 Responses to “Friday’s schedule”

  1. 5 Carol
    March 21, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    I’m exhausted.

  2. March 21, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    I think we’re alone now…

  3. March 21, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Alrighty then, I was inspired by my President today and I wanted to post this.

  4. 14 Carol
    March 21, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Thank you. Everyone must be sleeping. I can’t stop reading everything about the trip….

  5. 20 Jovie
    March 21, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Not for nothing, Jordan intelligence is some mean MoFos.
    These guys play both sides and are very good at it.
    Me don’t likey. 😦

  6. 26 vitaminlover
    March 21, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    So he’s coming home Saturday our time?

    • 27 jackiegrumbacher
      March 22, 2013 at 7:22 am

      My question, too, VL. Does he stay in Jordon overnight or head home after the dinner? Also does the large contingent of Dems he brought on AF1 to Israel go with him to Jordon?

  7. March 21, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    I need chocolate. I have a very real craving for it. . . . .

  8. 43 jacquelineoboomer
    March 21, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Thank you, Chips! I can’t wait for our President to be home in America.

  9. 45 Carol
    March 21, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Have you seen the video of the crowd at Rabin SQ? Loved it but don’t know how to get it here..

  10. 51 99ts
    March 21, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Hello evening crew – I seem to be reading too much – miss all the new threads – sigh

    I did like this – no idea who is the tweeter (speaking of #chucktoddquestions – as someone was)

    • 53 jackiegrumbacher
      March 22, 2013 at 7:25 am

      Good one, 99. Jeff Gauvin has been batting these out on Twitter. He’s really having fun. Todd has become a laughing stock, although he thinks he did great. Once you put on the crazy glasses, you really can’t see straight.

      • 54 99ts
        March 22, 2013 at 8:29 am

        I started with Jeff’s tweets and then read more – this one reminded me of times past – when doctors would only prescribe birth control to married woman – and the GOP trying to take everyone back there.

  11. 55 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2013 at 11:50 pm

  12. March 21, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    I believe President Obama’s speech to the Israeli’s students will bring about change just as his speech to the students in Cairo (Remember Arab Spring).

  13. 60 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 21, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Bringing this over from the last thread.

    • 61 jackiegrumbacher
      March 22, 2013 at 7:31 am

      Alycee, this week we heard the travesty of media regret that brutal rapist HS football players will have their lives “ruined” by their crime. These fallen heroes are the ones we should be mourning. Young lives, great potential and real heroes. That should cause all of us to weep.

  14. 64 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 21, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Now I’m going to try to catch a quick nap. Need to be up in three hours to travel with the President.

  15. 66 Dudette
    March 21, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Lawrence ODonnell’s segment on President’s visit to Israel tonight

  16. 70 anniebella
    March 22, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Good night all.

  17. March 22, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Ok, so before everyone turns in, does #CHUCKTODDQUESTIONS refer to yesterday, or did he make an ass of himself again today? I really am out of the loop right now.

    • 76 sabreen60
      March 22, 2013 at 12:22 am

      Hey LL. How is your wife? And how are you coping?

      I think the Chuckie party on Twitter is still going on from yesterday.

      • March 22, 2013 at 12:23 am

        I made a progress report in the last thread. She’s doing much better today—less pain. We went to Ikea for shopping/walking. I’m tired, but okay; making veggie broth for her right now.

        • 78 sabreen60
          March 22, 2013 at 12:32 am

          I missed your comment – glad she’s better and you be sure to take care of yourself, too.

        • March 22, 2013 at 12:33 am

          He tweeted about a joke he made about his question yesterday on Today show. But who watches Today? All he tweeted was photos of the settlements. Nothing on speech, presentation of POTUS medal, nothing. Wonder what he had for evening news? No, I could care less. But the tweets about him are usually a hoot. Take care LL. Best to the Missus. 🙂

          • 80 COS
            March 22, 2013 at 1:05 am

            Brian Williams even reported on Chucky’s question yesterday on nightly news in a joking way. They thought it was funny. They take care of their own.

            • 81 theo67
              March 22, 2013 at 1:12 am

              Every time I saw the clip, some reporter was trying to laugh it off, like it wasn’t a huge embarrassment for Chuck Todd.

              • 83 anniebella
                March 22, 2013 at 6:32 am

                COS, The media take care of their own. You have always heard that buzzards of a feather flock together. That’s the media.

                • 84 anniebella
                  March 22, 2013 at 6:36 am

                  Had anyone notice that Chuckie Todd was very silent yesterday. Kind of like he did when he was off paling around with that Ohio SOS agreeing with him that it’s okay to take away certain people’s vote.

            • March 22, 2013 at 9:00 am

              I don’t think they truly thought it was funny – this was their attempt to save face. It was hugely embarrassing, and the Twitter mockery UpChuck received afterwards must have humiliated him – which is why he reacted by making that comment about people using Twitter to work out their “anger issues”

    • 86 Dudette
      March 22, 2013 at 12:23 am

      IF I’m not mistaken it started after some tweet he sent in response to everyone piling on him about yesterday’s stupidity. I can’t even remember what it was he said, but it was some assine crap (which I think was posted on an earlier TOD thread today). You can probably find it on his TL.

  18. 87 amk for obama
    March 22, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Kevin Rudd has ruled out any return to the Australian Labor Party leadership, as ructions continue after Thursday’s abortive ballot.

    In a statement, Mr Rudd said there were “no circumstances” under which he would seek the party’s top job.

    His comments came a day after he chose not to contest a vote aimed at ending debate over who should lead the party into September’s election.

    Since then a number of his supporters have been sacked or stepped down.

    Simon Crean, a senior minister whose actions forced Prime Minister Julia Gillard to call the ballot, has been sacked.

    Front-bencher and former Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has resigned from the cabinet and at least three other officials have stepped down from senior party roles.

    They keep their seats, however, leaving Labor’s paper-thin majority intact.


    politicians are clowns everywhere. perils of democracy.

    • March 22, 2013 at 12:36 am

      You mean D.C. isn’t the only Circus?

    • 89 99ts
      March 22, 2013 at 4:18 am

      Media hyped it – but Rudd was too stupid to say anything before Crean decided to bring down his own government. Now the media is screaming that Julia MUST call an election – if I was her I’d put it off as long as possible – as she can.

      She’s never had alot of support from her own – not good to be black or a female in so called “democracies”.

  19. 90 Carol
    March 22, 2013 at 12:22 am

    http://youtu.be/pnxUGZusvuc Does this work??? I’m a virgin at this…

  20. 100 Dudette
    March 22, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Okay family, time for DJ Dudette to retire.

    I leave you with this sweet image! Goodnight my lovelies! 🙂

  21. March 22, 2013 at 12:57 am

    While the cats away, the mice will play….. 🐁

  22. 107 jacquelineoboomer
    March 22, 2013 at 1:00 am

  23. 108 theo67
    March 22, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Thank you, once again, to Chipsticks and the Jr Blog Tyrants for keeping us all up to date on the happenings this week in Israel. I’ve rested easily, knowing that while I can’t watch the proceedings live because of busy-ness, I could come here and catch up with the day’s events. Thank you so much!

  24. March 22, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Shimon Peres is a first cousin of American actress Lauren Bacall (born Betty Joan Persky)

  25. March 22, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Put up my own half naked men

  26. March 22, 2013 at 2:18 am

    I am out of here…..

  27. March 22, 2013 at 2:22 am

    • 123 anniebella
      March 22, 2013 at 6:03 am

      But the right wing idiots can claim that because POTUS hadn’t visit Israel he wasn’t a friend to Israel. These people are beyond something else. As POTUS said yesterday, a real friend will tell you the truth, what you might not want to hear, unlike those right wingers who whispers sweet nothing in Israel ear.

    • 125 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      March 22, 2013 at 4:27 am

      Finally, at 4:20 am, MSNBC cuts into re-runs to show President Obama giving remarks at the Hall of Names. Guess the three wreath layings, prayers and songs weren’t worthy of coverage. Sad…

      • 126 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        March 22, 2013 at 4:38 am

        Of course, they cut away as soon as he concluded his remarks; couldn’t stay five more minutes to see the presentation of the gift of remembrance nor the remarks of the two rabbis…

  28. 127 desertflower
    March 22, 2013 at 4:33 am



    We can only WISH for a journalist like Phil Donohue to be back on the air!!!!

    • 128 desertflower
      March 22, 2013 at 4:44 am

      Be sure to watch ALL the segments.

    • 129 nabsentia23
      March 22, 2013 at 7:43 am

      There are rare times when Huffpost kicks it right out of the ballpark. This is one of those times.

      These videos also explain about about Chris Matthews. No wonder I gave up on Chris “You Liberals Are Always Complaining About America” Matthews a long time ago. And now, he’s trying to play it off as if he always opposed the Iraq War.

      The painful truth is that the MSM was complicit in Iraq War. Instead of doing their jobs, they lazily accepted the lies given to them by the Bush Administration (and this even includes the “liberal” and “progressive” voices). If they had done their jobs, the Iraq War could have either been prevented or significantly shortened. This is why a free and objective press is critical to a democracy. How can voters make informed decisions when they are given bad information by a compliant press?

      However, this streak won’t last and it’s only a matter of time before Huffpost goes back to its usual firebagging nonsense.

  29. 130 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 22, 2013 at 4:40 am

  30. 132 amk for obama
    March 22, 2013 at 6:22 am

    For the football fans

    The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights believes football is behind the times and must “catch up” with modern society on social issues.

    Navi Pillay, who grew up and worked as a lawyer in Apartheid South Africa, is also concerned women remain severely under-represented within the game.

    She said: “It is time for football to catch up with 21st century values of respecting diversity.”

    And she added football “has to respect human rights law”.


  31. March 22, 2013 at 6:30 am

    How sad…


    “Shooting at Quantico Marine base leaves 3 dead, including suspect ”


    The first sign of trouble came in a call late Thursday. There was a shooting at a Virginia Marine base, and the suspect was holed up in a room in the barracks.

    The notification of the initial shooting came about 11 p.m., at which point authorities found one dead victim, according to Agustin Solivan, a Marine Corps spokesman.

    Law enforcement officials entered the room two hours later and discovered the shooter dead of a self-inflicted wound. Another victim was in the room with him, fatally shot.

    It was unclear whether the three knew each other, but they are all Marines, according to Solivan.

  32. March 22, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Thanks for all the pictures, videos, summaries and links that have been provided about President Obama’s trip to Israel.

    It is a delight to see how people in other countries appreciate the treasure that we have in President. The tributes and honors help to distill the false negativity that the US MSM try to associate with President Obama…highlighting the incompetency and idiocy of our media.

    I’m sure that this trip, while not a vacation, was a welcome break from the dysfunction of Congress. Continued prayers for our President during his travels and for a safe return home.

  33. March 22, 2013 at 7:11 am

    I understand that 10 republicans joined democrats in voting against the Ryan budget. Any idea who those 10 are? Are they potentially 10 who can be persuaded to help vote Nancy Pelosi back as SOH?

    • 137 jackiegrumbacher
      March 22, 2013 at 7:54 am

      SW, I’ve been trying to find this out. I did hear that the ten didn’t think the Ryan budget had gone far enough to the right. If so, we have ten true madmen in the US House. If they thought it went too far, then we have potential candidates for the coalition of common sense. All R’s knew that the budget wold go nowhere in the Senate and would never be signed into law, so, in a sense, it was a non-risk vote. They could “look good” to their TP constituents and not have to deal with the real world consequences of the Ryan fiasco budget.

    • 139 Linda
      March 22, 2013 at 8:09 am

      It was 5,.

      Rand Paul
      Ted Cruz
      Mike Lee
      Susan Collins
      Dean Heller

      • March 22, 2013 at 8:13 am

        Linda, I was basing the 10 on this article:


        ‘Senate Democrats on track to pass budget’

        By ANDREW TAYLOR | Associated Press


        The GOP budget proposal, similar to previous plans offered by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., demonstrates that it’s possible, at least mathematically, to balance the budget within a decade without raising taxes. But to do so Ryan, his party’s vice presidential nominee last year, assumes deep cuts that would force millions from programs for the poor like food stamps and Medicaid and cut almost 20 percent from domestic agency budget levels assumed less than two years ago.

        Ryan’s plan passed the House on a mostly party-line, 221-207 vote, with 10 Republicans joining Democrats against it.

    • 143 prettyfoot58
      March 22, 2013 at 9:16 am

      I was thinking the same thing….and also some GOP Senators rejected the Ryan bill as well…i understand that the Senate DEMS presented a bill as well….do you know what happened to that bill

  34. 145 vcprezofan2
    March 22, 2013 at 8:05 am

    A very ‘Good Morning/Evening’ TODobots! I see I’m in time to maybe catch the departure from Tel Aviv and arrival in Jordan, I think. 😀

  35. 146 amk for obama
    March 22, 2013 at 8:18 am

    guess who are the naysayers to paul fucking ryan ?

    • 147 99ts
      March 22, 2013 at 9:14 am

      From TPM – GOP Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Rand Paul (R-KY) joined a unified Democratic caucus in voting no.

      Is Cruz one who thinks it didn’t go far enough in the reverse Robin Hood style

  36. 148 dotster3
    March 22, 2013 at 8:28 am

    What in the world??? A Ga. woman walking her baby in a stroller was shot by 2 young boys—10-15yrs. old—–and her baby was shot dead with a gunshot wound to the head—–after the mom said she had no money when they demanded it. Gun violence out of control. Run amok. Sick, sick, sick.
    A bunch of people were shot in Chgo again yesterday, including a 13 yr. old. They were shooting out of cars this a.m. on the expressway. Someone’s suggestion to bring in the Natl Guard—-not so far fetched.

    • 149 anniebella
      March 22, 2013 at 9:05 am

      This is just plain crazy, as much as I want some kind of gun control passed, I am realizing it is not all about guns. Something is wrong with the soul these people. Killing killing killing as if you are spitting on the ground. Help us Lord. Help us.

  37. March 22, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Mooooooorning everyone. Just getting to work on Rise and Shine, be back in a bit!

    • 151 99ts
      March 22, 2013 at 8:51 am

      I just saw your post – and thought – she’s done it again – I’ve just posted & we have a new thread – but it was not so 🙂
      Looking forward to some great pictures/news

  38. 157 99ts
    March 22, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Just watched Lawrence O’Donnell on “who was right on the war in Iraq” – just adds to the conviction that Barack Obama makes the right decisions for the US – Hilary Clinton – as a Senator – did not. As many of you say – it is good to wake up and know Barack Obama is still your President


    • 158 anniebella
      March 22, 2013 at 9:15 am

      99ts, can you just imagine us having to put up with a President Romney, First Lady Ann Romney, VP Ryan.

      • 159 99ts
        March 22, 2013 at 9:28 am

        Hi Annie – I don’t think about that one – nightmares – but it bothers me that so many from both parties joined the warmongering in 2002 – and in my country as well – Our PM jumped in to support George Bush on day 1.

        Lots of talk about the people of Israel having to reject war – but many times the people in western countries reject war – and the government carries on regardless. Somehow the world looks so different in Congress – or parliaments – very weird.

        I have faith in President Obama keeping the US out of conflicts – but from 1917 onwards – who knows what may happen.

  39. 160 anniebella
    March 22, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I think we can all say this was a successful trip to Israel. Some will say there is no peace deal or talk , but I say I wasn’t expecting either one. As the President said it will be up to the people to get after their politicians.

  40. 163 Linda
    March 22, 2013 at 9:01 am

    It looks like they are putting down markers…

    Comments maybe before he takes off ?

  41. 166 vcprezofan2
    March 22, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Looks like we are rushing towards the 18m hits! Think we will hit it today? Wouldn’t that be great – fireworks, music, revelry by all! 😆 😆

  42. 167 amk for obama
    March 22, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I don’t understand this whole cyprus drama. How could such a small country “destabilize” the entire euro zone ?

    I say, fuck the bankers and their precious shareholders and let the chips fall where they may.

    Didn’t mexico or argentina say FU to imf a few years back on their ‘debts’ which were saddled by the same fucking imf ? They are still alive.

    • 168 99ts
      March 22, 2013 at 9:23 am

      They had their own currency – Europe’s problem is every country using the euro can bring down the others – NEVER should they have created the euro – Germany and to a lesser extent some of the others – are carrying the whole European economy – and presumably they don’t like it.

      Reality of modern civilization – a country has to have control of their own currency. Greece in particular, could have revalued and sorted itself out – but no control over their currency made that impossible.

      If my government suggested taking 10% of my savings – I would not be happy – but if they devalued the currency by 10% – same end result without even having to ask me.

      • 169 amk for obama
        March 22, 2013 at 10:08 am

        If a few billion ‘debt’ from the tiniest country is gonna derail a trillions worth currency, then that currency is worthless.

        • 170 99ts
          March 22, 2013 at 11:33 am

          It’s heading that way

        • 171 99ts
          March 22, 2013 at 11:35 am

          I guess I should add – Others are getting sick of bailing folks out – when you start to add all the “little” countries together – it gets to matter.

          They should drop the euro – those who stayed out were thinking beyond the ease of travel.

  43. March 22, 2013 at 9:14 am


  44. 173 JER
    March 22, 2013 at 9:15 am

  45. 175 JER
    March 22, 2013 at 9:17 am

  46. March 22, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I think someone was asking earlier: PBO will be spending the night in Jordan and departing for home tomorrow.

  47. 179 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Here are some riveting images of our President’s visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial!!!!


  48. 180 anniebella
    March 22, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Will the Press be riding with POTUS to Jordon? I think they should make Chuck “GOP” Todd walk to Jordon or back to America. 🙂

    • 181 Allison
      March 22, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Chuck Toddler is already in Jordan. He gave an update on the President’s trip this morning from Jordan. He looked so sad !! He’s mad because the President’s trip has been a smashing success!!

  49. 183 Gazelle
    March 22, 2013 at 9:26 am

    [OT, but a fascinating piece by Smartypants on Brennan, & drones ending up w/ Hagel. In actuality, when all is said done, Smartypants says PBO would have ended 3 wars, yep 3!]:

    President Obama picked John Brennan to head the CIA for a reason – he had a job for him to do.

    “Brennan is leading efforts to curtail the CIA’s primary responsibility for targeted killings. Over opposition from the agency, he has argued that it should focus on intelligence activities and leave lethal action to its more traditional home in the military, where the law requires greater transparency.”


    […..] Overall I see two HUGE takeaways from this story. First is the fact that John Brennan would take the job at CIA only to turn around and give up the agency’s authority to operate a program like this. Many have noted that once President’s are given executive power, they are loath to give it up. I would suggest that the same thing goes for the people who are in charge of federal agencies. This is a big move on both President Obama and Brennan’s part. And I’m sure the backlash in the agency is going to be brutal.

    The second is that it is clear to me that this is the first step in a bigger plan to acknowledge what Jeh Johnson said back in November…we’re reaching the tipping point where the war on al Qaeda can end as an “armed conflict” and be institutionalized as a counter-terrorism strategy with transparency and oversight.

    In other words, by the end of President Obama’s second term, he will have ended THREE wars…the 3rd being the one everyone assumed would be indefinite.


  50. 184 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Where is the President?!?!?

  51. 185 desertflower
    March 22, 2013 at 9:33 am

    March 22, 2013

    Massive Support for Background Checks
    A new Quinnipiac poll finds that 88% of voters nationwide support universal background checks before allowing purchase of a firearm while just 10% are opposed.

    More interesting is that 85% of gun owners are also in favor.

    Meanwhile, Roll Call reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-VA) said that background checks would be included in the gun control bill he brings to the floor.


  52. 186 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2013 at 9:33 am

  53. 187 anniebella
    March 22, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Have the April issue of Vogue hit the news stand yet?

  54. 189 desertflower
    March 22, 2013 at 9:46 am

    h/t Political Carnival

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