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Rise and Shine: Photos from Israel

President Barack Obama pays his respects in the Hall of Remembrance after marines layed a wreath on his behalf during his visit to the Yad Vashem

…. with President Shimon Peres, PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau and the Abnkor Children’s Choir

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President Barack Obama visits the Hall of Names at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum with (L-R) Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, Israel’s Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev and Israel’s President Shimon Peres

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Lara Friedman (Daily Beast): I am writing in the afterglow of President Obama’s speech in Jerusalem—an afterglow that lingers on as I re-read his words, and as I recall the boisterous applause that greeted them. I’m content to leave the word clouds and microscopic parsing of his speech to others. Likewise, I’ll leave to others the speculation about what might have been, if only this speech had been given years earlier. For my part, I am unrepentantly stopping to savor the moment.

Today President Obama made the most passionate, and compassionate, case for Israeli-Palestinian peace any U.S. leader has ever made. The case he made was politically pragmatic, grounded in the legitimate security concerns that define Israelis’ existence. It was also grounded, unapologetically and unambiguously, in universal moral truths, including the indefensibility of the occupation and of denying the Palestinians dignity, security, and self-determination in their own state.

More here

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President Obama arrives for a visit to Yad Vashem at Mount Herzl

President Obama pays his respects at the grave of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin

President Obama pays his respects at the grave of Theodore Herzl

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A message written by President Obama is displayed in the Yad Vashem visitor book during his visit to Yad Vashem at Mount Herzl

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President Obama’s visit to Jordan (all times EST):

9:55 am: The President arrives Amman, Jordan

10:35 am: Arrives at Al Hummar, the official offices of King Abdullah II of Jordan

10:40 am: Official arrival ceremony

10:55 am: Participates in a restricted bilateral meeting with King Abdullah II

11:15 am: Participates in an expanded bilateral meeting with King Abdullah II

11:45 am: The President and King Abdullah II host a press conference

1:50 pm: The President attends a dinner with King Abdullah II

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Happy Birthday VC!!! Your cake will be ready in, oh, about five hours – still baking.

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I’ll have more photos in a while and some newsie bits, just wanted to get these posted because they’re so beautiful

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PS West Wing Week:


248 Responses to “Rise and Shine: Photos from Israel”


  1. 1 Allison
    March 22, 2013 at 9:50 am

    GM Chips and TOD family!

  2. March 22, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Good Friday Everyone!

  3. 15 vcprezofan2
    March 22, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Iiiiiiit’s Friday! Friday the 22nd! 😆 Have a wonderful Friday, TODobots, Chips and Chipadees!

    • 16 hopefruit2
      March 22, 2013 at 9:56 am

      G’morning VC, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and Happy Friday.

      Chips, thanks for this excellent Rise & Shine – these poignant pictures of our President at the Holocaust memorial are very moving.

    • 17 vcprezofan2
      March 22, 2013 at 9:56 am

      Thanks Ms Chips! It is so, so gratifying to know that our President ALWAYS represents us with all he’s got AND HE’S GOT EVERYTHING – mental, spiritual and physical! Pardon the language, but ‘Hot damn, PBO’s good, in every situation!’

    • March 22, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Moooooooooorning birthday girl, hope you have a BLISSFUL day! The cake’s still a bit soggy in the middle, will be done soon-ish.

      • 19 vcprezofan2
        March 22, 2013 at 10:00 am

        You remembered! 😆 😆 😆
        Thank you, I am planning on a super-duper day of pleasing myself. I keep telling you not to worry – cup cakes [from the WH] are more than fine. 😉 😉

        • 20 99ts
          March 22, 2013 at 10:02 am

          Happy days VC – i’ve been counting backwards for the past 10 years – it works well

          • 21 vcprezofan2
            March 22, 2013 at 10:07 am

            Why thank you, 99ts! I have been doing some creative counting myself, aided by the ‘You don’t look it’ comments. 😉

            • 22 99ts
              March 22, 2013 at 11:08 am

              I used to tell my daughter I was 21 – until one of her friends said “you look older than that” – sigh

              • 23 vcprezofan2
                March 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm

                Teeheehee! Fortunately the kids I’ve been around aren’t that sharp when it comes to age. They swing from both ends, way off the mark at either so i usually feel safe.

        • 24 desertflower
          March 22, 2013 at 10:03 am

          Sam Kass will bring them right over….:)

        • 27 hopefruit2
          March 22, 2013 at 10:04 am

          Happy 25th Birthday VC!!! :):) Hope your day goes splendidly well and you receive a tasty 3-tier home-baked cake from our lovely Chips!

          • 28 vcprezofan2
            March 22, 2013 at 10:13 am

            GM & thank you, Hopefruit! BTW, didn’t you see my memo? I’ve decided not to put any pressure on Chips Chica for a huge cake when the WH cup cakes will be easier to share with my TOD buddies. I’m sure it won’t take Sam K. much effort to whip up a special batch (thereby saving Chips’ kitchen), and in fact, Desertf says he’s seeing to it as we speak. I’ll share for sure.

            • 29 hopefruit2
              March 22, 2013 at 10:16 am

              You are very kind vc for taking the pressure off Chips. I look forward to sharing in your special cupcakes from Sam Kass. In fact I can see that he’s already putting your initials (V.C.P.2) on some of them. PBO must have sent him a txt instructing him to do just that. 🙂 🙂

      • 32 57andFemale
        March 22, 2013 at 10:03 am

        a…. Chips, you’re supposed to bake the cake before serving. Sheesh.

    • 35 Nena20409
      March 22, 2013 at 9:59 am

      Happy B-Day, VC and Lovely many more 🙂

    • 36 desertflower
      March 22, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Today is your birthday??? Happy Birthday, vc!!!!!

  4. March 22, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks! Thanks for more pictures from President Obama’s trip. We continue to see how much he is admired and appreciated by the world. I’m sure his time away from DC Politics has been a welcome break for him.

  5. March 22, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Hippidy hoppidy O peeps! It’s another great getting up day on TOD!!! It’s Friday and all is well.

    Just think, in a couple of days, we get to start a new week all over again.

  6. 39 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2013 at 9:59 am

  7. 40 Nena20409
    March 22, 2013 at 10:01 am

    GM Fellow TODers.

    Fantastic Pictures.

    Just Lovely.

    Chips ❗ Chips ❗ Hooray ❗

    Brilliantly done as always 🙂 Thank You ❗

  8. 43 donna dem 4 obama
    March 22, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Good Friday Morning TOD

    and
    Happy Birthday to VC
    Happy Birthday to VC
    Happy Birthday dear VC
    Happy Birthday to YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. 47 anniebella
    March 22, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Wasn’t it touching when POTUS meet the little girls dress in black and white, it was so sweet. Who are they? He talk to one of them about missing their teeth. He pick them up. That was so sweet.

    • 48 anniebella
      March 22, 2013 at 10:11 am

      It was real, you can’t fake things like that. That is why you can believe him when he says that the day the 20 kids were kill in Newtown Ct. was the worse day of his Presidency. POTUS and FLOTUS are just great with young people.

    • 49 hopefruit2
      March 22, 2013 at 10:11 am

      Where did you see this annie? From the West Wing video at the top?

    • 55 dotster3
      March 22, 2013 at 10:12 am

      Just watched his departure festivities—–thanking everyone for all their hard work preparing for and during his visit. And loved also the moment when he came upon the 2 little girls and seemed genuinely surprised—-‘Oh—-I didn’t think I was going to get to see you two again!’ and then swooped each one up on a heartfelt hug in his arms. And then teased them about losing teeth—-‘What happened to your teeth? You had teeth the last time I saw you?’ One little girl said she only lost one but PBO noted the other one had no teeth left—–asked her if she had to eat with a straw. LOL. Our president got a huge cheer when he turned and waved from the doorway of AF1, a highly successful, impressive visit, most everyone—-except the bitters—seem to agree. President Obama is a beautiful person—–inside and out, no doubt about it, none.

    • 56 CEB
      March 22, 2013 at 10:21 am

      That was the most precious thing they way he picked them up and hugged them tight. I have no idea who the family is, but it is clear that he knows and loves them.

    • March 22, 2013 at 10:33 am

      The daughters of the US ambassador to Israel, Daniel Shapiro. That was such an incredibly sweet and natural moment. He hugged that little girl so hard. Beautiful.

  10. 59 57andfemale
    March 22, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Happy birthday, VC!

  11. 65 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Savoring The Afterglow Of Obama’s Speech

    // I am writing in the afterglow of President Obama’s speech in Jerusalem—an afterglow that lingers on as I re-read his words, and as I recall the boisterous applause that greeted them. I’m content to leave the word clouds and microscopic parsing of his speech to others. Likewise, I’ll leave to others the speculation about what might have been, if only this speech had been given years earlier. For my part, I am unrepentantly stopping to savor the moment.

    Today President Obama made the most passionate, and compassionate, case for Israeli-Palestinian peace any U.S. leader has ever made. The case he made was politically pragmatic, grounded in the legitimate security concerns that define Israelis’ existence. It was also grounded, unapologetically and unambiguously, in universal moral truths, including the indefensibility of the occupation and of denying the Palestinians dignity, security, and self-determination in their own state. //

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/03/21/savoring-the-afterglow-of-obama-s-speech.html

  12. 66 cookemom
    March 22, 2013 at 10:06 am

    To our very own vcprez

    • 67 vcprezofan2
      March 22, 2013 at 10:35 am

      Wooooot! I’m ‘hotter than July’? That’s so good to hear Cookem, especially as I woke to fresh snow on the ground. Thanks to you and GCLinda for your very appreciated warm wishes.

  13. 71 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2013 at 10:08 am

    • 72 Vicki
      March 22, 2013 at 10:16 am

      I’m guessing I am not the only one who watched on the livestream until the door of AF1 closed. There is no one like our President. Never has been. The grace warmth intelligence unmatched in my memory which is seven decades long.
      This has been an unforgettable few days and I think the world will remember the standards set here and I certainly hope that the American people remember what a grown-up dignified worldly leader looks like when it comes time to vote again.

  14. March 22, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Didn’t you “bake” a cake for VC last year? Kind of remember it being a traumatic experience for all of us. 🙂 😉

  15. 81 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Let’s see if Chuckie Toddler will dare ask dumb questions in THIS presser….

  16. March 22, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips and TOD family. I hope everyone have a marvelous day today. Happy TGIF

  17. March 22, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Anyonelse receiving msg that West Wing video is private?

  18. March 22, 2013 at 10:12 am

    The Jordan visit:

    All times EST:

    9:55 am: The President arrives Amman, Jordan

    10:35 am: Arrives at Al Hummar, the official offices of King Abdullah II of Jordan

    10:40 am: Official arrival ceremony

    10:55 am: Participates in a restricted bilateral meeting with King Abdullah II

    11:15 am: Participates in an expanded bilateral meeting with King Abdullah II

    11:45 am: The President and King Abdullah II host a press conference

    1:50 pm: The President attends a dinner with King Abdullah II

  19. 92 CEB
    March 22, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I have been thinking about PBO’s mother and his grandmother and my heart breaks a bit because they did not live to see the fullness of what their little Barry would become. My heart breaks a little for him that he cannot share this incredible time with the women who had so much to do with the man that he became. I hope that there is someway that they are able to see him and to marvel.
    When I see PBO on the world stage, I think also about how he is the embodiment of the aloha spirit; it is in his very bones (love the way he moves) as well as in his heart and soul. I have never seen his like before and we probably will never again.

    • 93 Bill
      March 22, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Well said. I have often had similar thoughts.

      With this beautiful historic trip, the debate over gun control, the closing of Head Start programs, I just had a rwnj acquaintance email about the basketball tournament. There is no hope for many in our society.

    • 94 dotster3
      March 22, 2013 at 10:34 am

      I think of that often also—–that his mom and grandma are not around to see this beautiful person they helped to produce, who instilled the right values, and to feel the enormous pride watching his rise to the top, and in the dignified and inspiring way he conducts his life.

    • 95 vcprezofan2
      March 22, 2013 at 11:02 am

      I think of that at odd times, maybe not as often as you guys, however. For myself I balance it with the thought that ALL OF US were raised up to fill that gap so to speak. We cannot replace them of course, yet I find it uncanny (?), unusual (?), whatever, that so many of us THE WORLD OVER REALLY AND TRULY LOVE HIM to an unprecendented level! It’s something that many of us have admitted just ‘came’ without us, or him, needing to do anything to foster it. It’s a love so strong it encompasses his family – effortlessly. It’s a love so strong and immutable Chips has devoted considerable energies and time etc to celebrate it. So has almost everyone here. We don’t in any way replace his mom and grandparents, but we all see the fullness of what their little Barry has become, we are sharing in his incredible leadership, and we appreciate and are immensely thankful to them…and FOR him.

      • 96 Nena20409
        March 22, 2013 at 11:14 am

        It Takes a TODville Village, just saying ;)…….TODers are Global.

        This conversation took me to the 2011 WHCD where pres Obama in jest, used a video of a Disney Film to mock the Birther…..Trump.

        Beautifully stated.

        Tears running down my face. Happy tears.

        • 97 vcprezofan2
          March 22, 2013 at 12:15 pm

          Isn’t is just beautiful that we ARE global? Affirmation that American TODobots are not partisan 😉 or whatever else MSM & GOPs choose to call us.

  20. 98 japa21
    March 22, 2013 at 10:16 am

    GM all and a special Happy Birthday to my good friend (can I call you that) VC. I was AWOL yesterday from here and everywhere, but I hope to make up for my absence today with more boring, inane, nonrelevant comments and tweets.

    • March 22, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Japa, I noted your absence yesterday, I was going to send a posse led by VC to find you! Welcome back!!

      • 100 japa21
        March 22, 2013 at 10:25 am

        Thank you for noticing. I checked eBay and I think you were lying to me about selling the dress. I think you still are holding on to it, just in case.

        • March 22, 2013 at 10:29 am

          Well, I decided to hold off selling it just yet, I accept relationships can be bumpy and rollercoasterish, so I’m prepared to give you one more chance. Only one though, don’t be greedy.

          • 102 japa21
            March 22, 2013 at 10:37 am

            Well, first I humbly beg your forgiveness, oh Queen, for my stepping over the boundary of appropriate civility. I shall truly work to avoid such careless choice of words in the future.
            Secondly, I want you to know that I recognize you have never been anything but wonderful to me and deserve far better from me in return. It is my hope to live up to the standards you rightfully expect from someone who would consider you for anything long term.

            • 103 vcprezofan2
              March 22, 2013 at 12:28 pm

              Too thick, friend. Too thick. You have to spread it with a scalpel (remember PBO’s approach while campaigning with Johnny McC re cuts).

    • 104 vcprezofan2
      March 22, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      I missed my birthday wish earlier! Thank you, Japa! It is great day!

      I was hardly here yesterday so I couldn’t do an effective roll call. That’s part of the problem with my ongoing renovations, I’m always running in and out to buy things I forgot, didn’t know we’d need, or exchanging things. I told the contractor not to come today (since I wanted a day to myself).

      Japa, do you mean by that good friend question YOU aren’t sure of our status when I have been strutting around town thinking you and I are best buds? Sigh, I’ve been told before not to be presumptuous, but do I ever learn in a timely fashion? Noooo.

  21. 105 Allison
    March 22, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I think Bibi now loves as we all do President Obama.

    • 106 anniebella
      March 22, 2013 at 10:26 am

      We don’t need Bibi to love our President, as Aretha sang R-E-S-P-E-C-T, just respect him. I think there is a more sincere friendship between Peres and POTUS.

      • 107 Nena20409
        March 22, 2013 at 10:30 am

        Second That.

        The Netanyahu is now doing a 180 as righties always do, pretending as they do while wanting the GLOW of the POTUS to rob some sugar on him.

        The man is green snake under a green grass. 😦

    • March 22, 2013 at 11:05 am

      I was thinking the same thing Allison. been a long time since I’ve seen Bibi look this happy.

  22. 109 Claire
    March 22, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Beautiful selection of photos Chips! I swear our POTUS is the most photogenic POTUS ever. His expressions and gracefulness are a picture of peace.

    • 110 hopefruit2
      March 22, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Seriously Claire, if someone just makes a picture book of PBO’s Presidency – no words or captions, that picture book will be bestseller. A fascinating and rare combination of eye candy and spiritual nourishment…

    • 118 Nena20409
      March 22, 2013 at 10:33 am

      Photogenic?

      The Poor Camera has no chance. It must register what Is, pure and simple. 😉 or it would self destroy as the Tapes in Mission Impossible TV Shows.

  23. 120 amk for obama
    March 22, 2013 at 10:22 am

    。☆。*。☆。
    ★。\|/。★
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY
    VC

    ★。/|\。★
    。☆。*。☆。

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Here is your b’day present.

    • March 22, 2013 at 10:23 am

      I LOVE that photo!!! Look at you, with your swish photo-posting! 🙂

      • 122 japa21
        March 22, 2013 at 10:26 am

        My worry is, now that he can post photos, it is only a matter of time before they become…how shall I put this…perhaps a bit on the edge of respectability. You may have created a monster.

        • 123 amk for obama
          March 22, 2013 at 10:29 am

          eeeyup. Be afraid.

        • March 22, 2013 at 10:33 am

          Exactly my fear too, Japa. Although I think it’s desperately unfair to say that I created a monster, he was already one.

          • 125 japa21
            March 22, 2013 at 10:38 am

            True that, but one has to be careful what tools one gives to such a person.

            • 126 vcprezofan2
              March 22, 2013 at 12:42 pm

              I must step in on my old pard’s behalf and say I have little fear of him performing inappropriately in his new role in the village. I have the highest expectationS for him WHEN HE IS IN ROLE AS A CHIPADEE. In any other role all bets are off. Don’t you guys be ganging up on him, or it might turn out that your wish becomes master to the deed.

      • 127 amk for obama
        March 22, 2013 at 10:26 am

        You ain’t seen the worst of it, you blog tyrant. You gonna regret the day you invited me.

    • 135 vcprezofan2
      March 22, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      😯 THANK YOU, Amk! Thank You! A present to match my personality! People so rarely give me gifts of things I like. I.am. speechless! (Well, not likely, especially not today. 😉 😉 )

      You are forgiven all your past transgressions because you REMEMBERED that I love to see PBO, and FLOTUS, interacting with our future. I’s happ-i-er and moving towards happ-i-est! 😆

  24. 136 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Obama’s fault!

  25. March 22, 2013 at 10:26 am

    I am behind in my prayers but just this moment, i have to pause & ask the almighty to make a way for peace to happen between Palestine and Israel soon. Would be ecstatic if peace was made on PBO’s watch!

  26. 139 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2013 at 10:26 am

  27. March 22, 2013 at 10:28 am

    A recording of the President’s address in Jerusalem from the audience:

  28. 146 proudofobama
    March 22, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Good morning, TODers. Happy Birthday, VC. Happy Friday to all. What outstanding coverage of our president’s magnificent visit. I have been in tears watching him charm the people of Israel and represent our country so beautifully. I’ve also been in a rage at our own media and how they have done their best to ignore this trip and inject negativity. Thank God, for TOD. Thank God for Chips and Ut, and LL and all who have prayed for and lifted our President up.

    Someone up thread said President Obama embodies the Aloha spirit. That is a perfect way to describe him. I wish some of it would rub off on me.

    I love everything about our President, from his intellect to his humor to the fact that he wears his wedding ring and talks about his wonderful family.

    Thanks again, Chips, for making sure we don’t miss a second of this historic and wonderful presidency.

    • 147 hopefruit2
      March 22, 2013 at 10:38 am

      What a beautiful post. I echo everything you’ve so articulately stated here, Proud. I see that Mr. Chuck Todd is trying to get attention by now using the #chucktoddquestions hashtag. I responded to him (see my tweet below). He’s a fraud and he needs to know it.

    • March 22, 2013 at 10:54 am

      That’s just lovely Proud, thank you so much, and to all the new blog tyrants! Great to hear from you, hope you’re keeping well. Thanks again Proud.

      • 149 proudofobama
        March 22, 2013 at 11:00 am

        No, thank you, Chips. I mean that truly. And hopefruit I saw what that idiot Todd is trying to do. He’s embarrassed and he should be. His behavior is horrible and Twitter has been letting him know it. Hijacking our hashtag will not work. Everyone has his number.

        • 150 vcprezofan2
          March 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm

          Hello PofO! I see your fighting spirit is alive and well, and your love for PBO is as strong as ever! I’m am very happy you looked in on my special day – Thanks! 😆

  29. March 22, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Can’t speak for President Obama but this is the way I see it.

    • 152 Nena20409
      March 22, 2013 at 10:39 am

      I don’t care for David Frum. However, this is one time that I actually agree with him 1001%. It is still Friday and Sunny in my neck of the woods. Who would have Thunk it?

    • 156 99ts
      March 22, 2013 at 11:23 am

      It is so sad that the GOP are so bent on destroying all the good the President could do. Sometimes when I read posts complaining that he never implements those things he speaks about – and I cry that those who complain are those who make sure the good never can happen.

  30. 157 cookemom
    March 22, 2013 at 10:33 am

    In the final stretch, only 10 days left to vote for my #2 kid to win her dream job. I ask again for your support. Please vote daily on every social media you use by clicking on the corresponding icon in the “Vote for this Entry” box next to her video. Thanks so much:
    http://www.mydestination.com/users/kelauni/bbb#.US-V0Fcnw2Q

  31. 158 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2013 at 10:35 am

  32. 160 mtmarilyn
    March 22, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Good morning TOD family and our wonderful Ms Chips. And a very special Happy Birthday to VC!!!!!! Nice that it is on Friday so you have 3 days to celebrate. Can’t wait to see the cake that Chips has made.

    Thank you for the pictures and reporting from this trip. These days have been very busy to I haven’t been able to really appreciate all this until tonight. I am so proud of this great President.

    Have a great day everyone!

  33. March 22, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Good mooooorrrnninnnnggggg, Chips and TODville!!

    A very, very Happy Birthday to VC!! Wishing you a day full of loved ones and cake crumbs.

    This whole trip with POTUS has me feeling so full of pride. What an amazing man we have to lead us FORWARD. I love how he said just before departing as he was saying goodbye that he believes in miracles. Let’s work for PEACE.

  34. 162 donna dem 4 obama
    March 22, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Thank you President Obama for your leadership on the Peace process…..

    BREAKING:
    In apparent bid to repair relations between two US allies, Turkish, Israeli PM have first conversation since Netanyahu took power in 2009. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone on Friday, US President Barack Obama said in a statement, in an apparent bid to repair relations between the two US allies.

    http://www.jpost.com/International/Obama-Netanyahu-Erdogan-speak-by-phone-307423

  35. 164 japa21
    March 22, 2013 at 10:44 am

  36. 165 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Chuck Todd and NBC are trying to hijack the hashtag #chucktoddquestions, so I suggest we switch it to #ChuckToddlerRants or #ChuckToddlerTantrums or #ChuckToddlerWhining

    They won’t be able to hijack any of these.

  37. March 22, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I thought PBO had already arrived in Jordan?? Obviously not….

    http://edition.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=4

  38. March 22, 2013 at 10:48 am

    The two little girls that POTUS was so delighted to see and hugged so tightly are the daughters of the US ambassador to Israel, Daniel Shapiro.

  39. March 22, 2013 at 10:50 am

    More cool photos at the State Dept flickr photostream:

    President Obama and Secretary Kerry Visit the Church of the Nativity

  40. 178 amk for obama
    March 22, 2013 at 10:50 am

    So where is the cake?

  41. 180 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2013 at 10:50 am

  42. March 22, 2013 at 10:56 am

    WHOA.

  43. March 22, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Bibi may have wanted Romney but I bet he’s thankful he got PBO. There is no way Romney would have been treated like Israel’s favorite son.

    One another point. PBO has given Bibi a real chance. He can either go on with an insane policy that goes nowhere or he can be the one that ushered in the two state solution while writing the best security arrangement for Israel. Now I doubt if he’ll take it but no one can deny PBO kicked the door wide open for him.

    • 184 99ts
      March 22, 2013 at 11:39 am

      The difference is much more than how PBO was treated. Romney has no vision, no thought, no ideas – beyond what the markets might do tomorrow. Like GWB, Romney would not be leading the administration – he would – as some said – just be signing the bills.

  44. March 22, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Chuck Todd is taking questions on Twitter using #ChuckToddquestions. lol.

  45. 188 desertflower
    March 22, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Off to work….It’s Friday!! Spring Break next week! Leave some cupcake crumbs for me:) Will catch up later…have a great day:)

  46. March 22, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Wow, Israeli PM has apologised to Turkey for deaths on flotilla in Gaza in 2010

  47. March 22, 2013 at 11:01 am

    BREAKING: Israel PM announces full resumption of Turkey ties after apologizing

  48. 201 vcprezofan2
    March 22, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Okay, my stomach just reminded me that I’m so busy lapping up the birthday wishes 😆 that I haven’t put any actual fuel into the body yet. Back in a little bit to finish my thank you notes. 😉

  49. 206 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 22, 2013 at 11:06 am

  50. 208 donna dem 4 obama
    March 22, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Okay I’m sure most will think that its not worth it but I’m asking anyway…..

    Please retweet this to just maybe force CT to answer my question.

  51. 209 japa21
    March 22, 2013 at 11:06 am

  52. March 22, 2013 at 11:07 am

  53. 211 57andfemale
    March 22, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Off topic: Told you yesterday about my quilting student who has been nominated as High School Art Teacher of the Year, who had made a PBO quilt. Unfortunately, there are restrictions on what we can disseminate, but here’s a link to her blog that will give you an idea of how wonderful this young woman is. Wish I could get a picture of the PBO quilt, but I think you’ll understand the depth of her commitment and understanding.

    http://afterschoolartclub.blogspot.com/

    • 213 hopefruit2
      March 22, 2013 at 11:14 am

      THanks for the reminder! Chips had posted the link upthread but in our excitement about the resuming of relations between Israel & Turkey, we forgot 🙂

  54. March 22, 2013 at 11:11 am

    This Israel / Middle East trip which was trashed before hand by media, may turn out to be very consequential

    • 215 jacquelineoboomer
      March 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

      Yes, and the media in our country will have no background video of their own to use, if something really consequential happens along the way. They have no interest in showing how President Obama is welcomed around the world.

  55. 216 57andfemale
    March 22, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Watching local news at 9:00 last night in Chicago – you wouldn’t know this trip was even happening. My husband and I were so disgusted.

    • 217 Bill
      March 22, 2013 at 11:25 am

      I heard FOX did not broadcast PBO’s speech yesterday.

      • 218 57andfemale
        March 22, 2013 at 11:35 am

        Disgusting. I understand there were important local stories, but not to mention it? maybe they did in the second hour (I couldn’t stand to keep watching); but if PBO’s historic trip to Israel was less important than local sports and weather……..

    • 219 Jessica
      March 22, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Chicago has their own issues. 54 schools closing! whew

    • 221 dotster3
      March 22, 2013 at 11:18 am

      The band there is playing the most annoying music in the whole wide world, pardon my critique. Same refrain over and over and over and over and over and over and over. Had to take a break.

  56. 222 Don
    March 22, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Sometimes an apology is all it takes, thank you PM Netanyahu.

  57. 223 proudmemberofglobalzero
    March 22, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Happy Birthday VC! Way to go CHips and TODers. I love the blog with all the pictures. I thank who ever posted the President’s Facebook link. I watch everything from there. I don’t have Facebook so was a little surprised that it worked for me.

  58. 224 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2013 at 11:16 am

    WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WELCOMING CEREMONY for our President!!! 🙂 🙂

    http://edition.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=4

  59. 226 jacquelineoboomer
    March 22, 2013 at 11:22 am

    The lack of US media coverage of the President’s trip abroad is beyond awful. I’ll fight my crankiness about that to keep fighting the good fight. Good morning, TODville. Friday’s (still) good because THE GOOD NEWS IS when we woke up, Barack Obama was still our President. And that’s GREAT.

    • 227 hopefruit2
      March 22, 2013 at 11:25 am

      Right now the only people I can tolerate (sometimes) at MSNBC are Lawrence, Martin & Rev Al. No one else.

      • 228 jacquelineoboomer
        March 22, 2013 at 11:28 am

        My chosen three, as well. I’m watching today to see if there’s any coverage of Pres. Obama, with the TV muted and my online link open, cursing to myself every now and then, mostly because I want to call ’em out individually for lack of coverage. For instance, I just read on the screen that Alex Witt’s current topic is “Transgender bathroom bill.” #FORWARD

    • March 22, 2013 at 11:30 am

      Oh but they would have covered it wall to wall if their hostility predictions had panned out.

  60. 232 JER
    March 22, 2013 at 11:27 am

  61. 234 JER
    March 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

  62. 235 amk for obama
    March 22, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Israel’s prime minister has apologised to Turkey for any mistakes that could have resulted in the loss of lives during the 2010 raid on a flotilla that tried to breach the blockade of Gaza.

    In a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to compensate the families of the victims.

    Mr Netanyahu had previously only expressed regret for the nine deaths.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21902273

    dang. that kenyan.
    /smh

    • 236 jacquelineoboomer
      March 22, 2013 at 11:36 am

      *dang. that kenyan.* Yeah, what is it about these kenyans that make me want to cry with relief and joy? This one’s amazin’ – maybe we should give Barack Obama honorary U.S. citizenship and elect him honorary President or somethin’. He’s a keeper.

  63. 237 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2013 at 11:32 am

    HERE COMES OUR PRESIDENT!!!

  64. 238 Nena20409
    March 22, 2013 at 11:33 am

    So is the Beast1 Fixed? Or is this the Beast2?

  65. 239 utaustinliberal
    March 22, 2013 at 11:33 am

    It’s cute how Chuck Todd thought he could hijack #ChuckToddQuestions and be successful. He’s still being flooded with mocking tweets. The stupid is hilarious.

  66. 241 SeptemberSandy
    March 22, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I LUV our President ! That is all.

  67. 243 japa21
    March 22, 2013 at 11:40 am

  68. 244 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 22, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Good morning TOD Fam. PBO’s trip is going to kill me. Was up all night so that I could watch wreath laying and museum. Dozed off while PBO & Bibi ate lunch, so I missed Bethlehem; will search for video. I used to do this stuff, boots on the ground with our congresscritters — was never this tired; then I realize that that was 30 years ago!!!! Seems like yesterday…

    I am looking for video of the remarks after PBO signed the book at Yad Vashem. The Director of Yad Vashem prsented PBO with a remembrance folder containing a copy of a song composed by a cantor killed in one of the death camps. Apparently, a women from Michigan found it among a relative’s papers and she donated it to Yad Vashem. The gift to PBO contained copies of the letter, the lyrics, and the cantors picture and bio. Unfortunately, I was watching on my laptop and the sound kept cutting out.

  69. 245 cookemom
    March 22, 2013 at 11:44 am

    “Gotcha! That’ll teach you to wake me out of my slumber.” – Pontecana Phil

  70. 246 Gazelle
    March 22, 2013 at 11:59 am

    [OT, but this had me LOL, especially the 2nd paragraph! 🙂 Counting chickens …]:

    It’s one of the great untold stories of the 2012 presidential campaign, a tale of ego and intrigue that nearly upended the Republican primary contest and might even have produced a different nominee: As Mitt Romney struggled in the weeks leading up to the Michigan primary, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum nearly agreed to form a joint “Unity Ticket” to consolidate conservative support and topple Romney. “We were close,” former Representative Bob Walker, a Gingrich ally, says. “Everybody thought there was an opportunity.” “It would have sent shock waves through the establishment and the Romney campaign,” says John Brabender, Santorum’s chief strategist.

    But the negotiations collapsed in acrimony because Gingrich and Santorum could not agree on who would get to be president. “In the end,” Gingrich says, “it was just too hard to negotiate.” […..]

    .
    http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-03-22/the-secret-gingrich-santorum-unity-ticket-that-nearly-toppled-romney#r=hp-lst

  71. 247 Lovepolitics2008
    March 22, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Cnn live showing images of Bethleem visit right now.

    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/cvplive/cvpstream1

  72. 248 nabsentia23
    March 22, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I honestly don’t care if I sound like an utter Obamabot right now, but I feel very fortunate to be alive to witness this man as President of the United States. What an awesome trip! And it went off smoother than a similar trip made by a GOP hopeful that shall remain nameless.

    I know it’s hard for many on the Right (and some on the Left) to believe that the rest of the world simply doesn’t view Obama the way they do. Since I work for an international organization, I see this first-hand. It even took me awhile to see that since I’m not standing from afar like most of my colleagues do, but after realizing that I had been misled by certain “left-leaning” blogs, I finally see what they did.


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