President Obama: The Week Ahead

Petra, Jordan, March 23


See all posts/photos/videos from the Middle East trip here


Saturday: The President returns to Washington, DC from his Middle East trip. Arrives White House 11:35 PM EST (approx!)

Sunday: No public events scheduled

Monday: The President will deliver remarks at a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members and civilians at the White House

Later on Monday, the President will designate five new National Monuments using his authority under the Antiquities Act in a signing ceremony with Secretary Salazar in the Oval Office. The five new National Monuments include: the Rรญo Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico; First State National Monument in Delaware; Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland; Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio; and San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington State.

In the evening on Monday, the President and the First Lady will mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House with friends and staff

Tuesday: The President will welcome the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings and the Major League Soccer champion LA Galaxy (the loud noise you hear is Tally fainting) to the White House

Wednesday: The President will attend meetings at the White House

Thursday: The President will welcome President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, President Macky Sall of Senegal, President Joyce Banda of Malawi, and Prime Minister Josรฉ Maria Pereira Neves of Cape Verde to the White House

Friday: The President will travel to Miami, Florida for an event on the economy


Three years ago today:

President Obama hugs Vicki Kennedy, widow of Ted, after signing the Affordable Health Care Act


UT? You. Are. A. Treasure. Thank you SO much for all your hard work today.

142 Responses to “President Obama: The Week Ahead”

  1. 2 Proud Former White House Intern
    March 23, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    What a week!

  2. 3 vitaminlover
    March 23, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Howdy, Carol. Sooooo when does our Beloved President walk through the White House rfromt Door? Congratulations on first.

  3. March 23, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    For VC and others…

  4. March 23, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    One of my favorite photos of POTUS:

    • 10 utaustinliberal
      March 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      Great picture.

    • March 23, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      my mom had a saying “good googly woogly” that’s how fine Obama looks in this photo!

    • 16 vitaminlover
      March 23, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Whew! My oh my!

    • 17 GGail
      March 23, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      Meta!!!!, I’m so glad you brought this over from the last thread. I just walked back in from grocery shopping and it was a great “pick me up”!!!!!!

      Whoooooooo Baby!!!!!!!!

    • 18 jacquelineoboomer
      March 23, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      Funny how you just happened to have that photo handy, meta! (Wow.)

      • 19 HZ
        March 23, 2013 at 7:10 pm

        Hi meta and JB. I just walked downstairs to bring up a healthy snack, and there my President was sitting there saying, “I hope you followed your doctors orders and chose the green-leafy and fruit smoothie rather than that slice of peach pie the SS reported to me that you were thinking about.” Now I am about to spill my smoothie all over my music room carpet.

        “Young lady,(oh, no he didn’t say that), you are needed by me to be around to enjoy our work these coming years, so eat the vegt./fruit smoothie.”

        I just smiled and took another look at our elegant and brilliant President; and said, “Yes, Mr. President.” He is always looking out for us. Meta, he was in my home also. Oh, my goodness. What an honor!!!!HZ

        • March 23, 2013 at 7:45 pm

          HZ, let’s just stop at, “you are needed….”, shall we??!!!!

          As much as I love the SS, they should step back from the peach pie. There are some things in life…..

          We savor each day with our President Barack Obama. What the world only wishes, we see and live.

        • 22 jacquelineoboomer
          March 23, 2013 at 8:41 pm

          Ha! LOVE it, HZ. (You have peach pie????)

      • March 23, 2013 at 7:42 pm

        Well, if you only knew……..

  5. 25 utaustinliberal
    March 23, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Awwwww…..thank you for the opportunity Chiparoo. Thank you so very much. ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. March 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm

  7. 39 mtmarilyn
    March 23, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Thank you for this weeks schedule and for the extra picture. I also love the one you tweeted. He can thank me anytime!!!!!!

    UT, your posts were great and very much appreciated. We have 2 new inches of snow, but the sun is out and it is a beautiful day.

  8. March 23, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Has there been a recent update on his wife from LL?

  9. March 23, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Yes We Can

  10. 45 prettyfoot58
    March 23, 2013 at 4:35 pm

  11. March 23, 2013 at 4:37 pm

  12. March 23, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Yes We Can

  13. March 23, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    “In tribute to Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, who passed away this Thursday at the age of 82, weโ€™ve opened the vault to share these compelling and inspiring words by Gabriel Okara in his nominating statement for Chinua Achebe for the 2004 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Achebe was a candidate for the Neustadt Prize in 1994 and 2004, and was a member of the Neustadt jury in 1974. His most recent book, There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra, is reviewed in the current issue of WLT and available to read on the WLT website.”


    • 51 Dudette
      March 23, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      Thanks Bob! I loved his work!

    • 52 GGail
      March 23, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      Thank you Bobfr. I learned so much from his book “Things Fall Apart” that I will never forget this great man.

      • 53 HZ
        March 23, 2013 at 7:39 pm

        Hi GGail, I was just thinking the same about “Things Fall Apart.” Another great man to love and cherish what he gave to the world. We will miss him greatly.HZ

    • 55 nathkatun7
      March 23, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      Thank you Bobfr for recognizing this great man. I’ve read most of his books. His humanity, his ethics, and his deep respect for traditional African culture shines through all of them. I wish PBS could re-air the marvelous conversation between James Baldwin and Chinua Achebe, two of the most gifted writers of the 20th century who deeply understood the damaging impact of racism.

  14. 56 prettyfoot58
    March 23, 2013 at 4:42 pm

  15. March 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Chips, this is a GREAT Tweet!!!!

    ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. March 23, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    “WASHINGTON (AP) โ€” An exhausted Senate gave pre-dawn approval Saturday to a Democratic $3.7 trillion budget for next year that embraces nearly $1 trillion in tax increases over the coming decade but shelters domestic programs targeted for cuts by House Republicans.

    While their victory was by a razor-thin 50-49 vote, it allowed Democrats to tout their priorities. Yet it doesn’t resolve the deep differences the two parties have over deficits and the size of government.

    Joining all Republicans voting no were four Democrats who face re-election next year in potentially difficult races: Sens. Max Baucus of Montana, Mark Begich of Alaska, Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mark Pryor of Arkansas. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., did not vote.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney praised the Senate plan, saying in a statement it “will create jobs and cut the deficit in a balanced way.” While calling on both sides to find common ground, Carney did not hold out much hope for compromise with Republicans. The rival budget passed by the GOP-led House cuts social programs too deeply, he said, and fails “to ask for a single dime of deficit reduction from closing tax loopholes for the wealthy and well-connected.””


  17. 67 Dudette
    March 23, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Loving that the President got to visit Petra. It keeps bringing to mind Indian Jones and the Last Crusade. Why didn’t somebody hand him a fedora while he was there? ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. 76 Nena20409
    March 23, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Just a silly old question. I signed on to this site in 2009 or 2010….BWD got me here.

    I don’t remember how I did the signing.

    So my question is this. When I signed on, did that mean that I had signed on too to WordPress? I can’t seem to utilize the “LIKE” tag. I have tried resigning and I have not been successful.

    Any suggestions?

    • March 23, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      Nena, just saw your question. What operating system do you have? Apple or Window or something different? What browser do you use, Safari, IE, Firefox?

    • 84 99ts
      March 23, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      Nena – when I first posted here – you just used a name and an email – because of trolls or whatever – I think Chips changed things so you had to have a WP account or be on twitter. I remember I had to change to my WP account which caused me confusion cause I rarely use it. When I hover over your name – there is no WP profile – so maybe you don’t have a WP account. Someone who understands WP much better than me can maybe help.

      If I am signed in to WP I get this note when making a comment
      “99ts: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change )”

      If I am not signed in to WP, I get 3 lines based on how I used to sign in – asking for name, email & web site (if it exists)

      • 85 Nena20409
        March 23, 2013 at 8:52 pm

        OK. Thanks 99ts. I got it now. No. I don’t have a WP account. I would have to think about signing up there. Now it makes sense to me. Thank you and Carol, thank you too for all your help.

  19. 86 lamh36
    March 23, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Maddie on her way to a party. Don’t be jealous of her baby Jordans…LOL.

  20. 89 prettyfoot58
    March 23, 2013 at 5:12 pm

  21. March 23, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    A quick drive-by…

  22. 109 prettyfoot58
    March 23, 2013 at 5:18 pm

  23. 110 prettyfoot58
    March 23, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    • 111 mtmarilyn
      March 23, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      Thank you for posting this. I don’t know how to post tweets. This makes me so mad. These people have no heart.

  24. March 23, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    http://www.my destination.com/users/denea/bbb

  25. March 23, 2013 at 6:25 pm


    President Obama plans to use his executive authority to permanently protect five new national monuments next week. This marks a significant step for the administration: It is now willing to step in and protect special places when Congress refuses to act.
    The new monuments will be:
    – Rio Grande del Norte, in New Mexico
    – San Juan Islands, in Washington
    – First State, in Delaware
    – Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad, in Maryland
    – Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers, in Ohio

    From ABQ Journal:
    “New Mexico is about to get a new national monument.
    Rio Grande del Norte, whose 240,000 acres encompass portions of the spectacular Rio Grande Gorge and Ute Mountain, will receive that designation with a proclamation scheduled to be signed by President Barack Obama on Monday, according to a White House official. Obama will make the designation under the federal Antiquities Act.”

    Posting this tweet, hoping that Martin Heinrich’s photo appears. (A while back a TODer mentioned how handsome he is; if he were an East Coast Senator, you can bet he’d be getting more press than he’s getting now [which is pretty much none]).

  26. March 23, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Despite his nipping at PBO’s heels that really bothered me, Mayor Bloomberg is putting his money where his mouth is. (I pretty much hate when people, whether they’re pundits, celebs, pols, etc., make DEMANDS of PBO, as if he’s incapable of running political circles around the entire lot of them.)

    Good for Mayor Bloomberg.
    “Bloombergโ€™s TV Blitz on Guns Puts Swing Senators on the Spot”

  27. March 23, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Ut, I also agree with Ms. Chips on the fantastic job that you and LL, Lovely.. have done. However, I hope that all this sugar that Ms. Chips is pouring on you don’t mean that you will become a Manchester United fan. That will be an act of treasonous and I am an Arsenal fan.

  28. March 23, 2013 at 6:41 pm

  29. March 23, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    “This is a major political and diplomatic victory. We are really happy for the success.”

  30. 126 Nena20409
    March 23, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    After 3 days, Tiger Woods is leading ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Stephen Colbert brags about his Colbert pump.

    Well, could the POTUS with mostest have am Obama Bump? Hmm?


    It is an AP story, originally.

    • 127 anniebella
      March 23, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      All Tiger’s hard work. Sorry to say POTUS don’t have anything to do with it.

      • 128 Bill
        March 23, 2013 at 7:52 pm

        And Tiger has been healthy for an extended period of time.

      • 131 Nena20409
        March 23, 2013 at 9:12 pm

        Well, yes, Tiger Woods works hard. He did from Nov 2009 to present. I believe that once he had mentally forgiven himself for whatever he thought that needed his concentrations, he started doing better. He is more relaxed.

        My POTUS fun jab, was for ๐Ÿ˜‰ fun.

        Tiger Woods got back to the #2 spot before the POTUS golf outing with him.

  31. March 23, 2013 at 7:21 pm

  32. March 23, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Totally O/T, but cracked me up. Jeff Gauvin is so well-informed, just like all his TOD brethren/sisteren (? what is analogous to brethen for sisters ?)

  33. March 23, 2013 at 7:36 pm

  34. 137 desertflower
    March 23, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Another great site with healthcare related info


  35. 138 yardarm756
    March 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    And paper is not dead! http://vimeo.com/61275290

  36. 139 Nena20409
    March 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Yep, the Bio Channel has an updated one.

    Pres Barack Obama;

    I can’t get it here as a video.


  37. 141 yardarm756
    March 23, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    My 2 cents.

  38. 142 LDS
    March 23, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    That’s right!
    You tell him….the “Stop and Frisk” is targeted towards AA males, young and old.

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