On the road w/ SecDef Hagel…


En route to Israel..

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Heading to meetings


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Arriving in Jordan


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Off to Saudi Arabia


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Arriving in Egypt


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Arriving at tomb of unknown soldier


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Meeting President Morsi


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SecDef Hagel visits an undisclosed location in SW Asia


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SecDef Chuck Hagel walks with U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Michael Corbiun



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Heading stateside

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Evening everyone, hope everyone has been doing well….My dad came home Saturday morning and is recovering well at home. I want to thank everyone for all their well wishes. Hope you have a wonderful week. LovelyPlains!

126 Responses to “On the road w/ SecDef Hagel…”

  1. 1 desertflower
    April 28, 2013 at 9:44 pm


  2. 4 Betsy
    April 28, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Congrats on first DF

  3. April 28, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    I really like Chuck Hagel!!

    • 6 globalcitizenlinda
      April 28, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      I do too. In fact, I am glad that Sec Hagel and Sec Kerry agreed to serve PBO

      • 7 Indie Liberal
        April 29, 2013 at 12:25 am

        Well said. Sec. Hagel has been good too.

        Wish that people that support PBO could follow your lead and just show more respect for these two, especially Sec. Kerry.

        Forgot to add to the last thread, if anyone tweets (again, I don’t use Twitter), thanks to those sticking up for those two. The vile, vitriol that some (not all) “pragmatic” PBO supporters tweeted towards Sec. Kerry after the unfortunate media circus with Amb. Rice was discouraging and very sad. PBO and VP Biden would be (have been) appalled. This is also why I care for Randi Rhodes and the people that smeared our honorable SOS.

        If anyone can give any other social media advice, it’s all good.

        Will be going now. Thanks and peace.

    • 9 anniebella
      April 28, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      Hagel is better than any Republican in the Senate or House. Of course those radical dingbats wouldn’t call Hagel a Republican.

    • 11 yardarm756
      April 28, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      My kinda guy!

  4. 12 isonprize
    April 28, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    😎 😎 LovelyPlains. Spellcheck “Israel” 😎 😎

  5. 14 Dakota
    April 28, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Good Evening TOD Family,
    It’s been a busy weekend, but I have watched the WHCD several times. I have a question…Is Ed Henry the most boring man on the planet, or what? Thank the Lord for fast forwarding!

  6. 16 amk for obama
    April 28, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Hey blog tyrant.

    This is the screen grab of the big ass icons here.

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

  7. April 28, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    So, if I do a night owl music chat, thanks to Nena, it’ll be all Spandau Ballet. Blame her.

  8. 27 globalcitizenlinda
    April 28, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    earlier today, someone posted the video of opening track to The Lion King – thanks.

    But I must admit that I cannot watch it these days without recalling that a remix of it is the designated “Official President Obama Birth Video” – the short form as PBO said.

    I laughed that the scene where the sign of cross is made on the newborn’s forehead and the scene where various animals bow in worship to the new born, where left in > I wondered how come the usual suspects did not point out the divine implication of the bowing to PBO

    suspect that many here remember how PBO used the Lion King on the 2011 WHCD – the day he ordered Seal Team Six to take out OBL


    • 28 yardarm756
      April 28, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      That whole thing was awesome on that next day.

    • 29 a4alice
      April 28, 2013 at 11:15 pm

      yah I was thinking about that Global – I was watching the 2011 speech and thinking how funny he was and all the time there was that going on with OBL and Seal Team 6. President Obama’s amazing.

  9. 30 susanne
    April 28, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    um…. could we call him ‘ds hagel’ instead of ‘sod hagel’?
    aloha tods!

    • 31 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      April 28, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      Hey, Susanne! Glad to see you check-in; you were one of the MIA’s we were wondering about last week. Hope all is well with you and your’s.

      • 32 susanne
        April 28, 2013 at 10:28 pm

        sorry, i didn’t realize i’d become mia! i manage to stop by most days, but only to read the main posts. all’s well with me and mine; just hit a busy patch. i love that i can check in here on the odd moment feel like i’ve dropped in home for a quick hello. thanks for the greetings, alycee!

    • 33 jacquelineoboomer
      April 28, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      Ha – not to add on, but the actual acronym is “SECDEF” – Signed, anonymous 🙂

  10. April 28, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    • April 28, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      Damned straight, get a job! The ultra-Orthdox don’t even believe that Israel is legitimate, since the Messiah hasn’t appeared. And yet they leech off of it.

      • April 28, 2013 at 10:54 pm

        Lapid is an underrated political athlete…he held out just long enough to get his deputy an Education Cabinet post as well…Which is why they are forcing the teaching of evolution etc.. to Orthodox as well.

  11. April 28, 2013 at 10:13 pm

  12. 39 jackiegrumbacher
    April 28, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Hagel seems to have fit beautifully into his role of defense sect. I would love to have all those senators who voted against him be forced to watch the way he works so well with international leaders and how comfortable and successful he is in his job. He seems born to be Sect. of Defense and I’m thankful he made it despite the asses who tried to stop him.

    • April 28, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      I also heard the troops saying that they really trust him, because he’s been in their shoes. They feel like he’s got their back.

      • 41 Jessica
        April 29, 2013 at 12:35 pm

        First Sec of Def who was enlisted Hell yea! There are more enlisted than officers but they make all the decisions. It’s about time all the officers and Joint Chiefs report to a previously enlisted Secretary.

    • 42 Indie Liberal
      April 29, 2013 at 2:03 am

      At least people like Randi Rhodes didn’t try to say that he was somehow behind the attacks on Amb. Rice or the other lady (Flauntroy). :sarcasm:

      Like the GOP with Hagel, she (and they) have eggs on their faces.

    • 43 utaustinliberal
      April 29, 2013 at 3:03 am

      Best schadenfreude ever.

  13. April 28, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    In fall 2011, author Ron Suskind’s book “Confidence Men” alleged that the Obama White House had been an inhospitable place for women. A female Politico staffer at the time had been assigned to look into the story, yet a strange thing happened when she started reporting. “I would ask about these allegations of sexism and they [sources] would respond with some variation of ‘When are you going to do that story—the story on sexism at Politico?’ And so I went to my editor and said we don’t have a lot of cover on this story and shouldn’t pursue it too hard.”

    • 45 Indie Liberal
      April 29, 2013 at 12:48 am

      You are one of the few tweeters that stands up for Obama without taking swipes at others. Thanks for all your hard word and glad your back and continued good vibes to your dad. Signed, TOD freshman.

  14. 46 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 28, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Posted at the end of the last thread.

    OT: Dollar Tree Alert! Picked up several copies of David Plouffe’s The Audacity to Win at my local Dollar Tree; they also had a pretty good selection of fiction and juvenile fiction (grades 5 – 8).

    When visiting anyone’s home, I love to peruse their bookshelves — discovering new authors/books or finding their taste is similar/dissimilar to mine. Still working on cataloging my library online, almost 3300 down, still about 4000 volumes to go. Feel free to take a look:

    • 47 CarolynfromDetroit
      April 28, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      Alycee, I have about 3000 cookbooks, cooking mags that I’d like to catalog. I looked at your list..it’s great. The cost to join seems nominal. Do you recommend?

    • 50 nathkatun7
      April 28, 2013 at 11:16 pm

      Alycee, You have quite an impressive library! Like you, I love books — mainly history, politics/law, and literature books. Because books are expensive, especially the rare books, I dependent on Public Libraries for most of my readings. Consequently, my personal book collection (about 1/10 of yours) is puny compared to yours.

      • 51 nathkatun7
        April 28, 2013 at 11:43 pm

        “I dependent on Public Libraries…” should read I am dependent on Public Libraries…

      • 52 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        April 28, 2013 at 11:50 pm

        There wasn’t (unfortunately, still isn’t) a library in my small town so my family always gave me books as gifts; I also spent a good portion of my allowance on books. I have almost every book I’ve ever owned, unfortunately, I lost a lot of my childhood books when my basement flooded. Now, I buy mostly non-fiction; fiction I get from the county library system.

        • 53 nathkatun7
          April 29, 2013 at 12:21 am

          Alycee, you remind me of the great Black Abolitionist, Frederick Douglass. Like you, Douglass never parted with any of his books, especially his beloved “Columbian Orator,” which he used to train himself to become one of this country’s greatest orators. Sadly for me, I didn’t begin to value books until I went to college.

      • 54 nathkatun7
        April 28, 2013 at 11:54 pm

        “I dependent on Public Libraries…” should read: I depend on Public Libraries….

    • 55 yardarm756
      April 28, 2013 at 11:43 pm

      Hot damn. It would take a week to go through your list. This old salt didn’t know there was that many outside of a library.

      • 56 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        April 28, 2013 at 11:52 pm

        You changed your pic — nice! I’m the nerd that takes a book everywhere! Intermissions are reading breaks…

        • 57 yardarm756
          April 28, 2013 at 11:56 pm

          Yup! That’s the real yardarm. Since I no longer travel, books aren’t a priority. I do like Tom Clancy and love science fiction.

          • 58 nathkatun7
            April 29, 2013 at 12:30 am

            Hey, Yardarm, have you ever read any of Chester Hines books?

            • 59 yardarm756
              April 29, 2013 at 12:38 am

              Can’t say as I have. Memory is not top drawer at this stage of my development. 😀

              • 60 nathkatun7
                April 29, 2013 at 1:38 am

                The reason I asked was because he was one of the few African American writers interested in writing science fiction.

            • 61 yardarm756
              April 29, 2013 at 12:40 am

              To tell the truth, most of what I read would no longer be considered scifi.

              • 62 nathkatun7
                April 29, 2013 at 2:30 am

                My apologies, Yardarm for the misspelling! I meant Chester Himes not Hines. I remember reading that he was interested in science fiction, though his writings were primarily about the African American experience. I don’t know for sure if he ever published any science fiction pieces. I think he later wrote detective stories. Here are some of his popular novels I remember reading in the 60’s and 70’s: “Cotton Comes to Harlem”; “The Heat’s On”; “Come Back Charlestown Blue”; and “”If He Hollers Let Him Go.” If I am not mistaken, I think “The Heat is On” was a detective story. I have a copy of it somewhere in my badly disorganized library, but I haven’t read it for more than 30 years. I also vaguely remember that he published his autobiography in the 1970s, which I read.

                • 63 yardarm756
                  April 29, 2013 at 2:40 am

                  “The Spook who sat by the Door”, “The Earth Abides”, and “Shibumi” are just a few plus Eldredge Cleaver, and James Baldwin……..Gotta go man. I’m toast. See ya on the flip.

    • 64 mtmarilyn
      April 29, 2013 at 12:58 am

      WOW, Alycee, I am so impressed!!!! I love books, you have a beautiful collection. Happy reading.

    • 65 prettyfoot58
      April 29, 2013 at 9:42 am

      how does this library catalogue work…are these books you have read or books you want to read..

  15. 66 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 28, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Lovely Plains — LOVE your photo format!

    How is your Dad? Hope he is home from the hospital and well on the road to recovery.

  16. 71 nathkatun7
    April 28, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    LovelyPlains, so nice to see you back posting. I hope your Dad is feeling much better.

    • April 28, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      TY nath, yes he came home yesterday finally…visit will short lived, have 2 papers due this week. Will still pop in thought hopefully.

      • 73 nathkatun7
        April 28, 2013 at 11:22 pm

        I am so glad to hear your Dad is home in familiar surroundings. I know this must be a stressful time for you and all the other bright students at TOD as it’s the end of the academic year. Good luck on your papers and any other exams.

  17. 74 bjw2
    April 28, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    On the last page I was recalling the excitement of the night PBO announced OBL was killed and of all days Chips was slumbering. Arapaho said she went back and read how funny we all were that night and wondered what happened to some of the folks who were present that night.

    I may not comment as often but for me TOD is like the sitcom ‘Cheers’. 🙂

    • 75 theo67
      April 28, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      That was a night to remember – for sure!

    • 76 yardarm756
      April 29, 2013 at 12:36 am

      Thanks bjw2. That’s the first time I’ve ever really understood the lyrics.

      • 77 jacquelineoboomer
        April 29, 2013 at 12:53 am

        (Love the new avatar.) Me, too. Guess we didn’t have YouTube with lyrics when “Cheers” was popular! Like every other tourist in Boston at the time that show aired, I went to the “original” Cheers bar once. The outside was the spitting image of the outside of the bar on the teevee. The inside was like a deep dark cave with lots of small dining rooms, average food, and we had a long wait for service …

        … oh, and, nobody knew my name.

        • 78 yardarm756
          April 29, 2013 at 1:26 am

          Ha. During my travels, there was an airport bar(don’t remember which) that had a life like image of “Norm” sitting at the end of the bar. It was so life like that I damn near missed my flight. 🙂

          • 79 jacquelineoboomer
            April 29, 2013 at 12:40 pm

            Too funny. Bet you and ol’ “Norm” had a great conversation!

            Did he know your name? 🙂

            • 80 yardarm756
              April 29, 2013 at 5:36 pm


              • 81 jacquelineoboomer
                April 29, 2013 at 6:46 pm


                • 82 yardarm756
                  April 29, 2013 at 8:31 pm

                  Seriously J. It was the weirdest damn thing. This thing was sitting at the bar “life sized’ with one hand on a beer and people would come in and sit down next to it and order a drink. It was scary.

                  • 83 jacquelineoboomer
                    April 29, 2013 at 11:30 pm

                    (Curtailing laughter.) Don’t be scared, Y, we’re all here with ya now and “life-sized Norm” can’t hurt ya. And don’t worry – I feel your pain because I’m the kind of person who says hello to store mannequins. I must admit none of ’em ever had a beer in their hands, but, hey, they were scary, too.

  18. April 28, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Best news of the past few days, LP, that your father is home and recovering, well.!!! Thank you for the thread, but, way more, thank you for that news.

    #FORWARD Together

  19. April 28, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    The wonderful kindness of everyday citizens…. ” I want to send you *love mail* in case you get any nasty letters. 19 yr. old….

  20. 91 amk for obama
    April 28, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    A dog died, and the owner went to his pastor and said: Pastor, my dog is dead, could there be a service for the poor creature?

    The pastor replied, “I’m afraid not. We cannot have a service for an animal in the church. But there is a new church down the road,
    and there’s no telling what they believe. Maybe they’ll do something for the animal; You can go and find out”!

    The man answered innocently, “I’ll go right away pastor … but do you think they will accept a donation of $100,000 as being enough in return for the burial service?”

    The pastor exclaimed, “Ooh!… Why didn’t you tell me your dog was a christian?”.

    • 93 jacquelineoboomer
      April 29, 2013 at 12:43 am

      (Hope I remember this right; joke a friend told me today.)

      A priest, a minister, and a rabbi were discussing when life begins.

      The priest said, “Well, no doubt about it. Life begins at conception. Case closed.”

      The minister said, “Not so fast. I believe it’s when the life form becomes viable and is able to survive on its own. Now, there are nuances to this, and science may prove me wrong some day, but this is what I believe.”

      The rabbi said, “My friends, I’ve lived a good long life, studied hard, paid attention, and I have learned from my many, many associations with others. You’re both wrong. Life begins when the oldest kid leaves home, and the dog dies.”

      (Ba da bing!)

  21. 100 a4alice
    April 28, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    thanks for the coverage on Hagel LP – I’m glad to know that Sec. Hagel is getting around. After Repubs dragged their feet it’s cool to see him be able to do this job that he’s so obviously qualified for. Thanks for keeping us posted on your dad!

    Full day. Dog tir-


    (nite TOD)

  22. 101 LunarSea
    April 28, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Lovelyplains I haven’t been around much of late so missed the news about your dad. I’m glad to hear he’s home. I hope he continues on the road to recovery.

    Love the focus on Hagel. He and Kerry were excellent choices. I believe they will serve this president and the country well. Also haven’t heard anyone call it an apology tour. Isn’t it amazing?

  23. 103 LunarSea
    April 28, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    I quickly scanned through the last thread and this one and loved the comments/memories about the WHCD the night of the OBL raid. that was a rich 48 hrs to have that news coming on the heals of POTUS putting Trump in his place big time. As for the raid it will always be one of those ‘where were you when you heard the news?’ events people will be talking about for generations. Like when Kennedy or King were shot, but much, much happier.

    I’ll never forget and we shouldn’t let ChipsChica forget she slept through it. hehehe

  24. 104 GGAIL
    April 28, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    LL, Lakers lost again tonight

  25. 106 Indie Liberal
    April 29, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Thanks for this diary. too. Apologies for venting above. Take care and good night.

  26. 108 globalcitizenlinda
    April 29, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Syria challenges will continue to be central on the global scene.

    Now reports are that Israel jets bombed a chemical weapon depot in Syria.

    REPORT: The Israeli Air Force Flew Into Syria And Bombed A Chemical Weapons Plant

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/report-israeli-bombed-syrian-chemical-weapons-plant-2013-4#ixzz2RqjhjmvH


  27. 109 JER
    April 29, 2013 at 8:15 am

    • 110 Don
      April 29, 2013 at 8:36 am

      I hope Colbert Busch knows this, they shouldn’t vote for her just because she’s a Democrat and her brother happens to be funny, sometimes. I say the blah voters of South Carolina should hold her up to a light and take a good long look at her.

    • 113 amk for obama
      April 29, 2013 at 8:39 am

      But Colbert Busch has flaunted her independence from a president unpopular in most of the district, assailing his budget plan for raising taxes, not cutting enough spending and meddling with Social Security. “Not only does President Obama’s plan fail to put our finances back in order, it would cut benefits for our seniors, which is wrong,” she said in a statement. Colbert Busch also declined to say whether she would have supported Obama’s economic stimulus plan in his first term. “She’s trying to be all things to all people,’’ said Sanford spokesman Joel Sawyer.

      She is gonna be worse than a blue dawg. If she makes it.

  28. April 29, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Moooooorning people! And welcome back LovelyPlains, THRILLED to hear your Dad is home, just the best news. And thank you SO much for last night’s post, loved the photos of Chuck Hagel.

    Okay, just working on R&S, see ya in a bit.

  29. 120 JER
    April 29, 2013 at 9:32 am

  30. 121 desertflower
    April 29, 2013 at 9:50 am


    Austerity in the United States and Europe isn’t just placing an unnecessary drag on economic growth that has harmed the global economic recovery from the Great Recession. The rapid deficit reduction efforts are also making people less healthy, causing higher rates of suicide, depression, and infectious disease, according to research from Oxford University economist David Stuckler and Stanford University medical professor Sanjay Basu.

    At the same time, austerity has come at the direct expense of economic growth that would actually improve lives. With unemployment persistently high (and borrowing costs low), the United States and its European counterparts should be focusing on investments that would help spur growth and restore their economies to full capacity. Europe is at least hinting that it will turn away from austerity. But in the United States, which initially pursued stimulus and growth, Congress remains focused on deficit reduction that isn’t just hurting growth but is harming peoples’ health too.

  31. 122 hopefruit2
    April 29, 2013 at 9:56 am

  32. 124 desertflower
    April 29, 2013 at 10:01 am

    TOTALLY not politics, but adorable and slightly tipsy, Diane Keaton on Ellen Degeneres. Must See Monday giggles:) “I enjoy the kissing of the men.”

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