Mexico to Costa Rica

President Obama greets members of the audience after his speech at the Anthropology Museum in Mexico City


All times Eastern – Costa Rica:

5:40: The President and President Chinchilla hold a bilateral meeting

6:30: The President and President Chinchilla hold a cultural event with Costa Rican youth

7:15: The President and President Chinchilla hold a press conference

8:35: The President participates in a photo with Central American Integration System leaders

9:0: The President, President Chinchilla and Central American Integration System leaders meet for a working dinner


President Obama greets people in the audience after speaking at the Anthropology Museum in Mexico City

Leaving for Costa Rica





Arriving in Costa Rica


Thank you LovelyPlains for the extra pics! More in a while.

201 Responses to “Mexico to Costa Rica”

  1. May 3, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    My beautiful POTUS. 🙂

  2. May 3, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Excellent thread, Chips. Congrats on 1st Carol!!

    Priorities matter ….

    Yes We Can

  3. May 3, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Fairly easy to see why Costa Rica scored a #1 on the Happy Planet Index (a very serious ecological economics perspective, btw, among other values of the study) …

    Appreciate the comments on this tweet in the previous thread.

    Yes We Can

  4. 20 hopefruit2
    May 3, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    These “liberals” AKA PUMAS are funny sometimes…

      • 22 hopefruit2
        May 3, 2013 at 5:12 pm

        And as someone else on Twitter indicated, Bill Clinton also proposed SS cuts..so that’s another thing that Hillary will have to break with him on.

        • 23 waltjack
          May 3, 2013 at 6:34 pm

          Do you think we should get Hillary to run for POTUS before we discourage her by demanding and adding up all the things she should do?

          • 24 theo67
            May 3, 2013 at 11:03 pm

            I’d like to hear what Hillary is actually planning to run on – because everything we heard about the battles on the National Security Team indicated that she was to the right of President Obama on a lot of things. Since her pet mission of health care reform has been accomplished by President Obama, I’d be interested to see what she actually plans to propose that might please the liberal left, since they are so disappointed in President Obama’s achievements – which are essentially progressive miracles.

          • 25 globalcitizenlinda
            May 4, 2013 at 7:38 am

            I think that people are also not amused by those pushing HRC by trying to undermine the achievements of PBO and sometimes outright disrespecting him.

            PBO has been in office 100 days & he is trying to do things that are very important to ordinary people. Yet there is a section of HRC supporters who are already putting EVERYTHING into promoting her and ignoring the fact that what happens in the next 4 years will be very important for her success – if she decides to run.

            If PBO is able to achieve a few ADDITIONALLY important things for the people , PBO will be on the trail helping all Dems win and progress will continue. It is not always about HRC only.

            Imagine if half of the effort of HRC-promoters was put into helping move the progressive agenda along and squash the crazy rightwing agenda?

    • 26 jacquelineoboomer
      May 3, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      Take ’em down! Ha! That tweet is marvelously wonderful and fantastic!

  5. May 3, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    I Love My President! 🙂

  6. May 3, 2013 at 5:10 pm

  7. 37 vcprezofan2
    May 3, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Missed the flight again, but here in time to see what happens next. It’s sooooo embarrassing when even WPress doesn’t remember me! Hi TODobots, it feels good to be able to join with you in this part of the journey.

  8. 40 utaustinliberal
    May 3, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    The name President “Chinchilla” is so perfect in all ways. I could use it in a rap song, I could use it in a poetry slam, I could use it as a melody, I could riff off it.

    Chinchilla for the win.

    • 41 jacquelineoboomer
      May 3, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      I was trying my best to hold out on mentioning that name, but I’m glad you didn’t! 🙂

  9. May 3, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    • May 3, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      LOVED this!

      Yoohoo, TODville. Check this out.

      These young Chinese (early 30s), all fluent in English, ask the interviewer to compare President Obama to themselves (people their age, their friends) not to Chinese leaders.

      They said “a smile is the universal language.”

      Absolutely adored this video.

      Why can’t media remind Americans that they were promoting R-money android less than a year ago? (Can’t even bear the thought.)

  10. May 3, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Don’t look know, but VP Biden is gearing up for Round 2…..has had 3 under reported meeting at WH in last 2 weeks.

    • May 3, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      This is one of the few times I wish Politico were read by more people. (Just this article, though; the same author published an article about OFA from a *very* negative perspective. Like the rest of the MSM, Politico believes that only $$ matter; not the voters themselves.)

      DC journalists read that Biden and PBO will persist in pursuing gun safety, but they’ll ignore this fact, preferring to lie to Americans by claiming that gun safety is dead.

  11. May 3, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    • 47 jacquelineoboomer
      May 3, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      Those series of travel tweets to the people in the White House Correspondents Retirement Good Livin’ Home are hysterical, Chips!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 48 COS
      May 3, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      Thank you Chips for tweeting and posting this picture. I came back to my computer and saw the negative tweet from the usual suspects. They never tweet anything positive when PBO is out of the country. They are shameless and useless. Protesters is nothing new when any president is in another country.

  12. May 3, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Alright, who’s gonna see Iron Man 3 tonight? I’m going tomorrow and I can’t wait!


  13. May 3, 2013 at 5:25 pm

  14. May 3, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    As a NOLA native and Katrina survivor, I have a few choice words about the Bush Library, but I won’t say those words here, since I’m sure strong language is frowned upon, so added with a SMDH instead.

    LIES: How The Truth About Hurricane Katrina is Twisted at The Bush Library

    • 52 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      May 3, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      Saw this last night. Understand, their target audience is just as intellectually challenged as the library’s namesake….

    • 53 anniebella
      May 3, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      That G.W. Lie-berry is trying to change the facts when it comes to Katrina and Iraq.

  15. 54 vcprezofan2
    May 3, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Look at his smiles, nothing fake about them! Say what you will, the evidence is clear – our President is a people-person, and (real) people all over the world recognize that fact! It makes me so happy to see him surrounded by so many smiles. Smiles which to my mind are a reflection of what he is sharing. We don’t need to see his face in that first pic to know what his own facial expression is. 😀 We all love you “el presidente ‘Obama”. 😛

  16. May 3, 2013 at 5:35 pm

  17. 66 Ladyhawke
    May 3, 2013 at 5:38 pm


    The Green Lantern Theory runs rampant

    By Steve Benen


    I don’t imagine I’ll persuade those who believe the Green Lantern Theory to change course, but I hope they’ll keep a few simple observations in mind.

    1. Be specific. Media professionals who use their platforms to give the president advice — “lead right past it,” “bang heads,” “somehow get Congress to do stuff” — should be prepared to fill in the gaps. “Lead more” is not an example of serious, mature commentary on public affairs. “Here’s what the president should do to get his agenda implemented….” is more constructive. Those who believe there’s more Obama can do should actually say what more Obama can do.
    5. Appreciate how happy you’re making Republicans. GOP policymakers are ignoring popular will, abusing the rules, undermining public institutions and the economy, and refusing to compromise, govern, or even act like responsible grown-ups. Pundits know this, and proceed to blame Obama anyway. They should probably pause one of these days to realize that they’re doing Republicans an enormous favor — what incentive do Republicans have to be responsible if they know the president they hate will be blamed by the political media establishment for their own intransigence.



    • 67 Ladyhawke
      May 3, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      oops, that should be ‘A TOTAL LACK OF JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY’

      • 68 jackiegrumbacher
        May 3, 2013 at 5:53 pm

        LH, these days journalistic integrity is as foreign to the US media as knighthood chivalry. The concept is beyond their understanding–a quaint thing of the past, if anything. Today it’s all about the easy shots that can get them attention and bring in bigger bucks. And if they make the Republicans happy, well that pleases their bosses, so more bonuses down the line. They would be shocked to learn that some actual research, thoughtful analysis and truth telling is expected of them.

      • 69 waltjack
        May 3, 2013 at 6:46 pm

        No that should be Infertility

  18. 70 Ladyhawke
    May 3, 2013 at 5:44 pm


    By Steve Benen (November 20, 2010)


    Historically, lawmakers from both parties have resisted any kind of temptations along these lines for one simple reason: they didn’t think they’d get away with it. If members of Congress set out to undermine the strength of the country, deliberately, just to weaken an elected president, they risked a brutal backlash — the media would excoriate them, and the punishment from voters would be severe.

    But I get the sense Republicans no longer have any such fears. The media tends to avoid holding congressional parties accountable, and voters aren’t really paying attention anyway. The Boehner/McConnell GOP appears willing to gamble: if they can hold the country back, voters will just blame the president in the end. And that’s quite possibly a safe assumption.

    If that’s the case, though, then it’s time for a very public, albeit uncomfortable, conversation. If a major, powerful political party is making a conscious decision about sabotage, the political world should probably take the time to consider whether this is acceptable, whether it meets the bare minimum standards for patriotism, and whether it’s a healthy development in our system of government.



  19. 71 Jovie
    May 3, 2013 at 5:45 pm

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  22. 84 Jovie
    May 3, 2013 at 6:00 pm

  23. 86 hopefruit2
    May 3, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    • 87 anniebella
      May 3, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      I think EKU is excited to have FLOTUS speak at their graduation. I can’t blame them, I would be too.

  24. 88 Jovie
    May 3, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    • May 3, 2013 at 6:33 pm


      Highly recommend visiting Death Valley in the winter.

      Was there over the President’s Day weekend a few years ago (mid-February), standing in the lowest spot in North America (Badwater).

      It was raining, but the raindrops evaporated before they hit my feet; just the oddest experience (I had a yellow windbreaker on, and could see and hear the rain hit my jacket, but no moisture on the ground).

      The Panamint Mountain to the west were covered in snow. Just gorgeous.

      When I returned to Los Angeles, found out it had rained in Biblical portions, but stayed dry in Death Valley.

  25. 91 hopefruit2
    May 3, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    This is a tweet from @PPP:
    Obama’s approval in MA right now is 53/41. When Brown won it was only 44/43. A reason this may not be 2010 repeat: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/05/markey-starts-general-with-4-point-lead.html

    • 92 Jovie
      May 3, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      But markey up only 4 44-40. A little to close for me. 16 point undecided?

      • 93 hopefruit2
        May 3, 2013 at 6:53 pm

        More of the undecided were PBO and/or Warren voters. That bodes well for Markey.

      • 95 hgerhard
        May 3, 2013 at 7:14 pm

        We’re just through the primary. The Lynch voters (43% on Primary Day) need a little time. They will never vote for a Tea Party extremist. Keep in mind that none of the polls prior to the primary gave Markey anything even close to the 57% he got. Polls are totally overrated as predictors of any election these days.

      • 96 99ts
        May 3, 2013 at 9:30 pm

        That 40% of humanity ANYWHERE could consider voting GOP is disgusting – do these people live under their beds?

  26. 98 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 3, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    • 99 COS
      May 3, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      If this persist, I think AG Holder will have something to say about this. People are going crazy.

    • 100 jacquelineoboomer
      May 3, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      Wonder if the Kansas Governor still wants people to heed the commandment, “Thou shalt not kill”? – not that it’s any of his concern or business, I guess, because he apparently has no responsibility in the matter. Maybe he’ll stop just short of banning that biblical “law,” but not by much because GUNS KILL PEOPLE.

      So, this week alone, one governor says there’s no need to heed federal/ACA rules (because, you know, Obama), and another one says no need to follow federal gun laws (because, you know, NRA). Do y’all agree these new issues are matters for the Supreme Court at some point? Don’t federal laws trump state laws? What country am I in?

  27. 101 Ladyhawke
    May 3, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Happy Hour Roundup: New report confirms GOP obstructionism is unprecedented

    Posted by Jonathan Bernstein


    The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service has released an important new report that details Barack Obama’s record on nominating judges during his first term. It’s no surprise: Republican obstruction against his selections was unprecedented. For example:
    President Obama is the only one of the five most recent Presidents for whom, during his first term, both the average and median waiting time from nomination to confirmation for circuit and district court nominees was greater than half a calendar year (i.e., more than 182 days).
    It’s really a disgrace. Especially those picks that were delayed for months, only to wind up getting confirmed by unanimous votes. Especially the foot-dragging on district court nominees. Just a disgrace.



  28. 104 vitaminlover
    May 3, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Malia IS her Daddy’s daughter. I see her so much in some of these pictures!

  29. 107 Jovie
    May 3, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Their is a 17 point difference between Gallup and Rasmussen polls, on the President today.
    Any questions ?

  30. May 3, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    This was announced by the State Dept just before the President’s trip to Costa Rica:
    April 30, 2013
    The Department of State has committed $1 million to the Journalism Security Training Hub program. The hubs will provide real-time support to journalists who receive death threats, are under surveillance, are jailed, or when they or their family members are kidnapped.

  31. May 3, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    So, as promised, an update on the missus’ weight lost.

    Since the two weeks before her surgery, she has lost…. 62 LBS!!! I’m so flipping proud of her.

    And, as a corollary, at my heaviest I was 180. I’m now down to 166.

  32. May 3, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Laura Chinchilla # CostaRica and # Obama, on arrival at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Xinhua / Pool)

  33. May 3, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Also, acting on suzanne’s great idea, I will be doing another Mexican music post Sunday for Cinco de Mayo. BUT, it may not be what you expect. Stay tuned!

  34. May 3, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Now Streaming…

    President Obama and President Chinchilla Hold a Press Conference


  35. 120 majiir
    May 3, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    I DON’T like the way those women in the first pic are looking at PBO. If they know what’s good for them, they need to back off!
    I’m very protective of our president. LOL

    • 121 theo67
      May 4, 2013 at 12:10 am

      I was actually touched by the way they were looking at him. He inspires that gentle gaze from so many. They admire him.

  36. 122 aquagranny911
    May 3, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    I love Costa Rica. It is so beautiful & the people were wonderfully nice to us on our visit.

  37. 123 Ladyhawke
    May 3, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Question from Reuters is about Syria and chemical weapons.

  38. 124 Nena20409
    May 3, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Costa Rica is only 4.4M people……a lovely place and with Gorgeous Gigantic Rain Forests.

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  41. May 3, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Yep, Ed lecturing on using facts 😆

  42. 139 carolyn
    May 3, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    We visited Costa Rica about a decade ago…..one of my husband’s college friends was living there for a while. There is some truly magnificent scenery, and total health care. Amazing…..visiting nurses, 100% vaccinations…..good fresh food too. What really got to me was the sudden darkness. I’m used to some twilight time, but there, so close to the equator…..7:00…..it’s DARK. 12 hour days, 12 hour darks.

    • May 3, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      Like your observation about how the sun sets when you’re close to th equator.

      Those living in higher latitudes are now able to enjoy those magnificently LONG twilights; one of my favorite features when visiting the northern states.

      But remember: We’re all equal on the Vernal and Autumnal equinoxes. LOL.

      You mentioned JFK yesterday, and thought I’d post a reply to Japa that I sent yesterday.

      Here’s Japa’s respnse:

  43. May 3, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Awww damn!

  44. May 3, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    New phone testing 1,2,3

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  46. May 3, 2013 at 8:06 pm

  47. 150 desertflower
    May 3, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Jeff Gauvin ‏@JeffersonObama 1h
    This CNN Santorum interview makes me sick. Santo says Newtown was worth it.
    Expand Reply Retweet Favorite More

  48. 159 desertflower
    May 3, 2013 at 8:09 pm


    This has been a steadily recurring trend with each monthly jobs report: even when the private sector adds a solid number of jobs, the overall figure is pulled down by losses in the public sector. 741,000 jobs have been lost in the government sector since the beginning of the recovery period in June 2009, with 89,000 gone since this time last year.
    Overall, the government has shed 718,000 net jobs since President Obama took office. While often accused of bloating the government, the trends show exactly the opposite: Obama has overseen a sharp decline in public sector payrolls as compared to his predecessor President George W. Bush, as can be seen in this chart from Calculated Risk:

  49. May 3, 2013 at 8:09 pm

  50. 166 hopefruit2
    May 3, 2013 at 8:11 pm

  51. May 3, 2013 at 8:17 pm


    Yes We Can

  52. May 3, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    VP at JJ Dinner in SC tonight…….

  53. 173 japa21
    May 3, 2013 at 8:30 pm

  54. 174 anniebella
    May 3, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Rev. Al said that James Brown would be 80 years old today. And he asked the people to name their favorite James Brown’s song. I think my would be “Say it Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud.

  55. May 3, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    New post quite soon-ish.

  56. 176 hopefruit2
    May 3, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Here goes the PUMA organization again…

  57. May 3, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Some times I love the spam here, like this one just now:

    “A single day of sub-zero temperature is not enough to create three feet of ice.”


  58. 183 forus50
    May 3, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    $900,000 per inmate and we get this bullshit from Congress:

    “No one has any particular affection for Guantanamo Bay, but no one has come up with a practical solution that’s better,” the aide said.

    Obama needs to produce a plan for what to do with the detainees at Guantanamo “who are too dangerous to release,” Representative Buck McKeon, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said in an opinion piece in USA Today this week. “Until a better solution is offered, at Guantanamo they must stay,” he wrote.

    Lazy and Chicken Shit.

  59. 187 desertflower
    May 3, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Smartpants has a shiny, new look!!! Check it out 🙂 http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/

    • May 3, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      Ooooooooooh, LOVE it, looks gorgeous!!! Thank you DF!

      • 189 desertflower
        May 3, 2013 at 9:03 pm

        I agree:) She could post on a paperbag, I’d still read her everyday, several TIMES a day. Awesome stuff:)

        • May 3, 2013 at 9:06 pm

          “She could post on a paperbag”

          😆 She’s my sea of tranquility and wisdom, every day.

          • 191 desertflower
            May 3, 2013 at 9:11 pm

            I might also add that you, dear blog goddess, also fall into this esteemed company:) Don’t go with the paperbag though…all of us hear LOVE the pics too much:) We would, however, follow you to the ends of the earth. It’s true.

            • May 3, 2013 at 9:16 pm

              See now DF, that class of talk might even tempt me to change my sexuality, dump Japa and Mr Dotster, and ask you to marry me. You’re the loveliest!!!

            • 193 vcprezofan2
              May 3, 2013 at 9:21 pm

              Well, Df, I don’t know about the ‘to the ends of the earth’ vow. I’d be afraid of falling off, plus I’m not fond of heights. Let CC remain in the middle and you can count on me following her everywhere.

              And a ‘good evening’ to you, BTW!

  60. May 3, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    WTH is Israel doing in Syria?

  61. May 3, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Fuck Netanyahu! Fuck him fuck him fuck him! McCain’s gonna come prancing on tv shows tomorrow demanding sequester cuts to defense be lifted so we can go bomb Syria. The corporate media is gonna be crowing POTUS is “wimp” for letting Netanyahu ” take lead”. I so lathe the evil Bibi’s.ardon my salty language. I’m pissed!

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