A President Abroad: 2009 – 2013 (updated)

President Obama’s first trip abroad – greeted at Ottawa airport by Governor General Michaelle Jean



Canada * United Kingdom * France * Germany* Czech Republic * Turkey * Iraq * Mexico * Trinidad and Tobago * Saudi Arabia * Egypt * Germany * France * Russia * Italy * Vatican City * Ghana * Mexico * Denmark * Japan * Singapore * China * South Korea * Norway * Denmark


Afghanistan * Czech Republic * Canada * India * Indonesia * South Korea * Japan * Portugal * Afghanistan


Brazil * Chile * El Salvador * Ireland * United Kingdom * France * Poland * France * Australia * Indonesia


South Korea * Colombia * Afghanistan * Mexico * Thailand * Burma * Cambodia



Israel * West Bank * Jordan * Mexico * Costa Rica


Coming up:

Northern Ireland (June 13–14, G8 summit), Russia (September 5–6, G-20 summit), Indonesia (October 5–7, APEC), Brunei (October 9–10, East Asia Summit)

183 Responses to “A President Abroad: 2009 – 2013 (updated)”

    • 2 hopefruit2
      May 4, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      Congrats maryl on #1!

      • May 4, 2013 at 3:06 pm

        Thanks. This has been a very up and down week. I haven’t been able to pay much attention to what is going on. One the one (glad) hand, my daughter graduated last night with her MA in French. On the other (sad) hand, my darling cat Eleanor started showing symptoms of illness last weekend. I took her to the vet who said her kidneys were damaged. I left her there for subcutaneous fluids to see if flushing her kidneys would help. The vet felt she had improved. Friday morning she suffered a bad seizure. He called me and said he really thought she should be put to sleep immediately-she was semi-comatose and in danger of having another seizure before I could even get there. She was my close companion for 14 years., Slept with me under the covers every night, always on my lap when I was knitting. I know this doesn’t even compare a little bit to what many on this blog have been handling, but I’m having a bit of a hard time with this. Don’t know why; I’ve had pets since I was 13 and this is not a new experience.

        • May 4, 2013 at 3:16 pm

          Congrats to your daughter, and condolences on the loss of your cat.

          I understand completely; I still miss my favorite cat who died more than 20 years ago. You won’t forget her.

        • 5 hopefruit2
          May 4, 2013 at 3:18 pm

          So sorry maryl to hear the bad news about your kitty & faithful companion. Hope the pain of that loss is eased somewhat by the occasion of your daughter’s graduation.

        • May 4, 2013 at 3:32 pm

          First Mary1, congratulations to your daughter. I know you are happy for her and so proud. Secondly. yes we do understand. I have lost two dogs, one very special cat who was 20. I remember them and treasure those memories every day. I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs to you.

        • 7 desertflower
          May 4, 2013 at 3:43 pm

          {{{{maryl}}}}} My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. I know this pain all too well.You have wonderful memories to hold on to. She will always be with you in heart and spirit….you shared a special love and bond..I know that the passing of time will make the ache in your heart not ache so desperately…and when the time is right, I hope that you will adopt another special cat to share your love. Hugs to you. It doesn’t matter how long that pets have shared your life, how many you have had, and lost…it never gets easier to put them down. Cherish the good times and fond memories….

        • 8 MightyPamela
          May 4, 2013 at 5:08 pm

          Oh, Mary, my heart is with you in this sadness for your kitty. I cannot bear the thought of it. Bless you, she will never leave you. And well done to your daughter, well done indeed. Candles for you and kitty. http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

        • May 4, 2013 at 5:36 pm

          Mary, Félicitations d’abord! Félicitations à votre fille pour obtenir sa maîtrise en français! What University did your daughter graduate?
          My sympathies to you for darling Eleanor. Many of us feel this pain with the Los of a beloved pet. It’s not easy because many do not understand. But many do. If it any consultation, I’ll post a couple tributes.

        • May 4, 2013 at 6:34 pm

          Please extend my congratulations to your daughter, Mary.

          Regarding your dear kittie, I remember each of the little friends who have graced my wife’s and my life over all the years we’ve been together. The loss of each was very hard so I’m entirely empathetic with how you feel. It might not work for others, but what we decided to do and have done ever since we our first friend, who was with us for 17 years, was to bring new kittens into our life and home. We’ve never regretted doing so.

          #FORWARD Together

      • May 4, 2013 at 3:06 pm

        And that will teach you to congratulate me!

  1. 15 hopefruit2
    May 4, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Did FLOTUS take ballet as a child? The way she stands sometimes (placing one ft infront the other in a particular pose) suggest that she went to etiquette school or ballet training.

  2. 26 hopefruit2
    May 4, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    In addition to these wonderful pics, there’s one pic of PBO adjusting his mic/earpiece at a press conference in Costa Rica. Oh my….

    I won’t say what I’m thinking out loud, lest I smite my head against the wrath of “Audrey” and her sidekick “Eleroy.”

  3. May 4, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Prosecutor Behind Kiera Wilmot Arrest Filed No Charges For White Teen Who Killed Little Brother

    It turns out that Assistant State Attorney Tammy Glotfelty does not prosecute juveniles equally.

    On Monday, April 23, Glotfelty told the Barlow Police Department to charge 16-year-old high school honors student Kiera Wilmot with two felonies for conducting a botched science experiment. Wilmot mixed a household toilet cleaner with aluminum in an 8 oz. plastic bottle, causing the top to pop and some smoke to rise. The police report states that Wilmot was charged with two felonies at the behest of Glotfelty:


    This makes Glotfelty sound like a hard-ass who over-prosecutes. Yet just two days later, Glotfelty announced that 13-year-old Taylor Richardson would not face charges for shooting and killing his 10-year-old brother, Skyler, with a BB gun.

    In a letter to the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Glotfelty wrote, ”Our office has considered this case, keeping in mind that (Taylor) is 13 years of age and is a student at Roosevelt Academy.”


  4. May 4, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Mondays child is fair of face,
    Tuesdays child is full of grace,
    Wednesdays child is full of woe,
    Thursdays child has far to go,
    Fridays child is loving and giving,
    Saturdays child works hard for his living,
    And the child that is born on the Sabbath day
    Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.

    • 29 hopefruit2
      May 4, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      I never liked that poem. I was born on a Wednesday. 😦

      • 36 carolyn
        May 4, 2013 at 2:57 pm

        I was born on a Thursday, and have always interpreted it to mean I will lead a long life……”far to go.” (I always felt sorry for Wednesday)
        So far it’s working……I’ve outlived the lengths of both my parents’ lives, and three of my grandparents. But, I sure wish they had lived as long as I have! Many of us have talked about parents’ deaths, and indeed I still miss mine, and I lost them in 1971 and 1984. I want to be around for my grandchildren a LONG time…….so, Thursday’s child has FAR to go!!!

        • 37 hopefruit2
          May 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm

          🙂 🙂 LOL.

          Actually I think the poem’s objective is to help kids learn the day of the week. The other stuff is just to keep it interesting to enhance their recall. 🙂

          In elementary school we had also learnt another “day-of-the week” poem titled “Friday’s Street” which featured a tedious conversation between 2 “friends” about where they should meet, and why they could only meet on a Friday as opposed to all the other days of the week.

          Lawd..the things they put us kids thru to learn stuff…

          • 38 vcprezofan2
            May 4, 2013 at 3:29 pm

            Ah, but it worked for some of us. Remember this?

            Thirty days has September,
            April, June and November.
            All the rest have thirty-one
            Except for February alone
            Which has but 28 days clear
            And 29 in a leap year.

            Not to mention ‘Daffodils’ by William Wordsworth that I can still recite… I think.

            • 39 hopefruit2
              May 4, 2013 at 3:32 pm

              Yes I definitely remember the “30 days” poem, but not “Daffodils.” 🙂 🙂

        • May 4, 2013 at 3:29 pm

          Carolyn, you’ve succeeded in all meanings of “far to go.”

          Sounds like you’ve traveled the world, and lived in various part of the U.S. Very nice.

          I responded to your mention of JFK a couple of days ago, but posted the wrong tweet(s). Here’s the correct tweets:

        • May 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm

          You have a great attitude and that is part of the secret to a long life. Did you feel like an orphan after both your parents died? I did. I miss them. Wish I could ask them things I was too young to think to ask them.

          • 44 carolyn
            May 4, 2013 at 4:00 pm

            Yes, I did feel like an orphan for a while after they died, and I was in my 30s and 40s. It had always been like they were a shield between me and the universe, and when they died, especially my mother who went last, it was like I was all alone out somewhere without a shield. However, with time, I outgrew that, and realized that I am the shield for my children and grandchildren. And so goes the wonderful cycle of generations.

            • May 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm

              Yes, but it took awhile for me. I was in my forties. I had lived away from my hometown since 19 and I went to the kitchen of the Church to thank the ladies for the meal they served after my Dad’s service and they asked me if I was his granddaughter. No, I’m his daughter! I was surprised they didn’t recognize me.

      • 46 jacquelineoboomer
        May 4, 2013 at 2:58 pm

        Friday, here. I’m good. (Sorry about Wednesday, hf, but – BTW – you must have taken a leap of faith and branched out since then, because if anybody’s more cheerful and upbeat than you are, I’d like to know about it!) (Feel better?)

        • 47 hopefruit2
          May 4, 2013 at 3:45 pm

          Yes indeed jacqueline. You’ve given me a new outlook on this poem…you are indeed a Friday’s child! 🙂 🙂

      • 49 vcprezofan2
        May 4, 2013 at 3:05 pm

        You poor thing, Hf. Me I just know I was ‘born’, never bothered to figure out or ask on what day. 😉

  5. 57 vcprezofan2
    May 4, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Memory Lane – my favourite theme! Thanks, CC!

  6. 58 jacquelineoboomer
    May 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Oh, Chips. First I thought: get ready to have tears squirtin’ out of your eyes looking at these photos, again. Then I laughed: bet Chips will fit the Ireland videos in, among all these still shots.

    You never disappoint! However, darlin’, tried to open the first of the two Ireland videos and it’s copyright-protected/blocked in our country. Not sure if you can help with that one.

    Oh, and, thank you.

    • May 4, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      Ah flip, that seems to be a new development J, video now blocked in US, Germany and Japan! But available everywhere else 😕 And the odd thing is, the second video has the same music …. will probably be blocked soon too.

  7. May 4, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Absolutely awesome trip down memory lane Chips!!! Thank you so much…such a reprieve from the domestic madness. Bravo!

  8. 65 vcprezofan2
    May 4, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Hi Maryl (waving), how`s the air up there? 😉

  9. May 4, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Hi Everyone! Great post Chips! Always love reminiscing about My President’s wonderful overseas trips. Thank you!!

  10. May 4, 2013 at 3:07 pm

  11. May 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Love the photos, especially since Canada was first on the list. I do hope PBO comes here again before he leaves office. I am a true Saturdays child, working hard for a living but hard work does have its rewards.

  12. May 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm

  13. 79 africa
    May 4, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Great Post. It never, ever gets old. Thanks, CHIPS!!

  14. 80 africa
    May 4, 2013 at 3:13 pm


    Been thinking about GoBrooklyn. Anyone know how she’s doing?

  15. 88 utaustinliberal
    May 4, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Lest I forget, it’s Star Wars day!

    Happy Star Wars Day to my awesome nerds and geeks!

  16. 91 jacquelineoboomer
    May 4, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Normally, I don’t like to bring over me stuff from another thread (tedious enough to get through once!), but for those who responded to my comments about MHP and might not have seen my follow-on thoughts (you poor dears), here ya go:


    Well, I see the “spirited discussion” was here, after I logged off for a bit!

    Each and every thing you all mentioned has been rolling through my mind about MHP, since her debut. On the advice of a friend, whose judgment I respect, way back, I gave her a second look. From that point until today, I was still impressed enough with her to continue watching. Why? Because her show is just about the only place where you can watch a panel that is composed of smart minds from all over the country, from different disciplines, matching the topic du jour, each with their own perspective. And she lets them speak. Most are not the usual beltway crowd who live in the bubble. She invites in a diverse group, many of whom (who am I kidding? most of whom) we won’t be seeing anywhere but on her show, and I have found myself really “listening intently” to what many have to say. To learn something.

    So, despite agreeing with what’s been said here today, and – today in particular – being a bit dispirited about it (as in: Who can you trust?), I will continue to give MHP a third look, tomorrow. Found myself so disgusted with the media this past week that I was watching a muted CNN and – eek – part of the Jodi Arias trial, just to get away from some of the stuff that sticks to the bottom of your shoes when ya go walkabout. Wish me luck, tomorrow! Wish us all luck. Better yet, wish MHP luck, because, otherwise, soon, I’ll be that “one less viewer” she’s been “dreading.” Ha!

  17. May 4, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    In honor of geeks…….check out this awesome new DARPA development….

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  20. May 4, 2013 at 3:35 pm

  21. May 4, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    • May 4, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      Dudette, see above re: Star Wars day.

      More of a Trekkie myself (aired whilst I was in high school); what Roddenberry was able to accomplish on a limited budget and lacklucker ratings is a tribute to those tumultuous times.

      What’s great about the original Star Trek is that (aside from technical effects) most 1960s series from feel “dated” now, specifically because of their Politico-like diversity.

      I think “I Spy” might be an exception; for whatever reason our family didn’t watch that show, and I haven’t seen any reruns, but always liked Robert Culp and Bill Cosby.

      • May 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm

        Loved original Star Trek – passed that on to my children. We still quote many, many lines! Also I Spy because I loved both of those men. That was an interesting time for TV.

    • 104 globalcitizenlinda
      May 4, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      I admire the courage and tenacity of the victims of gun violence. we have to support them in the quest to bring about sensible gun safety laws

  22. 105 vcprezofan2
    May 4, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Sandy Hook Parents – The Wheelers – on Bill Moyer. I confess I have only watched the start so far.


    • 106 vcprezofan2
      May 4, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      The Wheelers start at about the 8:00 point with Mrs. singing with …

      • 107 vcprezofan2
        May 4, 2013 at 4:02 pm

        BTW, don’t click unless you have a towel handy – a kleenex won’t do it. For me the message is the gun discussion isn’t over, no matter what the NRA postulates.

  23. 108 vcprezofan2
    May 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Break – time to refuel the body before a headache rolls in.

  24. 109 carolyn
    May 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    This is certainly a fun and diverse blog today.
    Chips, do you have a picture of the President addressing Parliament in Westminster in 2011? The press, as usual, has not given that speech enough attention at all. If they had listened to it, if they WOULD listen to it, they would see that he totally reset the international relations of the U.S. and the world in that speech. He has followed through on what he said, and other people in other countries know it.
    In addition to WHAT he said, HOW he said it was superb. Not many American presidents can match the great orators of England, but he can, and in fact he is better. I loved watching their reactions. They were overwhelmed, and they don’t give applause and praise easily!!!

  25. 115 utaustinliberal
    May 4, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Nice going NRA. Racist bastards.

  26. May 4, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    • 125 globalcitizenlinda
      May 4, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      Nice photo of JFK

      which specific photo of PBO did Mr. Francisco Coto take?

      • May 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm

        He was wheel-chaired to the press conference yesterday to take photos, was not satisfied, so he went to the forum as well today. He has not released his photos yet. Just the one he took of JFK 50 yrs. ago

  27. May 4, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    • 129 jacquelineoboomer
      May 4, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      Well, doesn’t that just say it all? “We talked as friends.” That’s how everyone feels, after speaking with our President! I feel that way just listening to him!

      • May 4, 2013 at 5:09 pm

        If you know spanish, one of the links has a 2 minute video of the students being interviewed about their experience. I have google translated for the article…

        • 131 jacquelineoboomer
          May 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm

          Oh, thanks!

          I just google translated your article on the photog in Costa Rica.

  28. 132 anniebella
    May 4, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    You remember when FLOTUS and POTUS first went overseas to England, and FLOTUS spoke to a group of young girls. And FLOTUS took the time after the speech to give the girls a hug. They were so impress by our First Lady. I want to know is there anyway I could find a video of that speech and listen to it.

      • 134 anniebella
        May 4, 2013 at 5:27 pm

        Thank you Chipsticks, this is the one. I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. 🙂

        • May 4, 2013 at 5:34 pm

          You’re welcome Anniebella!!!

        • 136 anniebella
          May 4, 2013 at 5:47 pm

          I just finish listening to FLOTUS, tell me when have we had a President and First Lady who gives speeches like Mr. and Mrs. Barack Obama. They both speak from the heart, and they truly care. Thanks again Chipsticks.

          • 137 carolyn
            May 4, 2013 at 6:33 pm

            I’ve noticed when POTUS and FLOTUS go to other countries and hug and talk with so many people, the leaders are at first shocked, then they try to imitate them. I remember the President’s visit to France when Sarkozy was still president. Many people were waiting behind a barrier to see our POTUS, and he went down the line talking, shaking hands ,etc…thrilling people. At first Sarkozy just stood and stared, then, he started following POTUS doing the same thing. They all learn from our President. That one was particularly fun to watch.
            You know…….I would liked to have seen POTUS take on Mrs. Thatcher. She would have been left in the dust……and he would have totally disarmed her (in two senses of the word) and she would not have known what happened. He would not have agreed with her on anything, but she would not have known or cared.

  29. May 4, 2013 at 5:18 pm



    Yes We Can

  30. 140 GGail
    May 4, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Viva la wet POTUS!!!

  31. 145 Nena20409
    May 4, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    I have never see this movie before. Ocean 11.

    Not bad.

    Eeee O 11

  32. 146 Nena20409
    May 4, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Ballerina Michelle Obama…..thanks Chips. I have never seen that before.

  33. May 4, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    So, I had my Saturday visit from my patron Keith. And he was quite despondent about Obamacare actually being able to be implemented. He went through the fact that the states are resisting exchanges. Then I said “If the states don’t, then the Feds will.” Then he said that so many states were refusing to set up exchanges that the Feds didn’t have enough money. I replied with “That’s why we have to win 2014.” And then he said “But what if we don’t”.

    But this time I was quite fed up. Well, not really, but this is a usual conversation with him.

    I then asked “What are you going to do about it, then? Are you going to give money? Are you going to write letters? Are you going to volunteer? Obama is one man; unless we help him, then, yes, he’ll fail.”

    That seemed to buck him up.

    But good lord, this is what we have to do every single day! It’s like when PBO says “You are the change”, people just don’t hear that. Without US doing the grassroots work, nothing we want to come to pass will.

    There IS a culture of dependency in this country, and its been purposely manufactured to keep us apathetic and hopeless.

    • 148 GGail
      May 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      So very true LL. That’s why OFA is still so vitally important.

    • 149 CindyH
      May 4, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      Living in NC right now is tough. Every day we hear another crazy thing our legislature is doing. I never saw this coming in NC – this has always been a great state to live in for me. But I do find HOPE in that a lot of like-minded people are realizing how serious this fight is.

    • 150 aquagranny911
      May 4, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      My heart to yours! I also meet this same despondency & it just makes me livid. I ask questions just like you did here. Socratic method of teaching still works, lol. It’s hard work but someone has to do it ♥!

  34. 152 CindyH
    May 4, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Picture of FLOTUS and POTUS on the red carpet in Germany is breath taking!

  35. 153 aquagranny911
    May 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    I have never seen that picture before of PBO & FLOTUS with the Pope. Michelle is wearing a mantilla over her hair. This is something many Latina women have done for generations at Mass & in celebrations. It brings my Mama to mind. For very special occasions, she would dress her beautiful hair up with combs & wear a real hand made lace mantilla that belonged to her grandmother & wear it to Mass. When we kiddos saw that we always knew that this was a solemn & special time & that we must be especially well behaved.

    Great diary & great share all around even though there were pictures I had already seen, some were new to me & I especially thank you for the memories.

  36. 157 vitaminlover
    May 4, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    My President will NEVER go bald–maybe a little smidge of gray but bald? Nope. Unless he wants to shave his head. What a man, what a man. what a man what a mighty good man! yes he is!

  37. 163 jacquelineoboomer
    May 4, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    • 164 anniebella
      May 4, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      And what is really sickening to me is how the media pretends like the color of President Obama’s skin have nothing to do with how the Republicans are toward this black President. According to the media it’s all Obama’s fault the Republicans won’t work with him. But I know better.

    • 166 yardarm756
      May 4, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      Hey J. Can you email this to me. I got a few folks I’d like to send it to.

    • 169 nathkatun7
      May 4, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      Col. Lawrence Wilkerson told the TRUTH that the so called mainstream media would rather sweep under the rug! Actually it’s not just the Republican party that is “full of racists.” In my humble opinion, I think the MSM media is full of sophisticated racists who know how to hide their racism when they attack President Obama. For example: the media promoted the idea that the President is an “elitist” who is arrogant and aloof and does not connect well with ordinary people. Obviously any one with any common sense knows that this wss patently absurd. I know of no other President in my lifetime who was so warm, comfortable, and relaxed in the presence of ordinary people. Even the children love to be in President Obama’s presence, or in his arms. The media people were mad because they were dealing with an intelligent and self-confident Black man. Instead of calling him an “Uppity N word” they called him an “elitist.”

      Now that the “elitist” meme has failed to turn the majority of the people against the President, the MSM has conjured up a new meme: the President is a “weakling” who, unlike past great white Presidents — like FDR, JFK, LBJ, St. Ronnie Reagan, Bill Clinton and even Gorge W. Bush — has no “juice” to impose his will on Republicans in Congress to force them to do his bidding. Our so called mainstream media knows very well why Republicans have been saying “NO”, since Jan. ’09, to any thing President Obama proposes, including ideas that they (the GOP) once advocated.

      As far as I am concerned, the media and the Republican politicians’ treatment of President Obama, the first U.S. President of African descent, reminds of the Reconstruction period after the Civil War. For the first time, African Americans were elected to office in unprecedented numbers. To counter this development, those intent on restoring “white supremacy” conjured up the meme that African Americans elected to office were “ignorant and corrupt,” and that allowing Blacks to vote was a mistake. Before long, the media chimed in. And in 1915 the movie industry endorsed that view by producing the racist film, “Birth of the Nation,” which pretty much glorified the Ku Klux Klan and it’s use of terror and violence to prevent African Americans from voting.

      For African Americans the Reconstruction period after the Civil War was a very hopeful period. Sadly, the hope was short-lived. Reconstruction was followed by the Jim crow period– a period characterized by segregation, institutionalized culture of racism, and above all terror and violence. I took another hundred years to undo the Jim Crow system.

      I am praying and hopping that all our hopes and euphoria that many of us felt when President Obama was elected and then re-elected President won’t turn into despair. On Nov. 4, 2008 the entire world was celebrating about what truly appeared to be the essential goodness of the United States. For all of us who worked so hard to bring this about, we must re-dedicate ourselves to make sure that these right wingers, who are being enabled by the MSM, won’t take our country backwards. History never repeats itself exactly as we were told, however, a proper understanding of history teaches us one fundamental lesson: Progress can be easily followed by regress. If we fail to remain absolutely vigilant in guarding and advancing progress, what appears to be enormous social progress can easily be erased and replaced with immense social regress. This is exactly what happened in the era of Jim Crow, after the bright hopes of Reconstruction.

      • 170 jacquelineoboomer
        May 4, 2013 at 11:33 pm

        Yes, yes, and yes. I’m going to re-read what you wrote at a later time, because one gets so filled with emotion just thinking about how our President is treated that it’s hard to grasp it all at one sitting. Hang in there, nathk! President Obama will get us through all this. We like to think, I know I do, that we “support” him. But actually, our President keeps all of the rest of us standing tall, he’s our support, when we have to witness the hell on earth they put him through.

        • 171 nathkatun7
          May 5, 2013 at 12:33 am

          Hey, JOB, thank you for your response. I meant to thank you for sharing Jeff Levin’s tweet highlighting Col. Lawrence Wilkerson’s Truth telling! I am actually not in despair at all because of people like you, and all of the President’s smart supporters, who refuse to buy into the MSM and GOP propaganda. And like, I have tremendous trust and confidence in President Obama. We need him where he is and he needs all of us to act like you by having his back. My reference to the history of Reconstruction is let people know that if we are not vigilant all our successes can be reversed.

  38. 172 whatisworking
    May 4, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Greetings TOD

    Sorry for the long silence.

    Our local OFA has been busy – today I finally have time to catch my breath.

    Jon Carson, the Executive Director of OFA visited us in Santa Rosa on Aril 23rd. It went very well. After listening to Jon, Ivan Frischberg, the Climate Manager, and Brandyn Keating the Western Field Organizer, I am convinced we will prevail.

    Throughout the 2012 campaign I was always confident that OFA had a winning plan, and if we could execute it PBO would be re-elected. The “new” OFA leadership is every bit as organized and committed as the re-election team was. It is smaller, we may not win every battle right away, but we will make a significant difference. Because we are being tolkd to develop teams that can go on for years, we will eventually win the war….

    I also met Lisa Jackson and heard her speak at an event for climate leaders. She was very smart, funny, caring, and blunt. She is also a beautiful and confident woman.

    I have recorded the speeches of all 3 of these OFA leaders, once they have been approved by Brandyn, I will share them with you.

    My opening remarks did not need editing so you can watch them below. I have 3 comments.

    1. I am much cuter and younger looking in my mind
    2. It is much easier to give a speech to your dog than it is a room full of people.
    3. I can’t think of any group I would rather share my story with than the folks here at TOD.

    • 173 CindyH
      May 4, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing!!!

    • May 4, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      You look great! I collect all your blogs and read them when I have time. Thanks for sharing.

    • May 4, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      That was wonderful Linda, thank you for posting! I have *endless* admiration for you, I only spoke once in my life to a crowd, about 10 years ago, and I’m still recovering from the ordeal – as I’m sure they are too.

      You’re the best, thank you again.

    • 176 a4alice
      May 4, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      Linda! GREAT JOB! So glad that you are continuing the important work! Compelling story too! Your mom must be proud of you! 🙂

    • 177 mtmarilyn
      May 4, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      Good afternoon everyone! Linda I can’t wait to listen to your speech, You do so much and deserve so much credit.

      Chips and all who have posted. This trip down memory lane is so soul satisfying!!. The speech before the British Parliment is one of my favorite.

      Off to a retirement party. Have a great evening everyone.

    • 178 globalcitizenlinda
      May 4, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      this is great! thank you for sharing. your video reminded me of the appointment I need to keep with my OFA.

      thanks a lot for all you do

  39. May 4, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Well, it seems like we’re hitting a bit of a traffic glut, so should I post my night owl chat now?

  40. 183 nathkatun7
    May 5, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Thank you so much, Chipsticks, for this post in particular, but even more importantly for this fabulous blog. Without you and TOD, I would have missed seeing all these wonderful receptions that President Obama received in so many different countries that he has visited since 2009. Any one who doubts the MSM’s complicity in undermining President Obama need only see this post to see how much positive news about President Obama has been kept away from the American people. Obviously, the foreign Presses must be doing a great job highlighting the positive things our President is doing, which is reflected in the way ordinary people in other countries respond with so much love and enthusiasm during his visits.

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