This and That



All times Eastern

1:0: The President attends a forum on Inclusive Economic Growth and Development (Audio only at White House live)

3:0: Departs San Jose, Costa Rica en route Washington, DC

7:20: Arrives Joint Base Andrews

7:35: Arrives the White House


Live coverage from Costa Rica:



9:45: President Obama departs the White House

11:15: Arrives Columbus, Ohio

12:35: Delivers the commencement speech at The Ohio State University

3:25: Arrives the White House


The week ahead:

Monday: The President will have meetings at the White House

Tuesday: Welcomes President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea to the White House

Wednesday: Meetings at the White House

Thursday: Travels to Austin, Texas for events on the economy and to see UT. Returns to the White House in the evening

Friday: Meetings at the White House

Saturday: The President and the Vice President will honor the 2013 National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) TOP COPS award winners at the White House


President Barack Obama and President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica participate in a cultural event with Costa Rican youth at Casa Amarilla, San Jose, Costa Rica, May 3, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



President Obama at his joint press conference with Costa Rica’s President Laura Chincilla in San Jose, May 3


A Cinco de Mayo pic or two, even though it’s only the 4th 😕


President Obama and the First Lady take the elevator to the private residence after a Cinco de Mayo celebration at the White House, May 4, 2009 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)


May 5, 2010: “After doing a series of posed photos, the President started joking around with the First Lady in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House before a Cinco de Mayo event.” (Photo by Pete Souza)




133 Responses to “This and That”

  1. 1 africa
    May 4, 2013 at 12:20 pm


    • 16 vcprezofan2
      May 4, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      It was somewhat funny to be asked to identify myself to post, because I too couldn’t remember who I was. It took quite a few seconds to remember my name and password and which went first.

  2. May 4, 2013 at 12:20 pm

  3. May 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Happy Saturday and PBO return to the White House today!

  4. 21 africa
    May 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    B E A U T I F U L –Mrs. Obama!!

  5. 25 Nena20409
    May 4, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Wow…a Threepeat 😉



    Judith Fadig

    😎 Congratulations.

    • 26 vcprezofan2
      May 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      Goodness gracious, I am in good company all around! Well done Judith, Africa and Nena + Hopef for noticing. I still haven’t checked out the post itself yet, so ….

    • 27 africa
      May 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      Good to be here!! 🙂

  6. 28 Nena20409
    May 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Thanks Chips…..Quite a Ray of Sunshine and Fabulously Looking FLOTUS and POTUS…..and then a few others 😉

  7. 29 jackiegrumbacher
    May 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful photos. Our First Lady is absolutely luminous and our president is just simply the finest. Love how you stuck in “to see UT” in the Austin visit. Did he but know, that would be a “must” stop for him.

  8. 30 Nena20409
    May 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    The Last Photo is Delicious. POTUS and Kids……..Heavenly…….I say.

  9. May 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm

  10. 32 jacquelineoboomer
    May 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks so much for this post, Chips! Totally uplifting to the spirits!

    Mostly because, in my case, it was a little sad for me to hear Melissa Harris-Perry pick up on the meme today that President Obama was acting downtrodden at this week’s press pity party, after he was so upbeat at the WHCD. What? I only listened to part of that segment, so I’m not sure if she righted the wrong. But all I could think was “Did you not see him on his trip to Mexico and Costa Rica? Did you not see his spirited remarks? Are you ‘like the others’ who pick apart each and every day of his Presidency, as though it stands alone?” I will put this out of my head, and hope she got it right eventually, but it left a bad taste in my mouth.

    Maybe music is the answer! Off to listen!

    • May 4, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      MHP contracted the “cable news celebrity” disease once she got her own show.

    • May 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      Hiya J, sad to say, I can’t watch MHP any more. Honest, it’s not that I can’t handle criticism of PBO – well, no, I can’t! – I just think she’s been a real disappointment the last year or two, way too quick to pick up on memes without actually analysing them to see if there’s any truth to them. I reckon she just feels pressured to prove her ‘neutrality’ by looking for anything to criticize, and I have no interest in listening to people like that.

    • 36 hopefruit2
      May 4, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      I agree with you JOB. MHP was so desperate for her MSNBC contract to be renewed and appears to have sold out to corporate interests. Instead of addressing the utterly ridiculous questions put forth by the WHPC, she chooses instead to waste precious time “psychoanalyzing” the President – something she clearly isn’t qualified to do.

      ANYONE who’s ever held a real job knows that there are days, weeks, months, etc when you’re going to BE tired, not particularly upbeat, somber, serious, less cheerful, etc. To make a “story” out of that when there are much bigger and more important issues to discuss, suggests that these pundiots are not really interested in addressing this country’s real problems, only in pushing gossipy crap that will keep them on Cable TV and line their pockets.

    • 37 hopefruit2
      May 4, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      And I will add further that I have NEVER seen MHP or any of her pundiot colleagues analyze John Boehner (House Speaker and 3rd in line for President), who has demonstrated some serious and OBVIOUS psychological problems on MANY occasions – e.g., crying inappropriately, slurring his words in a drunken stupor, etc. But nitpicking every eye-blink by PBO is somehow justifies their self-promotion as “political analysts” – even when they are wrong, which is MOST of the time?!?!?

    • 39 forus50
      May 4, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      I watched her a couple of times after she got her own show but was expecting it not to be good as prior to her own show she was often a guest on Maddow’s show as you know. On Maddow’s show she was a bit full of herself; constantly referencing professorship and brainiac, blah blah blah. If you have to constantly remind someone of your intelligence there’s something wrong not to mention it’s tedious for the listener.

    • 40 jacquelineoboomer
      May 4, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      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!

  11. 41 Nena20409
    May 4, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    POTUS adjusting his earpiece……Wow….that Photo looks so Hmm? GQ…..that is it. Yeah, GQ style.

    • 42 anniebella
      May 4, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      What’s GQ?

      • May 4, 2013 at 4:38 pm

        It’s a men’s magazine Anniebella

        • 44 anniebella
          May 4, 2013 at 4:44 pm

          Chipsticks maybe I should have let you know I was only kidding. I’ve heard of GQ before, I might even have that issue with POTUS on it. I try to get the magazines with FLOTUS and POTUS on the cover, unless it is something negative. I search and found my April issue of Vogue with FLOTUS on the cover. It wasn’t easy either.

      • 46 Nena20409
        May 4, 2013 at 5:11 pm

        Gentlemen Quarterly…… 😆 I already ready that You know 😉 Thanks Chips.

  12. May 4, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    This awesome story does not end!!

    San Jose. early as 6 am, Carlos Arredondo , called in the United States as the “hero” of Boston, arrived at Real Intercontinental hotel, to try and meet with U.S. President Barack Obama. “We came to try their luck, we know that there are many security measures, but we’re trying,” said Arredondo. He clarified that there is nothing ready and just hoping for a space to see the president. Arredondo said he wants to talk with Obama to greet yet ask for help to a federal building in the U.S., you put the name of his son Alexander, who died in 2004 in the war in Iraq.


    • May 4, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      OMG Chips…..please delete pic! Had no clue it would be this big! Sorry everyone.

    • 53 globalcitizenlinda
      May 4, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      I do not know how this gentleman manages to get up every day and face whatever lies ahead – he and his family have been through too much!!

      I wonder if someone who has his contact information can advise him to (a) write directly to PBO via the White House (b) go through FLOTUS’ joining forces (c) work with the contact that are in change of the organization Iraq Veterans.

      hey may be you can send Ms Valerie Jarrett a tweet with a link to this story

      someone needs to give him a chance to have an audience with POTUS – he seems he wants to be heard and make sure that the sacrifices his son made on our behalf have been publicly recognized

      • May 4, 2013 at 12:50 pm

        I hope somebody in the President’s staff realizes he is at the hotel, and arranges an impromptu meeting there or at the airport. What a small world!

        • 55 globalcitizenlinda
          May 4, 2013 at 3:21 pm

          sent in my tweet to the White House, Valerie and FLOTUS and I hope one of these will catch someone’s eye

      • 56 Nena20409
        May 4, 2013 at 1:10 pm

        2 sons. When he was told that his 1st son had been killed in the early 2000s. He nearly killed himself. It made national news for he went out and set himself and or his van on fire. Then his second son later joined and after his service, he had brain trauma and ended up taking his own life. A truly sad story. It is remarkable how he is trying to help other and also to find someway to honor his two sons who served for our nation. I had no idea that he is now in Costa Rica? Or did I get that wrong?

  13. 57 debz
    May 4, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Thank you Chips for your coverage of the President’s trip as well as the eye candy photos!! Listening to the “news” no one would even know our President was out of the country. I can always count on you for great info about his trips 😀

    • May 4, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      My pleasure Debz, although for some reason this trip has been the hardest so far to get videos/photos for, not a huge amount showing up. But you’re so right, you’d never think from the MSM that PBO was even away.

  14. 62 japa21
    May 4, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Okay, since AMK isn’t here to make too big a mess, can we party now?

  15. 66 utaustinliberal
    May 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Thanks for the shout out Chiparoo and HELL YES, POTUS is coming to Austin (for like the fourth or fifth time) aka the BEST city on the freaking planet.

  16. May 4, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Morning Obots!

    My night owl post is ready to go, and tonight it’s a tribute to the exemplary George Harrison.

  17. 104 GGail
    May 4, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks and TOD family.

    I’ve completed my Jury Duty service!!!!!

    Thanks for the coverage of POTUS’ trip Chipsticks. With the wild fire news coverage here, there’s no room for any other news (I’m giving the MSM an “out” for their non coverage 🙂

    Giving a shout-out to LP for his great coverage on the President’s Staff – so very interesting – Thank You!

  18. 105 globalcitizenlinda
    May 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    One of the people I am personally very thankful to for agreeing to stay on for PBO’s second term is AG Eric Holder.


    (1) Because he is very good friend of PBO who also happens to be very familiar with the law and also with Washington politics. Because of his friendship with PBO, he is able to stick to the law while also advising PBO on how to maneuver in the political sewer so that those hoping for POTUS’ impeachment do not get their chance.

    (2) Because he has already gone through a time when DOJ had to challenge the extreme rightwingers, AG is able to see through their crap and challenge them accordingly. For instance, he has already warned KS’ Brownback that the law against gun control is unconstitutional.

    Eric Holder to Sam Brownback: New Kansas gun law is unconstitutional

    •By: Associated Press By: Associated Press

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has told Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback that a new state law attempting to block federal regulation of some guns is unconstitutional and that the federal government is willing to go to court over the issue.

    The U.S. attorney’s office for Kansas on Thursday released a copy of a letter from Holder to Brownback. The letter is dated April 26, the day after Kansas’ law took effect.


    • 106 desertflower
      May 4, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      You know, AZ does this crap, too. They know full well that they passed an unconstitutional bill (SB 1070 ring a bell?) yet they persist with this waste of time BS. The Feds sue them, win, and the taxpayers of the state end up paying for this!! It should have NEVER HAPPENED IN THE FIRST PLACE! Thanks for NOTHING RWNJ Gov’s! Small govt my dying ass………….fiscally conservative, my other dying ass!

  19. 107 MightyPamela
    May 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Mornin’ y’all! Left a greeting on R&S but it never posted.. Am off crutches and allowed no splint while walking around the house. PT starts on Wed. I was thrilled to hear of Africa’s hubby doing so well, and congrats Africa, without telly you will find a wonderful new brain growing. Will have a data refill at midnight, so will be around more tomorrow! Hugs to everyone! Love the concept of us being the ‘juice’: we are like a new dimension of the electromagnetic energy field: we surround and support Change, and with our new format of no emissions and our motors run so silently, they have no idea we are coming! There is no stopping our synthetic group Mind and Heart! All aboard! Have a wonderful day, breathe! {{{{Chipsticks}}}} {{{{PBO}}}} {{{{VC}}}} {{{{TOD}}}}

  20. 108 africa
    May 4, 2013 at 1:19 pm

  21. May 4, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    So, last Storytime, someone left a little stuffed crab in the meeting room. It is now taped to the reference computer monitor. Because that’s how we roll here.

  22. May 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm

  23. 117 hopefruit2
    May 4, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    LOvelyplains, I wanted to post this on the R & S thread but got distracted. I really appreciate your taking the time to present in detail the dynamic individuals who make up PBO’s cabinet and WH team. Many of these hardworking public servants get little or no face time/recognition in the outside press (unless the MSM can find a “scandal” or “controversy” involving them). Thanks and I look forward to more on your wonderful series! 🙂 🙂

    • May 4, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      + 1,000,000,000,000,000! Love the series too Hopefruit, thank you LP!

    • May 4, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      Hopefruit & Chips……Thank you so much. It means a lot to me that the effort put forth, in trying to compile a thread worthy of this incredible blog, is enjoyed by the TOD family. The purpose of these *profiles* threads have been perfectly captured by your appreciation. If you cross your fingers, I may have something cooked up for next weekend? Thank you again…..

  24. May 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm

  25. 123 africa
    May 4, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    The MSM has no interest in PBO’s accomplishment. We must spread the word. I prefer to shove it in their faces.

  26. May 4, 2013 at 2:01 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.”


  27. 127 hopefruit2
    May 4, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Oh my…this could be Klan’s meeting and we would not know the difference…

  28. 129 JER
    May 4, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    | Live | AF1 Prepares for President Obama’s departure: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zuHX-JWlsic

  29. 130 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 4, 2013 at 2:14 pm

  30. 131 africa
    May 4, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    When Sully gets it right, he gets it. He also quotes SmartyPants. Very nice piece

  31. 132 hopefruit2
    May 4, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    But, but, but Ben Ghazi & teh dronez

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