The Week in Review


President Obama hugs a relative of a family member buried at section 60 in Arlington Cemetery, where many members of the military killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried, Memorial Day, May 27


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The President and First Lady visit Section 60

Memorial Day Commemorated At Arlington National Cemetery




President Obama travels to New Jersey to see the progress being made in the recovery from Hurricane Sandy

Barack Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama high-fives children as he tours the boardwalk at Point Pleasant in New Jersey


The First Lady opens the White House garden for summer harvest


President Obama speaks at the AAPI Heritage month celebration

More on Lipstick-gate




President Obama travels to Chicago for Democratic Party fundraisers

Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel


DNC executive director Patrick Gaspard, Bravo’s Andy Cohen, First Lady Michelle Obama, DNC chair and congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Jason Collins at a LGBT-focused Democratic fund-raising event in New York



@lacasablanca: Oval Office meeting: President Obama and @sr_simone of “Nuns on the Bus” discussed #ImmigrationReform

President Obama greets Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and ceremony participants backstage before the signing of the Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2012 in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, May 30 (Photo by Pete Souza)




President Obama makes a statement on student loans in the Rose Garden of the White House, May 31




Vice President Biden’s visits to Brazil, Colombia, and Trinidad and Tobago

The Botero Museum in Bogata, Columbia:


VP & Dr Biden in Bogota honoring US & Colombian military members who lost their lives:


VP Biden in Trinidad




Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

139 Responses to “The Week in Review”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    June 1, 2013 at 2:53 pm


  2. 6 vcprezofan2
    June 1, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Am I supposed to be rendez-vous-ing some place else?

  3. 9 vcprezofan2
    June 1, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Okay, I’ll go read the post quietly since no one is speaking to me.

  4. 12 carolyn
    June 1, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Around for now, but set to do errands. Just rejoicing in a clear blue sky, cool temps, and the light north wind that has blown the humidity out. Humidity is the devil that brings tornadoes. In the spring and summer, north wind is our fair wind.
    Glad the President is golfing. Hope he gets to relax some.

    Everyone have a good weekend, especially those who are recovering from surgery.

    • 13 vcprezofan2
      June 1, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      You have yourself a calm weekend, Carolyn! This has been one ‘busy’ period in your corner and even while wishing a speedy recovery for those hardest hit in OK, I am happy that you have been able to stay safe.

    • 14 sonjiaduncan
      June 1, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Carolyn, I was so happy to see your post. Knowing you guys were safe was an answer to our prayers. Have a sunny weekend.

  5. June 1, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Wow LovelyPlains! What a fantastic review of the week in pictures! 😀

    • 16 vcprezofan2
      June 1, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Isn’t it a great review, SW? TOD-village is so fortunate to have such talented ‘reporters’, each with his/her own strengths. Thank you LP for this gathering of the past week’s events!

    • 22 vcprezofan2
      June 1, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      Hi, back at you SW (from above)! 😀
      I don’t know the reason but for the past couple of days or so pictures here have seemed so much sharper and clearer, it’s an extra treat to go back and look at them more than once.

    • June 2, 2013 at 10:41 am

      TY SW, gotta share some credit w/ Chips as well, she always fine tunes my posts.

  6. 24 dee
    June 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    what a wonderful president we have!

  7. 25 Nena20409
    June 1, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Wow 😎 Brilliant 🙂 LP.

    VC was Ist, 2nd, 3rd and 4th ❓ Holy TOD 😉

    • 26 vcprezofan2
      June 1, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      What took you so long, Nena? Patience is a virtue that I got very little of because I didn’t want to wait in the lineup. CONFESSION: Between the silence at the end on the last thread and the beginning of this one I was wondering what I had missed in terms of instructions. 😉

      • 27 Nena20409
        June 1, 2013 at 4:25 pm

        I was packed on Neutral doing my chores. When I came back, low and behold, A New Thread. Lovelyplains left me down under……Not the Aussie style, but lost in the winds 😉 style.

        Congratulations on all Your 3 medals: Gold, Silver, Bronze and even the consolation Prize 😯 The Flowers too 😉

        • 28 vcprezofan2
          June 1, 2013 at 4:32 pm

          I love the flowers….and the model posing with them helps to create a really ‘natural’ composition! 😆

    • 29 Layla
      June 1, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      Hey Nena, maybe you can help: it is my understanding that one must register with worldpress.com in order to post here(and not simply reply. I have been trying to register for the last 2 weeks and it keeps telling me that I will receive an activation email which I have yet to receive. When I try to re-register it tells me that my email is in use and to wait for the email. Is this customary.

      • 30 Nena20409
        June 1, 2013 at 4:20 pm

        I am sorry, Layla, but Ms. Chips is the proprietor of this wonderful Oasis, the TOD establishment…..blog post…..she is the Only one that can answer that question. I registered here in either 2009 or 2010, latest 2011. I just don’t remember. So if I were to be bumped off accidentally, I don’t even remember how to get back in….for it has been such a long time again.

        We have awesome bt (sweetly known and nicknamed as Blog Tyrants ;)); namely: Amk4Obama, LovelyPlains, UT, LL and I believe I have missed one more….so forgive me…….My memory is not as sharp as when I was younger……Not over Five-0 yet ;).

        So Layla, to make this long story short……I don’t know if your 2 weeks wait is customary or not.
        I hope that you will get an answer soon-ish 😉 Our lady Chips is worth it…… 🙄 be patient. She will get back to you 😎

      • June 1, 2013 at 4:29 pm

        Hi Layla, I don’t understand, if you can reply to comments here you will also be able to post new comments – just go to the blank box at the bottom of the comments and type away!

    • 32 MightyPamela
      June 1, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      VC is the All-Star, Major Champion, I could go on and on, but y’all know what I’m sayin’! 🙂

  8. June 1, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Great post, LP. Thank you!!

  9. June 1, 2013 at 3:25 pm


  10. 36 Nena20409
    June 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Josh Ernest subbing for Jay Carney on 5-31-13

  11. 37 JER
    June 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm

  12. 40 Ladyhawke
    June 1, 2013 at 3:28 pm




    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor delivered the 2013 PEN World Voices Festival Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture at Cooper Union in New York City. Following her remarks, Justice Sotomayor was interviewed by Harvard University’s Henry Louis Gates, Jr



  13. 43 desertflower
    June 1, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Thanks so much for this, LP! One week. This is amazing….we don’t even know the things he handles behind the scenes:) I am more and more grateful and in awe of this extraordinary man every single day. We live in amazing times.

    I’m psyching myself to go run some errands. It’s the time of the year when we Phoenicans turn into little vampires…we only come out at night because the days are too darn hot! Working on 108 today…not a cloud in the sky (as usual)…..the 90’s seemed so nice…..

    Will check back when I get back….just relaxing in the air conditioned house….don’t even want to deal with the car….. I’ll have to suck it up and get it done!

    Thanks again, LP. Awesome job, as usual!!

    • June 1, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      I taught for two years in Hotevilla on the Hopi Reservation. I remember going down to visit friends in Phoenix in the early summer. It was 106 degrees at 6:00 at night. Of course it was ‘dry heat’ so we Michiganders, used to humidity, did not take it seriously. We went and played tennis, etc., until I realized my wire-rimmed glasses were beginning to burn my face and my shoe soles were melting. We spent most of the rest of the evening gulping gallons of water, trying to replace the fluid we’d lost. Actually the only time we could tell we were sweating ( well I, being a lady, was ‘glowing’ – quite brightly too!) was when we’d drive a distance in the car. We got out, the front of us was dry as a bone and our backs were saturated it hadn’t had a chance to evaporate! Loved Phoenix, though. I did my student teaching on the Salt River Pima Papago Indian Reservation near Scottsdale..

    • June 2, 2013 at 10:42 am

      Very kind of you desertflower…..was my pleasure

  14. 47 desertflower
    June 1, 2013 at 3:39 pm


    Should someone Tweet this to the State Dept? Aren’t THEY the ones that make this decision?

  15. 49 mellesia barnett
    June 1, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Wonderful round up LP.

  16. 51 vcprezofan2
    June 1, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I ask out of curiosity, in case I missed their contributions. 🙄

    • 52 mellesia barnett
      June 1, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      I would love to hear their answer to that one VC

    • June 1, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      VC, I think Congress is on another of their multi-week vacations. They are in session less than a third of the year, but make room for “Meet the Press” (etc.) camera time as often as possible.

      MSM and Congress are both worthless, but we unfortunately depend on them to legislate and provide “news.”

      • 55 vcprezofan2
        June 1, 2013 at 4:14 pm

        Each time I’m reminded GOP Congress hardly works I’m incensed that they pay themselves well for doing nothing. It’s such a slap in the face for those who have to work BEFORE they are paid.

    • 56 anniebella
      June 1, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      All these right wing haters who love to talk about what POTUS haven’t done, I wish they will please tell me what have Boehner, Cantor, Bachmann, McConnell, done for this country, not just this past week, or month.

      • 57 anniebella
        June 1, 2013 at 4:51 pm

        The only thing I can think of is the huge mess they help create with George W. Bush. Leaving for this POTUS to try to clean up, while they throw every stumbling block in his way. Why don’t the media, folks like Chris Matthews ask John Boehner were are the jobs, jobs, jobs he promise he was going to focus on?

    • 58 theo67
      June 1, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      More like: this past decade.

  17. June 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Saw that Carolyn is off doing errands, but so glad that she took the time to update TOD on how she’s doing.

    Those phone apps for disaster alerts are truly a marvel of modern technology.

    The trending topic today on Twitter is Turkey (protests).

    For some reason, CNN keeps CNN International underwraps. CNN International was excellent during the incomprehensibly destrructive Japan tsunami in 2011. CNN fulfilled its obligation to continue to inform viewers not on EST of updates from Japan by airing CNN International starting about 8:00 or 9:00 pm Pacific time).

  18. June 1, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I’ve just eaten 96,000 onion rings, made my own fair hand.

    I feel severely ill.

    Just wanted to share that.

    • 61 vcprezofan2
      June 1, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      As I remarked once before, you do choose to eat weird food (cheesy puffs, onion rings, and-I-can’t-remember-what from last time) in the oddest quantities. You obviously paid little attention to the home-ec classes the Sisters offered. (Of course, neither did I). Maybe I should try talking LL into speeding up his food delivery service to your house before you harm yourself. Hmmm.

      • June 1, 2013 at 4:31 pm

        “Maybe I should try talking LL into speeding up his food delivery service to your house before you harm yourself.”

        That might be my only hope VC, but I’d be half afraid he’d send me things like sauteed tree bark.

        My onion rings were delicious, I just should have stopped after 126.

        • 63 vcprezofan2
          June 1, 2013 at 4:41 pm

          ‘I’d be half afraid he’d send me things like sauteed tree bark.’

          Well if it is sauteed, versus raw, what’s your worry?

          • June 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm

            Because I’ve seen LL’s tree bark dishes, VC:


            • 65 vcprezofan2
              June 1, 2013 at 5:34 pm

              But that one wasn’t sauteed, CC. LL was tired and in a rush that day. Give him another chance.

              ‘However, edible barks, roots, and saps are highly nutritious and have saved lives in survival situations. (For information on wild greens of winter, see Edible Green Plants of Winter.)

              Tree Barks

              The barks that provide nourishment include pine, sweet (black) birch, spruce, hemlock (the evergreen, not the poisonous plant), and slippery elm. The edible portion is the inner bark, the soft, living layer between the protective outer bark and the hard wooden core. The inner bark is paper-thin, so a large surface area is required to provide a meal. Slippery elm bark peels away easily from the wood, and then the outer bark must be peeled from the inner bark. In the case of other trees, it ‘


    • 68 Nena20409
      June 1, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      Ms Chips, there is a Poster by the name, Layla, with questions up thread. She asked me some questions and I gave as much as I could. Please see here comments above. Thanks.

    • 71 canadabarb4obama
      June 1, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      You cooked onion rings? Must be a master chef!

    • 75 GGail
      June 1, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      Chipsticks, Hahahahaha! I began reading your comment about you eating a gazillion onion rings while I was stuffing my mouth with french fries! 😆

    • June 1, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      You make your own onion rings??? You are welcome at me house any time!

      • 80 HZ
        June 1, 2013 at 10:10 pm

        Hi maryl1, I will put out the red carpet with lovely elegant rose petals for Chips to walk down the driveway as she makes her entrance to my home. I will have my dear friend play her flute of Chips favorites by James Galway. ( I go to bed each night by his music.) Of course, the fried onion rings will have to be somewhere in that lovely gala entrance.

        Just give me a date Chips, and I will see if the SS will clear the way because you know I will have to have our President, First Lady, and VPBiden and Dr. Biden in attendance. What do you think Chips? Oh, our TOD family will also be in attendance, for sure. HZ

        • June 1, 2013 at 10:43 pm

          Well, I can’t top that, HZ, so I can only hope that I can be a lowly guest. I can bring some dipping sauce…

          • 82 HZ
            June 2, 2013 at 12:33 am

            Maryl1, you are certainly welcome to join us as a beautiful family member of a great family. What a celebration we would have, for sure.HZ

  19. 84 Nena20409
    June 1, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Lovelyplains……Here’s my Take on Your post and pictures this afternoon 😉

    Information 😉 wise…….. I ‘ll take you there

    The Staplers

  20. June 1, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    176,275 thank yous to the highly wonderful LovelyPlains for his all hard work in this beautiful review of the week – LEGEND!

  21. 90 Layla
    June 1, 2013 at 4:41 pm


  22. 96 Ladyhawke
    June 1, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Parties prepare to reverse rhetoric on ‘nuclear option’ for judicial nominees

    Norman J. Ornstein | National Journal
    May 29, 2013


    Watching Sen. Chuck Grassley this week rail against President Obama for “court packing” made me laugh out loud. I laughed for several reasons. One was wondering whether a senior senator and longtime member of the Judiciary Committee really had no idea what court packing is, or was he reaching for new heights of disingenuousness: How could a move by a president simply to fill long-standing existing vacancies on federal courts be termed court packing?
    I remain deeply uneasy about a nuclear option, even as I condemn the unprecedented obstructionist tactics employed in the Senate (which were also condemned last week by Bob Dole and lamented by John McCain) and call for deeper reforms, especially on nominations, in Senate rules. The fallout from such a move is unknown but would be substantial and deleterious. It would be far better to return to regular order, and to the use of filibusters as rare events, not routine ones. But if senators who know better–like Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker, Susan Collins, Lindsey Graham, and Saxby Chambliss–jump when McConnell tells them and continue to obstruct nominations, they should expect to reap the whirlwind. And they, and their colleagues, will be the ones responsible for the damage done.



  23. June 1, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Aww man RIP Edith Bunker…aka Jean Stapleton

    • 98 hopefruit2
      June 1, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      She was 90 yrs old. May she RIP. She is now reunited with “Archie” singing “those wore the days” and having a good laugh 🙂

    • 99 Nena20409
      June 1, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      I loved her. I had no idea that she was 90 yrs old.

      RIP Ms Stepleton.

      • 100 anniebella
        June 1, 2013 at 5:21 pm

        I thought Jean Stapleton was already dead.

        • 101 Nena20409
          June 1, 2013 at 5:58 pm

          No that much I remembered. I remember her during Carroll O’Connor’s death in 2001. Then in 2007 or 2008, during the election, I saw her once too.

          • 102 HZ
            June 1, 2013 at 10:17 pm

            I loved her. May she rest in our hearts and minds through the spaces we create in our memory of her. When we want to invite a lovely smile or joyfulness of laughter, may her spirit receive our respect and love for all that she gave to us during her career..HZ

  24. June 1, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Howdy there all you O’s!!! Mighty fine great getting up day again in TODdytown!!! I have a free moment (#1 and kids off sightseeing as if they are tourists) and thought I’d drop in to say hello. What a great recap of the week, which is always the case when there’s rain involved. I have been completely news/politics free for much of last week. So getting it here in pics if wonderful. No punditry just wishing and hoping and thinking and praying….planning and dreaming, each night of his charm…tra la la into his arms….

  25. 105 Ladyhawke
    June 1, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    The Right’s IRS ‘Smoking Gun’ is a Total Dud; Turns Out They Didn’t Bother to Read


  26. 107 hopefruit2
    June 1, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Audrey and Eleroy if you are lurking – no offense, but pic 22-ish, right below the pic with the lady wearing an orange raincoat: YUM…time for the naughty mat!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  27. 116 Nena20409
    June 1, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Ms Chips one more question if you don’t mind……. 🙂

    Our comments are numbered. Can the Pictures be numbered as well? Just strictly for educational references or for footnotes…oops, Naughty mat photonotes? Just asking 🙂

    • June 1, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      Hellooooooo Nena, do you mean just putting a number beside the photos in each post??

      • 118 Nena20409
        June 1, 2013 at 6:02 pm

        Yes, Ma’am. Just strictly for educational references 😉

        You know for any quiz of sort that TOD might Generate 🙂

        Yes, Exams, that’s what they are called. Exams 🙂

        • June 1, 2013 at 6:05 pm

          Ha, okay Nena!! I’m freaky weird about keeping photo threads clean, with captions as short as possible, but if my rusty old head remembers, I’ll stamp a number in the corner of photos in long posts from now on! If I forget, howl at me!

          • 120 Nena20409
            June 1, 2013 at 6:09 pm

            Thanks a Billion Chips. Anything you can do to help TODbots pass the TODville Exams. Thanks again. I will do my very best to raise my four eyes spectacles 😎

      • 121 Nena20409
        June 1, 2013 at 6:05 pm

        Especially those GQ Photos that send many to the Naughty Mats…..oops, that generate some need for oxygen tanks.

        • June 1, 2013 at 6:10 pm

          I have NO clue which ones you mean….

          • 123 Nena20409
            June 1, 2013 at 6:24 pm

            HF2….where are you? Help ❗ Chips is conducting POTUS pictorial quiz. I am not sure that I was prepared for this Test. Help ❗

            • 124 HZ
              June 1, 2013 at 10:43 pm

              Nena20409, just write Elegant, Brilliant, and just plain Fine!!!!!! That will cover the same lovely answers our beautiful FLOTUS would give our professor of our class: ” Who Is the Finest Looking President to Behold in History?” President Barack H. Obama.

              Oh, I need to join the ‘Naughty Mats of Compliments.’
              It is just plain nice (very, very nice) to have a President that you can listen to and look at without turning away at the same time. Just saying what is true. HZ

  28. June 1, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Loved this trip down memory lane. Very full and interesting considering it is just a week’s worth of events. Potus and Flotus never seem to stop. They are amazing!

  29. 126 dotster3
    June 1, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I’m trying to watch hockey—–not a hockey fan (altho I was quite the ice skater in my day, but not the same thing)—-but think I should tune in because the Chgo Blackhawks are playing in some big time game—–but it’s tough. I can never see the puck or follow the puck—-so it just looks like a bunch of guys zooming messily and purposelessly around the ice—–crashing into the wall, crashing into each other, falling down on the ice—-it’s a sloppy sight, I tell ya. I don’t know how long I can stick with it——maybe just check on the score later. Puck it.

    • 127 cookemom
      June 1, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      darn… I forgot the game was on. I was introduced to hockey in my teens when I babysat a family of 5 boys ages 3-13 years old. All I could say each evening was, ‘that poor woman’. Yet, she had the most easy, laid back disposition in a person I’d ever seen. Now, looking back, she was probably on some mind altering mellowing goodie drug.

      go ‘hawks!!!

    • 128 cookemom
      June 1, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      I can’t find it. What channel are you watching it on?

  30. 132 hopefruit2
    June 1, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    This is one of the reasons that the GOP/MSM/EmoLeft are going after the DOJ.

    HEADLINE: That hopey changey thing at the Department of Justice

    // In Meridian Mississippi, where 4 of every 10 kids lives below the poverty line the public schools have been routinely jailing black children for offenses like: wrong color socks….In a display of what Rand Paul would probably find unconstitutional Federal tyranny, the Department of Justice sued the school district, the police, and the local courts. The schools caved first and in March signed a consent order. //


  31. 133 WilTal
    June 1, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Hello everyone,

    Chips, you and your Blog Tyrants are the best of the best! Awesome R&S, and now LP with the recap of the week…the creativity is amazing. What a pleasure, our beloved President and VP (an awesome couple) are hard at work every day! We are so blessed to have them at the helm…nourishing us on the road to a full recovery! And, FLOTUS is the best first lady ever (in my lifetime).

    • 134 anniebella
      June 1, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      I agree, no disrespect to any other First Lady, but I agree 100% about her being the best First Lady n my lifetime.

      • 135 HZ
        June 1, 2013 at 10:53 pm

        I totally concur, anniebella. I feel that our First Lady is and will continue to reach out to so many people in this beautiful nation. She comes into our lives in sooooooooooooooo many beautiful and lovely ways. It is so refreshing. I also love the history that she is placing at the door of so many young people.

        She uses her many gifts daily to enrich our lives in so many ways, IMO. I also have no disrespect to any of the previous First Ladies. They were and will go down in history as our First Ladies. However, this First Lady is the best in my lifetime.

        I know there will be more, but I am so grateful to be living in this history where we can see her doing so many wonderful things for our nation. We love you, our beautiful, brilliant, and compassionate First Lady.HZ

    • June 2, 2013 at 10:48 am

      TY Wiltal, appreciate the kind words, am sure the other BT’s do as well……we do it out love for the First Family and those surrounding PBO in his journey.

    • 139 HZ
      June 1, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      I want to thank LovelyPlains for such a beautiful post. What brilliant minds and gifted family we have here.

      (((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Thank you, LP)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

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