The Week Ahead


Monday: The President will host a meeting at the White House with business leaders to discuss the importance of commonsense immigration reform including the Congressional Budget Office analysis that concludes immigration reform would promote economic growth and reduce the deficit.


Tuesday: President Obama will speak at Georgetown University on the growing threat of climate change (1:35 EST)



Wednesday morning: The President and the First Family depart on their trip to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania. The President and the First Family will arrive in Dakar, Senegal, on Wednesday evening.


Expertly fiddled-with map


Random rant: Whenever I look at those ruler-straight African borders, it’s a reminder of how brutally colonialists carved up the continent among themselves, with no regard for the people’s native homelands. Compare it with Europe’s ‘natural’ borders:

…. and the West still gasps when there’s trouble and strife in African countries….

(because, you know, Europe, for example, has had no internal civil-ish wars, if you exclude Ireland, the former Yugoslavia, Spain, Germany, etc)….

….. and is at a loss to understand why the people of south such-and-such feel a bond with the people of north such-and-such. Look at your artificial borders, dudes, and the people you divided.

Any way….


Thursday: The President will participate in a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with Senegalese President Sall, and meet with regional judicial leaders. The President will then tour the Maison Des Esclaves Museum on Goree Island, where he will also drop by a civil society event at the Goree Institute. Later, the President will meet with Embassy employees, and attend an official dinner with President Sall. The President and the First Family will remain overnight in Senegal.


Friday: The President will participate in a food security event. He will then travel to South Africa with the First Family, where they will remain overnight in Johannesburg.


SaturdayTuesday: The President will meet with SA President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria, hold a joint press conference, then move on to Cape Town where his events include a visit to Robben Island and a roundtable with business leaders. Later, he will hold a town hall meeting with young Africans at the Soweto campus of the University of Johannesburg.

The final leg of the First Family’s journey will take them to Tanzania, where the President’s program includes talks and a press conference with President Jakaya Kikwete and a visit to the Ubungo power plant. He will also lay a wreath at a memorial to the 11 people killed in the US embassy bombing in 1998.

The First Family return to Washington on Wednesday.


During the trip, First Lady Michelle Obama will speak to girls at a Senegal middle school, with students at a South African high school, and will participate in a first ladies summit hosted by the George W. Bush Institute. Former first lady Laura Bush also will participate, along with first ladies of African nations.

102 Responses to “The Week Ahead”

  1. June 23, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    yo O’s! Another great getting up day in TOD town eh?

    • 6 vcprezofan2
      June 23, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      ‘Getting up’??? I see your visitors have confused you. It’s the middle of the night, dudesse – almost time for bed!

  2. 7 Judith Fardig
    June 23, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Thank you for keeping us updated. I have so many posts to catch up on and will be doing so with deep concern for Nelson Mandela and eagerness to hear the President’s address on climate change at Georgetown University.

  3. June 23, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Nice and snappy, Layla!

  4. June 23, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Thank you Chips for the updates!!

    Congrats on 1st, Layla 🙂

    A question for all ….


  5. 15 Layla
    June 23, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Whoa!! big rain, thunder and lightning over here!

    • June 23, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      Where are you – in the midwest?

    • 20 cookemom
      June 23, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      Rolled through my part of town about 1 1/2 ago. Lot’s of cloudy darkness, some thunder and lightning, winds kicked up a bit, but just a sprinkle of rain though. I hightailed it home to batten down the hatches, but it had passed by the time I arrived. Much ado about what turned out to be nothing, except the clouds have hidden the appearance of tonight’s rare super moon.

      • 21 Layla
        June 23, 2013 at 10:01 pm

        Are you in Ottawa

        • 22 cookemom
          June 23, 2013 at 10:06 pm

          oh no, I’m just Otta Chicago

          • 23 Roberta in MN
            June 24, 2013 at 6:09 am

            What part cookemom? I used to live in Hobart Indiana and did a lot of stuff in Chicago, Merryville, Laporte, Valparaiso. Lived there a few years and then went to FoxLake, IL for a year and then moved back to MN. Busy girl I was. 🙂

        • 24 vcprezofan2
          June 23, 2013 at 11:08 pm

          Layla and Cookem, between the two of you, please keep this weather show away from me. Thank you. I wouldn’t mind the rain, but you can hold on to the other theatrics. Take care. Good thing neither of you HAVE TO go back out (Back to work is tomorrow am, right?)

  6. June 23, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Dearest Chips, you deserve a standing ovation for ….

    “Whenever I look at those ruler-straight African borders …. and the West still gasps when there’s trouble and strife in African countries, and is at a loss to understand why the people of south such-and-such feel a bond with the people of north such-and-such. Look at your artificial borders, dudes, and the people you divided.”

    You and Samantha Powers have much in common and that is a good thing for humanity.

  7. June 23, 2013 at 9:51 pm

  8. 40 Anjo
    June 23, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Still catching up I am waaaay behind and then stopped to read the Paula Deen deposition…it is worth a read just to know what “Queen of Mean” really looks like…hope she gets taken to the cleaners and have to do real kitchen work

  9. 41 amk for obama
    June 23, 2013 at 10:00 pm

  10. June 23, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Evening Obots!

    Just wrote something which boiled up in me contemplating Nelson Mandela. Not sure if I’ll post it as a night owl chat. But it does seem apropos for the spirit of this blog.

  11. 58 amk for obama
    June 23, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    My question is still unanswered.

  12. 61 Jessica
    June 23, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Wooohooooo wish they could throw me in a suitcase.

  13. 62 MightyPamela
    June 23, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Canadian Minister of Defense on UFO’s: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDr92pcBoyg&feature=youtube_gdata_player Go Canada! 🙂

  14. 64 jacquelineoboomer
    June 23, 2013 at 10:13 pm

  15. June 23, 2013 at 10:18 pm

  16. 68 4morefor44
    June 23, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    i’ve been trying to learn more about surveillance/FISA/etc in recent years, and noticed this little tidbit when reading about wanna be 9/11 hijacker moussaoui…

    “Some agents worried that his flight training had violent intentions, so the Minnesota bureau tried to get permission (sending over 70 emails in a week) to search his laptop, but they were turned down.[22] FBI agent Coleen Rowley made an explicit request for permission to search Moussaoui’s personal rooms. This request was first denied by her superior, Deputy General Counsel Marion “Spike” Bowman, and later rejected based upon FISA regulations (amended after 9/11 by the USA Patriot Act). Several further search attempts similarly failed.”

    a lot people say had the FISA court given them permission to search his computer, they likely could’ve stopped the 9/11 attacks. surveillance and privacy areas are always going to be complicated, and are not 100%, black-or-white issues as the privileged progressive/libertarian idiots try to make them out to be.

    by the way, that hijacker and others are in now in the supermax in florence, CO, the strongest prison in america. and ironically, one of the worst traitors to america, robert hanssen the the f.b.i. agent who sold secrets to the soviet union for years, is also at the prison for the rest of his life. hmmm….perhaps the snowdenwald can join them someday?

  17. 69 amk for obama
    June 23, 2013 at 10:21 pm

  18. June 23, 2013 at 10:23 pm


    • 71 anniebella
      June 23, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      Agree with you Jeff Gauvin.

    • 72 nathkatun7
      June 24, 2013 at 1:31 am

      Yep! Jeff has it right! The Chinese can’t have it both ways! I am sure they already had received U.S. extradition requests and chose to let this traitor get away, probably because he had already given them U.S. classified information.

  19. June 23, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    In the category of ‘strange shit happens’ …

    “Rep. King started to get into criticizing Obama, but when CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield went for the Obama bashing question King responded by saying we are all Americans and we’ve got to support the president. (It was odd to hear a Republican using that line to defend a president that they have spent years demonizing as un-American.) Rep. King is an Islamophobic hardline right winger on terrorism, so it isn’t like he is ever going to be praising Obama, but it speaks volumes about the media that the question was asked.

    CNN was trying to make news by fueling the partisan divide. What’s interesting is that her question revealed the deep divide within the Republican Party. King’s response hints that the divides within the GOP go even deeper than could have been previously imagined.

    King was right to dismiss the leading question about President Obama. The real story here is the Patriot Act, and how the use of private contractors to do intelligence work allowed someone like Edward Snowden to access to classified information. Without the Patriot Act, and the post-9/11 private intelligence industry boom, Edward Snowden would not have been able to do what he did.

    It is deplorable, but expected that the media would try to blame Obama for the actions of Snowden. This was another example of more biased coverage from a supposedly “liberal media” that just can’t hide its desire to exploit the ugly divides in our politics, and find a way to blame Obama.”



  20. June 23, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Alter is pretending to not know what I’m referring to….sheesh..

  21. 82 arapaho415
    June 23, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Thank you Chips for bringing to everyone’s attention the comparison between African and European countries.

    Agree with bobfr 100%.

    Think of the border between southeast Alaska (Juneau area) and Canada. It’s based on the highest peaks, so is indeed jagged.

    The Colonial Period has had a lasting influence on the state of our world.

    Also eye-opening is to drink in the sheer size of the African continent (55 countries, compared to Europe’s 47).

    • June 23, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      Excellent tweet, Araphaho – for the geo-nationally challenged (aka the Bachmann’s & Palin’s of the world) you might want to consider a slight edit ‘ To honor First Family’s trip to the Continent of Africa ….’


      • 84 amk for obama
        June 23, 2013 at 10:42 pm

        I was about to say it, bob. Do these rwnjs and the 3rd msm hacks know the difference between a country and a continent ?

        • June 23, 2013 at 10:44 pm

          We both know the answer to that question, friend!

          • 86 carolyn
            June 23, 2013 at 10:52 pm

            I assume you’re tweeting this to the networks for their edification. They need to understand the importance of this continent. They seem to feel it’s not a necessary trip. Their ignorance knows no bounds. Yes, the difference between continent and countries needs to be clarified.

            I know I’m old, but we were taught geography in school. I LOVED it. I love maps. I look at them for fun. The globe in my fifth grade classroom had become out of date, as India had left the British Empire several years previously, and other countries were leaving. Our teacher was very careful to explain that to us. We also knew that Africa was a continent with multiple countries.

        • 87 nathkatun7
          June 24, 2013 at 1:45 am

          Nope! Even many of our so called MSM think that Western Europe is five times bigger than Africa.

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  24. 94 yardarm756
    June 23, 2013 at 10:57 pm

  25. June 23, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    This is infuriating beyond words. All the work PBO and his admin have been doing to begin more productive relations with China is being willfully undermined.

    China Said to Have Made Call to Let Leaker Depart


  26. June 23, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    • 100 nathkatun7
      June 24, 2013 at 1:58 am

      Thank you Chipsticks for asking the question that needs to be asked of Greenwald and others! It seems clear to me that this was a well coordinated plan to destroy President Obama. Thanks to Karma, the plan seems to have exploded in their faces.

  27. 101 a4alice
    June 23, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    ah so very tired- (boom)


    Nitey Nite TOD

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