Senegal: An Image or Two

…. at the doorway that slaves departed from on Goree Island in Dakar




First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Martin Luther King middle school in Dakar, Senegal




President Obama introduces the First Lady to President Sall




Chat away, back in a while with more

126 Responses to “Senegal: An Image or Two”

  1. 1 Arnie
    June 27, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Good morning!

  2. 4 Mellesia Barnett
    June 27, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Here I am chatting or rather typing away

  3. 5 Layla
    June 27, 2013 at 11:43 am

    | AP

    NEW YORK — Target Corp. is announcing Thursday that it is ending its relationship with celebrity cook Paula Deen as fallout builds from revelations that the Southern celebrity chef used racial slurs in the past.

    The discounter, based in Minneapolis, said that it will phase out its Paula Deen-branded cookware and other items in its stores as well as on Target.com.

    The company says that once the merchandise is sold out, it will not be replenishing the inventory.

    The announcement comes as diabetes drug maker Novo Nordisk says it and Deen have “mutually agreed to suspend our patient education activities for now.”

    On Wednesday, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it was ending its relationship with Deen. Last week, the Food Network said that it would not renew Deen’s contract.

    • 6 Nena20409
      June 27, 2013 at 11:46 am

      Karma? Prudence? Fate? Poetic Justice?

      All of the Above?

    • 7 ewok2
      June 27, 2013 at 11:53 am

      I hope this Paula Deen fallout is a precursor to the end of the blatantly open racism that is now becoming the norm in the news and with regard to the First Family. People are beginning to say enough, and I am happy that it is starting with the sponsors and big business having zero tolerance when it comes to bigotry in our society. It is refreshing to see that her sponsors are responding to what she did. A lot of people have not read the deposition from the plaintiff, but it is jaw dropping. Excerpts need to be posted, so that people can see the depth of these offenses on her and her staff’s part. The Teaparty reign is over.

  4. June 27, 2013 at 11:44 am

    GM Chips, TOD… Congrats on first Arnie!…. Chips you get my DM?

  5. 12 pkayden
    June 27, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Love the photos.

  6. 13 Nena20409
    June 27, 2013 at 11:45 am

    GM TODvillians, TODers, TODObots, TODdites, TOD Villagers.

    Arise, Arose and Arisen.

    It’s still a semi-beautiful Day 😉

    Gold for Arnie, Congrats……..the price of Gold is still above $2.2K

  7. June 27, 2013 at 11:45 am

  8. 17 Ladyhawke
    June 27, 2013 at 11:46 am

    The Supreme Court’s Constitutional Hypocrisy

    By Ari Berman


    Justice Roberts wrote in his concurrence: “I agree with Justice Scalia that this Court lacks jurisdiction to review the decisions of the courts below… I also agree with Justice Scalia that Congress acted constitutionally in passing the Defense of Marriage Act.”

    Yet that reasoning didn’t stop Justices Roberts and Scalia from striking down the centerpiece of the Voting Rights Act yesterday, a hugely important civil rights law that has been passed by Congress five times with overwhelming bipartisan approval. Why didn’t the court defer to Congress on the VRA, which has a far more robust Congressional history/mandate than DOMA? And how did Roberts and Scalia reach such contradictory conclusions in the different cases?
    Justice Roberts has been opposed to the VRA for three decades, ever since he was a young lawyer in the Reagan Justice Department. His sweeping and radical decision yesterday was more about ideology than the law, constitutional principles or congressional deference be damned.



    • 18 99ts
      June 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      There is NOTHING related to non-political about this SCOTUS – history will not be kind to this right wing court. Am I alone in thinking the conservative Justices think that 99% of the gay minority are white folks, while 99% of those who need the VRA are non-white folks.

      • June 27, 2013 at 1:21 pm

        You’re not alone. It does seem to be the prevailing thought and that explains a big part of the ruling . I think there’s this belief on the part of the GOP that if it weren’t for these wedge issues like DOMA and DADT, White LGBT would quickly and easily vote for GOP rather than Dems. And they are going to test out that hypothesis for 2014 and 2016.

        So while the DOMA being struck down is a positive step on the surface, the motive behind it paints a very disturbing picture of persistent racial bigotry. And Whites, Blacks, Latinos, etc., who are openly LGBT and active in their communities need to do a better job in portraying the vast diversity that exists – because right now, there is a false notion that the LGBT consists of predominantly white, highly educated, middle- to upper-class folks. People like Rachel Maddow and John Aravosis should NOT be allowed to be the only faces of the LGBT community, any more than Cornel West & Tarvis Smiley should be allowed to be the faces of the Black community.

  9. June 27, 2013 at 11:46 am

  10. June 27, 2013 at 11:49 am

  11. 25 yardarm756
    June 27, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Ahoy mates! I see it’s an SOSD day(Same Old Shyt Different)day. What will be the shiny new object today I wonder?

    • 26 99ts
      June 27, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      Must be due to hear Mccain scream Benghazi any time soon.

      • 27 yardarm756
        June 27, 2013 at 12:13 pm

        Ohhhhhh no! Anything but that. I’d even settle for Lindsay and more vapors. 😀

      • 28 Ladyhawke
        June 27, 2013 at 12:27 pm

        Your comment about McCain reminded me of this from Frank Rich about David Gregory journalism skills…..

        Frank Rich skewers David Gregory: Move him to “Today” show


        But Rich rebuts: “Is David Gregory a journalist?”

        “As a thought experiment, name one piece of news he has broken, one beat he’s covered with distinction, and any memorable interviews he’s conducted that were not with John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Dick Durbin or Chuck Schumer.”



  12. 29 vcprezofan2
    June 27, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Chatting away…… as per instructions

    Morning, Chipsticks!

    So, how are you today?

    You enjoyed/tried any African food yet this morning, or are you waiting for the dinner later?

    You brought a special outfit for the dinner? You do realize that dress Amk brought you from his last year’s trip to the continent really won’t do for this occasion, right?

    (Don’t forget chatting won’t work well if you don’t add your part.)

  13. June 27, 2013 at 11:56 am

    • 31 anniebella
      June 27, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      I wonder if there were any tears shed? Seem to me I remember POTUS and FLOTUS visiting another place like this before, I don’t know if it was the same place or another one.

    • 32 utaustinliberal
      June 27, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      The image is so powerful. We’ve come so far but still have more to do.

  14. June 27, 2013 at 11:56 am

  15. June 27, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Wanted to bring this over so more will see it.

    June 27, 2013 at 11:16 am
    Person story regarding the media and this Africa trip. My daughter, a staunch supporter of PO, is “having a hard time with his Africa trip.” She proceeded to say she heard a report on the TODAY Show week or so ago…..pointed out that they were not criticizing his trip……that they were “just” reading from some article (Get that??!!) about all the planes, SS, etc., etc. that had to accompany them and how this may be the wrong time for this trip because of the sequester blah, blah, blah. She bought it hook, line and sinker. I pointed out to her that w/her buying that she is the classic example of how the media puts these things in people’s minds, including people who support PO, and therefore, accomplishes exactly what media wants to accomplish. I gave her the link from the press briefing first of June and also talked about zizi’s post last night…….I stressed points zizi made; also stressed LONG-term thinking, not short-sighted, tunnel vision. She didn’t buy it……still disagrees with his trip. Gees, it makes we sick and so d— angry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! To repeat: Such a strong example of how powerful they are because she is a strong PO supporter.

    • 35 Layla
      June 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      How old is your daughter Lala

      • June 27, 2013 at 12:14 pm

        She will be 43 in October. No immature and is quite informed on political affairs and current events. To repeat: Her strong feeling on this is the perfect example of how much influence the corporate media has.

        • June 27, 2013 at 12:23 pm

          But the corporate media has been at it from Day 1 on a wide variety of issues and she still remained a “staunch PBO supporter” as you put it – sounds like there’s something about this trip in particular that makes her angry, and as I stated in the previous thread, it has to do with possibly her own subconscious attitudes towards countries in Africa – not so much the MSM per se.

          The corporate media only influences those people who already are predisposed towards certain beliefs or attitudes. They just use the media’s talking points to reinforce attitudes that are already there.

          • June 27, 2013 at 12:36 pm

            I don’t believe that’s the problem, even subconsciously because she has a bi-racial daughter. (adopted) As she said the other day, when talking about the Paula Deen thing, she certainly would be upset if anyone called Aliya the ‘n’ word. I truly believe it’s as simple as hearing that discussion on the Today Show and buying into the corporate messaging. I pointed out to her about Bush’s trips, daughter’s and Laura’s trips, safari, etc. and Clinton’s trips and also pointed out that this same line is used for EVERY trip he has taken. She did admit that she is fully aware of that, but somehow I can’t make her see there’s no difference regarding this trip. I think they did a very good job with the presentation about all the planes, SS protection, stressing that the girls and other family members are going this time, etc. I explained that the family pays for personal things, but she wasn’t buying it.

            • 39 vcprezofan2
              June 27, 2013 at 12:54 pm

              You know, TnMG, I firmly believe there comes a time (different for each of us,of course) when you just have to let people (friends, family, whatever) believe what they want and not let their beliefs stress you out. For those of *my* acquaintance/family who give me this kind of reasoning, I quite frankly tell them I don’t have time nor the will to listen to them on the particular topic and if we persist it will damage our friendship/relationship so give it up already. Honest to God, with no exaggeration, I never knew I could be so blunt and not feel ‘guilty’, but I absolutely refuse to let anyone tamper with, or taint, the real joy I feel in being alive to be a part of the Barack Hussein Obama presidency. Being so aware of a leader and so immensely grateful to SEE leadership with integrity is an experience I’m not sure I will ever have again, and I have no intention to look back with regret that I didn’t stand with it totally. That’s just me though. When the history is written, if I’m around to read it, I choose being able to know that I LIVED it and I know what they are describing (or I LIVED it and they haven’t a clue what they are talking about)! Bottom line, I’m giving NO ONE the power to mess with *my* PBO-VC relationship!

            • June 27, 2013 at 1:02 pm


              Most people, including some Black people, have negative subconscious attitudes towards many of the African countries. That’s because we all have been carefully and systemically programmed to think that Africa is a place where people are poor, sick, backward, disorganized, and generally have little of value to offer. Africans can dance, sing and run fast – but that’s about it. And if Barack Obama as a Black man is going to Africa, it’s not because he’s trying to strengthen business ties with a growing economy, it MUST be because he’s just visiting “his people” in this backward place at taxpayer expense. The Clintons and Bushes’ trips were justified since they were not going to “visit family” but going there to “improve Africa.” This is the prevailing thought – which the MSM has conveniently played into.

              It’s going to take a great deal of time and effort to change these negative stereotypes – but it’s very sad.

        • 41 vcprezofan2
          June 27, 2013 at 12:37 pm

          Hi TnMG! ‘Top of the day’ to you!

          In her current mindset it may not help….. but …. please draw your daughter’s attention to this specific (2003) article that Zizi shared at the end of her Africa education piece. The ‘beauty’ of this particular article is that it’s not about PBO. Zizi’s entire post might have been ‘too much sensible information’ for a mind already poisoned towards ‘this may be the wrong time for this trip’. We here know that it’s ‘the wrong time’ for any trip President Obama takes. 🙄

          “Presidents of the United States are not noted for travelling light. And George W Bush will prove no exception when he becomes the first incumbent of the White House to make a state visit to Britain.

          Mr Bush will be accompanied by a retinue consisting of 250 members of the Secret Service, 150 advisers from the National Security Department, 200 representatives of other government departments and 50 political aides.

          There will also be approximately 100 journalists travelling with him. There are also his personal chef, personal assistants, four [FOUR????] cooks, medics and the presidential 15-strong sniffer dog team. [FIFTEEN DOGS????]


          It is not revealed if Mr or Mrs Bush will have stylists with them, although the First Lady may be well-advised to do so,


    • 43 japa21
      June 27, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      It is sad because the arguments they use sound, on the surface, to be reasonable. When you look into it further, though, they are paper-thin rationaliztions they come up with to justify their anger at PBO, anger which, by itself, is unreasonable. But once people start nodding their heads when they hear the first argument, it becomes difficult to change that initial impreswsion, as is the case with your daughter.

      Give her time, make sure she sees what PBO is doing over there, and she will probably come around.

    • 44 Bill
      June 27, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      If PBO did not take such trips he would not be fulfilling is duties as POTUS and most important person in the world. The meaning of his election gives hope to people around the world and should be shared with it. Just looking at the reactions of the people to him and his beautiful family shows the value of such trips. The US cannot afford to act like a third world banana republic because the Republicans have put us into debt.

      O/T. Did you see Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) believes we should abolish the minimum wage? Maybe he thinks we should become a third world country.

  16. 46 Vicki
    June 27, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Zizi, I hope you will continue to educate TOD on Africa.
    Not only the history but the excllent fiction. For example “Cry The Beloved Country” by Alan Paton about SA and the novel I read in high school in the 50’s, yes I am that old, that stirred my interst in Kenya, “Uhuru” by Robert Ruark.

    Please don’t jump on me if either of those aren’t politically correct by 2013 standards!

    For music fans Tom Morello, Rage Against The Machine, The Nightwatchman, 4* guitarist is a direct decendant of Jomo Kenyatta the first democratically elected President of Kenya, who is his great-uncle.

    • 47 Vicki
      June 27, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      Correction–Something of Value was the 50’s book renamed Uhuru in the movie.
      Then the follow-up book Uhuru came out in the 60’s.

    • 48 japa21
      June 27, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      I loved “Cry The Beloved Country”. Used it in my speech at HS graduation when talking about the fight for Civil Rights in the US.

      • 49 carolyn
        June 27, 2013 at 12:38 pm

        I also read “Cry, the Beloved Country” in high school. It stayed with me like few other books ever have. I now use it in my College Freshman class. It is a wonderful mirror for my students who are too young to know about our Civil Rights struggle. It is a beautiful book, can be read many times with new discoveries each time.
        In addition to the actual book, I use the country of South Africa as basis for their short research papers. I hope this will enlarge their knowledge of the world. Most of them have never heard of apartheid. They are absolutely shocked when it is explained. They live in a world that really does not see many color differences, and if they do, those differences mean little to them.
        This fall I will have more grist for this mill. The movie with James Earl Jones and Richard Harris is remarkable.

    • June 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      Oh sorry I’m now waking up after keeping vigil last night until this AM. Yes of course, I will add stuff about African lit. an area that is right up my alley. Are you sure? Oh my you don’t want me to get on my teacher soap box. You couldn’t suffer me. 😀

      • 51 carolyn
        June 27, 2013 at 12:48 pm

        zizi…as one teacher to another…..do it! You know we can’t resist when our subject is at hand 🙂

        • 52 carolyn
          June 27, 2013 at 12:50 pm

          I loved what Dr. Jill Biden said when asked about teaching. She said “It’s not what I do, it’s WHO I AM.”
          Those of us who ARE, just can’t help it.

  17. June 27, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Where are the woman and minorities in PBO’s cabinet? That make 3 AA by my count… Sec. of Cabinet (woman), A.G. & DOT

  18. 60 japa21
    June 27, 2013 at 12:17 pm

  19. June 27, 2013 at 12:17 pm

  20. June 27, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Techy geniuses, help!

    Just got message from 57andFemale:

    “Chips, I’m in WP HELL. I get “cannot post your comment” on any of my devices and computers. Help!”

    Any one have any clue how to fix this for 57??

    Thank you!

    • 64 57andfemale
      June 27, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      You must have shaken your fist at nasty WP, because I’m able to comment.

      This started last night and I really was having TOD withdrawal.

      • June 27, 2013 at 12:31 pm

        🙂 🙂 57 you have an addiction! You must seek help NOW. I know this because I’m in the same position as you. In fact, My Dr. prescribed a new drug on the market – Obamarol. Obamarol helps you get through those TOD withdrawals – for example when you are traveling, holed up at work, have a disruption in power or Internet connection, or when the computer is just acting up for no reason. I’m shipping you some right away!

    • 78 57andfemale
      June 27, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      I’d signed out of everything multiple times, signed back on. Kept getting the same message since late last night and this morning. After sending you the DM I signed out again at the office, signed back on and I’m connected again.

      • June 27, 2013 at 12:28 pm

        Crazy stuff 57, just getting some work out of the way, will check the WP forum then to see if it was happening others – and why!

        • 80 57andfemale
          June 27, 2013 at 12:47 pm

          Don’t think I offended the WP gods in any way. It wasn’t going to moderation, it was just weird.

          I now have my fix. All is well with the world.

  21. June 27, 2013 at 12:17 pm

  22. June 27, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Have added some more pics to the post, more asap!

  23. 88 57andfemale
    June 27, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    TEST. Have not been able to comment on WP. This is a Test.

  24. 93 japa21
    June 27, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I am unable to watch Zimmermna trial, but is prosecuting atty trying to gt judge to stop defense from badgering Rachel? If not, probably figures defense is shooting self in foot.

  25. 99 anniebella
    June 27, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Seeing POTUS and FLOTUS standing there in that doorway on Goree Island, it is touching, it touches your heart, it really makes you think.

  26. June 27, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Morning Obots!

    I swear, I think I have chronic fatigue syndrome. I just can’t get it going in the mornings. I’ll mention it to my doctor when I go see him next month.

    I see I caused a kerfuffle last night by including Alicia Keys and not Jay-Z on my night owl chat. 😆 BUT, I did say “share your own videos.” So I’m exempt from all criticism.

  27. June 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm

  28. June 27, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Zizi, perhaps some folk are paying attention …

    And, good news about Nancy Pelosi re: John Lewis Voting Rights Act potential legislation. Was pleased to see her daughter pushing the idea, yesterday …

    Looks like #PBO is more than happy to let Snowden rot in a Russian airport 🙂


    • June 27, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      Thanks Chips! Hope you’re having a fine day 🙂

    • 113 Ladyhawke
      June 27, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      Thanks Bobfr. I posted a comment today that zizi’s post on President Obama’s trip to Africa should be required reading for the WHPC jackals and the lazy media stenographers. The post was so brilliant it should make them all hang their heads in shame. They have failed in their obligation to report the facts to the American people which is the first principle of journalism. I am angry and embarrassed at the behavior of the press. They are constantly chasing shiny objects and trying to create the narrative. If we could just get back to the basics of journalism we would all benefit. Silly me, I won’t hold my breath. http://www.journalism.org/resources/principles

  29. 114 Bill
    June 27, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Joy Reid just said Wendy Davis is the only person in Texas to have better hair than Rick Perry.

  30. June 27, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I’m curious to hear responses to this “Open Letter to Paula Deen” written by a black, Jewish, gay, southern food writer and historical cooking reenacter. I mention all those attributes because they are important in and to his commentary. One interesting point he makes is that the real injustice is not Deen’s racist speech, but the way southern cooking has been stripped of it’s African roots, and that the dishes celebrated by Deen and other cooks were developed by slaves. Another point is that the focus on Deen has taken the focus off far more dangerous racist actions like the voter disenfranchisement of the last election. It appears that it was written before her latest appearance on NBC.


  31. June 27, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    LOVE THIS TWEET!! We need to make #Postborn a thing.

  32. 119 japa21
    June 27, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    • 120 99ts
      June 27, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      They still legislate against women’s bodies – and against healthcare – anything that benefits people – NO

  33. 121 57andfemale
    June 27, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Can I assume that Snowdenwald and the other loons believe that we should dismantle all NSA functions, and just give us all a stipend to build bomb shelters? Turn the entire country into survivalists with all the guns we can carry and some freeze dried food?

    That’s the cost of their ‘privacy’.

  34. June 27, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    En direct du Senegal, les informations sur la visite du président Americain et madame Obama: http://senego.net/buzz/2013/06/27/13-photos-marieme-faye-sall-compagnie-michelle-obama-pendant-visite-senegal-regardez_100912.html
    Local news in Dakar today

  35. June 27, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    POTUS And FLOTUS local news from Dakar in pictures only: http://senego.net/buzz/2013/06/27/20-photos-visite-obama-senegal-femme-enfants-images-regardez_100885.html
    Yesterday, Potus told the minister of culture, the great Youssou Ndour that FLOTUS and him were both fans of his, to which Youssou N’dour is said to have Blushed 🙂 Here: http://senego.net/people/2013/06/27/barack-obama-dit-youssou-ndour-moi-femme-sommes-fan_100785.html
    and here the reaction of the singer who is going to perform for the Obamas if, says N’dour, his boss, the president Fall is ok with that: http://senego.net/people/2013/06/27/youssou-ndour-apres-longue-poignee-main-obama-suis-fier_100986.html

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