Rise and Shine: Senegal

President Barack Obama greets Senegalese President Macky Sall as U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and Senegalese First Lady Mariame Faye Sall look on, at the presidential palace in Dakar, Senegal June 27


Today in Senegal – all times EST

6:45 AM: President Obama and President Sall hold a press conference

White House Live * Reuters * CBS


Clips from the press conference:


7:50 AM: The President meets with regional judicial leaders to discuss rule of law

10:50 AM: The President and First Lady arrive at Goree Island

11:05 AM: Tour Maison Des Esclaves

1:40 PM: The President meets and greets with Embassy personnel

4:25 PM: The President and First lady attend an official dinner with President Sall






MoooOOOooorning everyone, just posting this quickly to get in the heads-up for the President’s press conference, will have more from Senegal in a while.

127 Responses to “Rise and Shine: Senegal”

  1. 1 ber6964
    June 27, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Good Morning………Everyone………Everywhere.

  2. 5 Proud Former White House Intern
    June 27, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Good morning TOD! Everyone have a beautiful day!

  3. June 27, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Good morning everyone!

  4. 7 amk for obama
    June 27, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Hey look who is up early ? 😀

    GM chips, GM folks.

  5. June 27, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Good morning everyone!

  6. June 27, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Live streaming has started here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    But the quality is terrible 😕

  7. June 27, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Ah, the quality of the picture is better for me on YouTube:

    But it’s very stoppy starty

  8. 14 amk for obama
    June 27, 2013 at 7:05 am

    wanna bet that enough thugs in the house will vote for it since their true masters, who will surely loot the money, will hold their feet to the fire, ?

    In the end, win for PBO and immigrants.

  9. 15 amk for obama
    June 27, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Am I imagining too much celebration over doma and prop 8 verdicts and far too less outrage for VRA verdict?

    • June 27, 2013 at 7:24 am

      The timing of the two was unfortunate, to say the least. I can understand the celebrating over DOMA, it’s just a shame it came a day later and knocked the VRA decision off the front pages. I just hope there’s a huge effort now to fight this.

      • June 27, 2013 at 10:10 am

        The VRA decision makes it less likely that decisions like DOMA will be enacted in the future; it’s all connected so I hope activists don’t sit back on their laurels.

    • June 27, 2013 at 7:51 am

      I so admire the strength of John Lewis going to the Supreme Court and congratulating people waiting out there for the striking down of DOMA …

    • June 27, 2013 at 7:55 am

      Definitely by design. There is the assumption that Americans will have their normal short attention span and that the DOMA and Prop 8 verdicts will appease the anger and disappointment of the VRA verdict. They continue to be in denial that the world has changed and they can no longer use the media to dictate people’s interests and emotions. They continue to be arrogant enough to believe that their actions will have no consequences. The VRA verdict is too close to the voter suppression attempts from the 2012 elections that it is having the effect of fueling the anger and indignation that people are already feeling. People will not forget so easily.

      • 22 sjterrid
        June 27, 2013 at 3:17 pm

        I agree with this 100%. I was at a OFA Comprehensive Immigration Event last night in New Jersey. It was held at the Bellmawr? Library, they showed the film A dream Is Now, and afterwards, there were about 30 people there who called our new Senator, Gov. Christie’s Republican replacement, to pass Immigration Reform. I had called earlier in the day, and they took my name and address.

        He did vote yes with us on yesterdays amendment. I called again this morning to tell him to vote for closure, this should end filibuster, and finally bring the vote up tonight or tomorrow.

  10. 24 Bill
    June 27, 2013 at 7:20 am

    The day after the heroic filibuster of Wendy Davis over abortion rights Texas executes a woman.

  11. 25 ber6964
    June 27, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Sad commentary on our Press when the President has to Apologize for them.

    • 26 Ladyhawke
      June 27, 2013 at 7:29 am

      The jackals are an embarrassment.

    • 28 Roberta in MN
      June 27, 2013 at 7:29 am

      What the hell did our press do now?

    • June 27, 2013 at 7:31 am

      You’re so right Ber, they’re ignorant fools.

      • 36 Bill
        June 27, 2013 at 7:40 am

        The question I have to myself is have they always been so bad or do we only now realize it due it the internet and constant exposure to them. I do not know the answer. I often feel duped by them.

        • June 27, 2013 at 7:51 am

          Ah, a good question Bill, I honestly don’t know the answer, but I can’t imagine they’ve ever been as disrespectful to a President as they are now. And their fixation on issues that really don’t matter very much and on fake ‘scandals’ they create, while ignoring the issues that do matter – I’d guess that’s a newer development. I don’t know, do you remember the media ever being this pathetic?

          • 38 Bill
            June 27, 2013 at 8:07 am

            Never. It is infuriating and a danger to the future. One new development seems to be young people with little prior experience but yet with a perceived stage presence and with a certain look are given national exposure with no insight and no curiosity for the truth. They are all about driving their careers.

            • June 27, 2013 at 8:15 am

              You know Bill, that’s the only thing I like about Knoller – he looks like a proper journalist! He isn’t one, of course, but he got his job in a day when the media wasn’t on the lookout for Ken and Barbies who’d look pretty on TV, they actually sought people with brains and enquiring minds. It’s a mess – and, as you said, so dangerous.

          • 40 jackiegrumbacher
            June 27, 2013 at 8:09 am

            I go back a long ways, Chips, and I don’t remember this level of arrogance, disrespect and ignorance n former years. The media used to take pride in their profession because they once did actually perform a useful role. Now they’re highly paid prostitutes who regurgitate talking points at the behest of those who pay them. They think their attitude toward our president and their blatant attempts to embarrass him overseas go unnoticed. But we see and we don’t forget.

            • June 27, 2013 at 8:12 am

              “The media used to take pride in their profession because they once did actually perform a useful role. Now they’re highly paid prostitutes who regurgitate talking points at the behest of those who pay them.”

              Oh Jackie, you said it all! What a perfect definition for today’s media.

            • 42 ber6964
              June 27, 2013 at 8:26 am

              They try everyday to “embarrass” the President only to be left looking so unprofessional and disrespectful not only to the President but to the Host Country…….I can’ts stand The Stupid.

  12. 43 Roberta in MN
    June 27, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD’ers. We are up early. Got a full day today so won’t check back in until late afternoon. Have a great one. Still getting used to this keyboard. The one on my laptop is not working so well. 😦

  13. June 27, 2013 at 7:30 am

    • 45 Ladyhawke
      June 27, 2013 at 7:35 am

      Thanks for posting HF. President Obama’s comments about Nelson Mandela were just wonderful.

  14. 46 JER
    June 27, 2013 at 7:32 am

    [Gov. Perry] has called a second special legislative session beginning July 1, allowing the GOP-controlled statehouse another crack at passing restrictions that opponents say could shutter nearly all of the abortion clinics across the country’s second-largest state. … Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who oversees the Texas Senate, said an extra session will let lawmakers “address the issues derailed by the actions of an angry mob.” http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20130627/APA/1306270580

    • 47 jackiegrumbacher
      June 27, 2013 at 8:12 am

      OH, I really hope that angry mob, aka the citizens of Texas, double in numbers and overwhelm this vile session. Texans cannot forget what their so-called government is doing to them. NOW is the time to organize to replace Perry and that detestable lieutenant governor, both of whom are up for re-election next year.

  15. June 27, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks, TODers…Everyone!

    Chipsticks, thank you for the early Rise and Shine for the TOD Early Birds and Extended Night Owls. The pictures from Senegal are a wonderful start to the morning. I’m looking forward to the future posts from you, the other blog tyrants, and TOD contributors as The Obama Diary chronicles the Obama Family trip to Africa. Unfortunately, I will be playing catch-up throughout the weekend as this is reunion time for my family, but I’ll be checking in as often as I can.

  16. 50 Kreen
    June 27, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Morning all!

  17. 54 Ladyhawke
    June 27, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Jackal Major Garrett asks several compound questions about the VRA ruling and Snowden. The jackals never follow the rules.

  18. 56 Elly in Maryland
    June 27, 2013 at 7:38 am

    I only get a chance for quick reads on this blog (can’t log onto it at work) so I surely have missed an answer to this question: how does Nelson Mandela’s grave illness affect President Obama’s African trip? What if Mr. Mandela dies during the trip – does the President cancel the activities for South Africa? These are awkward but necessary considerations.

    Also, I thought the earlier post about the importance of the African economy and the U.S. press’s idiocy was excellent. Thank you so much.

  19. June 27, 2013 at 7:42 am


    President Obama on the media coverage of Snowden’s travels: “I’m sure there will be a made-for TV movie somewhere down the line.”

  20. June 27, 2013 at 7:44 am

    “No, I’m not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker.”

    • June 27, 2013 at 7:48 am

      Good – don’t give this fool (and his idiot supporters) any more attention and gravitas than they deserve.

    • 62 amk for obama
      June 27, 2013 at 7:52 am

      These morons asked about him in an african PC ? Jeez.

      • June 27, 2013 at 7:55 am

        D’you notice how that happens all the time? The WHPC are the most ignorant, parochial shower of dicks, never show any respect for their hosts, show no interest in the country they’re in, or the issues PBO is addressing there.

        • June 27, 2013 at 7:56 am

          The WHPC behave like a bunch of emotionally stunted 7th graders – all the time.

        • June 27, 2013 at 8:05 am

          “never show any respect for their hosts, show no interest in the country they’re in,”

          Well, that has been the *definition* of Americans in Europe for decades – is slowly changing now …

        • June 27, 2013 at 8:32 am

          Is there some kind of a requirement that we have to have a WHPC?
          This is a serious inquiry. thanks

          • 67 utaustinliberal
            June 27, 2013 at 8:36 am

            I believe so. They’re there to cover the daily goings-on at the white house and also if anything happens to the president on domestic or foreign soil, you need them as eye and ear witnesses.

            It’s a catch-22 because they’re so bad and incompetent at their job description.

      • 68 jackiegrumbacher
        June 27, 2013 at 8:18 am

        And I’m sure this is duly noted by the Senegalese president and the entire tuned in population who are probably appalled by the disrespect America’s first African American president is shown by the US media. I’ve no doubt this increases THEIR respect and admiration for our president. What he has to tolerate from these ignorant media fiends is beyond outrageous. I truly despise the lot of them.

  21. 69 sherijr
    June 27, 2013 at 7:49 am

    oooh just tuned in to POTUS… love how he switched the conversation from Snowden to AFRICA.. woohoo POTUS not playing w/ these fools. Good Morning Chips & TOD and Senegal 🙂

  22. June 27, 2013 at 7:51 am

    • 71 Ladyhawke
      June 27, 2013 at 7:58 am

      Exactly. zizi’s post from yesterday should be required reading for the jackals and the lazy media stenographers. I am just mortified at the behavior of the press. I have never seen anything like this. The double standard, the snarky questions dripping with sarcasm, the accusatory tone, the disrespect. smdh

  23. 72 Ladyhawke
    June 27, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Awesome. President Obama is schooling the jackals about the reason for his trip to Africa. PBO’s responses to the questions were fabulous. He is so amazing. I could listen to him speak all day.

    • 73 arkluvspbo
      June 27, 2013 at 8:29 am

      Ladyhawke, isn’t it refreshing having an articulate, intelligent, thoughtful president!!!

  24. 74 africa
    June 27, 2013 at 7:55 am

    I am so proud. Thank you PBO for looking at Africa with respect.

  25. 75 CEB
    June 27, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Good morning, Chips.
    Great Rise and Shine. I see the embarrassing U S media is at it again, esp. that ass Major Garrett. The president had to remind the mofos why they were there in his final comment in this presser. Their petty and inappropriate for the occasion questions belittle us in the eyes of the host country and the world and make it needlessly more difficult for the president and his admin. to do their jobs.
    Loved the dismissive and somewhat sarcastic tone and that that PBO used in answering the questions about Snowboy, especially the stupid one about scrambling jets to arrest “a 29 year-old hacker” as PBO referred to him.

    • June 27, 2013 at 8:15 am

      I’m also happy that PBO emphasized that he has not asked any country to release Snowden (contrary to what the MSM reports have implied). PBO has bigger and better things to do than to worry about some narcissistic Republican operative posing as a disgruntled anarchist.

    • 77 Bill
      June 27, 2013 at 8:22 am

      Meanwhile, the “29 year old hacker” is either being held by the Russians or is hiding in the Moscow airport. Neither a very exciting existence.

  26. 78 99ts
    June 27, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Hello everyone – I think I’ve missed the news conference – but I gather, as always the US press showed NO interest in the country that PBO is visiting and rather asked their usual stupid questions about …”scandal”… They try so hard to bring down the President and fault him in front of the world – and simply end up looking ignorant and stupid.

    I don’t believe they acted like this with George Bush – perhaps it was simply that the latter was so dumb the press actually looked as if they knew something. Truly sad that they don’t take the time to learn about the world rather than try to attack the President every time they open their mouths.

  27. 79 amk for obama
    June 27, 2013 at 8:10 am

  28. 80 utaustinliberal
    June 27, 2013 at 8:18 am

  29. 84 amk for obama
    June 27, 2013 at 8:19 am

    About PBO’s dismissive reply about the spyboy, I am wondering if it’s a snub to that punk putin. Hey, you wanna keep him, be our guest.

  30. June 27, 2013 at 8:22 am

  31. June 27, 2013 at 8:23 am

    That Reuters live streaming link looks good, more from Senegal in their schedule today, at the moment they’re streaming live from outside Nelson Mandela’s hospital:

    http://reuters.livestation.com/demo will have

  32. 93 amk for obama
    June 27, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Ahhh, finally some much needed rains in my part of the world. I’ll be gone playing in it.

  33. 94 utaustinliberal
    June 27, 2013 at 8:26 am

    FLOTUS is on Instagram!!!! Yay. Check out her new photo.

  34. 98 dotster3
    June 27, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Most perfect response by President Obama, as we have come to expect—–re. Snowden. Not going to intercept planes to bring a 29 yr. old hacker back to U.S.——etc. Dismissive. Yanked the story back from breathlessness. Perfection.

  35. 100 cookemom
    June 27, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Goooood morning all my O’s!!!!! It’s a good and great getting up day in TODville once again, yes sirree!!!

    I’ve been away for awhile, handling the youngsters. It’s amazing how much energy they generate. I have to recharge my batteries every night, just to keep up with them. By the time I get to sit down to log in, I’m asleep by the time WP asks for my password to the land of TOD.

    Thanks to zizi on the info provided for PBO’s trip to Senegal, Africa. As well as the music videos by Senegalese artists. My #2 spent a summer in Senegal and to this day feels the impact of her experience there. She came home all zen’d out and full of inner peace. She credits the people’s outreach towards her and their absolute serenity as life changing. I plan to share zizi’s posts with her.

  36. June 27, 2013 at 8:31 am

  37. June 27, 2013 at 8:33 am

  38. June 27, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I really do hope that PBO gets to visit him – if conditions permit.

  39. June 27, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Oh MY!! Positive economic news continue to spill in—

  40. 110 vitaminlover
    June 27, 2013 at 8:38 am

    They look like they are enjoying themselves.

    • 111 anniebella
      June 27, 2013 at 8:44 am

      Our POTUS and FLOTUS looks nice this morning, and the picture of FLOTUS with the girls are lovely and I see Malia is in the picture too. Do you think Malia and Sasha will be going to Goree Islands too?

  41. June 27, 2013 at 8:39 am

  42. June 27, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Morning again, good people! I’ve an appointment this morning, so gotta slip away for a few. But, while we’re in this awful debate about abortion and women’s reproduction, I thought I should remind everyone that not so long ago. Uncle Sam was an Abortionist ….


  43. 115 amk for obama
    June 27, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Ok, playtime in rain is over. Brief, but strong showers. Fiiinally.

  44. June 27, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I think at some point Snowjob is going to start begging to have his passport back and to return to the US. It’s just a matter of time. His privileged ass didn’t know how good he had it. Think Russia is a bed of roses? As soon as they realize they have no use for his tired arse, they’re going to start ignoring/mistreating him. And his “civil liberties” would be the last thing on his mind.

    Similarly, his Koch sponsors in the US will no longer keep financing him if they see that he’s not bringing them any benefit. I think this was also part of PBO’s indirect message in the presser this morning…that if you think you’re using this little MFer to “get to me” the joke is on all of you punk asses!!!

    • 117 jackiegrumbacher
      June 27, 2013 at 9:48 am

      Oh, hf, you are so right. Russia will soon have absolutely no use for him. I’m sure they have only contempt for him now and soon his little nanosecond in the spotlight will be over. It sucks to be him.

  45. 118 amk for obama
    June 27, 2013 at 8:50 am

    President Barack Obama says efforts to arrest US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden will be dealt with through routine legal channels.

    “I am not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker,” said Mr Obama, speaking on a visit to the West African nation of Senegal.

    He also said he had not called China and Russia’s presidents about the case.

    Mr Snowden, who faces US espionage charges, flew to Moscow on Sunday and applied for asylum in Ecuador.

    Mr Obama said the case highlighted significant vulnerabilities at the National Security Agency, the US electronic spying agency where Mr Snowden worked as a contractor until last month.


    So yet another ‘scandal’ with the lifespan of mayfly.

  46. 119 desertflower
    June 27, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Morning everyone:) To you earlier talk about the media: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/27/us-mandela-idUSBRE95P1EW20130627

    Former South African President Nelson Mandela is still clinging to life, his eldest daughter Makaziwe said on Thursday, but she blasted foreign media “vultures” for violating his privacy as he lay critically ill in hospital.

    Makaziwe’s outburst came after the government reported another downturn in the condition of the 94-year-old anti-apartheid hero, who is admired across the world as a symbol of resistance against injustice and of reconciliation.

    “There’s sort of a racist element with many of the foreign media, where they just cross boundaries,” she said, after running the gauntlet of the pack of camera crews and reporters gathered outside the hospital.

    “It’s truly like vultures waiting when the lion has devoured the buffalo, waiting there for the last of the carcass. That’s the image we have as a family,” Makaziwe added.

    Her criticism followed several sharp rebukes from Zuma’s spokesman against some foreign media reports that have given alarming details of Mandela’s deteriorating condition.

    Spokesman Mac Maharaj declined to comment on the latest report by a major U.S. TV news network that South Africa’s first black president was on life support. He said this was part of Mandela’s confidential relationship with his doctors.

    Daughter Makaziwe said: “If people say they really care about Nelson Mandela, then they should respect that. They should respect that there is a part of him that has to be respected.”

  47. 122 amk for obama
    June 27, 2013 at 8:57 am

  48. 124 Jovie
    June 27, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Income jumps, consumer spending rebounds UE weekly claims fall.

  49. 126 Jovie
    June 27, 2013 at 11:01 am

  50. 127 arkluvspbo
    June 27, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I love the picture of POTUS and FLOTUS walking together — body language mirroring each other; posture tall and straight, confident; faces, beaming. They are in complete sync. Love it. I’m a visual person, and for me the photographs are best.

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