Senegal: Coming Up

President Obama and Senegal President Sall at their joint news conference in Dakar – @PeteSouza


All times EST

9:50 AM: The President and First Lady arrive at Goree Island

10:05 AM: Tour Maison Des Esclaves

12:40 PM: The President meets and greets with Embassy personnel

3:25 PM: The President and First lady attend an official dinner with President Sall




A short video about Senegal’s ‘House of Slaves’ which the President and First Lady are visiting today:


Reuters live streaming looks like being the best option today, they have a few Senegal events in their schedule



First lady Michelle Obama hugs students at Martin Luther King middle school, an all-girls school in Dakar, Senegal, June 27

134 Responses to “Senegal: Coming Up”

  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    June 27, 2013 at 9:04 am


  2. June 27, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Good Morning, everyone 🙂

  3. 8 utaustinliberal
    June 27, 2013 at 9:07 am

    These reviews are amazing. The world was paying attention.

    Finally the media is paying attention to this star of Texas after ignoring such a historic moment. She’s considering running for Governor in 2014, so when that time comes, I hope you all get on board. Watch the interview. She’s wonderful.

  4. 13 Bill
    June 27, 2013 at 9:09 am

    PBO is in Africa and MSNBC and CNN are covering the trial in Florida.

    • 14 anniebella
      June 27, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Bill that is why I will stay right here at Obama Diary to get my info on POTUS, FLOTUS trip to Africa. Just like I did when they went to Ireland and Germany.

    • 23 donna dem 4 obama
      June 27, 2013 at 9:25 am

      Not to trivialize Trayvon Martin’s death or trail but to our media it’s just the latest shiny object. If the least scandal (manufactured or real) or perceived gaffe is made regarding the President in Africa he will get round the clock press on it. There is no ethical journalism in this country anymore.

      I was embarrassed (again) to read on the last thread the ridiculous questions that come from our WHPC and the way they totally ignore the travel mission or the host country in these pressers. It’s beyond pathetic. The only time they will recognize a host country is if there is something unfavorable like protests or some bogus poll showing PBO in a negative way. This is all they are consumed with. They do nothing to educate or inform the public which leaves far too many in the dark on a whole host of issues.

      The reason the right gets away with emphasizing the costs of these trips is because no one in the media is explaining as zizi did in her post why it is significant that he visits these countries. All of his trips are cast by the right as a “vacation” and our stupid media does nothing to dispel that false notion.

      • June 27, 2013 at 9:32 am

        Well said donna. The media knowingly and irresponsibly runs with whatever GOP narrative is put out there – facts be damned. When people unfairly accuse the administration of having “poor PR” I have to set them straight and let them know that it’s not PBO’s job to be running around like a featherless chicken, squashing every stupid rumor that gets blown up by the MSM – who ought to be able to separate fact from fiction and report accordingly.

        PBO has his own job to do – he should have to do the MSM’s job. These hacks are being paid 6-7 figure salaries – where’s the outrage aout THAT?!?!? Why aren’t we holding the media more accountable – yet jump to attack PBO and/or the WH on their PR?

      • 26 Bill
        June 27, 2013 at 9:35 am

        Lou Dobbs on FOX Business last night was complaining about the added costs of taking family members. He has never mentioned the cost of voting on the repel of ACA over 30 times or the cost of the House defending DOMA.

        • 27 anniebella
          June 27, 2013 at 11:58 am

          Lou Dobbs were on CNN during G.W Bush eight years, and let me see if I remember him talking about the cost of things when G.W. took his family with him on trips overseas.

  5. 28 amk for obama
    June 27, 2013 at 9:10 am

  6. 29 Ladyhawke
    June 27, 2013 at 9:14 am


    The Top Six Examples of Nefarious Republican Tactics From The Last 48 Hours

    By Bob Cesca


    One of the major takeaways from the series dramatic political events over the last 48 hours is quite simply that the Republicans will do anything to win. Almost literally anything. Chicanery and complex scheming in politics isn’t anything new (see also House of Cards), but the intensity and frequency — not to mention the broad-daylight hubris of it all by the Republicans this week has been extraordinary to behold.
    Here now are the top six examples of Republican cheating, racism, hypocrisy and general insanity from the last 48 hours:
    That’s all… for now. It’s an astonishing record of treachery, especially knowing that it was all packed into a 48 hour span. Just two days in the life of the Republican Party — an outfit that continues to out-do itself with shameful tactics, transparent bigotry and an increasingly discordant message.



    • 30 amk for obama
      June 27, 2013 at 9:22 am

    • 31 99ts
      June 27, 2013 at 10:20 am

      The first and the last were the most obvious and NO-ONE in the MSM called them out

      6. On Tuesday, Justice Antonin Scalia decided with the majority to strip a key provision out of the Voting Rights Act, a law that Congress passed and the president signed, most recently in 2006. … Wednesday, he decided with the minority on DOMA, a law that Congress passed and the president signed. In this case, however, he ranted and raved in his opinion about the how the DOMA decision “is an assertion of judicial supremacy over the people’s Representatives in Congress and the Executive.” He said, “We have no power to decide this case.”

      What Scalia did on Tuesday – he said was invalid on Wednesday.

      1. The Texas Republicans held a vote on SB5, a notoriously misogynistic anti-choice law, after the special session ended, essentially undermining all Senate rules. Yes, the Texas Republican lieutenant governor cheated.

      The lt. Gov CHEATED and LIED. He (or someone working for him) manipulated the dates on the computer recording when the votes were taken – and he continued to lie. Every media in the country should have called him out – but no – it was all caused by those terrible people who stood up for women’s rights.

  7. 32 Jovie
    June 27, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Wow! I flip on tv, and the daily rundown starts off with a bunch of RNC employees promoting chuck Todd.
    Good morning…
    Yesterday was not a good day, I found out that I was a fan of Aaron Hernandez and he turned out to be a Punk.
    But I am over it… 🙂

  8. June 27, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Cracked up at comment under this story at Deadspin about a horse unseating its jockey and ‘winning’ the race:

    Emancipated Horse Ditches Jockey, Wins Race At Belmont – It is a banner day for women of the equine genus, as one proud mare cast off the shackles of man and achieved the pinnacle of her sport during today’s sixth race at Belmont. No longer will six-year-old Downtown Hottie be subject to the whips and reins of a diminutive yet selfish man, exploiting her labor for his own glory. No, sir, she is liberated and free…..


    And, according to FOX News, I can now marry this horse.


  9. 38 utaustinliberal
    June 27, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Another must watch. 😀

  10. 39 Jovie
    June 27, 2013 at 9:22 am

  11. 40 Abdoulaye Bathily
    June 27, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Welcome to Senegal Mr President!!!!

  12. 43 Ladyhawke
    June 27, 2013 at 9:25 am

    The Errors of Edward Snowden and His Global Hypocrisy Tour

    by Kurt Eichenwald


    My tolerance for Edward Snowden has run out.

    The former contractor with the National Security Agency who divulged classified secrets about domestic surveillance programs has undertaken what can only be depicted as the global hypocrisy tour. A man outraged by American surveillance and who advocates free expression toodles happily to Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China? Then off to Moscow? Then tries for Ecuador (and, in some accounts, Cuba)?
    The takeaway from all of this is perplexing. Perhaps Snowden is so impaired by his tunnel vision about America’s espionage techniques that he doesn’t understand he has made himself an international fool by cozying up to some of the world’s less-admirable regimes on issues of human rights. And there is another thing to bear in mind: Since Snowden seems keen on turning over secret American information to repressive governments, will he be, in the end, acting to aid that repression? Will whatever information he yields be the missing thread that these authoritarian governments need to oppress their citizens more?

    I don’t know. Neither do you. And, in the most horrible reality of all, neither does Edward Snowden.



    • 44 Lovepolitics2008
      June 27, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Thank you for this link. What a great, informative article !

      Chips, if you read this, please include the article in your next big post !!

  13. 45 Layla
    June 27, 2013 at 9:27 am

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  14. June 27, 2013 at 9:27 am

    • 48 cos
      June 27, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Good morning Chips and everyone. I overslept and missed the press conference. I hope it will be available later. I could slap myself for missing it. 🙂

  15. 49 amk for obama
    June 27, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Serena strolls to 3rd round with 6-3, 6-2 win.

    • June 27, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Thanks amk. Please continue to keep us posted…. 🙂

      • 51 amk for obama
        June 27, 2013 at 9:42 am

        from beebs

        Serena Williams shrieked like she had just discovered a spider clambering out of the plughole after netting a forehand in the final game. She pulls herself together though to put the kibosh on Caroline Garcia 6-3 6-2. Nine aces and a 71% success rate with the first serve from Williams. While she is chucking down those sort of statistics it is going to be difficult for the rest.


  16. 54 utaustinliberal
    June 27, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Mizuno is getting some love because of Wendy Davis. 😀

    • 55 cos
      June 27, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Wish that I could afford a pair of those shoes. I think the shoes she wore was $199.00. I am sure the company is approaching her for an ad. 🙂

  17. 56 Jovie
    June 27, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Where do they get all these polls from?

  18. 57 Linda
    June 27, 2013 at 9:35 am

    WASHINGTON — A mortgage broker accused of trying to dupe veterans and active military has been fined $7.5 million by the Federal Trade Commission.

    The commission says Mortgage Investors Corporation, a leading refinancer of veterans’ home loans, agreed to the civil penalty after being accused of placing more than 5 million telemarketing calls to numbers on the national Do Not Call registry.

    The FTC says telemarketers for the Florida-based company also tried to mislead service members to believe that low interest, fixed-rate mortgages were available at no cost. They allegedly quoted rates that they implied would last the duration of the loan when the company really only offered adjustable rate mortgages.

    The FTC announced the penalty on the 10-year anniversary of the registry, which bars telemarketers from calling numbers on the list.


    Good News. Now if they could just do something about those automated calls.

  19. June 27, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Seamless blending of the two flags 🙂 Very nice.

  20. June 27, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Hey Dude – NSA is spying on you lusting after our FLOTUS!!! 🙂 Off to the naughty mat….

  21. 69 Mellesia Barnett
    June 27, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Good Morning Chips and my fellow TOD’ers

  22. 70 amk for obama
    June 27, 2013 at 9:52 am

    • 71 amk for obama
      June 27, 2013 at 9:53 am

      Mr Obama made the comments in Senegal after meeting President Macky Sall on the first leg of his African tour.

      Mr Sall said Senegal was a “very tolerant” country but it was “not ready to decriminalise homosexuality”.

      Homosexual acts are still a crime in 38 African countries, where most people hold conservative religious views.

      In 2011, the US and UK hinted that they could withdraw aid from countries which did not respect gay rights.

      Mr Obama said at a news conference that the issue did not come up in his discussions with Mr Sall.

      Nevertheless, he believed that while different customs and religions should be respected, the law should treat everybody equally, he said.

    • 72 FiredUpInCA
      June 27, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      Great to hear. This clearly calls for another award to Bill Clinton.

  23. 74 utaustinliberal
    June 27, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Shorter POTUS: Yeah…haters. I have two terms and there’s nothing you can do about it.

    He has swagger for days! LOOK at him walk.

  24. 76 japa21
    June 27, 2013 at 10:04 am

    This decision didn’t make many waves, but it is important, specially when you consider many people buy generics because of the cost.

  25. 77 Jovie
    June 27, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Omg. This witness that they called to the Witness stand seems Drunk.


  26. 78 GGAIL
    June 27, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family!
    I’m back home & following The First Family on their Africa travels.

  27. June 27, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Amazing scenes outside Pretoria hospital, crowd singing and dancing:


  28. 81 Vicki
    June 27, 2013 at 10:16 am

    NY Times this am “Obama’s African ties strained.” Story on page 18.
    That is how important this trip is to Corporate Crap New York Times.
    We expect ODS from Murdoch and Fox outlets, but the propaganda catches us unawares when it comes from the Times.
    The article itself is as negative as it gets. It stresses that POTUS isn’t visiting his father’s homeland, Kenya.
    That makes as much sense as highlighting that when PBO went to Oklahoma he avoided his mother’s homeland Kansas!

    Accurate info is all on us these days. All major media totally unreliable and corporate-interest-serving.

    • 82 japa21
      June 27, 2013 at 10:18 am

      And imagine what we would hear if he did go to Kenya. “Obama visiting country of birth?”

    • 83 Vicki
      June 27, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Here are some better headlines. President Obama in Africa to encourage trade.
      Business leaders applaud outreach tour to Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa.
      Obama family in Africa, Business and vacation add up to gains inour relations with a surging Continent.

    • June 27, 2013 at 10:26 am

      NY Times has always been more negative than positive when it comes to PBO. Whenever they report something positive, it’s usually grudgingly and after the fact, when details are already well-known by the public.

      When Nate Silver got hired by NY Times, he became increasingly negative towards PBO/DEMs, and increasingly friendly towards Romney/GOP in his interpretation of data.

      Here are just a few more examples:

      It is NY Times that put out the negative article about PBO being hostile to, and not hiring enough women in his cabinet

      It is NY Times who gives Maureen Dowd a platform to call PBO all kinds of racially coded names like “peeping Barry” etc.

      I could go on and on….

      • 85 Vicki
        June 27, 2013 at 10:37 am

        HF, you are entirely correct. I am waiting for the day when the country acknowledges that the Times is no better at actual news that Fox.
        What kills me is that mmost of the USA thinks The Times is a liberal rag!!

  29. 87 japa21
    June 27, 2013 at 10:17 am

    • 88 99ts
      June 27, 2013 at 10:25 am

      I don’t think ANY trial should be covered in this fashion. In my world cameras are not allowed in courtrooms and the never ending discussion in the media before a trial takes place is illegal. Sometimes it is a wonder that justice ever happens with the lawyers and the pundits all trying the case in the press. It is wrong for both the victim and the defendant.

  30. 90 amk for obama
    June 27, 2013 at 10:18 am

  31. 91 amk for obama
    June 27, 2013 at 10:31 am

  32. 95 99ts
    June 27, 2013 at 10:39 am

    So Gov Christie thinks the decision on DOMA was “an affront to the lawmakers, and former President Bill Clinton”

    Nothing about killing the VRA being an affront to the lawmakers and former President George Bush (passed overwhelmingly in 2008)

    Christie trying to stir up the hate between Pres Obama and the Clintons perhaps! He sure can cherry pick the news

    • 96 Jessica
      June 27, 2013 at 10:43 am

      How is it an affront to Billary when they cheered the overturning. Anyways….

      • June 27, 2013 at 10:55 am

        Seems like he’s going out of his way to get Clinton supporters, and as 99ts said, to create discord between PBO and Clinton. Isn’t that the typical Rethug way? Divide n conquer!

        • 98 99ts
          June 27, 2013 at 11:02 am

          And presumably he wants the religious right – who wanted DOMA to stay. Christie has so far been too left for the lunatic right – seems he is going to head far right to get the nomination. Another so called “sane” republican bites the dust. You obviously know much more about the politics of your country than I ever will – but is there a sane GOP governor left standing? I haven’t heard of any!

    • 99 ewok2
      June 27, 2013 at 11:42 am

      Um… was Clinton a Republican President, so far these repubs seems to just love him and have only praise and good things to say about him currently, I noticed this phenom in 2012 during the elections. They never bring up his impeachment or Monica in the press, yet would jump quickly to Ayers, or Rev Wright or his birth certificate regarding the President in their attempt to smear him.

      • June 27, 2013 at 12:40 pm

        Clinton is no longer considered a threat to the GOP power structure. They succeeded in bringing him down and getting him to “cave” on a great deal of their agenda. So they heap him with praise that’s not genuine and use him as a weapon against the current President, whom they perceive to be the REAL threat.

  33. June 27, 2013 at 10:42 am

  34. 103 amk for obama
    June 27, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Chips,you should put up that video. She makes great points.

  35. 104 Jovie
    June 27, 2013 at 10:46 am

    FOX 25 in Boston reporting #Hernandez being investigated in connection to 2012 double murder. myfoxboston.com/story/22702430… …

    That’s 2 more!!!

  36. 105 HZ
    June 27, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening TOD family. Thanks so much, Chips for this great coverage of our brilliant POTUS. I pray that he will continue to keep his focus and know that he has us constantly lifting him up with good thoughts and loving prayers of goodness to guide his path.

    I love seeing my president’s taking care of business for the people for generations to come.

    Thank you all for the great contributions here on TOD. Your contributions are filled with so much great and wonderful information. We are so blessed here on this site. Thank you ZiZi for the wonderful information last evening.

    Everyone, please put as much of the goodness of your thoughts and deeds into your space, and enjoy your journey. We will keep POB’s back always. HZ

  37. 106 Jovie
    June 27, 2013 at 11:03 am

  38. June 27, 2013 at 11:04 am

    GM Chips, TOD…… Congrats of first UT, Chips check your DM!

  39. 109 vcprezofan2
    June 27, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Hell-loooo everyone! Forgot to flash my ‘in da village’ ID. I’m here, though bleary-eyed, so my shining is guaranteed to be in need of your combined brilliance. I’m looking around, head twisting from side to side so won’t disturb you brighter lights much.

  40. June 27, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Good, let’s the GOP try to obstruct that one…

  41. 111 amk for obama
    June 27, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Why the fuck the SA govt can’t throw a security cordon around the hospital to keep the media rabid dogs away from the family visiting him ? And the ambulance breakdown when they took him to the hospital is inexcusable. Corrupt zuma should be doing more than fucking sing a song.

  42. 112 desertflower
    June 27, 2013 at 11:15 am


    A Democratic congressman joined seven others Wednesday in filing a federal lawsuit to keep Texas from enforcing its voter ID law.

    U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey of Fort Worth filed the papers in Corpus Christi federal court, calling the requirement to show a state-issued photo ID card at the ballot box unconstitutional.

    The law “would have the effect of denying thousands of Texas voters the ability to vote in person, a large number of whom would be disenfranchised entirely since absentee voting in Texas is available to only certain specified categories of voters,” according to the lawsuit.

    The case comes just one day after the U.S. Supreme Court declared a section of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. That decision overthrew a decision by federal judges in Washington that Texas could not enforce the voter ID law.

  43. 113 japa21
    June 27, 2013 at 11:15 am

  44. 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.

    • June 27, 2013 at 11:17 am

      …..personal story. Sorry.

      • June 27, 2013 at 11:45 am

        Hopefully, she’ll come around soon – if she is a staunch supporter of PBO. I think the media knowingly plays into negative subconscious attitudes towards the predominantly Black-populated countries of Africa, and global anti-Afro sentiment. So just by that association, MSM can get people to harbor disapproval whenever PBO makes a trip there.

    • 121 Layla
      June 27, 2013 at 11:33 am

      Sorry about that Lala!

  45. 122 vcprezofan2
    June 27, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Somewhat ‘funny: I am linked to that Senegal live stream Chips and the gang shared yesterday, but as the reception is truly awful I basically can only decipher ‘Barack Obama’ VERY frequently. It sounds like they are doing a ‘historical review’ because I did manage to hear ‘Rev. Wright’ a couple of times and a snippet of his voice.

    • 123 vcprezofan2
      June 27, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Yep, a historical review – there was PBO in that video when he briefly discussed his win at the Harvard law review.

    • 124 Layla
      June 27, 2013 at 11:28 am

      vc, I actually posted a short summary yesterday about what the 2 reporters were saying. The sound was very bad so I could only capture some of it. It was positive. They provided a bio on both POTUS and FLOTUS. They called him a “grand man”, “a man of peace”. I agree with you, they said Barack Obama just about every other sentence!

      • 125 vcprezofan2
        June 27, 2013 at 11:34 am

        ‘they said Barack Obama just about every other sentence!’

        Yep! That is good enough for me. 😆 😆

        I stopped listening just now though because it really hurts my ears, and I have to concentrate too hard to pick out other words, with the result that I can read comments at the same time. I’m not that good at multi-tasking, I’m afraid. 😀

  46. 126 desertflower
    June 27, 2013 at 11:20 am


    Bigotry is dying in America. Unfortunately, it isn’t a quick death. But bigotry, at least as far as institutionalized bigotry enshrined by American law in the most shameful manner, is dying.

    The real way you know that bigotry is in its last throes is the rush from southern conservative states to usher in new, restrictive voting laws after the court ruled on the Voting Rights Act. This is last gasp stuff, a kneejerk move made when you’ve got the losing hand but don’t want to admit it.

  47. 127 99ts
    June 27, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Pierce can sometimes get it right – and today he agrees with me – so it must be right 🙂


  48. 131 Mellesia Barnett
    June 27, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Here is a link to check out more wonderful pics of President Obama in Senegal

  49. 133 amk for obama
    June 27, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Brazil’s senate has approved a bill which will toughen the punishment for corrupt practices.

    Under the new law, corruption will be considered a “heinous crime” and those found guilty will not be eligible for parole or amnesty.

    The bill is the latest of a series passed as Brazil continues to be rocked by mass rallies demanding reforms.

    It still needs to be approved by the chamber of deputies and signed off by the president.

    The bill, which was first proposed in 2011, increases the minimum prison sentence for corruption from two to four years.

    The maximum sentence stays the same at 12 years.

    It will apply to government officials who take advantage of their job to demand favours and to those who embezzle public funds.

    It will also apply to individuals or institutions who offer bribes to officials.


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