Senegal: The Day in Images

@PeteSouza President Obama greets Senegalese youngsters on Goree Island


President Obama introduces President Sall to the First Lady

President Obama reviews an honor guard outside the presidential palace before meetings in Dakar



@PeteSouza President Obama and President Sall at their press conference

Text of remarks here


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





….. arriving at Goree Island, a former slave trader’s port







@dougmillsnyt ….. looking out of the doorway that slaves departed from on Goree Island in Dakar



@petesouza …. looking out a prison cell window on Goree Island


White House photographer Pete Souza takes photos of President Obama as he tours Goree Island



โ€ฆ with Senegal’s First Lady Marieme Faye Sall


Senegal’s President Macky Sall toasts First Lady Michelle Obama during an official dinner in Dakar


See all Africa 2013 posts here

143 Responses to “Senegal: The Day in Images”

  1. 1 forus50
    June 27, 2013 at 8:05 pm


    • 2 vcprezofan2
      June 27, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      I see you are ready too. Hola!

      • 3 forus50
        June 27, 2013 at 8:08 pm

        LOL Hi vc! that means Vancouver, Canada right? Howdy up and out there!

        • 4 a4alice
          June 27, 2013 at 8:18 pm

          congrats on #1 forus!

        • 5 vcprezofan2
          June 27, 2013 at 8:28 pm

          Vicki (from) Canada. I’m actually from central Canada; only ever visited Vancouver years and years and years ago as a member of the Ontario Netball team. Of course there was precious little (read ‘no’) time for sightseeing. We went for a weekend national tournament and that was it.

          Howdy do-di back at ya!

  2. 6 vcprezofan2
    June 27, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Still ready!

  3. June 27, 2013 at 8:05 pm


    • 8 vcprezofan2
      June 27, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      Ooooo – a trio! Can you two sing? I can’t.

      • 9 forus50
        June 27, 2013 at 8:09 pm

        No I cannot sing. I got kicked out of the volunteer high school choir lol. How embarrassing.

        • 10 vcprezofan2
          June 27, 2013 at 8:23 pm

          Hey, maybe we can sing together after all – I can’t sing either! ๐Ÿ˜† And what is even more affirming for *me* is that you are the second TODobot who has admitted a similar response re the music (singing) programme in high school. I cannot remember now who the other person is, but i feel better knowing I was not, as I feared, the only person the music teacher ‘picked on’ re singing. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE TEACHERS AS CHOIR MASTERS/MISTRESSES????? I mean if she had only worked with me, who is to say I wouldn’t have become an earlier Bieber? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ah well, the world doesn’t know what it has missed.

          • June 27, 2013 at 9:08 pm

            The world thanks you for sparing us another Bieber from Canada. We can only handle one, and barely… ๐Ÿ™‚

            • 12 vcprezofan2
              June 27, 2013 at 9:40 pm

              Humphfff! Consider – Had that music teacher been more proactive, more prescient, more encouraging, **I** might have been the ‘one’! And you have to admit that I come with a bit more tact than the current Bieber. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 13 vcprezofan2
      June 27, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      I’ll clap along. I can do rhythms…..I think.

    • 14 forus50
      June 27, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Congrats magapie! I like sharing!

  4. 21 forus50
    June 27, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Now that’s the shock of my life I’m first. What prizes has Chipsticks been handing out? Maybe a little Chicago Stanley Cup photo?!?!?! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. June 27, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Congrats forus & vc on 1st place tie!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 23 Layla
    June 27, 2013 at 8:10 pm


    WASHINGTON โ€” The Senate has confirmed Alison Macfarlane for a new term as chairwoman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    Macfarlane, a geologist, has led the commission since last year.

    She said in a statement that she was honored to be nominated for a full five-year term as chairwoman and grateful for the Senate vote Thursday night to confirm her. She pledged to make the commission transparent and open to public engagement.

    Macfarlane has sparred with Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California over access to commission documents related to the San Onofre nuclear plant in California. The plan’s operator said earlier this month that it will shut down operations after a series of problems.

  7. June 27, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    These photos just leave a huge lump in my throat. So beautiful, so stirring. WOW. I can’t imagine the range of emotions they must feel every step of the way.

  8. June 27, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Sorry if this has already been posted but it’s simply beautiful.

  9. 27 vcprezofan2
    June 27, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Wait a minute, what about the dinner part of the evening? You mean I got all (mentally) dressed up for nothing? Good thing I hadn’t put on any makeup or gone to the hairdresser’s or anything like THAT!

    I love good drumming – any kind of drums! I actually told my son when I die to have a particular drummer ‘drum me home’.

  10. 28 CEB
    June 27, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Good evening (EST).

  11. June 27, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Perhaps it’s just my imagination, but I could almost swear that since zizi wrote that TOD post about Africa and specifically called out certain media outlets (and reporters) by name, that the MSM has been reporting & tweeting mostly positive and/neutral stuff about PBO’s Africa visit.

    I definitely detect a difference beginning early today compared to the day they traveled and prior. Maybe it’s just my wishful thinking, but I’m not sure about that.

  12. June 27, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    GE Chips, TOD…….. awesome roundup! TY…

  13. 35 sherijr
    June 27, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Hey Folks there is a Teletownhall going on right now w/ NAACP, Seiu and many others right now on VRA heres the number to tune in 1-855-269-4485

  14. June 27, 2013 at 8:15 pm

  15. 37 amk for obama
    June 27, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    • 38 a4alice
      June 27, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      good point amk!

      • 39 amk for obama
        June 27, 2013 at 8:55 pm

        I was afraid that at least one boneless dem would vote No and make it a”bipartisan” vote. Thank god uncle joe kept the fuckers in line, I am sure harry didn’t.

    • 40 vcprezofan2
      June 27, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      Very good point. Nice truth placement. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I tweeted

    • 41 nathkatun7
      June 27, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      Great, great, tweet, AMK! And not just the Latino voters who should remember this, but also other immigrants from Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, etc., who are now citizens, but who still have family members who are not.

  16. 42 forus50
    June 27, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Chipsticks, beautiful post of images of the Obama family.

  17. June 27, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    • 56 Layla
      June 27, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      This irritates me so!!! in the article it states President of Senegal and Obama not title just Obama!

      • 57 anniebella
        June 27, 2013 at 8:52 pm

        Do you know the guy who wrote the article? Contact the guy and remind him that it’s President Obama, you will feel better doing that, believe me I have done it many of times.

  18. June 27, 2013 at 8:22 pm

  19. 59 a4alice
    June 27, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Chips! what a wonderful round up. that picture that is the 26th one down where FLOTUS and POTUS are looking out of prison cells with their arms folded up is chilling. Like Meta said up thread it just puts a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes.

    • June 27, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      Ah Alice, I spent the day breathing deeeeeply, so many gorgeous images. I love this President and First Lady. Did I mention that? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • June 27, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      alice, one of the first things you notice is how they are both clutching themselves, arms wrapped around their torsos. I’m sure they felt a strong instinct to do this.

  20. 65 sherijr
    June 27, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    ARe you guys on this VRA call?? heres the number again: 1-855-269-4485

  21. 69 sherijr
    June 27, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Folks on this call to fight for Voting Rights: NAACP, Greenpeace, VOTO Latino, Rev Al, Sierra Club… can’t name them all !

  22. 71 arapaho415
    June 27, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Seems to me that I don’t usually see UTA on this blog during this hour, but Jeremy Bird will be on @Maddow tonight, plus…

  23. June 27, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    • 73 amk for obama
      June 27, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      All Nancy has to do is keep her caucus in tact (are there any known liebermanna in the house?) and get some two dozen repubs on her side.

      Someone mentioned in previous thread that Obama and Nancy would not mind this bill failing in the house so that the dems can make it a campaign issue in 2014. No, you campaign on how you won the issue, not on how the thugs kept obstructing. The bill will pass given the contractor boondoggle in it.

  24. 77 Bill
    June 27, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Chris Hayes is complaining that people are being mean to Greenwald and not to Barbara Starr of CNN. He says Greenwald has given no more classified information than Barbara Starr has given reporting from the Pentagon. He has gone off the rails defending Greenwald. MSNBC needs to step in.

    • 78 amk for obama
      June 27, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      The lil fucker is afraid of the shitpile coming his way. You don’t mess with NSA and national security matters and not face zero consequences for it.

    • 79 Vicki
      June 27, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Would you consider ditching Hayes and enjoying the NBA draft as I am doing right now. A lovely distraction after an intense week.

      • 80 Bill
        June 27, 2013 at 8:53 pm

        Thanks, great idea. I forgot about it.

      • 81 pickle48
        June 27, 2013 at 10:30 pm

        I’m watching the second in the series of six videos on our national parks (originally on PBS) on AmazonPrime. Good lessons on what government can do for us.

    • June 27, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      he can’t help himself…he’s gonna die on this hill

    • 83 carolyn
      June 27, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      I may be a little bit crazy, but I loved the video of the President’s arrival and being greeted by President Sall……because the commentary was in French, and I love to listen to French!
      I am so reminded of my several Senegalese students watching these scenes today. Each one of them is tall, graceful, unfailingly polite, and speaks beautiful French.
      I so admire my students who come from other countries. I know I could not go to a French, or Spanish, or German, or Arabic, or Portuguese, or Haitian Creole……or any other school and take classes, and write exams, and do as well as these students do! They never cease to amaze me, and yes, I’ve had students of every language I mentioned above. In fact, most of them are trilingual, not just bilingual.

    • 84 Ladyhawke
      June 27, 2013 at 9:02 pm


      I used to periodically watch Up With Chris Hayes on the weekend. I watched the new weekday All In With Chris Hays for about a week and found it boring and basically unwatchable.

  25. 89 MightyPamela
    June 27, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Any seats left, or are they all taken??? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

  26. June 27, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Banner re-branding day, today, for #GOP ….

    #LandSlideDEMS2014 (that’s an Objective, not a speculation)

    Yes We Can

  27. June 27, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Excellento, Zizi has a post ready to go, so that’ll be up next.

  28. 101 Luna
    June 27, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    i heard flotus speaks fluent french and spanish! any \one know anything about this?

  29. 108 anniebella
    June 27, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    POTUS, FLOTUS, and the family will be leaving Senegal for South Africa, when? Tonight, in the morning, when and what time. Anyone know.

    • June 27, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      Let me check with Mark Knoller and I’ll get back to you on that one.

    • June 27, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      Okay so he will be leaving at some point tomorrow after he meets with the farmers – at what time exactly, I still don’t know. Perhaps Chips will that that info for us later tonight or early in the morning.

  30. June 27, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    The ‘appropriately’ in that tweet has to do with the interval that must expire before a bill is eligible for discharge petitioning.

    Yes We Can

  31. June 27, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    • June 27, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      That kid has no idea how ugly the remainder of his sorry life is going to be.

      • June 27, 2013 at 9:05 pm

        He will be begging to have his US passport back and permission to re-enter before we know it.

        And contrary to what some of those anti-Obama Paultards on Daily Kos think, Ecuador is no haven when it comes to the issue of “civil liberties.”

        • June 27, 2013 at 9:11 pm

          Yep, hf.

          Ecuador is a very dangerous place if you have an opinion contrary to the government. Other than Cuba, it is the most repressive of human rights in the region. Those Paulistas and Kostwerps only show their total ignorance regarding oppression of human rights as they bleat about Ecuador.

          • 118 nathkatun7
            June 27, 2013 at 11:13 pm

            You are so right, Bobfr! My nephew, a law professor, who sits on the Board of Human Rights Watch, was not impressed with Snowden’s choice of countries, except for Iceland, where he is trying to seek Asylum. As far as he is concerned, they are all (including Ecuador) notorious for their violations of privacy and human rights.

      • 119 a4alice
        June 27, 2013 at 9:12 pm

        oi you got that right bub.

  32. 120 Allison
    June 27, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    They’re leaving Senagal tomorrow. Next stop South Africa.

  33. 126 Ladyhawke
    June 27, 2013 at 9:05 pm


    Joy Reid โ€@TheReidReport 2m


    OK real quick, tweeps! Guess who’s hosting HARDBALL tomorrow???? … Yep! So join me for NOW at noon and Harddball at 5 & 7! @msnbc


  34. 129 Ladyhawke
    June 27, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Ari Berman โ€@AriBerman 2m


    50th anniversary of March on Washington in August will be major mobilization for new #VRA

    Retweeted by LOLGOP


  35. 130 forus50
    June 27, 2013 at 9:10 pm

  36. 131 amk for obama
    June 27, 2013 at 9:13 pm

  37. 136 criquet
    June 27, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Hi Guys.
    Don’t know if this was posted already but good news so in case not……..

  38. 139 arapaho415
    June 27, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    For those who can’t get enough of SecDef Hagel (I’m thinking of the two Jackies: J’OB and JackieGrumbacher):

  39. June 27, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    • 141 amk for obama
      June 27, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      Yup. OFA must spend some of $’s on getting these voter ID’s beat the thugs in their own game, at least in the swing districts.

  40. 143 amk for obama
    June 27, 2013 at 9:21 pm

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