Archive for June 28th, 2013

28
Jun
13

The Weekend – and Week – Ahead

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are greeted by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Mkoana-Mashabne after arriving at Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria, South Africa

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Saturday

South African times first (six hours ahead of Washington DC)

9:45 AM (3:45 AM ET): The President and First Lady participate in an official arrival ceremony, Union Building, Pretoria

10:0 AM (4:0 AM ET)  The President holds bilateral meetings with President Zuma

11:05 AM (5:05 AM ET): Holds a joint press conference with President Zuma

3:35 PM (9:35 AM ET): Takes part in a Young African Leaders Initiative Town Hall, University of Johannesburg – Soweto

5:55 PM (11:55 AM ET): Meets with African Union Chairwoman Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

8:05 (2:05 PM ET): The President and First Lady attend an official state dinner with President Zuma, Union Building, Pretoria

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On Saturday afternoon in Johannesburg, the First Lady will host a conversation with youth, organized in conjunction with MTV Base, an African youth and music TV channel, and Google+. The First Lady will be joined by teenagers from across South Africa, as well as students joining virtually in cities around the U.S. via Google+ Hangouts, including in L.A., Kansas City, New York City, and Houston

Watch this event live: WH.gov/FLOTUSinAfrica & the White House Google+ page

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Sunday

South African times first (six hours ahead of Washington DC)

9:45 AM (3:45 AM ET): The President and First Family depart Johannesburg

11:45 AM (5:45 AM ET): Arrive Cape Town

2:20 PM (8:20 AM ET): The First Family tour Robben Island

4:20 PM (10:20 AM ET): The President tours the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Centre with Archbishop Desmond Tutu

6:15 PM (12:15 PM ET): The President delivers remarks at the University of Cape Town

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The Week Ahead:

Monday: The President and the First Family will travel to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, where they will be hosted by President Jakaya Kikwete and First Lady Salma Kikwete. The President will participate in a CEO roundtable and will attend a formal state dinner in the evening. The President and the First Family will remain overnight in Tanzania.

Tuesday: The President will attend a meet and greet with U.S. Embassy personnel. He will then participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the 1998 Embassy Bombing Memorial. Later that morning, he will witness a “Soccket” Ball demonstration at the Ubungo Plaza – Symbion Power Plant.  Following the demonstration, he will tour the plant and deliver remarks. In the afternoon, the First Family will depart Tanzania en route Washington, DC.

Wednesday: The President has no public events scheduled.

Thursday: The President and the First Lady will celebrate the Fourth of July by hosting military heroes and their families for an Independence Day celebration with a barbeque, concert and a view of fireworks on the South Lawn.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: The President and First Family will be at Camp David. On Sunday, they will return to Washington, DC.

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See all posts on the visit to Africa here

28
Jun
13

News Of The Day

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Oh Happy Day for Prop 8 Plaintiffs Kristin Perry and Sandy Stier as they tied the knot

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Annie-Rose Strasser: On Friday afternoon, the ninth circuit court lifted its stay on same-sex marriages in the state of California, acknowledging the Supreme Court’s opinion in Hollingsworth v Perry that supporters of anti-gay Proposition 8 did not have standing to appeal a lower court judge’s ruling that the ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. The move, which came earlier than expected, allows gay and lesbian couples to begin getting married immediately.

As soon as the news came down from the ninth circuit on Friday, California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris began marrying couples — starting with Proposition 8 plaintiffs Kristin Perry and Sandra Stier

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Filling out the marriage license

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28
Jun
13

Chat Away

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President Barack Obama talks with Vice President Joe Biden in the Oval Office, June 5, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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28
Jun
13

Hello South Africa

The First Family arrive in South Africa, June 28

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Saturday – President Obama:

* On Saturday morning, President Obama takes part in a formal arrival ceremony in Pretoria

* Participates in a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa

* Holds a town hall for Young African Leaders at University of Johannesburg – Soweto Campus

* Participates in a joint Embassy and Consulate meet and greet

* Meets with African Union Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

* President Obama and President Jacob Zuma of South Africa participate in an official dinner

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Saturday – The First Lady:

* The President and First Lady will visit Pretoria where the First Lady will meet with Mrs. Tobeka S. Zuma, First Lady of South Africa

* Later in the afternoon in Johannesburg, the First Lady will host a conversation with youth, organized in conjunction with MTV Base, an African youth and music TV channel, and Google+. The First Lady will be joined by teenagers from across South Africa, as well as students joining virtually in cities around the U.S. via Google+ Hangouts, including in L.A., Kansas City, New York City, and Houston

* Watch this event live: WH.gov/FLOTUSinAfrica & the White House Google+ page

* In the evening, the First Lady will join the President for a dinner hosted by President Zuma

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Full Africa schedule at WH.gov

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For all posts on the Africa visit, see here – ‘Senegal: The Day in Images’ here and this morning’s Rise and Shine here

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More later

28
Jun
13

Arriving in South Africa

People hold a vigil outside the Pretoria hospital where Nelson Mandela is being treated

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2:10 EST (approx): The President and First Family arrive South Africa, Waterkloof Air Base, Centurion

 Reuters Live * CBS * ENCA (South Africa)

3:0 EST: The President meets and greets Embassy personnel, Johannesburg

28
Jun
13

ObamaCare Is Here To Stay

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President Barack Obama is congratulated by Chief of Staff Jack Lew and Kathryn Ruemmler, Counsel to the President, after learning of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” June 28, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Remember this moment of pure stupidity from CNN and Fox News?

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Then this moment happened

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This moment was EVERYTHING 😀

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28
Jun
13

Rise and Shine: Senegal to South Africa

@petesouza: President Obama greets youngsters in lobby of hotel before departing Senegal

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Today:

2:10 EST: The President and First Family arrive South Africa, Waterkloof Air Base, Centurion

3:0 EST: The President meets and greets Embassy personnel, Johannesburg

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You can see all the posts on the visit to Africa here

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@PeteSouza

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave from Air Force One as they depart Dakar, Senegal, June 28

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Remarks by President Obama After Tour of Maison Des Esclaves: I want to thank the President of Senegal, but also the Mayor of Gorée and the museum curator here.  Obviously, it’s a very powerful moment whenever I can travel with my family, but especially for Michelle and Malia and my mother-in-law to be able to come here and to fully appreciate the magnitude of the slave trade, to get a sense in a very intimate way of the incredible inhumanity and hardship that people faced before they made the Middle Passage and that crossing.

And I think more than anything what it reminds us of is that we have to remain vigilant when it comes to the defense of people’s human rights — because I’m a firm believer that humanity is fundamentally good, but it’s only good when good people stand up for what’s right. And this is a testament to when we’re not vigilant in defense of what’s right, what can happen.

And so it’s always powerful for me to visit countries outside of the United States generally, but obviously for an African American, and an African American President to be able to visit this site I think gives me even greater motivation in terms of the defense of human rights around the world.

Thanks, you guys.

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AP: President Barack Obama says he learned some lessons on a visit to Goree Island, where he toured a slave house and gazed out at the Atlantic Ocean through what’s known as the Door of No Return. It’s the point on this Senegalese island from which Africans were said to have been shipped to the Americas and into slavery.

The son of a Kenyan man, Obama said the tour helped him, and the family members who accompanied him, to “fully appreciate the magnitude of the slave trade.” He was joined by first lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha, his mother-in-law, Marian Robinson, and a niece, Leslie Robinson.

The president said Thursday’s trip also reminded him of the importance of standing up for human rights worldwide. “This is a testament to when we’re not vigilant in defense of human rights what can happen,” Obama said after the tour. “Obviously, for an African-American, an African-American president, to be able to visit this site, I think, gives me even greater motivation in terms of human rights around the world.”

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President Obama looks at rice crops during a food security expo on Frida in Dakar, Senegal. The President met with farmers, innovators, and entrepreneurs whose new methods and technologies are improving the lives of smallholder farmers throughout West Africa

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28
Jun
13

TOD Toon Time

Good Morning Folks. Chips wanted me to do a R&S y’day.

So I did a pre-R&S today.

Ha.

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