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



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



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




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



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.


See all posts on the visit to Africa here

111 Responses to “The Weekend – and Week – Ahead”

  1. June 28, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Could someone who knows how to use a calculator check my ET times for this weekend’s schedule? Thank you!!

  2. 13 amk for obama
    June 28, 2013 at 10:52 pm


    • 24 globalcitizenlinda
      June 28, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      sorry the link is too long – please modify (blame it on the tears in my eyes)

    • 30 nathkatun7
      June 28, 2013 at 11:28 pm

      All I can say about this wonderful, but even more importantly truthful, letter is AMEN! Thanks GCL for sharing it with us.

    • 31 sjterrid
      June 28, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      Linda, thank you so much for sharing this letter with us. I went to the link. I had to leave a comment because there was only one comment and it was full of hate.

      • 32 arkluvspbo
        June 29, 2013 at 1:29 am

        WOW! Sjterrid, I just saw that post — so, so awful!

      • 33 HZ
        June 29, 2013 at 1:30 am

        Linda, thanks so much for sharing. This weighed heavily on my heart and even brought up more compassion as I saw the tweet that showed the attorney who was shown with the two young ladies in a car showing their ice cream cones there which the tweet stated a message of ‘disbelief in behavior for a ‘keeper of the pure laws of the courts.’ That pained my heart so much.

        After reading the letter, I had to pause and take a walk downstairs after texting one of my nieces to make sure my great-niece was coping while attending camp. You never know what is being said around them during this time and how they are processing all of this, if they are listening or friends are in conversation with them. I am lovingly protective of my nieces and great-nieces.

        My mind went to these thoughts as I wiped away tears: I find it difficult to keep in check the very sharpness in a retort, the shrill response that I want to make when I feel that someone has violated my space with a kind of unkindness, even a kind of deep and disrespectfulness for my very being of who I am as a decent human being as best as I can. My natural response may want to veer to the ” oh no, I know you did not just invade my space with your attitude of evil and disrespect for me as less than a gentle spirit trying to be polite and as calm in this situation.” We all must have had those moments growing up. No one is going to railroad me in this, no way. I will not go lying down.,etc.,

        This sometimes is the thicket I may find myself in in this life’s journey; and I am constantly telling myself, “Do not fall in the path of all of these out-of-control speeding vehicles of disrespectfulness, powerful persons with little or no sensitivity to my hurts and pains going through my mind right now. And deep within my heart, I want to reach down and allow the forgiving love portions to flow so rapidly so these portions can stop the bleeding as I try to make this rough journey. You see, I feel that no one is taking the time to really listen and know, and respect me. I want to be more loving, more warmth to flow; but just take some of the deep chill off.

        I really know that I want and must, in my mind and upbringing, really do this. But the cords of sharpness that are being wrapped around my heart will not allow me to release that ‘loving goodness’ that I know my grandparents, parents, and the loving village taught me to hold onto are slowly moving back from the entrance of my loving load of real compassionate love for these speeding element that have come into my space because of no fault of my doing.

        This ‘more loving sweetness of spirit’ is there, but because of the unkind actions around me in all of its thickness, and loudness is drowning out my precious mother’s voice and Almighty’s freedom of kindness that embodies my soul is just having a very difficult time coming out like I so desire. But I am going to move on up the road with steady steps so I can make it to that place that houses that deep, warm well of ‘loving forgiveness.’ I need it so badly to replenish my soul. I just need it so badly, Lord, please forgive me; I am so tired, but I know that I need to forgive myself for allowing these speeding vehicles of hate, evil, disrespect, and not being capable vessels of really trying to get to know me. So I forgive them for not noticing and taking in the wholeness of who I am as also a decent human being trying to make the journey peacefully also.

        So I pray the tension will ease a little for both of us, so at least I can allow that more of that love to flow, and just maybe, just maybe it will touch the heart of all of those speeding vehicles that keep trying to run me over and over because of the way I speak, hold my head, focus my eyes, inhale the proper amount of air to hit my vocal cords so those vehicles might slow down and not run me all over the road of life.

        Good Nite my beautiful TOD family. We might not get there in my lifetime, but I do believe we can and will get better at this. HZ

  3. June 28, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Have seen rumors that the NFL won’t support ObamaCare so thought that it might be worthwhile to needle them a bit ….

    We’ll see ….

  4. June 28, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Oh my….FLOTUS has been looking especially radiant and regal these past few days. While she looks great in sleeveless attire, she also wears long-sleeves very well!

  5. June 28, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    I would love to be up at 3:45AM to see the welcome ceremony. But something tells me that I will not be physically up to that task. 😦 Bah!

  6. June 28, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Really think that the week of 24-28 June 2013 is the week that Women, in so many ways, emerged as the power that will lead and propel America into a much more just and loving future.

    #FORWARD Together

  7. 48 desertflower
    June 28, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    here’s the info for Stand With Texas Women t shirts….Can you all pass this along?


    • 49 HZ
      June 29, 2013 at 1:53 am

      DF, you are a beautiful and dedicated vessel of great knowledge and information. ((((((((((((( Thank you))))))))))))) I hope that you can find some cool spot to relax and enjoy in this heat.

      I am having the same here. I had to take a long nap late this afternoon. Grateful for the AC.

      Have a relaxing night.HZ

  8. 50 vcprezofan2
    June 28, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Thanks for tomorrow’s schedule now. I think I’ll skip the official arrival ceremony. 😉

    Here’s a night time smile with a SA tinge for you all.

  9. 51 lockewasright
    June 28, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Jean-Paul Sartre is sitting in a french cafe revising his draft of ‘Being and Nothingness’. He says to the waitress: “I’d like a cup of coffee, please, with no cream.” The waitress replies: “I’m sorry, Monsieur, but we’re out of cream. How about with no milk?

  10. 56 desertflower
    June 28, 2013 at 11:26 pm


    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Friday that he is a “conservative Republican” governor that will not be the “same kind of leader” for the state that President Barack Obama is for the country, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.

    Christie, who is seeking reelection this fall, took a hard line on his sometime arcade-game pal Obama, whom he once praised for his leadership during Hurricane Sandy.

    “I know when you look at Washington right now, you shake your head at a president who can’t figure out how to lead, at a Congress that only 11 percent of the people in the last poll I saw approve of the job they’re doing,” Christie said at a town hall meeting. “That’s what happens when you have someone in the executive office who is more concerned about being right than he is concerned about getting things done.”

    Christie further strenghtened his GOP bona fides Thursday when he criticized the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as a “bad decision.”

    • 57 Jovie
      June 28, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      Still won’t win Iowa, NH or SC…

    • 59 anniebella
      June 28, 2013 at 11:33 pm

      “F” that Chris Christie. Never liked him when he was paling round with POTUS and I still can’t stand him. Wake up Democrats of New Jersey. Vote that conservative out.

    • 60 carolyn
      June 28, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      He couldn’t keep his real self hidden forever. The real person always comes out eventually. Now, it’s the democrats’ job to make sure everyone in New Jersey knows what he really is. Like someone on the previous blog said, I always knew what he is. Never fooled me, and never could understand how so many were fooled by him. I have a strong b.s.meter, and he hit it the first time I heard him talk. In addition to which, he is RUDE!!!

      • 61 anniebella
        June 28, 2013 at 11:45 pm

        I agree with you carolyn 100% about that Christie.

      • 62 arkluvspbo
        June 29, 2013 at 1:40 am

        Hi Carolyn, his weight matches his attitude. Wasn’t he supposed to have had weight loss surgery…I wonder how that worked out for him.

    • 63 jacquelineoboomer
      June 28, 2013 at 11:49 pm

      I can’t even come up with a bad-enough name to call these mofo’s any more. Although, I think I just did.

    • 64 theo67
      June 29, 2013 at 1:04 am

      I don’t know if I’ll survive the election season if they’re just going to be lobbing pot-shots at this exemplary President. These people are not worthy to lick President Obama’s shoes in a cow pasture – let alone pass insulting judgement on a man who has done everything in his power to move this country forward. They’re just hateful – and the people who endorsed Christie are fools.

      • 65 COS
        June 29, 2013 at 1:09 am

        The media enables Christie and he gets away with way to much. Whenever he bullies someone, they seem to applaud him for it. He is not presidential material. I cannot see him talking to foreign leaders.

        • 66 theo67
          June 29, 2013 at 1:17 am

          He’s far from presidential material – I wouldn’t let that character take care of my dog (if I had one). He’s horrible, a bad role model, selfish and disloyal. Has no integrity. If this country elects that man to another leadership position, then so be it.

          • 67 HZ
            June 29, 2013 at 2:15 am

            Theo67, so concur. Christie is void of common sense, respectfulness, genuine compassion, and real self-esteem. Somewhere, Christie was allowed to have his way way too much.

            This country does not need a bully personality filled with sound bites. After POB, the healed wounds from the abuse by ‘W and Co’., will not tolerate having Any disrespectful being to replace the leadership of this country with Christie’s full of himself which is made of crap that has been made into the worst fibers of the old hateful, jealous, small minded white privilege male factor in this country.

            He does not realize that this country is changing. Made For American will require a person with qualities of: Decent, honest, loving, and compassionate heart and spirit in its president. A person who is a visionary forward mind and heart to treat all with respect. People will Not stand for Gov. Christie’s low regard for the thread of goodness that runs through this beautiful fabric of compassionate, hardworking, and decent human beings in this country and this world. HZ

  11. June 28, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Evening fellow Obots!

    A funny thing happened on my way to temperance: I’m not really missing the booze. Oh, I’m having a bbq on July 7, and I’ll imbibe that day, but I don’t see me having a cocktail before then. Amazing how a desire for health focuses the mind. Crystal Light keeps my taste buds tickled and very well hydrated.

    I’ll try and have an essay ready some time this weekend. But tonight I’m going to be quite lazy.

    • 70 amk for obama
      June 28, 2013 at 11:41 pm

      Congrats dood. It’s been over a month for me too. Keep it up.

    • 71 sjterrid
      June 28, 2013 at 11:42 pm

      It’s amazing how much your taste buds change, when you are told you shouldn’t have something because of health reasons. In october, 2010 I found out I had type 2 diabetes. He put me on Metformin, had to change my diet, and start exercising. I lost about 50 lbs, and my blood sugars for now is in the normal range.

      • 72 sjterrid
        June 28, 2013 at 11:44 pm

        Should be doctor, not he.

      • June 28, 2013 at 11:53 pm

        Congratulations on having the strength to see it through!

        • 74 sjterrid
          June 29, 2013 at 12:21 am

          Thanks, Maryl. I’m trying to stay on top of it. I still take Metformin once a day before I eat dinner. I don’t want to go on Insulin. When I was pregnant with my daughter, who turns 25 in November, I had Gestational Diabetes. I had to take Insulin in my 7th month. When she was born it went away, and I didn’t get it when I had my son 3 years later; probably because as soon as I found out I was pregnant I used the same diet I used with my daughter.

          • June 29, 2013 at 12:42 am

            I had gestational diabetes with my second child, but I was able to control it with diet and it went away after he was born. It was easier to stick to the diet when the health of my baby was at stake than it has ever been since.

            • 76 HZ
              June 29, 2013 at 2:22 am

              (((((((((((((((((((((( Continued Loving Healing Power to all of my beautiful TOD family members above and all around.)))))))))))))))))))))))))

              You all are some beautiful souls. Thanks for allowing me to be in your company. HZ

  12. 77 Jovie
    June 28, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    So…, I just figured something out, amazingly!
    The People who have heckled the President at every rally and event, will no longer have reason to…
    Go figure?

    • 78 amk for obama
      June 28, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      Now, they will give another ‘award’ to bill.

    • 81 vcprezofan2
      June 29, 2013 at 12:13 am

      Jovie, they have never had any reason to IMO.

    • 83 FiredUpInCA
      June 29, 2013 at 12:48 am

      The true deadenders will always find something.

      You’ll recall that Michelle Obama was heckled over ENDA. With Code Pink it was drones. You could get whiplash recounting all the momentous changes that happened under this President and history will note it.

      But some folks are saw caught up in their own self-righteousness, they keep their goal posts on wheels with this President and expect for him and apparently Michelle Obama now too, to undo multiple decades of regressive policies and usher in peace, prosperity and perfection with a stroke of a pen on an executive order.

  13. 84 a4alice
    June 28, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    well time to hit the hay and-


    (Nitey Nite TOD)

  14. 85 amk for obama
    June 28, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    US warns Americans not to travel to Egypt and has told non-emergency diplomatic staff to leave, as deadly clashes continued in the country.


    ME has to sort itself out. No more interference from west.

  15. 87 anniebella
    June 28, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    I’m glad to see POTUS, FLOTUS, and the girls will be at Camp David for the week-end. Hopefully for some relax time.

  16. 90 jacquelineoboomer
    June 28, 2013 at 11:52 pm

  17. June 28, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    • 94 vcprezofan2
      June 29, 2013 at 12:07 am

      Seems you are the only one left here Hopef – didn’t you like the dance routine I shared above #43?

  18. 95 jacquelineoboomer
    June 29, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Oh, good, Ohio State Senator Nina Turner is still at it!

  19. 97 vcprezofan2
    June 29, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Alrighty then, I can just as easily talk to myself without needing a screen! Bonne nuit, TOD!

    • 98 sjterrid
      June 29, 2013 at 12:31 am

      Hi, vc I’m still here. It is pretty quiet here today. I hope the dog that was at Donna’s house finally left.

      • 99 theo67
        June 29, 2013 at 1:14 am

        I’m still here, sjterrid.

      • 100 vcprezofan2
        June 29, 2013 at 8:17 am

        Hi SJT! Sorry to leave you by yourself. Usually when I say good night I skedaddle a couple of minutes later so I won’t be tempted to continue talking. As a result I missed your response. Next time I’ll stay online a bit longer after my I-don’t-want-to-talk-to-myself whine. 😉

  20. June 29, 2013 at 12:19 am

    I’m testing out my voice to text feature on my galaxy s4. So goodnigh TOD fam.

  21. June 29, 2013 at 12:54 am

  22. June 29, 2013 at 1:49 am


    time for some rest ….


  23. 107 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2013 at 3:45 am

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