At the end of a beautiful day…

@petesouza: Pres Obama inscribes a book at Nelson Mandela’s desk at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg


And a smile …. look out for the two young women from seven seconds, they’re, well, quite excited:


I’ve scheduled a Rise and Shine for verrrrrry early tomorrow, with the times of events and live links – so don’t be frightened, it won’t be me getting up in the middle of the night, it’ll be automated!

Sunday: All times US Eastern

3:45 AM: The President and First Family depart Johannesburg

5:45 AM: Arrive Cape Town

8:20 AM: The First Family tour Robben Island

10:20 AM: The President tours the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Centre with Archbishop Desmond Tutu

12:15 PM: The President delivers remarks at the University of Cape Town


Image of the day?

A member of the crowd holding a vigil outside the Pretoria hospital where Nelson Mandela is being treated


See all posts from the Africa visit here


Zizi will be up next with an African music post

150 Responses to “At the end of a beautiful day…”

  1. 1 vitaminlover
    June 29, 2013 at 6:52 pm


  2. 5 africa
    June 29, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Fabulous, yes.

  3. 6 africa
    June 29, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Aaaah my Zizi, I can’t wait.

    • 7 Dudette
      June 29, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      Me too! Looking forward to it! πŸ™‚

      • 8 nathkatun7
        June 29, 2013 at 9:15 pm

        Right there with you Africa and Dudette. As you know, I love Jazz and South Africa has some of the best Jazz musicians. But I am sure any music that Zizi selects will be fabulous.

  4. June 29, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Thank you Chips!!! Thank you, in advance, Zizi πŸ™‚

    Congrats on the 1st place finishers – vitaminlover & africa πŸ™‚

    From the bottom of the previous thread ….

    We need a transformed WHPC and we need it real soon ….

    Yes We Can

  5. 10 desertflower
    June 29, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    {{{{zizi}}}}} Like africa, I can hardly wait:)

  6. 11 Nena20409
    June 29, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Wow…..Taking care of TODers with Love and loads of Information…….I Love it.

  7. 12 Nena20409
    June 29, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    I will bet…..Zizi will introduce Us to a lot of beautiful Music.

    I hope to program my brain cells to wake up and enjoy with many here.

  8. June 29, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Hi Everyone! I can’t begin to tell you how grateful am for TOD. There’s nowhere else to get this kind of coverage of the First Family’s trip. Absolutely nowhere else. Thank you Chips and fellow blog tyrants. Love you guys!

  9. 24 globalcitizenlinda
    June 29, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    gorgeous image – President Barack Obama at the desk of President Nelson Mandela!!! Passing the mantel of hope love and equality from one eternal icon to another

    • 25 jacquelineoboomer
      June 29, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      I started responding that so many mantels and torches have been figuratively passed to this President … but tears are getting in my way!

      • 26 Dudette
        June 29, 2013 at 7:16 pm

        Me too. Waterworks city!

      • 27 vcprezofan2
        June 29, 2013 at 8:05 pm

        Don’t hit me you two, but may I tweak mantels for mantles, only because one is so much heavier than the other? πŸ˜€

        In truth, the reporting on this extended trip has been **awesome**, and as many have said, we have the best reporters right here in da village! Let’s not forget to share all we have here, or some of it at least, with our contacts.

        • 28 Dudette
          June 29, 2013 at 8:24 pm

          πŸ™‚ I love my TOD Family!

          • 29 vcprezofan2
            June 29, 2013 at 8:28 pm

            We love you back! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

            Seriously though, Dudette, I love the family too. I can’t imagine where I’d be if I hadn’t found the family AND the village hadn’t welcomed me in! TOD village home is where this girl’s heart is. πŸ˜›

        • 32 jacquelineoboomer
          June 29, 2013 at 10:32 pm

          Nobody’s gonna hit you or anybody else (here), but I actually looked up the spelling but not the definition! That’ll teach me! πŸ™‚

          • 33 vcprezofan2
            June 29, 2013 at 10:35 pm

            πŸ˜€ No hits? Aw shucks Good!

            • 34 jacquelineoboomer
              June 29, 2013 at 10:35 pm

              Never! πŸ™‚

            • 35 jacquelineoboomer
              June 29, 2013 at 10:35 pm

              But speaking of hits, has Chips hit 20M yet?

              • 36 vcprezofan2
                June 29, 2013 at 10:38 pm

                19 885 431

                • 37 jacquelineoboomer
                  June 29, 2013 at 10:42 pm

                  I was gonna look it up (no, really), but I went on to something else already! Have the attention span of a gnat (or the GOP) tonight, it seems.


                  • 38 vcprezofan2
                    June 29, 2013 at 10:47 pm

                    Teamwork – I hadn’t thought to check until your reminder so it was no pain to share.

                    ps: I realize I’m getting closer to that 1st July promise I made you; I’m getting nervous.

                    • 39 jacquelineoboomer
                      June 29, 2013 at 10:51 pm

                      Eek. I was going to go back to your comment that day/night but forgot (see what I mean about the attention span?). Anyway, the only thing that worked for me last year when I started “just doing it” and got exercising, was to stop telling myself not to … and only because I was finally at the point where I WANTED to. So, if you’re at that point, you’ll know it – and I thought you said June 30? Ha! Just teasing you.

                    • 40 vcprezofan2
                      June 29, 2013 at 10:56 pm

                      No. Not June 30. Fresh start and all that, plus 1 more day’s grace. /smiling sweetly/

    • 41 nathkatun7
      June 29, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      Beautiful comment, GCLinda!

  10. June 29, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Nice post, and thanks for all the coverage. Goodness knows that our news media can’t be bothered. πŸ™„

    • 43 Bill
      June 29, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      I would love to know an explanation.

      • 44 Dudette
        June 29, 2013 at 7:13 pm

        Wouldn’t we all.

      • 45 jacquelineoboomer
        June 29, 2013 at 7:32 pm

        I’d say follow the money, the greed of many of their corporate owners who are Republican shills and operatives and wealth grabbers. Then follow other sins among the list of the “seven deadly sins,” like envy and sloth. Then follow the racism that some of them won’t acknowledge. That’s a start, but I really have no explanation, either.

      • 46 nathkatun7
        June 29, 2013 at 9:35 pm

        The only explanation I can think of is: the media collectively hates President Obama. I remember reading some interview with NBC’s David Gregory in which he basically confessed that the media dislikes President Obama.

  11. 47 Dudette
    June 29, 2013 at 7:06 pm

  12. June 29, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Is this for real???

    This guy is a complete Obama-despising RWNJ …. please tell me the Guardian didn’t actually use him as a source??

  13. 75 jacquelineoboomer
    June 29, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Ha! If this were Twitter, I’d have posted me comment by now! But while I was starting a comment on the previous post – and “ran off” to find a link – you started a new post, Chips. And a lovely one, at that.

    Does anyone have any idea of the background behind the fabric of the dress the First Lady was wearing in this venue, where she expressed well wishes for Nelson Mandela? It just struck me when I first saw it, that the design reminds me of the cross-hatches of prisoners scratched on cell walls, counting off the days of their imprisonment, as Nelson Mandela may have done. I may not be correct about that, but it seems nothing she does is left to chance, so thought I’d mention it.

  14. 87 Dudette
    June 29, 2013 at 7:13 pm


  15. June 29, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    In case anyone missed it ….

  16. 92 GGail
    June 29, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Chipsticks, this time I stopped to read who posted the thread before opening my mouth…Thanks Chipsticks for the coverage!

  17. 93 Dudette
    June 29, 2013 at 7:24 pm

  18. June 29, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    I am eagerly awaiting the new post by Zizi2….Why don’t we just cut to the chase and call this the TOD UNIVERSITY? There is so much learning
    to do here. Thanks to all the BT’s and other TOD contributors.

  19. 96 Nena20409
    June 29, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    The Moderator from the Town Halling Q&A, I have seen her before…….CNN or CNNI? She looks familiar.

    Now I am watching the Press Conference between POTUS and president of South Africa.

  20. 97 arapaho415
    June 29, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Today’s #Snowden update (from sources other than #Guardian or #WaPo):

    • 98 jacquelineoboomer
      June 29, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      To the second tweet and the sign, I’d say: Keep him, then.

      • 99 arapaho415
        June 29, 2013 at 7:50 pm

        This is really the most fascinating (delicious) saga imaginable.

        First the MSM jump in with both feet, hailing Greenwald the superstar and Snowden the whistleblower.

        It takes awhile, but Snowden via his own cowardice, plants seeds of doubt with the MSM.

        Joe Biden, worthy successor to Teddy Kennedy, charms the pants off the Ecuadorian President.

        MSM then start back-biting, race-baiting, showing their true colors.

        Meanwhile, our cool-as-a-cucumber President is barely lifting his hand to dust off his shoulder.

        Love it.

        • 100 jacquelineoboomer
          June 29, 2013 at 7:56 pm

          I love it, too! The President also relegates Snowden’s importance to that of a young “hacker” (even though we know a lot of hackers can do a lot of harm, but I still thought it lessened the impact).

      • 101 jackiegrumbacher
        June 29, 2013 at 9:29 pm

        Totally agree, JOB. I hope all the lines have been traced by now and our intelligence people know who’s behind Snowden. Snowden himself can spend the rest of his life in an airport or rot in hell for all I care.

  21. 103 arapaho415
    June 29, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Here’s a short update to SecDef Hagel in Colorado Springs yesterday:

    • 104 jacquelineoboomer
      June 29, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      Hagel is going to be a fierce Defense Secretary!

      • 105 HZ
        June 29, 2013 at 11:07 pm

        I concur, jacquelineoboomer. Beautiful spirit. HZ

        • 106 jacquelineoboomer
          June 29, 2013 at 11:48 pm

          Hi, HZ! I’ve “followed” (figuratively) Chuck Hagel for years, and am so happy he’s in that role supporting his friend President Barack Obama! He’s a real friend, not the fake other kind of some members of Congress.

  22. 107 jacquelineoboomer
    June 29, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Chips – When I read your “beautiful day” header, I thought of this old song.

    Oh, what a night, to think that our President and First Lady were together in Africa this week, far from the madding crowd(s) in our country.

  23. 114 Mellesia Barnett
    June 29, 2013 at 8:02 pm

  24. June 29, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Evening Obots!

    This is the first time I’ve been on the computer all day. We’ve spent the day arranging travel for the missus. Her sister is having brain surgery on the 10th, and the missus is flying out to help her and her dad. This will be the first time we’ve been apart for years. I’m just hoping everything stays calm and boring here on the home front so that she can focus on her family. So starting Tuesday I’ll be a gentleman bachelor for almost 3 weeks.

    • June 29, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      Ah LL, so sorry to hear about your wife’s sister – and your impending separation. Hey, don’t worry, we’ll look after you.

    • 117 Dakota
      June 29, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      Evening LL. Sending prayers for a successful surgery and healing to your S-I-L. You sound like my hubby and I. It’s been years since we’ve spent that much time apart. You’re gonna be just fine Luv.

    • 118 nathkatun7
      June 29, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      Best wishes for your sister-in-law! I hope her surgery goes well!

    • June 29, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      I hope everything goes well for your sister-in-law, LL. we’ll keep you company while your wife’s away! 😊

      • 120 HZ
        June 29, 2013 at 11:20 pm

        LL, I will keep your wife and your sister-in-law in my prayers and meditations. Keep close to your TOD family as you are able to find the time to do so. I will keep this on my ‘meditation/prayer box for your family. HZ

  25. June 29, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    • June 29, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      Hmm…I don’t find it odd any that Madsen once held the very job that Snowden had. A contractor for the NSA during the Reagan & Bush Sr. years. I’m willing to bet that snowjob got that position thru some previous GOP contact. It’s all beginning to make sense. Now GG denies that he knows anything about Madsen, but he’s probably lying (When does GG ever tell the truth?).

      • June 29, 2013 at 8:20 pm

        I keep saying it Hopefruit, there is sooooo much more to this story, as you suggested, but so few reporters, with the resources, to actually go after the truth. We’re largely dependent on bloggers now to dig through the lies, which says it all about the MSM.

  26. 124 Mellesia Barnett
    June 29, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    #IHatePeopleThat never questioned anyone's birth story until the day we elected a black President pic.twitter.com/uXxbpuUYcN— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) June 29, 2013

  27. 125 Mellesia Barnett
    June 29, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    #IHatePeopleThat said "deficits don't matter" while giving tax cuts to the rich and putting 2 wars on our credit card pic.twitter.com/AjAKiFyDxS— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) June 29, 2013

  28. 126 Mellesia Barnett
    June 29, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    #IHatePeopleThat want to play doctor with my wife instead of focusing on jobs like they swore they would pic.twitter.com/iYD4yIKnhQ— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) June 29, 2013

  29. 127 Mellesia Barnett
    June 29, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    #IHatePeopleThat blame Obama for the recession instead of giving him credit for saving us from the Bush Depression pic.twitter.com/QRxjTmVrm4— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) June 29, 2013

  30. June 29, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    • 129 nathkatun7
      June 29, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      Bette Midler got this right! I’ve been closely following, the supposedly sane and reasonable Conservative, Justice Kennedy. He has no problem being reasonable when it comes to gay rights, but he is very hostile, and sometimes aggressively hostile, when it comes to protecting the rights of the poor or the rights of non-white people.

      • June 29, 2013 at 10:28 pm

        Randi Rhodes talked about this this week. She says that the SCOTUS rulings were all about removing power from the Federal government and giving more power to the states. Plus, just think about it. Gay rights cost corporations and the GOP nothing. They simply rankle their base. But voting rights pose a real risk to the GOP ability to win elections, and threatens their ability to keep redistributing wealth from the muffle class to the top 0.4% They could care less about actual civil rights.

  31. June 29, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    We’ve been asking those questions and many more since the ‘story (aka acts of treason) broke.’ Given AG Holder’s penchant for detail, I think it safe to assume that lots of folks have already been deposed.

    Justice will be done.


    • June 29, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      Yes indeed

    • June 29, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      I would rather Greenwald be humiliated by his trumped up/false hackery and be forever known as a shoddy blogger than have the AG go after him and have him considered a martyr for the cause by his cultists and the uninformed masses. Even behind bars he wouldn’t shut up. David Gregory and Piers Morgan and the other nitwits would be advertising every week their “exclusive interview blah blah blah Greenwald.”

    • 135 jackiegrumbacher
      June 29, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      I’m sure they have been deposed and the Justice Department knows a lot at this point. It’s amazing to me that the WSJ just gets around to asking the question that all of us thought of on day 1. Who’s behind this? Who paid for it? It’s as if our msm is weighted down with anchors of stupidity and can no longer think beyond its nose, or, more likely, is afraid to do so.

    • 136 HZ
      June 29, 2013 at 11:28 pm

      Count on it. AG Holder is keener that the MSM and Issa and all of the POB and AG Holder haters. Justice will come. Count on it.HZ

  32. 137 Mellesia Barnett
    June 29, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    President Obama and First Lady talk to Nelson Mandela's wife, Graca Machel, on the phone in South Africa pic.twitter.com/osdzF15P13— petesouza (@petesouza) June 29, 2013

  33. 138 anniebella
    June 29, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Okay I missed all this B.S from that other MSM weasel Jake Tapper, what is it he said about POTUS?

  34. 140 Claire
    June 29, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    I am certainly not a fan, but Rupert Murdoch must be dying with laughter watching the Guardian/Observer implode like this. They have been in a class of their own with all of the destructive stories they have written about him. Until they hired greenwald I used to enjoy reading them.

  35. June 29, 2013 at 8:33 pm

  36. 142 Dudette
    June 29, 2013 at 8:34 pm

  37. 143 africa
    June 29, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    I am lost, re: the Observer story? What was it about that they have to remove it from their site? And who is this guy that is supposed to have been source, etc.? Thanks.

    • June 29, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      Wayne Madsen, a RW conspiracy theorist was cited by the Observer as the source of a new NSA related leak. Everyone who knows Madsen knows that his credibility is less than 0. He is a true nut birther, antisemetic, etc – said that Jews were behind 911, and that PBO’s Kenyan birth cert was found by GOP operatives, and that PBO worked with the CIA to get him elected in 2008.

      Observer & Guardian are owned by the same parent Co and they share a website.

    • June 29, 2013 at 8:44 pm

      Hiya Africa, the Observer (The Guardian is its sister daily paper) used the nutjob that is Wayne Madsen as the source for a HUUUUUUUGE NSA story, but then on being informed, it seems, that he’s a conspiracy freak, they removed the story from their website. But ….. it’s on the front page of their paper tomorrow.

      • 146 africa
        June 29, 2013 at 8:51 pm

        Thanks Hope, and Chips. Wow, are these folks so anxious to throw dirt, they don’t stop to do due diligence. Now, eggs all over face. Hmmmm.

  38. June 29, 2013 at 8:40 pm


    As many of us have always suspected. Many of these Libertarians have made Old Orange their hidden home as well.

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