Oh What A Week…..

President Obama looks out of the “door of no return” during a tour of the ‘House of Slaves‘ on Goree Island, Senegal, June 27



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Questions by Liberal Librarian

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Congressman John Lewis watches news of the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights act decision







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UT’s posts on the Wendy Davis filibuster – relive the epic night:

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‘Texas is You!’ by UT


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‘To Clueless Media: President Obama’s in Africa ‘cuz it has top 10 fastest growing economies in the world’ – by Zizii2

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Leaving for Senegal

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‘With victories like these, the GOP will become the Whigs (Who? Exactly)’ – by Liberal Librarian

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Arriving in Senegal

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President Obama introduces President Sall to the First Lady


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





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




On the way to Goree Island










‘A Note About the People of Senegal’ by Zizi2



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…. with USAID’s Raj Shah at the ‘Feed the Future Technology Marketplace’ in Senegal

President Obama looks at rice crops during a food security expo 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



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


President and Mrs Sall wave goodbye to President Obama and the First Lady

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‘TOD Toon Time’ by Amk

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‘Obamacare is here to stay’ – UT

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Arriving in South Africa


104 Responses to “Oh What A Week…..”

  1. 1 GGail
    June 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm


  2. 2 susanne
    June 29, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    thank you chips, as always, for this magnificent blog!

  3. 3 GGail
    June 29, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Thanks UT!
    I refreshed and this popped up
    You guys are doing a GREAT job – thank you very much!!!

  4. 5 CEB
    June 29, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Historical week here and abroad. Thanks to Chips and the mini- blog tyrants we have had a front row seat. Even more excitement coming next week. As I have said other times, we do live in interesting times.

  5. 6 GGail
    June 29, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Now that I’ve scrolled through the post – UT you’ve outdone yourself compiling all of this!

  6. June 29, 2013 at 4:11 pm

  7. 8 africa
    June 29, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    What a week, indeed.

  8. 9 Nena20409
    June 29, 2013 at 4:12 pm




    Have Mercy.

  9. June 29, 2013 at 4:13 pm

  10. June 29, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Wow, what a week! Thanks for a great summary Chipsticks! All those major events this past week and it doesn’t even include the Obama’s hometown Blackhawks Stanley Cup! I know you all were just dying for me to mention that again lol! https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=stanley+cup+celebration+grant+park&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.48572450,d.aWc&biw=1360&bih=643&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&authuser=0&ei=7T_PUa6GFMWdyQGqhYHoDw

    FLOTUS looks fantastic in the monochromatic solid blue. I would love to see her wear a monochromatic solid green.

  11. June 29, 2013 at 4:15 pm

  12. 15 Nena20409
    June 29, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    This summation of the whole week by Chips reminds me of a Song:

    Send Me An Angel………Right now…..Loved that some.

    Thank you again, dear Lady.

  13. 16 GGail
    June 29, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    ok, I’m confused….why….who….put this post together…..UT or Chipsticks?????

    Whoever it was – it’s FANTASTIC 😆

  14. 17 africa
    June 29, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Masterful, excellent coverage, none of which I would have had the chance to see without this blog. Thanks, Chips. And Zizi’s most excellent reports on the continent.

  15. June 29, 2013 at 4:25 pm

  16. June 29, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    • 20 jackiegrumbacher
      June 29, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      This is really what we can say about every historic week in PBO’s presidency, Bob. It’s reported best on TOD. We see more, hear more direct information and therefore know more than most other Americans. It’s an enormous privilege to be part of this community and feel the breadth of knowledge that people here bring from all over the world. No matter how many blog clicks this site rings up, it’s not enough. This is a resource everyone in America should tap at least once a day.

  17. 21 Judith Fardig
    June 29, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    TOD – the best place for news! This really is a labor of love for Chips and all of you helpers. I cannot thank you enough!

  18. 25 vcprezofan2
    June 29, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    And, “Oh what a ‘run’ ” for those trying to catch the TOD travel bus, AND for the bus driver! It’s a wonder you haven’t got a speeding ticket! 😀 😀

  19. June 29, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Both necessary and trivial to do from a technology perspective. Would bring genuine peer pressure on the WHPC and significantly expand the reach of the President’s message to the American people – daily. Please urge Mr Carney to do it.

    Yes We Can

    • 27 Nena20409
      June 29, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      Telepress Conference…….still done by the press secretary…..it could be daily……but opened widely to all the 50 states or if that is too much……dedicate one day of the week to the WHPC and the other 4 days of the week……an open forum where all Journos can pipe in and ask questions based on 1st come, 1st serve.

      Technology has made it possible to expand access, widen regional participation and widely spread information….that the BW have selectively suppressed for many years for their selfish consumption.

    • June 29, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      YES! Brilliant. We need a new form here. and I’ll betcha PBO will go for it.

    • 32 nathkatun7
      June 29, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Left a response on a previous thread enthusiastically agreeing with your recommendation. Since i don’t twit, I will send an e-mail to the Press Sec./WH in support of your brilliant and very sensible recommendation. These unethical, and sometimes clueless, members of the WHPC, need both exposure and competition.

  20. June 29, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    HelloooOOOOOoooooo everyone, just to alert the blog tyrants, Zizi has a music post lined up for later, so – as she said on Twitter – get yer dancing shoes on. If there’s time, I’ll post something before that.

  21. 34 arapaho415
    June 29, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    We all knew that this week was hugely important, but it’s truly remarkable when viewed in a single blog post.

    I am so infuriated at our MSM. Jeff Zeleny was a reasonable NYTimes reporter, but now works at ABC (aka Jon Karl network) and get nauseated at his latest tweet:

    Of course the media had the same speculations about Bernie Sanders filibuster… NOT.

    So sick of the RWNJ misogynistic MSM.

    Recall that half the comments to Wendy Davis’ appearance tomorrow on MTP was about “catheters,” the other half about “murdered fetuses.”

    • 35 Nena20409
      June 29, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      Did this Idiot ask the same question of Rand Paul? Did the cablers go Live as they did with Rand Paul while he was on the senate floor? Did any Dem Gov chide Rand Paul and lectured him for his youth or the way he had raised his son who got drunk on a plane ride from KY to NC?

    • 36 jackiegrumbacher
      June 29, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      Arapaho, this is just another form of GOP/media obsession with female anatomy. There is no earthly reason why this should be raised. It is her business and hers alone. Yet because she is a woman they must demean her and reduce her to her anatomical parts.

      • 37 arapaho415
        June 29, 2013 at 5:50 pm

        Of I course I agree 100% with you.

        The MSM knows that by catering to Tea Party fears/memes they will continue to have jobs.

        Someone should inform the MSM head honchos that Congress is in session about 100 days per year, and so they should re-assign at least two-thirds of their political staff to cover things that would actually educate their viewers/readers.

  22. 38 africa
    June 29, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    NFL players should balk their bosses and do this for the little people.

    • 39 Nena20409
      June 29, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      NFL players are a Union……they have bargaining rights…..if they conclude that this part of their efforts to help the community, then they would. They sponsor in the United Way for an example. CURE and other projects. So I am watching their actions closely…….even though, I have ZERO power here…. 🙂

    • June 29, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      Isn’t this similar to the State Senator in Maryland telling a Ravens player not to advocate for gay marriage? It is the Elected Govt officials telling private citizens they can’t speak out for a legal law and how people should sign up for it. This is against the First Amendment and repressing free speech.

    • 41 4morefor44
      June 29, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      nfl commisioner roger goodell is the son of a prominent republican politician, and his wife is the daughter of a prominent republican, and she also used to be a fox “news” on-air person, jane skinner. a lot of republican influence around the nfl top offices, so not a surprise they would attempt to turn healthcare for disadvantaged children into a political “football.” so odd how “the news” and republicans treat the idea of providing care for poor kids as somehow a political game by democrats.

  23. 43 africa
    June 29, 2013 at 4:51 pm

  24. June 29, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I love this blog so much. 🙂

  25. 54 Nena20409
    June 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    At Wimbledon, Serena, David Ferrer and Novak D all Got the Win…….Moving on the the 4th round.

  26. June 29, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    When will these bigots learn to get over it…. A black man is president, and SSM is here to stay! Catch up w/ you guys later tonight….

    • 58 Nena20409
      June 29, 2013 at 6:01 pm

      They will get Nothing. No court will hear them…..they have become like Orly Taitz(sp) the queen of birtherism.

  27. June 29, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    At last, the full townhall:

  28. 66 africa
    June 29, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    PBO debunks GOP entire political being.

  29. 69 anniebella
    June 29, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    So the NFL says No to Obamacare.

    • 70 anniebella
      June 29, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      What do you expect from those Mitt Romney billionaires who don’t give a dam about the 47% unless they can play football.

  30. 71 arapaho415
    June 29, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    For all the “Go Joe” fans:

    LOL. Love that Joey Biden’s manners were praised. Mama Biden is smiling from Heaven.

    • 72 Bill
      June 29, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      Snowden is asking Greenwald what is next.

    • 73 africa
      June 29, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      That and seeking U.S. opinions. Hmmm Snowden may be sweating. Where to next?

    • June 29, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      Actually I don’t believe that VP Biden asked Ecuador for any such thing. Ecuador does NOT want Snowden because they realize he is nothing but trouble. They are looking for a way out, and this is what is being reported – either as initiated by Ecuador or the US media, in order to make it seem as though it’s PBO’s administration “doing the wheeling and dealing” as Jake Tapper sarcastically put it.

      If you recall, both China and Russia (as reported by BBC & US media) were allegedly asked by the US to return Snowden – and PBO denied any of that happened. So for now I will take this report of VP Biden “asking” with the appropriate amount of salt.

  31. June 29, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Jake Tapper’s assholery continues. Not only does he launch a personal attack on PBO via comments about Snowden, but when called out on it after he cowardly deleted his tweet, he proceeds to get personal with the individual who called him out by making sarcastic remarks about her being part of the “TEAM” whatever the hell that means.

    • 80 4morefor44
      June 29, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      great job by mama4obama! tapper was just doing the usual “take away anything that could be considered positive for the obama admin” that the entire major “news” people do. everything must be tainted with negativity toward president obama, especially during their many successes. it’s an automatic reflex now for people like tapper.

    • 82 vitaminlover
      June 29, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      People like Tapper like to “throw the rock then hide the hand.”

    • June 29, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    • 87 arapaho415
      June 29, 2013 at 6:54 pm


      Thanks for alerting us.

      The MSM is truly digging in their heels, letting their masks slip, because our “uppity” President and First Lady. Cool “No Drama” Obama will be their undoing (I’m hoping).

      And I hope all of them are out of a job a year from now.

    • 88 Sandy1110
      June 29, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      I’m sure Tapper and the rest of his ilk just *HATED* the way POTUS essentially said Snowjob wasn’t worth a jet scramble and they deal with his likes routinely. And I’m sure POTUS knew it would drive them buggy.

      President Obama will NOT be rattled by these simpletons, and they hate it. What a sick game their insecurity and resentment makes them play.

  32. 89 arapaho415
    June 29, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    (Fallows is a former speechwriter for Jimmy Carter.)

    • 90 africa
      June 29, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      Oh, thanks for this. I was thinking about tweeting, if anyone has heard about Gabby. I have not heard much about or from her since the run up and during the gun control debate.

      • 91 arapaho415
        June 29, 2013 at 6:49 pm

        Fairly certain that Gabby and Mark Kelly will continue their gun safety effort (with their SuperPAC) until legislation is (finally) passed.

        But it’s going to take a while since Congress is hardly ever in session.

  33. 92 Jovie
    June 29, 2013 at 6:19 pm

  34. 94 africa
    June 29, 2013 at 6:19 pm

  35. June 29, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Continuing the push to reform the #WHPC ….

    Yes We Can

  36. June 29, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    This almost completely off-topic, although our president did mention teachers and the importance of education in the town hall 🙂 I ran across this video posted by a friend on Facebook, and nearly passed it up since I am not a big fan of Tony Danza and did not watch the show where he teaches school for a year. I finally decided to give the video a try and was surprised at how articulate and heart-felt I thought it was. I know there are several other teachers and former teachers here; I think it will lift your day. I especially like the line that he ends with.

    • 99 desertflower
      June 29, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      That was great! Huge, huge, huge responsibility….thank you fellow teachers past and present! On a perfectly shallow note…he had so many mannerisms like my father. So many. Must be an Italian thing, I don’t know…but he left me smiling:) Thanks, maryl!!!

  37. 101 nathkatun7
    June 29, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Dear Chipsticks, I want to join others here in thanking you for your magnificent coverage of the President’s trip to South Africa. You’ve really outdone your self. Let me also thank your fellow “blog tyrants,” UT, LL, LP, AMK, and ZIZI, for the wonderful job they did in covering this incredible week. Many of us who come to this site a very lucky because we are able to get news and read thoughtful analyses that most Americans are deprived of by the unethical MSM.

    • June 29, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      You’re lovely Nathkatun, what a kind thing to say. The blog tyrants have been fantastic, some really wonderful stuff from them this week which I know everyone appreciated. I adore these foreign trips because I largely avoid the humdrum news when they’re happening, and feel so much better for it! Looking forward to tomorrow, although the Robben Island visit will be hugely emotional under the circumstances. Thanks again Nathkatun, you’re the best.

      • 103 nathkatun7
        June 29, 2013 at 9:08 pm

        Thank you for your kind words, Chips! And again thank you for this blog and for the way you’ve covered all the President’s trips abroad. Americans who know nothing about the TOD never experience the love, respect, and enthusiasm, that foreign countries show President Obama because of the MSM filters. You’ve really created a very special place.

        I agree that Robben Island visit will be very emotional. But it will also be a huge reminder, and especially to young people, about the importance of never losing HOPE!

      • 104 amk for obama
        June 29, 2013 at 9:18 pm

        Biggest moment of my life. And I was snoring. Oh, well.

        The awardee querulously asks ‘why is the real point of the award in small points?’

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