South Africa: A Few More Images

A young man throws his fist into the air as President Obama calls on him for a question during a “town hall” meeting with the young African leaders at the University of Johannesburg in Soweto



Graca Machel, the wife of Nelson Mandela:

“I have drawn strength from the support received from President Barack Obama, Michelle, Malia and Sasha. Having taken the time to telephone me to express their solidarity and meet our children they have added a touch of personal warmth that is characteristic of the Obama family.

“I am humbled by their comfort and messages of strength and inspiration which I have already conveyed to Madiba.”


The President and First Lady arrive for an official state dinner in Pretoria with President Zuma and First Lady Thobeka Madiba-Zuma



At the First Lady’s Google Hangout:

…. hugging Tebogo Tenyan, 16

….. hugging Miriam Kgokane, 10


President Obama at a townhall at the University of Johannesburg

72 Responses to “South Africa: A Few More Images”

  1. June 29, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    One more little segment of the Q&A …

    Still can’t find the entire Town Hall.

    Thank you so much Chips & UT for your magnificent coverage!!!


    • 5 GGail
      June 29, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      Thanks Bobfr for this snippet.
      I would love to be able to view the Town Hall Q&A in its entirety.
      If anyone can locate it….it will be a TOD member – that’s for sure 🙂

  2. 6 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 29, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Good afternoon, TOD! Chips and all the mini BT’s — THANK YOU!!!!!! I’ve not had a chance to read all, but it is a comfort to know that when I do get a moment, all of this great info is compiled and waiting for me. Special shout out to Zizzi — just keep on educating us!

  3. 7 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Holy smokes! FLOTUS is stunning. Just downright gorgeous. Wow!

  4. June 29, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    New videos of Africa visit added to White House YouTube channel:


  5. June 29, 2013 at 2:59 pm

  6. June 29, 2013 at 3:06 pm

  7. 14 Don
    June 29, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    This trip to the land of President Obama’s forefathers is a sight to behold, Africa’s past and present coming together for a stronger future in which we all will be a part of. I noticed that all of the questions that President Obama was asked at the town hall were asked with intelligence and respect.

    • 15 anniebella
      June 29, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      Don those stupid ass WHPC can learn something from the people who asked those questions at the Town Hall.

    • 17 nathkatun7
      June 29, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      Great comment, Don. For some of us who are senior citizens who grew up when Africa was under European colonial rule and when Jim crow was deeply entrenched in the United states, it’s moments like these that we dreamed of. I was really proud of how those young people, who are the future of Africa, conducted themselves. I am so glad the President chose the Town-Hall format to communicate directly with the young people in Africa.

  8. 18 anniebella
    June 29, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    And China think our FLOTUS stayed home during the little summit in California because she didn’t want to be outshine by China First Lady. Our FLOTUS don’t have to back down to anyone. She can stand on the stage with anyone, and out shine anyone because of her inner and outer beauty.

    • 19 anniebella
      June 29, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      FLOTUS looks lovely.

    • 20 Bill
      June 29, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      This FLOTUS will redefine what a First Lady should be for years to come. I almost feel sorry for whoever follows her.

    • 23 Don
      June 29, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      Truth is FLOTUS did not attend because the administration didn’t want to legitimize China’s First Lady, Peng Liyuan, because of her actions during the Tiananmen Square protest in which she sang for the military troops that attacked the demonstrators.

      • 24 arapaho415
        June 29, 2013 at 4:05 pm

        Thank you, Don, for this clarification.

        Someone tweeted that Brennan (I think, it might have been someone else) gave presser and mentioned why FLOTUS was not in Rancho Mirage, but I didn’t see anything else online about her reasoning.

        That is an EXCELLENT reason for FLOTUS to not attend, and if our media were worth what they’re being paid, would have been noteworthy news.

        I have a soft spot for the Tibetans and those non-ethnic Han who live in the western part of China (neither should be subject to Beijing’s repression).

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  10. June 29, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Okay, off to have a Cheesy Puff salad, back in a while with more. Be good while I’m away 🙄

  11. 29 sjterrid
    June 29, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Thank you Chips, Zizi, UT, and fellow blog tyrants for your continuous coverage of the President’s trip to Africa.

    • 31 Don
      June 29, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      I will say one thing; the administration really knows how to do business quietly. While we’re focused on President Obama’s trip to Africa, SOS Kerry is taking care of some serious business behind the scenes.

      • June 29, 2013 at 3:49 pm

        Yes. I think Kerry especially likes to fly under the radar. I always wish him the best.

        • 33 HZ
          June 29, 2013 at 4:31 pm

          Yes, Yes, Don. That is a practice of this administration that I love. President Obama is a man of quiet thoughts, and a real quietness in his leadership skills that produce huge outcomes when people really work with him.

          I have high respect for SOS Kerry, and I do believe that he will carry out his duties as our SOS for this administration with class, grace, and loyalty. We must keep SOS Kerry in our good thoughts and prayerful meditations.HZ

  12. 34 africa
    June 29, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    President Obama warms my heart with his visit to Africa. Thank you PBO.

  13. 35 Nena20409
    June 29, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Congrats Vetivera24 on your Gold.

    Finally on this thread……Whew….whew.

    Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.

  14. June 29, 2013 at 3:17 pm

  15. 37 anniebella
    June 29, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    And wasn’t that nice what Mrs. Mandela said about the Obamas?

    • 38 africa
      June 29, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Yes, indeed.

      • 39 HZ
        June 29, 2013 at 4:35 pm

        Two beautiful families caring and respecting each other. Two world class leaders indeed. You could see the compassion on our First Lady’s face. I pray for comfort for all of their spirits during this most private time. HZ

    • 40 nathkatun7
      June 29, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      Yes it was, Anniebella! She is, in her own right, an Amazing woman who has played a significant role in Africa’s struggle for freedom and independence.

  16. 41 kasai
    June 29, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Good Day Tods!

    De-lurking to give Thanks to Chips for this incredible coverage of President Obama in Africa!
    I’ve been on a natural high…tears of joy!! Previous presidents have gone to Africa for many reasons but… this President is cultivating a seed of democracy, economic power, human rights, civil rights..like never seen before. This trip has elevated my hopes for a better Africa…because of President Barack H. Obama, Africa shall rise again. If I couldn’t love him more..he touches the core of my heart. **tears*

    Thank you kindly!

    Viva Obama!
    Viva Mandela!

  17. 42 debz
    June 29, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Thank you chips and blog tyrants, I don’t know what we would do without TOD for information about this trip.

  18. 43 Don
    June 29, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Chips, you have out done yourself with the coverage of the First Family’s trip to Africa, you deserve a well-earned and deserved break.

  19. 46 anniebella
    June 29, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I was thinking, instead of talking about 2016, we ought to be planning President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama third term.

  20. June 29, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Half this article is President Obama taking jabs at the press…….. I love it! Can’t believe the AP printed this…..

  21. 50 lisalovesobama
    June 29, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    So, question. What reason do South Africans have to protest PBO? I see BBC calling them “anti-Obama protestors” as opposed to anti-American. Did those South Africans want Romney or something? Sit down and shut up. Protest your own damned government and leave mine alone.

    • 51 Linda
      June 29, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      Some of the protesters were holding signs in support of Iran…………

      • 52 lisalovesobama
        June 29, 2013 at 3:54 pm

        My problem is them calling it anti-Obama. That’s way too fricking personal. Anti-Bush is understandable, anti-Obama? Fucking propaganda..

    • 53 Nena20409
      June 29, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      SA is 50M Plus…..when less than 500 (five Hundred) are protesting….actually on one station, they said, about 100 people…..and our National press, BBC or whatever outfit is reporting on that? Shame on them. Once again, the proportion of the media’s reporting is on Negativity.

      1st it was why the trip…..Cost, etc.

      2nd, why Not Kenya and why was it that Clinton and GW Bush visited many times.

      3rd, China is eating Us alive once they have been educated that 6 of the 10 fastest growing nations are in the Continent of Africa.

      Now, it is protestors of Less that 500…..far less in a nation of 50M plus?

      Hey, I am delivering my 2 middle fingers and my 2nd toes to them. May they all go to Blazes.

      • June 29, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      • 58 lisalovesobama
        June 29, 2013 at 3:59 pm

        The media is crap. Black people protesting the black president is simply out of this world. Black people protesting a white president? Meh. Just like Nelson Mandela’s daughter said, there’s an air of racism in the media. She said when Margret Thatcher died, the media didn’t set up outside her house or hospital, but Nelson Mandela isn’t in his grave and they are watching for his last gasp of breath like a bunch of vultures, ready to pounce. The media is disgusting.

        • 59 Nena20409
          June 29, 2013 at 4:08 pm

          To be Honest…..Margaret Thatcher was Not well liked.

          I agree with Madiba’s daughter…….Pope John Paul…..the media did the same thing. They camped outside the Vatican and speculated endlessly. However, Ronald Reagan, a GOPer, loved by them and the media left him alone to die in and with dignity.

          GH Bush….he was in the Hospital for almost 2 months and the media didn’t camp out outside the hospital counting the Death Clock.

  22. June 29, 2013 at 3:41 pm

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  24. June 29, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Way past time to stop enabling the stupid & the propagandists ….

    Thus ….

    Yes We Can

    • 63 Nena20409
      June 29, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      It takes skill, training and Journalistic Integrity.

      When Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Hannity are their competitors……the Journalistic Gene Pool was Corporately corrupted decades ago.

    • June 29, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      100% agree Bobfr…. you should read the article I posted up thread… PBO took about 5 different shots at the press!

      • June 29, 2013 at 4:22 pm

        Yep, LP, and he did it with that mega-watt smile of his. Of course, ABC’s snarky bit about ‘free press’ is but another instance of willful delusion.

        • June 29, 2013 at 4:24 pm

          It’s AP’s Julie Pace…. I was just amazed they included all those digs in comparison to the normal ‘free press’ line which typically would have been the only thing in the report!

    • 67 jackiegrumbacher
      June 29, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      What a wonderful idea, Bob. There’s no reason why this can’t be done except for stuffy tradition and the fear by the WHPC that they will be outshone by regional journalists.

      • June 29, 2013 at 4:20 pm

        Yes, Jackie, it absolutely is a no-brainer to accomplish, as we’ve seen yet again today with both the President’s and the First Lady’s town hall sessions. Jay’s got that big wall mounted monitor behind him and for every question he takes from the dorks in the room, he could take 3 or 4 from various ‘local’ journalists. The peer pressure is just what the dorky #NEWSTAINERS need.

        Yes We Can

    • 69 nathkatun7
      June 29, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      Great, great, Idea, Bob! We should all join you in making similar recommendation to the Press Sec.

  25. June 29, 2013 at 3:50 pm

  26. 71 Nena20409
    June 29, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Another Part of the POTUS’ Town Hall

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