President Obama visits the prison cell at Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his imprisonment

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  1. June 30, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    You! Congratulations!

  2. 8 Allison
    June 30, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    GE All……Chips, thank you for the extremely informative posts. I’m not sure what we would do without you. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

  3. June 30, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    An extraordinary day for sure!

    • 10 Layla
      June 30, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      The whole trip has been so emotional for me vetivera…I cry, I laugh, I am proud, I am sad…just overwhelming..

  4. 11 yardarm756
    June 30, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I really can’t look at this again. Every time I do, I lose it. BENT BUT NOT BROKEN!

    • 12 anniebella
      June 30, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      Did you guys read what FLOTUS said about their trip to Robben Islands? At the tweets, where she said ” Today our family visited Robben Islands for an experience we will never forget.”

  5. 14 vcprezofan2
    June 30, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Oops! There she goes, disappearing around the corner! At least I think that was her heel.

  6. June 30, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    thank you so much, TOD for the excellent coverage of this overseas trip. it has been full of memorable pics.

  7. 21 utaustinliberal
    June 30, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    This is E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-NG.

    • 22 lisalovesobama
      June 30, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      Best part of his slow jamming the news was him dropping the mic! That gave me life!! ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

    • 23 globalcitizenlinda
      June 30, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      this was great – kid went for it like performing before family members not POTUS

  8. 24 Layla
    June 30, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Interesting history of the Presidential desk..


  9. 25 utaustinliberal
    June 30, 2013 at 6:08 pm

  10. 26 Gazelle
    June 30, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Sorry to be so OT, I think I’m trying to distract myself from My Madiba, beautiful, courageous human being. I just can’t bear him being gone from amongst us. But, he has his own journey to travel, as do we all. And he has lived an enormous, exemplary life. Bless!

    Just had to share what these young people are producing in the SF Bay Area. I know all of them from young tikes. BTW, this is not PG-rated, at least as far as the music link. I try to encourage all artistic endeavors, and they’re working hard. Lovely group of young people. If you’re into hip-hop & its fashion, etc., please click the link & share]:


    They were also featured in BlackFashion.co:


  11. 27 anniebella
    June 30, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Tomorrow former First Lady Laura Bush and current First Lady Michelle Obama will make a joint appearance in Tanzania. The summit is hosted by Laura Bush, it is a forum that lift up the role of Africa women.

  12. 33 Indie Liberal
    June 30, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Thanks for the invite back, Chips. And a big thank you for all the stories and pics of TOD Africa trip. Peace. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. 38 utaustinliberal
    June 30, 2013 at 6:21 pm


  14. 40 globalcitizenlinda
    June 30, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    just thinking about the places PBO has taken his US Secret Service Detail –

    – places many could not have imagined going because POTUS’s interests are so diverse, deep and all-encompassing. (poor areas, cultural areas, centers of learning, historical sites, palaces, religious monuments & places of worship etc)

    remember PBO visiting the residents in the poor sections of Brazil

    • 41 vcprezofan2
      June 30, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      I do remember PBO visiting the favela in Brazil, but I never before considered this aspect, GCLinda – he is indeed exposing his SS detail to many (more than likely) new-to-them venues. Though, one might wonder how much of the places they truly see, as they have to be focused and alert to potential danger all the time.

      • 42 globalcitizenlinda
        June 30, 2013 at 7:38 pm

        Yeah, their focus is on PBO & the First Family – as should be.

        But I think the USSS is sometimes surprised by the intense reaction to PBO from people of so many backgrounds.

        the protective detail & trip planners probably ask themselves: where in the world will PBO head to next

  15. 43 arapaho415
    June 30, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Reminder of what “Barry” Obama was like at Occidental (at 19 just like he mentioned today), 3-minute video:

  16. 45 Layla
    June 30, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Look at this gem!!!!!!!

  17. June 30, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    • 58 Nena20409
      June 30, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      I sincerely do not understand the games Ecuador is playing. It is not a win, win situation for them. They really should stop playing this game for they can easily be crushed.

    • 59 arapaho415
      June 30, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      Venezuela, Ecuador.


      Assange may have cooked #Snowden’s goose with his arrogance. Being an Aussie and Europhile, may not realize that the Americans are part of the same (Western) hemisphers.

      Along with Kerry and the Mid-East, could this be a catalyst for a spectacular Foreign Policy summer?

      Keeping my fingers crossed.

      • June 30, 2013 at 8:08 pm

        I do think if it’s at all possible for Snowden to travel, Russia will convince Maduro to take him back with him.

        • 61 Layla
          June 30, 2013 at 8:11 pm

          Yep! Maduro detests PBO, called him a devil…

        • June 30, 2013 at 8:34 pm

          All Snowden would be doing in that case would be expanding his rap sheet. The dude is already a fried fugitive.

          If Venezuela wants the inevitable consequences of harboring an American spy/traitor/fugitive they’ll suffer for it, for sure.

          PBO & AG Holder have all the time in the world. Justice will be served, of that I have no doubt.


          • 63 Layla
            June 30, 2013 at 8:43 pm

            I hear you Bob. Can you elaborate on the consequences of such a move.

            • June 30, 2013 at 8:53 pm

              It’s illegal to travel without a passport. Snowden’s passport was nullified by the US Government a couple of weeks ago. Irrespective of how much a particular Venezuelan President doesn’t like an American President, Venezuela has had an extradition treaty with the US since April 14, 1923 (43 Stat. 1698). So, it’s all a matter of how many laws these dudes want to break. The US has no reason to rush. Snowden, Greenwald, Poitras + whomever the $$$ sources are have already done the damage to our National Security. It’s all retribution from this point forward and anyone wanting to become a target of that retribution will regret it in the long run.

  18. June 30, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I feel bad for @kurteichenwald. He is trying to have an intelligent Twitter conversation with some Daily Kos Greenwald cultists. Lol, he keeps telling them they don’t understand basic NSA procedures and asking if they are tea partiers. https://twitter.com/kurteichenwald

    • June 30, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      Yup, I’ve noticed he’s been trying for some time. The emoLibertarians and baggers are cut from the same cloth of hate.

      • June 30, 2013 at 8:44 pm

        For sure. They throw around the words “surveillance state” now like Teabaggers say “socialist state”. I have to say he can type fast and stay on top of the argument with actual facts. All their bs would get me pissed off and distracted.

  19. June 30, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    500 years oppressing African Americans–but we’ve had 40 years of begrudging tolerance. Doesn’t that cover it? http://on.cc.com/123mXAS

  20. 71 Layla
    June 30, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Canada Day tomorrow!

  21. 77 Dudette
    June 30, 2013 at 8:33 pm

  22. June 30, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Evening friends. I am back home. (It’s a two hour drive.) My mother is about the same. Hanging on and quite the fighter, I guess. She isn’t able to swallow…….it’s like she has forgotten how. Night nurse is wonderful…….will keep a close eye on her and call me if needed.

    • 80 theo67
      June 30, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      This is terrible, tnmtngirl – I hope everything ends up all right for you and your mom. Sounds like she’s in the right hands, though.

  23. 82 Dudette
    June 30, 2013 at 8:52 pm


  24. 83 JER
    June 30, 2013 at 8:55 pm

  25. 84 jacquelineoboomer
    June 30, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    I heard a rumor that Rick Perry can’t get the scary “womenfolk” of Texas out of his mind, and had a strange and awful dream about one of ’em, last evening, named Wendy. Oops. Something like this:

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