Rise and Shine

Senator Barack Obama looks out of the window of Nelson Mandela’s jail cell on Robben Island, South Africa, August 2006



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


Live streaming links:

White House Live * ReutersCBS (UStream) * CBS (Widget) * eNCA (South Africa)


More later, this is just a scheduled heads-up for the very early early birds

73 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 2 JER
    June 30, 2013 at 5:33 am

    Good morning all. Looks like this link might be working – http://reuters.livestation.com/demo

    • 3 vcprezofan2
      June 30, 2013 at 5:37 am

      {{{JER}}} Looks like it might be, JER! Good Morning & THANKS! 😆 😆 Thanks, truly!

  2. 4 vcprezofan2
    June 30, 2013 at 5:35 am

    So, I missed the start because I talk too much…..as usual! Good morning one and all! 😀

  3. 7 JER
    June 30, 2013 at 5:37 am

    AF1 just landed at Cape Town International Airport.

  4. 8 vcprezofan2
    June 30, 2013 at 5:41 am

    Nathk, it looks like I’m not going back to bed right this minute after all! Sigh. This is exactly why I don’t usually sign in when I wake up in the middle of the night, or way early in the morning – I can’t resist the chatter! 😀

  5. 9 vcprezofan2
    June 30, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Chips, Baby – thanks mucho for this auto-post!

    JER, Honey (hope you don’t mind the presumption) a thousand thanks for reminding me of, and producing, the live link!

    Yeah for teamwork!

  6. 11 vcprezofan2
    June 30, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Rolling out the red carpet – aw-right! 😛

  7. 15 JER
    June 30, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Capee Town, South Africa Weather Right Now – 57°F – Partly Cloudy

  8. 16 amk for obama
    June 30, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Thanks JER. Just saw them leave the tarmac.

  9. 17 amk for obama
    June 30, 2013 at 6:02 am

    What is the Beast story ? They ship them beforehand to the country of visit or they just put one in every country ?

    • 18 vcprezofan2
      June 30, 2013 at 6:05 am

      Don’t they travel in the second plane of his 2-plane entourage? Not absolutely sure tho.

      • 19 amk for obama
        June 30, 2013 at 6:16 am

        I was in delhi airport the day after PBO arrived coupla years back. I saw only one AF1 parked in a special secure area.

        • 20 vcprezofan2
          June 30, 2013 at 6:21 am

          Can’t speak with any authority on the subject – I never pay much attention to details like this – yet I do vaguely remember seeing something of this nature somewhere. Not to worry, someone with the correct info will set us both straight before the end of the day. One of the beauties of TODvillage!

  10. 21 vcprezofan2
    June 30, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Don’t laugh – the President waved as he was about to enter the car and dummy me’s hand actually lifted and waved back! My hand raised again and waved when FLOTUS waved from inside the car. 😯 All on its own. Without conscious thought. Yo, dummy, he can’t see you! She can’t see you! I swear this man and his family have destroyed my stoic, realistic, real-world response to politicians and celebrities alike. This is just too much for my mind. 😀

  11. June 30, 2013 at 6:05 am

    Good Morning all. Thanks for all the great posts TOD family. Off to work so have a great day!!!!

    • 39 vcprezofan2
      June 30, 2013 at 6:10 am

      Have a good day, yourself, PMGZ! For a ‘great’ day, you’ll need to drop back here later. 😛

  12. 40 JER
    June 30, 2013 at 6:11 am

    President Obama Pays Tribute to Mandela:

    • 41 vcprezofan2
      June 30, 2013 at 6:37 am

      Words worth highlighting…… authored by William Ernest Henley (1849-1903)

      Out Of The Night That Covers Me (Invictus)

      Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
      I thank whatever gods may be
      For my unconquerable soul.

      In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
      Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.

      Beyond this place of wrath and tears
      Looms but the Horror of the shade,
      And yet the menace of the years
      Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

      It matters not how strait the gate,
      How charged with punishments the scroll,
      I am the master of my fate:
      I am the captain of my soul.

    • 42 utaustinliberal
      June 30, 2013 at 7:12 am


  13. 44 amk for obama
    June 30, 2013 at 6:17 am

    Another bomb attack in Pakistan. 14 dead including women & children.

    • 45 Sharon
      June 30, 2013 at 6:26 am

      UK PM Cameron is in Pakistan right now. Reuters carried a press conference with him and President Sharif this morning. May or may not be related.

  14. 46 JER
    June 30, 2013 at 6:20 am

    US calls on Ecuador to reject Snowden asylum request:

  15. 47 Nena20409
    June 30, 2013 at 6:33 am

    GM TODers 🙂 I tried so hard to wake up for the 3 something ET but failed.

    Morning VC, Amk, PMGZ and JER…….the early to risers. Glad to be amongst you all TOD Early Birds. Arise. Arose. Arisen.

    • 48 vcprezofan2
      June 30, 2013 at 6:43 am

      Morning, Nena! I don’t think the 3:45am happened around here, and you are here now! 😀
      I’m not actually sure *I* have arisen because my eyes are burning with fatigue – I read after signing off last night – and of course since it’s now much lighter here even my blackout curtains are not working. I’ll probably get up and go make breakfast with plans to be back for the 8-ish do.

  16. 49 amk for obama
    June 30, 2013 at 6:35 am

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  17. 50 Nena20409
    June 30, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Here’s a great deal of Information on AF1……special delivery for Amk 😉

    • 51 amk for obama
      June 30, 2013 at 6:44 am

      Full 41 minutes of it ? 😯 😯 😯

      How about the gist of it ?

      In small words.

      Not more than two syllables.

      • 52 vcprezofan2
        June 30, 2013 at 6:59 am

        Amk, it ‘shivers me timbers’ when you and I have the same reaction to whatever! I took one look at the length and thought – I don’t want the answer that badly. BTW, length is always the first thing I check when a video is posted,and the reason some don’t get viewed . It’s one reason I prefer to listen to POTUS and FLOTUS live because the time is immaterial then.

      • 53 Nena20409
        June 30, 2013 at 7:03 am

        There are TWO 747s always that would accompany a POTUS. They are identical planes. If need be, they would quickly switch them including contents without those as passengers ever knowing…….meaning playing a decoy…..switcheroo…..placing contents exactly as placed by the passangers.

        You probably saw one plane, but the other one was not too far away. There are 2 Beast Limo that are part of the travel.

        Here’s a Chris Wallace’s Take on AF1 right after GW Bush’s last flight on AF1

        • 54 amk for obama
          June 30, 2013 at 7:05 am

          Thanks Nena.

        • 55 vcprezofan2
          June 30, 2013 at 7:19 am

          Yeah, thanks Nena. I watched the shorter version (and was quite surprised when the jacket on the seat said Bush. Go figure, when they had said earlier in the piece that this was filmed when Bush was president!)

          • 56 Nena20409
            June 30, 2013 at 7:26 am

            The 41 minutes plus version is all about Pres Obama’s AF1. The two mins version is just not all that informative……However, it all about Pres Obama’s AF1 🙂

  18. 58 amk for obama
    June 30, 2013 at 6:52 am

    • 59 catrst
      June 30, 2013 at 7:58 am

      Hubris is amazing isn’t it? I guess she already changed her affiliation by calling herself a “Conservative” rather than a Republican. I think the Conservative party has already been started in the northeast as a third party like Libertarian or Green. Guess Sarah had to come up with a new name, but Freedom? Really? Have we not been making fun of the Tea Party for four years, that they finish everything or start everything they say by claiming they …, you know… freedom. You get my reference.

      • 60 amk for obama
        June 30, 2013 at 8:04 am

        Actually, I’ll be happy if tundra twit starts her freedumb party and peels away the teh crazy teabagger votes from gop. It would give dems a fighting to get back the house and increase senate majority.

    • 62 anniebella
      June 30, 2013 at 8:04 am

      Oh please who gives a dam, all Palin know how to do is quit, like she quit being Governor of Alaska. Too bad she doesn’t quit whatever she call her self doing and go somewhere out of sight for good !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 63 99ts
      June 30, 2013 at 8:18 am

      She won’t do anything – tis all just to make the looney supporters give her more money

  19. June 30, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips and TOD Family. Thanks to everyone for sharing pictures, news, and comments about The First Family trip to Africa. Have a blessed day today.

  20. 72 lockewasright
    June 30, 2013 at 8:25 am

    A photon checks into a hotel. The bellhop asks: “Can I help with your luggage?” The photon replies: “I haven’t got any luggage. I’m traveling light.”

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