Farewell, Tanzania

@petesouza: Pres Obama feels the hair of a youngster while greeting families at US Embassy Tanzania this am




@petesouza: Presidents Obama and Bush greet survivors of 1998 bombing at US Embassy Tanzania


@dougmillsnyt‪:‬ President Obama and former President Bush participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania



First Lady Michelle Obama and Laura Bush at the African First Ladies Summit: “Investing in Women: Strengthening Africa”




@dougmillsnyt: President Obama bounces a “Soccket Ball” soccer ball head. The ball is an energy generating ball that harnesses kinetic energy.






President Obama on a billboard ad: “Let’s savor change. Let’s savor life. American Garden.” (Ari Shapiro, NPR)


@petesouza: Large crowds again line the motorcade route in Tanzania







President Obama kisses First Lady Michelle Obama as they prepare to board Air Force One







See all posts from the visit to Africa here

114 Responses to “Farewell, Tanzania”

  1. 1 4morefor44
    July 2, 2013 at 9:16 am

    what a trip!!!

    • July 2, 2013 at 9:18 am

      Yes indeed. Congrats 4more on #1 🙂

    • 3 Betsy
      July 2, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Congrats on first 4more! Have a great day!

      • 4 4morefor44
        July 2, 2013 at 9:27 am

        thanks! you get the sense those people at the embassy bombing memorial aren’t even sure who king bush the 2nd is. “he looks familiar…not really sure, anyway why is he here? oh! there’s president obama!! YEAH!!!”

        • 5 arkluvspbo
          July 2, 2013 at 1:31 pm

          4more, I’m fascinated by the body language, and how even though the President is “bowing”, he looks more like a leader than that other guy behind him.

    • 6 anniebella
      July 2, 2013 at 11:01 am

      4morefor44, I agree what a trip. I’m so happy of the welcome POTUS and FLOTUS and the entire Obama family received.

  2. 7 lisalovesobama
    July 2, 2013 at 9:18 am


    Oh my gosh. TPM is so stupid. Screaming front page headline: “How the NSA gets Inside K-12 Classrooms.”—– wow. seriously? 🙄
    here’s the article. It’s basically how the NSA promotes critical thinking and advanced educational skills among students in the Maryland/ Washington DC area. They basically try to make education seem cool, especially the math and sciences which America is lagging behind in. TPM is really trying to make an educational program sound like Hitler re-educating kids in Nazi Germany with that stupid headline. SMDH.

    • July 2, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Misleading headlines are meant to grab attention, but all too often that is all people read.

      I wonder how long it will be before we start to see the “Bachman” stories. Unfortunately, the media has degenerated into nothing more than a propaganda tool. We can no longer simply read and take for granted that there is even a scintilla of truth and honesty in what’s presented. Now, we must dissect it, weigh it, judge it and all too often throw it away.

      One of the things that makes TOD such a great place is the many people like yourself who steer us in the right direction. That makes you “truthers”, you know. 🙂

  3. July 2, 2013 at 9:21 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone! Thanks Chips for another amazing collection of fantastic pics from Tanzania!! 🙂

  4. 11 Betsy
    July 2, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Great R&S Chips! Hope you have agree at day!!!!!!

  5. 12 amk for obama
    July 2, 2013 at 9:21 am

    what did we do wrong, bt ? why are you punishing with shrub pics?

    • July 2, 2013 at 9:23 am

      Yeah, I know, not overly keen on bringing his face here, but it was unavoidable with this one!

      • 14 Layla
        July 2, 2013 at 9:25 am

        On the other hand it is soooo wonderful to see the contrast!

        • 15 CEB
          July 2, 2013 at 9:32 am

          The Look that seems to say WTF are you talking about on PBO’s face in that first pic is priceless.

      • 16 amk for obama
        July 2, 2013 at 9:25 am

        Use your photoshoppng skills.

      • July 2, 2013 at 11:06 am

        I look at it this way: He’s doing a fine job of being the ex-President. That is, while he was a disaster as a President, at least he’s been keeping his mouth shut and seems to be doing something decent here. Which doesn’t make up for his presidency, but it makes the occasional picture of him here tolerable.

    • 26 57andfemale
      July 2, 2013 at 11:04 am

      and there were soooo many of them…….

      Whatever I did, Chips, I promise not to do it again. Just don’t make me look at Shrub.

  6. 27 amk for obama
    July 2, 2013 at 9:26 am

  7. 28 amk for obama
    July 2, 2013 at 9:28 am

  8. 29 utaustinliberal
    July 2, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Side note: Politics and Prose finally has the full video of First Lady Michelle Obama’s book signing. Yay!

  9. 31 nospin
    July 2, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Curious. Was looking for pics of GW reaching for hand sanitizer after shaking hands with the locals or wiping his hands on PO’s jacket and didn’t see not one.

    Will wonders never cease…

    • 32 jacquelineoboomer
      July 2, 2013 at 10:47 am

      That hand-wiping “episode” of his, I believe in Haiti with Clinton, showed the true mark of the man. Hollow, I’m-part-of-the-upper-class, soul.

      I almost stayed up long enough to see the First Lady at the summit, but in a way I am so glad I did not. First: Bush. Second: Cokie Roberts. I’d rather just look at her pretty images here.

      But I did spot Bush on the telly last night, and – wow – we think President Obama has aged a bit since Jan. 20, 2009. Bush looks like he’s been sitting in a darkened room, haunted by ghosts, which has not only aged him tremendously because all he’d have for company would be the aforementioned hollow soul and a bag of pretzels, but seems to have made him look like a loon who doesn’t even bother to comb his hair any longer. I will give credit where credit is due and salute both Laura and W for their sponsored humanitarian work in Africa, as President Obama – who leads us by example – would do and has done.

      Other than all this negativity, which I’ve now shaken off myself and put on all of you, have a fine Obama day, TODville, as I intend to do!

      • 33 nospin
        July 2, 2013 at 11:46 am

        you have a great way with words jacquelineoboomer. I could visualize W in a darkened room being haunted by ghosts and holding a bag of pretzels. 🙂

        • 34 jacquelineoboomer
          July 2, 2013 at 12:14 pm

          Ha – thanks. I think he once almost choked once in the WH on a pretzel! In any event, that’s the look I saw in his dead eyes this week.

    • 36 nospin
      July 2, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Because the thing that is worse than a liar is a thief and Snowden is both.

      Snowden had no credibility. Period.

  10. 37 GGAIL
    July 2, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipaticks & TOD family.
    The coverage on the Africa trip has been Fantastic! Happy to see the First Family coming home.

  11. July 2, 2013 at 9:36 am


    • 39 lisalovesobama
      July 2, 2013 at 9:47 am

      “journalis”?! Playing a bit fast and loose with that term aren’t you?

      • 40 lisalovesobama
        July 2, 2013 at 9:47 am


        • 41 anniebella
          July 2, 2013 at 11:11 am

          Guys don’t come down so hard on Greenwald, remember he is just concern about our civil liberties, to hell if we get blown to pieces from some terrorists attack. Greenwald is fighting for our concern. BULL-SHIT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Greenwald ought to be in prison just like Snowden.

        • July 2, 2013 at 11:17 am


  12. 43 CEB
    July 2, 2013 at 9:36 am

    An official GM to all of the TOD family and Lurkers

    The past two weeks have been earth-shaking here and abroad. Thanks to everyone who led and contributed to getting the information and the photos of all of the events that are shaping our world.

  13. July 2, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Very positive and up beat trip. Potus and Flotus represent so much of the good in the world. Coverage here on TOD outshines and out performs any other source, bar none! Thanks to Chips and the Blog Tyrant Crew for excellent work. And the ‘ Bl-oscar’ goes to TOD.

  14. July 2, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Up and at ’em all you O’s!!! It’s another great getting up day in TODville!!! Thanks for the pic trip to Chips and her merry blog tyrants. I’m tired just looking at everything PBO and family crammed into those few days. I’d still be trying to get over jet lag, and they’re on their way back home.

  15. 47 Ladyhawke
    July 2, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Faux Outrage

    Why is it such a scandal that a spy agency spies?

    By Joshua Foust


    The reporting on these NSA leaks is still sloppy, often missing crucial context, and sometimes even misleading. Two weeks ago I catalogued an initial round of questions about the coverage in the Guardian and Washington Post, and much of the reaction here and on Twitter amounted to: So what? Why does it matter if some details were flubbed, the real story is the wiretapping!

    Details, however, matter very much. On June 29, the Washington Post released another set of slides describing the controversial PRISM program. These slides dramatically change our understanding of the program, such that is now appears that initial reportings about the program were deeply misleading.


    View at Medium.com

  16. 48 Mellesia Barnett
    July 2, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Holy crap I just got up and there are already two posts. Morning y’all

  17. 49 nospin
    July 2, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Who would have thought you could capture the “swag” in a pic? Pete Souza is a frakkin’ genius.

    • 50 jacquelineoboomer
      July 2, 2013 at 11:06 am

      And if you look at the photo quickly, Pres. Obama looks as though he has one of those stripey thingies on his “uniform,” too. It’s like Pete has morphed him into the group and made them all on the same plain, as PBO would do … oh, great, now I feel like tearing up AGAIN, because Pete has such respect for the President and it shows in each and every photo.

  18. 52 amk for obama
    July 2, 2013 at 10:03 am

  19. July 2, 2013 at 10:04 am

    More GREAT economic news!

  20. 55 Vicki
    July 2, 2013 at 10:06 am

    What a trip!
    Meanwhile, back at the ranch—-The NY Times seems alarmed that SOS Kerry’s peace initiative work in Mid-East may be having success.
    Can’t have an Obama Administration suceed, OH NO.

    Times writes that while once the Israeli Occupation and conflict was the Key, the Key, I tell you to peace in the Region, now it is just “one more headache.”

  21. July 2, 2013 at 10:06 am

  22. 58 yardarm756
    July 2, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Good morning you lot. It’s good to be on this side of the grass, eh?

  23. 65 Mellesia Barnett
    July 2, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Mittbot should have listen to himself


    Romney Voted Against Launching 2012 Bid In Family Poll

    Tom Kludt – 8:27 AM EDT, Tuesday July 2, 2013

    A forthcoming book that chronicles the 2012 presidential race indicates that Mitt Romney did not want to launch a White House bid.

    The book, “Collision 2012,” was written by Dan Balz of The Washington Post and is one of two books on last year’s presidential election for which Romney granted interviews. The other, “Double Down: Game Change 2012,” is a follow-up by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann to their smash hit on the 2008 race.

    Balz’s book is due to be released in August, but The Huffington Post obtained a copy and reported Tuesday on some of the details. One excerpt mined by HuffPo details that Romney was one of 10 family members to vote against the idea of a 2012 presidential campaign. Twelve family members cast votes in the poll, which was conducted over a 2010 holiday vacation in Hawaii.

    Romney’s hesitation stemmed from his moderate record as governor of Massachusetts and his Mormon faith, two factors he believed could derail his candidacy in the Republican primaries. But ultimately, Romney told Balz that no other GOP aspirant last year had a legitimate chance of topping President Barack Obama in a general election.

    “I didn’t think that any one of them had a good chance of defeating the president, and in some cases I thought that they lacked the experience and perspective necessary to do what was essential to get the country on track,” Romney told Balz, according to HuffPo.

  24. 67 Mellesia Barnett
    July 2, 2013 at 10:19 am


    Michelle Obama Tells Women At African Summit To Put Values Over Looks

    Catherine Thompson – 10:15 AM EDT, Tuesday July 2, 2013

    First Lady Michelle Obama attended the African First Ladies Summit on Tuesday and spoke alongside former First Lady Laura Bush to promote health, economic empowerment, and education for women.

    According to a pool report, both first ladies discussed the importance of being role models for young girls who may feel pressured to give more importance to their looks than to their values — leading Obama to talk about her famous bangs.

    “But being able to pursue our passions and do things that not only help our country and connect us with the rest of the world, it’s a great privilege,” Obama said, as quoted by the pool report. “So while people are sort of sorting through our shoes and our hair — and whether we cut it or not … we take our bangs and we stand in front of important things that the world needs to see. And eventually, people stop looking at the bangs and they start looking at what we’re standing in front of.”

    • 68 anniebella
      July 2, 2013 at 10:43 am

      Right On Mrs. Obama. I think our First Lady is so smart. I’m talking about Mrs. Obama, no dis respect to the other former First Lady on stage with Mrs. Obama.

  25. July 2, 2013 at 10:21 am

    • 70 Bill
      July 2, 2013 at 10:40 am

      In 2012 the Texas Republican party had a platform to ban the teaching of critical thinking skills in public schools because they undermine parental authority. Texas cannot have children questioning parents.

  26. July 2, 2013 at 10:24 am

  27. 72 Jeff
    July 2, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Glen Greenwald the poster boy of the fake left is to appear on Fox News.

  28. July 2, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Another great read from SmartyPants:)

    HEADLINE: What Greenwald shares in common with the GOP (other than ODS)

    // Yes. Glenn Greenwald is so desperate for attention on the NSA story that he actually appeared this morning on Fox and Friends. But really…should that surprise any of us? They actually share a lot in common. And its more than just their Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS).

    Over the last 5 years we’ve watched the Republicans take their obstruction to such extremes that they are now in a post policy position. Their efforts are not about proposing solutions to problems – but simply doing everything they can to obstruct anything the Democrats propose.

    Read here:


  29. July 2, 2013 at 10:30 am

  30. 82 Ulla Rasmussen
    July 2, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Dearest Chipsticks et al, as always Your reporting of the whereabouts of President Obama has been such a joy to follow. Great photos, great music and not the least great comments. Thank You so much!
    One just wonders, why not everyone can or will see how great a primus motor and catalysator President Obama is – but maybe it is just difficult for small minded people to accept a person, who has everything plus.

  31. 84 vitaminlover
    July 2, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I am so glad that they are making these trips. The Obamas have quite a profound effect on people.

    • 85 anniebella
      July 2, 2013 at 11:32 am

      So am I vitaminlover. Traveling as a family is so special for the girls. Right now, or next I would like to see them go on a vacation. Where they don’t have to do any public events, where they can just relax. FLOTUS let her hair down, and POTUS play golf, read a book, just relax as much as he can being President. I know the haters will hate, and complain about the cost, but at this point I don’t give a “D”. Hating on this President and his family is all they have being doing since day one.

      • 86 vitaminlover
        July 2, 2013 at 12:32 pm

        Totally with you, anniebella. Maybe they will go back to Martha’s Vineyard in August and celebrate HIS birthday.

  32. July 2, 2013 at 10:40 am

  33. 89 utaustinliberal
    July 2, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Looooooooove him!

  34. 90 amk for obama
    July 2, 2013 at 10:44 am

    • July 2, 2013 at 10:48 am

      There is no doubt we need an immigration bill and it is somewhat encouraging that one is moving through Congress. But if I were Latino I would still be pissed if I had to wait eleven years to “apply” for citizenship. What’s up with the long wait?

    • 92 theo67
      July 2, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      Forgot the moat filled with crocodiles.

  35. 94 yardarm756
    July 2, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Sooooo true!

  36. 97 jacquelineoboomer
    July 2, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I wish that the President Obama billboard seen in Africa were plastered around the highways of America! That would be uplifting to see on a regular basis, eh?

  37. 100 desertflower
    July 2, 2013 at 11:00 am

    SERIOUSLY? And they have the audacity to bitch about “spying”???? WTH!


    Exploiting a loophole in Western sanctions, Iran is importing a high grade of refined alumina ore from several European countries including Germany and France that Tehran could be using to make armor parts and missile components.

  38. 102 japa21
    July 2, 2013 at 11:08 am

  39. 103 anniebella
    July 2, 2013 at 11:18 am

    I love the pictures of POTUS and FLOTUS, specially the one of POTUS giving FLOTUS a kiss. 🙂

    • 104 jacquelineoboomer
      July 2, 2013 at 11:25 am

      I love it when they kiss openly, mostly because everybody else has to try to find a way to divert their eyes!

      One of my favorite photos was maybe on the first Inaugural Ball night, when POTUS and FLOTUS are leaning into each other, she’s wearing his jacket, I believe they’re on an elevator or in some staging area, and the men around them are all trying to look somewhere else because it’s such a personal moment!

  40. 109 japa21
    July 2, 2013 at 11:19 am

    What happened to the toon post?

  41. 111 Linda
    July 2, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Helicopter footage of Cairo.. Wow !

  42. 114 arkluvspbo
    July 2, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Those pictures of the Obama’s trip to Africa are just breathtaking. The warmth and joy in everyone’s faces is a sight to behold. The energy bouncing off those pictures is fantastic. I would have to agree with the GOoPers on ONE thing– President Obama IS the Messiah.
    I love the metaphor of the blue of Airforce One against the backdrop of the stormy skies. I take that to mean that while we have had turbulence and violent weather, blue skies are coming soon and everything will be clear.
    Something big is coming…watch for it.

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