Rise and Shine

Leaving Tanzania


All times US Eastern

2:55 AM: The President meets and greets US Embassy personnel

3:35 AM: Participates in a wreath laying ceremony at the 1998 Embassy Bombing Memorial

4:10 AM: Witnesses a “Soccket Ball” demonstration and  tours the Ubungo Symbion Power Plant

4:20 AM: Gives remarks at the Ubungo Symbion Power Pla

5:10 AM: The President and First Family depart Tanzania


10:00 PM: Arrive Joint Base Andrews

10:25 PM: Arrive the White House

109 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Roberts in MN
    July 2, 2013 at 5:06 am

    What are you all doing up soooo early? Thaks for the up date.

  2. 3 theo67
    July 2, 2013 at 5:07 am

    Rise and Shine? I haven’t even gone to bed yet…! 🙂

  3. July 2, 2013 at 5:10 am

    GM Chips, TOD….

  4. July 2, 2013 at 5:18 am

    President Obama and G.W. Bush honor victims of the US Embassy bombings in Tanzania.

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    President Obama juggles a soccer ball at the Ubongo power plant.

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  5. July 2, 2013 at 5:21 am

    Good morning! Do you people ever sleep?

  6. 12 Sharon
    July 2, 2013 at 5:23 am

    And they are off for home. CBS livestream covered it. A joyous farewell from the people of Tanzania. This should boost the Tanzanian president’s popularity, I should think. So glad they finished with this country where they were received with open arms throughout.

    • 13 theo67
      July 2, 2013 at 11:05 am

      Yes, I’m thrilled at the naked joy in these people’s faces as they performed for, and greeted, the Obama family. The media must have been disappointed that they couldn’t find two protesters, so they could continue their narrative of a cold reception in Africa. I didn’t get to see any of this live, but the pictures really conveyed the love of life, happiness and joy from the Tanzanian people.

  7. July 2, 2013 at 5:23 am

  8. July 2, 2013 at 5:30 am

  9. 16 vcprezofan2
    July 2, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Early Morning, all those crazy-enough-to-be-up!

  10. 17 vcprezofan2
    July 2, 2013 at 5:41 am

    I did want to see the Obamas off on the journey home, but it seems like I missed them. Ah well, I’ll try to meet them at the other end, so back to bed I go! All you other crazy Obots……..if you ask me, you need to see a counselor, psychiatrist, or something. 😉 😉

    • 18 anniebella
      July 2, 2013 at 6:08 am

      vc, I missed them taking off too. I will do my best to see them arriving back home tonight. I’m sure Bo will be happy to see them and they him. Thanks to the First Family for making us so proud, for going over there and representing us Americans so wonderfully.

    • July 2, 2013 at 8:20 am

      I’m sorry, but there won’t be an appointment available for 6 months. Backlog!

      • July 2, 2013 at 8:28 am

        I’m part of that backlog 🙂

      • 22 vcprezofan2
        July 2, 2013 at 12:14 pm

        Hmmmmm. Looks like I could start my own counseling agency and make a bundle. Wonder where I could find a course for a nine 3-4 months degree in counseling? With all the potential customers here in the village I have added incentive to make sure I get the diploma – assuming a diploma is even necessary to open my doors. (What kind of diploma does Mr. Bachmann have?)

        BTW, I’ve been online for hours trying to get visuals embedded in an article I’m preparing, using a ‘free’ program, and it just isn’t biting. I’m ready to give up, ALMOST, so I thought I’d come groan over here first to refresh my energy. Plus I have to go do some lab tests so I may not see you face to face until whenever.

  11. July 2, 2013 at 5:47 am

    I give up….. this is a Bolshevik plot. “He must stop his work aimed at harming our American partners, as strange as that sounds coming from my lips,” he told reporters in Moscow. “He must choose a country of destination and go there. Unfortunately, I don’t know when this will happen.”

    • 24 jackiegrumbacher
      July 2, 2013 at 8:20 am

      LP, it’s getting more and more like a poorly written movie script. PBO was right when he said it was a made-for-tv movie.

  12. 25 anniebella
    July 2, 2013 at 5:51 am

    WoW!!!! What a trip. Thank you to the African people who welcome our President, First Lady and their family with such love and respect. I hope and pray the business part of the trip is a success, which we might not know right now but we know that this President have set things in motion. So I’m sure the trip was was and will be worth it. So proud of our President and First Lady.

    • 26 vcprezofan2
      July 2, 2013 at 6:00 am

      What a trip indeed, Annieb! And what a learning experience! Current events never seemed so interesting, exciting, informative and colourful when I was a young student!

      😳 Supposed to be heading back to bed! BBL – later!

  13. July 2, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Chip was up before me? unbelievable.
    LOL. Just want to say thanks so much TOD for the Africa Trip series. My late Aunt was a Peace Corp Country Director for Malawi & Botswanna back in the 80s. Not only would she be wearing one of those Obama skirts, she would be leading the dancers too.
    Your wonderful pics of Africa TOD brought back so many memories of a lovely lady in my life. Thanks!

  14. 30 Bill
    July 2, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Chuck Todd opens his segment by complaining about a 20 hour flight home. He has no idea how many more competent people would love his job.

    • 31 Sharon
      July 2, 2013 at 7:31 am

      Now he can get some sleep–on the plane.

    • 32 jackiegrumbacher
      July 2, 2013 at 8:22 am

      Chuck Toddler never seems to have grown up. He’s supposed to be a professional. He theoretically has a job to do for which is he paid handsomely. Only a self-absorbed child would start whining about his inconvenience on television. Does he have some hold on his bosses that they continue to pay him for acting like a spoiled brat?

    • July 2, 2013 at 8:24 am

      Chuck Todd is physically and mentally unfit. He’s an overindulged, overfed, overpaid, and under-worked hack. No wonder he resents PBO so much. PBO is everything UpChuck would love to but NEVER could be.

    • 37 CEB
      July 2, 2013 at 8:54 am

      Those who do little complain the most. Our president and First lady were on the same plane, worked non-stop, had to be pleasant and engaged no matter how tired they were or bored or annoyed; had the added pressure of keeping up with and seeing to three kids and a senior citizen, were out in all kinds of weather, spoke to thousands, shook hands with hundreds (no Purel in sight), had to fight off the fatigue that comes with crossing time zones, comforted the Mandela family, comforted their kids at the painful places of slavery and oppression, had to be in the presence of the Bushes and watch Cokie fawn over them, had to school and scold the whpc, ALL of this and more without any time off because the haters made a big stink about a family safari, And ChuckTodd has the nerve to tweet about being tired!!!! The only thing that he and the other haters want is for the Black man to work all of the time cleaning up their shit, with no time off, no credit, and without the advantages that come with the office that every other president and his family enjoyed. I am sick and tired of this bull shit.

    • 41 vitaminlover
      July 2, 2013 at 10:47 am

      He is such a whiney hiney. Does he even have a wife? If he does, I hate it for her!

  15. 42 relellit
    July 2, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Congrats on 1st Roberts in MN

    Good morning everyone. I’m up because I’m a night crawler sometimes and still recuperating from the “Gay Pride Parade’. I’m so happy our handsome, intelligent, President and beautiful First Family is coming home. I wish them a safe trip home.

    • 43 Roberta in MN
      July 2, 2013 at 10:05 am

      Thanks you, but LL was first. I was up to see a friend off on her trip. Just checking in. Going back to bed. Body can’t handle this up and down and no sleep. I don’t know how you blog tyrants do it. 🙂

  16. 44 amk for obama
    July 2, 2013 at 7:47 am

    • 45 nospin
      July 2, 2013 at 8:06 am

      good on ’em.

    • 46 Bill
      July 2, 2013 at 8:16 am

      The only countries wishing to take him are ones wishing to stick a finger in the eye of the US. That is a very small number.

      • 47 amk for obama
        July 2, 2013 at 8:18 am

        At this point, no country including ecuador and venezuela. are willing to touch him.

        • July 2, 2013 at 8:22 am

          That’s the truth -not a single country is willing to “stick a finger in the eye of the US” for Snowald. He’s not worth that risk.

    • 49 nospin
      July 2, 2013 at 8:34 am

      “Mr Snowden accused the Obama administration of deception in a campaign to prevent him from finding political asylum and of “leaving me a stateless person” by revoking his US passport.”


      • July 2, 2013 at 8:59 am

        Translation: My being a traitor on the run is all his fault. So there. Apparently not only does hacker Snowden have issues with reality but his hearing isn’t any good either. Because from statements like this he sure can’t hear the world laughing at him.

      • 51 jackiegrumbacher
        July 2, 2013 at 9:19 am

        This “boy” is utterly self-delusional. He wanted to commit a crime and undermine US national security and not even get his wrist slapped. How dare the ‘Obama administration” (not the US Government) retaliate in any way for my criminal/traitorous acts? I am the mighty Snowden so all governments must bow before me. This guy is a comic book character. The real world eludes him so he lives a make-believe life in his head.

    • 53 CEB
      July 2, 2013 at 8:58 am

      Ha , ha, ha!!! It keeps getting better. That weasel should not have f**ked with this country led by this president. He really should have made a study of his adversary before he tried this shit. The man who got Bin Laden will have no trouble getting Snowboy. He is beginning to see what others who have underestimated him have seen. Sucks to be him.

  17. July 2, 2013 at 7:47 am

  18. 59 amk for obama
    July 2, 2013 at 7:50 am


  19. July 2, 2013 at 7:58 am

    I don’t know why I am up so early; all the better to keep up with TOD, I guess! Anyway, I just came across this:

    And this: Legals for the Preservation of American Culture aka LegalsPAK (be warned-it looks deadly serious until you get to the FAQ page. I can imagine the number of people who would take this group seriously.)


  20. 65 dotster3
    July 2, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Just saw a snippet of FLOTUS and Laura Bush dealie on the Today Show. Flotus was funny—–very cute! (living in WH has elements of being in prison——-but a nice prison etc.)

    • July 2, 2013 at 8:33 am

      Morning Dotster! Short clip here, but not with the bit you mentioned, will try to find that:

      • 67 arkluvspbo
        July 2, 2013 at 1:56 pm

        Interesting how FLOTUS entered the stage, hugged Laura and sat down. When the interview was over, Laura went to shake her hand and FLOTUS went in for the hug.
        I love our FLOTUS — she has a good heart.

  21. 68 amk for obama
    July 2, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has suffered a setback in his attempts to avoid extradition to the US, as a number of countries have rejected his requests for asylum.

    Eight European states including Spain and Germany said asylum applicants had to be on their soil.

    India has also said no.

    Mr Snowden, who is at Moscow airport, sent requests to 21 countries in total, Wikileaks said, but he later withdrew a request to Russia.


    “Following careful examination we have concluded that we see no reason to accede to the Snowden request,” Indian foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said on Twitter.

    Austria, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Spain, Switzerland said his request was invalid because it was not made from their own territory.

    “Delivering an application for asylum from abroad is in principle not allowed,” Norwegian deputy justice secretary Paal Loenseth told the country’s state TV.

    Polish Foreign Minister Radoslav Sikorski said it would have been rejected even if it was valid.

    “We received a document that does not meet the requirements for a formal application for asylum,” he wrote on his Twitter account.

    “Even if it did, I would not give a positive recommendation.”

    Meanwhile Mr Hollande denied that France had received a specific asylum request from Mr Snowden.


    complete, clueless clown show

  22. 74 jackiegrumbacher
    July 2, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Love, love,love the early R&S. I’m usually up very early and miss the first post of the day because I’m already off on errands. What a treat to wake up to so much goodness. May our president have a safe journey home with lots of much needed rest for him. Glad he doesn’t have a pesky Congress to deal with for a while.

  23. 75 amk for obama
    July 2, 2013 at 8:29 am

    The European Parliament has removed the immunity of the French far-right leader and MEP Marine Le Pen, paving the way for her prosecution in France.

    French prosecutors opened a case against Ms Le Pen in 2011 after she compared Muslims praying in the streets to the Nazi occupation of France.

    Ms Le Pen, leader of the National Front (FN), is accused of incitement to hatred and discrimination.

    The vote followed a move by a committee of MEPs to remove her immunity.

    The request to do so came from the chief prosecutor’s office in Lyon, the city where, in December 2010, Ms Le Pen told FN supporters that the sight of Muslims praying in the street was similar to the Nazi occupation in World War II.


    • 76 theo67
      July 2, 2013 at 11:24 am

      Some people are just full of hate. This woman and her National Front movement are more like the Nazi’s than anyone innocently praying in the streets. What a pathetic person – I hope they throw the book at her.

  24. 78 dotster3
    July 2, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Mr. dotster just said that it looks like something is wrong with W. He’s just noticing that now????

  25. July 2, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Will have a new post soon with pics from this morning

  26. July 2, 2013 at 8:34 am

    So Glennie-boy went to FOX News to cry about “Big Bad Meanie Obama” this morning!

    • July 2, 2013 at 8:35 am

      OOps I meant to post this:

      • July 2, 2013 at 8:44 am

        Nice try Glenn but as the say in baseball “swing and a miss”. What a phony. Like he cares two hoots about the guy he exploited.

      • 88 amk for obama
        July 2, 2013 at 8:49 am

        what happened ? hayes & maddow stopped kissing his shoes ?

        • 89 Layla
          July 2, 2013 at 8:54 am

          …shoes…you are being kind!

        • July 2, 2013 at 9:16 am

          I’m not sure that Maddow & Hayes stopped kissing his shoes. I think it’s because the (largely Pro-Obama) crowd who would otherwise watch MSNBC are not having any of Greenwald’s BS whenever he appears on Hayes or Maddow, resulting in lowered ratings for those two shows. MSNBC tried having him appear on Lawrence a few times instead – with probably the same negative result of lower ratings when he came on.

      • 91 jackiegrumbacher
        July 2, 2013 at 9:29 am

        No matter how hard I try, HF, I can’t wrap my mind around a person who thinks they can get away with what Snowden did without consequences? I realize that Greenwald is consumed with hate, but, really, could even the Fox audience think a traitor like Snowden should have been able to fly around the world with valid passport? Did he think he was playing tiddlywinks and we would all pat him on his head for his little pranks?

        • 92 99ts
          July 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm

          Hi Jackie – if you see my late reply – Most right wingers do not approve of what Snowden has done – so I would agree – I don’t think Fox will be much of a platform for gg – most of the viewers would want Snowden arrested.

  27. July 2, 2013 at 8:47 am

    And so it goes…and so it goes…

  28. July 2, 2013 at 8:52 am

    • 97 CEB
      July 2, 2013 at 9:19 am

      An American president who likes, understands, and has some moves in the foot ball that most of the rest of the world loves. One of the many reasons that he is so popular abroad.

  29. 98 desertflower
    July 2, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Morning! Was woken up at 4:15am by the sound of the power going off in my house…..my neighborhood……thank goodness it was only off for an hour. Any longer could have gotten pretty uncomfortable!

    Bob Cesca has a new post up about Snowdrift: http://bobcesca.thedailybanter.com/blog-archives/2013/07/snowden-emerges-with-bizarre-new-remarks-implies-that-he-might-be-assassinated.html

    Maybe instead of “Snowden” we should just refer to him as ” SO DONE”…fixed it! Got some guys coming over to work on my roof this morning…should be a barkfest from the dog….more coffee:)

  30. 100 lisalovesobama
    July 2, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Oh my gosh. TPM is so stupid. Screaming front page headline: “How the NSA gets Inside K-12 Classrooms.”—– wow. seriously? 🙄

    • 101 lisalovesobama
      July 2, 2013 at 9:16 am

      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.

      • 102 theo67
        July 2, 2013 at 11:31 am

        The next generation is in really serious trouble if these people have their way. They won’t know how to think!

      • 103 Anna Luc
        July 2, 2013 at 1:05 pm

        Hi! TOD has been my primary source for coverage of the President’s trip to Africa. Thank you! To the topic at hand, TPM is trolling for clicks. That headline entices rightwing clicks. So, somebody is under the gun to get their numbers up. Yea, that’s why I unsubscribed from them.

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

      sargent was the only one worth reading there, circa 2007-08. josh was all about one-liners. never been there since ’08.

      • 105 lisalovesobama
        July 2, 2013 at 9:19 am

        seriously! they must be really desperate for clicks. The headline in no way resembles the body of the article. ridiculous.

    • 106 Linda
      July 2, 2013 at 9:18 am

      The problem with all these screaming sensational headlines is that Americans are yawning . They want jobs !

      • 107 lisalovesobama
        July 2, 2013 at 9:29 am


      • 108 theo67
        July 2, 2013 at 11:32 am

        The real problem is that most Americans only read the headlines, and never make it into the actual article, or do any investigations for themselves. When you’re spoon-fed this crap, it breeds more crap.

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