The Week Ahead


9:45 AM: President Obama and VP Biden meet with members of Congress

8:30 PM: President Obama departs the White House en route Stockholm, Sweden

Wednesday: The President arrives in Stockholm. While there, he will hold a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with Prime Minister Reinfeldt. He will then participate in an event honoring Raoul Wallenberg at the Great Synagogue in Stockholm and tour an expo featuring clean energy innovations at the Royal Institute of Technology. In the evening, he will take part in a dinner with Nordic Leaders.

Thursday: The President will hold a bilateral meeting with the King and Queen of Sweden. He will then depart Stockholm en route Saint Petersburg, Russia where he will attend the G-20 Summit.

Friday: Attends the G-20 Summit. Returns to Washington, DC on Friday evening.

152 Responses to “The Week Ahead”

  1. 1 Nena20409
    September 2, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    GE TODers ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. 6 Claire
    September 2, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said “it’s appropriate” for President Barack Obama to seek approval from Congress before taking military action in Syria.

    “It’s appropriate that he ask for that,” Warren said at the annual Central Massachusetts AFL-CIO Labor Day breakfast, according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

    “What the Assad regime did is reprehensible, but we have to consider what’s in America’s best interest,” Warren said.

    • 7 jacquelineoboomer
      September 2, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Well, good for her! Think I saw a favorable tweet from her, too. Hope more follow.

    • September 2, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      This doesn’t sound encouraging to me. Sounds like someone trying to lay the groundwork for voting no, but not actually offering any alternatives. America’s best interests will be served by avoiding new enemies and being visible in denouncing brutal tyrants who use chemical warfare on their innocent citizens – including women and children. I’ll wait and see…

      • September 2, 2013 at 9:25 pm

        Theo, I would rather have a senator give careful and thoughtful consideration than engage in knee jerk anti-Obama negativity. Thoughtful discussion was what the president asked for. He did ask Congress to rubber stamp his proposal.

    • 11 Nena20409
      September 2, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      Congrats Claire……Tie โ—

  3. 12 utaustinliberal
    September 2, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Busy week.

    • 14 Layla
      September 2, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      Done! ty MP!

      • 15 MightyPamela
        September 2, 2013 at 8:58 pm

        And I’m off to light a candle for bobfr, tho I somehow have an idea I wished him h. b’day last weekend… But will again, just in case it was all in a dream! Then signing off again with a massive big ol’ hug all the way around TOD, and back again! ๐Ÿ˜† Thank you all so very very much for all you do!

  4. 19 Dudette
    September 2, 2013 at 8:36 pm

  5. September 2, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    From the last thread:

    Listen to the depth and character of his voice, of his words. AMAZING SPEECH, one of his BEST, full of the poetry of his soul. This is the man we believe in, this is the man we work to support and protect.

    • 41 jacquelineoboomer
      September 2, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      Senator Barack Obama speaks at Rosa Parks’ funeral, Nov. 2005:

      • 42 jacquelineoboomer
        September 2, 2013 at 9:39 pm

        An excerpt from the book, “To Serve the Living,” which includes one of my favorite Ethel Kennedy quotes:

        ” … Although he was not invited to speak at Coretta Scott King’s funeral, Senator Barack Obama attended the service, which he later admitted to one of his aides was ‘pretty intimidating’ … Obama’s presence at the funerals of both Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King was prophetic and served as a reminder that in African American history, funerals were often the place where the seeds of political freedom were sown … during the [Coretta Scott King] funeral service … Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to Obama and whispered, ‘The torch is being passed to you.’ Caught off guard by the remark, Obama later confessed, ‘A chill went up my spine.'”

        Hallelujah, America!

      • September 2, 2013 at 9:43 pm

        Wow, I’d never seen that before. Thank you so much, JO’B!

        • 48 jacquelineoboomer
          September 2, 2013 at 9:44 pm

          Thank you for your post, which reminded me of that – and the Ethel Kennedy quote I’ve been looking for, which I added.

      • 49 99ts
        September 2, 2013 at 10:20 pm

        Thank you JoB – I had not seen that before. The President’s voice had 2 parts – 1 part as it is today – but with some words he sounded so like MLK. He is a scholar of all things – including the Bible.

        • 50 jacquelineoboomer
          September 2, 2013 at 10:23 pm

          I have heard him use that inflection before, as well, usually I believe when connected to a church setting or prayer breakfast. He always sets the perfect, genuine tone. He may not be perfect (nobody is!) but he is definitely genuine.

          • 51 99ts
            September 2, 2013 at 10:40 pm

            In my Presidential knowledge – Truman to Obama – I have not known anyone more towards perfect – nor more genuine.

            That he is a politician I am entranced at the genuine always being present. I have not seen that in many, if any – other politicians.

            • 52 nathkatun7
              September 3, 2013 at 1:33 am

              I agree with you 99ts, though my conscious and informed memory of presidents only goes as far as JFK. I was born a few months after Truman became President following the death of FDR. I barely remember Ike (Dwight Eisenhower) though I was a teenager when he left office. But I’ve certainly known all presidents since JFK. President Obama, as far as I am concerned, is the most genuine, down-to-earth and empathetic President, in my conscious life time.

              • 53 99ts
                September 3, 2013 at 4:25 am

                I call myself a “true” baby boomer – 9 months after my dad came home from war ๐Ÿ™‚

                I mainly know of Truman through my Dad – but remember all the rest. I celebrated (terrible way to talk about war – but it was what we did) that war through all the years of Ike – who was always the war hero – never the President. My mother wasn’t originally a JFK fan (didn’t much like the catholics), but he won her over. She would have adored PBO – I am sad she wasn’t here to see him.

      • 54 nathkatun7
        September 3, 2013 at 1:21 am

        Wow, JOB! You and Meta are sharing some gems of the President’s speeches that I totally missed. Once again, in this brief tribute to Rosa Parks, then Senator Obama revealed the depth of his character. Thank you JOB for sharing it. All of these documentary evidence of our President’s character must be well guarded and preserved for future history. The President’s enemies are already gearing up to completely distort his character and his legacy. We must counter and defeat them with factual documentation.

    • 58 nathkatun7
      September 3, 2013 at 1:13 am

      Thank you so much, Meta, for sharing this. I tried to play it in on the previous thread without much success. Thankfully, I was able to listen to it this time. I don’t care what any one else says, but President Obama will go down in history as a truly great man. The Media, taking the page out of Karl Rove’s political dirty tricks operation book of attacking the opponent’s strength, has been trying to indoctrinate us that President Obama is not good at communication. But in my 67 years on this earth I can think of no other person whose words and demeanor are as inspiring and stimulating as those of President Obama. I’ve repeatedly wrote on this blog how blessed I feel to have lived long enough to see President Obama elected President of the United States. Every time I listen to his speeches, including those he made before he was president, and read the words he wrote or has written, I feel so good to be one of his strongest supporters.

  6. 61 yardarm756
    September 2, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    From the tail end of last thread:

    The next thing youโ€™ll here from the rwnjs is cries for impeachment for making Congress earn their pay.

    • 62 jacquelineoboomer
      September 2, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      Yes, who does he think he is? The twice-duly-elected President? Argghhh.

    • 63 nathkatun7
      September 3, 2013 at 2:16 am

      You know what, Yardarm, I used to get angry about the obviously blatant hatred of the president. Lately, however, some of this Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS) has been, for me, quite hilarious! Yep, there are people now already attacking him for not acting like an Imperial (dictator) President. I suppose they now want to impeach him for agreeing with the non-stop demands, from members of Congress of both parties, that he get authorization before taking military action in Syria.

      I mean the ODS seems to be afflicting people from all political and ideological spectrums. For example, I read somewhere today that the Harlem Congressman, Charles Rangel (the one who inherited the Congressional district of the great Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.) was on T.V. criticizing the President for not taking unilateral action once he learned that the Assad regime in Syria has used chemical weapons on its people. Interestingly, the same Charles Rangel signed a letter, drafted by the Progressive wing of Congressional Democrats, demanding that President Obama must seek Congressional authorization before taking any military action in Syria. Moreover, the same Charles Rangel said that he is likely to vote NO on the President’s request for taking military action against the Syrian regime that used the internationally banned chemical weapons against its people.

      Somebody please tell me: how in the world should I take these Obama haters seriously? Then there is the other nagging issue in the back of my head: Just in case the Right Wing teabag lunatics in Congress decide to impeach the President can we count on the CBC to be solidly behind President Obama the way they were with President Clinton in the Lewiinsky affair? Reading about what Charles Rangel said today leaves with little confidence that they would.

  7. September 2, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Good evening all. Love when the president travels but not now. Everything is so tense. Prayers to keep him safe.

    • 66 Layla
      September 2, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      I do pray for the President. I pray for his safety and his protection; and I pray for his family as well.

      God has a purpose for President Obama, and that prupose is going to be fulfilled.

      • September 2, 2013 at 8:59 pm

        Well, Layla, how AWESOME are you!?!?! I pray for President Obama and his family too. I find it an honor and privilege to do so. I will be praying as he travels this week; praying for his safe return to the U.S.

        • 68 HZ
          September 2, 2013 at 9:29 pm

          (((((((((((((((( Lots of loving hugs to my beautiful Layla.))))))))))))))))) How are you? Always in my thoughts and prayers. Yes, I daily keep lifting POB, VP Biden, and their families along with his entire Cabinet in my prayer time. He moves also on the wings of our prayers and meditations of goodness in our words for him., and he totally appreciate our collective prayers for him.

          Continue to keep our prayers moving forth into his space. He is a decent, brilliant, and compassionate president. So honored to be living and working to help him get things done for all Americans.HZ

          • 69 Layla
            September 2, 2013 at 9:43 pm

            Ahhhh my guardian angel HZ!!!!!! I am well but most importantly how are you…..Will be keeping you in my heart (even more) tomorrow. I love you so!

        • 70 LDS
          September 2, 2013 at 9:30 pm

          Nice to meet you.
          Don’t stop praying.
          We know this is spiritual warfare. Assume your positions Prayer Warriors!
          Fast and Pray….

      • 72 LDS
        September 2, 2013 at 9:26 pm

        Hi Layla,
        Amen. I never stop praying.
        You are so correct,”and that purpose is going to be fulfilled.”
        Don’t you stop your prayers.

  8. 73 jacquelineoboomer
    September 2, 2013 at 8:46 pm

  9. September 2, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    A couple more Labor Day tweets:

  10. September 2, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    And what is it with these GOPers from such anti-Union states sending out Labor Day greetings?

    (Reposted from earler today):

  11. 76 Nena20409
    September 2, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Rafael Nadal Parera is Playing Now……That guy has too many rituals. I love watching Him! Go Rafa Go!

  12. September 2, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Well done Marilyn!!!

    • 82 Nena20409
      September 2, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Exquisitely Delicious โ—

      • 83 HZ
        September 2, 2013 at 9:59 pm

        Marilyn, Layla, and Nena20409, when I see photos like this;, I let out a shout that almost wakes the entire neighborhood because I see so much of my teaching from scripture from Sunday School and later my young adult life in college. Remember a scripture of “I will make even your enemies will even to be at peace with you, if you live upright. Talk about preparing a table before mine enemies.” That photo makes me go into a state of rememrance of how I pray for President Obama.

        Remember, Sen. Graham saying that he thought that Amb. Rice(at that time) was not too bright, he thought.) Now, look at Lindsey having to sit across the National Security Advisor of the President of the United States, Dr. Susan Rice, National Security Advisor yes, that is who she is, Sen. Graham. “Not too bright.” I beg to differ with you, Oh, Mr. Senator. You must watch what you say with your words Mr. Senator, because sometime you might just have to eat them in front of the very person you were trying to put down. Just saying, Mr. Senator.HZ

    • 84 mtmarilyn
      September 2, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      That is a great compliment from our Twitter Warrior King. Happy late birthday! You are just a young whippersnapper you know.

  13. September 2, 2013 at 9:22 pm

  14. September 2, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I guess Paul Ryan makes it a GOP trifecta:

  15. September 2, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Is Flotus going with PBO…

  16. 98 vcprezofan2
    September 2, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Chips, is this post a heads-up that I need to repack my traveling bag? Be clear, is the Chips-Obama Travel Company fueling up the plane for this trip, or are you just sending a photographer or two?

    I don’t want to miss the plane if you are going, as happened on the Africa trip. That back-up flight I took to rendez-vous with you guys gave an awfully choppy ride.

  17. 108 Dudette
    September 2, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Sorry if this is a repeat… On second thought, no, I’m not. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. 111 globalcitizenlinda
    September 2, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I see reports that Madame Speaker Pelosi has indicated that she will support PBO’s request for a military strike of the Syrian government.

    I don’t know how credible the report is but at least she has demonstrated that she can count the votes.

    • 112 jacquelineoboomer
      September 2, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      That’s a very poignant tweet, Linda. Of course, in effect, that’s what they’ll be doing.

    • 113 anniebella
      September 2, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      As far as I am concern it’s a vote for this country you claim to love or for Assad.

    • 116 nathkatun7
      September 3, 2013 at 2:36 am

      Linda, Nancy Pelosi has been the most consistent member of Congress supporting President Obama. The same is true of Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid. Sadly, it’s some member of the Congressional Black Caucus, like Charles Rangel, that are likely to vote No on the President’s request. It’s really incumbent on all of us as citizens to contact our members of Congress (Representatives and Senators) to urge them to Support the President. I’ve sent e-mails to my Congresswoman and my two U.S. Senators urging them to support the President. Hopefully I will hear from them soon. Sen. Barbara Boxer is usually very good at responding quickly.

  19. 117 GGail
    September 2, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Well, I don’t know ’bout you guys, but this turned out to be a wonderful belated birthday bash for our dear Bobfr! We put together gifts of tweets, music, pictures of great women of achievement and of course our hard-working President Obama.

    Good job Chipsticks & TOD family ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. 132 jacquelineoboomer
    September 2, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Here’s my idea of giving your employees a Happy Labor Day!

  21. 133 jacquelineoboomer
    September 2, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Am I going to hell for mocking a guy who never gets anything right?

  22. 138 jacquelineoboomer
    September 2, 2013 at 10:38 pm

  23. 139 jacquelineoboomer
    September 2, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Can’t stop posting tweets here – somebody stop me! #TweetRehab

  24. 144 jacquelineoboomer
    September 2, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Secretary of State Kerry remains busy! He offered a video address from Washington to leaders ” … from the 15 Pacific Island Forum … nations [who] will formally meet Tuesday to finalize the ‘Majuro Declaration’ on climate change — which aims to reinvigorate global efforts to contain global warming by working toward binding agreements to reduce carbon emissions.”

    ” … Kerry pushed the case for immediate action on climate change Monday, as Pacific island nations most at risk from rising sea levels prepared to up the pressure on the world’s worst polluters … ‘The science is clear. It is irrefutable, and it is alarming,’ Kerry told delegates gathering for a climate conference in Majuro, the capital of the Marshall Islands … he added that there was still time to prevent some of the worst impacts of climate change, but that ‘the people of the Pacific islands know as well as anyone that we also need to prepare communities for the impacts that are already being felt.'”


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