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Rise and Shine: Sweden!

President Obama’s procession of vehicles drive from Arlanda Airport to Stockholm City

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*** Comments for this post here – it was WP glitch-a-rama-day ***

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All times US Eastern:

4:10 AM: President Obama arrived in Stockholm

7:20 AM: Holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Reinfeldt of Sweden

8:30 AM: Holds a press conference with PM Reinfeldt

9:30 AM: Participates in a celebration of Raoul Wallenberg and delivers a statement

10:40 AM: Tours an Energy Expo event

1:05 PM: Accompanies Nordic leaders for a family photo

1:15 PM: Attends an official dinner with Nordic leaders

White House Live * CBS

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Also today:

11:0 ET: Bill Clinton speaks about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act from Little Rock, Arkansas – Live here

1:45 ET: Vice President Biden Swears in Tom Perez as Secretary of Labor

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AP: President Obama opens 3-day foreign trip in Sweden

President Obama is seeking to use a 24-hour visit to this Swedish capital to show a softer side of American diplomacy even as the world’s gaze remains fixed anxiously on Syria.

He intends to focus in the Nordic nation on climate change, trade and technology, a trio of issues on which there is broad consensus with European allies….

… Obama’s trip to Sweden will mark the first bilateral visit by a sitting U.S. president to the northern European nation. While in Stockholm, Obama will meet with Reinfeldt and King Carl XVI Gustav and dine with Nordic leaders from Norway, Iceland, Finland and Denmark. He’ll also stop at Sweden’s premier technical university to call attention to Sweden’s goal to phase out fossil fuels by 2050.

…. A sobering moment is expected Wednesday afternoon when he honors the late Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited for saving at least 20,000 Jews during World War II before being arrested by Soviet forces in 1945 and then mysteriously disappearing.

Full post here

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… with Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt

…. with Swedish Ambassador to the U.S. Jonas Hafström on his arrival at Stockholm-Arlanda International Airport

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There’s a live blog (in English!) on President Obama’s visit to Sweden here – and one of their reporters is live tweeting:

And here’s his editor:

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AP: Raoul Wallenberg’s family seeks Obama’s help to find out WWII hero’s fate

The family of World War II hero Raoul Wallenberg will ask President Barack Obama for help in their quest to find out what happened to the Swedish diplomat who vanished after being arrested by Soviet forces in 1945.

Wallenberg’s niece, Marie Dupuy, said that the family will present a letter to Obama at a memorial ceremony for Wallenberg that the president is set to attend Wednesday in Stockholm.

…. Wallenberg’s work as Sweden’s envoy in Budapest in 1944 was a cover for a humanitarian mission as secret emissary of the U.S. War Refugee Board, created in an attempt to stem the annihilation of Europe’s Jews. He saved at least 20,000 Jews in Budapest by giving them Swedish travel documents or moving them to safe houses and is also credited with dissuading German officers from massacring the 70,000 inhabitants of the city’s ghetto.

Wallenberg disappeared after being arrested in Budapest by the Soviet Red Army in 1945. The Soviets initially denied Wallenberg was in their custody, but then said he died of a heart attack in prison on July 17, 1947.

Full post here

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From April, 2012:

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God mooooOOOOOOoooorgon – see what I did there?

😎

We’ll catch up with ‘non-Swedish’ news later in the day, just wanted to get your Swedish (very early) morning started.

Have to go out and about for a few hours soon, so won’t be around for the news conference – but will see ya when I get back and we’ll have a photo and video or two.


7 Responses to “Rise and Shine: Sweden!”


  1. 1 COS
    September 4, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Great R and S.

  2. 2 vitaminlover
    September 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Congratulations, COS.

  3. 3 Nena20409
    September 4, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    For all the hard work by our Chips………

    I am commenting on all the posts on 9-04-13.

  4. 4 yardarm756
    September 4, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Soooooo glad the WP thingy got fixed. It was stress the pc operator out!

  5. 7 HZ
    September 4, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Good Afternoon Chips and TOD family. So good to see our President greeting and being greeted.

    Great to also see our new Sec. of Labor, Tom Perez sworn. He will be great!!! Moving right along with our wonderful POTUS and VPOTUS.

    Still waiting for my home business conclusions. Anxious feelings creeping into my space, but I am good. Just the waiting process.

    Keep me in your prayers for all things to work out for the good, please.

    We continue to stand with, by, and front and behind our wonderfully brilliant President. Praying for a great trip for him in all areas. We will be fine, I do believe.

    Thanks again my beautiful Chips for our wonderful haven and our beautiful TOD family. This is such a beautiful place and space to have in my life and surely in our supporting of our president.(((((( Love you, my beautiful Chips for all that you do daily.))))))))HZ


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