Bienvenue Aux États-Unis, Président Hollande






President Barack Obama greets a U.S. veteran George Shenkle during an arrival ceremony for French President Francois Hollande



















French President Francois Hollande meets with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House during a state visit.





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93 Responses to “Bienvenue Aux États-Unis, Président Hollande”

  1. 1 idon
    February 11, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Beautiful picture and I covet FLOTUS’ gorgeous coat. She is so beautiful. Just beautiful!

  2. February 11, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Majestic photos Nerdy, thank yooooooou so much!! Missed the presser today, so I’ll finally be able to catch up soon. Thank you, you tres excellent person.

  3. 6 anniebella
    February 11, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Very nice pictures, and if I must say so FLOTUS looks lovely in that red coat.

    • 7 Vicki
      February 11, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      Most dazzling beautiful First Couple ever!!!
      And no, I am not biased.

      • 8 idon
        February 11, 2014 at 5:10 pm

        Well I am biased. However TRUTH is TRUTH. They are indeed the most beautiful FIRST couple EVAR!!

      • 9 nathkatun7
        February 11, 2014 at 9:51 pm

        You know Vicki, even when you are speaking the absolute TRUTH, haters will still close their eyes and ears and accuse you of bias. Speaking objectively, and based on my age and experience, I agree with you 100% that we are blessed with the “Most dazzling beautiful First Couple ever!!!”

  4. February 11, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Lovely ceremony! Mrs O looked fabulous! Looking forward to seeing them this evening and whatever pictures we can get from the dinner.
    thanks so much for posting these pics Nerdy W.

  5. 16 No Child Left Behind
    February 11, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Super post, NW! Mille mercis.

    Qu’elle est mignone, la Première Dame! Joli manteau, ma foi.

  6. 18 majiir
    February 11, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Again, NW, you’ve brought lovely pics of our favorite couple to relish! Thanks! I love seeing the people at the WH with beautiful smiles on their faces. The pic of the veteran, Mr. Shenkle, greeting the president especially warms my heart.

  7. 20 Nerdy Wonka
    February 11, 2014 at 4:04 pm


  8. 23 Gazelle
    February 11, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Michelle Obama to appear on first week of Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’


  9. 30 Linda
    February 11, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Justice Clarence Thomas thinks the United States has gotten too sensitive about race.

    In remarks Tuesday at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida, as reported by Yahoo News’ Chris Moody, the second African-American to serve on the Supreme Court expressed sadness that society has become too “conscious” and “sensitive” about racial differences.

    “My sadness is that we are probably today more race and difference-conscious than I was in the 1960s when I went to school. To my knowledge, I was the first black kid in Savannah, Georgia, to go to a white school. Rarely did the issue of race come up,” he said. “Now, name a day it doesn’t come up. Differences in race, differences in sex, somebody doesn’t look at you right, somebody says something. Everybody is sensitive.”

    Thomas said everyone — black, white or anything else — has been slighted.

    “If I had been as sensitive as that in the 1960s, I’d still be in Savannah. Every person in this room has endured a slight,” he said. “Every person. Somebody has said something that has hurt their feelings or did something to them — left them out.” He said he been treated far worse by “northern liberal elites” than “the people of Savannah, Georgia,” where he grew up.

    ” northern liberal elites ” ? I don’t think they are the ones who told you to keep your head down and not make any trouble….Justice Thomas…

    That was your own Daddy who said that..as you said in your book. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 31 anniebella
      February 11, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      Oh boy who paid Uncle Thomas to speak. The Koch Brothers.

    • February 11, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      Poor delusional, self-absorbed fool. That’s all I can say. He’s humiliating…just what they ordered.

    • 33 japa21
      February 11, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      He says it rarely came up and then talks about enduring slights. Of course, he probably did keep his head down and didn’t make waves. Fortunately, others did make waves which he surfed to the top to get where he is.

      He is one of those people who walk the path through the wilderness that others carved out ahead of him and acts as though he did it all on his own.

      • 37 No Child Left Behind
        February 11, 2014 at 5:00 pm


      • February 11, 2014 at 5:01 pm

        I never quite figured out, what beyond being the exact opposite of Justice Marshall, made him qualified to sit on the bench in the first place. There are plenty of whites who think as he does, so whether he wants to accept it or not, the only reason he is there is because he is Black with those inane views.

      • 40 57andfemale
        February 11, 2014 at 5:10 pm

        let’s be clear about one thing: Clarence Thomas would indeed be back in Savannah as a two-bit lawyer handling dog bite cases instead of a Supreme Court Justice if he wasn’t black. He is indistinguished, he is mediocre at best and has done nothing but take the country backwards to his beloved plantation mentality. He is a disgrace who is only where he is because of his color.

    • 41 majiir
      February 11, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      It chaps my *ss that this tool is from GA. I’ve lived my whole life in GA. Thomas and I are in the same age group. I was also the only black in many of my classes in high school and college. You didn’t have to be a genius to realize that just because your classmates didn’t disparage you to your face that they’re weren’t rejecting you behind your back. Thomas knows how it was in the South in the 1950s and 1960s. On the surface people would talk to you, but there was no way you could miss their clear disdain for you, or the knowledge that they would never accept you as their equal. This attitude persists among many whites in the South today–this is why they flock to the GOPTP. The leaders of the party make them feel they’re better than other Americans. If push ever comes to shove and Thomas does something the GOPTP doesn’t like, he’ll discover, as did Michael Steele, that once he becomes a liability to the GOPTP, he’s toast. He’ll remember where he came from then. Micheal Steele remembered because the first thing he did was play the race card when the GOPTP decided to take his RNC chairmanship.

    • 42 Nena20409
      February 11, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      He is 65 and will be 66 this year. Hmm? Mother nature is never as Kind to one as when one gets a tad older. Too Harsh? Perhaps. Both Kennedy and Scalia would turn 78 this year.

    • 43 Nena20409
      February 11, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      The late Sen Kennedy never voted for him and was willing to deny Clarence a SCOTUS seat……but Ogletree, the Harvard Law professor and so many Black respected Lawyers claimed to have spoken to Clarence and HE assured them that He understood ‘Their’ Concerns. Kennedy allowed the Vote to go through. History proved those who fought against Clarence Right.

    • 44 nathkatun7
      February 11, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      Something is terribly, terribly, wrong with Justice Thomas! Surely, he can’t be so shallow and so uninformed! I suppose he would love to go back to the “non racial sensitive days” in Segregated Savannah Georgia where he would have been lynched, or, if lucky, be imprisoned, for having the audacity to fall in love and marry a white woman.

      If I had any power, I would lock Justice Thomas in a room and make sure he watches 14 hours of EYES ON THE PRIZE. If after that he still mouthes off this gibberish about the 60s, I would recommend that he be committed to a mental institution. In my humble opinion, this right wing Justice, who happens to be black, is defecating on the graves of Emmett Till; Medgar Evers; the Four Little Black girls killed in a 1963 church bombing in Birmingham Alabama; James Chaney; Andrew Goodman; Michael Schwaner; Jimmie Lee Jackson; James Reeb; Viola Liuzzo; Fred Hampton; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; and thousands of others that go back centuries, who made the supreme sacrifice by loosing their lives in order to make it possible for him to be appointed to serve on the Supreme Court. To be honest, I get so angry when I read Justice Thomas comments. He is arguably the most unqualified Black lawyer to be appointed to the Supreme Court. His only qualification was his embrace of right wing ideology that insisted on demonizing Black people and especially the those engaged in the Civil Rights movement that opened up doors for him to be where he is.

  10. 45 Linda
    February 11, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    The founder of the conservative Washington Free Beacon on Tuesday criticized NBC reporter and MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell for not giving enough credit to the website for publishing excerpts from documents about Hillary Clinton.

    “The piece wasn’t anti-Clinton, and our website isn’t anti-Clinton, but occasionally the facts are anti-Clinton–and when they are we report them. In this case, some of the documents showed Hillary as ruthless and calculating and vindictive, others showed her in quite a sympathetic light,” the Free Beacon’s Michael Goldfarb told the Daily Caller.

    “It’s a shame that Mitchell couldn’t be more graceful in crediting our reporter Alana Goodman for her impressive work, but given her advanced age and deep partisanship–we forgive her for it,” he added. “You don’t get angry at your grandmother when she says something rude and uninformed, you have to be patient and understanding.”


    BTW.. Mrs. Greenspan never mentioned the name of the website.

    • 46 majiir
      February 11, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      ROTFLMBO!!! Andrea Mitchell is a democrat! Ahhahahahahahaha! The folks at the Free Beacon are obtuse to the max.

  11. 47 hopefruit2
    February 11, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    LMAO…now Ball doesn’t think that Hillary has what it takes to run. I happen to agree with her on that particular issue (don’t agree with her on a whole lot). Not sure about Warren – I will have to see/know more of what she is capable of doing. There are other Dems besides these two, I would argue, and we should wait until after the midterms and concentrate on 2014 for now.

    • 48 Linda
      February 11, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Ball is very opinionated IMO….

    • 50 majiir
      February 11, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      HRC isn’t my first choice. I really think VP Biden would be the better president. If not him, then O’Malley. I wouldn’t hesitate to vote for VP Biden or O’Malley, but I’d vote for HRC to keep a republican out of the WH.

      • 51 No Child Left Behind
        February 11, 2014 at 5:42 pm

        Same here!

      • 52 nathkatun7
        February 11, 2014 at 10:56 pm

        Majiir, I am with you 100%! VP Biden is my #1 choice and Gov. Martin O’Malley is my #2 choice. Obviously, if HRC ends up as the Democratic nominee I will vote for her. But she certainly is not my first choice. Right now, though, I will be focusing on 2014 to make sure we elect a Congress that PBO can work with. I am not at all interested in wasting my money and energy on 2016. Just as the Republicans are focused on making sure that PBO fails, I am focused on making sure he succeeds.

    • 53 Nena20409
      February 11, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      Crystal is seeking for attention? 2014. 2014. These people have got to stop distracting Us. There are more issues she could have found or rather lent her voice to. 2014. 2014.

  12. February 11, 2014 at 4:51 pm

  13. 55 Linda
    February 11, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    The House is about to vote on the debt limit ( increase for 13 months ) and then leave town AGAIN for 13 days.

    Dems have their Retreat Thurs & Fri. Next week is a , cough..cough… ” Constituent Work Week ” ?

    • February 11, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      In my nascent tweeting days, I mentioned the fact that the GOP-led House did almost no work. A supposed “liberal” excoriated me for not realizing how hard they work back in their home districts. I kept asking for proof that they were doing actual constituent work, and not schmoozing with big donors. He kept repeating that they did a lot of work. People on my TL jumped in and just ripped him to shreds, incredulous. I bet he’s now demanding amnesty for Snowden.

      • February 11, 2014 at 5:07 pm

        If you ask me, they supposedly spend soooo much time working in their districts, I can’t quite fathom why they need so much money to run for office. They should be on a first-name basis with every one of their constituents.

        • 58 theo67
          February 11, 2014 at 6:31 pm

          Good point. But, they spend so much of that constituent time lying to their voters, spreading misinformation.

      • 59 majiir
        February 11, 2014 at 5:14 pm

        When the GOPTPers come to GA, they meet with heads of corporations, not with their constituents. When they were on their last “break,” none of them held town halls here. I accessed a web site to check whether any of them had scheduled any town halls, and they hadn’t. What they are really doing is fundraising.

  14. February 11, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    This is what’s facing the GOP elders as they try to stamp out the Tea Party. And it’s why I think they will fail.

    So far these efforts haven’t silenced the tea party’s attacks on Republicans, but they have shown that Republicans aren’t likely to take the attacks lying down. Still, groups like The Madison Project and the Senate Conservatives Fund seem unlikely to back down, and they may just prove that Republican leadership still has to fight its own party on some fronts.

    “We’re not getting hurt by this because our donors are primarily ordinary conservatives across the country who are not intimidated by or even connected to people in the political class,” Horowitz said.

    Article here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/gop-establishment-fights-tea-party-outside-groups

  15. 61 Linda
    February 11, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Richard Stengal was just confirmed 98-8 for Under Secretary of State for Diplomacy……

    Also…debt limit just exceeded the 218 needed.

  16. 63 yardarm756
    February 11, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    How many votes are needed for passage in the House? If over 216 then it’s a done deal.

  17. 65 57andfemale
    February 11, 2014 at 5:30 pm

  18. 66 Nerdy Wonka
    February 11, 2014 at 5:32 pm

  19. 67 57andfemale
    February 11, 2014 at 5:34 pm

  20. 68 Nerdy Wonka
    February 11, 2014 at 5:39 pm

  21. 69 anniebella
    February 11, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    The debt ceiling have passed in the House.

  22. February 11, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Who were the 2 Dem nay voters?

    • 73 hopefruit2
      February 11, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      Probably some obscure reps in deep red districts. However, I’m more concerned about the 199 GOP nay voters….

      • February 11, 2014 at 5:59 pm

        It’s more important to me to know who the GOP 28 yea votes and the 2 Dem nay votes were. I don’t care which GOP voted nay…I want them all to go. But who’s protecting their turf and who had the cajones to vote in the nation’s interest as opposed to their own?

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  25. 82 hopefruit2
    February 11, 2014 at 5:56 pm

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  27. 85 Nerdy Wonka
    February 11, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    This was tonight’s Jeopardy final question.

    Q: The most retweeted tweet of all time happened on November 6, 2012 and started with four and ended with these 2 words.

    Anyone know the answer? 😉

  28. February 11, 2014 at 6:00 pm

  29. 91 dotster3
    February 11, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Wish him well, continued optimistic prognosis

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