Coming Up: Mexico

@Stcrow: The President signs Executive Order to “streamline” export/import process for US business


All Times EST:

3:45: President Obama attends a working lunch, Toluca, Mexico

5:20: Participates in a walk and talk with Prime Minister Harper of Canada

5:50: Delivers remarks with President Nieto and Prime Minister Harper (WH Live)

6:30: Participates in the Trilateral North American Leaders Summit Meeting

8:15: Holds a press conference with President Nieto and Prime Minister Harper (WH Live)

9:50: Departs Mexico


Chat on!

103 Responses to “Coming Up: Mexico”

    • February 19, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      A pleasure vetivera24!

    • February 19, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Many leaders pale in comparison to PBO including our Canadian conservative PM but Stephen Harper can’t hold a candle to GOP obstruction.

      • 5 carolyn
        February 19, 2014 at 3:26 pm

        Wherever PBO goes, people of all nations line up to see him. I’ve enjoyed watching him interact with people from all over the world, and have enjoyed watching other leaders learn how to interact with their own people, from HIM!
        Remember in France, how he went to the rope line and people reached out to him, and Sarcozy trailed along behind, then finally realized this was maybe a good thing. PBO just shines in these situations, and frankly, others look dull.

        I think Hollande learned a lot from him when he came, and Cameron has followed along too. Merkel still doesn’t get it, I’m afraid.

        • 6 vcprezofan2
          February 19, 2014 at 3:34 pm

          Carolyn, your comment reminds me of this. I couldn’t find the clip in English but in any language this occasion perfectly illustrates your point.

          • 7 No Child Left Behind
            February 19, 2014 at 3:52 pm


            • 8 carolyn
              February 19, 2014 at 3:57 pm

              Oh yes, that’s a beauty!
              I don’t think any of us had any idea all that was encapsulated in his statement in 2008: “Change has come to America.” Change is also coming to the world. Other leaders are hopefully seeing they have a wonderful example to follow.

          • 9 99ts
            February 19, 2014 at 5:06 pm


            • 10 vcprezofan2
              February 19, 2014 at 6:59 pm

              There’s a really neat version of this clip narrated by a trio of British journos – very funny.

              • 11 99ts
                February 20, 2014 at 12:46 am

                Sorry vc – I had to go out today – just found your comment – I’ve seen the one you mean – I think it was on a “comedy” news show – they weren’t too polite about the PM

                • 12 vcprezofan2
                  February 20, 2014 at 7:47 am

                  Hi, TS! No, they weren’t too polite. It was the version I was looking for, but I never seem able to locate video clips when I most urgently seek them. The Google often frustrates me no end.
                  Hope you Thursday has been rumbling along just fine!

                  • 13 99ts
                    February 20, 2014 at 8:54 am

                    I think it’s from “Have I got News for you” – used to watch it when I was in London 🙂

                    • 14 vcprezofan2
                      February 20, 2014 at 8:59 am

                      Thanks, TS – that’s the one! 😀 😀 I love it. I couldn’t find it anywhere when *I* looked.

                    • 15 99ts
                      February 20, 2014 at 9:02 am

                      I had to search under the name of the show (which took me a while to remember) – it wouldn’t come up when I searched on the PM & President’s names

                      Or maybe I’m just better at teh google 🙂

        • 16 jacquelineoboomer
          February 19, 2014 at 5:34 pm

          Well said. Sometimes it’s better that those who don’t get it, don’t try. Because you can’t fake it! Our President is the real deal, and we thank our lucky stars every day!

  1. 17 vcprezofan2
    February 19, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Nice to see you up there, Vetiv!

  2. 19 JER
    February 19, 2014 at 3:33 pm

  3. 21 Judith Fardig
    February 19, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Thanks for all the RTs to get #RaiseTheWage trending on Twitter.

  4. 22 donna dem 4 obama
    February 19, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Wow Wow Wow!!!!

    Well before the March 31 deadline to buy insurance, California announced Tuesday it has already exceeded its 2014 enrollment goals for its health care exchange.

    • 23 jackiegrumbacher
      February 19, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      Great new. This is because California has been aggressive about reaching out to people and embraced ACA from day 1. The result will be a healthier and happy California. Other states, not so much.

    • 24 whatisworking
      February 19, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      This is so cool. Our OFA team holds at least one event per week on this. We are at a local grocery store today at 4. Next week it is Trader Joes, then Goodwill. Even if folks have insurance we give them flyers for their kids, neighbors, and friends. We are also out there showing that OFA is not quitting just because the website was funky and Republicans are even funkier.

      Every person who signs up will be a person who does not run up bills in the ER and who has more $$ to spend in the economy.

      Thanks to everyone on this blog who has helped spread the news about ACA. If we just hang in there we always prevail.

      • 25 Judith Fardig
        February 19, 2014 at 7:28 pm

        That’s exactly what it takes, WIW! Person-to-person contact, away from the confusion sowed by the MSM and the GOP.

    • 26 0388jojothecat
      February 19, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      Thanks Lovely Tally!

      p.s. hope you are feeling better.

    • 27 Judith Fardig
      February 19, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      Fantastic! It’s a crying shame Oracle screwed up the Cover Oregon website so badly. We were supposed to be a leader in enrollment also. NOT GIVING UP!

  5. 28 JER
    February 19, 2014 at 3:49 pm

  6. 29 No Child Left Behind
    February 19, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Good Afternoon TODVille.
    ¡Muchas gracias a Chipsticks!
    ¡Felicidades a Vetivera!

  7. 31 JER
    February 19, 2014 at 4:02 pm

  8. 32 Linda
    February 19, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    The protests in Venezuela are caused from inflation which is at 56.2 % and also lack of basic goods.

  9. 33 JER
    February 19, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Official Picture

  10. 34 Linda
    February 19, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A judge has struck down a Nebraska law that allowed the Keystone XL oil pipeline to proceed through the state.

    Lancaster County Judge Stephanie Stacy issued a ruling Wednesday that invalidated Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman’s approval of the route. Stacy says the decision should have been made by the Nebraska Public Service Commission, which regulates pipelines and other utilities.

    The ruling could cause more delays in finishing the pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to Texas refineries.

    But it’s a win for Nebraska-based pipeline opponents. They’ve argued that Heineman exceeded his authority when he approved the route in January 2013.

    • 35 jacquelineoboomer
      February 19, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      If that court case alone took a year to complete, looks like I’ll be old and graying by the time the final decision on the pipeline is made.

      Oh, wait …

    • 36 dotster3
      February 19, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      Also takes away the Gov.’s ability to grant Trans Canada eminent domain, to seize land from unwilling landowners. (which is just unbelievable to me—-seizing farm and ranch land from U.S. citizens so a Canadian co. can profit and put environment at risk)

  11. 37 JER
    February 19, 2014 at 4:40 pm

  12. 38 JER
    February 19, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Meeting of Presidents and Obama with their respective delegations.

  13. 39 JER
    February 19, 2014 at 4:48 pm

  14. 40 Linda
    February 19, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    UGH !

    George W. Bush doesn’t really miss much from his time as president except for the first class travel.

    “A lot of people ask me, you know, do I miss much about being president,” he said at a Wednesday event at the George W. Bush Institute, as recorded by Politico. “The answer’s really no. I mean I miss the people I served with. I miss Air Force One. In eight years, they never lost my baggage.”

    He added that he misses the opportunities he had to honor the troops.

    “I do miss saluting men and women who volunteered to defend our nation during the war,” Bush said. “Many are coming home and are preparing for new missions as civilians, and I intend to salute these men and women for the rest of my life.”


    • 41 jacquelineoboomer
      February 19, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      UGH is right. Does he sit home on his sofa eating pretzels and dodging that choking hazard, when he salutes the new “civilians” – those who actually made it home, of course.

      • 42 carolyn
        February 19, 2014 at 5:58 pm

        Honoring the troops????!!!! He honored them by sending them to a lied into war without protection and equipment and making bad decisions that led to many deaths, and never going to Dover to greet them, and not even saluting correctly. Do you remember seeing him come of Marine One holding a dog and trying to bend over and half salute…..it was disgusting.
        Clinton always half-saluted almost apologetically. One of the first things I noticed about POTUS after he was inaugurated, was that he had learned to salute CORRECTLY! He snapped one off sharply and smartly. I appreciated that, and then I saw pictures of his practicing the salute before his inauguration.
        Bush NEVER honored the troops, and I find it hypocritical that he’s talking about it now.

        • 43 jacquelineoboomer
          February 19, 2014 at 9:05 pm


          So thankful Bush is no longer around, after the 100 years (seems like) we had to put up with his brainless political antics.

  15. February 19, 2014 at 5:17 pm

  16. February 19, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    The best policy for helping low-wage workers (beyond moving the economy back to full employment) is expanding the EITC and raising the minimum wage. But while they work out their differences over the minimum wage, maybe lawmakers could agree quickly to expand the EITC

  17. February 19, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    I don’t know what the “WhatsApp” app is, but Facebook has just bought it for $19 billion.

  18. February 19, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    But remember, Russia is a champion of human rights, according to Snowden and GiGi.

    Russian protest group Pussy Riot have been beaten with horsewhips by Cossacks who are helping patrol Sochi during the Winter Olympics.


    • 52 jackiegrumbacher
      February 19, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      LL, I think it’s fitting that Snowden chose Putin as his savior at a time when Putin decided to put on his autocrat books and start crushing nearby states. Little Pipsqueak thinks he lives in a freer, better country than the US of A because he’s a racist creep as well as a traitor and thief.

  19. 53 dotster3
    February 19, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Philly faith healing couple sentenced to prison for allowing their 2nd son, this one a 7 mo. old baby, to die of pneumonia without seeking medical care. Formerly sentenced to probation for allowing a 2 yr. old son to die of pneumonia without seeking medical care. How brainwashed do they have to be to watch the health of their babies deteriorate, obviously the praying isn’t working, and not do anything/everything to try to save their lives? A disgusting tragedy. Utter stupidity.


  20. 55 JER
    February 19, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Summit of North America, large development center: Peña Nieto.

  21. February 19, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    5:50 PM EST

    President Obama Speaks with President Nieto and Prime Minister Harper


  22. 60 JER
    February 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm

  23. 65 Nerdy Wonka
    February 19, 2014 at 6:24 pm

  24. February 19, 2014 at 6:25 pm

  25. February 19, 2014 at 6:28 pm

  26. February 19, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Please give this man some praise for keeping the stats website for #Obamacare!

  27. 83 JER
    February 19, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Message from the Leaders of North America

  28. February 19, 2014 at 6:32 pm


    Here’s President Obama’s statement on the Ukraine that he delivered before his bilat with Mexico President Nieto (click on the link in the tweet for the full text):

  29. 85 JER
    February 19, 2014 at 6:32 pm

  30. February 19, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Linda posted this above, and JO’B, Dotster commented on the imminent domain clause, but I didn’t see a link to the article:

  31. February 19, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    For #USA and #Illinois bobsled fans, here’s a spoiler on an event that NBC won’t air until later today.

  32. 91 Ladyhawke
    February 19, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Retweeted by LOLGOP

    Jon Favreau ‏@jonfavs 47m

    So who will be the first Republican to attack GAP as a job-killer for raising their minimum wage to $10?

  33. 98 hopefruit2
    February 19, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Is CSPAN or anywhere besides the WH carrying PBO’s presser at 8:30PM live?

  34. February 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm

  35. February 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    President Obama sent a letter of praise to the R.I. high school football placekicker who was born without arms. He helped lead his team to an undefeated season.


  36. 102 JER
    February 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    The press conference ready to start in a few moments.

  37. 103 JER
    February 19, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Magnificent setting for the conference at the end of the Summit of North American Leaders.

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