The Week Ahead



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Before a Cinco de Mayo event, May 5, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Hosts President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti at the White House. In the evening, the President will host a Cinco de Mayo reception at the White House.



Attends meetings at the White House.



Travels to Los Angeles to participate in a joint DSCC/DCCC event. In the evening, the President will be honored at a dinner hosted by the USC Shoah Foundation. He will remain overnight in Los Angeles.



Participates in a DNC roundtable in Los Angeles before traveling to San Diego to participate in a DCCC event. The President will then travel to San Jose where he will participate in two DNC events and remain overnight.



Participates in an event on energy in the San Jose area. Following the event the President will return to Washington, DC.

(Chicago Sun Times)


129 Responses to “The Week Ahead”

  1. 9 amk for obama
    May 4, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Hi, bye.

  2. 13 Ladyhawke
    May 4, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Fox Benghazi Myths Dispelled By New Bipartisan Review



    On January 15, 2014, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a bipartisan review of its findings in an investigation of the September 11, 2012, attacks on an American diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya. Much of the report dispels myths perpetuated by Fox News over the last sixteen months.



  3. 15 Dudette
    May 4, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Comedian-In-Chief burned it up, ripped it up, and slammed the mic on the floor last night!

    • 16 vcprezofan2
      May 4, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      So you did make it (I wondered if you got held up at the hairdresser’s)! 😉 😉

      • 17 Dudette
        May 4, 2014 at 12:26 pm

        LOL! Close, but not quite. Yesterday was exhausting. I got home around 9:15 and fell asleep with the TV on. When my brain cells heard my President’s voice they woke me up. [Amazing how that works!] I watched him and Joel McHale and cracked up at every word. After that I went back to la-la-land!

        I was just too wiped to turn on the computer to come hang on the blog. I bet TOD was on fire! I’ll have to make some time to go back and read all the posts and comments.

        • 18 vcprezofan2
          May 4, 2014 at 12:34 pm

          Cool that you caught it ‘live’, D-ette, and Chips and Nerdy have it all covered with video, pictures and tweets when you have time to review!

          ps: I’m not at all surprised that you hear PBO even in sleep. 😀 😀

  4. May 4, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Thanks again for the Chuck Todd screen grab, Chips. It’s a hit on Twitter. We ALL dislike Chuck Todd 🙂

  5. 24 Dudette
    May 4, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Fell off my chair when he said this! 😀

  6. 25 GGAIL
    May 4, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Good West Coast Sunday morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    Much fun last night. I even laughed out loud – POTUS was too funny!

    Thanks Chips for the previous post.

    Carolmae, hope you’re enjoying your birthday today!!!

  7. 28 Allison
    May 4, 2014 at 12:08 pm

  8. May 4, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Who calls this a “tight smile”?

    • 34 hopefruit2
      May 4, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    • 36 Nena20409
      May 4, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      Wow. Someone better ask Jim Roberts (A) if he is a facial reader. (B) If he is a doctor. (C) If he has reviewed all pres Obama’s facial smiles in his adult live.

      POTUS laughs hard and at the WHCD or at any other event where this POTUS is laughing so hard……those expressions are ‘duplicatable’. This guy is ‘Sterlingly’ has serious ODS.

      • 38 Nena20409
        May 4, 2014 at 12:30 pm

        😳 Life.

      • 39 hopefruit2
        May 4, 2014 at 12:35 pm

        You called it right Nena — Lil’ Jimmy has obviously came down with a bad case of ODS! Just a couple days ago, he was busy praising one of classic ODS-sufferer, Maureen Dowd’s NYT columns about PBO “needing to learn from” Adam Silver…

        • 40 vcprezofan2
          May 4, 2014 at 12:56 pm

          Ah, so you ‘know’ Roberts. PBO was so obviously laughing that I thought the writer was being funny in the way Chips sometimes uses these pics to taunt the naysayers. Sorry (not) I can’t keep all the jerks clear in my head.

    • 41 vcprezofan2
      May 4, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      Maybe Roberts was trying to be funny himself?

  9. 42 Nena20409
    May 4, 2014 at 12:15 pm



    Can’t find the video on what KAJ said today on This week.

    Full disclosure, the Sunday shows are no longer part of my viewing habit.

  10. 44 Ladyhawke
    May 4, 2014 at 12:22 pm


    UP With Steve Kornacki interviewed Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi this morning. She addressed GOP personal attacks, ACA, immigration reform and dispensed a bit of truth on many other issues. Love her. Highly recommended.

    1) Nancy Pelosi: Republicans stuck in a ‘poverty of ideas’:


    2) Nancy Pelosi: We lost in 2010 because of ‘secret money’:


    3) Nancy Pelosi on immigration reform: ‘Give us a vote’:


  11. 46 Nena20409
    May 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Au for Dudette and Amk.


  12. 48 vcprezofan2
    May 4, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    The Obama Admin never rests

  13. May 4, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Two important articles:

    1. ‘Putin is a Fascist’ Heading toward War, Feltshtinsky Says

    “Only those who are in complete denial can fail to see that Vladimir Putin is a fascist, émigré Russian historian Yuri Felshtinsky says, given that “this analogy is so evident” in the wake of the Crimean Anschluss and the Kremlin leader’s own words and promotion of openly fascist figures like Dmitry Rogozin.

    In an interview conducted yesterday and posted online today, Felshtinsky says that “the world has not gone out of its mind.” Only “one particular country has” – Russia – and in fact “only a relatively small group of people who run this country” who have nothing new to offer and so are using evil ideas from the past.

    Because Putin and his entourage don’t believe in democracy and view the population with contempt, they have not felt the need to come up with a formal ideology or at least a new one, the historian says. Vladislav Surkov tried to come up with one but couldn’t “although he tried very hard.”

    However, Felshtinsky continues, when Dmitry Rogozin, now deputy prime minister, was promoted, that was a real and disturbing indication of where Putin is heading because “Rogoin is an open Russian fascist.” And tht in turn means that a new-old ideology now “has been formed: Russian fascism.””

    More at the link: http://windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2014/05/window-on-eurasia-putin-is-fascist.html

    2. Window on Eurasia: Putin Faces Dangers If He Attacks in Ukraine or If He Doesn’t

    “Because Vladimir Putin did not stop after the Crimean Anschluss, the Kremlin leader now faces a Hobson’s choice of his own making: if he expands his aggression in Ukraine, he will face a Ukrainian people in arms backed by the West, but if he does not introduce forces there, he will have dashed the hopes of those who had been supporting him.

    On Kasparov.ru yesterday, Russian commentator Oleg Kozyrev describes how Putin has put himself in this most awkward of positions because of his own policies. Seizing Crimea cost him only “insignificant” sanctions but won him enthusiastic support at home. Moving further into Ukraine has changed the equation (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5364AC9015CE6).

    “If Putin does not introduce forces after all this hysteria in the media [that he himself has been responsible for], he will have betrayed those who placed their hopes in him. And the disappointment of the Putinists will be strong both in the eastern portion of Ukraine and in Russia itself,” Kozyrev says.


    Consequently, Putin is rapidly approaching a dead end of his own making, one in which none of the choices he has is a good one or without risks to himself, Russia, Ukraine and the larger world. Putin and his media machine have been quite effective in shifting the blame in the past, but propaganda alone can’t cover the fateful nature of this choice, at least not for very long.”

    More at the link: http://windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2014/05/window-on-eurasia-putin-faces-dangers.html

    In my estimation, his propaganda campaign has already failed except perhaps for a relatively few folk in South/Eastern Ukraine and Russia. He completely underestimated the power of social media.

  14. 61 Nena20409
    May 4, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Trying to post a Pluffe twitClip.
    😉 It is a test.


  15. 62 Dudette
    May 4, 2014 at 1:05 pm

  16. 63 MightyPamela
    May 4, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Good morning everyone! Watched PBO again as a perfect start to a beautiful rainy day! It may take a while longer to get through so much goodness, still standing in Applause for Chipsticks and NerdyWonka on such stellar coverage! And VC, for you ~ {{{{{<3}}}}} with a reminder of Hope and Light ahead – This, Too, Will Pass. Bye for now, back later.

  17. 64 hopefruit2
    May 4, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Random Ramblings:

    People are really emotionally invested in this President. Every time he’s at an event, folks want to make sure that he is okay. They worry that he might not be feeling well, they scrutinize what he’s eating and how much, if he has a cold, whether he seems happy, relaxed, cheerful, preoccupied, upset, etc. When he’s does well, people are happy, and Twitter explodes. When he doesn’t do so well, people are pissed, start quarreling with each other, and Twitter explodes.

    If he focuses on an issue, people start focusing on it too. They want to know what books he reads over the summer, what TV shows he likes to watch, what movies he has seen, etc. If he sings one line of a song, folks flock to youtube to give the song 1M+ viewer hits and/or download the song on their Ipod… GOP is all scrambling to get his autograph/attention at the SOTU addresses.

    If someone does something – good or bad, they feel a need to “receive a call” from the President to validate them in some way…even those who are not his supporters (e.g., the Koran burner, and Zimmerman’s supporters).

    So don’t tell me that we TODers are only O’bots out there – everyone is!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  18. May 4, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Crucial report:

    Eyewitness story, Odesa May 2: “Not a single Odessan was in the House of Trade Unions fighting for the separation of Odessa!”


    “Out of the 24, 15 were Russians, and 9 had come from the unacknowledged pro-Russian part of Moldova, Transnistria. NOT A SINGLE ODESSAN WAS IN THERE FIGHTING FOR SEPARATION OF ODESSA !

    Alas, Putin now has a cause to get his “peacekeepers” in – significant bloodshed in our always peaceful city of international commerce.

    Hands off from my hometown! Hands off from Ukraine!”


    • May 4, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      Did you see the photos? I chose not to tweet the article. Sounds like #CzarVlad sent out propaganda through Euromaiden. I’ll send you a link if you want.

  19. May 4, 2014 at 1:15 pm

  20. May 4, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Chips is TEH BEST!!

  21. 81 GGail
    May 4, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Hey vc. Sent you an email.

  22. May 4, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    What really happened in Odessa: A step-by-step reconstruction of a tragedy that killed 46 people (VIDEO)

    Written by someone who was there. Essential, real journalism.

  23. May 4, 2014 at 1:27 pm

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  26. 86 hopefruit2
    May 4, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    • 87 GGAIL
      May 4, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Why am I not surprised that PBO speaks Swahili.

    • 88 Nena20409
      May 4, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Speaks Swahili or he knows a few words?

      But then again, this pres speaks Spanish, speaks the main language in Indonesia, Of course, English and who knows what else POTUS speaks. This POTUS keeps surprising Us and exceeding exceptions, daily.

    • 89 anniebella
      May 4, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      Hay one class act meeting another, Lupita Nyong’o meeting Barack and Michelle Obama.

  27. 90 hopefruit2
    May 4, 2014 at 1:47 pm

  28. May 4, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Looks like President Obama’s Wednesday itinerary needs to be updated with his trip to Arkansas tornado damage area.

    From the article:
    “Gov. Mike Beebe on Sunday will tour storm damage in Mayflower and Vilonia with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.”

    Before criticizing blue dogs up for re-election this year, let’s see what they do between now and election. Mark Pryor may be worthy of such criticism, but he extended outreach to the President during his re-election year.

    • 93 Nena20409
      May 4, 2014 at 3:10 pm


      I thought Dems in Red States are running away from Pres Obama?

      Lies, Lies, Lies, Yeah!

      • 94 jacquelineoboomer
        May 4, 2014 at 3:50 pm

        Yeah! There are all kinds of good Democrats in the red states. Nothing is quite how it seems, after we’re all fed the hype and look into the situation!

  29. May 4, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Really important insights …

    By Portraying Russian Radicals in Ukraine as Heroes, Moscow Creates Threat to Russia, Says Inozemtsev

    “Moscow is threatening its own country even more than it is threatening Ukraine by presenting those now in revolt against Kyiv as heroes, a portrayal that could lead to an upswing in extremist views and actions in the Russian Federation itself, according to Vladislav Inozemtsev.

    In an article in Vedomosti just before the May Day holiday, the director of the Moscow Institute for Research on Post-Industrial Society, says that the Russian media have been portraying as heroes those in Ukraine who are acting in ways that the Russian authorities would not tolerate at home.

    That is not simply a manifestation of “double standards,” the Moscow commentator says, it is a dangerous step that opens the way to “extremely unwelcome parallels and dangerous conclusions” by Russians themselves that could come back to haunt and then threaten the authors of this approach.

    Inozemtsev then compares Moscow’s treatment of Russian radicals in Ukraine with its treatment of those it has identified as Russian radicals inside Russia. In the former case, the Russian authorities are praising “direct calls to the use of force,” the violation of law, and even the violence; in the latter, they have sent people to prison for similar or even lesser actions.”

    Much more at the link: http://www.interpretermag.com/by-portraying-russian-radicals-in-ukraine-as-heroes-moscow-creates-threat-to-russia-inozemtsev/

  30. May 4, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    News from Odessa …

  31. May 4, 2014 at 2:34 pm

  32. May 4, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    “The Government of Ukraine expresses its deep indignation at the actions of the occupation administration, which has forcefully banned the leader of Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev’s entry to Crimea. By barring the veteran fighter for the rights and freedoms of the Crimean Tatar people from entering his homeland, the Russian side once again trampled the cornerstone principles of international law and clearly showed the world what hides beneath their cynical ‘concern’ for the right of all people to self-determination. This looks especially disgusting on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the tragedy of the Crimean Tatars—the deportation of these people, which was accompanied by the loss of tens of thousands of people.

    The Government of Ukraine considers such actions against the long-term prisoner of Soviet camps and one of the leading founders of the movement for human rights in the Soviet Union a revival of Stalin’s repressive practices and and a playback of the Stalinist policies aimed at oppression of nations and ethnic discrimination.

    The Government of Ukraine requires the immediate lifting of all restrictions and limitations imposed on the Crimean Tatar people and its leaders; cessation of harassment of civilians and the use of troops against them; an end to provocations against the Medjlis of the Crimean Tatar people; and the bringing to justice of the perpetrators of violence against Crimean Tatars and other nationalities in the occupied territory of Crimea.

    Remember that liability for the crimes against the people is inevitable.”

    Source: kmu.gov.ua Translated by Alya Shandra, edited by Robin Rohrback

  33. May 4, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Interesting read

    from the article:
    I’d argue that a lot of what makes America less active in the world today is a product first of all of our own diminished leverage because of actions taken by previous administrations. The decisions by the Bush I and Clinton teams to expand NATO laid the seeds of resentment that helped to create Putin and Putinism. The Bush II team not only presided over two unsuccessful wars, but totally broke with American tradition and cut taxes instead of raising them to pay for those wars, weakening our balance sheet. The planning for both wars was abysmal, their execution worse and too many of our “allies” proved to be corrupt or used our presence to prosecute old feuds…

    • May 4, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      Vietnam significantly undermined America – morally and economically. Then came Reagan and it has been down hill ever since with GWB/Cheney accelerating our demise to near the speed of sound.

      That President Obama has done so much, in such a short interval, to slow that demise, and in many instances, actually change the trajectory to an upwards direction of credibility, is nothing short of amazing.

      The reality is that President Obama only had that opportunity because WE elected him, TWICE. It is indeed ‘us’ who are responsible for Vietnam, for Iran Contra, for torture, for ……, because of all those who didn’t VOTE (no excuses allowed in a democracy, btw).

      Thank you pf58 for posting the article.

      • 102 jackiegrumbacher
        May 4, 2014 at 3:21 pm

        Thank you for this perspective, Bob. It’s too often forgotten and seldom said.

      • May 4, 2014 at 3:25 pm

        Bob….the least we can do is vote…but as PBO has said…we have to become more engaged in our democracy…it is a travesty that there are elected officials who are preventing the raising of the Minimum Wage or the reinstatement of Unemployment Insurance…

        the article mentioned the issue of so many failed states…he did not say where they were….but as you know there are many failed states in Africa…South America…populated by mostly…blk and brwn people….I worry about the fate of the world if this trend is not somehow reversed…

        • May 4, 2014 at 3:42 pm

          Yes, pf58, we must be more engaged, but, at a minimum, every American eligible to vote must vote or the opportunity for those who have the capacity to contribute more than their vote will be undermined, ever more successfully, by the plutocrats and their minions.

          As to ‘failed states’ they exist on every continent, and, in many respects, the current version of America is failing – inequality is pervasive, infrastructure is crumbling, science is threatened, sane energy policy is persistently being undermined …. All the result of, at the bottom line, of people not registering and, particularly disconcerting, not voting though they represent the majority of registered voters – Democrats – even in many gerrymandered ‘red’ districts.

          2014 must be a watershed moment when the number of registered Demcorats expands, and the number of Democrats and Independents who VOTE sets an all-time record.

          YES WE MUST

          • May 4, 2014 at 5:23 pm

            As to ‘failed states’ they exist on every continent, and, in many respects, the current version of America is failing – inequality is pervasive, infrastructure is crumbling, science is threatened, sane energy policy is persistently being undermined …. All the result of, at the bottom line, of people not registering and, particularly disconcerting, not voting though they represent the majority of registered voters – Democrats – even in many gerrymandered ‘red’ districts.

            re reading your comment led me to this article at TPV,,,

            And yet, in the twenty-five years since the Berlin Wall came tumbling down the United States of America has repeatedly shown itself to be anything but the undisputed champion of the world in regard to a wide range of issues. In fact, on paper the United States now has adopted many of the qualities we used to associate with Third World Countries during the Cold War era. Don’t believe me? Let’s take an in-depth look at the United States of America in 2014 to see if we are, in fact, still the greatest country on Earth.

    • 108 jacquelineoboomer
      May 4, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      I don’t want to give Friedman a click, so thanks for posting this. Sounds good.

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  35. May 4, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Odessa, now …

  36. 115 Nena20409
    May 4, 2014 at 3:18 pm


    A platform collapsed during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at a circus performance Sunday, sending eight acrobats plummeting to the ground. Nine performers were seriously injured in the fall, including a dancer below.

    The accident was reported at about 11:45 a.m. during the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus’ Legends show at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence.

    Stephen Payne, a spokesman for Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros., said the accident happened during an act in which eight performers hang “like a human chandelier” using their hair.

    He said the metal-frame apparatus from which the performers were hanging came free from the metal truss it was connected to. The eight women fell 25 to 40 feet, landing on a dancer on the ground.

  37. 117 jacquelineoboomer
    May 4, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Tuesday will mark the 125th anniversary of the opening of The Eiffel Tower. And still I haven’t been there! My friend once visited and planned to call me from the spot, but forgot to put my phone number in her cell. Cut me a break, Paris! #RegretsI’veHadAtLeastOne

    Other than my “it’s all about me” post, how are y’all? Happy Sunday.

    • May 4, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      🙂 Here’s my ‘all about me post’, Jacqueline: when I got to see the Eiffel Tower I said to myself, ‘ugh, it’s ugly’. Then I left.

      • 119 jacquelineoboomer
        May 4, 2014 at 3:39 pm

        I love you, Chips. Had already crossed it off my list of sights-to-see, and now I feel better about it. Ha!

        • May 4, 2014 at 3:40 pm

          LOL, and now my confession: I didn’t leave it to visit one of the many stupendous historical sites in Paris, I left it to visit the stadium that staged the 1998 World (Soccer) Cup. I’m shameless, me.

          • 122 jacquelineoboomer
            May 4, 2014 at 3:45 pm

            Not so shameless. I probably would have left it for an outdoor Parisian establishment, to have a drink.

            I once didn’t go “downtown” after our Catholic high school was dismissed early to go see candidate JFK make a speech, because my friends and I wanted to head for the soda parlour out of the nuns’ view to have a cigarette.

            And you think you’re shameless!

      • 123 Paulita
        May 4, 2014 at 3:57 pm

        😀 LOL! I went with some other college kids to see Niagara Falls; it was frozen so we went to Burger King!

    • May 4, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Doing well, Jacqueline. Hope you are, also.

      Eiffel Tower at night is not to be missed, if at all possible.

      • 126 jacquelineoboomer
        May 4, 2014 at 3:46 pm

        Stop it, please. (Now I’ll be dreamin’ about goin’ all day! Lovely thought.)

        • May 4, 2014 at 3:55 pm

          Really do wish for you that you are able to visit Paris for at least one day and one night. It’s a magical place, Jacqueline.

          BTW, one of the funniest depictions of being in Paris and constantly missing a view of the Tower is in the movie ‘French Kiss’ 🙂

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