Rise and Shine: The Week Ahead

@USAinUK: President Obama will be the 1st sitting U.S. President to visit Wales when he arrives for #NATOSummitUK



The President will travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to deliver remarks at Laborfest 2014 at Henry Maier Festival Park

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The President will travel to the Republic of Estonia where he will remain overnight in Tallinn

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The President will meet with employees and family members of the United States Embassy to Estonia. He will then visit the Kadriorg Palace to participate in the official arrival ceremony, where he will be greeted by President Ilves of Estonia.

Later in the morning, the President will hold a bilateral meeting while at the Palace.

In the afternoon, he will visit the Bank of Estonia to participate in a joint press conference with President Ilves.

Following the press conference, the President will visit the Stenbok House to meet with Prime Minister Roivas.

Later, he will visit the Kadriorg Art Museum to meet with the three Baltic presidents – President Ilves, President Berzins of Latvia, and President Grybauskaite of Lithuania.

In the evening, the President will deliver remarks at the Nordea Concert Hall to students, young professionals, and civil society and political leaders.

Following his speech, the President will deliver remarks to U.S. and Estonian troops at the Tallinn Airport Hangar.

Later in the evening, he will travel to Newport, Wales, where he will remain overnight.

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The President will take an official family photo with leaders attending the NATO Summit at Celtic Manor Resort in Newport.

He will then join NATO leaders for the first session on Afghanistan, followed by a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission.

The President will attend a working dinner on security challenges at historic Cardiff castle and will remain overnight in Wales.

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The President will view a fly-over ceremony and then attend two more working sessions on the Future NATO and the Transatlantic Bond.

In the afternoon, the President will hold a press conference and then depart Wales en route Washington, DC.

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Ten Things You Need To Know About Wales

1 It has a village with the longest place name in Europe – and the second longest official place name in the world (FURST1!1! goes to Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu in New Zealand).

Llanfair­pwllgwyn­gyllgo­gery­chwyrn­drobwll­llanty­silio­gogo­goch translates as “The church of St Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysilio’s of the red cave”.

But if you ever have to send a letter to someone in Llanfair­pwllgwyn­gyllgo­gery­chwyrn­drobwll­llanty­silio­gogo­goch, don’t worry – just do what the locals do: call it Llanfair PG


2 It has the greatest national anthem on planet earth


3 One of the best things about Wales is that it’s so close to Ireland 😎


4 Only one in five Welsh people can speak their native language – and when you watch this video, you’ll understand why. It’s impossible.

Eg, If you want to say “please speak more slowly” to a Welsh person: “Siaradwch yn arafach, os gwelwch yn dda.”


Fortunately for President Obama, ‘Hello” is “Helô“.


5 Wales has more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Ireland would have that record if they hadn’t burnt down half of them after the English left.


6 There are four times more sheep in Wales than humans.


7 Hannibal Lecter comes from Wales. Well, Anthony Hopkins does.


8 Welsh mathematician Robert Recorde (1512-1558) invented the equal sign. If you knew that already, you should be ashamed.


9 Mount Everest was named after Welsh man Sir George Everest who was Surveyor-General of India from 1830 to 1843, so he’d have known a young Amk.


10 The Welsh adore rugby (kind of American Football without the pads) – but people are often quite rude about their other favorite things.


Bore da! (Good moooooorning!)

110 Responses to “Rise and Shine: The Week Ahead”

  1. 8 desertflower
    August 31, 2014 at 9:18 am


  2. 9 Nerdy Wonka
    August 31, 2014 at 9:19 am

    1. MOOOooorning, Chiparoo. Great Welsh lesson. The “Way Out” sign on the fence with the village with the second longest name is hilarious.

    2. In my joy, I forgot to remind Chipsticks of this delightful fact.

    I told you, Chiparoo. You keep cheating on TOD, Manchester United will keep sucking.

    Isn’t it a great Sunday?

    3. Weird Al Yankovic sang it best.

  3. 10 hopefruit2
    August 31, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Chips, thank you for the fun & interesting trivia lesson on Wales! Learn something new everyday.

    I think that the village with the longest name is really a hidden cuss at the US media. It translates directly into lots of bad things about Andrea Mitchell and Chuck Todd!

  4. 13 desertflower
    August 31, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Oh I LOVE these little factoids:) Fascinating! The real BURNING question though, is will PBO wear this tan suit to any meetings while in Wales? Because it really doesn’t matter if he’s the FURST sitting President EVER to visit Wales…but what clothes should he wear while in Wales? Priorities, people!!

    • August 31, 2014 at 9:26 am

      Nothing else matters on this trip DF, nothing!!! 🙂

    • 16 arapaho415
      August 31, 2014 at 10:33 am

      Forgot to mention downthread that most of yesterday’s walesonline.co.uk.com front page were articles tagged as about “Barack Obama.” One of the stories was a list of leaders who will be attending the #NATOsummit, starting with a photo of PBO in his tan suit.

      The article with the video downthread says: “The most powerful man in the world will be in South Wales next week for the Nato Summit.”

    • 17 Dudette
      August 31, 2014 at 11:23 am

      I say he should mix it up w/ a colorful Hawaiian shirt and some open- toe sandals! 😀

  5. 18 carolyn
    August 31, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Considering world events, I think the timing of our president’s visits to Estonia and the NATO summit is auspicious. I believe some good things will happen.

    Am reminded of geography in the fifth grade whenever I hear the names of the Baltic states. I loved the three names as they tripped over my tongue: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia. They were fun to say. Chicago had/has a huge Lithuanian population. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair was a vivid picture of the Lithuanians in packing town Chicago at the beginning of the 20th century. TRoosevelt’s reading of it was the impetus for clean food laws, of course, much protested by certain parties!

  6. 21 vcprezofan2
    August 31, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Ah, you are all over here – I get it!

  7. 34 desertflower
    August 31, 2014 at 9:28 am

    “….so he’d have known young amk.” HAHAHAHA He hasn’t poked his head in yet…dying to see his response:)

  8. 35 hopefruit2
    August 31, 2014 at 9:29 am

    “8 Welsh mathematician Robert Recorde (1512-1558) invented the equal sign. If you knew that already, you should be ashamed”

    VC and amk already knew this! LOL…

    • 36 vcprezofan2
      August 31, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Full disclosure: Not to pass up a moment of credit, Hopef, but vc’s math is pretty much on level with cc’s math except for the fact vc knew nuthin’ about Welsh mathematicians!

      • 37 hopefruit2
        August 31, 2014 at 10:21 am

        LOL! Well you know sumthin’ now, and the important thing is that we love PBO! 🙂

        • 38 vcprezofan2
          August 31, 2014 at 10:30 am

          And he knows it too – look how he planned his travel day for Tuesday (when I’ll be on the road), yet has sessions for Wednesday when I should be back home and ready to join in! I ❤ his consideration for #wethepeople. 😉

  9. 40 carolyn
    August 31, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Other Welsh notables are Richard Burton and Dylan Thomas, and I think the singer Tom Jones is also. So many artists the British claim are either Welsh or Irish…..hmmmmm…….

  10. 47 jackiegrumbacher
    August 31, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Chips, these are amazing photos. Wales seems like a magical place–I’d love to visit there. I hope the president gets a chance to step outside the meetings and see the scenery.

    • August 31, 2014 at 9:42 am

      A pleasure Jackie! That must be so frustrating for him, all these countries he visits but he never really gets the chance to see them. It’s another reason why I’ve decided against becoming President.

  11. 49 pinkbunny92
    August 31, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Morning TOD – Happy Labor Day weekend all!

    A little bit of personal trivia. I went to Bryn Mawr College, in Bryn Mawr, PA. Which I understood was Welsh for “Large Hill” 😃😃😃

    Looking forward to POTUS taking charge at NATO, and as usual being the sane voice in the room!

  12. August 31, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Chips, I’ve always felt a bit of a love affair with both Scotland and Wales. Probably has something to do w/ my maternal grandmother being a McIntosh from KY. It has been a dream of mine to visit there…someday. That’s why I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your 10 things we need to know about Wales.

    • August 31, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Mooooooorning Smarty Nancy Pants, you treasure you!!!

      Hold it now, before you praise Wales too much, note number 3: “One of the best things about Wales is that it’s so close to Ireland.”

      🙂 I was very, very lucky enough to visit Wales and Scotland quite a bit in my youth, and they are absolutely beautiful countries. I’m not sure there is anywhere more beautiful than the Scottish Highlands and islands, but Wales is gorgeous too. You will get there some day, and when you do, we want a FULL report!

  13. 53 desertflower
    August 31, 2014 at 9:55 am

    More famous people from Wales: How did we forget these?

    Famous people from Wales include Richard Burton, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Tom Jones, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Shirley Bassey, Timothy Dalton and Charlotte church.

  14. 55 Dudette
    August 31, 2014 at 9:56 am

    • 56 vcprezofan2
      August 31, 2014 at 10:47 am

      😀 Well, you are still in one piece – that’s good!

      Hello there, D-ette!

      • 57 Dudette
        August 31, 2014 at 11:30 am

        Barely, vc! It was grueling (Read: freaking AMAZING)!!!
        Next year I’m getting a hotel room, so I party all weekend!
        And i’m going in costume! 😀

  15. August 31, 2014 at 10:08 am

    • 59 Lb4Obama
      August 31, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Mrs. Greenspan and her lovely panel of pundits are doing a big game of “pin the tail on Barack” right now at Meet the Republicans. Made the mistake of flipping on it for about :45 seconds……… I loathe these bastards. Knowing that our President has this thing is what gets me through the day (and remembering to turn off the corporate shills). Breathe, breathe……..

    • 60 yardarm756
      August 31, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Gooood read meta. Thank you.

    • 63 Ladyhawke
      August 31, 2014 at 10:40 am

      What a breath of sorely needed fresh air. This article should be required reading for all Americans especially the media outlets, pundits and gasbags shamelessly treating foreign policy as a freaking game. I am reminded of a terrific segment where Bill Maher confronted his panel with a simple and direct question for critics of President Obama foreign policy: “What should he be doing differently? And be specific.”

    • 65 Vicki
      August 31, 2014 at 10:54 am

      Brilliant article. TY meta for posting it here.

      The “beat Obama” mentality is so deeply entrenched in the national conscience that When we win the mid-terms—-not If, When——-It will feel to the losers the same as if PBO has won a third term and beaten them once again.

    • 66 dotster3
      August 31, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Most excellent—-rare truths told here. Thanks for the link, meta.

    • 68 anniebella
      August 31, 2014 at 10:35 am

      I came across some comment were the person was trying to blame POTUS for dividing this country. The person goes on to say he had a chance to bring this country together, instead he is destroying it and he have divided this country. I think we know now that everything wrong in this country, this world is the black guy in the WH fault.

  16. 69 hopefruit2
    August 31, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Very, very telling indeed…no wonder Darren Wilson’s record/background was scrubbed off the Internet. But they can’t fool the FBI…

    • 70 Dudette
      August 31, 2014 at 10:43 am

      Here’s some ironic trivia for ya…

      The name “Ferguson” is a Scottish surname, derived from the personal name “Fergus”. The elements of the name are “fer” (which means fear) and “gus” (which means force). Fear of excessive force. So it would seem the town’s legacy was written in its name.

  17. 73 arapaho415
    August 31, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Posted these last night, in the wee hours for those TODers on EDT.

    Courtesy of PrettyFoot58 who posted a link to the homepage of this site yesterday.

    Cute video of “CardboardPresidentObama” in this tweet. *spoiler alert* “CardboardPresidentObama” falls down at the end of this video 😦 . I guess people in Cardiff refer to their city as “TheDiff” (?) as in #ObamaInTheDiff.”

    This photo was taken only 2 miles from where the #NATOWalesSummit is being held! Doesn’t it make you long to be there?

    Also on Walesonline.co.uk.com, you can read where the US Ambassador to UK says Welsh is impossible to learn (LOL), that President Obama will visit a school in Wales, and that the weather will be glorious!

  18. 76 Dudette
    August 31, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Quite the cultural lessons in this post Chips (with a spritz of hate thrown in)!

  19. 79 yardarm756
    August 31, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Good morning. I see you lot are off to a brisk start. I hope y’all can maintain this course and speed for the remainder of the day. 😉

  20. 82 dotster3
    August 31, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Mr. dote-ster is half Welsh——and has never once expressed any kind of affection for sheep——and he intensely dislikes (hates) wool sweaters—–so sheep loving gene is not dominant. 🙂
    Oldest daughter visited Wales a few years ago, raved about the scenic beauty, the fun bar scene (even at lunch!) and the fun, engaging people, not necessarily in that order. She said all the girls there looked like her youngest sister——a generalization, no doubt, about all the pretty Welsh lassies.

    • August 31, 2014 at 10:31 am

      “Mr. dote-ster is half Welsh — —and has never once expressed any kind of affection for sheep.”

      I am snorting and hollering so loudly Danny is barking frantically 😆

  21. 84 Claire
    August 31, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Wales is the homeland of my great grandmother. 🙂

  22. August 31, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Lovely post Madame Chips. Great travelogue. My husband has relatives in Wales courtesy of an uncle who was a merchant seaman travelling from Jamaica in the 1940’s. It is a spectacularly beautiful, rugged land.

  23. 86 hopefruit2
    August 31, 2014 at 10:51 am

    So AP breathlessly reported:

    Only to find out:

  24. 91 desertflower
    August 31, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Be curious to know how many Welsh visitors that TOD has had…love when you put the map up that shows where all the TOD visitors come from…will the Wales contingent increase when the President is there??? 🙂 Would be fun to track….

  25. August 31, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD. Love the history lesson, especially the pie chart. Haha

  26. 94 yardarm756
    August 31, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Guns, Bibles, and NASCAR is all they need.

  27. 95 Ladyhawke
    August 31, 2014 at 11:22 am

  28. 96 hopefruit2
    August 31, 2014 at 11:25 am

    It just occurred to me that Labor Day 2005 was a whopping 9 years ago! 😦

  29. 97 yardarm756
    August 31, 2014 at 11:28 am

    WTFU WI! You made this happen.

  30. August 31, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Chips, thanks for the marvelous preview of our President’s trip this week!

  31. 101 HZ
    August 31, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Chips, my Chips and TOD family: You always lift my spirit to a higher level of calmness. Chips, you are so faithful in preparing us for our wonderful president’s travels. I cherish your presentations of what will be a wonderful time next week to follow our great president.
    Thank you so much, my love. I am so grateful to you for this beautiful space. Give my Danny a hug from granny. Granny needs to send out some hugs today. Suffering from much pain, but will come through it. In bed until pain subsides.

    I am so looking forward to our President’s trip and all of the great posts to follow. You have spoiled us, but it is a spoil of a lifetime, Chips.
    {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ I love my TOD family. You All are the best!!!}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} Have a wonderful day and Labor Day as well.HZ

  32. 102 SheinFrance
    August 31, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I was born in Wales and lived most of my young life just down the road from where the President will be staying. Your comments about the Welsh having sex with sheep is very offensive to us and an extremely racist comment made by the English. Welsh people are extremely friendly people.
    Where do you think the song “There’ll be a welcome in the hillsides” comes from and even Mr. paul Robeson sang an English vrrsion of our National anthem.

  33. 103 Dakota
    August 31, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Good Southwest Morning everyone! Enjoying the weekend!

  34. 104 SheinFrance
    August 31, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    My brother was one of thefirst black Welsh teachers in Wales and when he speaks Welsh it’s like listening to music.

  35. August 31, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Is she a republican? She acts like a Neo con!

  36. 108 sjterrid
    August 31, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Thanks, Chips for the 10 facts to know about Wales. I can’t wait to follow the President’s trip to Estonia & Wales with TOD!

  37. 109 Cha
    August 31, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Mahalo Chipsticks for all the interesting stuff about Wales and the Map! Fascinating~ 😀

  38. September 1, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Great R&S Chips….
    Will not even try to pronounce that very long word! … You had to throw in AMK’s name did ya??? LOL.

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