The President’s Day


President Barack Obama speaks during the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting at the Yanqi Lake International Convention Center in Beijing. Asia-Pacific and world leaders gathered for the annual summit, with free trade at the top of the agenda as they sought to narrow differences on how to open commerce across the vast region.




President Barack Obama shakes hands with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, third left, as China’s State Councilor Yang Jiechi, second right, stands by during a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping




President Barack Obama talks to Vladimir Putin during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Beijing











President Barack Obama readies his shovel as he takes part in a tree planting at the International Convention Center at Yanqi Lake during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit


President Barack Obama talks with Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet after taking part in a tree planting at the International Convention Center at Yanqi Lake


President Barack Obama walks with China’s President Xi Jinping, at the Zongnanhai leaders compound ahead of a dinner



190 Responses to “The President’s Day”

  1. 1 Vicki
    November 11, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Is anybody watching this concert?

  2. November 11, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Thanks a trabillion zillion for all your hard work on this Nerdy, a wonderful wrap-up of the President’s day!

  3. November 11, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Great photos of the trip.

  4. 8 forus50
    November 11, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Thank you Nerdy! Fantastic pictures of the hardest working elected official ever!

    Some of you may find this of interest -it’s a long video but I found some time to watch it just now and it’s well worth it imho. The Supreme Court is bordering on treasonous, no?

  5. November 11, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    President Obama is a handsome, distinguished looking man. That is another reason why there are haters.

  6. 11 dotster3
    November 11, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Great photo of Jennifer Hudson

  7. 13 dotster3
    November 11, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    And Meryl Streep

  8. 14 idon
    November 11, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Love the photos and President Obama and President Jinping are voracious readers and lovers of history.

  9. 15 dotster3
    November 11, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    See CNN headline accusing Obama and Putin of acting in “poor taste”. CNN——what a piece of poo network. Just desperado for s__t-stirring headline.

  10. 22 Vicki
    November 11, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Nerdy, thank you for the wonderful pictures. PBO seems to be enjoying himself which gladdens my heart.

  11. November 11, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Yet another outstanding post by NW!!!!! Thank you!!!

  12. 26 arapaho415
    November 11, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    I’ll add to NW’s thread title… “is just beginning”

    as in: The President’s Day… is just beginning.

    It’s a little before 9am in Beijing. I mentioned yesterday that Josh Ernest had a 5 o’clock shadow at the press briefing, which occurred during the morning hours in China. Think that means he hadn’t had a wink of sleep yesterday, and probably very little overnight. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    And then it’s off to Burma…

    Such an exhausting schedule.

  13. 27 Vicki
    November 11, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    GOP back in charge (they think)—time to be patriotic again, I guess, as long as you exclude the source of 6 years of goodness for the USA—President Barack Obama.

    • 28 Vicki
      November 11, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      This comment is due to my sour feeling about this concert.
      nevermind—they are doing “Fortunate Son!!!!!!”

      • November 11, 2014 at 7:50 pm

        Vickie, your comments over the past couple of days have me thinking of writing a post about what “honoring the troops” really should mean. Give me a couple of days to stew on it. What it should mean and what it means when GOPers say it are 2 different things separated by a chasm.

      • 30 dotster3
        November 11, 2014 at 7:54 pm

        I think it’s great—Bruce rockin out now with Dave Grohl and Zac Brown band. Something for everyone. And I think it’s well done. John Oliver now, who I love.

      • 31 MadameSoph
        November 11, 2014 at 7:58 pm

        Jon Oliver was funny. Black Keys playing now…Yay!

  14. November 11, 2014 at 7:47 pm

  15. 33 Nena20409
    November 11, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    To NW for this post.

  16. 35 FoxfireTX
    November 11, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    NW you’ve done it again! Fabulous. Thank you!

  17. 37 Nena20409
    November 11, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Au โญ for Vicki. Congrats.

  18. 39 Nena20409
    November 11, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Today, those numbers have changed:
    Dow closed at 17,618 plus today…..another record high so did S&P 500.
    UR is today at 5.8%
    White is at 4.4%
    Black is at 10.9%
    Latino is at 6.5%

    All off from record high in 2009.
    More folks are insured today.

  19. 40 carolyn
    November 11, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Speaking of “honoring the troops” one of my colleagues told me this morning that 400,000 veterans of the Iraq/Afghanistan wars are requesting and waiting for mental health care. And yet, the repubs talk, but will appropriate no money. I have no use for them, and frankly, am not impressed with this concert tonight…..a good deal of the audience, I know, are redneck, neverserved wannabes. I have no use for them. These people in the concert have NO idea what it is to serve.
    Talk, talk, and no action. I say this as the daughter of a veteran, the wife of a veteran and the mother of a veteran, who basically roll their eyes at these people.

  20. November 11, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    my dad is a vietnam combat vet, and an extreme obama-bot (i send him links from here quite often). we spoke on the phone and he pointed out there were around 180,000 troops in afghan/iraq when president obama took over, and now what is it, under 10,000 total?!? he was wishing president obama could’ve been president and been able to do something like that for the vietnam war. talk about TRULY supporting the troops! he tries not to get cynical with concerts like this one tonight or when people say “thanks for your service” if they find out he was in vietnam, since he feels the best way to really support our military is to vote for democrats because they increase service member benefits and keep out of unnecessary “wars” for the most part. so proud of him!

    • 43 jacquelineoboomer
      November 11, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      Tell your dad I love him!

      • November 11, 2014 at 8:30 pm

        ha! i will! he had a rough upbringing and then had all that happen, yet came back and held it together, and ended up being a good father to my siblings and i. he’s getting more radically liberal with age, yet still pragmatic too, so that’s been really nice for all of us.

    • 46 Betsy
      November 11, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      That’s great to hear about your dad. My daughter (22) says that she hasn’t met one soldier, and she has met several both in AZ and in CA, that likes or appreciates PBO. They have all been Republicans (and these are mostly younger soldiers). I know her experience is not an accurate sample of what’s out there, but I have also heard the same thing from the wife of a Coast guard officer, who was my aide in my classroom for 5 years. She told me all her friends and fellow military people hated Obama, though she didn’t hate him, she didn’t vote for him in either 2008 or 2012. I really am uplifted when someone like your dad gets it right.

      • 47 carolyn
        November 11, 2014 at 9:33 pm

        This dislike is partly because FOX is played on bases…..they are poisoned against their own leader. They should read the message from the veteran on the previous thread about NEVER voting for a Republican. That is the best I’ve seen.

  21. November 11, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Stunning. Breathtaking! This is all about hope for this world.

  22. November 11, 2014 at 8:05 pm

  23. November 11, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Happening now? Any press coverage?

    8:00 pm The President participates in a State Arrival Welcome Ceremony
    Local Event Time: 9:00AM CST
    Great Hall of the People โ€“ Beijing
    Open Press

    • November 11, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      And then later:

      10:40 pm The President delivers statements with President Xi Jinping of China
      Local Event Time: 11:40AM CST
      Great Hall of the People โ€“ Beijing
      Open to pre-credentialed media

    • 53 hopefruit2
      November 11, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      I’m not aware of any media coverage, but I will search online if I can.

      P.S. The “press” is only interested in PBO’s gum chewing a la CNN….

  24. 54 Nena20409
    November 11, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    So Only US is invited to this Summit/Economic Asia Gathering?
    I had a heated argument in Aug of 2008 with a Russian……he argued that Russia is European. I said….Hell No. Russia is in Asia, as such, they were not Europeans…….Geographically speaking.

    I wish I had this summit in mind to complete my argument.

    • 55 arapaho415
      November 11, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      APEC = Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum

      Russia has an enormous Pacific coastline.

      In school I was taught that the Ural Mountains were the dividing line between Europe and Asia, so western Russia is part of Europe while the vast majority of their land (i.e., Siberia) is part of Asia.

    • 56 theo67
      November 11, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      Well, the Chinese Mongols lived in Russia, and they were of Asian descent – so, your friend’s argument would have failed right there.

  25. November 11, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Lots of updates, via RTs, in the sidebar ….


  26. November 11, 2014 at 8:11 pm

  27. November 11, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    There were a couple of other groups I will look into that are also working for positive change. OFA definitely supports President Obama and I want to stand with them and so happy to do so!

  28. 66 MadameSoph
    November 11, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Can’t watch Carrie Underwood. Will someone give me a heads up when she’s gone? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 67 dotster3
      November 11, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      Not the hugest fan, but I think if truth be known, she is very liberal. I know she reads what they write for her at the CMA’s —-but so does Brad Paisley who is done a lot of WH events. But she’s vegan, huge animal rights activist, spoke out in support of gay marriage, said she would only attend a church that does the same, interned with an Ok. Dem state rep.—-she found one in OK!, supports Habitat for Humanity and a lot of other causes on the left side of the spectrum.

      • 68 arapaho415
        November 11, 2014 at 8:47 pm

        Thanks dotster.

        I’m a country music fan, but country music mixed with pop turns me off (not a pop music fan).

        Only have the internet to tell me what’s popular now, since the only country music radio station in the Los Angeles market switched formats eons ago.

      • 69 hopefruit2
        November 11, 2014 at 8:57 pm

        Carrie Underwood is a Registered Republican.

      • 73 MadameSoph
        November 11, 2014 at 9:37 pm

        On the Early Bird Chat this morning, Hopefruit and others mentioned that she was disrespecting PBO recently. I had heard the same from a musician friend awhile ago. Here’s Hopefruit’s comment from this a.m.:

        “Carrie Underwood is one of the singers at the concert to honor Veterans, but just a few days ago last week, she was trashing our Commander-in-Chief at her CMA show. And she trashed the ACA that same show year before.

        You donโ€™t trash the Commander-In-Chief and his beneficial policies in one breath and claim to honor the military/Veterans in another. #FAIL”

        • 74 MadameSoph
          November 11, 2014 at 9:39 pm

          p.s I know a few R’s that support marriage equality, shop at Whole Foods, etc. but somehow still support the Republican party and hate PBO. Maybe Carrie Underwood is one of those. SMH…

  29. 75 jacquelineoboomer
    November 11, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    I love to see
    President Barack Obama,
    Who grew up among us,
    Travel to foreign shores
    To represent our country.
    He does not go looking
    How to do harm or
    How to get back at
    Or simplistically to find out
    Who’s “against” us.
    He goes in peace
    With a full inventory of
    Innovative ideas
    About how we can all
    Work together
    For a more productive world.
    Isn’t it something we all want
    I remember thinking as a child
    I remember praying as a child
    That everybody in the world
    Could work together
    In the pursuit of happiness.
    Isn’t that what America
    Is supposed to be all about?
    Not colonialism
    Not hatred
    Not putting up walls
    Not forgetting to lend a hand.
    If you’re poor, we’ll teach you to fish
    If you’re sick, we’ll bring our medicine man
    If you’re oppressed, we’ll help to
    Bring your children back down from
    The mountain.
    I love to see
    President Barack Obama,
    Who grew up among us,
    Travel to foreign shores.
    Lands that never
    Seem as “foreign” to us
    (Do they?)
    When he shines his light on them.
    That’s how to represent
    America the Beautiful
    And leave the “Ugly American”
    To other times
    To lesser people
    To someone else’s storybook.

  30. November 11, 2014 at 8:23 pm

  31. 95 forus50
    November 11, 2014 at 8:24 pm


    • 98 arapaho415
      November 11, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      Not usually a fan of short jokes (since I’m vertically challenged myself, don’t understand why it’s OK to ridicule people for their height, which they have no control over), but PBO’s expression is priceless.

      MSM who jump on the bandwagon and claim PBO is “aloof,” or inscrutable haven’t taken the time to look at some of his expressions.

      For instance, that one of Berlusconi and Michelle — or that one of Dominque Strauss-Kahn and Michelle, etc.

  32. 99 jacquelineoboomer
    November 11, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Love President Obama. Love John Kerry. Love Susan Rice.

    I love to see them out and about, together!

  33. 100 Nena20409
    November 11, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    I remember taking a picture like this in 1981…..in a London Hotel.


  34. 103 arapaho415
    November 11, 2014 at 8:40 pm

  35. 105 hopefruit2
    November 11, 2014 at 8:41 pm

  36. November 11, 2014 at 8:48 pm

  37. 110 Nena20409
    November 11, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Thoroughly enjoyed the Presser by Josh “The Voice” Earnest, Ben Rhodes and Co. Thanks gain NW for this post.

  38. November 11, 2014 at 8:51 pm

  39. November 11, 2014 at 8:53 pm

  40. 123 dotster3
    November 11, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    FLOTUS doing a segment now at the concert—–lots of moving stories interspersed throughout——personal stories of valor of our troops.

    • 124 MadameSoph
      November 11, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      The veteran’s story that FLOTUS introduced was amazing and incredibly moving! His name was Cedric, but I didn’t catch his last name. Been Googling trying to find it.

  41. November 11, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    • 126 MadameSoph
      November 11, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      Chips, Left this for you on a previous thread. It’s a hilarious and spot-on comedy piece by Merrill Markoe, featuring her dog. Hope you can check it out when you get a chance (10 min). I know this will remind you of Danny. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • November 11, 2014 at 9:11 pm

        Flippin’ hilarious Madame Soph, my rascal was doing exactly the same to me today while I was trying to work, dropping his shredded football on my laptop in a rather impatient way ๐Ÿ™‚ Tooooo funny!!

        • 128 MadameSoph
          November 11, 2014 at 9:20 pm

          My girl kitty does the same! She loves the half-chewed, torn-up toys the best and brings them to me as gifts sometimes. She also plays fetch!

          I loved when the dog is thinking about how the rubber thingy had the advantages of a “dead thing” without the drawbacks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. 129 dotster3
    November 11, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Vlad’s got some probs back home—–poisoned polluted atmosphere and this….

  43. 135 dotster3
    November 11, 2014 at 9:12 pm

  44. 136 Nena20409
    November 11, 2014 at 9:15 pm


  45. 137 dotster3
    November 11, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    PBO and Oprah doing another moving segment—-re. Medal of Honor recipient

    And Bruuuuuce…..

  46. 138 jacquelineoboomer
    November 11, 2014 at 9:29 pm


  47. 139 dotster3
    November 11, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Rihanna is truly beautiful—maybe the “mostest” of all….

  48. 141 Vicki
    November 11, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    I tuned in to catch FLOTUS who was resplendent in a red dress and inspiring and then Bruce.

    Bruce did 3 of his biggest eighties hits as dirges. “Born in the USA” sounded like a eulogy for a country that has truly lost its way.
    His first selection was a sad muted “Promised Land” and his finale of “Dancing in the Dark” was the most mournful I’ve heard him do it.
    Bruce can be counted on to accurately catch the zeitgeist.
    No “Land of Hope and dreams” tonight. The Good guys lost last week. No pretending rah-rah can fix that.

  49. 143 carolyn
    November 11, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Have our stupid press not yet figured out that PBO is the ONE person everyone is interested in…..that everyone wants to stand by him…that he is the center of every conversation…….that their obsession with him shows that he is the most important person in the world, even as they try to diminish him…..which of course they can’t: they only diminish themselves. And that Putin looks like a total nonentity next to him????

    His policies are working……Russia is feeling the pain, ISIL is being degraded, and no longer the awful threat……the stupidity boggles the mind!

  50. November 11, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I’m seeing on twitter Senate won’t take up Loretta Lynch confirmation in the lame duck session? Is this true?
    WTH, Senator Reid?

  51. 156 jacquelineoboomer
    November 11, 2014 at 9:43 pm

  52. November 11, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    This man never stops thinking of others.

  53. 159 dotster3
    November 11, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    OMG—mr. dote-ster just did the most hysterical Eminem imitation ever—kinda makin’ fun—–wish y’all could have seen it—–I fell off the couch in tears. He said what’s the big deal—-he could do that any day- —hop dance—f word, grab crotch, f word, grab crotch, hop dance etc. etc. etc. (we’re not fans)

  54. November 11, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Putin has a very creepy W Bush vibe:

  55. November 11, 2014 at 10:00 pm

  56. 166 JER
    November 11, 2014 at 10:14 pm

  57. November 11, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    New post soon-ish, Danny demanded his 157th walk of the day ….. shoulda got a hamster.

  58. November 11, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    I know this not high priority here, but the Oregon Ducks football team are now #2 in the playoff rankings. They win the next two plus Pac-12 final and they’re in the national playoffs. Totally doable for them.

    • November 11, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      My undergraduate and postgraduate alma mater. My freshman year -1966- they lost every game. Haha…

      • 171 MadameSoph
        November 11, 2014 at 11:55 pm

        Bill! My friend’s son started at Oregon this year. I haven’t missed a game! LOVE Marcus Mariota! And did you see that amazing 100 yard touchdown in the Utah game! I feel sorry for that kid that celebrated early and lost the ball, but I’m glad Oregon won! ๐Ÿ™‚

        I didn’t hear about the rankings…. Yay! (ex-cheerleader here ๐Ÿ™‚ )

        Indovina! La nostra amica qui a TOD Kasai anche parla l’italiano!

  59. 176 jacquelineoboomer
    November 11, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    My two cents: That “What’s happening?” thingie on Twitter is goofy looking. Giving me whiplash. I feel as though it’s an affront to a civil society. Ya know?

  60. 177 EricFive
    November 11, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    No two ways around it, propaganda won the day on Nov. 4. The constant negativity against PBO by the media would depress anyone who did not have an alternate source of info. Good news that could be attributed to the President was ignored or dismissed. The psychological effect this has on people cannot be denied, due to the fact that far too many people still look to the media for an unbiased reporting of “what is going on”. Hearing a news reader or pundit say something on television carries more weight than anything a politician says to the average American. The demise of the Fourth Estate could very well spell the end of our very imperfect experiment with democracy. Add to that the FACT that this is a profoundly racist country with a depressingly large segment of the population that can be manipulated into doing the 1%ers’ bidding merely by stoking racial fears and anxieties. The final, and perhaps fatal, blow has to be how difficult it is to maintain a political coalition party (Dems) in a country with as selfish and lazy a populace as the United States. I have no idea how this mess will play itself out. The South will never accept a Northern Democratic President (the last one was JFK and he was not popular in the South either). Perhaps if PBO were a Southern White man, his populist message would be able to get thru to the knuckle draggers. As it stands now, far too many on both the LEFT and Right only hear REPARATIONS when PBO speaks of how the rich are exploiting everyone else in this country. The MSM/GOP eagerly exploit this sad reality. PBO is the best President of my lifetime. The most honest, hard working, pragmatic and farsighted world leader of our time. This selfish, hateful, infantile and ungrateful country does not deserve a leader of PBO’s caliber.

  61. November 11, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    The New York Times โ€@nytimes ยท 1m1 minute ago
    Breaking News: U.S. and China Reach Climate Deal After Secret Negotiations

  62. 185 hopefruit2
    November 11, 2014 at 10:50 pm

  63. 187 hopefruit2
    November 11, 2014 at 10:52 pm


  64. 190 Nena20409
    November 11, 2014 at 10:59 pm

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