Day One in India

President Barack Obama watches as First Lady Michelle Obama dances with students during a Diwali candle lighting and performance at Holy Name High School in Mumbai, India, Nov. 7, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


All times Indian (10 hours and 30 minutes ahead of US ET)

Very approximately: 10:0 AM Sunday morning (11:30 PM ET, Saturday): President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in India


12:0 PM (1:30 AM ET): The President participates in an official arrival ceremony with President Mukherjee, New Delhi


12:40 PM (2:10 AM ET): Participates in a wreath laying ceremony and tree planting, Raj Ghat, New Delhi



1:30 PM (3:0 AM ET): Participates in a working lunch with Prime Minister Modi, Hyderabad House


2:45 PM (4:15 AM ET): Participates in a walk and talk with PM Modi, Hyderabad House


3:05 PM (4:35 AM ET): Participates in an expanded meeting with PM Modi, Hyderabad House


4:10 PM (5:40 AM ET): The President and PM Modi deliver statements


6:45 PM (8:15 AM ET): The President and First Lady meet with Embassy personnel and families, ITC Maurya Hotel, New Dehli


7:35 PM (9:05 AM ET): The President participates in a courtesy call with President Mukherjee


7:50 PM (9:20 AM ET): The President and First Lady attend the state dinner, Rashtrapati Bhavan


120 Responses to “Day One in India”

  1. January 24, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    No, it can’t be me but it CAN be COS! Congrats on First in the TOD Door!

    • 10 COS
      January 24, 2015 at 7:14 pm

      Thx friends. I just returned home and lo and behold Chip’s email popped up just as I sat down to my computer. 🙂

  2. 11 GGail
    January 24, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Chips, you’re building anticipation!

    • January 24, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      It’s always highly exciting when TOD goes on its global travels, GGail 🙂

      • 13 GGail
        January 24, 2015 at 7:17 pm

        And its because of you! all is from India and where’s he? Somewhere making money instead of giving us the inside look at everything 😃

        • 14 GGail
          January 24, 2015 at 7:18 pm

          Good lord this phone. I type amk and it changes the word to “all”

          • January 24, 2015 at 7:27 pm

            That’s because he’s an all ’round pest, GGail.

            • 16 amk for obama
              January 24, 2015 at 11:25 pm

              I heard that. Missed the connecting flight at Doha. (All your fault). Now being routed through Dubai with a 6 hour delay.

              It was your curse. You owe a million bucks.

          • 17 MightyPamela
            January 24, 2015 at 8:06 pm

            Apple knows amk is not a fan…. no predictive text for hisself…

            • 18 GGail
              January 24, 2015 at 8:24 pm


              MP, how’s your baby? Did the shot help her?

              • 19 MightyPamela
                January 24, 2015 at 9:01 pm

                Well, in what seemed an unusual recovery, she was really perky after we came home, prolly just so relieved to be here! The evening was peaceful and quiet, a good night overall, but this morning, all hell broke loose around 7:15, took me hours to get everything cleaned up, and she was just exhausted (moi aussi) for the rest of the day. I trust she will improve a bit each day, at least that it how the two previous injections showed a positive effect. Thank you for asking, GG. _^..^_

  3. 22 forus50
    January 24, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    This is so disgusting.

  4. January 24, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Chips, this photo: I am so moved. The exquisitely beautiful glowing FLOTUS’s smile at the little girl, Might POTUS’s loving gaze on his beloved wife; and the little girl’s adoring admiring expression as she looks at our First Lady. Powerful and precious and good. How did we get so blessed. TWICE!

  5. 27 Dudette
    January 24, 2015 at 7:11 pm

  6. January 24, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Dude just stepped in it ….

  7. 48 susanne
    January 24, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    sorry to be chiming in with disgusting news, but this example of why everybody needs to vote is too powerful to let go by.

    ‘ Senate Republicans revealed this week that they have eliminated the phrase “civil rights and human rights” from the title of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee charged with overseeing those issues. ‘


  8. 51 JER
    January 24, 2015 at 7:48 pm

  9. 52 JER
    January 24, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    • 53 Nena20409
      January 24, 2015 at 8:38 pm

      Sterling of Clippers said it last year and the US Media ignored it. Racism in Israel against people of color is rampant.
      Netanayhu is No different. He was born in USA, Indiana or so. Clinton wanted Real Peace and Netanyahu didn’t, Bibi worked his magic and his party was elected to guarantee the death of Peace and Netanyahu became PM. Same thing happened 4 yrs ago. Netanyahu has been playing these games for in the Senate, at least, 13 members are of the Jewish faith and Dems have traditionally be more Favorable to Israel since Truman than the Johnny come lately, the TBGOPers.

  10. January 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    I was able to take a nap so that I can stay up a bit for our President’s arrival and at least some of the welcoming ceremony. 🙂

  11. January 24, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Safety to our Air Force One.

  12. January 24, 2015 at 8:24 pm

  13. 62 desertflower
    January 24, 2015 at 8:34 pm


    Progressives cannot allow Barack Obama’s legacy to be relentlessly trashed the way Carter’s legacy was. Quite frankly, we need a Barack Obama Legacy Project, one that will recognize, today, tomorrow and forever, his true significance to America and the world.

    With two years remaining in his term, a compelling case can be made that Barack Obama is one of the greatest presidents of all-time. Look at the track record: an economy resurrected, Osama bin Laden brought to ultimate justice, the Iraq War ended, millions of Americans finally accessing health care, dramatic advances in equal treatment for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans, two brilliant Supreme Court appointees, sweeping economic reform, and an energy policy that, while imperfect, nevertheless takes the climate crisis seriously.

    He accomplished all of this despite raw hatred from “birthers” and Tea Partiers who went to bed every night dreaming of seeing Obama’s black body swinging from a tree—as well as that of his father, for being uppity enough to marry a white woman. He accomplished this despite hyper-partisan media entities that smeared him as a Marxist from Mombasa. He accomplished this despite being unfairly blamed for the dementia and depravity of a right-wing Congress.

    Then he gets a little wiggy…( veto of XL pipeline that hasn’t landed on his desk as far as I know!) All in all though…pretty much what we’ve all been saying and preaching for YEARS!

  14. January 24, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Most hospitals in the U.S. are charitable organizations. They don’t pay taxes because they are supposed to be a key part of the safety net for the nation’s poor patients. In theory, patients who aren’t covered by Medicaid and can’t afford insurance — or who are underinsured and can’t afford their out-of-pocket costs — can receive necessary care from a nonprofit hospital without facing financial ruin. Each hospital is required to offer services to lower-income patients at a reduced cost and to have a financial assistance policy that states who qualifies for aid, known as “charity care.”

    But while hospitals are required to have this policy, there have been very few rules on how they publicize it or how they treat patients who qualify. That’s where the new rules, which go into effect in 2016, will make the biggest difference. The rules were required as part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

  15. 72 Nena20409
    January 24, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Au ⭐ to COS, congrats.
    Rafa Nadal won on 1-23-15 in 3 sets…..Knock on wood and Keeping my fingers crossed for the 28 yrs old Chap.
    Both Williams Ladies advanced. Venus for the 1st time in 4 yrs making it to the 4th Round. Congratulations to all 3.

  16. 73 desertflower
    January 24, 2015 at 8:46 pm


    When you DON’T BELIEVE IN SCIENCE, this happens!

    Rep. Steve King: Americans ‘Come From Every Possible Planet’

    For the love of God.

  17. 81 jacquelineoboomer
    January 24, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    I don’t know what SICK SICK LEAVE is, but I think I’m in favor of it.

  18. 82 forus50
    January 24, 2015 at 9:03 pm

  19. 83 idon
    January 24, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    I tweeted the article re Kannie steve king’s science theories. Geez how stupid are people to vote for this crazy?

  20. 86 forus50
    January 24, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    I’ve enjoyed practicing minimalism for about 10 years and it has truly been life changing in a very good way! I really do have so much more time to do the things I want to do versus always cleaning or replacing “time saving” devices, kitchen appliances, clothes, etc. I keep finding ways that I need less though, it’s rather interesting…

  21. January 24, 2015 at 9:27 pm

  22. January 24, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Where is the vc? 🙂

  23. 95 JER
    January 24, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Delhi gears up to welcome Obama. Defence personnel ride their bikes during a security drill at Rajpath, New Delhi. (Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

  24. 96 MightyPamela
    January 24, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    A friend of my daughters’: http://www.developingamerica.org/

    • 97 jackiegrumbacher
      January 24, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      What a terrific idea, MP. Milliennials who expand their vision of the world through travel make for more enlightened citizens and better leaders. They’re the hope for a future out of the narrow-minded, divisive mindset that has gripped this country.

  25. 98 JER
    January 24, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Current weather in New Delhi, India | 48ºF | Fog

  26. 101 jackiegrumbacher
    January 24, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    What a relief to come here and get such a dense roundup of information after fighting a day long battle with a computer virus. I’m still not sure we won, but at least I’m not having to reboot every hour and I’m managing to get through a page without the keyboard freezing up. Then WP insisted that TOD was not a recognized site and I had to go through a lot of mystifying rejiggering to get here. Computers are great when everything works and nightmares when they don’t.

  27. January 24, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Here is an English live stream of President Obama’s arrival/coverage:


  28. January 24, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    • January 24, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      Very Important read….

      from the article…
      Legacy media isn’t mocking us because we aren’t a legitimate source of information; they’re mocking us because they’re terrified. Their legitimacy came from the fact that they have access to distribution channels and that they get to be in the White House press pool because of some long-ago established procedures that assumed they would use that power in the public interest. In reality, those things are becoming less and less important and less and less true. Distribution is free to anyone with a cell phone and the legitimacy of cable news sounds to me like an oxymoron. The median-aged CNN viewer is 60. For Fox, it’s 68.

      View at Medium.com

  29. 106 JER
    January 24, 2015 at 10:19 pm


  30. January 24, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Oooo, they just showed some examples of the beautiful fabrics made for Mrs. O.

    • 110 carolyn
      January 24, 2015 at 10:29 pm

      Oh, I’ll be excited to see those fabrics, hint, hint, for people who know how to bring pictures here! India makes absolutely beautiful fabrics. A number of Indian women here wear saris and they are just gobsmackingly beautiful, and I see only their every day ones. The ones they wear for weddings are unbelievably wondrous.

  31. 112 JER
    January 24, 2015 at 10:29 pm

  32. 114 forus50
    January 24, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    I just watched these two PBS documentaries on Syria. OMG, so horrendous. But the filming is so courageous – it’s a must see. Both are good but if you only have time for one of them “The Children of Aleppo” might be the better one.


  33. 115 forus50
    January 24, 2015 at 10:39 pm

  34. 116 jacquelineoboomer
    January 24, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    More insanity, elsewhere:

  35. January 24, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Sounds like security will be blocking any visual of the motorcade exit from the airport.

    • 118 idon
      January 24, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      yep. and they 50,000 personnel will be invovled in President Obama’s security. It appears to be EXTREMELY tight. I am so thankful because I cannot live without my beloved PBO.

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