The Week Ahead



The President will attend meetings at the White House.



The President will host Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the White House.

In the evening, the President and First Lady will invite music legends and top contemporary artists to the White House as part of its “In Performance at the White House” series. The event will pay tribute to the fundamental role gospel music has played in the American musical tradition.

The program will include performances by Bishop Rance Allen, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Aretha Franklin, Rodney Crowell, Rhiannon Giddens, Emmylou Harris, Darlene Love, Lyle Lovett, Tamela Mann, the Morgan State University Choir, and Michelle Williams — with T Bone Burnett as executive music director and Billy Maxwell as music director.

The President’s remarks will be pooled press and the entire event will be streamed live at WhiteHouse.gov at 7:0 PM (ET).

“The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House” will be broadcast Friday, June 26, 2015 at 9:0 PM ET on PBS stations nationwide. The program will also be simulcast on TV One.



The President attends meetings at the White House.



The President will welcome the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House in celebration of the eighth annual Soldier Ride.



The President will host Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the White House.



145 Responses to “The Week Ahead”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    April 12, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    🙂 🙂

  2. 13 desertflower
    April 12, 2015 at 2:18 pm


    While most of Hillary Clinton’s speaking fees and speech texts are private – we will soon get a peek in the fees themselves thanks to presidential personal financial disclosure requirements – there have been various reports and leaks of both her comments and speaking fees. For example, the Silicon Valley firm Nexenta posted video of her address to their forum, where she jokes that she’s “not an expert on software-designed storage,” a sort of admission that she is being paid more for access than expertise. These lectures a picture of a candidate who spent the past two years getting richer by telling corporations exactly what they want to hear, a troubling foreshadowing of her possible ascent to the White House.

    The biggest problem for me is…after having President Obama for 8 incredible years, I just don’t want to have to “settle” for one being a tad better than the other one. I just don’t want to settle for the “lesser of two evils”… I want incredible and a forward thinker…someone with empathy for everyone and everything on this earth. THAT’S my problem with this entire 2016 election mess. I fear I will have to settle.

    • 14 smoothscotch
      April 12, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      Yep. There’s no replacing PBO. What do you think her chances are?

    • 16 Betsy
      April 12, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      I hear you and I feel the same way but I don’t see anybody matching up to President Obama. I wish he could serve a 3rd term, but I’m sure he is tired of the crap he’s had to go through. My biggest worry about Hillary is that she buys into the idea that she needs to court white people instead of everyone like PBO did. Sigh.

  3. April 12, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Best news today. I love those White house concerts. Watch them all the time in my downtime. Miss Aretha is back. Congrats vc.

    • 18 vcprezofan2
      April 12, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      TY, A-b. I do love those concerts too and can’t wait to see what they do with this one about religious history.
      Did you notice that I got some feedback from my UWI friend re PBO’s town hall?

  4. 25 jacquelineoboomer
    April 12, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Cannot wait for this Gospel music concert!

  5. 26 FoxfireTX
    April 12, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Looks like Katie and her baby girl are getting some time outdoors! Empty pen with door open.


  6. 27 vcprezofan2
    April 12, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Ciao = meal and laptop break.

  7. April 12, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Hi, everyone;

    So, I’ve been feeling much better lately. My doctors increased the dosage of my pain pills, prescribed a new pill and it’s been working. I wake up in much less pain, my fingers don’t hurt and my knee pain is almost gone. Felt so good yesterday that I went shopping with my mom for four hours. I had a cart to rest and to support me while I walked. Bought tons of groceries and more from Target. I unpacked it by myself.

    And boy did I pay for it. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Woke up with sore arms but they are better. Gotta take it easy next time. Lol!!

  8. April 12, 2015 at 3:08 pm

  9. April 12, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    #1 Twitter trend

    #WhyImNotVotingForHillary …. and it’s ugly, so spare yourself ….

    • April 12, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      She borrowed the President’s hash tag…

      #HillaryForAmerica….all i can do is smile and shake my head

    • 46 desertflower
      April 12, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      Nah. I’ll pass. Beautiful Sunday afternoon..planted some plants this morning with Sadie happy to help me….getting ready to go help my kiddos with their learning….don’t want to see what the haters have to say today….

      April 12, 2015 at 8:07 pm


  10. April 12, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    You’re on a roll, {{{{{Chips}}}}}

    😀 😀



  11. 51 desertflower
    April 12, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Then there’s this. Can’t forget about the Supremes that need to GTFO!

  12. April 12, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    This is her announcement video…..

    • 54 hopefruit2
      April 12, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      As Chips noted, not one reference to PBO or any of his accomplishments in the last 6 years. And he’s been a highly successful DEM President…

      • April 12, 2015 at 3:34 pm

        that is correct…..and Omission that speaks very loudly to us all….she wants to be our Champion as if The President has not been our Champion…trying to maintain my composure…because if VP Biden or Gov O’Malley do not run…it will be a long primary….

      • 56 Nena20409
        April 12, 2015 at 3:35 pm

        But her 1st video should be about her, the people and what she wants to accomplish……not Pres Obama or her husband.

        • 57 hopefruit2
          April 12, 2015 at 3:47 pm

          Fair enough. I will wait and see how her general campaign goes and what policies/positions she endorses. And I would prefer a vigorous Dem primary with several additional VIABLE candidates. A coronation from the start is a sign of an unhealthy or non-existent democracy.

        • 59 Betsy
          April 12, 2015 at 4:12 pm

          I agree with you about this.

    • 60 debz
      April 12, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      Nice video, must be the former Obama people who made it.

    • 61 theo67
      April 12, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      What is sad for me is that she doesn’t mention even once that the people who are looking forward to their next adventures in life have a positive outlook due to the hard work of the Obama Administration, who have been champions for the American people for the past six years. She says she is going to be their champion, and that the stakes are still stacked for those at the top. If she doesn’t want to give credit to the gains under President Obama, then what exactly is her campaign message? Things are good now because of the hard-fought policies from President Obama. Democrats should be crediting him and calling for their next leaders to extend those gains. It’s like she’s conceding every lie the Republicans have spewed these past few years by not crediting President Obama – who is still working hard creating history. I’m already sick of it.

  13. 62 desertflower
    April 12, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    She better.

    • 64 Nena20409
      April 12, 2015 at 3:27 pm

      She can’t have that many Pres Obama’s former aides working for you and then Go Rogue on his Presidency. 2010 and 2014 have proven that for Dems.

      • April 12, 2015 at 3:38 pm

        And don’t believe the media crapola about linking to Obama is fraught with risk.

        • 66 theo67
          April 12, 2015 at 5:22 pm

          If they think linking to President Obama is “fraught with risk”, then they are still peddling lies. President Obama’s tenure has been successful – and they’d be fools to try and pull the wool over people’s eyes about this. Are they saying that Americans are just that stupid to continue to fall for these lies?

          • 67 99ts
            April 12, 2015 at 6:28 pm

            They have been peddling lies since 2008 – apart from being caught on hot mics they NEVER called out Palin & they still give her media luv. All any any democrat has to be perfect to get the media response that GOPers get for opening their idiotic controlling minds. If the media reported reality there would not be any GOP Governors.

    • April 12, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      well although the headlines imply one thing..no where in the body of th article do i get the feel that she will praise the President agenda and build on it…

      now waiting to see who else will announce..

      • 69 theo67
        April 12, 2015 at 5:24 pm

        If she was planning to praise the President, she should have done that straight out the gate – especially since the President was forced to speak positively about her on the international stage yesterday at his press conference.

    • 70 nospin
      April 12, 2015 at 10:29 pm

      and this means what? The woman would embrace the whatever she believes would get her a vote. She has no moral compass and she stands for nothing.


  14. April 12, 2015 at 3:21 pm

  15. 75 Nena20409
    April 12, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Congrats VC on your Solid Au ⭐ 🙂
    Congrats HRC…… your announcement on 4-11-15 is duly noted by Nena 😉
    4 SCOTUS may need to be replaced…..that is all I need to know.

  16. 80 Nena20409
    April 12, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    It looks like Hilary Rosen has been Hit with a Ton of Twitter Bricks……her back strokes…..Hilarious 😉

  17. 93 smoothscotch
    April 12, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    what did she do? is she part of the HRC committee?

  18. April 12, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Over the last six years it has almost always been a good idea to bet on President Obama. He is not above making mistakes. But I think he’s clearly proven that his North Star is what is best for the American people. The old line about him being a sell-out to the corporate world has lost all it’s punch by now. So when it comes to this agreement, it is really about whether or not he and his staff can execute – not their motivations.

  19. 99 jacquelineoboomer
    April 12, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    That felt good. Should have done it back in November, but finally got around to it. Unsubscribed from the DNC mailing list. In the “why” block, I put: “Two words: Hillary Clinton.” Well, actually, I added “#RidinWithBiden” – of course! They want me/us to welcome Hillary to the race. Uh, no.

    • 100 jacquelineoboomer
      April 12, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      And right smack after the DNC e-mail about HRC, here comes the draftbiden.com folks, congratulating HRC, sharing the “draft Joe” petition, and asking for volunteers/support/donations for JOE BIDEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeehaw!

  20. 101 Nena20409
    April 12, 2015 at 4:14 pm

  21. 104 Nena20409
    April 12, 2015 at 4:15 pm

  22. 105 hopefruit2
    April 12, 2015 at 4:18 pm

  23. 107 Nerdy Wonka
    April 12, 2015 at 4:19 pm


    Yup. A lot of people still remember 08 and how her campaign began the birther BS.

    • April 12, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      She’s going to get a lot of the Black vote. Not like PBO but a whole lot.

      • 109 Nerdy Wonka
        April 12, 2015 at 4:54 pm

        Nobody is saying she won’t get the Black vote. People are saying we need a primary not a bloody coronation.

        • April 12, 2015 at 5:11 pm

          You’re right nobody is saying it because she’s going to get a whole lot of that vote. PBO like? No but more than any other white candidate before her imo.

          No we don’t want a coronation but if the other candidates don’t jump in then they in effect just gave Hillary a coronation. Now hopefully people like O’Malley have been planning to jump in it all along. It would be terrific to have a good primary fight but again that’s up to them.

          • 111 hopefruit2
            April 12, 2015 at 5:26 pm

            These foregone conclusions about HRC’s supposed “inevitability” are problematic in my opinion. I’m almost under the impression that her staunchest supporters are afraid of having a Dem primary – and that alone gives me pause. If they are certain that no other Dem can beat her, then why the attempt to discourage other candidates and suppress any modicum of healthy democratic process in a primary election?

            • April 12, 2015 at 5:55 pm

              No one should be discouraging a good healthy primary and if they are shame on them. I knew when she and PBO battled it out in 2008 the Democratic Party was going to reap the benefits and we did. Now imo nobody is going to discourage Biden, O’Malley or Patrick if they want in. But if they don’t then they bare the blame for handing Hillary the nomination without a fight. Clinton herself should no better. Between her and PBO they cleared a field of candidates in 2008 by fighting it out.

              My guess is Hillary wants a primary battle. She’s put together this team, seems to be engaged and wants to take it out on the highway for a spin. Having nothing to do until the middle of 2016 would not help her or the party in the least.

            • 113 nospin
              April 12, 2015 at 10:51 pm

              “I’m almost under the impression that her staunchest supporters are afraid of having a Dem primary”

              they are afraid hopefruit2. That is why they are bullying others out of the way. The woman doesn’t stand a chance unless they can buy the nomination for her.

      • 114 nospin
        April 12, 2015 at 10:49 pm

        “She’s going to get a lot of the Black vote.”

        no she won’t.

      • April 12, 2015 at 11:37 pm

        She is going to have to work for it. She is good at saying what you want to hear. But PBO has set the bar very high.
        Unless she is bringing about a change in the CJS (Criminal Justice System) .
        Billary is going to blow it for her.
        Why does he even wants to go back to the WH? Why does she want to take him back there?
        Why don’t they leave us alone?

    • 116 Betsy
      April 12, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      Is this photoshopped? LOL.

    • April 12, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      Running for president is an exhausting and stressful enterprise. I think it’s tough for someone to invest so much of themselves into a campaign when someone like Hillary has all the resources and networking of the eight years of Clinton presidency, a popular presidency. The pressures not to run seem to be the beginning advantage that Hillary has, in addition to the aspirations that many have for a woman president, much more so than some party bigwigs policing the situation.

      April 12, 2015 at 8:10 pm


    • 121 nospin
      April 12, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      say it again NW. Say it again.

  24. 122 Anna
    April 12, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    To LL and the future Mrs. LL, best wishes and congratulations. Beautiful ring.
    Regarding HRC announcing, the best part is the panic she is causing in the Repugs camp as they are busy trying to pull out their wadded up unddies. Personally when I see HRC with President Obama I see from her a respect, even tho she does not always speak it. I think she likes The Pres more than The Husband. Now come on Democrats, Gov. O’Malley and others, get in the ring, show us your stuff so we can make the right decision, Democrat that is.

  25. 123 hopefruit2
    April 12, 2015 at 4:42 pm

  26. 125 forus50
    April 12, 2015 at 5:02 pm


  27. April 12, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    I have already unsubscribed to more than 20 Dems & Dem Pacs today …

  28. 128 forus50
    April 12, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    I do like she cut out the beltway press on the announcement.

    Unfortunately with the weight given the early primaries, the nominee is going to be decided by just a few thousand of our friends in Iowa and New Hampshire. If for any reason O’Malley or Biden or someone else gets in and wins one of those then it’s Colorado and New York. By then it will be Hillary. So I think we can pretend that we are going to have a say in it but we aren’t unless we live in one of those 4 states.

    2008 was a total aberration with Barack Hussein Obama. In 2016 any other possible Dem candidates won’t be able to pull off Iowa, New Hampshire, Colorado and New York.

  29. 129 Nerdy Wonka
    April 12, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    My feelings boil down to this: I want a healthy Democratic primary. I’m not really excited for Hillary Clinton, but if it boils down to her and a GOP candidate? Then yeah, I want her to win.

    • 130 forus50
      April 12, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      I’m with ya Nerdy. Exactly how I feel. Now, I know FLOTUS says she wants nothing more to do with politics after 2016 but how killer would it be for her to be the VP? OMG, the landslide in the general would be MASSIVE.

    • 132 Ladyhawke
      April 12, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      Pitch perfect. My sentiments exactly.

    • 133 Vicki
      April 12, 2015 at 5:51 pm

      This tweet represents my views 100%. Nothing to add or change. Perfect.

    • 134 Obama Grandmama
      April 12, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      I know what you mean. I thought that I could stay engaged after PBO made the race about us instead of himself, but it requires a candidate that inspires us and gives us reasons why we want them. I am afraid I will now go back to voting for the person I think will do the least damage to our country.

  30. 135 sherijr
    April 12, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    I’ve never seen this pic before… made kind of a lousy day a bit more sunny, thanks for posting it, Chips.

  31. 136 carolyn
    April 12, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    NW, you expressed my feelings exactly. My reaction was a big YAWN…….a totally anticlimactic announcement, as we knew all along. I plan to enjoy and treasure every second of the Obama presidency.

  32. April 12, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    When the nomination actually happens, I believe folks here will unite behind the Democratic candidate, whoever that will be, because it is so important that the GOP doesn’t win and that the great gains that have been made in during the Obama presidency are preserved. President Obama will also be urging us to support that candidate.

    • 138 forus50
      April 12, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      Yup, I would like to think we will all get behind whoever the nominee is; I know POTUS will! And as I posted above, imho, there’s almost no chance it won’t be Hillary and if some Dems are already “there” in their pragmatic view of the primary season then I’m not going to fault them for it.

      I have to say HRC must have more stamina than the average person. I’m a lot younger than HRC and it’s a big deal for me to go out to dinner a few times a week lol. I would never be able to be giving speeches and interviews and shaking hands for the next 1 1/2 years at all hours of the day and night NOW — let alone at age 67.

  33. 140 Nena20409
    April 12, 2015 at 5:41 pm

  34. 141 Nena20409
    April 12, 2015 at 5:42 pm

  35. 143 Nena20409
    April 12, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    April 12, 2015 at 8:11 pm


  37. 145 globalcitizenlinda
    April 12, 2015 at 9:49 pm


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