The Week Ahead

On This Day: President Obama visits with pre-kindergarden students at Moravia Park Elementary School, May 17, 2013



The President will travel to Camden, New Jersey to visit with local law enforcement and meet with young people in the Camden community. The President will hear directly about the efforts of the Camden County Police Department to build trust between their Department and the community they serve.



The President will attend meetings at the White House.


On This Day: President Obama shakes hands with attendees of the University of Notre Dame’s 164th commencement, May 17, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)



The President will travel to New London, Connecticut to deliver the commencement address at the United States Coast Guard Academy.

While in Connecticut, the President will also attend a DNC event.



The President will hold a bilateral meeting with President Beji Caid Essebsi of Tunisia at the White House.

In the afternoon, the President will hold a Cabinet meeting.


On This Day: Anxious visitors wait to meet President Obama in Indianapolis, May 17, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)



The President will travel to Congregation Adas Israel, one of the largest congregations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, to deliver remarks in celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month, which recognizes the contributions of Jewish Americans to American society and culture.

In the afternoon, the President and the First Lady will host the Diplomatic Corps Reception for the foreign diplomatic corps at the White House.


President Obama visits a pre-kindergarten classroom at Moravia Elementary School in Baltimore, Md., May 17, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)


2:0 EDT: Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks to the Graduating Yale College Class of 2015

126 Responses to “The Week Ahead”

  1. May 17, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Howdy and Good Morning! 🌞

    • May 17, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Moooooooorning Carol, morning/afternoon everyone!

    • 5 GGail
      May 17, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      GM CarolMae & Congrats!

    • 7 desertflower
      May 17, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      Morning,CarolMae! Whole bunch of great toons here:)


    • 15 arapaho415
      May 17, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      GM/GA CarolMae, good to see you at #1, looks like you’ve got the old mojo working again!

      Just finished some jalapeno-cheese bread French toast with your (non-virtual) BD gift. Was scrumptious, thanks so much.

      Not the greatest photo (been kinda wet and cloudy here recently — yay!), but this is the first (and only) succulent container I’ve potted that comes close to looking like the ones on display and in magazines…

      • 16 desertflower
        May 17, 2015 at 2:32 pm

        You planted this?? Looks GREAT!!

        • 17 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          May 17, 2015 at 2:36 pm


        • 18 arapaho415
          May 17, 2015 at 2:48 pm

          DF, I could stand up at a “succulents anonymous” meeting and say, “I’m arapho, and I’m addicted to succulents,” LOL.

          I started patio gardening only last summer, and started with plants that have since died 😦 , which is quite disheartening (like a gardenia I babied, did everything the Internet said, spent lots of money on fertilizers/minerals/etc., and it lived only a couple of months).

          Most of the succulents are in 2.5-inch containers which cost between $2-$2.50 each, and am amazed at their wide-spectrum of colors and the fact that their plump leaves look like flowers themselves.

          Right now I’m enamored with the yellow/orange hues:

          • 19 desertflower
            May 17, 2015 at 3:31 pm

            Succulents are the ONLY thing that I CAN grow here:) Cactus, too…everything else ends up dead and crunchy. I gave up a long time ago:) These are lovely, arapaho…stick with these:)

      • May 17, 2015 at 3:24 pm

        Your arrangement looks great. You should be very proud Arapaho! It will fill out and look even better. Then you MUST take another photo on sunny day and share again. I’m now hooked on these too but will have to depend on mail order catalogs.

  2. 21 jacquelineoboomer
    May 17, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Noticed the President is visiting Adas Israel Congregation in D.C., on Friday. Found the link to this article on their website, written by their senior rabbi:

    [Rabbi Gil Steinlauf is senior rabbi at Adas Israel Congregation, the oldest and largest conservative synagogue in Washington, DC. He is the first openly gay senior rabbi in the institution’s 150-year history, and speaks publicly on matters of Israel, LGBT Justice, and Jewish Spirituality throughout the Nation’s Capital and the world.]


    And it appears our current President’s name will be added to this impressive list (from their website):

    “A World of Values

    “Because of our location in the heart of the nation’s capital, our pulpit has long encouraged the expression of a wide range of viewpoints. Adas Israel was the first synagogue in the United States to be addressed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Dalai Lama. Other distinguished speakers have included Israeli Prime Ministers Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Presidents Nixon and Ford, Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Vice Presidents Hubert Humphrey and Albert Gore.”

  3. 24 JER
    May 17, 2015 at 1:21 pm

  4. 26 Nena20409
    May 17, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Yeah, CarolMae has the Au ⭐ so too, Au ⭐ for Lady Chips.
    I watched Macbeth last night with Olsen Wells……Tedious movie…..loved the Play 😉
    I was too slow……and a New Post was launched. Thanks Chips 🙂

  5. May 17, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    So. I slept 14 hours. I feel like a golden god.

    Morning/afternoon/evening Obots!

  6. May 17, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Wishing on my Star that VP Joe Biden would run for President.

  7. May 17, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Back to the tedious job of deleting photos. Did other Apple Mac or iPad users get duplicates of all their photos on both their Mac and iPad after last update weeks ago? Well lucky me, I did!

    • May 17, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      Yikes! I haven’t updated yet Carol – afraid to now!

      • May 17, 2015 at 2:01 pm

        Yes, there was no warning. Changed from iPhoto to Photo on Mac and of course I share iCloud with my iPad. I wonder if it does anything to iPhone. I don’t have a “Smart” phone. But I’m admiring the new, cool, slightly curved one. Computers are too advanced for me. My Terrain is a computer on four wheels, our new Smart TV needs steady hands for the laser pointer and too many remotes. We went from a tube to a 65 in. Samsung. I’m not really complaining. 😉 But I get frazzled.

  8. 39 debz
    May 17, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    This is important because it’s the same tactic the “keyboard liberals” used to get rid of Blanche Lincoln in 2010.

    Remember they even got Trumka and the unions out there to attack Lincoln and praise a more conservative blue dog who didn’t have a prayer of winning. Just read all of the comments anywhere on TPP or Queen Elizabeth and they are all attacking the twice elected dem President. There are not that many people in this country who even know who Elizabeth Warren is, much less care about some trade deal. They will use this same tactic to turn dems away from Hillary. If Biden doesn’t get in the race, Hillary is the best chance of winning the election.

    • May 17, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      this is an awesome article….something to take to heart…and to play the long game as POTUS continues to play…

      in light of this article intend tonot retweet any negativity re: Hillary Clinton..to not take it personal…there are all kinds of forces using twitter for their game….i do not wish to be a pawn in the game

  9. May 17, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Congrats CarolMae 🙂

    Thank you Chips for the update on #PBO’s schedule ….

    Captured Russian Special Forces soldiers in Ukraine …..

    Being RT’d by US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoff Pyatt

    Lots of other updates in the sidebar ….

    bbl …

  10. May 17, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    What is her name, Nia-Malika Henderson, she was on CNN talking about if the First Lady club, she said the Democrats were wondering if Mrs. Michelle Obama were going to endorse Hillary and if she would be out there campaigning for Hillary. She goes on to say that we know that Mrs. Obama is not that crazy about campaigning but there is a lady who used to work for Mrs. Obama who is now working for Hillary and this lady might be able to convince Mrs. Obama to campaign for Hillary. We shall see.

    • 44 0388jojothecat
      May 17, 2015 at 2:43 pm

      Mrs. Obama will not waste her time with people running away from her husband’s stellar record of healthcare, saving the auto industry, etc. If Hillary is the “anti-Obama” I won’t lift a finger or give a dime to her campaign…I will vote because the alternative is too scary.

        May 17, 2015 at 2:47 pm


    • 47 Don
      May 17, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      Why does Hillary need Michelle to campaign for her, I thought Hillary found her voice some months ago? Or better yet, Hills can ask Senator Warren to campaign for her, I’m sure Warren can energize the Democratic base with all of her speechifying about putting a pony in every barn and free wifi.

    • May 17, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      She’ll do it. It won’t consume her time,but she will.

      • May 17, 2015 at 3:03 pm

        2016, I’m not sure if Mrs. Obama will do so. It depends on alot of things. But we will see.

        • 52 Don
          May 17, 2015 at 3:08 pm

          I know one thing, you can’t disrespect President Obama and then expect his base to go out and vote for you.

          • 53 elo4obama/biden
            May 17, 2015 at 7:10 pm

            Let alone his frickin WIFE to campaign for you. Get real people! Why is the President not on her campaign for me list? He’s an adult, and can handle a little disagreement here and there over policy.
            But if your plan is to disavow his whole presidency, and malign his record and character, uhh no! We will see how far Hilary, and any other serious dem who wants to be president goes.

    • 54 sjterrid
      May 17, 2015 at 5:34 pm

      IMO, Michelle will wait to see if VP Biden decides to run, because of all the work she and Jill Biden have been doing together for our troops and their families that’s who she will be supporting. I bet she would campaign for them.

    May 17, 2015 at 2:44 pm


  12. 61 JER
    May 17, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    VP Biden has arrived.

  13. 62 Jeff
    May 17, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Seeing past my pale reflection on a moonlit night

    Dying by the flames of ambition

    The wild calls to my soul and damns me in spirit

    Two moons above, one as red as a blood filled river and the other as white as majestic grace

    Within tears of pained bliss for all my troubles as I march through the glades of morning

  14. May 17, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Pope Francis continues to wage peace ….

    And, very important essay on Jerusalem + interview on the ‘diplomatic tsunami’ on its way to Bibi …

    • May 17, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      BTW, Ms Prusher’s commentary is only 5:40 and is definitely worth the listen …. once a moderator liberates the comment 🙂

      bbl ….

    • May 17, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      Forgot to post this ….

      “Among the visionaries for a different kind of Jerusalem Day is Tamar Elad-Appelbaum, the founder of a community called Zion – An Eretz Yisraeli Community. A native-born Israeli ordained in the Conservative movement, she founded Zion two years ago as a community that would integrate Ashkenazi, Sephardi and modern Israeli traditions into one egalitarian prayer community. Among her outreach projects is “Bridging Faiths in the Public Sphere,” and to that end, last year, she brought together Jews, Muslims and Christians to do an unprecedented joint prayer on Jerusalem Day. Seven hundred people showed up. This year it will be held on Sunday night at the First Station in Jerusalem, where “believers” of different faiths will gather beneath a star-studded sky to recite prayers for Jerusalem that derive from three religions. This project of Maaminim – Believers – will include prayers led by Elad-Appelbaum as well as Dr. Meir Buzaglo, Um Sami, Rabbi Hadassah Froman, Sheikh Ihab Balha, Ali Abu Awwad, Nir Amit, Brother Benny, Father Rafic and Sheikh Ibtisam Mahmid.

      Leaders of the Maaminim – Believers project. Pictured on the far right is Tamar Elad-Appelbaum. (Courtesy)

      “This is a new way of meeting that is transmitting a new message – that for now we skip over the ideology and deal with an area of faith,” Elad-Appelbaum. “There’s no doubt that it’s a sensitive day, but because of that sensitivity we see an inspiring new feeling in the air, we have a bigger dream, and to realize this dream, we need new connections, a new language. We need to ask that we’ll find the strength to reach our bigger dream of a holy city, a city of peace.”

      There’s an implicit message: the flag-waving that becomes a pretext for hooliganism and racism does not speak for all.”

    • May 17, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      I worry about what the President’s response might be…

  15. May 17, 2015 at 3:01 pm

  16. 70 JER
    May 17, 2015 at 3:14 pm

  17. 71 Nena20409
    May 17, 2015 at 3:29 pm

  18. 72 Nena20409
    May 17, 2015 at 3:34 pm


    Declared and Undeclared GOPers today is 18……… 🙂 🙄 🙂 🙄 I say…….Keep Running……there is No shortage of GOP $ugardaddy Billionaires with loads of $$$$ eager to back any old fool 😉

  19. 74 Nena20409
    May 17, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    This Loretta Sanchez has issues with Native Americans…….she did something awful many years ago….in either 2004 or 2006 election cycle……now here she goes again…..this time……running for the US Senate in CA to replace Senator Boxer in 2016.
    AG Kamala V. Harris is running for the same seat. Ms Harris is Biracial whose parents were: Mother, from India and Father from Jamaica. Ms Sanchez can now kiss that Senate seat goodbye. I never thought she had a chance.

  20. 77 Nena20409
    May 17, 2015 at 3:46 pm

  21. 78 Nena20409
    May 17, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Keep Talking, mister J.E.B.

    • 79 vcprezofan2
      May 17, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      I wish these Repubs would leave people’s sex lives alone. I found this↓ interesting and educational (dated January, 2015).

      • 80 Nena20409
        May 17, 2015 at 4:08 pm

        I believe that people who are overly and overtly obsessive about others sexuality, have serious issues. If what consenting adults are doing is bothersome to others, those with issues need help.
        Yes, societies set norms. But ‘injurious’ norms are Not good for any society.

        • 81 vcprezofan2
          May 17, 2015 at 4:14 pm

          ‘I believe that people who are overly and overtly obsessive about others sexuality, have serious issues.’

          Oh I agree, Nena. In fact, I’d be tempted to drop the word ‘others’ from your comment, and when I look at it, I cannot think of a Republican who is not obsessive about sex. Of course it’s not just repubs; I think similarly of christians, some of whom may not be republicans.

  22. 82 Nena20409
    May 17, 2015 at 3:52 pm

  23. 83 Nena20409
    May 17, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Unfortunately, the Iraqi Forces……fled again….. 😦

  24. 84 Nena20409
    May 17, 2015 at 3:58 pm

  25. 85 Nena20409
    May 17, 2015 at 4:01 pm

  26. 86 vcprezofan2
    May 17, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Here you go you folks who like to cast a weekly eye on Sec. Jewell’s domain. 😉

  27. 89 Nena20409
    May 17, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    It is that simple.
    Those who care about US, here is the answer……SCOTUS in 2016.

    • 90 Vicki
      May 17, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      Yes, Nena. It is simple. Dems would provide sane Supreme Court justices. GOP—more Scalitos and Thomases.
      Also simple is that any Dem is a better choice than a Repub. For thousands of economic and moral reasons.

      I don’t draw any comfort from these truths, however.
      Because it is also true that the GOP voters come out and vote no matter who their candidate is and Dems have not and most likely will not turn out for candidates they are lukewarm about.

      The NY Times piece that debz brought us here and Nena, I think it was, on a previous thread is pretty much what many of us at TOD have been saying for months. The GOP tactic of spreading cynicism and doubt works against Dem turnout. I expect it to grow louder and more vicious every day closer we get.

      HRC has her followers and they will vote.
      Then there are the Dem party faithful (us. all TOD) who will show up for Hillary.

      The vast disengaged mass of democratic voters will have an increasingly hard time, thanks to Republican disenfranchisement efforts together with a very wealthy dynastic elderly figure at our head.

      This is not an encouraging picture and we need to fix the picture not look for intellectual arguments to make.

      We need a candidate we can believe in (VPOTUS?) with a running mate that will expand our demographics. Julian Castro comes to mind.

      The US media has entirely ignored VP Joe Biden which tells me that he can WIN!!!

      • May 17, 2015 at 5:35 pm

        Julian Castro is a great guy. He does not have a lot of experience in world matters and probably not qualified to even be VP. That won’t stop the speculation because HRC wants to attract Latino votes.

        I happen to think it’s a very sad and depressing moment when the only motivation to vote for someone is the BOP and the SC. We are not INSPIRED and that’s the plain truth. Whether HRC runs a good campaign or not depends upon her and her team and no one else.

        • May 17, 2015 at 5:35 pm

          Sorry: not BOP but GOP!!

        • 93 Vicki
          May 17, 2015 at 6:25 pm

          I wish I could envision what a good campaign from HRC would be. It is pretty difficult if a big rationale is “I am not PBO. I will do everything better.”
          Where is the space to run on? Healthcare? Alison Grimes tried that by making believe that KyNect, the Kentucky ACA program, was NOT the dreaded Obamacare. Crazy strategy and it failed.
          “PBO is a weak leader on foreign affairs?” So, what, you want to re-invade Iraq? Hold hands with Bibi?

          This doesn’t make sense to me. Maybe in time it will.

          • May 17, 2015 at 6:52 pm

            It doesn’t make sense because it’s not sensible.

            I’ve stopped trying to figure out what’s going on. It defies common sense. To the extent that the Democratic party has done nothing but undermine and run away from President Obama, until and unless I see anything to the contrary, I think I’m about done.

      • 95 idon
        May 17, 2015 at 7:24 pm

        I think Julian Castro is being grromed to be President. I imagine he will run for the US Senate when he completes his term as HUD Secretary.

  28. 96 hopefruit2
    May 17, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    • 97 arapaho415
      May 17, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      JHC, this is America today; here’s the story — police were onsite but apparently didn’t get involved.

      • 98 arapaho415
        May 17, 2015 at 6:11 pm

        I stand corrected, CBS radio did lead with this story — I had just stepped out of the shower, must have missed the first 30 seconds or so of their broadcast.

        They did reply — another reason I prefer Twitter to Facebook (actually know nothing about, since I never subscribed and have zero interest in doing so):

    • 99 Nena20409
      May 17, 2015 at 6:37 pm

      Wow….I have been watching CNN for about 10 mins now, and NOTHING is mentioned of this atrocious act. If Islam or Muslim is near this awful story, CNN will be wall to wall.
      Waco, TX is truly Waco.

  29. May 17, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    GGail, are ya there?

    So, we were sheep-talking today – and then I get followed by:


  30. 111 vcprezofan2
    May 17, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    O dear.

    • 112 susanne
      May 17, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      lots of little quakes at the summit since the lava level dropped 165 feet a few days ago. moderate quakes happening around the island (3.1 here this morning– and yes, i run outside for those because who knows?) still, we all know we’re living right smack dab on top of a major magma pool/hot spot. locally, it’s considered the shifts and grunts of tutu pele, goddess of the volcano, whose body we are honored to walk upon each day.

      • 113 vcprezofan2
        May 17, 2015 at 5:27 pm

        Okay, add to my knowledge here, Susanne – why would you run outside?

        • May 17, 2015 at 5:29 pm

          A very primal instinct when an earthquake hits is to run outside.

          • 115 vcprezofan2
            May 17, 2015 at 5:33 pm

            I don’t know, Meta, I’m thinking my primal instinct probably would be to hide somewhere inside. I actually feel safer within the four walls of home in almost every instance. 😉 😉

            • 116 susanne
              May 17, 2015 at 5:36 pm

              i was sleeping during the last damaging quake here, and i just put the pillow over my head– my husband got a laugh out of that, because the bed is next to a window. if it feel in on me, the pillow wouldn’t have done much good. ditto the ceiling.

            • May 17, 2015 at 5:39 pm

              Not really when the building itself is shaking violently!

              • 118 vcprezofan2
                May 17, 2015 at 5:44 pm

                It surprises me sometimes how little sensible thought I give to certain issues just because they are so far away from my day to day world! 😀

                BTW, Meta, I’m currently learning about resistant starch – something I had never before given a thought to though it ought to have been a part of my life. You no doubt ‘deal with it’ daily. 🙂

        • 119 susanne
          May 17, 2015 at 5:33 pm

          so the roof doesn’t fall on you. also, outside is just a few steps away, and there are no other buildings nearby, so safer out there.

          • 120 vcprezofan2
            May 17, 2015 at 5:39 pm

            Ah, the roof – never even thought of it! I probably should do a bit of research; the truth is I never thought in terms of buildings falling etc in relation to a volcano eruption. All that came to mind previously was fire erupting and lava spewing, but as I figured no one lived near enough for that to really matter much, I figured people would simply look from faaar away.

            • 121 susanne
              May 17, 2015 at 5:59 pm

              there is a village (‘volcano’) right at the entrance to volcano national park. but the major lava action occurs downslope or else inside a caldera… at least that’s the current status. because the lava moves underground, it does create earthquakes here. the island is basically a cluster of volcanoes, some active some dormant.

              • 122 vcprezofan2
                May 17, 2015 at 6:05 pm

                Now, Susanne, I hear Hawaii is a beautiful, beautiful place, but aside from that why would you, or anyone, want to live with a cluster of volcanoes? smh 😉

  31. 124 vcprezofan2
    May 17, 2015 at 5:07 pm

  32. 125 vcprezofan2
    May 17, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Obama and Warren: A Contrast in Analysis

    Andrew Sprung has written a fascinating article in which he lays out the different ways President Obama and Senator Warren talk about the roots of income inequality. He does so by contrasting a speech the President gave in December 2013 on the topic and one Senator Warren gave recently (which he taped and transcribed). Sprung sees a difference in rhetorical styles.
    She sees the forests; he knows the trees — and perhaps sees more overlapping, interlocking forests. Whatever your preference, the contrast is striking.
    I think his comparison shows that the differences between the two of them go a bit deeper than rhetoric and might help us explain why they disagree on things like TPP.
    Where Obama acknowledges multiple causes of our current economic malaise, from global competition and technology to racism as well as Republican tax, regulatory and labor policy, Warren hews to a three-part indictment of Reaganomics: deregulation, tax cuts for the wealthy, and consequent defunding of investments in shared prosperity.
    The difference rhetorically is that Warren’s analysis is simpler and cleaner. Obama’s is more complex. ………………………………….
    ………………………………………….. //


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