The Week Ahead

On This Day: President Barack Obama greets the staff of the U.S. Embassy at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Paris, France on June 6, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)



The President arrives in Germany Sunday morning and will visit the Bavarian village of Kruen with Chancellor Merkel where they will meet with citizens. The President will make brief remarks about the US-German Alliance.

The President will then hold a bilateral meeting with the Chancellor.

He will then participate in the G7 arrivals ceremony and attend a number of meetings.

In the evening, he will attend a cultural performance before attending a G7 working dinner.


On This Day: June 6, 2009 – Pete Souza” “After his speech in Normandy, a crush of people tried to get close to the President to shake his hand. I noticed this guy waiting patiently and then literally being pushed back into the crowd. I felt bad for him, and mentioned the incident to the President’s trip director, Marvin Nicholson. Marvin pulled the guy out of the crowd, found him a wheel chair, and brought him over to meet the President. He was a French veteran. The man’s face shows his emotion.”



The President will attend G7 meetings and a working lunch.

In the afternoon he will hold a news conference before returning to Washington DC – he is scheduled to arrive at the White House at 9:0 PM EDT.



In the afternoon, the President will attend the Catholic Hospital Association conference in Washington DC where he will speak about what healthcare reform has meant to millions of Americans.


Wednesday – Friday

No details available yet


On This Day

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk towards Marine One as they leave Normandy for Paris on June 6, 2009. Seeing them off are National Security Advisor James Jones, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, and Senior Advisors Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama lifts a baby while meeting the staff of the U.S. Embassy at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Paris, France, June 6, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama tours the Centre Pompidou modern art museum in Paris, June 6, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama shakes hands with French President Nicolas Sarkozy during a bilateral meeting in Caen, France, June 6, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama gives a ‘thumbs-up’ to a group of World War II veterans sitting behind him on stage following his speech at the 65th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France, June 6, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

American D-Day veteran Clyde Combs gets a hug from President Obama at the Normandy American Cemetery on June 6, 2009 in Colleville-sur-Mer, France

President Obama embraces his great uncle Charles Payne following the President’s speech at the 65th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France, June 6, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama greets his great uncle Charles Payne and his wife Melanie, who is reacting to seeing First Lady Michelle Obama, before the ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, on the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings, June 6, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama former Senator Max Cleland of Georgia before the ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, on the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings, June 6, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama adjusts Dick Van Dyke’s tie during the Ford’s Theatre reception in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Sunday, June 6, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama talks on the phone with Prime Minister Mario Monti of Italy aboard Air Force One, June 6, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama walks across the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Calif., June 6, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Trip Director Marvin Nicholson watches as President Obama signs items after delivering remarks at the LGBT Leadership Council Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif., June 6, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama views a math project during a tour of Mooresville Middle School in Moorseville, N.C., Thursday, June 6, 2013


A World War Two veteran greets President Barack Obama as they participate in the 70th French-American commemoration D-Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France on Friday, June 6, 2014

154 Responses to “The Week Ahead”

  1. 12 amk for obama
    June 6, 2015 at 8:23 pm


  2. June 6, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    I’ll say it again…TOD did a magnificent job with its coverage today.

    You all rock.

  3. 21 hopefruit2
    June 6, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    FYI – Another beautiful piece about the bond between PBO and VP Joe (I apologize for any duplicates).

    TITLE: This Is How America Will Remember Barack Obama

    // So much of a politician’s life is choreographed but the pain of Joe Biden’s loss was real for this president. And America witnessed it. Long after the last partisan battle has been fought over Obamacare, long after Barack Obama has settled into a comfortable post-presidency, and long after the last joke has been made about some Joe Biden verbal misstep, people will remember the moment when the always-in-control president struggled to control his emotions. They will remember the moment when president and vice president embraced in front of the altar and exchanged heartfelt kisses on the cheek. And they will remember how their hearts ached at this intimate glimpse of one family’s pain.

    In an age when so many political moments are scripted, this was real. In a country whose presidents and vice presidents have rarely been close, this was genuine closeness. In an administration that prides itself on being hip, this was decidedly old-fashioned love.

    But it was something more than that, something that the country has never before seen in real time. In its raw emotion and aching poignancy, the burial Saturday of Beau Biden, son of the vice president, was a rare moment in the long history of the United States, one unlike any ever before brought to the nation through live, often moving, television coverage…

    …The funeral at St. Anthony’s was another highly personal moment for the president. White House aides have often tried to persuade reporters that this president and this vice president have a close bond. Just as often, reporters have voiced skepticism, aware of a two-century history of relationships ranging from open enmity to cool indifference between the men in the White House and their vice presidents. But more than six years into the presidency, it may be time to accept the claims as accurate. Even when Biden has misspoken or jumped the gun on positions, aides insist Obama harbored no anger at the vice president. “That’s just Joe being Joe,” they often say. “It’s part of who he is.”

    They always appreciated Biden’s loyalty and humanity. Saturday was a chance for the president to return that embrace. How he did it will be hard to forget. //


    • 22 MightyPamela
      June 6, 2015 at 9:26 pm

      It is because they are both committed to being HUMAN BEINGS first, then politics is their choice of how to make a difference in this world. Shows how sad, as in pathetic, past administrations have been. That’s just my point of view.

    • June 6, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      It’s unfortunate the reporters are just realizing now. Thankfully I have seen it from the beginning as I’m sure many of you have. The U.S. is lucky to have them. I only regret that I didn’t find TOD until late 2012 after their reelection. ❤️

  4. 29 CEB
    June 6, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    The black and white photo of PBO as he talks on the phone on Air Force One should be simply titled: Power.

  5. June 6, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    😀 😀

  6. June 6, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    American Pharoah ran the 2nd fastest time ever at Belmont…the fastest Secretariat, who would’ve beat American Pharoah by 13 lengths/2.6 seconds!!!!!

  7. June 6, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Just finished President Obama’s eulogy. I swear, the older I get, the tearier I get. Teresa saw me tearing up and just gave me a smile. This is why we’re together.

  8. June 6, 2015 at 8:53 pm

  9. June 6, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Ashley: I was allowed to hang around as long as I song “Fire on the Mountain” by the Grateful Dead. 😆 😆

  10. June 6, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Our Joe

  11. 50 GGail
    June 6, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Game 2 is tomorrow. Will JR Smith come through for the Cavs?

  12. June 6, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Just when i have begun to reconcile the fact that the President will be leaving office…this…

  13. June 6, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    • 54 almablanca
      June 6, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      It is a great piece but folks here have known this all along. Thanks again for today Chips. Jonathon Alter also had some meaningful words about the historical context of the eulogy.

  14. 55 globalcitizenlinda
    June 6, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    As a member of Buckeye Nation, I am praying for a Cavs win of the NBA championship.

    Cleveland is one of those cities that has gone through the wringer – you can see it as you walk/drive through its streets. It would be great if Mr. LeBron and his teammates can give a jolt to the masses who at times seem to have given up hope.

    Ps, I appreciate the efforts by the Warriors and have no ill will towards Mr. Curry

    • 56 GGail
      June 6, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      Linda, you just also described the city of Oakland, CA where the Warriors hail from. These two teams are carrying the hopes of their respective cities in this Playoff. Many gave up on each team and each city. I will be looking to see if JR Smith shows up with his game.

      May the best team win

      • 58 globalcitizenlinda
        June 6, 2015 at 11:44 pm

        its a tough choice – love both the two guys leading the teams;

        similar socio-economic circumstances in both cities so each winning will be good for the souls in these communities;

        guess, I will just prepare to celebrate the winner.

    • 59 idon
      June 6, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      I love the Warriors and respect all that Lebron James has achieved. But I definitely want my Warriors to win. I have so much admiration for the Warriors coaches and players on and OFF the court. I think they are poised to win against a truly great team.

    • 61 taiping1
      June 7, 2015 at 1:37 am

      Sorry to disagree. Oakland has not had a winner since 40 years ago; Warriors may leave (as well as As and Raiders). The Warriors are a TEAM, not depending on just one star. They are scrappy, work together, don’t give up. Much like the Obama Administration.

  15. June 6, 2015 at 9:17 pm

  16. June 6, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    So, because I need to say something silly.

    I know GGail will be disappointed. But, we received the paperwork from Big County. T and I just have to sign a document saying we’re domestic partners, and she can stay on my insurance. But, GGail should be happy, because that means we can have the shindig I want, and invite TOD LA peeps to it next year.

    Funny thing is, I’m more into the ceremony than T is. I’m not sure how I became the romantic in this relationship.

  17. 97 MightyPamela
    June 6, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    It has been so massive and enormous a week, but Chipsticks, have we congratulated you on topping out over 31,000,000 hits? Have we?? you rascal, you. ❤

  18. June 6, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    I’m having to explain the Catholic Mass for the Dead to Teresa. Silly Protestants.

  19. June 6, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    So, Teresa wants a wedding on the beach, everyone in white, all in bare feet. FYI.

  20. June 6, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Ok, serious moment. I want to say, I love you all. You have kept me sane, along with my “real life” loved ones, for nigh on 5 years. And T thanks you, for I was a hell of an asshole a while ago.

  21. June 6, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Oh lord. T just asked me: If someone had bombed that church, who’d be President??

    And to my shame, I had to say: John Motherfucking Boehner.

    God bless executive security.

  22. June 6, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Dan does a very excellent ‘WTF?’ face, I have to say

  23. June 6, 2015 at 10:06 pm

  24. June 6, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    bbl ….

  25. 150 carolyn
    June 6, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    I just finished reading “Michelle Obama: A Life” by Peter Slevin. Seems to me someone else here mentioned reading it. It is very good. I learned a lot…….about her early years…..but when it came to time in the White House, I found it all very familiar. At first I wondered why, and then I realized…….I had learned all that good info right here on TOD!!! We obviously know more and experience more than any other people.
    I enjoyed the book. I did learn a lot about her professional experience before the campaigns……she has quite a resume! She brought more knowhow and experience and creativity to the White House than any other previous First Lady. A truly amazing woman.

    • 151 idon
      June 6, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      Yes Carolyn I read it too. It is a phenomenal work. One of its greatest contributions is inspiring further reading of the history of African Americans in the United States, and how major US policy markers impacted us over generations. My next book will be the Warmth of Many Suns, which is about the Great Black Migration.

      • 152 taiping1
        June 7, 2015 at 1:44 am

        The other great book on Michelle Obama is American Tapestry. Rachel Swarns traced her family tree back to her ancestors (slave owner and slave). A family of strivers, she gives histories of the northern migration and talks with both white and black ancestors. Ancestors on both sides agreed to DNA testing to verify the connection. Wonderful book, not only about her family history but about the complex history of our country. Complements the Isabel Wilkerson book on the northern migration.

  26. June 7, 2015 at 12:42 am

    I was watching and had to stop.when I saw The President’s tears So extremely sad… My GOD!!! Such pain!!! I pray that God and His gentle, comforting hands blankets him and his family!!! At times like this you have to put your politics aside and really remember what is important. So sorry for the whole Biden family. What a rough time this must be. I’m so sorry, Joe. May your heart heal quickly.God Bless you VP and your family ..

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