The Week Ahead



The President will attend the graduation ceremony for participants of the 2015 White House Mentorship & Leadership Program.



Attends meetings at the White House.



Delivers remarks at an investiture ceremony for Attorney General Loretta Lynch at Warner Theatre.

In the evening, the President will host a picnic for Members of Congress at the White House.



Travels to the Los Angeles area to attend DNC events. He will remain overnight in LA.



Travels to the San Francisco area to deliver remarks at the Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and attend DNC and DCCC events.


Monday to Sunday

First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to London, Milan, and Vicenza.  Accompanying Mrs. Obama will be her mother, Mrs Marian Robinson, and daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama.

In London, the First Lady will participate in events for the Let Girls Learn initiative; in Milan, she will lead the Presidential Delegation to the World’s Fair; in Vicenza, she will visit US military service members and their families at US Army Garrison Vicenza



148 Responses to “The Week Ahead”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    June 14, 2015 at 12:09 pm


  2. 12 desertflower
    June 14, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    I was back there talking to myself again:)

  3. 14 desertflower
    June 14, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Congrats to you, vc:))

    • 15 vcprezofan2
      June 14, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      Hola & ty, Desertf! I haven’t read the early thread yet otherwise I’d have been caught there too. Will go back later.

  4. 16 vcprezofan2
    June 14, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Thanks for the ‘week ahead’ summary, CC! Looks like PBO may be doing some ground work this week. 🙂

    • 18 vcprezofan2
      June 14, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      I don’t know why I saw ‘Georgia’ and immediately thought ‘Dudette’. Seems that this is the Georgia where McCain wanted to send boots on the ground in 2012 – not that their pain from this catastrophe is any less noteworthy.

  5. 19 GGail
    June 14, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family 😊

  6. 20 vcprezofan2
    June 14, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Here’s your weekly @Interior recap.

  7. 26 hopefruit2
    June 14, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Mid-Sunday Rant Alert:

    Let me just begin by saying that the racist US media CANNOT “erase” PBO no matter how hard they try. PBO is already bigger than the US Presidency. He is a global phenomenon – that which will only expand after he officially leaves the WH. There’s no “erasing” of this once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon that is Barack Obama. It’s just not possible.

    No amount of fawning over HRC will erase PBO. We’ve seen this movie several times before: Whenever the MSM tries to fawn over someone in order to bury PBO’s magnificence, it BACKFIRES, and not in a good way for the fawnee. Sarah Palin can attest to this. Michelle Bachmann, Rand Paul, many in the GOP can attest to this. All the other peripheral idiots like Snowden, GG, Warren, and emo-frog left are all realizing (or will soon find out) that their “fame” obtained at PBO’s expense has an expiration date.

    HRC and her supporters would be well-advised to not bask in the MSM’s newfangled anointing of her – for it is their hatred of PBO, and not their respect or admiration for her that is driving all of this. She would be well-advised to focus on the voters on an intimate level – their lives, their issues, their concerns, their triumphs, and not some media figure’s bullshit representation of the political landscape, or some polling outfit’s latest propaganda meme.

    PBO has earned my respect, admiration, support, etc on his own merit; through his own words, and by his own actions. I don’t have to put down another politician with false statements when I praise PBO (I’m looking at you Jamelle Bouie). I can say great things about PBO at any time of day, in any context, and know that I am accurate in what I say.

    • June 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm


    • 29 desertflower
      June 14, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      Trillions and trillions of this:) Not only that, but if she DOES win, she will have an easier time of EVERYTHING because of what he’s already done! No denying that…. ( though they will try!!!)

      • 30 hopefruit2
        June 14, 2015 at 1:52 pm

        Exactly df!

      • June 14, 2015 at 5:14 pm

        So true. President Obama is the one who has made the “ship of State” change direction. And of course, Barack Obama will deliver a country in a much better shape than the one he inherited.

        The Clintons and their allies have always resented President Obama, and been jealous of him, for all the love and the excitement around him. I sense that there is a certain desire of “revenge”. Maybe they don’t hate the man, but they feel he’s deprived them of their “due”. And they’ve always thought he was inferior and less competent than her. There is/will be all sorts of efforts to compare Hillary to President Obama. To say she’s more liberal, more competent, you name it. Right now, they are dreaming of a very successful presidency, a presidency that will be considered better than the Obama presidency. They are irritated by the worldwide popularity of President Obama, and they want Hillary to shine brighter than him.

        2008 was very hard for them, so if I’m generous, I think it’s a normal human reaction. But they will have to deal with the “greatness” of Barack Obama. They will have to deal with the fact that he IS influential, that he has CLOUT with the democratic base. That they, the Clintons, are not the owners of the democratic party, even if they have a lot of power within the party’s establishment.

        Because I have a feeling that President Obama, sooner or later in a Hillary presidency, will be “drafted” back into progressive activism. He will continue to deliver speeches, and will have to help democrats, and Hillary, in promoting their legislative agenda. He will be of great help at the grassroots. And the Clintons will have no choice but recognize that.

        If I summon my better angels, I will say that I hope a Hillary presidency is very successful, and that success will heal the wounds of 2008 once and for all. That her being successful and acclaimed will, in the end, make the Clintons happier hence more generous towards a man who is superior to them in character, ethics and wisdom.

    • 32 vcprezofan2
      June 14, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      WORDS! With you 100++% on this!


    • 33 GGail
      June 14, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      Awesome HF! Thank you!!!!!!

    • 35 sabreen60
      June 14, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      I hear you loud and clear. Just read a comment over at PoliticusUSA which said: “Hillary is the most qualified candidate I’ve ever seen with such diverse experience and accomplishments that would be difficult for a man to achieve and near impossible for a woman.”

      I responded by saying in essence that if Hillary’s supporters start with this kind of BS it won’t turn out good for her.

      Another person declared that “Hillary already has the Obama coalition”. I responded by saying that perhaps most of President Obama’s have put the negative BS said by Hillary in 2008 in the past (or trying to) but there has been no reputable poll to access whether Hillary has PBO’s supporters or not. And based on what I’ve read on blogs, Twitter and people I talk with it’s not a done deal. President Obama’s supporters will not be taken for granted.

      • June 14, 2015 at 1:32 pm

        Yeah, I read a piece the other day claiming the HRC is THE MOST qualified person to EVER run for the presidency. Honestly, you just can’t make this stuff up.

        • 37 COS
          June 14, 2015 at 1:56 pm

          Meta, if PBO had not asked HRC to serve as SOS, she would probably rank with some of the republicans running for president.

      • 38 hopefruit2
        June 14, 2015 at 1:53 pm

        You spoke the whole truth Sabreen! It’s not a done deal. Far from it.

      • June 14, 2015 at 4:47 pm

        The Hillary campaign doesn’t have the choice but to put a lot of emphasis on “competence”, because Hillary Clinton is less of an inspiring leader than Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bill Clinton. She is not a charismatic speaker, and this is a disadvantage, no doubt about it.

        When she reads a speech, she struggles to make it sound completely authentic. She may be passionate about things, at least some of them, but more often than not that passion is not well translated in her stump speeches. It’s the way she reads, the awkward rhythm, the lack of “music” in her voice, the stiffness in her neck, etc. A myriad of little things that add up.

        Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bill Clinton are naturals. But that special talent is rare.

        Hillary Clinton will have lots of strong supporters who love her very much. But I don’t see her generating a passionate following in the general population. And I think I’m not the only one. So this campaign will be about specifics and about “competence”. I think it’s a good strategy.

        Calling her “the most qualified” irks me because in terms of character, abilities, managing skills and natural talent, I think Barack Obama was better. However, in “experience” in governing, we have to give her her dues: 4 years at the helm of DoS isn’t something to take it lightly.

    • 41 Don
      June 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      I just hope people like Jamelle Bouie save all their dimes and nickels, because when President Obama leaves office their usefulness won’t be needed anymore. To be brutally honest, white people didn’t give two fucks about what Bouie, the blackademics, or the other high priestesses of blackness thought before President Obama was elected President.

    • 43 Don
      June 14, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      hopefruit2, you done got me hot!

    • 44 Vicki
      June 14, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      Exactly right, hopefruit!!!

    • 46 jacquelineoboomer
      June 14, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      Totally with your every word. And one thing we know is coming to a theater near you. In future years, when President Obama is safely out of the White House before he can do any more “damage” (i.e., be successful in everything he touches), historians and the media will be fawning all over him … saying he was one of the greatest presidents ever … that there will never be anyone like him in the White House again. I can see it coming. Not until he’s safely into the next glorious phase of his life and his family’s life, but it’ll happen. Because, as you said, his ultra-amazing tenure as President will never be erased, and it’ll be used as a moneymaker for writers and speakers for many years to come, who will borrow on his good name to make their unethical dollars.

      Oh, and, fuck the racist U.S. media.

      • 47 hopefruit2
        June 14, 2015 at 1:55 pm

        Indeed JO’B! They will not stop using his good name to fill up their pockets. But most of us know the truth about this great man and what he represents to this world.

    • June 14, 2015 at 1:51 pm


    • June 14, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      the words of HF2…NUFF Said

    • 52 sjterrid
      June 14, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      Brilliant, HF!

      I mistakenly attached my comment to Meta’s comment.

    • 53 Betsy
      June 14, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      TRUTH Hopefruit!

    • 54 MightyPamela
      June 14, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      “Eight years is only the beginning.” – Barack and Michelle Obama ❤ ❤ Those of us who boarded the train in the beginning, will never disembark. We are in for the long ride. Every step of the way. {{{{{ HF2 }}}}}

  8. June 14, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Question: how many of our spies have been outed and killed because of Snowden?

    Just askin’.

  9. 62 GGail
    June 14, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I hope it rains on Wednesday on the Congressional Picnic!

    • June 14, 2015 at 1:01 pm


    • 64 Don
      June 14, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      I bet you anything that Keith Ellison will be out there skinning and grinning with his phony ass.

      • 65 Don
        June 14, 2015 at 1:15 pm

        I bet you his ass won’t dare talk shit to Hillary, oh no, he won’t dare question her about anything. But this motherfucker got the stones to question President Obama about protecting American workers and the middle class.

        • June 14, 2015 at 1:29 pm

          He’s part of the posse who feels PBO doesn’t spend enough time with them. You know, having PBO do their jobs so they don’t have to sweat.

    • 67 Vicki
      June 14, 2015 at 2:43 pm

      Rains? Oh yes, GGail.
      A well-placed lightening strike or two, not to hurt but to frighten the losers, would be good, also.

  10. 68 sjterrid
    June 14, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Good morning/afternoon/evening TOD!

    Healing prayers for all those that need them here at TOD.

    {{Africa}}, thank you for printing your husband’s obit in the earlier post.

  11. June 14, 2015 at 1:18 pm


  12. 71 arapaho415
    June 14, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    GM TODville.

    Despite replying to a number of tweeters, received no response to this magazine I saw at the Walmart check-out stand yesterday (and I’m in a CD which voted for PBO twice — in fact, with the exception of 1976 [Ford v Carter] my county has voted for every winning Presidential candidate since 1923):

  13. 72 jacquelineoboomer
    June 14, 2015 at 1:28 pm

  14. June 14, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    • June 14, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      I wish POTUS were able to go on that trip to England and Italy with his family.

    • 76 Vicki
      June 14, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      I am with you on this prettyfoot.
      I simply cannot understand why he is doing these fundraisers unless—maybe—perhaps——fingers crossed—-there will be a stronger Democratic Candidate, like, Oh, i don’t know, Joe Biden?

    • June 14, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      President Obama is extremely generous, and unselfish. He will do all he can to help democrats get elected, because he ALWAYS puts the well being of Americans in mind and he knows that the current GOP is bad news for the american people.

      His generosity makes him more vulnerable to personal attacks. Democrats in Congress don’t fear him. They know he is not the kind of guy who plays dirty games, who seeks personal revenge. As opposed to the Clintons who are very well known to have long memories for people who have been disloyal.
      The Clintons have more political power within the democratic party only because people know that being disloyal has a high price.

      Nonetheless, it has to be said that President Obama is not completely devoid of political power. His power comes from the love of the democratic base. Hillary has discovered that fact, obviously.

      • June 14, 2015 at 5:14 pm

        Chickens do come home to roost!…PBO spoke to them (the Dems) re: their strategy to torpedo TAA…in their effort to kill the trade deal….he told them to be true to themselves…they resented that he knew and that he was not offering them anything for their vote…only that they vote in good faith…which they did not do

    • 79 Nena20409
      June 14, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      POTUS is the Head of the DNC.
      It under that party apparatus that his political ambitions grew.
      Part of his legacy is to leave the DNC healthy, sustaining and prosperous after his tenure.

  15. 82 joyfulmeme
    June 14, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Appears that PBO will have to deal with Congressional picnic alone again this year. Seems that FLOTUS can’t abide the phonies. I don’t blame her. Why bother if you don’t have to.

    • 83 Vicki
      June 14, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      Good for Flotus. Anyplace but in the vicinity of the sabotaging backstabbing Democratic caucus.

  16. June 14, 2015 at 1:48 pm

  17. 93 arapaho415
    June 14, 2015 at 1:53 pm

  18. 95 desertflower
    June 14, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    WTH! Because this is what EVERYONE does at a wedding? People are so screwed up.


    Five people were injured Saturday during an accidental shooting at a wedding reception at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York City authorities said.
    A guest at the wedding identified as Vladimir Gotlibovsky, 42, was playing with a gun at about 7:20 p.m. when it accidentally fired, police sources told NBC 4 New York.

  19. 97 JER
    June 14, 2015 at 2:27 pm

  20. June 14, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Smilin….Tho they may try….they will not be successful…

  21. June 14, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    On Thursday, shortly before announcing Dick Costolo would be stepping down from his role as CEO of the company, Twitter announced that it is removing the 140-character limit from Direct Messages set to launch in July.

  22. June 14, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    This is actually a big deal ….

  23. 105 Debra
    June 14, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Hillary did just praise President Obama in a speech she just made before the news cut her off.

  24. June 14, 2015 at 2:54 pm

  25. June 14, 2015 at 2:57 pm


    Clinton addresses trade deal controversy
    She urges a resolution of the matter.
    By KYLE CHENEY 6/14/15 2:31 PM EDT

    DES MOINES — Hillary Clinton, facing criticism from rivals for her silence on a stalled international trade agreement, spoke out Sunday during a campaign stop in Iowa, urging President Barack Obama to collaborate with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and craft a deal more palatable to Democrats.

    “The president should listen to and work with his allies in Congress starting with Nancy Pelosi, who have expressed their concerns about the impact that a weak agreement would have on our workers to make sure we get the best strongest deal possible,” she said. “And if we don’t get it, there should be no deal.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/clinton-addresses-trade-deal-controversy-118989.html#ixzz3d4396JwD

    • 109 Don
      June 14, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      Oh the President should LISTEN to Nancy Pelosi, oh okay.

      • 110 Don
        June 14, 2015 at 3:04 pm

        Girl, bye.

      • June 14, 2015 at 3:09 pm

        I’m telling you, she just really is completely tone-deaf.

        • 113 Don
          June 14, 2015 at 3:15 pm

          How completely insulting, how completely dismissive of President Obama and all of his accomplishments. This is no accident, her first day out the box and she says President Obama should listen to Nancy Pelosi. With all due respect to Nancy Pelosi, but healthcare didn’t come about until President Obama got elected. DADT and DOMA didn’t end until President Obama got elected. And bin laden didn’t get his dirt nap until President Obama got elected.

    • June 14, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      • 116 vcprezofan2
        June 14, 2015 at 3:45 pm

        But notice, Meta, she doesn’t really say it’s a weak agreement. She is merely theorizing? Or should I say ‘politics-playing’?

        • June 14, 2015 at 3:53 pm

          It’s the old Clinton triangulation baloney.

          If she’s propping up Pelosi, then she’s endorsing the idea that TPA and TPP are not good as they stand and I strongly disagree with that because 1) Every POTUS back to Nixon has had TPA and 2) We’ve not seen TPP. But we have seep PBO’s operating principles and they are STRONG.

          • 118 vcprezofan2
            June 14, 2015 at 4:03 pm

            Old saying comes to mind ….’You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.’ Given that PBO has shown HRC that you don’t have to triangulate to win, it’s sad to think she may not have learned the lesson. I do believe she needs to develop a core, and I’m not referring to her protective dogs. I suspect if she’d be sincere in her positions she’d be far more likely to garner solid support.

    • 119 Linda
      June 14, 2015 at 3:21 pm


      • June 14, 2015 at 4:05 pm

        I love Nancy Pelosi but she can be wrong. What irks me the most is that President Obama is NEVER, EVER, EVER, being given the benefit of the doubt. If there is a conflict, a controversy, there’s always a narrative that he is the one who must be wrong.

        How many times does this president has to prove himself ?

        The man may be one of the most competent, rational, analytical, and honest presidents America has ever had but it’s like, after all these years and all these times he has proven himself, he still isn’t trusted. Unreal.

    • 122 vcprezofan2
      June 14, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      ‘Hillary Clinton, facing criticism from rivals for her silence on a stalled international trade agreement, spoke out Sunday during a campaign stop in Iowa,’

      IMO this is HRC in a nutshell – blown and directed by the winds, and even when she speaks she takes an already established position, or, as in this case, straddles the fence. She will make a lousy leader, I think. Better than the best wacko Republican but lousy nevertheless!

      • June 14, 2015 at 3:44 pm

        Exactly. Feel like TRIANGULATION.

        • 124 vcprezofan2
          June 14, 2015 at 3:58 pm

          Feels like she doesn’t know how to hold a firm position – like she lacks ‘character’, or like she is not really in it with definite goals (other than self-aggrandizement.

          “I think the most important thing is to have a sense of principles and [know] why you are in public service. I think sometimes people want to be in public service just because they like seeing their name up in lights ….they like being important ……
          You should know what it is you stand for and what you believe…..” ~Pres O.

          I have little confidence that HRC knows what she stands for.

    • June 14, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      Hillary Clinton will ALWAYS take the path of the easier “politics”. Right now, it’s much easier, safer politically for Hillary to side with democratic critics, without going too far as to alienate the business community. She’s just positioning herself in the middle.

      I seriously wonder how many democrats in Congress have taken the time to read and analyze the draft of TPP that’s available to them.

      TPP is NOT NAFTA.

      Are there a provision or two that could be better ? I have no doubt about it. Negotiations mean give and take. My concern is that Congress could create a situation where the President wouldn’t have any credibility at the bargaining table. In multilateral negotiations, how in the world can the President ( his team) succeed if his partners know that domestic politics can make it impossible for a deal to be approved by Congress ?

      • June 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm

        What I hope is that once the proposed deal is made available for the public at large, analysts will look at it seriously, see the differences with NAFTA ( and the remedies to NAFTA contained in the deal), then ask what the hysteria has been all about. And democrats in Congress (Warren and Co) will all have eggs on their faces…

    • 128 criquet
      June 14, 2015 at 4:01 pm

  26. 129 vcprezofan2
    June 14, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Responding to PrettyFoot & Hopef above…

  27. 133 Debra
    June 14, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    I like Nancy Pelosi but she was there while Bush crashed the economy along with over half of congress. Maybe they should listen to President Obama the man who saved the economy.

  28. 134 Don
    June 14, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Speaking of listening, If only Bill had listened to his other head.

  29. 137 desertflower
    June 14, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Going to be VERY HARD to me to say ok to HRC….I will but only because of the Supremes. That is really all….

    • 138 Don
      June 14, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      Maybe I’ll SOFTEN my POSITION and vote for Hills.

      • 139 desertflower
        June 14, 2015 at 3:54 pm

        If she’s the Dem choice, I will vote for her. Will I be excited and pledge my money and heart and soul? No. I gave it all to PBO and that is the way it is. I don’t believe that in my time left on this Earth that will be another to move and inspire me like he did/does. Ever. That said, I ain’t goin’ backwards ever again and I will NOT let some RWNJ undo all that he/we have worked so hard for. She will get my vote if it comes to that.

  30. 141 Linda
    June 14, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    The Dallas shooter’s father says it is the elected ” Liberals ” that caused his son to lose his child .

    When asked why his son did not seek mental health assistance, he said ” Where ” , Where in America can a WHITE MAN get any help.”

    Oh Texas..!

    • 142 Nena20409
      June 14, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      The Father has obviously forgotten that since 1994, No Dem has been elected state-wide in TX. TX has had 3 Govs and the State Assembly has been GOP control since 1998.

    • June 14, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      Linda it sound like if that Dallas shooter needed help it was because of his right wing racists hating crazy conservative father.

  31. June 14, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    He will publish his encyclical on Thursday …

    “VATICAN CITY — Ban Ki-moon arrived at the Vatican with his own college of cardinals. Mr. Ban, the United Nations secretary general, had brought the leaders of all his major agencies to see Pope Francis, a show of organizational muscle and respect for a meeting between two global institutions that had sometimes shared a bumpy past but now had a mutual interest.

    The agenda was poverty, and Francis inveighed against the “economy of exclusion” as he addressed Mr. Ban’s delegation at the Apostolic Palace. But in an informal meeting with Mr. Ban and his advisers, Francis shifted the discussion to the environment and how environmental degradation weighed heaviest on the poor.

    “This is the pope of the poor,” said Robert Orr, who attended the May 2014 meeting as Mr. Ban’s special adviser on climate change and described the informal conversation with Francis. “The fact that he is making the link to the planet is really significant.”

    On Thursday, Francis will release his first major teaching letter, known as an encyclical, on the theme of the environment and the poor. Given the pope’s widespread popularity, and his penchant for speaking out on major global issues, the encyclical is being treated as a milestone that could place the Roman Catholic Church at the forefront of a new coalition of religion and science.”


  32. June 14, 2015 at 4:04 pm

  33. 147 Linda
    June 14, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Good discussion of the Supreme Court going on on cspan2.

  34. 148 Nena20409
    June 14, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Congrats on your Solid Au ⭐ VC

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