The Week Ahead



The President will host a working dinner with President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil at the White House.



Hosts a bilateral meeting with President Rousseff at the White House. This meeting will be followed by a joint press conference.


Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Attends meetings at the White House.



The President and the First Lady will celebrate the Fourth of July by hosting members of the military and their families for an Independence Day celebration with a barbeque, concert and a view of fireworks on the South Lawn.


142 Responses to “The Week Ahead”

  1. June 28, 2015 at 9:44 am

    I always smile when I see PBO’s ‘Week Ahead’ – how often have his weeks turned out like they were scheduled? Never? 🙂

  2. 13 carolyn
    June 28, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Good morning. It’s a beautiful day. Love the cartoon in which PBO asks George for the Mission Accomplished banner. Love Bree Newsome. Lobe PBO, and his Grace is Amazing.

  3. 15 MightyPamela
    June 28, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Will be very very hot

    • 18 99ts
      June 28, 2015 at 10:10 am

      So unbelievable that prison is a money making business – from your link

      “The ruling paves the way for thousands of prisoners to have their sentences reduced and will cause the private prison industry to lose millions of dollars in profits.”

      There are some jobs that should NEVER be outsourced.

  4. 19 Nerdy Wonka
    June 28, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Oh and also, BREAKING NEWS!!!!!


    He’s already been tweeting some fierce truths!

    • June 28, 2015 at 9:58 am

      Nerdy, I’m not sure about that account, I don’t think it’s him – a few great tweets, but then something like this:

      • 21 Nerdy Wonka
        June 28, 2015 at 10:09 am

        It’s his real account, Chiparoo.

        White House folks and reporters are following him.

        • June 28, 2015 at 10:13 am

          But he’s following some strange ones, and I just really don’t think he’d tweet this:

          And even though this one was 100% true, would he have pre-empted a decision?

          But it’s entirely likely I’m completely wrong!

      • June 28, 2015 at 10:10 am

        I was thinking the same however it us “verified” so…. I dunno.

        • June 28, 2015 at 10:15 am

          Hiya Mittens, I’ve seen lots of accounts that just place a blue tick themselves on their profile which, I think, is against Twitter rules. I’m probably being foolishly suspicious, we’ll see!

      • June 28, 2015 at 10:17 am

        It is real. I posted some of his tweets Thursday. he came in my TL b/c he was RT by his former spokesman Fallon and was also RT by Tommy Veitor. “I had the same thought when I saw that tweet because it was right after the SCOTUS ACA decision….he only had like ~300 followers at the time but the account was verified. I just assumed he is new to Twitter and needs some to get adjusted to the medium!

        • June 28, 2015 at 10:19 am

          Ah, okay, thanks LP, if Tommy Vietor’s RTing him it must be a real account. But still bamboozled by this, really doesn’t sound like him, sounds more like someone taking the **** out of him:

          • June 28, 2015 at 10:22 am

            It was some weird timing for sure…but I went to his profile and if you put your cursor over the “blue verified” it will say verified account (not those fake blue checks) That is the only reason I posted them….I was suspicious just as you were 🙂

        • 28 nospin
          June 28, 2015 at 4:41 pm

          he is new to twitter.

    • 29 Dudette
      June 28, 2015 at 10:00 am

      ❤ ❤ ❤

    • 30 99ts
      June 28, 2015 at 10:13 am

      Makes one wonder what PBO will be saying in 2017! Good to see Eric Holder free to give his own opinions.

  5. 31 yardarm756
    June 28, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Congrats Don….Good morning all…….standby 9t9 I got some tunes I’ve been saving for ya. 🙂

    • 32 Dudette
      June 28, 2015 at 10:01 am

      Morning Sailor! #YesWeCan See Clearly! Thank You Sir! 😀

    • 36 arapaho415
      June 28, 2015 at 10:20 am

      GM Yardarm.

      Here’s an analysis (from speech-writing perspective) of PBO’s table-turning, stunning, “how-did-he-do-that!” Charleston eulogy.

      “And from that point on in the speech, he consistently used the ‘we’ve been blind / but now we see’ pairing to present all the policy points he wanted to discuss…”


      “It reinforces the fact that this was a major national ceremony, involving fundamental discussion of national issues and prospects, in which all the major participants were black: president, preachers, mourners, congregation. I can’t think of a comparable previous event.”

      • 37 yardarm756
        June 28, 2015 at 10:32 am

        What gets me about that whole piece is this constant need of “some” to think they have to explain what PBO says. It’s like they want to interpret a language as if they work at the UN………..The President spoke in English that we all understand. Parsing his intent on use of a word or phrase is stupid and irritating!

        • 38 arapaho415
          June 28, 2015 at 11:28 am

          Completely understandable, and not unexpected reaction — I did hesitate posting here.

          I am beyond fed-up and disillusioned by anyone in media right now — was incredibly grumpy catching up on my “msm” twitter timeline this morning.

          However, in Fallows defense, been reading him for years, and he truly seems like such a nice, caring, empathetic person — swear if I were younger, I really he were my Dad — he’s always traveling, am envious of the childhood of his kids. And he was raised in red-neck SoCal (Redlands), so he doesn’t begrudge non-east coast white elites — I AM fed-up with east coast white elite MSM.

          Fallows was a speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, and he has consistently added his personal notations to Presidential speeches, i.e., his evaluation of the structure, and speechcrafting, not content — he’s not singling out PBO for special criticism — it’s his background, his expertise, his experience, his signature contribution to the blogosphere — not condescending. It was also dashed off in a hurry.

          But I did resent that he had to add his “disagreements” with PBO, which I guess just cancelled out everything I just wrote. 😦


  6. June 28, 2015 at 9:56 am

    GM TOD…Congrats, Don!

    Making it big in basketball had long been a dearly held dream for Satnam Singh. Making it happen was another matter. Growing up in a remote village in India’s Punjab province, he was destined to become a farmer — like his father and his father’s father. But that’s the thing about dreams. With hard work — and, in Singh’s case, a ginormous frame — they sometimes come true. On Thursday, he became the first basketball player from India to be drafted by an NBA team. The Dallas Mavericks selected the 7-foot-2-inch, 19-year-old with the 52nd pick in the draft.

    But his arrival is a big moment for India. For the moment, Singh is little known in his homeland, where cricket is by far the biggest sport and few follow the American National Basketball Association. But success in the United States could change that — in the same way China’s Yao Ming galvanized interest in basketball in his country. That’s certainly what the Mavs are counting on. “We certainly created a legend,” owner Mark Cuban said. “There’s a billion new Mavs fans out there right now…continued”

    • June 28, 2015 at 10:11 am

      Sachin Tendulkar, Amitabh Bachchan Hail Hoopster Satnam Singh After Historic Achievement http://sports.ndtv.com/basketball/news/244478-sachin-tendulkar-amitabh-bachchan-hail-hoopster-satnam-singh-after-historic-achievement

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      New Delhi: The sporting fraternity on Friday congratulated hoopster Satnam Singh Bhamara after he became the first Indian to be picked for an NBA (National Basketball Association) League team, hailing his historic achievement as an “inspiration” for the youth of the country. Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar led the former and current sportspersons in congratulating the 19-year-old Punjab lad Satnam for his achievement. (Satnam Hopes His NBA Entry Will Inspire Indian Youth) The 7-foot 2-inch tall Satnam was the 52nd pick in the NBA Draft for the Dallas Mavericks. (Watch: Satnam Singh, a Kobe Bryant Fan) “I am very happy for him. It is a big achievement by an Indian sportsman and we are all proud of him. I would like to wish him all the best for the coming season and his career. I am sure the entire nation will support him,” Tendulkar said. 2004 Olympics silver medallist shooter and now Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore took to twitter to congratulate Satnam. Indian Premier League cricket teams Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals also congratulated Satnam on his achievement. Outside the sporting fraternity, Bollywoood superstar Amitabh Bachchan expressed his happiness on the historic moment.

    • 41 Dudette
      June 28, 2015 at 10:17 am

      Wooo, that’s a BIG dude! 🙂

  7. 45 GGail
    June 28, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    Looking forward to breaking bread with the S CA TOD Peeps today 😊

  8. 48 amk for obama
    June 28, 2015 at 10:01 am


  9. June 28, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Awesome article & interview with President Obama included:

    “..Oh, and the stories about Weaver. “First name is Matthew,” Weaver says, sitting on a cheap couch in a makeshift office near the White House. But no one calls him Matthew, he explains, since there are too many Matthews in any given room at any given moment. Even among D.C.’s new technorati, people view Weaver as someone separate from the fray. Maybe it’s because he once lived in a camper in the Google parking lot without going home for an entire year. Maybe it’s because he was the one guy who, if he didn’t answer an emergency call, the whole search engine might go down. Or maybe it’s because in a group of brilliant engineers, Weaver, as one of his new colleagues puts it, stands out as “someone who is, like, superhero-fucking-brilliant.” Recruited from California last year by these guys Mikey and Todd to work on the broken Healthcare.gov website, Weaver decided this year to stay in D.C. and leave behind the comfort of Google and a big pile of stock options. He recalls it in terms that suggest the transfixing power of a holy pilgrimage. “That”—he says, meaning the Healthcare.gov fix-it work—”changed my life in a profound way. It made it feel like all my accomplishments in my professional life meant very little compared to getting millions of people through the hospital doors for the first time. And that made me see that I could never do any other work without a public impact.” Weaver now spends his days in the guts of the Veterans Administration, helping the agency’s digital team upgrade their systems and website—and trying to reboot the way government works. As an early test to see if he could challenge the VA’s protocol, he insisted, successfully, that his official government title be Rogue Leader. And so he is: Rogue Leader Weaver.

    It helps that the two men have substantial “air cover,” as President Obama describes it in an exclusive, in-person interview with Fast Company. For the past year, the president explains, he has personally helped Park and his team hire talent and implement their ideas across a host of government agencies. While the reasons behind this initiative and its scope have not been made clear before, in the president’s view, the idea of building a “pipeline” of tech talent in Washington starts with practical appeal: Better digital tools could upgrade the websites of, say, the Veterans Administration, so users get crucial services that save time, money, and (for veterans in need of medical help) lives. “But what we realized was, this could be a recipe for something larger,” the president explains. “You will have a more user-friendly government, a more responsive government. A government that can work with individuals on individual problems in a more tailored way, because the technology facilitates that the same way it increasingly does for private-sector companies.” In other words, if Obama’s tech team can successfully rebuild the digital infrastructure of Washington—an outcome that is by no means certain yet—you might not only change its functionality. You might transform Americans’ attitudes about government too. And you might even boost their waning feelings of empowerment in an ideologically riven country of 320 million people. In the meantime, do you also end up with a dedicated group of Rogue Leader Weavers where none existed before? Tech geniuses who embrace public service as an essential element of their careers? The president is betting on that outcome as well. Get the country’s technologists to change Washington, the theory goes, and maybe—just maybe—you end up changing the country’s culture of technology, too….continued”

  10. 53 Dudette
    June 28, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Dragging this over from earlier, just cuz…

    • June 28, 2015 at 10:14 am

      I’m happy that Bree Newsome had the courage to do what she did. I hope that her actions helps to sustain the focus on removing the Confederate flag from the SC state house and other places.

      I suspect that SC legislators will drag their feet on legislating the removal of the flag, and that Nikki Haley, now that she has made her token request, will not actively/aggressively push for it to happen. They probably hope that the attention on Charleston will soon shift and they can return to business as usual.

      • 55 Dudette
        June 28, 2015 at 10:24 am

  11. 56 Dudette
    June 28, 2015 at 10:05 am

  12. 57 Dudette
    June 28, 2015 at 10:05 am

    She said…

  13. 58 Dudette
    June 28, 2015 at 10:08 am

  14. 59 amk for obama
    June 28, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Iran nuclear talks ‘to go beyond 30 June deadline’.


  15. 63 Dudette
    June 28, 2015 at 10:09 am

  16. 67 andogriff
    June 28, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Happy Sunday everyone! Hubby and I just watched our President’s most wonderful sermon, eulogy, and hymn singing from Charleston…. thanks so much for the video, Ms Chips!! We were both weeping at the end, and uplifted and hopeful too. It won’t happen overnight (as he said), but it WILL happen. Hugs to all.

  17. 69 Vicki
    June 28, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Good morning, everyone.
    I missed lots of news in TODland, but one thing that caught my eye was that a second large US flagmaker has ended production of the Confederate flag. Good!
    We stop making these POS. We prohibit public display. Next, in Southern graveyards we set strict limits on the size of any Confederate grave decorations. And sunset their display entirely in 20 years, or so.
    Steadily, in every way, we end the visible signs of the hate.

    I realize this won’t solve everything. But it will separate hate from any bit of respectability. If you are waving a Confederate flag you are an outlaw and an idiot. Most Americans already get that. If we drive the ugliness out of public display it will diminish it even more.

  18. 70 arapaho415
    June 28, 2015 at 10:25 am

    GM TODville.

    Y’know, you guys don’t make it easy to catch up.

    Way behind as usual, don’t know if these have been posted.

    Forgive me if these were posted yesterday, but when I try to catch up from earlier, I get further behind today, LOL.

  19. June 28, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Most of Europe has outlawed Nazi insignia. The hat groups of Europe use the American confederate battle flag as their standard. Now I hope the European Council will outlaw its use in the European Union as it did the nazi flags.

  20. 72 desertflower
    June 28, 2015 at 10:36 am

  21. 73 0388jojothecat
    June 28, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Good Morning TOD Family and Chipsticks.

    I am looking forward to our SoCal TOD Sunday Brunch….Pictures to be posted by GGail later! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Everyone have a wonderful day!

  22. June 28, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Good Morning Everyone

  23. 79 hopefruit2
    June 28, 2015 at 10:43 am

    We O’bots have been saying that for quite some time now. We’ve been mocked and scorned for it too…but we’ve never let that distract us from the truth.

  24. June 28, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Good Sunday morning, TODville!!

    From the fabulous interview with Marc Maron, to the actions toward removal and elimination of that ugly flag, to the Supreme Court decisions on Obamacare and gay marriage, to the passage of TAA and TPA, to the simply amazing eulogy from President Obama….….


  25. June 28, 2015 at 10:50 am


  26. 89 amk for obama
    June 28, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Unmanned SpaceX rocket explodes after Florida launch.


    This is their 3rd consecutive failure.

  27. 91 globalcitizenlinda
    June 28, 2015 at 10:56 am

    too bad that the SpaceX rocket launch was not successful

  28. 92 globalcitizenlinda
    June 28, 2015 at 10:58 am

  29. 96 Dudette
    June 28, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Just cuz we can (and, frankly, cuz some of us can never get enough)…
    Let’s recap some earlier selections from the Presidential repertoire, shall we?

  30. 107 hopefruit2
    June 28, 2015 at 11:16 am

    I see that MHP is trying to claim that PBO did not have such a good week after all (As we the sheeple we thinking all along)…. One of her biggest beefs is that he was “insensitive” to that heckler at the LGBT event at the WH. To this I say: Girl bye….

    • June 28, 2015 at 11:18 am

      Man, talk about ridiculous……She sounds like someone who is desperate to stay relevant….to her BOSSES and the emo left.

    • June 28, 2015 at 11:19 am

      She has well and truly lost it Hopefruit, she has so much personal antagonism towards PBO she is incapable of giving him credit for anything, even after a week like this. Amazing stuff.

    • 120 amk for obama
      June 28, 2015 at 11:23 am

      oh man, not her again.

    • 123 Don
      June 28, 2015 at 11:29 am

      To tell you the truth my only problem with MHP, Dyson, Smiley and West is that before 2009 you never heard a goddamn peep out of them. Not a damn peep, the only people you heard from were Jesse and Al. Even when Jesse says something silly shit I overlook it because Jesse was always in the fight. But these other people, oh no, I suspect in 2017 they will crawl back under which ever rock they crawled from out under.

    • 124 Vicki
      June 28, 2015 at 11:39 am

      hopefruit and the rest of us noticing MHP.
      I tuned in yesterday for the first time in months because I thought even MHP would be celebrating PBO.
      OMG!!!!! in 2 minutes she brushed off the Amazing Grace eulogy and president Obama like he was nothing— and started talking about and reading from Toni Morrison.
      MHP is an enemy and I hope nobody watches her garbage ever again. I surely won’t.

      • 125 hopefruit2
        June 28, 2015 at 11:58 am

        Well-said Vicki. I’ve never actually watched her show – not even the premiere. And I feel vindicated in my decision.

    • 126 Dudette
      June 28, 2015 at 11:52 am

      I knew if I turned my TV on that show today, she or somebody on her show would piss me off. Glad I heeded my instinct.

      • 127 hopefruit2
        June 28, 2015 at 12:00 pm

        Yup – in a way I feel sorry for her, but in another way I don’t. She had a choice to take this job, and it appears that she is now willing to risk her integrity, credibility and entire reputation just for an MSNBC paycheck (which in my opinion seems more like a bribe, and less like a salary).

    • June 28, 2015 at 11:56 am

      Really, MHP said that. Really. That’s alot of B.S. The rude one was that heckler.

  31. 130 amk for obama
    June 28, 2015 at 11:21 am

    I jus’ realized jack the psycho is also jtp. 😎

  32. 134 vcprezofan2
    June 28, 2015 at 11:26 am

    A very ‘Good Day’ to everyone. May your Sunday be all you could wish for….and may your family interactions today be positive!

    Here in my earth corner, the sun is trying to shine, the rain is trying to take a break (must have been those side eyes I’ve been sending its way in the last couple of days), and life is good.

    Blessings …in exactly the areas you’re looking for them!

  33. June 28, 2015 at 11:32 am

  34. 140 vcprezofan2
    June 28, 2015 at 11:41 am

    …. AND The Week Behind, from @Interior’s perspective…

  35. 141 globalcitizenlinda
    June 28, 2015 at 11:45 am

    this week, I have been amused by gop slamming this SCOTUS legitimacy based on ACA and Marriage Equality rulings;


    how come the gop never questioned the legitimacy of this SCOTUS when it gave us (among others) Hobby Lobby, Citizens United and stole the election for shrub?

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