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Father-Daughter Weekend

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President Barack Obama and daughter Sasha, along with two of Sasha’s friends, board Air Force One as they depart Joint Base Andrews in Washington. President Obama and Sasha are traveling to New York City to meet up with Malia Obama for some father-daughter time

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President Barack Obama accompanied by his daughters Sasha and Malia, their friends, and the president’s sister Maya Soetoro-Ng, her husband Konrad Ngwalk, through Central Park

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Maya Soetoro-Ng, the sister of President Barack Obama, center, and her husband Konrad Ngwalk, right, and Obama's daughter Malia Obama, left, accompany the president through Central Park, Saturday, July 18, 2015, in New York. Obama is spending a mainly personal weekend with his daughters in New York City. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama, center top, accompanied by his daughter, Sasha, at his left, friends, family, and secret service agents, walks through Central Park, Saturday, July 18, 2015, in New York. Obama is spending a mainly personal weekend with his daughters in New York City. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Maya Soetoro-Ng, the sister of President Barack Obama, center left, and her husband Konrad Ngwalk, center right, accompany the president through Central Park, Saturday, July 18, 2015, in New York. Obama is spending a mainly personal weekend with his daughters in New York City. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)


115 Responses to “Father-Daughter Weekend”


  1. July 18, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Anybody watching the Gold Cup quarterfinals? U.S.A. up 2-0

  2. 10 jacquelineoboomer
    July 18, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Beautiful!

  3. July 18, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    A throwback on Nelson Mandela day

    • 12 99ts
      July 18, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      One of – the very few, world leaders remembered because he avoided war. It is much easier to be a war time leader than a peace time leader.

  4. July 18, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Gorgeous photos Nerdy, endless thanks! Such completely beautiful girls (their Dad is kinda nice too).

  5. July 18, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    lol at Sasha screaming back

  6. 17 Nerdy Wonka
    July 18, 2015 at 5:48 pm

  7. July 18, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Wonderful how GOP suddenly has a conscious…nary a peep a few months ago on immigrants, racist birth certificate B.S., or swiftboating…to name a few off the top of my head.

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  8. 22 yardarm756
    July 18, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Papa Obama better get his shotgun ready…….His girls are foxy!!! I pity the fool…..;-)

    • 23 MadameSoph
      July 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      I know, huh? Sasha has (seemingly overnight) gone from goofy tween to gorgeous teen… that body! Bet PBO will have some extra Secret Service watching her on dates 🙂 And Malia, beautiful as ever, is looking more and more like FLOTUS these days, even though her shape and general vibe seem more like her dad. Both girls are stunning!

  9. July 18, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Meanwhile, this has been my day before my birthday.

  10. July 18, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Congrats LP 🙂

    Such gorgeous young women!!! Thank you NW!!!!

  11. 30 vcprezofan2
    July 18, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Thank,s Bts. I absolutely love Sasha’s response to the media and to crowds/fanfare – all the time, every time! 😀 😀 😀 Didn’t I see her do a responsive shout-out in that vid?

  12. July 18, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Please RT so we can circulate this great speech!

    • 36 Vicki
      July 18, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      I read the earlier post about a VP Biden announcement not coming until the end of the summer—which, by the way, is precisely what the VP has said all along. Summer ends on Sept. 21.
      Just my 2 cents here, worth possibly zero cents, is that until the Iran Nuclear issue is off the table it is probably wise not to ruffle the feathers of the AIPAC-Clinton senators. For example, Schumer,Menendez,Feinstein, McCaskill. Ex-senators Lieberman, Bayh and others are already forming up for a media onslaught against our President and his VP.

      • July 18, 2015 at 7:03 pm

        Makes a ton of sense.

      • July 18, 2015 at 7:49 pm

        Interesting perspective, Jackie.

        Unlikely House and Senate will vote on the Iran Deal until after Summer recess, i.e., after Labor Day, 7 Sept. They’re going to prolong it as long as they can because they know their just going to get their asses handed to them, once again, by President Obama.

        UN Security Council votes on Sanctions relief on Monday, 20 July 2015.

        I suspect VP Biden will announce sometime after that vote and well before Labor Day.

      • 39 MadameSoph
        July 18, 2015 at 8:14 pm

        Interesting…. if you are correct, that would be typically brilliant and insightful Obama/Biden strategy. Another reason I would love our VP to be our next POTUS. He’s learned, contributed to and been in on PBO’s political brilliance for the last two terms: always putting personal needs behind the big picture; being willing to let others have the limelight and mic while you are stealthily accomplishing everything. Both men know how to get things done (or not done, if necessary) in the Senate, and how to time everything.

    • 40 vcprezofan2
      July 18, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      This is the first time I’ve noticed the VP seal on a podium – I never even knew there was one. Have I simply been unobservant all these years, or is this a recent addition when VP Joe is speaking?

  13. 41 vcprezofan2
    July 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    With his dark glasses on, Mr Ng made me think of the Castro twins.

  14. 42 hopefruit2
    July 18, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Our First Daughters – they’re growing up so quickly! Beautiful girls – inside and out. Proud Papa Obama…. 🙂

  15. July 18, 2015 at 6:13 pm

  16. 46 CEB
    July 18, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    PBO has missed his girls who are so busy with their teenage lives sans parents. So glad that he scheduled and got to follow through on this outing with them (so much is happening so fast in our world) and that he got to spend time with his little sister as well. What a beautiful family.

  17. 47 hopefruit2
    July 18, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Those SS guys/ladies are as impressive as the entourage they’re covering. Damn… When PBO and the local vendor shake hands, look at the SS guys’ laser focus on that interaction from two vantage points – the one in front of Sasha and the one at the back with shades next to Malia!

    Meanwhile, we just get to sit back, enjoy that scene and feel good! 🙂 🙂

    • 48 CEB
      July 18, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      I’ll go back and take another look. What I did note was how all of the S S agents are looking away from the family group and out toward the public on all sides. It is funny that the Beast is trailing along after them.

  18. 51 JER
    July 18, 2015 at 6:39 pm

  19. July 18, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Donald Trump said he got out of serving in the military because he had some trouble with his feet, are you kidding me? And he has the nerve to criticize John McCain. OMG.

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  23. July 18, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Everyone knows the truth …

  24. 67 Marlz (@MarJGra)
    July 18, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Ah Hillary…

  25. July 18, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Urge all of you to read this ….

  26. 76 hopefruit2
    July 18, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Hmmm…. #BerningMoreBridges

  27. July 18, 2015 at 7:27 pm

  28. July 18, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    True ….

    #TruthAndReconciliation

  29. July 18, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Thanks for lovely photos. Happy family shots are so uplifting.

  30. 82 hopefruit2
    July 18, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Well, if he doesn’t get it, he will have to feel it. As Sir Bob would say: “Feel the BURN, Bern.”

    • July 18, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      UGH, what in the world?

      • 84 desertflower
        July 18, 2015 at 8:36 pm

        I couldn’t even listen to that droning onandonandonandon….. He seems to be a linear thinker and not a multitasker…PROBLEM! Aside from not understanding the people’s issues…he wants to talk about bankers and inequality all the time. Those ARE important…but you can’t stop the world and tell them to wait until you’re done with what YOU want to say first! Ima say this…we will NEVER,EVER,EVER, EVER see another President like this one again. Ever. This can’t be taught…you either feel it and instinctively know this, or you don’t.

        Bernie..stay a senator…and pray like hell for a Dem senate and a Dem house….you can talk about these things and maybe actually DO SOMETHING about them! Presidenting just ain’t gonna work for you…

  31. 88 theo67
    July 18, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    So… is Bernie Sanders just going to fashion all his messages after the President, without giving the President credit? Pathetic.

  32. 89 SarahT
    July 18, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Hello TOD. Usually I just lurk but thought you all might enjoy two brief items.

    1) Blog post has a video clip from NYC last night: http://ny.eater.com/2015/7/18/8998067/obama-carbone

    2) Editorial: https://shar.es/1svyd5

    Okay, back to lurking now – hope everyone has a good nighr !

  33. July 18, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Lovely photos of the President’s family…i love being able to get a peak at them….thank you for bringing it to us… smilin

  34. 98 hopefruit2
    July 18, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    American Apparel wants us to know that Sasha is wearing their dress and it only costs $38, and is perfect for going out on a stroll around, say…Central Park, and wearing with….white plimsoles, and shades…

    🙂 🙂

  35. 99 JER
    July 18, 2015 at 8:24 pm

  36. 101 JER
    July 18, 2015 at 8:28 pm

  37. 106 hopefruit2
    July 18, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    • July 18, 2015 at 8:55 pm

      Interesting tidbit:

      “For this trip, Obama broke away from presidential tradition by not staying at the famed Waldorf Astoria, which was purchased last year by a Chinese company.

      It’s believed that the switch came in response to concerns that the Chinese could install surveillance in that hotel.”

  38. 111 desertflower
    July 18, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    I’m thinking this is pretty spot on..

    http://www.salon.com/2015/07/18/the_right_wing_medias_vicious_profiteering_how_fox_news_donald_trump_are_weaponizing_hate/


    movement conservatism and racism are unified in the post-civil rights era United States.

    White racial resentment, white victimology, white identity politics, and white grievance-mongering are common to overt white supremacists such as the Ku Klux Klan, Neo Nazis, and white nationalists, more broadly. The same values are mobilized by the Republican Party and Fox News media through symbolic racism, the use of coded racial appeals, and the now-infamous “Southern Strategy.” Overt white supremacists largely traffic in “old fashioned” racism; the contemporary Republican Party uses “colorblind” racism and claims about “bad culture” or “cultural pathologies” among blacks to legitimate and protect a system of white privilege and supremacy.

    However, the divide between the old-fashioned racism of White Nationalists and the “modern” racism of the contemporary Republican Party is not fixed. White racial animus towards blacks and Latinos (and often other people of color) grows from the same soil: a belief that the United States is naturally a “white” country and that White America has a Herrenvolk birthright to its resources and opportunities before all other groups of people. Whether explicitly invoked or done through coded appeals, these shared beliefs help to make the cross-pollination of ideas within the right-wing echo chamber so efficient.

    Weaponized hate. Chilling and real and purposeful.

  39. 112 99ts
    July 18, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Many thanks NW – lovely pics to wake up to – have to admit that my favorite is the Pres shaking hands with the worker at the food stall – he truly is a man of the people.

    Meanwhile – I’m confused as to why the trump decided to attack John McCain? Is the former confused about who are the current GOP candidates?

  40. July 18, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    tooo tooo funny…but right on point….

    politicians (DEMs and GOPers)have bought into the notion that anybody can do what the President has done….cause after all there is NOTHING special about him….

    NO! NO! NOPEEEE! NADA!

  41. July 18, 2015 at 9:08 pm


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