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  1. 4 JER
    July 26, 2015 at 11:12 am

  2. 5 JER
    July 26, 2015 at 11:30 am

  3. 7 MightyPamela
    July 26, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Who wouldn’t want to touh his hand? I sure would! Maybe one day – 🐻 ❤

  4. 8 GGail
    July 26, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    A huge and heartfelt thanks to you Chips, Nerdy, JER and everyone else who supplied us with tweets and videos of the Native Sons travels in Kenya. 💙

  5. July 26, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Good Morning FamIly.

    I’m now fully caught up on the President’s trip. Wasn’t it just wonderful? Even sister Auma’s introduction of him had me choked up. What a blessing to be living during the age of Obama.

  6. July 26, 2015 at 11:36 am

    some advice I hope they take ….

  7. 18 Dudette
    July 26, 2015 at 11:38 am

    I could watch this ALL DAY! 😀

  8. 21 vcprezofan2
    July 26, 2015 at 11:45 am

    For Immediate ReleaseJuly 25, 2015
    FACT SHEET: Power Africa

    In 2013, President Obama launched Power Africa, an innovative partnership to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa where more than 600 million people currently lack access. During the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in 2014, President Obama reaffirmed that Power Africa’s reach extends across all of sub-Saharan Africa and tripled Power Africa’s goals to work towards adding 30,000 megawatts (MW) of new, cleaner electricity generation capacity and increasing electricity access by at least 60 million new connections.

    Progress to Date

    Power Africa has helped transactions expected to generate over 4,100 MW of new, cleaner power generation throughout sub-Saharan Africa reach financial close. When fully on line, this additional generation has the potential to enable an estimated 4 million new connections through increased availability of power. Through Power Africa’s Off-Grid Challenge and the U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance initiative (ACEF), the U.S. Government has funded projects expected to yield an additional 1 million new connections.

    Delivering on U.S. Government Commitments

    Two years after the launch of Power Africa, several U.S. Government departments and agencies have fulfilled their original 5-year Power Africa commitments and have announced expanded Power Africa commitments.

    > The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) expects to exceed its original $1.5 billion commitment by the end of 2015, which is expected to mobilize an additional $1.4 billion in private capital. OPIC has announced an additional $1 billion commitment through 2018.

    > The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) expects to commit nearly $2 billion by the end of 2015, nearly doubling its original $1 billion commitment. MCC is implementing power compacts in Ghana and Malawi, and is developing energy sector programs in Benin, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania.

    > The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has placed over 25 advisors across sub-Saharan Africa who are tracking over 24,000 MW of projects for potential support and providing technical support to improve the enabling environment for private sector investment. USAID, through its Development Credit Authority, has mobilized $171 million in private finance in support of power projects, with a pipeline of over $300 million in new projects.


    ………………………………….. //


  9. 22 hopefruit2
    July 26, 2015 at 11:53 am

  10. 33 JER
    July 26, 2015 at 11:55 am

    A rainbow again. 🙂

  11. July 26, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Perhaps the significance of meeting the US leader may not have hit her due to her tender age. Wamaitha is a Standard One pupil at Mariakani Primary School in South B, Nairobi. Teachers at the school said they were surprised to see her on television. Her class teacher, Ms Pauline Musyoka, said they did not know she had been selected to present the bouquet to Mr Obama as he made the historic visit to Kenya. “She is one the brightest pupils in her class,” said Ms Musyoka.

    Complete 18 minute video of the interview

  12. July 26, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    A citizen going to see President Obama’s speech: Photo by the BBC’s Nastaran Tavakoli-Far

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  13. July 26, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Prayers and positive thoughts for Go Brooklyn

    • 43 hopefruit2
      July 26, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      Is she okay…

      • 44 vcprezofan2
        July 26, 2015 at 2:57 pm

        Hi Hopef. She’s alright but going in for scans and the like tomorrow (Monday), and I asked that we uplift her with our positive thoughts and prayers. (There has been some extra tiredness and pain.) I’m working on the theory that together we at TOD can move ‘mountains’ – enough for GoB to ‘feel’ our positive presence and support.

        • 45 hopefruit2
          July 26, 2015 at 4:28 pm

          Okay – thanks vc for the details. I will definitely have her in my thoughts, and will join you and TOD in giving GoB the best of our support as she undergoes her tests.

  14. 46 CEB
    July 26, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I wish that there was a word greater than thanks that could truly convey the gratitude that I feel toward Chips, Nerdy, and all other contributors who have been there all the way with PBO in Africa (as well as the other 49 trips that he has made abroad) and presenting them to all of us. I remember how frustrated I was when I tried to find coverage of the Obamas first trip overseas after the 2008 election. There was little information and most of it was horribly biased. Here at TOD the wonderful blog tyrants and contributors take us along in real time (I cannot believe that some of you were up at 4:00 am) to witness the greatest president of the modern era as he works so hard as a Statesman of the world. So proud of him and so thankful to all of you.

      July 26, 2015 at 12:40 pm


    • July 26, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      You have articulated what many of us feel and you have done it beautifully! Those words can’t be said often enough.

    • 49 sjterrid
      July 26, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      I echo your thoughts, CEB!

  15. July 26, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    “Which raises the question: Did the Israeli cabinet authorize the war that Israel has launched in order to impose its will on the Obama administration over the Iran nuclear agreement? Shouldn’t it have done so, give that such a war could have implications and ramifications that are no less consequential than those of a “conventional” war?”


    A decade ago, the American Jewish community had to mount a concerted campaign to counter the claims made by widely respected political scientists Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer about the Israel Lobby and its supposedly pivotal role in pushing America to war in Iraq. And that was with a gung-ho administration that needed no encouragement to take on Saddam Hussein, and with an experienced Israeli prime minister like Ariel Sharon who maintained an extremely low profile during the months leading up to the 2003 war.

    In 2015, however, the administration is promoting a diplomatic agreement, not seeking an excuse to go to war. And far from lobbying discreetly on the sidelines, the Israeli prime minister is flaunting his opposition to the proposed deal, brazenly infiltrating the administration’s hinterland in Congress, openly exhorting his troops, Henry V style, to go “once more unto the breach” to topple Obama’s dangerous peacemaking.


    There have been harsh confrontations between Israel and U.S. administrations in the past: None have seemed quite so harsh, bitter and potentially damaging, directly and collaterally. Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying that the price of war is not paid while it is being waged – the invoice is presented only when it is over. In a campaign with unclear motives, undefined objectives and dubious gains even in victory, the price is bound to be high and the bill both painful and inevitably shocking.”

    suggest all of you read the entire essay ….

  16. 53 Nerdy Wonka
    July 26, 2015 at 1:13 pm

  17. 54 Don
    July 26, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    What President Obama should really be applauded for is his business acumen. He has opened up the markets of Cuba and Iran to the global business community. Money is what bought Iran to the table, President Obama did not appeal to Iran politically he appealed to their pocketbooks, and the same goes for Cuba. There isn’t a business or corporation that isn’t ready to do business with Iran and Cuba. And that silence you’re getting from the United States Chamber of Commerce, it isn’t because they’re fed up with President Obama. It’s because the businesses that they represent told them to shut the fuck and let President Obama make us more money.

  18. July 26, 2015 at 1:16 pm

  19. 62 jacquelineoboomer
    July 26, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Allowed myself five minutes of Trump News Network aka CNN, and that should last me until tomorrow! I like to peek in on what the animals in the zoo are doing. Ugh. Clean up in the Fools’ Den, please!

  20. 68 hopefruit2
    July 26, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Hey amk, here’s a ‘sup for you! 🙂 🙂

  21. July 26, 2015 at 1:46 pm

  22. 74 Linda
    July 26, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    The Senate began with Orin Hatch scolding Ted Cruz.

    Now McConnell is saying they will vote to repeal Obamacare.

    mute !

  23. 75 Nena20409
    July 26, 2015 at 2:17 pm

  24. 76 vcprezofan2
    July 26, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    PBO is currently dialoguing with the leaders in a round table discussion (at the link Chips shared above). Lots and lots of Amharic and a little English here and there.

    • 77 vcprezofan2
      July 26, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      Sorry, that didn’t last for too long. 😦 I did see him sitting at the table though and heard him talking. 🙂

  25. 78 hopefruit2
    July 26, 2015 at 2:25 pm

  26. July 26, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    “The polls are in: a majority of Americans supports President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. But, in what is emerging as a significant new element of the political landscape, the millennial generation (those born between 1980 and 1997) is by far the most supportive, with 65 percent for the deal compared with 55 percent of older Americans in a recent Cato/YouGov poll.

    The millennials’ attitudes toward the deal bolster the findings from our recent study of millennials’ foreign policy attitudes, published by the Cato Institute. Compared with their elders, millennials view the world as less threatening, are more supportive of international cooperation and diplomacy, and are far more averse to the use of military force. All of these attitudes likely contribute to millennial support for the Iran deal.”

    Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/thinktank/Millennials-strongly-back-Iran-deal.html#GK48tHIW54Ez6Woa.99


  27. July 26, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Dear Chips & NW,

    I request that you feature excerpts from the following article in a new thread. It is the most comprehensive, easy to read analysis of the #IranDeal I’ve seen (and I’ve looked at a bunch of them!). TY

    A bad deal? Diplomacy saves Israel from taking military action against Iran

    The Vienna deal prevents the introduction of a new nuclear power in the Middle East, halts the nuclear arms race and saves Israel from using military force on Iran. So why is Prime Minister Netanyahu still so opposed to it?

    By Shemuel Meir

    “Let’s set aside the mantras about the Iranian nuclear deal, that it is a “bad deal — an historic mistake.” The agreement signed on July 14 blocks Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon; it not just temporarily freezes its progress. The agreement includes clauses that refer to 10, 15 and 25 years — but blocking Iran’s path to the bomb is permanent. The concessions that Tehran made were bigger than anything any of the commentators in Israel predicted.


    Our analysis, as opposed to that of the prime minister, leads to the conclusion that from a strategic perspective, Israel should hope that the deal will be durable and sustainable vis-a-vis the aforementioned nuclear parameters. The Vienna deal has a good chance of doing so, since it is a win-win in which both Iran and the guardians of non-proliferation stand to gain. Iran “signed” to the U.S. that it is not seeking to develop nuclear weapons, and in exchange for the intrusive measures of transparency and oversight it asked for its civilian nuclear plan to be recognized. This was not obvious to all before the deal. The second Iranian demand was also met: rescinding all UN Security Council resolutions (even if the sanctions themselves will be removed gradually over a period of months and years) and replacing them with a new Security Council resolution that adopts the agreement. The resolutions on the sanctions are part of Chapter 7 of United Nations Charter that allows in some cases (but not in this case) to use military force. One of the aims of the new Security Council resolution is to remove the file of Iran’s previous violations from the UN table, and to revoke a legal basis for military action against Iran. For the Iranian leadership, this is most crucial point.

    An important question to end with: What does Iran want? Israel’s spokespeople and analysts (apart from the military echelon, whose voice is not heard, but does not seem to be partner to the alarmism) is almost axiomatic: “Of course Iran secretly seeks nuclear weapons.” The facts, as well as the aforementioned analysis, say something else. And if Iran strays from the path to civilian nuclear power, it will quickly be detected by the intrusive oversight mechanisms. Paradoxically for some Israelis, in Iran’s eyes strict adherence to the NPT as a NNWS is an insurance certificate. This will allow the Islamic Republic to preserve its rule vis-a-vis the “regime changing” doctrine of America’s neocons. A rational Iranian approach of matching the means to the ends is of utmost importance for the survival of the regime. The Supreme Leader did not halt the country’s suspicious nuclear activity after the U.S. invaded Iraq and brought down Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003 for nothing. American deterrence works — and it will always form another layer to preserve the agreement. The task force of U.S.’s Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf and the Tomahawk missiles of the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean send a message of deterrence on a daily basis. Whoever believes the U.S. is ditching the Middle East is wrong. The Iranian nuclear deal only strengthens and entrenches America’s role in the region.”

    Please note – “Shemuel Meir is a former IDF analyst and associate researcher at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University. Today he is an independent researcher on nuclear and strategic issues and author of the “Strategic Discourse” blog, which appears in Haaretz.”


  28. 90 FoxfireTX
    July 26, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    With the usual garbage and worse coming out of the mouths of the Republicans in the US, I have been struck this weekend by the contrast between that and our incredible First Family. You’ve got Mike Huckabee on the right saying nothing short of despicable things, while FLOTUS spreads love and tolerance at the Special Olympics and PBO spreads his message on the African continent. Couldn’t find a better example of the enormous differences in the parties and the messages than this weekend. Hope versus Hate. Not a difficult choice for me.

  29. July 26, 2015 at 3:02 pm

  30. 92 FoxfireTX
    July 26, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Saw an interesting tweet from Sam Wang at Princeton this morning. He thinks based on recent surveys that Trump could reach 44% but would top out there. Contrary to the Rs wishes, I suspect he will be around for a significant period of time. My sense in the few clips I’ve seen is that he basically started this as a joke, but has been surprised at the response he’s received and is loving the attention. He now is doing the more traditional things like spending time in IA, etc. You reap what you sow, and I don’t see him giving this up any time soon. And he doesn’t have to do the hated fund raising so there really is no incentive for him to leave the race. Once he filed his financials, he’s got nothing to lose by staying in. The joke is on the Rs.

  31. 94 Don
    July 26, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    My goodness, Donald Trump has strapped on a suicide vest and he is going in! LOL!

  32. July 26, 2015 at 3:17 pm
  33. 99 vcprezofan2
    July 26, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Let it not be said that I didn’t post this on Sunday! 😀

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  36. July 26, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    The Senate was in session today to take a vote to repeal Obamacare. Because, you know there hasn’t been enough of those.

  37. 108 vcprezofan2
    July 26, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    I’m sure this was posted already but since I missed it and since I’m here twiddling my thumb – here it is again. 😉

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  40. 111 Linda
    July 26, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Import Export bank amendment passes cloture

  41. 114 JER
    July 26, 2015 at 4:18 pm

  42. July 26, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Lefkow is hoping for a stronger commitment to human rights from Washington than in the past, when there was emphasis on security and development and the hope that “quiet diplomacy” would deliver on other issues. But the situation in the country has worsened in the last decade, Lefkow said. The anti-terror law has not brought more security. “The Ethiopian government cannot curb the right to freedom of expression and assembly, as it is doing at the moment, and believe that it is the best recipe for a peaceful, stable Ethiopia. That’s too short-sighted,” Lefkow said.

    Observers are putting their hopes on a planned meeting between Obama and civil society groups. Which ones they will be is uncertain. Much of the Ethiopian opposition is abroad, seeking to promote change from the outside.


    I think the President will have a strong message in Ethiopia….just as he had in Kenya…

  43. July 26, 2015 at 4:24 pm

  44. July 26, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    The Republican presidential candidates in the Senate all voted for the repeal of the ACA, but McConnell’s amendment to repeal the ACA was dead before the first vote was cast. Democrats are never going to support anything that repeals Obamacare.

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