The Week Ahead



The President will travel to Anchorage, Alaska. While there, he will participate in a roundtable with Alaska Natives and address the Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) Conference.

GLACIER will convene foreign ministers from Arctic nations and key non-Arctic states with scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders from Alaska and the Arctic region to discuss how climate change is reshaping the Arctic, increase global awareness of how Arctic climate change is affecting the rest of the world, and identify individual and collective actions to address these challenges.



The President will travel to the Seward area, where he will hike to Exit Glacier, participate in a boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park and have the opportunity to view the effects of climate change firsthand.




The President will travel to Dillingham, Alaska, where he will meet with local fisherman and families. He will then travel to Kotzebue, Alaska, where he will deliver remarks. In the evening, he will depart Alaska en route Washington, DC.



The President will attend meetings at the White House.



The President will host King Salman bin Abd alAziz of Saudi Arabia at the White House.


127 Responses to “The Week Ahead”

  1. 1 desertflower
    August 30, 2015 at 10:57 am


  2. 11 desertflower
    August 30, 2015 at 11:00 am


    The effects of global warming in Alaska are significant, varied, and interrelated. They include melting permafrost, receding glaciers, eroding coasts, disappearing sea ice, and mounting problems for native species, such as caribou, sea otters, salmon, and polar bears. Because the Arctic is a bellwether of climate change, all of us, no matter where we live, should be concerned about what is happening there. The consequences of global warming are most immediate in the lives of those who live in the Arctic, including Alaska Native peoples, so it’s their actions that may show how communities can learn to sustain traditional ways of life and ecosystems amidst the changing climate.

    So glad he’s going here….

  3. 12 desertflower
    August 30, 2015 at 11:04 am

    And I think at one point this summer there were over 600 fires burning there… but remember, ” there is no such thing as climate change!” AH!!


  4. 13 GGail
    August 30, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Congrats DF and Dudette on twin Firsts! 🙂 🙂

    Now – Let’s Go ManU !!!

  5. 18 vcprezofan2
    August 30, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Chips and Dudette, you sneaks! Tying me up in conversation on the left hand while pushing through the open gate with your right!

    Sigh, I do like effective strategies however. 😀 😀 😀

  6. 21 Dudette
    August 30, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Some good music for a rainy Sunday!

  7. August 30, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Good morning, TOD! I come bearing gifts… Haven’t read it yet; however, FREE is good…

  8. 25 japa21
    August 30, 2015 at 11:14 am

    There is no doubt Alaska is beautiful state. Unfortunately, not quite as breathtaking as it has been in the past but still more beautiful than what it will be in the future unless something is done soon to halt the advance of climate change. But even then, the beauty that was is probably lost forever.

  9. August 30, 2015 at 11:15 am

    This is going to be an amazing trip…..can’t wait!

  10. 34 japa21
    August 30, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Let’s see, if ManU can win today they will be so far ahead of another team that shall remain nameless that I don’t think the other team can be seen in the rear view mirror.

  11. August 30, 2015 at 11:16 am

    It is my hope Jim Wright will be in Anchorage to meet him. He hasn’t answered me yet but he would give a terrific observations. If you don’t follow Jim on FB you don’t know him.
    I hope the President gets to see the Artic refuge. We have always wanted to travel to Alaska but never could. I travel through others words and photography.

    • 54 arapaho415
      August 30, 2015 at 11:24 am

      GM CMWY, GM TODville.

      Alaska is the most amazing place.

      The Seward hike that PBO will travel has mile markers of where the edge of the glacier was in past years.

      Hiked to the Harding Icefield (i.e, 3-4 miles pretty much straight up), an impressive sight with nothing but ice as far as the eye could see.

      Spectacular wildflowers along the way, though I was there in July — by August the snowshoe bunny fur is changing from brown to white (from the feet upward).

      Teehee on the Palin dig — her husband’s family is from Dillingham — I’m sure the Palin household is seething and throwing things now.

      • August 30, 2015 at 11:40 am

        Did you do that this year? Lucky you. Some of my cousins lived there and a brother-law too. He was a chef on a cruise ship at port in Ketchikan, Alaska. Unfortunately he died 35 years ago there in a plane crash. He was a classmate too.

        • 56 arapaho415
          August 30, 2015 at 12:16 pm

          Very sad about your B-I-L.

          Ketchikan is very isolated, only way in or out of town is by ship or plane, which is true for all southeast Alaska such as their state capital of Juneau.

          If you ever plan a trip to AK, recommend the State Transportation system which is the Alaska Marine Ferry. Goes to places the enormous cruise ships don’t — 16 years ago cost about $400 for round trip ticket.

          Another advantage of the AK Marine Ferry is that you have the town to yourself when the cruise ships leave and you can set your own schedule.

  12. August 30, 2015 at 11:19 am

    AMK are you still here? Did you go to Germany? Anyone else here have pugs? Many Bronco players showed off their itty bitty dogs on National Dog Day.

    • 60 arapaho415
      August 30, 2015 at 11:27 am


      Speaking of Germany…

      This is an amazing story of how the busboy at RFK’s assassination at LA’s Ambassador Hotel became BFFs with a woman in Germany, who reached out and helped him to heal.

      • August 30, 2015 at 11:32 am

        Thank you Arapaho. Your suggestions are the best! I bought tiny Abutilon plants and they’re blooming. Need to transplant them. They grow easily from seed but I wanted a certain color.

  13. August 30, 2015 at 11:23 am

  14. August 30, 2015 at 11:29 am

    I’ve been to Anchorage many times. In the summer of 1997 my wife and I visited in Aug. and we toured the remains of the Portage glacier not far from Seward. It was right on the water. Since that time the Portage glacier has virtually disappeared, and retreated into the mountains. I’ve also been to Juneau many times over the years, and witnessed the retreat of the Mendenhall glacier, which used to be right near the visitor’s center, is now a lengthy distance away, and more so each year.

    • August 30, 2015 at 11:34 am

      I might add during the same trip to Seward my wife and I and friends of ours also took the Kenai Fiords boat tour. It was fantastic. We saw incredible richness of wild life including pods of orcas and humpback whales, sea otters, seals, and so on. We got very close to some glaciers that were “calving” and were tossed around by huge waves every time a large chuck of glacier would break off and hit the water.

      • 72 arapaho415
        August 30, 2015 at 12:25 pm

        GM Bill R.

        Glad to see you (and others) persuaded your Senator to align with the international community and support the #IranDeal.

        Seward is amazing, one of my favorite spots in AK. Best hiking, IMO and the Seward Aquarium (built with settlement proceeds from Exxon Valdez) is stunning. Could watch the wild seabirds dive into the enormous aquarium for hours.

        Also took one of the (small) boat tours off the coast — ice floes everywhere, and walruses too. Since that was a decade and a half ago, sounds like that is sadly no longer true. 😦

    • 73 Obama Grandmama
      August 30, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      I lived in Juneau, AK for ten years. Three of four of my now adult kids think of Juneau as their home having grown up there and graduated from JDHS. I became a widow and empty nested while in Juneau then retired from teaching school and moved back to Oregon. While living there I visited the Seward Penninsula, Anchorage, Fairbanks areas, Denali, and Glacier National Park. I also took an AK inland tour with Holland America when my daughter worked for them while she was in college. One of my sons graduated from U of AK Fairbanks. My final resting place will be with my late husband there. AK is beautiful and diverse.

  15. August 30, 2015 at 11:31 am

    • 75 arapaho415
      August 30, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      So looking forward to El Nino! Hope its influence makes its way to the Sierras and the northern CA lakes which are alarmingly depleted.

      In the Spring after our last big El Nino, visited Death Valley and Joshua Tree — rain in biblical proportions in LA those weekends, but Death Valley was dry with clouds (odd to feel raindrops on my windbreaker which evaporated before they hit the ground in Badwater) and snow-capped Panamint Mountains to the west. Cannot describe how gorgeous the proliferation of wildflowers at Joshua Tree were in April 1998.

  16. 76 vcprezofan2
    August 30, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Speaking of outdoors and climate and such ….. Ta-da!

  17. August 30, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Looking forward to seeing Alaska with the President.

    • August 30, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      Me tooo…

      this is something that the media should cover….interesting to see how much they do

    • 82 idon
      August 30, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      Me too. Me and hubby are going to study up a bit so we can understand the geography of PBO’s presentation. My husband spent part of his childhood in Anchorage Alaska on an Air Force. He loved it.

  18. 83 hopefruit2
    August 30, 2015 at 11:36 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Sunday everyone. 🙂

  19. 85 Dudette
    August 30, 2015 at 11:37 am

  20. 86 GGail
    August 30, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Hurry up half time before one of our guys gets a red card 😳

  21. August 30, 2015 at 11:47 am

    I’m glad that racists idiot name Palin isn’t still Governor.

  22. 93 EricFive
    August 30, 2015 at 11:53 am

    I never could understand why GOP voters continue to support the destruction of the planet. I have had conversations with people who seem to really care about environmental issues, who speak of worrying about the planet they leave their children, but who vote GOP. They vote for the party that opposes safe drinking water, food safety inspections and air quality standards. Polling has shown that GOP voters don’t support rich people paying lower tax rate (this sentiment was tapped into by Trump when he recently supported raising taxes on hedge fund managers), yet they mindlessly vote for politicians who enact the very policies they oppose (which has the real world consequence of having them pay more in taxes, usually in the form of increased state and local taxes necessitated by fewer federal dollars to the states). It seems to me that “tradition” is the main reason most folks vote for the GOP. I have been told numerous times by seemingly sane and sensible folks who vote GOP that their “family has always voted for the Republican ” when I ask why they vote as they do. GOP support seems very “tribal”, based on tradition and “dinner table indoctrination”. In exchange for protecting “cultural” issues (pro-white, pro-Christian, anti-immigrant, anti-gay, anti-women, anti-choice) these folks are willing to vote against their financial interest and the survival of the very planet.

  23. 95 Nena20409
    August 30, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Hello TOD. Good Morning. Nice. Lovely. Cool Breeze. Sunny. Blue Sky. 🙂
    Congrats to twin Gold ⭐ star: winners : DF and GGail.

  24. 99 Nena20409
    August 30, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Nice Tweet. Got this from BWD TL

  25. August 30, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Click play, then get up and join the party!

  26. August 30, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Congrats on 1st Dudette!!

    TY Chips for the President’s weekly schedule – should be another historic week!!


  27. 107 Dudette
    August 30, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    OMG! How tragically sad!

    • 108 0388jojothecat
      August 30, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      I heard last night… thanks for the video.. What a talent gone too soon.

    • 109 vcprezofan2
      August 30, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      I just watched a moving fun clip of him and Hamilton creator singing together for an impromptu audience – unbelievably sad! We just never know how much time we have; at least he had a chance to debut his dream. 😦

    • 110 a4alice
      August 30, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      I heard about this! Oh that is too bad! And so young – whole life ahead!

  28. 111 GGail
    August 30, 2015 at 12:08 pm


  29. 112 Dudette
    August 30, 2015 at 12:12 pm

  30. 114 Dudette
    August 30, 2015 at 12:17 pm

  31. 116 Dudette
    August 30, 2015 at 12:20 pm

  32. 117 GGail
    August 30, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Cheated by the Ref 😕

  33. 124 jacquelineoboomer
    August 30, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Good Sunday afternoon, TOD.

    And, I ask myself, with the media cover this glorious trip to Alaska? Hmmm …

  34. August 30, 2015 at 1:22 pm

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