The Week Ahead

On This Day: President Barack Obama accompanied by First Lady Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia appears on stage on election night November 6, 2012 in Chicago



The President will travel to Boston to deliver remarks at the Greater Boston Labor Council Labor Day Breakfast. He returns to Washington DC in the afternoon.



The President will welcome the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champion Duke University Blue Devils to the White House to honor the team on winning their Championship title.



The President will travel with Dr Jill Biden to Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan to deliver remarks on the importance of investing in skills and growing the economy.




The President will award the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal to distinguished recipients in the East Room; the First Lady will also attend.



The President, the First Lady and White House staff will gather on the South Lawn of the White House to observe a moment of silence to mark the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.



On This Day – Pete Souza: “While the President was waiting anxiously backstage before his speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., daughters Malia and Sasha came in to wish him well.” Sept. 6, 2012

110 Responses to “The Week Ahead”

  1. September 6, 2015 at 11:25 am

    ‘In 2008, Singapore Airlines introduced their Suites Class, the most luxurious class of flying that is commercially available. The Suites were exclusive to their flagship Airbus A380, and they go beyond flat beds by offering enclosed private cabins with sliding doors that cocoon you in your own little lap of luxury. The interior was designed by French luxury yacht designer Jean-Jacques Coste and comes along with a plush soft leather armchair hand-stitched by the Italian master craftsmen Poltrona Frau. Perhaps most well-known of all, Singapore Airlines became the first and only commercial airline with a double bed in the sky. However, the experience came with a hefty price tag. With round-trip tickets costing up to S$23,000 (or US$18,400), it was completely unattainable for most people. Formerly, the only way for an average person to fly in the Suites was to take out a bank loan. And then I remembered that most of my personal net worth exists in frequent flier miles rather than cash. So in September 2014, after splurging a colossal amount of miles…I was booked on Suites Class to New York! (THIS IS MY TRIP IN PHOTOS) As I joined the line for check-in, I was promptly greeted by a staff. “Good evening sir, how may I help you?” A sudden realization hit me and I went “OH NOPE SORRY” and briskly walked away, leaving the lady astonished. I had almost forgotten that Changi had a luxurious check-in lounge specially for First Class and Suites passengers. It looks like a hotel lobby, and there’s even a bellhop who carries your luggage. Soon, I was in possession of The Golden Ticket. Flying in the Suites also includes an invitation to The Private Room, which the staff was proud to say that it was “higher than first class”. I arrived at the lounge and was approached by an attendant. “May I escort you to The Private Room?” she asked. I followed her past what seemed to be 50-60 people in the Business Class lounge.

    She walked noticeably fast, seemingly afraid that I would be disgusted by the presence of the working class. Here I was transferred to another attendant who walked me through the First Class lounge, and then through a set of automatic sliding double doors before being transferred to yet another attendant. Finally, after 10 miles of secret passageways and being escorted by 3000 people, I arrived at The Private Room. Entering the confines of The Private Room, the staff greeted me by name. It’s like they all already knew me before even meeting me. I wasn’t hungry but I’ve heard rave reviews about the dining room. So I sat down and ordered a glass of champagne and had the Chicken and Mutton Satay plate….and the Baked Boston Lobster with Gruyere, Emmenthal and Cheddar….and also the U.S. Prime Beef Burger with Foie Gras, Rocket Leaf and Fried Quail Egg. Oh, and a Mango Smoothie too. Completely stuffed at this point, I realized it was time for boarding. There was a dedicated jet bridge solely for Suites passengers. Standing at the end of the bridge was a flight attendant ready to greet me. “Good evening, Mr. Low!” I realized that they would address me by whatever title I chose in my Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer profile. I instantly regretted not going with President Low or Princess Derek…..As we finally landed at New York, a huge problem presented itself — I didn’t want to leave the plane. I have to say, after being served Dom Pérignon in a double-suite bedroom at 36,000 feet, I’m not sure flying experiences get any better than this. But eventually I got off the plane, because New York’s not too bad.’

    Check what he did to his dorm room in college!

  2. 14 No Child Left Behind
    September 6, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Good Sunday Morning TODVille!

    Thank you for the week ahead info.

  3. 15 vcprezofan2
    September 6, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Screeeeeech! /breath/ I’m heeeere! Thanks, Chips /said in the ‘thanks, Obama’ tone/.

      • 17 vcprezofan2
        September 6, 2015 at 11:36 am

        Thank you, my dear! /in the manner of Don/ It’s is truly a joy and a relief to have my guess at the week day verified by the Empress of TODsylvania and a future world time ruler. I am honoured!
        So, how is DannyO enjoying Labrador Weekend? Has he wangled himself any extra treats or imperishable toys yet to mark the occasion?

        • September 6, 2015 at 11:40 am

          He’s in a complete huff because his walk was 30ish minutes shorter than usual this morning because I have a ****load of work to do. He is actually not talking to me.

          • 19 vcprezofan2
            September 6, 2015 at 11:56 am

            You shouldn’t have bought him that watch! /Chidingly…..But you never listen to meee/

            Not to worry, him not talking to you hopefully will mean no distraction while you work. 😀 😀

  4. 20 No Child Left Behind
    September 6, 2015 at 11:28 am

  5. 25 jacquelineoboomer
    September 6, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Wow. Debbie’s voting for the deal? I “blame” Biden!


    • September 6, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      Hmmm.. so she decided to listen to her head as well as her heart. I’ll believe it when I see it and still think she has been a poor head of the DNC.

    • September 6, 2015 at 12:13 pm

      I’m starting to wonder if PBO is thinking whether he really wants to leave his last year and DNC convention roll out to DWS. Would love to know how he was able to convince her to a yes on Iran Deal when she was clearly foreshadowing the opposite.

    • 30 vcprezofan2
      September 6, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      A fitting segue to our night time TOD discussion, eh? The announcement IMO was ‘spoiled’ by the fact it took her so long and her the chairman, but we’ll take it.

  6. September 6, 2015 at 11:31 am

    ‘Last year, a young man walked into the Seattle airport and took the next flight to anywhere — and he hasn’t come down since: the boarding procedure has barely started at Chicago O’Hare, and Ben Schlappig has already taken over the first-class cabin. Inside Cathay Pacific Flight 807 bound for Hong Kong, he’s passing out a couple of hundred dollars’ worth of designer chocolates to a small swarm of giggling flight attendants. The six suites in this leather-bound playpen of faux mahogany and fresh-cut flowers comprise the inner sanctum of commercial flight that few ever witness. They’re mostly empty now, save for two men in their twenties who seem even giddier than the flight attendants. The two stand to greet him. “This is so cool!” exclaims one, and soon Schlappig is ordering champagne for everyone. This sort of thing happens to Schlappig nearly everywhere he goes. On this trip, his fans will witness Schlappig’s latest mission: a weekend jaunt that will slingshoot him across East Asia — Hong Kong, Jakarta, Tokyo — and back to New York, in 69 hours. He’ll rarely leave the airports, and when he does he’ll rest his head only in luxury hotels. With wide ears, Buddy Holly glasses and a shock of strawberry-blond hair, Schlappig resembles Ralphie from A Christmas Story if he’d grown up to become a J. Crew model. Back beyond the curtain in business class, a dozen jowly faces cast a stony gaze on the crescendos of laughter and spilled champagne — another spoiled trust-fund kid, they’ve judged, living off his parents’ largesse.

    But Schlappig has a job. This is his job. Schlappig, 25, is one of the biggest stars among an elite group of obsessive flyers whose mission is to outwit the airlines. They’re self-styled competitors with a singular objective: fly for free, as much as they can, without getting caught. In the past 20 years, the Internet has drawn together this strange band of savants with an odd mix of skills: the digital talent of a code writer, a lawyer’s love affair with fine print, and a passion for airline bureaucracy. It’s a whirring hive mind of IT whizzes, stats majors, aviation nerds and everyone else you knew who skipped the prom. Schlappig owes his small slice of fame to his blog “One Mile at a Time,” a diary of a young man living the life of the world’s most implausible airline ad. Posting as often as six times a day, he metes out meticulous counsel on the art of travel hacking — known in this world as the Hobby. It’s not simply how-to tips that draw his fans, it’s the vicarious thrill of Schlappig’s nonstop-luxury life — one recent flight with a personal shower and butler service, or the time Schlappig was chauffeured across a tarmac in a Porsche. But his fans aren’t just travel readers — they’re gamers, and Schlappig is teaching them how to win….continued’

    • 33 Don
      September 6, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      Interesting read, but what is their point? I could understand if an average Joe was able to get an almost free ticket to fly home for a funeral then yes it makes sense. But these guys seem to get off on flying for no reason at all. I mean they seem to hang out at the airport in lounges just to say they hung out at the airport. I mean how much can it be to fly for sixteen hours just to get served a glass of expensive wine?

      • September 6, 2015 at 12:27 pm

        I think this lad just isn’t ready to get a 9-5….thus this is his sojourn/sowing of oats in a weird way 😕

        BTW, what has happened to Spieth? He did send out this hilarious tweet during the Notre Dame game last night though 😀 😀

        • 35 Don
          September 6, 2015 at 1:05 pm

          These guys and their mental frailties, Tiger never said ‘oh woe is me’ when it came to golf. Spieth is coming off as mentally soft.

  7. 36 0388jojothecat
    September 6, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Good Morning TOD Family, Chipsticks, Nerdy, thank you for another week of wonderful PBO happenings. You are paradise in a world of insane media.

    (((Hugs))) Carolyn, baby steps – for each day, each week, each year the pain of your loss will be less and less but the memories will be sweet and comforting.

    Everyone have a blessed Sunday and safe travels for those traveling this holiday weekend

    • 37 carolyn
      September 6, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      jojo…..thank you. Yes, they are baby steps, and sometimes they are backwards, but then I go forward. I took a step today by going to church by myself, not going with someone else, and I survived. I know my husband wants me to have a good life. He spoke of that several times. In three weeks I’ll be going to see my grandson play in the marching band at his high school. These things keep me looking forward.

  8. September 6, 2015 at 11:36 am

    ‘The SCAD Museum of Art presents “Irons for the Ages, Flowers for the Day,” a large-scale installation by Beijing-based sculptor Li Hongbo. Hongbo primarily uses handmade paper to create visually compelling and malleable sculptures that challenge the viewer’s perceptions of metamorphosis in sculpture. Li Hongbo is known for employing handmade paper as his medium, to create malleable sculptures that challenge the viewer’s perception of metamorphosis in sculpture. His fascination with the material and its history, which is an important part of his chinese culture — the oldest known paper fragments in the world date back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD), and made their way to the west by way of the silk road — began when he attended the central academy of fine arts in beijing where paper was a cheap and readily available resource. since then, the artist has engaged in depth with the material, exploring its endless possibilities. Hongbo’s work can be seen as part of this continuum, drawing from a rich formal and historic tradition. The artist’s fascination with paper and its history started coincidentally when he attended the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, as paper was a cheap and readily available resource. This ultimately developed into a focused analysis and engagement with the endless possibilities the medium offers as Hongbo progressed through his studies and established his career.

    Building upon his expansive knowledge of paper’s natural strengths and weaknesses, Li Hongbo’s creative’s artistic process sees him applying a honeycomb layer of adhesive between sheets of paper, to form solid yet pliable structures that can elongate, retract, stretch and twist. his installation ‘Irons for the ages, Flowers for the day’ is a composition of brightly colored gun-shaped paper accordions that fill the SCAD museum of art’s pamela elaine potter gallery. The work examines the conflicts of war and weapons, in which Li Hongbo transforms the crude tools of destruction, rendered in vibrant, honeycombed, laminated paper, by reshaping them into delicate abstract forms resembling floral patterns. the artist eliminates any signs of slaughter and chaos that guns evoke, by transposing the sinister intent of guns into a pleasant landscape which instead expresses feelings of optimism…From hippies penetrating the National Guard’s rifles with flower power, to fleeting blooms and butterflies glimpsed amid the chaos of Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front, the petal, juxtaposed with the metal of a gun, are as apt a metaphor for our dual desires for war and peace as any. Discussion around mass shootings and gun control have become a part of our everyday lives since the 2012 Newtown massacre, leaving cultural and emotional scar tissue that that is picked at and reopened with a fresh ‘incident’ every month. Hongbo seeks to remind people that the will to kill with so brutal and effective a weapon as a gun surrounds us always, no matter how charming the setting. “Everyone has a dream. Dreams of a comfortable life, a beautiful environment, a peaceful society and so on,” he says. “But some selfish people damage others’ lives and dreams because of their own excessive desires. They revert to guns, one of most deadly weapons be used to threaten and kill people who do not ‘obey’ their dreams of beauty.”…continued’

  9. 40 Vicki
    September 6, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    As far as I can tell, it looks like VP Biden will be having the most photogenic type event tomorrow.
    POTUS is addressing a breakfast gathering in Boston.
    And Joe is marching with the AFL and Trumpka in Pittsburgh.

    Don’t know what HRC, Bernie or Martin will be doing.
    Let alone what the GOP band of nutbags have planned.

    Then, later in the week I see that Dr. Biden and PBO will be appearing together at a community College. I recall that they’ve done this before. 2012? maybe.

    VPOTUS sorrowful speech to the Atlanta synagogue was not an encouraging sign but I am attempting to hold on to some hope that Joe will be a candidate soon.

  10. September 6, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Congratulations to Don on his gold medal. Happy Sunday, all.

  11. 46 Nena20409
    September 6, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Hello TOD……GM and Happy Sunday.
    Congrats Don on your Golden ⭐
    It is indeed a wonderful Post today. I love the Yesteryear…….Photos . Thank you, Chips.
    So D-WS has finally done the right thing…….well, I will be darned. I didn’t see that coming.
    Colin Powell is for the #IranDeal too? Wow…..that is HUGE!

  12. 47 Nena20409
    September 6, 2015 at 12:36 pm

  13. 54 MightyPamela
    September 6, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Mornin’ y’all, only a few minutes to say Hey! All this crap with DWS, I had better balanced 5 year olds in my Montessori preschool classes. It occurred to me earlier after reading all the Jewish heart bs (and I am part Jewish, with adorable Jewish family members) her position as DNC Chair was likely one of the demands made by her old boss when their fruitless campaign collapsed in 2008. We know there were other demands on PBO, which being a gracious and generous Soul he agreed to. Enough is e-eff’ing-nuff – these fools should get their priorities straight. Bunch of jackasses. Bye for now. ❤

    • 55 vcprezofan2
      September 6, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      A bargaining chip by her old boss, eh? Could be; she has certainly been loyal to her. Bye, and enjoy your worship service!

  14. 56 Nena20409
    September 6, 2015 at 12:41 pm

  15. 57 hopefruit2
    September 6, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Our President shows his gratitude to Collin Powell for supporting the Iran deal 🙂

  16. September 6, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Good day TOD ….

    She deserves to be thanked. I thought it best to share my gratitude with Bibi 😉

    #FORWARD Together

  17. 68 Nena20409
    September 6, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    I get the angst of some wanting USA to take in more refugees from Syria. I would want US to take a few more too. However,
    People are forgetting that USA gives the most Funds currently.
    Since 9/11, USA has a more severe Entrance Process, hence, the fewer Refugees numbers from Iraq, Syria, etc.
    It will help a great deal if Saudi Arabia, Qartar, etc could step up and help to ease the Crisis.

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  19. September 6, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    September 6, 2015 at 1:12 pm


    • 84 0388jojothecat
      September 6, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      Save travels Sue….

        September 6, 2015 at 5:39 pm


  21. September 6, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Heads up …

  22. September 6, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    The way it should be …..

  23. September 6, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Just proves that even a progeny of the Holocaust can become an evil despot ….

  24. September 6, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Much safer, much happier and way more respected, around the world ….

    bbl ….

  25. September 6, 2015 at 1:36 pm

  26. 91 JER
    September 6, 2015 at 1:54 pm

  27. 94 jacquelineoboomer
    September 6, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Hmmm …

  28. 95 jacquelineoboomer
    September 6, 2015 at 2:02 pm

  29. September 6, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Palin: “I just wish the American people would speak American.”

  30. 101 vcprezofan2
    September 6, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    An abuse of legal ‘power’? You tell me.

    A local judge contends the U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage has derailed Tennessee’s ability to determine what constitutes divorce — leaving one Signal Mountain couple married against their will.

    Hamilton County Chancellor Jeffrey Atherton denied the divorce petition last week after hearing from seven witnesses and going through 77 exhibits. Among several reasons he cited in rejecting the couple’s divorce, one was the Supreme Court’s June ruling.

    Atherton said the Supreme Court must clarify “when a marriage is no longer a marriage.” Otherwise, he contended, state courts are impaired from addressing marriage and divorce litigation altogether.

    “The conclusion reached by this Court is that Tennesseans have been deemed by the U.S. Supreme Court to be incompetent to define and address such keystone/central institutions such as marriage, and, thereby, at minimum, contested divorces,” Atherton wrote.

    The couple — Thomas Bumgardner, 65, and his wife, Pamela, 61 — were married in November 2002, records show. They had no children together and filed for divorce in September 2014, citing irreconcilable differences.

    After four days of testimony, Atherton decided their marriage was not “irretrievably broken,” and said it could be salvaged.

    The Bumgardners and their attorneys, Jillyn O’Shaughnessy and Pamela O’Dwyer, decided not to comment on the matter.

    ………………. //


  31. 105 Nena20409
    September 6, 2015 at 2:39 pm

  32. 108 Nena20409
    September 6, 2015 at 2:50 pm

  33. September 6, 2015 at 2:51 pm

  34. 110 Nena20409
    September 6, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    And here comes another declared Dem Candidate?

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