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Benvenuto Pope Francis!

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President Barack Obama greets Pope Francis upon his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama (2ndR) and their daughters, Malia (L) and Sasha, welcome Pope Francis to the United States upon his arrival at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

First Lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama and their daughters, Malia and Sasha, welcome Pope Francis to the United States

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) welcomes Pope Francis to the United States as the Pontiff greets dignitaries upon his arrival at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet Pope Francis upon his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama watch as Pope Francis motorcade departs Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Pope Francis talks to President Barack Obama as he was greeted by four children after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. The Pope is spending three days in Washington before heading to New York and Philadelphia. This is the Pope's first visit to the United States. First lady Michelle Obama is at right. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama smile as they walk with Pope Francis upon the Pontiff's arrival at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Pope Francis, left, greets children as he is escorted by President Barack Obama, center, and first lady Michelle Obama, right, after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. The Pope is spending three days in Washington before heading to New York and Philadelphia. This is the Pope's first visit to the United States. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

First lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by President Barack Obama, greet Pope Francis upon his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Pope Francis talks with President Barack Obama after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. The Pope is spending three days in Washington before heading to New York and Philadelphia. This is the Pope's first visit to the United States. First lady Michelle Obama is at right. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) and First lady Michelle Obama (R) welcome Pope Francis at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland for the pontiff's first arrival to the United States September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Pope Francis greets people as he is escorted by President Barack Obama after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. The Pope is spending three days in Washington before heading to New York and Philadelphia. This is the Pope's first visit to the United States. First lady Michelle Obama, third from right, and Malia Obama, second from right, watch. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Pope Francis greets children and receives flowers as he is escorted by President Barack Obama after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. The Pope is spending three days in Washington before heading to New York and Philadelphia. This is the Pope's first visit to the United States. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) and first lady Michelle Obama walk with Pope Francis as they welcome him to the United States upon his arrival at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama (R) walk with Pope Francis as a group of children (L) approach to greet him upon his arrival at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama and First lady Michelle Obama (R) welcome Pope Francis along with local school children at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland for the pontiff's first arrival to the United States September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque


118 Responses to “Benvenuto Pope Francis!”


  1. September 22, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    bien venido, Papa Francisco!

  2. 2 hopefruit2
    September 22, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Beautiful, moving, heartwarming photographs. Thanks Nerdy for posting!

    Welcome to the US, Pope Francis! 🙂

  3. 4 Nena20409
    September 22, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    This is a Beautiful Post, NW. Thank you very much.
    Congrats LL and HP for your Twin Au ⭐ ⭐

  4. 6 Nerdy Wonka
    September 22, 2015 at 5:58 pm

  5. September 22, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    In keeping you up on #piggate news:

  6. 13 symmetry11
    September 22, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    When is the Pope scheduled to address Congress?

  7. September 22, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    The White House joined Periscope and their first one is the Pope’s landing!

    • 17 vcprezofan2
      September 22, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      Meta how/what do you know about all these ‘new’ social media thingies? Are you on all of them? I’m still trying to decide if I should check out Instagram – are you on that one too?

      • September 22, 2015 at 6:37 pm

        I love technology and just keep my eyes open!

        Instagram is a MUST, vc. Just follow those people you’re interested in and see all their gorgeous photos. Pete Souza, the White House and Dept of Interior are a place to good start!

        • 19 vcprezofan2
          September 22, 2015 at 6:47 pm

          I love the Instagrams that I’ve seen here but soon discovered that Instagram doesn’t allow you to copy them. Or if it does, I haven’t figured out how. I tried signing up once, but can’t remember why I didn’t get on (probably forgot my password which happens fairly often).

          • September 22, 2015 at 8:02 pm

            Yes, Instagram protects the photos so you can’t copy them. But I’ve seen others do it or maybe they just show up other places. Maybe Chips knows.

      • 21 MightyPamela
        September 22, 2015 at 6:44 pm

        Oh, VC, Denea had me open an Instagram account a few weeks ago, haven’t posted anything yet tho, as I find it all a little overwhelming!

        • 22 vcprezofan2
          September 22, 2015 at 6:50 pm

          What did you need to open one? I have this memory that I tried once and it didn’t work for whatever reason. I have no plans to post anything, just want to see some of the goodies. Not too long ago @Interior said something about some other group handling their Instagram account and I was unable to take a peek.

  8. September 22, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Gorgeous compilation of photos, NW!!!! Thank you so much!!!!!

    Also ….

    And …

    #LetsRollJoe

    bbl …………….

  9. 27 Vicki
    September 22, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Carol Rosenberg reports that the Gitmo count went down by 1 today.
    Saudi Arabia picked up a detainee and took him home.
    114 now. 52 ready for release.

    See you again after the Yom Kippur holiday ends at sundown tomorrow.

  10. 30 hopefruit2
    September 22, 2015 at 6:27 pm

  11. September 22, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Welcome to America, Pope Francis 🙂

  12. September 22, 2015 at 6:34 pm

  13. 33 Dudette
    September 22, 2015 at 6:36 pm

  14. 34 Dudette
    September 22, 2015 at 6:37 pm

  15. 35 Dudette
    September 22, 2015 at 6:41 pm

  16. September 22, 2015 at 7:01 pm

  17. September 22, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Just say’n ….

    yet another lame distraction from Ms Triangulation ……………………

  18. 42 Nena20409
    September 22, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    9-22-15
    WH Presser with Josh “The Voice” Earnest

  19. September 22, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    I’m not Catholic, but I’m jazzed for the Pope’s visit.

    • September 22, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      Me too rikyrah! He is a very good and educated man. My hair stylist is a devoted and practicing Catholic and I asked her if she was excited. She wasn’t even or intending to follow his visit. I don’t know why but I hope the WY GOP isn’t the reason. Their Force is strong in our county. 😞

  20. 45 japa21
    September 22, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    As many of you know, I am Catholic and believe deeply in the Catholic FAITH, though not all the specific teachings of the Church. I love this Pope who has re-energized so many of the faithful.
    Which is why it bothers me so much when I hear the GOP talk about how he is playing politics, although one should expect that.
    What bothers me further is when the media says the same thing.

  21. 49 Nena20409
    September 22, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    I am suspicious and very skeptical for he didn’t state by how much and this wicked arse has done this type of price gauging before.

  22. September 22, 2015 at 7:32 pm

  23. September 22, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Hmmmmmmmmmmm

  24. September 22, 2015 at 7:40 pm

  25. 54 Nerdy Wonka
    September 22, 2015 at 7:41 pm

  26. 55 Nena20409
    September 22, 2015 at 7:44 pm

  27. September 22, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Viva il Papa Francesco! Viva il Presidente Obama!

  28. September 22, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    The shocking racial epithet hurled at USC’s student body president

    When Rini Sampath decided to run for student body president at the University of Southern California, she said some students told her she would never win. She was a young woman and a minority, and she was running on a ticket with another woman, who was also a minority.

    Their advice? Choose a white, male student as your running mate.

    Sampath, 21, is no stranger to discrimination. She was born in Theni, a district in Tamil Nadu state in India, and she moved to America when she was 6. Classmates in Arizona asked whether her mom was from Mars, she said. Others told her she couldn’t play with them.

    Why? Because she had brown skin.

    “I had self-esteem issues because I was an immigrant,” she told The Washington Post. “I was struggling to learn English and I was struggling with what I looked like, in a sea of kids who didn’t look like me.”

    Sampath and her female running mate, Jordan Fowler, won the election and now serve as president and vice president, respectively, of USC’s Undergraduate Student Government. Still, Sampath said, she doesn’t believe many USC students see her first as a student leader. Instead, she said, she thinks they see her — and judge her — based on where she is from.

    Sampath’s struggle — no doubt the same for many minority students, she said — came into focus Saturday night when she was walking back from a friend’s apartment.

    Someone leaned out of a fraternity house window, she said, and shouted: “You Indian piece of s—!” Then he hurled a drink at her.

    “Once his fraternity brothers realized it was me, they began to apologize,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “This stung even more.

    “I couldn’t quite figure out why their after-the-fact apologies deepened the wound. But one of my friends explained it to me the best this morning: ‘Because now you know, the first thing they see you as is subhuman.’

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2015/09/21/the-shockingly-racist-campus-salute-for-uscs-student-body-president/?postshare=1411442959305187

    • 58 jackiegrumbacher
      September 22, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      What a heart wrenching story,Rikyrah. The attitudes and behaviors displayed here are repulsive. I’m very glad Sampath and her running mate won, but that’s obviously just the beginning of the story. What an extraordinary and courageous young woman she is.

  29. September 22, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Peace!!

  30. September 22, 2015 at 8:12 pm

  31. 64 hopefruit2
    September 22, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    I see that HRC stans are already giving her credit for the drug CEO lowering the price of Daraprim. Is there ANYTHING that they won’t rush to give her credit for?

    • September 22, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      What? That’s hideous! It’s more likely something like this:

    • 66 4morefor44
      September 22, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      the whole story of this creep has been fishy from the outset. and now seeing how it’s being used?!? get the sense this jerk is just trying to start his own donnie trump-type brand for himself, and part of that means being a useful foil for the power players as needed. hmmmm…

  32. September 22, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    PBO ate at her place last month…

  33. 69 globalcitizenlinda
    September 22, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    I am absolutely certain that my talk with my parents (overseas) this weekend will be dominated by my staunch Catholic mother asking me about Pope Francis’ visit.

    Our parents had 10 kids – per custom, all were baptized in our father’s Anglican Protestant religion .

    I am the only one who later decided to take our mother’s Catholic religion.

    So my ” current problem “: I have to provide a strong reason as to why I did not travel to see Pope Francis in person during his visit.

    thinking …. and ….. thinking for a plausible reason. I don’t want her to “disown” me

    • 70 vcprezofan2
      September 22, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      😀 😀 I say gather all the info you can about the pope’s visit – what he said/who met (with) him/what he looked like (smiling, etc)/any extra info NerdyW or Chips share – and flood mom with so many little tidbits of info she won’t have the opportunity to grill you about your not being actually on site. Plus, let’s face it GCLinda, if you had gone to one particular venue you likely wouldn’t see as much of his activities as you *will* see from keeping up with TOD.

    • 71 amk for obama
      September 22, 2015 at 9:15 pm

      I can photoshop you hugging the pope commie…..

  34. 73 amk for obama
    September 22, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    hope & pope.

    why the teeny tiny fiat?

  35. 80 99ts
    September 22, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    belated gm from my world – fabulous set of pictures – they both smile – ALL the time – think Pope Francis may have learned that trick from PBO – stops the negatives instantly when someone is always smiling.

  36. September 22, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    BTW, the only response that Hill’s gang get when they arrive in my TL with their inane comments is the response trolls of any variety get -> immediate BLOCK, zero comment.

    bb much later, hopefully …………

  37. September 22, 2015 at 8:43 pm

  38. September 22, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    This will be interesting

  39. 88 a4alice
    September 22, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    thanks NW. May Pope Francis be pope for a long time.

  40. 90 amk for obama
    September 22, 2015 at 9:00 pm

  41. 91 amk for obama
    September 22, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    LOL.

  42. 92 amk for obama
    September 22, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    • 93 jackiegrumbacher
      September 22, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      AMK, it really is a toss up at this point as to which one says the stupidest and most detestable things–Trump or Carson. And there are significant numbers of GOP voters who take these lunatics seriously.

  43. 95 amk for obama
    September 22, 2015 at 9:03 pm

  44. 98 amk for obama
    September 22, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Is there a PC scheduled for the pope? Will emmessem ask him stupid questions?

  45. September 22, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    I’m so surprise at Ben Carson, because he seem to have forgotten that it wasn’t to long ago that people were saying the same thing about him that he is saying about Muslims. These black conservatives seem to have forgotten their history.

  46. 103 donna dem 4 obama
    September 22, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    GE TOD

    Although I was unsuccessful getting tickets to the arrival ceremony at the WH tomorrow I did score tickets to the West Lawn (thank you Senator Barbara Mikulski – I turned down tickets from Sen. Cardin) of the Capitol where the Pope will come out and meet those of us there after his speech to Congress on Thursday. As a lifelong Catholic I am thrilled to be able to share airspace with this Pope in particular.

  47. 110 amk for obama
    September 22, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    apt toon for the day

  48. 112 amk for obama
    September 22, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    via beebs

    Taking questions from journalists, the Pope answered in Spanish and Italian for almost half an hour – apologizing that English was not his forte.

    ///

    LOL. FU rethugs. The trolling begins.

  49. 116 amk for obama
    September 22, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    heh, he got the milk, didn’t he?

  50. September 22, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    News Release
    Halliburton pays nearly $18.3 million in overtime owed to more than
    1,000 employees nationwide after US Labor Department investigation
    Global oil and gas service provider failed to pay overtime
    HOUSTON — In one of the largest recoveries of overtime wages in recent years for the U.S. Department of Labor, oil and gas service provider, Halliburton, has agreed to pay $18,293,557 to 1,016 employees nationwide. The department’s Wage and Hour Division investigated Halliburton as part of an ongoing, multi-year compliance initiative in the oil and gas industry in the Southwest and Northeast.
    Investigators found Halliburton incorrectly categorized employees in 28 job positions as exempt from overtime. The company did not pay overtime to these salaried employees — working as field service representatives, pipe recovery specialists, drilling tech advisors, perforating specialists and reliability tech specialists — when they worked more than 40 hours in a workweek, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The company also failed to keep accurate records of hours worked by these employees.
    “The Department of Labor takes very seriously its responsibility to ensure workers receive the wages they have earned. This settlement will put millions of dollars where they belong — in the pockets of hardworking people and their families,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Employers who don’t pay their employees the wages they have earned don’t just hurt their workers, they undercut employers who play by the rules. That’s why we work every day to help level the playing field.”
    The Wage and Hour Division’s ongoing education and enforcement initiative addresses changes in the fast-growing oil and gas industry. The agency seeks to ensure industry employers comply with labor laws. The oil and gas industry also depends on many related businesses — trucking, lodging, water and stone haulers, staffing companies and others — to supports its operation. Working with industry leaders, employers and trade associations, the division offers training and education to promote compliance and awareness of FLSA requirements. By doing so, it is encouraging industry leaders to serve as models for industry-wide compliance. At the same time, the division is informing workers and community groups about the initiative, their rights as workers, the division’s services and its availability to review and investigate worker complaints regarding violations.
    “Our combined enforcement and education effort protects workers’ wages and helps employers comply with federal law,” said Betty Campbell, the division’s acting southwest regional administrator. “Ignorance is never an excuse for violating the law. The Wage and Hour Division offers a great deal of compliance assistance and stands ready to help workers and employers alike. We welcome and appreciate the cooperation of employers, like Halliburton, as we continue our investigations and educate employers about how wage violations hurt their industry and our nation’s economy.”
    Founded in 1919, Halliburton is one of the world’s largest providers of products and services to the energy industry. The company has more than 70,000 employees, representing 140 nationalities in more than 80 countries worldwide.
    Simply paying an employee a salary does not necessarily mean the employee is not eligible for overtime. The FLSA provides an exemption from both minimum wage and overtime pay requirements for individuals employed in bona fide executive, administrative, professional and outside sales positions, as well as certain computer employees. To qualify for exemption, employees generally must meet certain tests regarding their job duties and be paid on a salary basis at not less than $455 per week. Job titles do not determine exempt status. In order for an exemption to apply, an employee’s specific job duties and salary must meet all the requirements of the department’s regulations.
    The FLSA requires that covered, non-exempt employees be paid at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour for all hours worked, plus time and one-half their regular rates, including commissions, bonuses and incentive pay, for hours worked beyond 40 per week. Employers must maintain accurate time and payroll records.
    For more information about federal wage laws, or to file a complaint, call the Wage and Hour Division’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Information also is available at http://www.dol.gov/whd/.
    WHD News Release: [09/22/2015]
    Contact Name: Tania Mejia or Juan J. Rodríguez
    Phone Number: (202) 693-4686 or (972) 850-4709
    Email: Mejia.Tania@dol.gov or Rodriguez.Juan@dol.gov
    Release Number: 15-1647-DAL

    http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/whd/WHD20151647.htm


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