The Week Ahead



2:20: The President departed Joint Base Andrews en route Antalya, Turkey





The President will arrive in Antalya Turkey.

Later in the morning, he will participate in a bilateral meeting with President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.

In the afternoon, the President will attend a G20 Welcome Ceremony, take an official family photo and participate in a G20 working lunch on development and climate change.

Following the family photo, he will participate in a G20 working session on the global economy, growth strategies and employment.

In the evening, the President will participate in a G20 working dinner on global challenges.

He will remain overnight in Antalya, Turkey.




The President will attend a G20 meeting on enhancing resilience through financial regulation, international tax, anti-corruption and IMF reform and a G20 working lunch on trade, energy and the adoption of the Communique and Antalya Action Plan.

In the evening, he will hold a press conference before departing Turkey en route Manila, Philippines.




The President will arrive in Manila, Philippines.

In the afternoon, he will tour the BRP Gregorio del Pilar and deliver a statement to the pool.

In the afternoon, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of the Commonwealth of Australia.

He will remain overnight in the Philippines.




The President will hold a bilateral meeting with President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines.

Later in the morning, he will deliver remarks at a CEO Summit.

In the afternoon, the President will take a family photo and participate in a meeting on the Trans-Pacific Partnership with the leaders of the TPP countries.

Later in the afternoon, he will participate in a Pacific Alliance meeting.

In the evening, the President will participate in an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC) family photo and attend an APEC welcome dinner and cultural performance.




The President will participate in the APEC family photo and the opening session of the APEC retreat on inclusive growth through integrated economics.

In the afternoon, he will participate in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and attend the second session of the APEC retreat on sustainable and resilient communities.

Later in the afternoon, the President will participate in the closing session of APEC.

In the evening, he will participate in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.

The President will remain overnight in the Philippines.




The President will depart the Philippines en route Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In Malaysia, the President will participate in a Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) town hall.




While in Malaysia, the President will deliver remarks at the ASEAN business and investment summit.

In the afternoon, he will tour the Dignity for Children Foundation.

Following the tour, the President will participate in a Civil Society roundtable at the Ritz Carlton and in the evening, the President participates in a US-ASEAN meeting.

He will also participate in a pull aside with Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

Later in the evening the President will attend and participate in a family photo and the EAS gala dinner at the Kuala Lumpur City Centre.

He will remain overnight in Kuala Lumpur.




The President will participate in an East Asia Summit family photo and meeting.

In the afternoon, he will hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of the Republic of Singapore.

Later in the afternoon, the President will hold a press conference, before departing Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia en route Yokota, Japan on the way back to Washington, DC.



113 Responses to “The Week Ahead”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    November 14, 2015 at 3:11 pm


  2. November 14, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    ok..i was wrong re: Paris……this is the G20 Summit not the Climate Change Conference…

  3. 23 JER
    November 14, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    GGail — left a photo for you on last thread.

  4. 27 jacquelineoboomer
    November 14, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Thank you for this moving, hopeful post, Chips! Funny how President Obama keeps us moving #FORWARD through everything! I’m followin’ that guy!

  5. 31 MadameSoph
    November 14, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    OMW to work now. Thanks Chips for this nice Week Ahead post. Have a lovely day everyone. Here’s my 2 cents from the end of the last thread.

    Peeking in on my way to work. Was at a concert last night and one of the band members mentioned Paris. At the time, I didn’t know what he was referring to; then I came home and onto TOD and saw the news. My heart broke.

    I caught myself thinking, “Well, I guess we should step up domestic security at sporting events and such, and I would probably avoid movie theaters and other public gathering places for near future.” Then it occurred to me: We already have gunmen shooting up movie theaters, schools, etc. on a regular basis here in the U.S. The only difference is they are 99.9% of the time not yelling “God is Great” in foreign language and they almost invariably are light-skinned.

    Why are those events now “ho hum” for the news and not driving the debates? I hope someone at the Dem debate (probably O’Malley would be the most likely, since gun safety is his issue) brings this up. We already live with the daily prospect of shootings and mass violence by some crazy shooter. When the violence is perpetrated by a foreign crazy person, the press wants to know about solutions. If the shooter is domestic, it’s business as usual.

    Anyway, just venting. I’m doing my best to visualize light and love encircling and healing the earth now. And I am so thankful that PBO is our President.

  6. 32 No Child Left Behind
    November 14, 2015 at 3:32 pm

  7. November 14, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    GA TOD. Thanks for PBO’s schedule, Chips!

  8. November 14, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      • November 14, 2015 at 4:12 pm

        I disagree with Pierce….We Will NOT succumb the the darkness of fear….We will remain HOPEFUL about our future…this is not the first time that world has faced a threat of evil…

        i listened to the President’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech today…i suggest all that feel the encroaching darkness should re-watch it…

        our destiny is in our hands…

        • 37 99ts
          November 14, 2015 at 4:51 pm

          I didn’t read fear into what Pierce said – I did read thoughts of where we are going to go – and sadness. When all our countries vote for parliaments/governments/congress that support the Peace of PBO, then I might start to think differently. GWB won his second election on the back of terrorism – the GOP are going to be attempting to do the same in 2016

          • November 14, 2015 at 5:25 pm

            his piece was full of despair….whenever i feel the edge of darkness coming…i think of the struggle of blk folks for freedom…that no matter what..they moved Forward…they did not allow despair to enter their heart

  9. November 14, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Our Father in heaven, i pray for the Parisian People and their Families, and Lord Jesus i pray that you protect president Obama, and kepp him from all hurt harm and danger while and during his trip to Turkey and Philipines, Farther God bring him home safely, in your precious name, Amen

  10. 41 forus50
    November 14, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    The sadness is overwhelming as I’m headed out on my way to my Saturday French class. I don’t know how to express my sympathy to our teacher from France; my sympathy card seems so inadequate…

    The expressions of solidarity including at a college football game today are beautiful to see. For another day, but hopefully soon, we will go after these monsters with everything the world has as they do not belong on this Earth.

  11. 42 forus50
    November 14, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    I was just in Paris last month and the Parisians could not have been more lovely to us on our stay. The concierge at our hotel in the Latin Quarter where we stayed was especially nice and he just emailed us that he is ok.

    • 43 jackiegrumbacher
      November 14, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Forus, how kind and considerate of the concierge to do that. There are wonderful people all over the world and we are fortunate when we encounter them.

  12. November 14, 2015 at 4:05 pm

  13. 46 jackiegrumbacher
    November 14, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Our President’s intense schedule for the next ten days is utterly exhausting. It takes enormous intellectual dexterity, plus great physical strength to keep up with a schedule like this and to master all the details. Unlike other presidents, I’m sure PBO knows every detail of every agenda item and has a clear vision of exactly what he hopes to achieve. He also has had over seven years of building good rapport with many world leaders. I shudder to think how the US would represent itself in meetings like this with any of of the Republican candidates attending. The buffoonery of these idiots and their obvious incompetence would strain all the careful relationships that our President has cultivated. And this matters because in a tough situation when allied support is critical, the person asking for support has to be credible and command respect.

    On the Democratic side, I think HRC could handle these meetings with professionalism and intellectual rigor. O’Malley is an intelligent man who would try his best to master the issues and present a thoughtful, serious demeanor. I fear that Bernie Sanders would shout at them and they would probably be loathe to return his phone calls.

  14. 53 vcprezofan2
    November 14, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Relevant words excerpted from Ken Livingstone (a former mayor of London) when his city was attacked. [I saw a reference to it on twitter]


    I want to say one thing specifically to the world today. This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty and the powerful. It was not aimed at Presidents or Prime Ministers. It was aimed at ordinary, working-class Londoners, black and white, Muslim and Christian, Hindu and Jew, young and old. It was an indiscriminate attempt to slaughter, irrespective of any considerations for age, for class, for religion, or whatever.

    That isn’t an ideology, it isn’t even a perverted faith – it is just an indiscriminate attempt at mass murder and we know what the objective is. They seek to divide Londoners. They seek to turn Londoners against each other. I said yesterday to the International Olympic Committee, that the city of London is the greatest in the world, because everybody lives side by side in harmony. Londoners will not be divided by this cowardly attack. They will stand together in solidarity alongside those who have been injured and those who have been bereaved and that is why I’m proud to be the mayor of that city.

    Finally, I wish to speak directly to those who came to London today to take life.

    I know that you personally do not fear giving up your own life in order to take others – that is why you are so dangerous. But I know you fear that you may fail in your long-term objective to destroy our free society and I can show you why you will fail.

    In the days that follow look at our airports, look at our sea ports and look at our railway stations and, even after your cowardly attack, you will see that people from the rest of Britain, people from around the world will arrive in London to become Londoners and to fulfill their dreams and achieve their potential.

    They choose to come to London, as so many have come before because they come to be free, they come to live the life they choose, they come to be able to be themselves. They flee you because you tell them how they should live. They don’t want that and nothing you do, however many of us you kill, will stop that flight to our city where freedom is strong and where people can live in harmony with one another. Whatever you do, however many you kill, you will fail.”


  15. 54 99ts
    November 14, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Comment at Stonekettle – I haven’t “fact checked” it – but it sure is what I have been thinking over the past many hours – and Jim’s worth a read if you haven’t seen it.

    “And forty people were murdered in Beirut two days ago by these same fanatics. On 3 October, bombs killed 18 in Nigeria. In June, Saudi bombing in Yemen killed 54 civilians and injured another 55. And that’s barely skimming the surface.

    Show of hands: How many people even knew any of that happened?”


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  18. 63 GGail
    November 14, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    I just went back and saw your adorable grandsons. You are blessed. Thanks for posting them. I look forward to seeing them in holiday outfits 😘

  19. November 14, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Delurking to say this.

    Sometimes after stuff like this, you have to ask yourself these questions in this song.

    Love is surely in need of love today. Prayers to the victims and the people of France. Also prayers to keep them and our U.S. President safe.

  20. November 14, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    President Obama has this. He can’t fix it, no one can. But he’s in charge and he’s on it, and if there is something to be done, he is the person to do it. This is not to suggest he is perfect and no one should question him, or to suggest we should mindlessly turn over our liberties should that be suggested. But when it comes to judgment, there is no one I would rather have at the helm today than President Barack Obama.

    We are lucky to have such a President, especially at times like

  21. 68 carolyn
    November 14, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    This comment is way OT, and a few days late, but I finally got to watch the Medal of Honor ceremony. I know “comparisons are odious” as is said, but I couldn’t help comparing President Obama’s presentations with GWB’s presentations. President Obama’s are solemn, serious, meaningful, correct and also comforting. GWB’s were sloppy…..I only saw one or two, because I couldn’t stand him, but they used to come up on the evening news when I watched. He was almost silly, as if this was not a very important occasion….and he would swagger to the podium. I keep asking myself, how did we survive his eight years, but I know that yesterday Paris paid the price for his eight years and Iraq invasion.

    I love Paris. My husband and I went to Paris for our 40th anniversary, it was heavenly. We did just what we wanted to, ate well, saw wonderful sites, people watched. One of our favorite places was Monet’s garden at Giverny……words can’t describe it. On our last day we visited Napoleon’s tomb…and the museum about him. It was stunning. For two history students it was a treat. I took a picture of my husband in the sculpture garden, next to Rodin’s The Thinker in the same pose. Beautiful days.

  22. 70 Don
    November 14, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    We as a country do not have subcumb to the fear and paranoia that seems to be the default position of the Republicans every time an unspeakable horror takes place. I pray and hope that our elected leaders do not become a part of the mob. It doesn’t take strength to start a war, it takes strength not to go to war. War might or might not be a necessary evil.

  23. 73 Vicki
    November 14, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    I am so grateful that Barack Obama is our CIC and I trust him to craft an appropriate response to the terror in Paris, Beirut and the downing of the Russian aircraft in Egypt.

    What has caught my attention and frightened me the most is that the attackers managed their plan while leaving no traces on their phones or on the web. While idiotic RW squawks about “a failure of intelligence” the actual fact seems to be that French intelligence were unable to sense trouble because ISIS is using only face-to-face messaging or has succeeded in encryption techniques.

    9/11 was the definition of “failure of intelligence.”
    Paris is more likely an absence of intelligence. Or undetectable intelligence.

    How can we fight what we cannot see or hear?

    • November 14, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      because these were suicide bombers…communication was not really necessary…just get into place and do the do…there was no return plan

      • November 14, 2015 at 6:45 pm

        In order to plan in advance and coordinate in several different locations, they had to communicate. Thanks to Eddie Snowden, they’ve learned to not use telephones, email, computers, and other communication devices that can be picked up by intel.

        • November 14, 2015 at 7:08 pm

          perhaps…i do not know the exact way…it could have been as simple as getting into place at a specific time…but however they did carry out this mission of theirs….we have to discover how it was accomplished…and i know that this is at the top of the President’s list

          • 77 Vicki
            November 14, 2015 at 7:45 pm

            they had 3 suicide vests and assault rifles. Both are very hard to come by in France. Then 3 teams caused death and havoc simultaneously.
            This was a co-ordinated effort.
            They communicated, all right.
            And as Hopefruit points out, communicated without leaving traces that traitor snowflake had alerted them to avoid.

    • November 14, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      “What has caught my attention and frightened me the most is that the attackers managed their plan while leaving no traces on their phones or on the web. While idiotic RW squawks about “a failure of intelligence” the actual fact seems to be that French intelligence were unable to sense trouble because ISIS is using only face-to-face messaging or has succeeded in encryption techniques.”

      This tweet and comment I posted on an earlier thread speaks directly to something which contributed to this problem…


  24. November 14, 2015 at 6:41 pm

  25. November 14, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Anybody here seen my old friend Dennis Kucinich? Can you tell me where he’s gone?

    • 87 Nena20409
      November 14, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      Hello HF2……let me take a crack at it 😉
      Kucinich became a Fox Contributor…….they hardly use him. I have Zero clue to the longevity of his contributor-ship at Fox.
      His Gorgeous Red headed wife is off to the Hollywood seeking for fame.
      One daughter is on Cable pontificating as a Journo with one Website Publication.
      Last, after that Toothy mishap, right before Kucinich left Congress, there was a large undisclosed settlement from the firm who made the product.
      That is all I know…….recalling all from memory.

  26. November 14, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    • 89 Nena20409
      November 14, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      The death of the 23 yrs old, Nohemi Gonzales make US participation an international reality. The French has also asked for US’ help. France has more of their own fighting in Iraq and Syria in the name of the Terror, named Daesh.

  27. 90 susanne
    November 14, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Apparently Bernie’s team tried to prevent a shift of focus, based on the events yesterday in Paris, at tonight’s debate. Not looking good, Bern.

    ‘ “He got very hot, and there was, like, a five- or seven-minute back-and-forth, and he just wouldn’t let it go,” the staffer said, adding, “The CBS guy got annoyed enough to the point where he said, ‘Look, you know, what you’re saying makes no sense. There was a terrorist attack in Paris, and of course we have to change the way the debate is structured, and we’re not, you know, making this a foreign policy debate.” ‘


    • 91 desertflower
      November 14, 2015 at 7:43 pm

      Gee…sometimes life doesn’t happen the way you wish it would, or even how you thought it would. You have to adapt to change, sometimes on the fly…this is one of the marks of a leader. #BernFail

      • 92 Vicki
        November 14, 2015 at 7:51 pm

        You’d think someone on the team would realize that responding to changing circumstances in the moment is a necessary quality in a President. Oy vey, Bernie.

    • 93 vcprezofan2
      November 14, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      Poor Bernie doesn’t know how to go with the flow (of events). Remember his first BLM encounter? Someone should tell Bern the presidency really isn’t scripted.

      • 94 susanne
        November 14, 2015 at 7:52 pm

        Righties are having a field day with this– and for once I agree with them. The presidency requires you to be ready for anything, always.

  28. 95 amk for obama
    November 14, 2015 at 7:43 pm

  29. November 14, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    • 97 Vicki
      November 14, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      Ha!!! This slaughter in Paris is Why they didn’t want to sign an AUMF. Congress wants no part of taking responsibility.
      Instead, they prefer to whine about PBO’s lack of leadership.

  30. 98 lynn
    November 14, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Delurking to thank JOB for posting John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’.

    No truer words.

  31. 102 desertflower
    November 14, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Remember this? I do. Republicans. On the wrong side of just about everything.


    The cafeteria menus in the three House office buildings changed the name of “french fries” to “freedom fries,” in a culinary rebuke of France stemming from anger over the country’s refusal to support the U.S. position on Iraq.

    Ditto for “french toast,” which will be known as “freedom toast.”

    The name changes were spearheaded by two Republican lawmakers who held a news conference Tuesday to make the name changes official on the menus.

    Across the country, some private restaurants have done the same.

    “This action today is a small, but symbolic effort to show the strong displeasure of many on Capitol Hill with the actions of our so-called ally, France,” said Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, the chairman of the Committee on House Administration.

    “So called ally” He said….Now they scream for MORE war after the French were correct to refuse support for Iraq war….and spin, spin, spin…

    • 103 Vicki
      November 14, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      wrong about everything—-year in and year out

      • 104 desertflower
        November 14, 2015 at 7:59 pm

        I detest them all more and more each passing day. They are bought and paid for simpletons who do other people’s bidding with other people’s lives. The current batch have no redeeming value and shouldn’t be anywhere near where people make decisions of any consequence. As such, they should not be in Washington or in state houses around the country….we know this. I’m just sick to death of their hateful, ignorant bs. End rant.

    • 105 susanne
      November 14, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      I was so ashamed of this childish, pointless behavior at the time, and still am now.

  32. 106 Nena20409
    November 14, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    GE TODville Community.
    Congrats VC on your Gold and Silver ⭐ ⭐

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  34. 109 Nena20409
    November 14, 2015 at 8:06 pm

  35. 111 Nena20409
    November 14, 2015 at 8:13 pm

  36. 112 Obama Grandmama
    November 14, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Rick Steves, travel expert on PBS posted thoughts yesterday about 10:30pm concerning the Paris attacks. Thoughtful post including history of past attacks in 2004 in Madrid with 191 killed and 1,800 injured, 2005 London Tube attack with 52 killed and 700 injured and comparing them to around 100 each day killed in gun related deaths for a year in the USA. He talked about understanding the difference between risk and fear and not letting the terrorists win by becoming terrorized.

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