The President in Paris


Today in Paris

President Obama is in Paris for the climate accord treaty talks. This morning, he participated in a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Later in the morning, he participated in the “COP21” climate change talks opening ceremony.

In the afternoon, the President will attend a lunch hosted by President Francois Hollande of France. Afterward, he will participate in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India.

Later in the afternoon, the President will participate in an event with Hollande, Prime Minister Modi, other leaders and members of the private sector. In the evening, the President will attend a working dinner with Hollande.


112 Responses to “The President in Paris”

  1. 4 COS
    November 30, 2015 at 8:22 am

    GM Chips and TOD. Thanks for the Paris video.

  2. November 30, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats Sir Don on #1! 🙂

  3. November 30, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Monday morning. Congrats Don, on being first this morning.

    To all, I hope your oomph and vivaciousness is on full display today. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  4. 7 JER
    November 30, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

  5. 19 jackiegrumbacher
    November 30, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Good morning. Is there anyone willing to bet that in the press conference following the climate talks, no matter how big the announcement, the first question from the WHPC will be about domestic politics? It’s getting so you can predict it all. High level, important conversations with world leaders, led by President Obama, critical progress made on issues affecting billions of people on this planet, and the US press oblivious to it all.

  6. 20 meta
    November 30, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Good morning, Chips and TODers. PBO soars on the world stage once again.

    Some background:

  7. November 30, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  8. November 30, 2015 at 9:06 am

  9. November 30, 2015 at 9:20 am

      November 30, 2015 at 9:25 am


    • 28 vcprezofan2
      November 30, 2015 at 10:22 am

      Good morning, Meta (long-time-no-talk to each other)! 😀

      Do you know if PBO’s reference to two weeks means that he’ll be *over there* for TWO weeks?!!!

      • November 30, 2015 at 11:03 am

        Howdy, vc!! I wondered the same thing myself. I highly doubt it. I think maybe the speaker meant other negotiators would be on the ground for two weeks?

        • 30 vcprezofan2
          November 30, 2015 at 11:11 am

          Makes sense now that I think about it – the mention of 2 weeks caught me unawares. [ 😉 Selfishly it would be quite nerve-wracking to me for him to be away for two whole weeks; except of course for a well-deserved vacation, and then he wouldn’t be out and about as much.]

  10. 31 JER
    November 30, 2015 at 9:21 am

  11. 32 JER
    November 30, 2015 at 9:24 am

  12. November 30, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Naw, it was Sister Lutherine who told the Pastor that her tithing envelope might not be in the plate this week or future weeks.


    AP Politics ✔ @AP_Politics

    Trump suggests black pastors meeting him Monday were persuaded not to endorse him by Black Lives Matter activists: http://apne.ws/1Q8fCf3

  13. 43 GGAIL
    November 30, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Chips, my good morning is stuck and can’t get out 😩

  14. 44 JER
    November 30, 2015 at 9:29 am

  15. 45 tnmtngirl
    November 30, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Good morning, TOD. Regarding jackie’s comment about the press conference: Would it be possible for PO to preface (in his no uncertain message) that he will only answer questions about the climate change discussions?

  16. 46 desertflower
    November 30, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Morning everyone and bbl…time got away from me this morning! Must come from being off work since last Wednesday…. 🙂 Reality comes back to life today:) Hope you all have a great day!

  17. 47 JER
    November 30, 2015 at 9:48 am

    • 48 CEB
      November 30, 2015 at 10:04 am

      Our president working the angles and holding firm on his/the country’s stance on these issues; he will not be moved. I often think that back in the day Michelle Lavern Robinson did not stand a chance against a certain young man when he decided he wanted her. His ability to stay laser focused on what he wants, no matter the seeming difficulties, is phenomenal.

      Good morning, TOD ohana.

  18. November 30, 2015 at 9:52 am

  19. 51 JER
    November 30, 2015 at 9:57 am

  20. November 30, 2015 at 9:59 am

  21. November 30, 2015 at 10:00 am

  22. November 30, 2015 at 10:02 am

    This is sooo exciting….the world coming together to combat Climate Change…..it is truly amazing

  23. November 30, 2015 at 10:10 am

    from smartypants:

    I am reminded of how President Obama defined what success will look like:
    For us to be able to get the basic architecture in place with aggressive-enough targets from the major emitters that the smaller countries say, “This is serious” — that will be a success.

    I’m less concerned about the precise number, because let’s stipulate right now, whatever various country targets are, it’s still going to fall short of what the science requires. So a percent here or a percent there coming from various countries is not going to be a deal-breaker…

    …the key for Paris is just to make sure that everybody is locked in, saying, “We’re going to do this.” Once we get to that point, then we can turn the dials. But there will be a momentum that is built, and I’m confident that we will then be in a position to listen more carefully to the science — partly because people, I think, will be not as fearful of the consequences or as cynical about what can be achieved. Hope builds on itself. Success breeds success.

  24. 58 No Child Left Behind
    November 30, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Good Morning TODVille.

    I can’t believe that I was sleeping in the US when my POTUS was working in Paris. How inappropriate of me! Now, I’ve missed everything “live” and must watch after-the-fact. My conduct is reprehensible.

  25. November 30, 2015 at 10:22 am


    November 30, 2015 at 10:23 am


  27. 68 vcprezofan2
    November 30, 2015 at 10:32 am

    // …………………………………………
    After talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Paris summit, US President Barack Obama told reporters they had agreed climate change was an urgent threat and also that India also had to be able to grow.

    Obama said India had to be able to grow and fight poverty, while Modi pledged to ensure
    development would be coupled with environmental protection.


  28. 69 amk for obama
    November 30, 2015 at 10:48 am

  29. November 30, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Hello Chips & Nerdy, hope you’re doing well. Pls save a spot 2day for a piece I’m working on Michael E Dyson’s latest insult at PBO. I know there’s all this wonderful Climate Conference goodies, but it is imperative the Disgruntled Blackademics know that we are onto their game and will not allow them to use their unearned media spotlight to erase PBO from our the pantheon of American and/or African American Greats. tnx

  30. 74 amk for obama
    November 30, 2015 at 10:51 am

    The former commander of U.S. special forces in Afghanistan and Iraq admitted that strategic blunders by the Bush administration had led to the rise of Islamic State militants.

    Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn told the German newspaper Der Spiegel that Americans allowed their anger of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to lead them into disastrous military policies that failed to address the root causes of terrorism — and actually helped create new and more brutal terrorists.

    The misunderstanding was so great that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who now heads ISIS, was freed in 2004 from a military prison after a U.S. military commission cleared him as harmless.

    “We were too dumb,” Flynn said. “We didn’t understand who we had there at that moment. When 9/11 occurred, all the emotions took over, and our response was, ‘Where did those bastards come from? Let’s go kill them. Let’s go get them.’ Instead of asking why they attacked us, we asked where they came from. Then we strategically marched in the wrong direction.”


    • 75 CEB
      November 30, 2015 at 11:09 am

      So much truth realized too late. Too much blood and treasure lost; too many shattered lies; too many new and more desperate enemies; too much ignorance in this country and too much put on our president’s shoulders to dig us out of the colossal mess.

      • 76 amk for obama
        November 30, 2015 at 11:19 am

        The damage done by the war criminals darth and dumbya and their neocon regime to american goodwill world over and especially in ME is permanent. I couldn’t believe when the voters opted for these corrupt criminals second time around despite the mounting evidences of a fucked-up illegal war, torture, abu gharib etc.

        • 77 0388jojothecat
          November 30, 2015 at 12:56 pm

          I heard on NPR yesterday that India did not pollute as much as China & USA and wanted to not be held to the same goals as other developed countries because they are still growing. All the pictures i see of India is very smoggy skies. I would think that cutting air pollution would be #1.

          • 78 amk for obama
            November 30, 2015 at 3:03 pm

            Nope, only delhi over smoggy during winter and sometimes in summer, for which the govt (and our courts) has taken enough measures like all taxis, autos and buses must use natural gas. Rest of india ain’t smoggy. And yes, we cannot be held to the same stds as us and china

  31. 87 Allison
    November 30, 2015 at 11:40 am

  32. 90 CEB
    November 30, 2015 at 11:41 am

    I have been thinking about all that PBO has taught us how to live, how to love and how to lead through his example. He has made me even more thoughtful, more open to others and to ideas and more tolerant. He has shown me how to set a goal, to focus on it and how to move step by step until it is reached. He has shown us what true leadership is in success, but more importantly, through failure and disappointment. He has shown us how to snatch moments of joy even when the world seems darkest. He has shown us what it means to be a family man and that we are truly our brother’s keeper. He has shown us the possibility and the importance of keeping our word and how to stand up for what we believe in even when it seems that we stand alone. He has shown us what a man should be: tender, kind, supportive, mentally and emotionally strong with a heart big enough to include all, even those who hate him. He has shown us that patience really is a virtue and a tool of the strong. We have also learned to not be pulled from our course by the haters that what we are trying to accomplish is more important than what others say about us. We know that in loving our children we must also love all of the world’s children because they are all of ours. He has shown us what a husband can be, not one who gets it right all of the time, but one who strives to do so; one who can love a multi-faceted woman and stand in awe of her rather than trying to keep her down to lift himself up. There is a line from the movie Avatar, “I see you” which I often think of when i see PBO interacting with people of all ages from all walks of life. This quote means that we see others and recognize their uniqueness and their connection to us and to the human family. Some of my all time photos of PBO are those that show this quality: the fist bump with the janitor and the one that shows him sitting with and talking to the teenage girl outside of a Boys’ and Girls’ Club.
    Another important thing that he has taught us over the past 7 years is that it is cool to be smart; that a boy can love sports, good singer, a smooth dancer, and loved by the ladies (though, of course, he loves only one), have a swag walk and still be brilliant. Smart is sexy and cool and something that young men should not be ashamed to show. There is so much more that I could add, but I will stop by saying that I am so thankful to live in a time to see that a politician need not be corrupt and compromised, that truth and hard work can bring about results, and that when our best selves are appealed to and nurtured amazing things can happen.
    Thank you President Obama.
    Thank you Chips for providing a place where we can learn so much truth and be witness to the greatest president that we have ever had.

  33. 91 No Child Left Behind
    November 30, 2015 at 11:42 am

    • November 30, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      I have ask this question before, why would any of them want to meet with Donald Trump?

    • 93 GGail
      November 30, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      Minister Darrell Scott has lost what ever credibility he had for this is how the Trump team turn him into their bitch…

      “Trump’s unofficial liaison to the black evangelical community, Ohio pastor Darrell Scott, had initially secured endorsements from 40 fellow pastors, according to Politico and CBS News. But Monday’s event was supposed to consist of two parts — a private meeting with the candidate, and then a public press conference at Trump Tower. For the private meeting, Scott had invited pastors from progressive churches who were interested in educating the billionaire mogul about the needs of their parishioners, but had no interest whatsoever in endorsing his candidacy.”

      “That distinction was lost on the campaign itself, which touted its “coalition of 100 African American Evangelical pastors,” and put the names of progressive preachers on its poster for the event.”

    • 97 COS
      November 30, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      Another one of his big lies added to his liar list.

  34. 98 CEB
    November 30, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Somehow I just lost an essay about all of the things that PBO has taught us. Too demoralized to try to re-create it. Will try again at some later time. Have a great day TOD ohana.

  35. 99 No Child Left Behind
    November 30, 2015 at 11:45 am

  36. 100 amk for obama
    November 30, 2015 at 11:47 am

  37. 102 JER
    November 30, 2015 at 11:48 am

  38. 103 No Child Left Behind
    November 30, 2015 at 11:49 am

  39. 104 yardarm756
    November 30, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    G’day you lot.

  40. 105 amk for obama
    November 30, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    God, Spies and Lies, by South African journalist John Matisonn , describes how then president Thabo Mbeki tried in vain to convince both Blair and President George W Bush that toppling Saddam Hussein in 2003 would be a terrible mistake.

    Mbeki’s predecessor, Nelson Mandela, also tried to convince the American leader, but was left fuming that “President Bush doesn’t know how to think”.

    The claim was this week supported by Mbeki’s office, which confirmed that he pleaded with both leaders to heed the WMD experts and even offered to become their intermediary with Saddam in a bid to maintain peace.

    South Africa had a special insight into Iraq’s potential for WMD because the apartheid government’s own biological, chemical and nuclear weapons programme in the 1980s led the countries to collaborate. The programme was abandoned after the end of white minority rule in 1994 but the expert team, known as Project Coast , was put back together by Mbeki to investigate the US and UK assertion that Saddam had WMD – the central premise for mounting an invasion.

    Mbeki, who enjoyed positive relations with both Blair and Saddam, asked for the team to be granted access.

    “Saddam agreed, and gave the South African team the freedom to roam unfettered throughout Iraq,” writes Matisonn, who says he drew on sources in Whitehall and the South African cabinet. “They had access to UN intelligence on possible WMD sites. The US, UK and UN were kept informed of the mission and its progress.”

    The experts put their prior knowledge of the facilities to good use, Matisonn writes. “They already knew the terrain, because they had travelled there as welcome guests of Saddam when both countries were building WMD.”

    On their return, they reported that there were no WMDs in Iraq. “They knew where the sites in Iraq had been, and what they needed to look like. But there were now none in Iraq.”

    In January 2003, Mbeki, who succeeded Mandela as president, sent a team to Washington to explain the findings, but with little success. Mbeki himself then met Blair for three hours at Chequers on 1 February, the book relates.

    He warned that the wholesale removal of Saddam’s Ba’ath party could lead to a national resistance to the occupying coalition forces. But with huge military deployments already under way, Blair’s mind was clearly made up. When Frank Chikane , director-general in the president’s office, realised that the South Africans would be ignored, it was “one of the greatest shocks of my life”, he later wrote in a memoir.

    Matisonn adds: “Mandela, now retired, had tried as well. On Iraq, if not other issues, Mandela and Mbeki were on the same page. Mandela phoned the White House and asked for Bush. Bush fobbed him off to [Condoleezza] Rice. Undeterred, Mandela called former President Bush Sr, and Bush Sr called his son the president to advise him to take Mandela’s call. Mandela had no impact. He was so incensed he gave an uncomfortable comment to the cameras: ‘President Bush doesn’t know how to think,’ he said with visible anger.”

    On 19 March, airstrikes on Baghdad began, triggering a conflict that has dragged on for more than a decade, killing hundreds of thousands of people and contributing to the rise of Islamic State.


  41. 106 amk for obama
    November 30, 2015 at 12:34 pm

  42. 108 amk for obama
    November 30, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    • 109 0388jojothecat
      November 30, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      LOL, who’s evolved? My cats look at me make multiple trips to the kitchen feeding myself then they stand at the kitchen entrance meow once and i am up trying to guess what they will eat then walk away and not eat any of the many cans of cat food i opened.

  43. 111 Nena20409
    November 30, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Hello TOD on a Truly Manic Monday.
    Thanks TOD, especially, Chips and NW for Covering POTUS in Paris.
    Congrats to Don on his solid Au ⭐

  44. 112 Nena20409
    November 30, 2015 at 12:50 pm

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