The Week Ahead



The President and the First Lady will participate in a community service project in the Washington, DC area in celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and in honor of Dr. King’s life and legacy.



The President will welcome Prime Minister Turnbull of Australia to the White House on the Prime Minister’s first trip to Washington since assuming office.



The President will travel to Detroit, Michigan to experience firsthand the remarkable progress made by the City, its people and neighborhoods, and the American auto industry. While in Detroit, the President will visit the 2016 North American International Auto Show to highlight the more than 640,000 new auto industry jobs created since the auto rescue and the record auto sales in the U.S. in 2015.



The President will deliver remarks and host a reception for the nation’s mayors at the White House.

As part of her Joining Forces Initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver remarks at the 84th Winter Meeting of the United States Conference on Mayors at the Capital Hilton. She will speak about the Administration’s efforts to end veteran homelessness and the importance of mayoral leadership in the process.



The President will award National Medals of Science and National Medals of Technology and Innovation to 17 scientists, engineers, mathematicians and innovators.

118 Responses to “The Week Ahead”

  1. 3 desertflower
    January 17, 2016 at 12:54 pm


  2. 4 arapaho415
    January 17, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    GM/GA TODville.

    This is for No Spin, on previous thread, when I posted this:

    The article is from September of last year and refers to filing deadlines to enter primary races, many of which have come and gone.

    No candidate entering Dem race could accumulate enough delegates via state primaries and caucuses to win outright nomination now.

    • 5 nospin
      January 17, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      well if that truly is the case then the Democrats should hope O’Malley can push forward and gain momentum or they are royally screwed.

  3. 8 Nerdy Wonka
    January 17, 2016 at 1:07 pm

  4. 9 jacquelineoboomer
    January 17, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Happy Sunday, TOD!

    Chips, the only thing I would add to the President’s calendar, where you listed, “While in Detroit, the President will visit the 2016 North American International Auto Show to highlight the more than 640,000 new auto industry jobs created since the auto rescue and the record auto sales in the U.S. in 2015,” would be to add, “and so he could look adorable sitting in one of the classy new autos!”

  5. 12 Dudette
    January 17, 2016 at 1:20 pm

  6. 13 Dudette
    January 17, 2016 at 1:21 pm

  7. 14 jacquelineoboomer
    January 17, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    I’m arriving here midday because I had to give myself a break earlier, after seeing the President address the nation on Iran.

    Right before that, although I woke up in a cheery mood, I heard Fareed Zakaria on CNN say that this morning “we will FINALLY hear from President Obama about Iran.” Now, maybe he meant that – like us – he was awaiting the President’s remarks late, late last night, and couldn’t wait to hear the status in Iran directly from the President – if it had been possible for him to give us an update at that time. Not a sloppy update, like a “cable news” person, but a responsible, diplomatic, timely, leader-of-the-free-world update. That one highlighted word from Fareed – “FINALLY” – pissed me off big time! So I muted everything until I heard the President (and I’m so very proud of what he and his administration have accomplished, I could burst!), and then turned my attention to non-political things for a bit.

    That’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it.

    • 15 jackiegrumbacher
      January 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      JO’B, this is how I have lived all the years of the Obama presidency. Mute all intros by professional media, listen to the president and turn off commentaries. I also think it’s healthy to step away from all political news for a few hours–take a walk, read a book, polish furniture, redecorate–what ever gets your mind off.

      • 16 jacquelineoboomer
        January 17, 2016 at 4:19 pm

        Agree! For the last two or so weekends, I’ve avoided all political commentary – as I did today, after hearing from the great President Obama! He calms my soul.

  8. 17 Dudette
    January 17, 2016 at 1:22 pm

  9. 18 vcprezofan2
    January 17, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    This @Interior reminder of free entrance to NPS tomorrow fits in nicely with this thread

  10. 21 Dudette
    January 17, 2016 at 1:24 pm

  11. 22 Dudette
    January 17, 2016 at 1:28 pm

  12. 23 Dudette
    January 17, 2016 at 1:28 pm

  13. 24 Dudette
    January 17, 2016 at 1:29 pm

  14. 25 Dudette
    January 17, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Awww! ❤️

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  16. January 17, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    In my infinitesimally I will make her stunt yesterday hurt her chances of the nomination as much as possible ….

    Yes We Can


  17. 31 Dudette
    January 17, 2016 at 1:34 pm

  18. 37 Dudette
    January 17, 2016 at 1:34 pm

  19. 38 Dudette
    January 17, 2016 at 1:38 pm

  20. 39 Dudette
    January 17, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Liftoff!!! 🚀

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  23. 42 Dudette
    January 17, 2016 at 1:49 pm

  24. 43 Dudette
    January 17, 2016 at 1:49 pm

  25. 44 Dudette
    January 17, 2016 at 1:50 pm

  26. January 17, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    This is one of my favorite speeches given by FLOTUS

  27. 46 Dudette
    January 17, 2016 at 1:50 pm

  28. 48 Dudette
    January 17, 2016 at 1:51 pm

  29. January 17, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    My 2nd favorite speech was the speech she gave at the 2012 DEM Convention

  30. January 17, 2016 at 2:00 pm

  31. 56 Don
    January 17, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Maybe the problem is that we’re looking at the Hillary Clinton situation through a political lens and not a psychological lens. When you’re beloved by black folk as much as the Clintons were you can’t come away from thinking that you’re not one of them, or that you don’t understand the plight of black folk. The problem the Clintons encountered was that an actual black man arrived and challenged their standing in the black community. When Bill Clinton was attached, many in the black community defended him.

    When his impeachment was taking place every black minister with a church ran down to the White House to lay hands on Bill Clinton and to pray for him. Damn near every black celebrity that ever met Bill Clinton said that Bill had a special connection with them. For lack of a better word, Bill Clinton had a stranglehold on the Black community. In the eighties in the black community you had a lot of social and judicial unrest, blacks had to find a way to channel that unrest, and they found it through starting businesses, they found it through the arts, and they found it through politics. And by the time the nineties arrived the black community was on the verge of realizing its power.

    Then Bill Clinton arrived, he invited us into the White House to break bread with him, in so many ways “he felt our pain.” To this day Bill and Hillary Clinton can walk into any neighborhood of color and be welcomed with open arms. In the black community the past works of the Clintons guaranteed our never wavering loyalty.

    And then it happened, on a cold day in Illinois an unassuming skinny black man with an unusual name said that he was running to be President of the United States of America. And as quickly as he announced he was also quickly dismissed, even by some in the black community. The black political structure was not ready for Barack Obama, we were ok if you ran for Mayor or Senator or Governor. But for the Presidency, hold on a minute young buck. The psychological chains are the hardest chains the black community has ever had to break; even to this day we struggle to break them to some extent. And this is where the Clintons come in; we in the black community we put the Clintons on such a pedestal that they’ve convinced themselves that they can do no wrong when it came to the black voter. What the Clintons failed to understood was that a vote for Barack was not necessarily a vote against them.

    Many people believed that black people voted for Barack because he was black, some of that is true. But those voters didn’t outnumber those voters that voted against Barack because he was black; those two groups cancelled each other out. So, now you have the Clintons being loved in the black community versus the black community voting for Barack Obama. And that is the problem that the Clintons couldn’t understand, to this day they still don’t understand it. And because they didn’t understand it they lashed out in ways that didn’t make sense in the black community. Bill Clinton telling Ted Kennedy that back in the day someone like Barack would be serving them coffee, questioning Barack’s citizenship. And undermining the President Obama at every opportunity are just some of the ways that they have lashed out. The Clintons would do well this time around to embrace President Obama and understand what he represents for the country, but more importantly what he represents for the black community.

    • January 17, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      i never had Clinton Fetish….don’t know too many folks in my circle that did…it always rankled me that he was called the 1st Blk President…

      • 58 Don
        January 17, 2016 at 2:32 pm

        I think it was the great writer Toni Morrison that labeled Bill Clinton as that.

      • 60 nathkatun7
        January 17, 2016 at 7:28 pm

        I voted for Bill Clinton but I never regarded him to be a friend of the Black community. Actually, in 1992, he went out of his way to disrespect Black people. He run on a platform of being tough on crime, a code word for being tough on Black people. To demonstrate his toughness on Crime (Clinton was still governor of Arkansas) he allowed the execution of a mentally ill black man.Under his watch, and because of many of his policies, a record number of black folks-mostly young Black males- were incarcerated. Randall Robinson, in his book, “The Reckoning: What Blacks Owe To Each Other,” exposed the myth that Clinton was a friend of Black people.

    • 62 desertflower
      January 17, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      I nominate this to be on the front page of its very own thread. I learn from my TOD family…and today I learned this. Thank you, Don.

    • 65 Lynn
      January 17, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Very thought provoking post, Don.

      Although I was totally in SoS Clinton’s corner in ’08, PBO, (as unexpected as he was) totally captivated me from the get go. I instantaneously believed in him as I did RFK so long ago, and still do.

      Like so many here, I just want President Obama’s legacy to be carried on.

      • January 17, 2016 at 3:20 pm

        Bill Clinton was, for all his faults, the first President that treated black people like peers, that didn’t automatically bash for our “morals”. From Eisenthower, to Daddy Bush, black people were more like a “problem” to be solved than citizens to be embraced. So when Bill Clinton came to DC, and we saw all of the new black faces both socially and politically, we felt good.

        I believe Hill will continue Bill’s legacy. But she has to realize that times have changed. Back when she even thought about running for President someday, the idea that only by being super-hawkish would Americans elect a woman President.. Add her reserved personality, and the scars from growing up in a world where she was expected to be simply a :”helpmeet”, and sometimes she comes across a little too tough. But I have never believed that she’s a hawk at heart. And certainly I don’t worry about her judgement, especially compared to the Republicans that were basically jonesing for war with Iran or anything.

    • January 17, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      Hi Don, wonderfully insightful comment. Hope you don’t mind. I created a post out of it and alerted Chips or Nerdy to frontpage t when possible. Hope it happens 🙂

    • January 17, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Gotta stand up and applaud this comment, Don.

      It’s absolutely positively on point.



    • 70 jacquelineoboomer
      January 17, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Well done, Don.

  32. 71 desertflower
    January 17, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    FYI…I had NO IDEA there was a Dem. debate tonight….


  33. 88 Dudette
    January 17, 2016 at 2:04 pm

  34. 89 Dudette
    January 17, 2016 at 2:22 pm

  35. 90 Anjo
    January 17, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Happy Birthday to a most lovely Lady, may your blessings today last the whole year through. A wonderful and blessed birthday First Lady Michelle

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  38. 97 desertflower
    January 17, 2016 at 2:42 pm


  39. January 17, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Whenever i see a tweet from the O’Malley team i always think…when will the announcement come the he is leaving the race…i had such high hopes for his candidacy…as Donna said he waited too long to get into the race…then he was sidelined by the events of Baltimore…his candidacy has never gotten on track….sigh…it is a pity…

    • 99 Don
      January 17, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      I agree, O’Malley has to make something happen. The other day he was on twitter crying about being at a disadvantage, and I told him when Barack was running he wasn’t crying about anything. He put his head down and went to work. Powder-puffs, all of them, I got a pimple on my ass and its about to burst can we call off the debate.

  40. January 17, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Most Excellent ….

  41. 102 Dudette
    January 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm

  42. 103 Dudette
    January 17, 2016 at 3:42 pm

  43. 104 Dudette
    January 17, 2016 at 3:42 pm

  44. January 17, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Chips & Nerdy, I have created a post from Don’s very insightful comment above. It is in drafts. Pls post when you think best.

  45. January 17, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Children’s Book Showing Slaves Happily Baking a Cake is Just Another Attempt to Rewrite America’s Shameful History
    A Birthday Cake for George Washington makes it seem as though an enslaved father and daughter were perfectly fine with being oppressed.

    Posted: Jan. 17 2016 4:49 AM

    I learned about Scholastic’s new children’s book, A Birthday Cake for George Washington, when a friend emailed me on Friday to ask, “Uh … have you seen this [expletive]?” Her note was accompanied by the book’s back cover, which depicted an illustration of a smiling enslaved man and child, accompanied by their beaming master—America’s first president, George Washington. Washington had his arm around the enslaved man’s shoulder like they were bros instead of oppressor and oppressed.

    My knee-jerk reaction was a string of expletives as I tried to process this level of disrespect. Can you imagine a modern-day American publisher pushing a book about a cheery Jewish father and daughter on a trivial mission to bake a cake for the birthday of, say, an SS guard at Auschwitz? Can you picture a children’s book depicting a Jewish dad and child at a concentration camp snuggled up and cozy with Hitler?

    Never! So why is it somehow OK to show enslaved black folks practically cuddling with their oppressors?

    • 107 Don
      January 17, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      Riyrah, I was just reading different articles about that book, incredible.

      • January 17, 2016 at 4:04 pm

        they seem bound and determined to whitewash and lessen the TRUTH about our history.

      • January 17, 2016 at 4:06 pm

        One post that Coates did was about the slave that escaped to New England, and the relentless pursuit by Washington to try and get her back into slavery. Forgot her name, but I loved that piece.

        ” Father of our country indeed. “

    • January 17, 2016 at 5:24 pm

      Unbelievable. In my second grade class we are beginning of history unit. I have many picture books covering the time before the Civil War up through the Civil rights movement. The first one I read, More Let Me Fly, is the (fictional) story of an African girl captured and sold into slavery. It is difficult, heartbreaking, to read and does not have a happy upbeat ending. I try to leave no doubt about how awful slavery was and do not hide the fact that summer of our Founding Fathers were slave holders themselves. There are so many rich resources for children that portray the truth of this struggle with honesty on a level children can handle. I share many stories of famous and ordinary people who bravely retained their humanity while subject to inhuman conditions. We also talk about conditions right up through to the election of our president. Some books are fiction, some factual. I have many biographies of African Americans in all areas. These books are integrated throughout the year. Their are so many voices of hatred and division speaking into the ears of these children, I feel it’s imperative to help them understand as much of this history as I can to “vaccinated” them against the lies they will hear from other sources through their lives. In the process I have learned a lot myself. I learned about the Negro Motorist’s Green Book by reading”Ruth and the Green Book” to my class and about the first black cowboy, Nat Love. I try to show them that black people have been a integral part of our country from the beginning, contributing ideas, inventions, and hard work in every area of our society and continuing to our economy in ways that are rarely if ever acknowledged. It makes me so angry that this new book, with the imprimatur of Scholastic on it will be read by so many teachers who will carelessly, cluelessly perpetuate this flawed picture.

      Sorry if this comes off sounding pompous.

  46. January 17, 2016 at 3:59 pm


    He does it in tweets….HILARIOUS


    I Went to Bikram Yoga and Here’s What Happened (Hint: It Was Horrible)

    I now know that I can survive Navy SEAL training after making it 20 minutes in a Bikram/hot-yoga class.


    Posted: Jan. 17 2016 3:00 AM


  47. 113 forus50
    January 17, 2016 at 4:03 pm

  48. January 17, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    The One Weird Trait That Predicts Whether You’re a Trump Supporter

    And it’s not gender, age, income, race or religion.
    By Matthew MacWilliams


    If I asked you what most defines Donald Trump supporters, what would you say? They’re white? They’re poor? They’re uneducated?

    You’d be wrong.

    Story Continued Below

    In fact, I’ve found a single statistically significant variable predicts whether a voter supports Trump—and it’s not race, income or education levels: It’s authoritarianism.

    • 115 Don
      January 17, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      But Trump doesn’t speak about shrinking the government down and drowning it in a bathtub like the other candidates.

  49. 116 susanne
    January 17, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Aloha TOD!
    Here’s a handy link I just picked up from Sam Wang’s website, with all the fiddlybits on primaries and caucuses and delegates.


  50. 118 Anjo
    January 17, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Anyone seen or heard from GoBrooklyn lately? Hope she is doing ok

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