The Week Ahead

On This Day: President Barack Obama consoles a woman at the Joplin Community Memorial Service at Missouri Southern University in Joplin, Mo., May 29, 2011. The President delivered remarks during the service for those impacted by the deadly tornado that struck Joplin on May 22, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



In the morning, the President will arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam. While in Hanoi, he will participate in an arrival ceremony and take an official photo with President Tran Dai Quang of Vietnam at the Presidential Palace.

Afterward, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting with President Quang.

Following this meeting, the President will meet with the chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

Afterward, the President will participate in a press conference with President Quang and attend the state luncheon.

Later in the afternoon, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of Vietnam.

In the evening, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting with General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong of the Communist Party of Vietnam. The President will remain overnight in Hanoi.



The President will meet with Embassy personnel and families.

Later in the morning, the President will meet with members of civil society.

In the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks on U.S.-Vietnam relations at the National Convention Center.

Following his remarks, the President will depart Hanoi en route Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

While in Ho Chi Minh City, the President will tour the Jade Pagoda.

Following this visit, he will tour the DreamPlex Coworking Space and deliver remarks at an event focused on entrepreneurship and opportunity for the Vietnamese people.

The President will remain overnight in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.



The President will meet with U.S. consulate staff and family members.

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

In the afternoon, the President will depart Vietnam en route Ise-Shima, Japan, where he will remain overnight.



The President will visit the Ise-Jingu Shrine.

In the afternoon, he will attend meetings at the G-7 summit.



The President will attend a G-7 meetings on energy, climate and the prosperity of Asia.

In the afternoon, the President will participate in a family photo with outreach guests and attend a working lunch on development issues.

Later in the afternoon, the President will depart Tokoname en route Hiroshima, Japan.

While in Hiroshima, the President will deliver remarks and participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.

The President will also meet with service members at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakune, Japan.

In the evening, the President will depart Hiroshima, Japan en route Washington, DC.


On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a concert honoring singer-songwriter Carole King in the East Room of the White House, May 22, 2013. President Obama presented King with the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during the event, which was part of the “In Performance at the White House” series. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

118 Responses to “The Week Ahead”

  1. 1 jackiegrumbacher
    May 22, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Hi Chips. Beautiful Sunday morning image of love and compassion. Thanks.

    • 2 Judith Fardig
      May 22, 2016 at 11:48 am

      Congratulations, Jackie! We have a godson working at a U.N. School in Hanoi. It would be wonderful if he and his Honduran wife and new baby crossed paths with our President.

  2. 3 jackiegrumbacher
    May 22, 2016 at 8:26 am

    I read the President’s itinerary in Vietnam and Japan and got exhausted. How on earth does he actually do all of this!? Joe Biden said that PBO has a backbone of steel; he should have added that he has superhuman stamina.

  3. 8 99ts
    May 22, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Sending wishes and blessings Ms Chips if you get a chance to read – thinking of you.

    May 22, 2016 at 8:52 am


  5. 10 JER
    May 22, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

  6. 14 MightyPamela
    May 22, 2016 at 9:11 am

  7. 15 arapaho415
    May 22, 2016 at 9:14 am

    GM TODville.

    Not sure if PBO is in Vietnam yet [Google tells me it’ just after 8pm Sunday in Hanoi now], so here’s a drop mic moment to LBGT whiners who revere WJC yet seem to ignore what has *actually* been done in the past 7 years:

    • 16 Don
      May 22, 2016 at 9:33 am

      Yesterday I wrote something about this exact same thing but I decided not to post it here, now I’m regretting not posting what I wanted to say. I’m concerned about the eerie silence from the LGBT community when it comes to President Obama and all the things he’s done for the LGBT community. Its as though they’re upset at him for doing the things he’s done. I have yet to see any LGBT organization come out and say thank you or at least give him any sort of praise. For years the LGBT community wanted a President to fight for their rights, President Obama has exceeded their wildest dreams and yet they sit on their hands and keep their mouths close when it comes to President Obama. You just wait until Hillary gets into office, the LGBT community are going to start throwing weekly parades for the Clintons.

      • 17 jacquelineoboomer
        May 22, 2016 at 10:15 am

        I’ve felt that same way here and there, over the years. Luckily, we’re all here to keep reminding the world at large of President Obama’s singular, sterling accomplishments – along with the history books, unless they skip “the years” they happened.

        • 18 Judith Fardig
          May 22, 2016 at 11:51 am

          We especially have to remind the young Bernie Bros about the real revolution and recruit as many of them as possible to keep President Obama’s progress moving forward.

      • May 22, 2016 at 10:15 am

        Don, you are assuming that the GLBT ( original acronym LGBT) community are monolithic. It is not, each of the GLBT sub groups has their own biases or preferences ex; community priorities etc. It is alawys just as divided as hetero community. Unfortunately very few if any minorities head the non-governmental agencies ( GLADD, HRC just to name a few) Does racism exists YES. Does sexism exist YES. I have been a member of the GLBT tribe for most of my adult life. I have concluded that it is perhaps the most racially, socially and economically divided and segregated path of our social quilt. Of course I say this as a minority who has been active in the community internationally. The only other aspect of American society which is more divided is churches on Sunday.

      • May 22, 2016 at 10:24 am

        Summation: remember Lt. Dan Hoi (sp) chaining himself to the White House fence and shouting down the president at a WH GLBT gathering? He was supported by the EMPROGS and the GLBT groups which never appreciated President Obama. Remember that GLADD gave its bogus “prestigious” award to Bill Clinton a few years ago. The same Bill Clinton who signed DOMA and DADT. I have analyzed the political circumstances of Bill signing these laws into life; I still conclude he had no will, no conviction. Just like he had none supporting and under-witting the election of BLUE DOGS into congress. His camp claimed that he needed congressional muscle ( support) thus he compromised often. Well after watching President Obama in office for 7.5 years he must be a GOD because he had no political help from the Democrats or minimal at best. Yet he accomplished many great things, some which have not yet come into fruition but will long after he is gone.

      • 23 Sandy1110
        May 22, 2016 at 11:29 am

        If the emo blogs are any indication, some of them are holding an eternal grudge against him for inviting Rick Warren to give the prayer at his first inauguration, in addition to association with the likes of Donnie McClurkin. No matter what he did, that group of emos always cited this as a reason not to give him any credit for the UNPRECEDENTED progress he’s made.

  8. 25 MightyPamela
    May 22, 2016 at 9:40 am

    And now, we can begin to exhale a little: Mercury stations direct this very minute, things should start flowing again in the next couple days. I often wonder if PBO has a consulting astrologer, so often his trips and actions are brilliantly synched with the planets and the stars! 🕉☯♊♐♉🇻🇳🇺🇸🇯🇵

  9. May 22, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Erdogan’s ‘palace coup’ is now complete ….

  10. 29 vcprezofan2
    May 22, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Good Day, TODobots and friends! At whatever point you’re at in your Sunday, I’m wishing you a happy and restful one!

  11. May 22, 2016 at 9:51 am

  12. May 22, 2016 at 9:54 am

    The death of ‘western imposed’ boundaries is on full display for anyone paying attention ….

  13. May 22, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Note that this tweet is from the current US Ambassador to Ukraine …

    He will soon be transitioning to the position of US Ambassador to Greece and is being replaced by a very skillful Ambassador whom also happens to be a woman, Marie Yovanovitch:


    Hope all of you have a serene Sunday … bbl ….

  14. 37 vcprezofan2
    May 22, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Hi Chips-y Whispy, I’m putting this here quietly for you, on the off chance that if you peek in you’ll be reminded that you, and Mama C, are constantly in our thoughts.


    • 38 jacquelineoboomer
      May 22, 2016 at 10:08 am

      Sweet! GM and bear hugs to VC, Chips, and Mama Chips! And all of TODville.

      Sun’s shining here. Works for me!

      • 39 vcprezofan2
        May 22, 2016 at 10:27 am

        🙂 🙂 Yea, we have very bright sunshine too, JO’B, and everything outside the window looks happy…and bright! I’m actually slipping out the front door in another 30 minutes or so to go pick up some garden soil (in case I feel like planting later in the day). Tomorrow is a national holiday here – the traditional weekend when many Canadians go ‘berserk’ planting, opening cottages, yada, yada. 😀 😀

    • 40 Roberta in MN
      May 22, 2016 at 10:16 am

      VC, what is going on with Mama Chips or just Chips? I must have missed something. They are always In my prayers, but I could have sent something extra knowing there is something else going on. Information please. Thanks.

      • 41 vcprezofan2
        May 22, 2016 at 10:31 am

        Hi Roberta. In brief, Mama Chips fell awhile back and hurt herself badly. Chips and the family have been trying to locate a friendly, well-run place where she can be comfortably rehabilitated. Mama C is in one such place now. Of course like all of us, she can’t wait to get back to her own surroundings.

        • 42 Roberta in MN
          May 22, 2016 at 1:42 pm

          I knew about that, I just thought maybe something else happened along the way. Haven’t seen Chips on too much. Is she OK?

        • 43 a4alice
          May 22, 2016 at 1:44 pm

          ah. Thank you VC for explaining. Like Roberta I could see that something was up but not sure what. Thank you!

  15. 44 jacquelineoboomer
    May 22, 2016 at 10:06 am

    President Barack Obama in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Not to mention soon to be in Hiroshima. It’s mind-boggling, perhaps especially to members of my generation.

    • 45 99ts
      May 22, 2016 at 4:59 pm

      So often you give words to my thoughts JoB. Seeing PBO arrive in Vietnam my first thought was – its amazing – and then “what a difference a generation makes”. Then I think about being brought up in the aftermath of WWII when anything “made in Japan” was not allowed in our home – and what a difference do 2 generations make.

      • 46 jacquelineoboomer
        May 22, 2016 at 7:03 pm

        I remember the air raid drills in elementary school, where we’d have to get under our (seemingly impenetrable to somebody) wooden desks … and dreaming at night that “the dirty rotten Commies” were coming down my street to kill my family. And we think RWNJ FEAR-inspired rhetoric is a new commodity.

        • 47 99ts
          May 22, 2016 at 8:11 pm

          My mother used to tell me a story about the communists infiltrating the “mothers’ club” – (I think you call it the PTA) – this was for the infants/elementary school – called mothers’ club because meetings were in the daytime and all the fathers were at work! Her friend’s husband was an officer in the army & “he came in and sorted them out”. I don’t think we ever had air raid drills, but we did worry about “the reds under the beds”.

  16. 49 GGAIL
    May 22, 2016 at 10:08 am

    GOOOOOOOOOAL West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    Manchester United has the FA Cup 🏆⚽️😎

  17. 50 Roberta in MN
    May 22, 2016 at 10:18 am

    I think with all of these trips POTUS is making this year, he is setting up the stage for Hillary, so she doesn’t have to travel as much as he did. I cannot envision her doing what PBO has done this past 8 years. What do you think TOD Family?

    • May 22, 2016 at 10:28 am

      I am of the opinion that he wants to stay out of main spotlight until after California primary. Then thats when White House and DNC drop the hammer on Bernie. 2 June 2016 SHOWTIME.

    • 52 Don
      May 22, 2016 at 10:32 am

      I think Hillary understands the rigors of being President, I’m not so much concerned about Hillary as I am about Bill. The ego is a very powerful thing.

  18. 53 desertflower
    May 22, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Morning everyone:) Happy Relaxing Sunday….

    Looks like mini oppo research:) It’s not pretty….


    • 54 a4alice
      May 22, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      not pretty as you say DF but on the other hand – not surprising either. It’s really amazing to me when i take a step back to see that this is the Republican nominee and Republicans seem to be embracing him. 😯

      • 55 99ts
        May 22, 2016 at 4:55 pm

        Right wing political groups always think they have the “divine right to rule” – to them Trump is the lesser of two evils.

  19. 56 JER
    May 22, 2016 at 10:36 am

  20. 57 amk for obama
    May 22, 2016 at 10:41 am

    our rw pm is in iran now, world is moving on (and reaping the early bird advantage).


    • 58 Don
      May 22, 2016 at 11:26 am

      I swear every time I hear about another country doing business with Iran I say to myself “we are letting a golden opportunity go by.” It seems as though all the other industrialized nations of the world are lining up to do business with Iran. I predict that Iran will have bullet trains before we do.

      • 59 amk for obama
        May 22, 2016 at 11:33 am

        one thing fersure. rethugs’ bomb, bomb iran ain’t gonna happen. evah. even nut n yahoo has gone silent.

  21. 61 JER
    May 22, 2016 at 10:43 am

  22. 63 JER
    May 22, 2016 at 10:44 am

  23. May 22, 2016 at 10:53 am

  24. 69 yardarm756
    May 22, 2016 at 11:05 am

    G’day neighbors…fm yardarm’s in-box.

    On sale now at a store near you.

    • 83 Nathkatun7
      May 22, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      Thank you so much, Desertflower, for sharing this excellent Salon article! It’s indeed a “Must Read.”

  25. 84 amk for obama
    May 22, 2016 at 11:12 am

    are there any more countries left in the kenyan’s buckit list? russia?

  26. May 22, 2016 at 11:14 am

  27. 88 GGail
    May 22, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Interesting, very interesting
    San Francisco-based distillery Hangar 1 has started making vodka from fog. The limited-edition vodka is called Fog Point and costs $125 per bottle.

    • 89 Don
      May 22, 2016 at 11:39 am

      Why only sell it for $125, I mean really, why not sell it for $500 per bottle? The magical elixir salesmen from the old west ain’t got nothing on these guys.

  28. 90 Don
    May 22, 2016 at 11:28 am

    I think the greatest thing that President Obama has done was to free people of the mental shackles that they might have once had. DADT and DOMA mainly.

  29. 91 No Child Left Behind
    May 22, 2016 at 11:33 am

  30. May 22, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Greetings everyone….

    while the insanity of Bernie continues…the President keeps moving forward….i think that the Hillary Campaign is doing the same organizing on the ground in preparation for the General Election…of course the Press is stuck on Bernie and his destructive ways…

    what is the difference between the US consulate and the Embassy

  31. 107 desertflower
    May 22, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    🙂 🙂

  32. 108 desertflower
    May 22, 2016 at 1:34 pm

  33. 114 desertflower
    May 22, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    GGail…check your text messages:)

    • 115 Don
      May 22, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      No texting while driving, or lounging under the cabana by the pool.

      • 116 desertflower
        May 22, 2016 at 1:56 pm

        Correct! (Except if you live in AZ…then you can talk, text, eat, do your hair, trim your beard, turn around and talk to the kids in the backseat….freedumb, baby!)

  34. 117 desertflower
    May 22, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Kudos to our arapaho:)

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