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24
Dec
11

2011 in photos (a salute to pete souza & his team)

YouTube have blocked the video in some countries because of the music used, if you can’t see it try this:

Have a lovely day tomorrow everyone – or today, if you’re one of our Australian or New Zealand friends!

I just want to thank you all for keeping me company on this amazing journey. So many highs, so many lows, it’s been a bumpy ride. But on the bad days we’ve raised each others’ spirits, and I can never ever thank you enough for that.

You make me think, learn, smile, laugh, cry, the whole lot, I’m richer for knowing you all. You’re just the very loveliest bunch of people.

My heart goes out to those of you who have lost loved ones in the last year or two, I know Christmas will be desperately lonely for you. If you ever need a friend, drop in here – you’ll always find support. And take good care of yourself.

Wishing you all good health and happiness, we’ve a busy year ahead, I need you fired up and ready to go – okay?

Love ya.

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Between periods of recovery from turkey overload I’ll carry on posting any updates from Hawaii over the next few days, so don’t go away 😉

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ABC: “20/20″ visited two New York City schools to talk to students and get their feedback on the president. We asked students in grades five through 12 at Frederick Douglass Academy and P.S. 199 Jessie Isador Straus School to describe the president in one word. Watch below to see what they came up with:

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First Lady Michelle Obama reacts while talking on the phone to children across the country as part of the annual NORAD Tracks Santa program. Mrs. Obama answered the phone calls from Kailua, Hawaii, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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09
Jun
11

morning!

Say hello to Henry Healy in the Moneygall post below (here – comment #82) – he’s invited you all to Ollie’s bar!

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Today:

4:45 President Obama meets with President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon

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First Lady Michelle Obama has coffee with the Queen of Denmark Margethe II in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House, June 8

27
May
11

hic

😆

27
May
11

west wing week: ‘a homecoming of sorts’ (may 27, 2011)

25
May
11

dinner hosts (video added)

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip for a reciprocal dinner at Winfield House

Guest List: The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, Rt. Honorable David Cameron, Mrs. Samantha Cameron, Viscountess Astor, Admiral James Stavridis, Lady Ashton of Upholland, Mr. Tom Hanks, Mr. Tim Collins, Mr. David Beckham, Mrs. Doris Kearns Goodwin, Mr. Colin Firth, Mrs. Marjorie Susman, Mr. Chris Dercon, Mrs. Ffion Hague, Mr. Joshua Berger, Ms. J.K. Rowling

. President Obama watches as Queen Elizabeth signs a guest book after a reciprocal dinner at Winfield House

24
May
11

the state dinner, london

Queen Elizabeth, President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Prince Philip in Buckingham Palace ahead of a state banquet

24
May
11

morning in london

There’s a live BBC feed here – and occasional live streaming at CNN

President Barack Obama walks out to make a statement to reporters about tornado damage in the United States at Winfield House in London, May 24 – the President will visit Missouri on Sunday

President Obama speaks with Prince Charles as they leave Winfield House, the official residence of the United States ambassador, in Regent’s Park, London

First lady Michelle Obama with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

President Obama shakes hands with Queen Elizabeth II as first lady Michelle Obama and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, look on, at Buckingham Palace

….meeting Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate at Buckingham Palace

President Obama reviews troops with Prince Phillip during an official arrival ceremony at Buckingham Palace

The President and Mrs. Obama gave Queen Elizabeth II a collection of rare memorabilia and photographs in a handmade leather bound album that chronologically highlights her parents’ (King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) visit to the United States in 1939. As the 1939 visit was the first such trip to the United States by a reigning British monarch, this gift contains both historic and personal value.

For Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the President and Mrs. Obama gave a custom-made set of Fell Pony bits and shanks, as well as original horseshoes worn by recently retired champion carriage horse Jamaica. The Duke of Edinburgh has a keen interest in equestrian sports and specifically in carriage driving. Designed in Colorado and made in Ohio, the set includes several interchangeable bits and each shank is engraved with the Presidential Seal. A slaughterhouse rescue horse, Jamaica rose to the top of carriage horse competition and was named the 2008 United States Equestrian Federation Horse of the Year.

For The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, the President and Mrs. Obama gave a special selection of plants, seedlings and seeds from the gardens of Mount Vernon, Monticello and the South Lawn of The White House, as well as jars of honey from The White House beehive. This one-of-a-kind collection is presented in a specially handcrafted wooden box made from a Magnolia tree that fell on the grounds of The White House during the snowstorm of February 2009. Magnolia trees have been a fixture on the South Lawn of The White House since the mid-nineteenth century.

President Obama talks with the Queen during a tour of the Portrait Gallery at Buckingham Palace

23
May
11

tuesday

April 2009

All times US Eastern

7:25 AM (12:25 PM UK time) President Obama and Michelle Obama have lunch with the Queen

9:0 AM (2:0 PM UK) President Obama and Michelle Obama visit the Portrait Gallery

10:0 AM (3:0 PM UK) President Obama and Michelle Obama tour Westminster Abbey

10:45 AM (3:45 PM UK) President Obama and Michelle Obama arrive at 10 Downing St

12:0 PM (5:0 PM UK) President Obama meets with opposition leader Ed Miliband

3:30 PM (8:30 PM UK) President Obama and Michelle Obama attend a dinner hosted by the Queen

17
Feb
11

coming up …. in may

Just announced – President Obama and Michelle Obama will make a state visit to the UK in May (24-26) at the invitation of the Queen. They’ll stay at Buckingham Palace. More here

18
Jan
11

special gifts. hundreds of them.

President Obama waves goodbye from the steps of Air Force One as he departs Saudi Arabia on his way to Egypt, June, 2009

AP: ..Foreign leaders showered President Obama and his family with hundreds of thousands of dollars in art, jewelry, rare books and other presents during their first year in the White House.

Saudi Arabia’s king was the most generous gift-giver, according to documents released by the State Department on Tuesday. Saudi King Abdullah gave Obama, his wife and daughters nearly $190,000 in luxury baubles in 2009, including the single most valuable gift reported to have been given to U.S. officials that year: a ruby and diamond jewelry set, including earrings, a ring, a bracelet and necklace, for the first lady worth $132,000.

…By law, most gifts to U.S. officials must be turned over to the government and the jewelry has already been sent to the National Archives.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was a distant runner up to King Abdullah, with gifts for the first family worth a little under $33,000. The Italian haul included silk ties, a gold watch, a crystal table and candlesticks…….the Saudi monarch also presented Michelle Obama with a $14,200 pearl necklace. He gave the president a marble clock adorned with miniature gold palm trees and camels valued at $34,500. He sent first daughters Sasha and Malia Obama diamond earrings and necklaces worth more than $7,000.

Chinese President Hu Jintao gave Obama a $20,000 silk embroidery of the first family….French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife sent perfume and a $4,500 black Christian Dior handbag …Some leaders chose more modest gifts. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth presented Obama with framed portraits of herself and her husband, Prince Philip, worth $775….Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas offered the U.S. leader $521 in gifts, including the least expensive item listed by the State Department: a $75 bottle of olive oil.

Full article here

The only gift in that list that I’d have liked is the olive oil 😐




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