50 Responses to “Germany: The Press Conference”


  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    June 19, 2013 at 5:57 am

    So today, I’ve been tasked with covering the German part of the trip and also with Rise and Shine, so I’ll do my best to make sure you’re all covered for the trip. If you have any links, articles, pictures of the trip so far and in Germany, please leave them in the comments section as they will help me and TOD in enhancing the coverage. Thank you and have an enjoyable day.

    • June 19, 2013 at 6:03 am

      Hi UT – thanks for taking the early shift. I’ve been up all night with work and stuff. Thought I’d check in and weighing whether to just stay up… I have a meeting in a few hours…

  2. 3 JER
    June 19, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Good Morning UT.

  3. 4 JER
    June 19, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Here is a German live stream of the First Family Sightseeing: http://streema.com/tv/play/N24 (First Family auf Sightseeing-Tour)

  4. 6 JER
    June 19, 2013 at 6:11 am

    The President’s sister is there with them.

    • 7 theo67
      June 19, 2013 at 6:15 am

      I guess I’m staying up, then. I saw his sister, and then remembered that she lives in Germany. It must be wonderful to see all of them in her home town. Glad they didn’t seem to have any public activities last night – maybe they got a chance to visit with her privately…

  5. 8 99ts
    June 19, 2013 at 6:16 am

    GM UT & theo and JER

    Thank you for covering the trip UT – I sure couldn’t find much on my own

    • 9 theo67
      June 19, 2013 at 6:17 am

      Hey 99! How’s your grand-daughter?

      • 10 99ts
        June 19, 2013 at 6:29 am

        What can I say – she’s 9 months old (can’t believe it) and gets more beautiful and lovable every single day. Visiting tomorrow. The world is surely her oyster – she laughs and smiles and babbles and moves very fast on 2 hands and 2 knees! She is much loved. Thank you for asking :)

  6. June 19, 2013 at 6:23 am

    Goooood Morning…everyone…GM MsChips…GM UT….

    I want to add my accolades to the previous ones about the EXTRAORDINARY coverage that TOD has provided of the President’s Trip to the G8 Summit….

    The service that TOD provides is invaluable…PRICELESS…

    The news blackout of PBOs trip is Shameless but it is what the media does…

  7. June 19, 2013 at 6:29 am

    • 14 kathryn kivett
      June 19, 2013 at 6:45 am

      Thanks for posting this, PF….personally, I think the majority of NC is asleep and won’t wake up until something specifically touches them…and then will be dumb enough to blame PBO….

      • 15 anniebella
        June 19, 2013 at 8:09 am

        I’m not sleep and I can’t stand the fact that these crazy ass nuts are destroying our state.

      • June 19, 2013 at 9:07 am

        This is what it takes…Organized …and focused protest…

      • June 19, 2013 at 9:07 am

        I am a native of NC, living in our nation’s capital. The majority of NC citizens are not asleep. My siblings and some other family members live in the state. Many relatives and friends live in the Research Triangle area of the state–Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. Many people are concerned about the long-term affects to the state economy and education from republican policies. My sister is unable to stand or march for long periods. She phone banks 3 days a week. Next weekend, there will be bus trips to the capital. There are many actions planned for the future. My brother is a college administrator who helps to organize the college students in the state. Democratic legislators are participating by involving their supporters with emails and other notifications. Neighbors are helping to organize their neighbors all over the state. The citizens were unhappy with the former Democratic Governor, so, many of them voted for republicans…BIG MISTAKE! This may be a needed lesson about party loyalty. I think many citizens really thought republican and democratic policies were the same.

  8. June 19, 2013 at 6:35 am

    very nice article, ignore comments. :)

    • 19 theo67
      June 19, 2013 at 6:41 am

      I’m glad they got out and about, and they were very well received. Ireland looks absolutely lovely – hope I get to see it one day…

      • June 19, 2013 at 6:52 am

        Hope your wish comes true!

        The Obama girls visit Glendalough

        http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/the-obama-girls-visit-glendalough-29354744.html

        The girls were given a lesson on the ancient ruins by local tour guide George McClafferty. … Mr McClafferty told the Obamas the tale of a wild doe appearing before St Kevin – founder of the monastery – who milked it and fed two orphan babies from the hollowed-out stone. … Sasha was given the honour of closing the door to the ruins of St Kevin’s Church, which dates back 1500 years. The teenager was handed a key and she locked the door, before turning to her older sister and giving her a high five.

      • 21 anniebella
        June 19, 2013 at 8:07 am

        I agree theo67. I just wish POTUS had the time to be with them and they really had the chance to see Ireland. Maybe one day.

        • 22 theo67
          June 19, 2013 at 9:00 am

          They have the rest of their lives, though, and I think they have made peace with the current sacrifices. One can only lead the world for eight years max! :)

  9. June 19, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Good morning all. back to the serious stuff now. Night music was great.

  10. June 19, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Malia in Ireland…photo at Michelle Obama Fan Club (some of these photos of the younger Obamas i’ve never seen before)

    Malia crossed her eyes, see here:

    http://3chicspolitico.com/2013/06/17/the-first-family-is-in-ireland/#comment-160158

  11. 25 theo67
    June 19, 2013 at 7:01 am

    That first reporter couldn’t address President Obama by his name and title before she launched into her rude questioning? I noticed that she didn’t seem to have a problem prefacing her question to Chancellor Merkel by addressing her with her name and title.

  12. 28 Jovie
    June 19, 2013 at 7:03 am

    You’ve gotta be kidding me? They cut him off in the middle of what I want to hear about Afghanistan and that freak Karzai.
    Unbelievable!

  13. 29 Jovie
    June 19, 2013 at 7:06 am

    In other words, we setup talks with the Taliban and then today Karzai suspends talks with the US.
    This is ridiculous!
    Then, we wanted to hear what Merkel had to say about PRISM, instead I get Meeka.
    Not a nice way to start my day!

  14. 34 Jovie
    June 19, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Ahh, cspan 2 has the Live British Parliament.
    But not Americas President?
    Awesome ! Awesome.
    Pip pip cherry o old chap!

  15. 35 Jovie
    June 19, 2013 at 7:17 am

    And That other freak on msnbc is beating the war drum in Syria, has the head of Iraq war ops in to discuss it.
    The disingenuous tone of msnbc is astonishing!
    Now I am not in a good mood- I have to wait until I walk my Dog to cheer me up. :(

    • 36 hopefruit2
      June 19, 2013 at 8:10 am

      Don’t let MSNBC and the corrupt US media get to you jovie. Good things are happening, and you can see/hear about them right here on TOD!! :)

  16. June 19, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Mooooooooorning everyone! UT? You’re a super duper mega star, thank yooooooou!!!

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  19. 42 Jovie
    June 19, 2013 at 7:25 am

    What is this nonsense, they want the President to explain what’s going on after they cut his press conference off?
    Is that what they’re saying?
    I must be going to the Looney bin watching this garbage! :(
    LOL!

  20. 43 utaustinliberal
    June 19, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Okay. Press conference is over. Let’s see what else Pres. Obama has been up to in Germany.

    New post.

    http://theobamadiary.com/2013/06/19/ich-bin-ein-berliner/

  21. June 19, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Berlin Speech: Obama to Make Plea for Nuclear Disarmament

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/us-president-obama-to-address-nuclear-disarmament-in-berlin-speech-a-906581.html

    Speculation has been rife in Berlin regarding the possible contents of US President Barack Obama’s speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday. Media reports indicate he will be making a renewed push for nuclear disarmament.

    There are some tough acts to follow when it comes to giving speeches in Berlin. John F. Kennedy’s legendary “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech, delivered half a century ago, still remains without equal. But Ronald Reagan’s 1987 address in front of the Berlin Wall and the Brandenburg Gate, in which he invited Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall,” has likewise been treated kindly by the history books.

    That US President Barack Obama will attempt to follow in their footsteps on Wednesday during his state visit to Berlin seems a fool’s errand. But according to the New York Times, Obama hopes to deliver a powerful message of his own — and plans to make a major push for further nuclear disarmament.

  22. 45 Jovie
    June 19, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Ya Merkel wants that photo with obama a poll over there has him at 88% approval!!!
    He has a big speech at 9 from over there about getting rid of nuclear weapons!!!

  23. 46 amk for obama
    June 19, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Many hillary or bust wailing in my twitter tl today. 4 years out ? And screw the primaries, right ?


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