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Good morning. My name is Hannah Nelson, I’m sixteen years old, and I’m from Belfast,” was how the student chosen as the warm up speaker for Michelle Obama introduced herself to 2,000 invited guests at the Waterfront Hall.

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NI woman (Video) “humbled” by Obama tribute.

At the city’s Waterfront Hall, the US President spoke directly about the work done by Sylvia Gordon and her colleagues to have a gate put into a peace wall in a park in north Belfast.

Alexandra Park is thought to be the only park in Europe that has been divided by a wall. But in September 2011, more than 15 years after the barrier first went up, a gate was opened in the three-metre tall fence, allowing people to explore the entire area

Ms Gordon is director of Groundwork NI, which worked alongside the Alexandra Park Steering Group and local residents and community groups to enable the regeneration of the area.

On Monday, in front of hundreds of people, Mr Obama commended Ms Gordon for her part in the so-called peace gate.

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When 17-year-old Ellen Mooney arrived at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall yesterday to see US President Barack Obama make a historic speech, it wasn’t because she was interested in politics.

She said: “I don’t really follow political stuff at all.”

She giggled with her friend Morgan McKeown, 18. “We’ve come to see Obama because he’s gorgeous!”

After listening to the President’s 30-minute speech to hundreds of teenagers ahead of the G8 summit, which began in Northern Ireland yesterday, Ellen and Morgan had completely changed their minds.

“I am so inspired!” Ellen said. “We can be the generation that changes things, that fights for peace.”

Morgan added: “We can be the change. It’s up to us.” She laughed. “And he shook my hand!”

The President’s first visit to Northern Ireland was classic Obama, beginning his three-day diplomatic trip to Europe not with world leaders but with young people from both communities.

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America’s smart sisters are doing it in style

THE First Lady always adds glamour to any event but fashion fans will be just as keen to see the style choices of her daughters Malia and Sasha in Ireland for the G8 summit this week. Michelle Obama and her girls will reportedly be staying at Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel and are expected to attend a number of events while President Barack Obama is at the summit in Fermanagh.

Malia and Sasha were just sweet little girls when their parents visited in 2011 but have swiftly grown into poised, intelligent young women their parents can’t stop talking about. Sasha turned 12 last week and Malia, who currently stands a model-esque 5’11, will be 15 on July 4.

The Obama girls are frequently seen with their parents, but rarely heard. The media’s fascination is most often expressed through praise for their cute clothes. The sisters certainly seem to have inherited their mother’s sense of style. They favour empire-line dresses, sequinned cardigans, full skirts and ballet flats for special occasions. Their casual wardrobe is preppy, which suits their active lifestyle — Mrs Obama insists they practise one sport they like and one she chooses, telling Women’s Home Journal: “I want them to understand what it feels like to do something they don’t like and then improve”.

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The US First Lady and her two daughters were give a presentation on their family genealogy and connections to Ireland when they visited Trinity College today.

At Trinity, the Obamas visited the Old Library and were shown the Book of Kells, a ninth-century, elaborately decorated gospel manuscript made by Irish monks.

Mrs Obama, Malia and Sasha were also shown the birth registry of President Obama’s Irish ancestors from around the village of Moneygall and old maps detailing the family’s homestead in Co Offaly.

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First Lady touched down in Dublin with her daughters (Videos)

Mrs Obama said today that she “expect great things” of the young people of Ireland but that she has “never felt more optimistic” about our island.  After arriving at Dublin Airport on Marine Helicopter II she was whisked to Trinity College along with her daughter Malia (14) and Sasha (12) to study their family heritage and see the Book of Kells.

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President Obama and PM Cameron sign a quilt at childrens school

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FLOTUS, Sasha, and Malia enjoy Riverdance at Gaiety Theatre, Dublin.

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It isn’t often that a first lady orchestrates the ovation.

But last evening in Dublin, Michelle Obama found herself on the other side of the applause, jumping to her feet and leading the cheers as Riverdance won three new fans from the White House.

America’s first lady and her daughters Sasha (12) and Malia (14) were entranced by the special performance . “We have never seen Riverdance live – this is the first time,” she told her adoring audience before the show.

Judging by her reaction – Michelle was first to rise as the curtain fell – she wasn’t disappointed.

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We are you, We are just like you“- Michelle Obama inspires Irish Children

A youngster was rendered speechless as Michelle Obama affectionately greeted him and his classmates backstage at a special performance of the dance spectacular Riverdance.

Rebecca Morgan, aged 11 and a fifth class pupil in Moneygall National School in Co Offaly – President Barack Obama’s ancestral homeland – revealed one of her classmates was dumbstruck with shyness.

 The young lad, named only as Billy, could not bring himself to speak even though he thinks the First Lady is beautiful.

 “She is so beautiful and very tall,” the 11-year-old said.

 “She looks even prettier in real life than on TV.”

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U.S. President Barack Obama (C-R), British Prime Minister David Cameron (C), French President Francois Hollande, Russian President Vladimir Putin (C-L), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) along with other G8 leaders take part in the second Plenary Session of the G8 summit at Lough Erne on June 18, 2013 near Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.

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G8 leaders sign up to tax deal, agree Syria opposition

The Lough Erne Declaration – signed by the UK, US, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Japan and Russia – vows to “fight the scourge of tax evasion” by ensuring automatic exchange of tax information and changing the rules to stop multinational companies shifting profits across borders to avoid paying their fair share.

But the 10-point document, released after two days of talks at Lough Erne, falls short of the demands of anti-poverty campaigners, who want the developing world included in the new arrangements from the start and have called for tax information to be made available to all on public registers.

The declaration says only that developing countries “should have the information and capacity to collect the taxes owed them”, rather than guaranteeing them automatic access to the information.

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Tour guide George McClafferty with Michelle Obama and daughters at the Glendalough Monastic Site

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US First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters have begun a private guided tour of Wicklow Mountains National Park as their whistlestop tour of Ireland draws to a close.  The sun beamed down on the hills above the twin lakes at Glendalough as Ms Obama and Malia and Sasha walked through the famous monastic site.  The girls were given a lesson on the ancient ruins by local tour guide George McClafferty.  The valley, in the heart of the Wicklow mountains, offers some of the most popular rural landscapes in Ireland and is a well-worn tourist path for visitors to the east coast.

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First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha were having lunch with Bono in Dalkey, Co Dublin this afternoon.

They arrived in Dalkey at 1.20pm to dine at Finnegans pub after visiting Glendalough.  The pub was closed since early morning but it was thought that about 60 local people were inside before the first family arrived.  Bono and his wife Ali Hewson arrived just before 1pm, accompanied by two children.  A large crowd gathered outside and whooped as the fleet of black armoured cars arrived.

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Michelle Obama and her two daughters have met Bono, his wife Ali and their two sons for a traditional Irish pub lunch.  The Hewson family were the first to arrive at Finnegan’s pub in Dalkey, Co Dublin – which has previously hosted the likes of Mel Gibson and Penelope Cruz.  Just the previous weekend, Bono met Neil Young for a pint at the pub.  Dressed in a denim shirt and jeans, Bono called to the waiting crowd: “I thought this was a secret.”  Ali looked beautiful in a black leather jacket and skinny jeans, while their two teenage sons were in jeans and shirts.  They arrived about a quarter of an hour before the US First Family.

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Pres Obama and Canada PM Harper during walk at G8 Summit in Northern Ireland

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Pres Obama, PM Cameron and Irish Taoiseach Kenny out for a stroll

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Pres Obama talks w PM Prime Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia before lunch w G8 and other leaders

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Pres Obama and staff wait for the arrival of French President Hollande for a bilateral meeting at G8 Summit

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Photos via Pete Souza

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The First Family arrives in Berlin

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Like JFK, Obama is no zealot. His actions are not what fascinate people, but rather his personality, even beyond politics. At the time, people loved JFK because he brought a new kind of life into the White House, a more real life. Americans loved the photos of his son JFK Jr. playing underneath his father’s desk, of Sweet Caroline with her ponytail and her pony Macaroni and, of course, everyone was fascinated by First Lady Jacqueline, by her style, her taste and her class. The photos made the name Kennedy a benchmark of the idea of a new and better world. Today many Americans love their Obamas, the first black president, his wife Michelle, the teenagers and their dog Bo. Like the Kennedys, the Obamas have become icons of a new era.

Obama sensed this yearning for an ideal world from the very beginning, when he gave his first campaign speech, in February 2007, at John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was playing for high stakes, making the historic claim that he could lead America into a new era, and he stuck to the script of the Kennedy years. It sounded presumptuous, cocky and a little flirtatious.

But Obama gave America the hope that he could deliver the country from the conflicts of the present — those between rich and poor, between black and white and between the faithful and the agnostic. And he held out the prospect to large parts of the world that the aggressive realpolitik of his predecessor had served its time.

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The casual question from the old man he’d just been having such a nice conversation with hit him like a slap in the face. “What country are you from?” Juan Diaz was outraged. The memory of the anger that boiled in him still twists up the corners of his mouth. How dare he! When he’d tried so hard to speak his best German? Then Juan Diaz smiles – the man gave him a hug, just like that, when he told him he was from America. “And he said: I remember the Americans saving my life when I was a little kid. With the Berlin Luftbrücke [Berlin airlift].’ “

In the summer of 1948, Soviet troops had cut West Berlin off from the outside world, and for almost a year, US and British planes brought supplies to the city’s people. A lump comes to Juan Diaz’ throat when he remembers the hug. He has to sniff and blink away tears before he can continue – since that day he has stopped keeping his nationality a secret.

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President and First Lady pose with children of embassy workers in Berlin

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The President is welcomed by President Joachim Gauck in a ceremony at Schloss Bellevue, Berlin

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President Barack Obama and German President Joachim Gauck greet schoolchildren from a local German-American school at Bellevue Palace

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First Lady Michelle Obama, Auma Obma, Sasha, and Malia visit the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe with her Uwe Neumaerker, director of the foundation for the memorial

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BERLIN — US First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha on Wednesday visited key sites of Germany’s troubled Nazi and Cold War history, walking through the haunting Holocaust Memorial and laying flowers for those killed at the Berlin Wall.

As President Barack Obama attended to matters of state during a 24-hour visit to the German capital, his family went on a whirlwind tour in an armoured limousine on their first visit to the city.

Dressed in light summer clothes on a blistering hot day, they were joined by the president’s half-sister Auma, who studied in Germany and lives in Kenya, and Joachim Sauer, the husband of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Their first stop was the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Opened in 2005 near the Brandenburg Gate, the field of 2,700 concrete slabs of varying height evokes a cemetery and serves as a memorial for the millions of Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

The Obamas walked along pathways that descend into the heart of a claustrophobic maze, then visited a subterranean information centre on the millions murdered by the Nazis.

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Arrives at the German Chancellery and is welcomed by Chancellor Angela Merkel

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Holds a bilateral meeting with Chancellor Merkel

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Barack Obama  and German Chancellor Angela Merkel speak to the media following bilateral talks at the Chancellery

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President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel chat prior to a lunch at the terrace of the Chancellery

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 Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit arrive at the Brandenburg Gate

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Barack Obama speaks at the Brandenburg Gate as Chancellor Angela Merkel and Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit look on

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A jubilant crowd cheered as Obama arrived on the podium with Chancellor Angela Merkel. Given the historic significance of the Brandenburg Gate over the course of the Cold War, the venue and timing of the speech were seen as particularly significant.

Obama began his sweeping, multi-themed address – in front of a crowd of some 6,000 vetted guests on Wednesday afternoon – by thanking his host Merkel.

He went on to note the hot weather. “It’s so warm,” he said. “I feel so good that I’m actually going to take off my jacket and anyone else who wants to, feel free to do so.”

Obama spoke of joy of the fall of the Berlin Wall, but warned that both the US and Germany could not guard against complacency.

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US President Barack Obama called for a major new push to reduce the world’s nuclear arsenal on Wednesday, declaring during a visit to Berlin that he would seek talks with Russia to “reduce our deployed nuclear weapons by up to one third.”

 “At the same time we will work with our NATO allies to seek a bold reduction in US and Russian tactical weapons in Europe,” Obama said in a speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate during his first official visit to Berlin as president.

He also said the US would host a summit in 2016 on nuclear arms reduction and seek to create a new international framework for the use of peaceful nuclear power. He also reiterated his rejection of the nuclearization of North Korea and Iran.

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President Obama and FLOTUS Michelle Obama arrive for a dinner hosted by Angela Merker

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Pres Obama and German Chancellor Merkel w NBA star Dirk Nowitzki before dinner at Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

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President Barack Obama toasts his glass at a dinner at the Orangerie at Schloss Charlottenburg palace

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The First Family arrives back home..

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President Obama nominates James Comey to be the next F.B.I. Director

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President Obama meets w Privacy & Civil Liberties Oversight Board in the Sit Room this afternoon

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216 Responses to “The week in review…”


  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    June 22, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Me.

  2. 5 vitaminlover
    June 22, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Busy active Obamas

  3. 6 vitaminlover
    June 22, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Pretty gracious Obamas

  4. June 22, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    New post by Spandan on TPV: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/06/peter-king-is-fool-but-is-there-real.html

    If we lowly bloggers are saying that evidence points to GG having had an active hand in soliciting Snowden’s illegality…

  5. June 22, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Congrats ut on #1 :)

    What a glorious collection of pics from our First Family’s trip! Thanks LP for the review :)

  6. 14 TrumpDog
    June 22, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Thatr trench FLOTUS is wearing is FIERCE. LOVE IT.

  7. June 22, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Ok bt’s, I’m working on a summery night owl chat. (And tomorrow I’ll have a wintry one for our friends in the Southern Hemisphre.)

    • June 22, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      You are the David Moyes of blogginess :cool:

      Thank you LL!

      • June 22, 2013 at 6:41 pm

        I’m really starting to suffer withdrawals from lack of EPL action. And now basketball is over. Fuck.

        • June 22, 2013 at 6:48 pm

          Me too. I watched a bit of Brazil v Italy earlier, managed to miss almost every goal, but it’s just not the same as a beautifully mishit Michael Carrick pass or a Robin van Persie wonder goal.

          Speaking of wondrous things:

          Wayne Rooney will tell David Moyes that he wants a fresh start at Manchester United when he holds his first serious discussions with the new manager this week.

          Moyes left for his summer break intending to keep the striker at Old Trafford so there is hope on both sides that Rooney’s future can be settled and talks can then move on to a fresh deal.

          http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2013/jun/22/manchester-united-wayne-rooney

          • June 22, 2013 at 6:56 pm

            Well, let’s face it: very few English footballers have currency away from England. Wayne tested the waters, and found them cold.

          • 28 vcprezofan2
            June 22, 2013 at 8:32 pm

            /hands over ears / O Lord, Chips, please not Bobby McF’s ‘Don’t Worry be Happy’!
            Whatever it was I said/did, I’m sorry. I promise not to do/say whatever it was again.
            This song drives me crazy, has always driven me crazy. For some reason despite its positive message, I’ve always found it so, so…so…. so silly. :roll:

            Pleeeaaase. I’ll even take the time to make you your own cake, just don’t play ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’. /Lord, don’t let her remember I’m no better baker than she is – tidier, but no better/

    • 33 99ts
      June 22, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      And it is wintery – and cold – and way too early – brrrr

  8. June 22, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    EPIC review LP, thank you SOOOOOOOOOOO much!!!!

  9. 38 Jovie
    June 22, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Holy crap! I thought I had the obama year book or something?
    Well done, well done…

  10. 39 Nena20409
    June 22, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Wow, what a Marathon, all in One Week…….Splendidly done LP.

    Okay, more like a Decathlon for the POTUS and his family. Wow.

  11. 41 africa
    June 22, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Wow. What a treat. Thank you, LP!

  12. 43 vitaminlover
    June 22, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Colorful, stylish Obamas.

  13. 44 vitaminlover
    June 22, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Honest, intelligent Obamas.

    • 45 vcprezofan2
      June 22, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      Loving, caring Obamas

      (can’t remember if you’ve done that one yet, and not going back to check)

  14. June 22, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    I’m sure everyone remarks about this, and I’ll add my voice. Has any President of the US EVER been so “out there,” and so among the people, wherever he goes, as this one is? It is truly wonderful. He and his family seem to have boundless interest, boundless empathy, boundless affection, for everyone they meet, everywhere.

    Gato

    • 47 Jovie
      June 22, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      Otherwise, the MSM has its way, his polls would be rubbish.
      By him out there, he’s remaining steady.
      He has to, bc of climate inside the Beltway.

  15. 48 Jovie
    June 22, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Pelosi booed for saying NSA leaker Snowden violated the law
    Jennifer Martinez
    06/22/13 06:00 PM ET
    The top House Democrat said Obama is poised to reveal more proceedings of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.…

    Why go in front of Libertarians then?

  16. 49 Nena20409
    June 22, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Bill Maher said yesterday…..well, I saw it this Morning that Corruption starts at the Top and pres Obama is the Cleanest POTUS therefore, all TBGOPers’ antics are failing to stick.

    He did add his dig at Darrell Issa several times and 2/3 knocks at reading our emails or listening to our phone calls.

  17. 51 Nena20409
    June 22, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    GQ Photos…….The Huge portrait like the photo one down next to the Removing of the Jacket are the best photos. I love the photo of Mrs Obama walking away wearing black hugging pants.

  18. 52 nospin
    June 22, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Former Security Contractor CEO Sentenced for Masterminding $31 Million Disadvantaged Small Business Fraud Scheme
    http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/June/13-crm-701.html

  19. 53 nospin
    June 22, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Former Workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory Plead Guilty to Atomic Energy Act Violations
    http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/June/13-nsd-702.html

    • 54 arapaho415
      June 22, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      Maybe it’s just me, but I found the DOJ press release very confusing.

      The press release said that the husband worked at Los Alamos (“cottonwoods” in Spanish) from 1979-1988, but the transfer of “restricted data” occurred in 2009 and 2010. I guess it’s implied the wife supplied the info, but still very confusing.

      Sounds like there’s more to this story; maybe enough for a good spy novel.

  20. 55 vitaminlover
    June 22, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Elegant, tall Obamas

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  22. 63 vitaminlover
    June 22, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Courageous, trendsetting Obamas.

  23. June 22, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    NYT: 4 last week Snowden staying in apt under control of HK govt scty … In other words, a safehouse. http://t.co/PsKpNve2UF

    • 65 arapaho415
      June 22, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      Not to rain on anyone’s parade, but we may be getting our hopes up prematurely.

      Here’s the NYT article about the extradiction:

      • June 22, 2013 at 7:07 pm

        All very confusing, Charles Johnson says he hasn’t actually been charged with espionage….

        …. so that exemption shouldn’t apply?

        • June 22, 2013 at 7:15 pm

          Correct, Chips. They crafted the charges explicitly to avoid the ‘espionage’ loophole.

          I would add that those charges were filed before the article in this tweet was published …

          Those actions are likely to bring additional charges, including potentially one of spying on behalf of the Chinese. In any event, that Greenwald (the lawyer) & Poitras & Gellman (to some extent) all bragged how they were interacting with Snowden prior to his employment by NSA contractor Booz Allen will be something they will regret for the remainder of their sorry lives – especially now that the Chinese have reported that Snowden gave them highly classified US documents, not merely narrative about the documents.

          Moreover, there’s this ….

          #TrustBarack

          • June 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm

            Sad irony ….

            … but totally true.

          • June 22, 2013 at 7:23 pm

            You absoulutely correct that they crafted the charges in a way to avoid any loopholes…… under international law, when it comes to extradition, you can not add any charges to the extradition once the request has been made…. addtional charges will be filed once in custody, but as far as what was presented to Hong Kong, nothing can be added ex post-facto.

          • 74 anniebella
            June 22, 2013 at 7:35 pm

            I thought Snowden were so concern about our civil liberties, that is the reason he did what he did. Now he is showing documents he stole to China, who’s next Iran? al-qaeda .

      • 75 anniebella
        June 22, 2013 at 7:08 pm

        So the “Hero” don’t want to come back home. How sad.

      • 76 Jennifer
        June 22, 2013 at 7:08 pm

        I am SO sick of seeing this guy’s face. Sure wish they’d at least come up with a new pic if we have to be subjected to it.

        Changing the subject, sorry, but how many of you are planning on watching the Zimmerman trial? My husband can’t wait! He’s even got me hooked on mean ole Judge Judy, haha. Although she does have quite a bit of common sense most of the time. Did you know she makes 45 million a year??! Wow!

        • 77 anniebella
          June 22, 2013 at 7:21 pm

          I don’t know if we can watch it, and I don’t know if I want too. I know you suppose to be innocent till proven guilty, but I think Zimmerman is guilty, he had no business falling that boy, and all I want to see is Zimmerman found guilty.

          • 78 Vicki
            June 22, 2013 at 7:41 pm

            I made up my mind long ago on this.
            Zimmerman stalked and executed Trayvon.
            Premeditated 1st degree murder. (We have heard the tape advising Z. not to proceed.)
            First degree murder and a hate crime.
            Zimmermans dad is a white judge. That shouldn’t count, but this is the USA, $$$$ rule.
            Don’t think I can stand to watch, but Rev. Al will be giving the days highlights.

  24. June 22, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I am particularly fond of the picture where he steps away from the podium after the Berlin speech, jacket over his shoulder. So handsome…

  25. 80 vcprezofan2
    June 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    That ‘America’s Smart Sisters’ link in the post leads to a nicely positive article about the Obama girls….

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    “What has always struck me about this First Family is how incredibly well-coordinated they are,” People Stylewatch editor Susan Kaufman told The New York Times. “Being as media savvy as they are, they know how to look good in front of the world.”

    The First Couple fiercely guard their daughters’ privacy but are generous with cute family anecdotes. They are plainly proud parents. Malia is a varsity tennis player who plays the flute and is learning Spanish. Sasha likes hip-hop dancing, plays piano and studies Mandarin. …

    ”’//

    • 81 Jennifer
      June 22, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      I love those girls. They are going to be strong ones like their Mom with all the shit that gets thrown at their Dad!

      • 82 vcprezofan2
        June 22, 2013 at 7:22 pm

        I LOE them too, as I KNOW many TODobots do! Can you imagine how super empowered those two young girls would be if they could actually FEEL all our love combined? I mean, if there is truth to the ‘reality’ of mental messaging those young ladies would be soaring all the time. Anyways, I do not doubt for a minute that they both will be outstanding, caring adults. You go Sasha and Malia – the world’s a-waiting!

  26. 83 Jennifer
    June 22, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Whew, coming here is such a relief! I made the mistake of checking out the DU. Now there’s a bunch (mostly) that just doesn’t get how truly lucky we are that PBO is president. Yes, he’s human (a super man, lol), but there isn’t anybody who is perfect. Having some family problems that I def won’t bore you all with and I was a bit down. Well, after going over there, I was in a full funk.

    It’s a very good thing I don’t drink anymore (I am NOT a good drinker) because reading some of that shit would’ve made me open a cold one for sure! Thanks, you good people for being here. I know I don’t post much, but you have no idea of how you’ve brightened my world many a day.

    Enjoy your Sat night and have a nice frosty margarita for me!

    • June 22, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      Hiya Jennifer, I actually had a look at DU today for the first time in ages, pure poison, as bad as DK or Firebaggerlake. As I always say, the people who stay there and fight the good fight are wonderful warriors!

      • 85 Jennifer
        June 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm

        Yes, they are. I just know it has to be a TODer that has the signature something to the effect of “loving waking up in the morning knowing Obama is President.” I feel the same way.

  27. June 22, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Stunning summary, LP. Thank you very much. Hope you’re continuing to recover.

    #FORWARD

  28. 88 HZ
    June 22, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Thank you, LP. Beautiful moments filled with so much love and respect from so many wonderful people in other countries. It lifts my spirit to see him with other world leaders. And when FLOTUS and our First Daughters travel with him, his smile is even more captivating. He is so grateful to take care of the business as our President, but yet enjoy knowing that his brilliant wife, our First Lady is representing our nation with our First Daughters in such an elegant and lovely manner. We have the best. So grateful. HZ

  29. 91 arapaho415
    June 22, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    What a difference 20 years makes:

  30. 92 pickle48
    June 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Thank you, LP!! I’ve been traveling this week and been without Internet most of the time. It is so inspiring to get this lovely review!

  31. June 22, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    The visit to Trinity College. Wow. Look at all those books. *swoon*

  32. June 22, 2013 at 7:27 pm
    • 103 vitaminlover
      June 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      Hmmmmmm, interesting…

    • June 22, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      Appears to be some……uuuh……commonality in both complexion and girth?

    • 106 anniebella
      June 22, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      Look at all those black people.

      • 107 anniebella
        June 22, 2013 at 7:40 pm

        Who’s willing to bet, that the folks in that line does the same thing Paula Deen is accused of doing? Maybe worse.

      • June 22, 2013 at 7:42 pm

        I know Anniebella, such diversity!

      • 109 carolyn
        June 22, 2013 at 7:46 pm

        Looks to me like the people in line have eaten a lot of Paula’s recipes…….that may not be nice, but when you start every recipe with “Plop in a cube of butter…” Several years ago I made her from scratch macaroni and cheese…….I think it may have triggered my husband’s heart attack several months later. Never have used another recipe of hers.
        I read the article, and many people were attempting to excuse her by saying “It’s just how she was brought up, she meant no harm.” I’m sure this firing will do nothing but create more money for her restaurant.

        • June 22, 2013 at 7:55 pm

          I’m afraid you’re right. Paula Deen’s demographic is not one which will flee from her racism. In fact, much like Chik-Fil-A, it will stand by her steadfastly.

        • 112 majiir
          June 22, 2013 at 9:54 pm

          I’m from GA, Carolyn, and I know for a fact that there are many here just like Paula Deen. They try to hide it behind a veneer of civility, but if you’ve had a lifetime of experience dealing with them, you know what’s just below the surface of that veneer. One of my daughter’s friends works at Target. One day last year a couple with a little kid came in, and the child was climbing on the store’s shoe displays. When my daughter’s friend asked the child not to do that for safety reasons, the mom replied, “I’m tired of ya’ll niggers. Don’t tell my child what to do.” They left the store shortly after that, but the husband returned to apologize to the clerk. His own wife embarrassed the hell out of him. The child will grow up hearing her say ugly things about people, and when/if he/she is ever caught doing it in public, the mom will be the first to claim that she doesn’t know where the child learned “that” kind of language.

    • 113 4morefor44
      June 22, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      oh c’mon. that has to be photoshopped. so glad to be a liberal! haha!!!

    • 114 Bill
      June 22, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      She has a very casual dress code to say the least, and I hope, industrial strength chairs.

    • 126 a4alice
      June 22, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      oh my. I’m on not a skinny minny but #INDUSTRIALFURNITURE much?

  33. 128 CEB
    June 22, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    I have been watching the Boll Moyers PBS program that covered ALEC. This organization, its history, aims and successes in state legislatures , is even more chilling and pervasive than I thought. So glad that there have been some counter activities as people have learned more about this group that is influencing and privatizing almost everything. We beat them back recently in Fla. regarding privatizing the jails, but they have not given up. Just today, I signed a petition regarding the grocery chain Publix’s membership with this group.
    I first heard about ALEC and the powerful Koch brothers in particular through TOD. My political education has been enhanced ten-fold by all of you.

  34. June 22, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Fabulous round-up, LovelyPlains. Thank you! This man and his family work so hard – they are exemplary.

  35. June 22, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Here’s a nice feel-good article about First Dog Bo chillaxing in the summer… :) Obviously the author simply wanted to post some old pics and write a few sentences about Bo (probably to get clicks) – because nothing in the article (written 2 days ago) is new. But I like it all the same – LOL!

    http://www.mnn.com/family/pets/blogs/bo-obama-revels-in-the-dog-days-of-summer

  36. June 22, 2013 at 7:51 pm
    • June 22, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      LOL! Not just conservatives – I can feel the MSM’s anxiety level rising. Every time PBO is about to give a major speech directly to the people, MSM goes nuts. I bet you that MSNBC is already crafting their pre-scripted talking points criticizing his speech – they are THAT anxious.

      • June 22, 2013 at 7:58 pm

        So true Hopefruit, they’re waaaay more comfy when they can get between PBO and the people and twist and spin anything that comes from the White House. When he speaks directly to the people, they’re lost.

        • June 22, 2013 at 8:16 pm

          Yup! And whenever he talks, people tune in (even those who pretend not to).

          I think the MSM got very anxious after this year’s WHCD – on a balmy Saturday night when people should have been out on dates, at the movies, partying, visiting with friends, or just hanging out, America was tuned in to CSPAN or whichever network was covering the event – just to see PBO tell some jokes.

          MSM…watch out!

          • 139 Vicki
            June 22, 2013 at 8:24 pm

            I love when PBO’s speech date and time is announced in advance. Then I am certain to be tuning in live.

            In response to an earlier comment about Al Gore. Please don’t hold your breath for Gore or the Clintons to make a poitive contribution on climate issues.
            They were absent on gun legislation and so far nothng on immigration.

  37. 140 forus50
    June 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • June 23, 2013 at 10:25 am

      I have to tell you a funny story about the Blackhawks. A good friend is a flight attendant’s manager for one of the major airlines. He received a letter from a passenger complaining about a conversation between two of his female flight attendants during a flight to Chicago. She was bitterly complaining about the “fact” that these two women were talking about how much they loved black cocks. Well, you’ve probably guessed by now…they were talking about the Blackhawks.

  38. 142 Jovie
    June 22, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    “If Hong Kong doesn’t act soon, it will complicate our bilateral relations and raise questions about Hong Kong’s commitment to the rule of law,” a senior U.S. official who asked not to be named said Saturday.

    Snowden has professed to have leaked information about an NSA surveillance program.

    “Extradition can, of course, be a lengthy legal process,” said a senior U.S. law-enforcement official, who also asked not be identified. “But we are confident, based on the strong history of law enforcement cooperation between Hong Kong and the U.S., that at the end of that process, Hong Kong will extradite Mr. Snowden.”

  39. 143 amk for obama
    June 22, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    wow, that’s one huge libraaaaaary. wonder what will happen to the books with all the digital thingies.

    • June 22, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      Would ya look who woke up!

      • 145 amk for obama
        June 22, 2013 at 8:18 pm

        Even my lazy sundays start at 5 am. sigh.

        Now for a cuppa.

        • June 22, 2013 at 8:20 pm

          5 am? That’s just, I dunno, freaky.

          • 147 amk for obama
            June 22, 2013 at 8:25 pm

            Ever since I was a kid. Early to rise.Late to bed.

            God has compensated that with ability to nap anytime, anywhere. Now smoke that for freaky.

            • June 22, 2013 at 8:26 pm

              So you only sleep, say, an hour every night. Now that is freaky.

              • 149 amk for obama
                June 22, 2013 at 8:28 pm

                4-5 hours. I am not a monster.

                • 151 vcprezofan2
                  June 22, 2013 at 10:18 pm

                  I sleep about the same amount of time – when you add it all up. I cannot tell the last time I’ve actually slept for a solid 4/5 hour stretch! It’s no kidding when I say I wake up at least 4 – 5 times each night at regular 1, 2, or 2 1/2 hour intervals AND I CANNOT NAP DURING THE DAY. It used to drive me crazy until I decided to just accept it and roll with the punches. Sometimes I turn on the light and read, sometimes I make plans mentally, then turn on the light to record the important ones so I don’t forget, and sometimes I lay still until I fall asleep again. The end result though is I’m almost always tired.

                  Oh, and I too am not a monster (neither a creepy nor a sleepy one). ;)

                  • 152 amk for obama
                    June 22, 2013 at 10:45 pm

                    You show symptoms of insomnia. You should talk to your doctor.

                    • 153 vcprezofan2
                      June 22, 2013 at 10:51 pm

                      The first time I did – YEARS ago – I was prescribed sleeping pills which didn’t work as they were supposed to so, since I had no wish to become addicted I didn’t finish the first round. I started them mid-week, one nightly if I remember correctly, and they made no difference until the middle of the day on the Saturday when I wiped out. I think my body likes to ’cause trouble’. It rarely reacts to medication in the expected manner

                    • 154 amk for obama
                      June 22, 2013 at 10:56 pm

                      Yes, sleeping pills is not the way to go. How about some yoga? It may sound boring but it does help one relax. And getting addicted to it is a plus point here. :)

                    • 155 vcprezofan2
                      June 22, 2013 at 11:09 pm

                      Thanks for the thought. Actually, I do like yoga, but am not disciplined enough to practice it before bedtime; plus I’d have to shower after practising, which would defeat the purpose by making me alert again. I must admit you are the 2nd person to recommend yoga to me within this month – that was also my neurologist’s suggestion (for all-over aches) at my last follow-up visit. If I get a third unexpected yoga prompt I may have to stir myself and re-discover my lost discipline. :grin:

                    • 156 amk for obama
                      June 22, 2013 at 11:11 pm

                      So you always move on count of three ? :D

                    • 157 amk for obama
                      June 22, 2013 at 11:15 pm

                      And you don’t have to shower after yoga. If you’re sweating after yoga, you’re doing it wrong. All it requires at the end, you lie down and totally relax your body and mind for about 5 minutes,

                    • 158 vcprezofan2
                      June 22, 2013 at 11:47 pm

                      Waiting for #3 was just an arbitrary procrastinating tactic on my part. Nothing ‘always’ about it. Being me, if I got a 3rd, I’d probably decide to wait for a 4th as real confirmation. :lol: I remember when I used to go to yoga (beginner) classes, the instructor would ‘wake’ us up at exactly the point when I was most relaxed, and then I’d have to drive home, shower, and continue with my day. You are right, I wasn’t really sweaty per se, but poses were mostly done on the mat, on the ground, so…. :roll: [Amk, I may sound like I'm not taking this seriously, but I am. I am considering the logistics even as I run my regular thought processes on the subject by you.] Sometimes waking up so often at night can be frustrating, but not having a solution that has worked I tend to shrug it off as much as I can. Plus, if the Chips-Obama Travel Service is in a different time zone, then I usually don’t mind signing on and getting involved. That beats reading every time!

                    • 159 vcprezofan2
                      June 22, 2013 at 11:50 pm

                      If you are still awake and answering maybe we should go to the latest thread. This is running out of space.

  40. 160 forus50
    June 22, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Chicago Blackhawks goal song: Chelsea Dager :) We need to hear this 4 or 5 times tonight!

  41. 172 a4alice
    June 22, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Good for you Texas!

  42. 174 forus50
    June 22, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    One more – watch the smooth skating Patrick Kane “spin-o-rama”!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Raizv_vjPcc

  43. 175 vcprezofan2
    June 22, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    LovelyPlains, you know what I particularly love about your week in review? There are always ‘new’ pics &/ articles interspersed with the ‘old’. Thank you so much! (Of course, *I* like to delude myself that I can see personalized traits of each poster’s style within their posts, but that’s my personal, self-aggrandizing thinking. :razz: :razz:)

    It’s repetitious info I know, Chips and Chipadees, but all TOD lead posters do an excellent job – for which all TOD readers are undoubtedly grateful. THANKS, GUYS & GALS! We know we are pampered and we love it, and love you for it! It’s truly terrific walking #FORWARD with you TOD guys!
    ‘We are all in this together as we travel this road together…..For all and not just some…..We are all in this together” – It’s been a while since we’ve played this…. :grin:

    • 176 a4alice
      June 22, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      Nice VC!

    • June 22, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      VC, you have a very keen eye!! Your gratitude is much appreciated….. I was not sure if anybody would read the artlicles, but I should have known to count on you…. I thought TOD would like the article on Sasha and Malia and some of the videos in the links…. and you confirmend my intuition. Your sentiments make putting together threads worth while!

  44. 179 arapaho415
    June 22, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    On Tuesday (before leaving for Africa):

    “President Obama will announce his intention to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, increase appliance efficiency standards and promote renewable energy development on public lands in a speech Tuesday outlining his plan to use executive powers to address climate change.”

    /snip

    “Obama will detail a government-wide plan to not only reduce the nation’s carbon output but also prepare the United States for the near-term impacts of global warming.

    They said those measures would include programs to enhance the resilience of coastal communities as well as Agriculture Department “climate adaptation hubs” that could help farmers cope with changes in temperature and precipitation.

    ‘Taken together, these actions indicate an entirely new sense of urgency in addressing the threat climate change is posing to our economy and security,’ said Paul Bledsoe, a senior fellow on energy and climate at the German Marshall Fund and a former White House climate adviser under President Bill Clinton.

    Unlike his other signature second-term initiatives, such as immigration legislation, imposing background checks on gun sales and entitlement reform, Obama can undertake all of these policies without congressional input.”

    Also, follow @jbb3rd… he has only 79 followers. :(

  45. 181 arapaho415
    June 22, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    re: early #Snowden “espionage” charges upthread…

    Is NYT wrong?

  46. June 22, 2013 at 8:31 pm
  47. 188 forus50
    June 22, 2013 at 8:35 pm
  48. June 22, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Among the consequences will be even greater participation of young Americans in the 2014 and 2016 elections – in a way no other issue is likely to have motivated them. The #GOP & #NEWSTAINERS will have no chance of thwarting either the President’s Executive Actions & how motivating those actions are going to be.

    #TrustBarack And, enjoy the next 3+ years!!!!

  49. 204 amk for obama
    June 22, 2013 at 8:44 pm
    • 205 Layla
      June 22, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      From the article: “But from midnight on Friday the drug came off-patent. That means Pfizer will face tough – I hesitate to write stiff – opposition from rival firms who will be able to sell a generic version under its chemical name sildenafil citrate.” Ha!

  50. June 22, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I think LL’s fallen asleep :roll:

  51. 208 amk for obama
    June 22, 2013 at 8:51 pm
  52. 210 nathkatun7
    June 22, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Thank you so much LovelyPlains for this exquisite Week in Review! You guys (Chips, UT and you) have done a wonderful covering the President’s to Northern Ireland and Germany. It’s such a joy to come to TOD! on another issue, I hope you are feeling much better!

    • June 22, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      GE Nath, TY. I have been much better the past week….. but this has happened 2 weeks ago…. sneaky buggers give you false hope, and come back w/ a vengence…. I think I finally have the right medication and they gave me a breathing machine at night to keep airways open. Fingers crossed*

  53. 214 majiir
    June 22, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Thanks, Lovelyplains, for a terrific post. The pics are wonderful! They are a smorgasbord of delight.

  54. 216 vitaminlover
    June 22, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Sophisticated and sessssssy Barack and Michelle Obama!


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