People hold a vigil outside the Pretoria hospital where Nelson Mandela is being treated
2:10 EST (approx): The President and First Family arrive South Africa, Waterkloof Air Base, Centurion
Reuters Live * CBS * ENCA (South Africa)
3:0 EST: The President meets and greets Embassy personnel, Johannesburg
Congrats Carol on #1
Thank you HF!
I can’t believe it! Thanks for the great coverage Chips and your great team!
A pleasure, Carol!!! Thank you!
It has been wonderful!
Are we there yet. . .
Ugh, that SA channel I linked is like friggin’ Fox News so far – they had a report a while ago on protests against PBO’s visit by various groups, one of their spokesmen blamed him for “global warming”. I kid you not.
Hey Chips, AF1 hasn’t landed yet right?
Not yet UT, mass confusion about the time, the WH site had it wrong!
Live streaming has started here:
No, but should be close. They’re getting everything ready and set up for the arrival.
So true No Child!!
OT but it IS the home of President Barack Obama! Grant Park today:
"F**kin' right, Chicago!" Corey Crawford delivered a championship speech for the ages. VIDEO: sbn.to/12rk1RY— SB Nation (@sbnation) June 28, 2013
Watching the Reuters Live Stream
Funny to hear the giggling etc. of those waiting for the arrival.
What time is night time there.
Should be: it is night time there.
It’s 8:03 pm there now.
Wishing peace and comfort to President Mandela, his family, friends and all those who love and respect him world wide.
All hail Ms. Chips and the entire crew of BTs who make this THE place to be for TRUTH!
I wish I could hug each and everyone of you for the coverage of our wonderful President. The time and energy expended by one and all is priceless! I’m sure I’m not the only one whose sanity has been SAVED by this indispensable site!!!
I’d be lost without you folks, No. My family is happy I’ve been weaned from the msm. The marshmallows I was throwing at the tv started to make a dent in the grocery budget. And my language has cleaned up considerably.
Lynn, how are ya?! Hope all’s good with you? Thank you so much, from all us blog tyrants!!
Just happy to be here and grateful for all you do, sweet lady. Even lurking, I feel like I know all of you. I am humbled by the strength, empathy and determination this family shares!!
Some of the reporters sound VERY excited…laughing, giggling, chatting away…it’s no ordinary day on the job for them.
RT @pourmecoffee: No NFL, NBA, NHL, Game of Thrones, Mad Men or Breaking Bad this weekend. THANKS OBAMA.— Geoff Ninecow (@geoff9cow) June 28, 2013
He’s all powerful!!!
He even controls Congress don’tcha know!
Reminder, in Colorado Springs today:
SecDef Hagel in CO. Today NORAD; FRI Cheyenne Mtn AF Station underground complex, Ft Carson.
krdo.com/news/defense-s… http://t.co/cSioAEumuh— Arapaho415 (@arapaho415) June 28, 2013
Sec of Defense Chuck Hagel speaking at Ft Carson. "We will stop sexual assault in the military." Eric S— KRDO NewsChannel 13 (@KRDONC13) June 28, 2013
If anybody can stop it, he will.
Saturday – PBO:
On Saturday morning, President Obama takes part in a formal arrival ceremony in Pretoria.
Participates in a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa.
Participates in a town hall for Young African Leaders at University of Johannesburg – Soweto Campus.
Participates in a joint Embassy and Consulate meet and greet.
Pparticipates in a meeting with African Union Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
President Obama and President Jacob Zuma of South Africa participate in an official dinner.
Saturday – The First Lady:
The President and First Lady will visit Pretoria, South Africa, where the First Lady will meet with Mrs. Tobeka S. Zuma, First Lady of South Africa.
Google+ Hangout – Later in the afternoon in Johannesburg, Mrs. Obama will host a conversation with youth, organized in conjunction with MTV Base, an African youth and music TV channel, and Google+. The First Lady will be joined by teenagers from across South Africa, as well as students joining virtually in cities around the U.S. via Google+ Hangouts, including in L.A., Kansas City, New York City, and Houston.
Watch this event live: WH.gov/FLOTUSinAfrica & the White House Google+ page
In the evening, the First Lady will join the President for a dinner hosted by President Zuma.
Here comes AF1
Live streaming here too:
Wheels on the ground….Woot !
WOW..AF1 is huge. I have to say that every time
Good grief, that SA channel is STILL going on about the anti-PBO protests, no mention of all the people welcoming him!! Hmm…. wonder if Murdoch flippin’ owns them.
Who cares I am sure there is much more love than hate towards the President in SA
Is it SABC?
Hiya LL! No, couldn’t find any live streaming for SABC, it’s called eNCA – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ENCA
Don’t know their politics. Have NO problem with them covering the protests, that’s their duty, but coverage incredibly biased!
Ah, okay, I know of eNCA, but have never watched them.
This is the first time viewing livestream of AF1 touchdown.
Very exciting, and love how Reuters live zooms in on the Presidential seal on the side of the plane.
CBS up now:
PBO lands in South Africa and CNN and MSNBC are covering the trial in Florida. The HP headline is “The Rand Tour”, as in Rand Paul,with no mention of PBO’s arrival.
LOL! Why would they show the live reception when they plan to spin it “Obama gets frosty reception” a couple hrs later?
Because they think we’re not watching.
It is disgraceful……
They think it will get them ratings…but I bet they go lower instead.
There they are and its good to see Sasha since she was MIA in Senegal
Don’t they look AMAZING! (Watching through the Reuters link.)
Yes they do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Right down to their shoes! Love this family, and I’m so proud they represent us in other countries.
I was watching to see MO’s mom and the kids – it was nice to see them greeted and then whisked off to the side right away. Who wants all that pomp and circumstance if you don’t have to. And even though I’m SURE this has been mentioned here in the voluminous coverage – some of us haven’t read all the posts (is that going to be on the quiz??) – who is the extra teenager that is with them? Thanks.
That’s Michelle’s niece, Muscat, Craig’s daughter.
The older teenager is FLOTUS’ niece (Craig Robinson’s daughtr)
She’s lovely, too.
Ooops, there is a hot mic somewhere
That always makes me nervous!
The First Lady in @SIKids on why physical activity should be part of every school day: at.wh.gov/mu3wr, http://t.co/lh229xKel1— (@FLOTUS) June 28, 2013
Question for military TODers: what kind of helicopter is Marine One?
http://www.badguystuff.com/article_obama_marine_one.html Short answer: Badass
Thanks for the link; the article was very informative. Our president is the first to use this new series.
Marine One Sikorsky Sea King Presidential Helicopter
Now did you “Wikipedia” the answer? If not, that is IMPRESSIVE!
I must admit I had looked that up before…I just happen to remember…I just wanted to make sure the President was safe.
Nope. Sikorsky lost the contract to Lockheed. Being from CT where Sikorsky is located, I remember this tragic contract loss…
You be mean to me DF!!
No love…just meant that CT workers really relied on that company to make those helos….have ALWAYS made them for Presidents…..just didn’t get the contract this time around. I would never be mean to you, sweet Layla!
A huge one.
Looks like the dance of the helicopters.
President Obama and the First Lady arrive in South Africa http://t.co/E4kOv1YGHB— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) June 28, 2013
i can never watch the livestream at work. Fustrating.
Thanks for the helicopter replies.
I think mine was the most helpful, CEB – anything else you need to know, just ask
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) office tells ThinkProgress that the Senate is now adjourned until Monday, July 8, with no “pro forma” sessions planned during the coming week.
This is significant because these pro forma sessions, sham sessions where a single senator briefly gavels the Senate into session for a few minutes, are a legally controversial method the Senate uses to cut off the president’s recess appointment power.
Without these sham sessions, President Obama’s power to recess appoint several officials currently being filibustered by Senate Republicans likely just roared back to life.
A chess move ? The Supreme Court said they will take up recess appointments next session .
I get such a thrill and a sense of national pride when I see Air Force 1 cruise in for a landing. That is a big ass and bad ass plane. It says I am powerful and in charge; do not f**k with us. It is even more special to see PBO come down the stairs. He wears the plane well. It dwarfed Bush.
Lovely thought. He does indeed wear it well.
I still remember seeing the first 747′s parked at Schiphol, Amsterdam, July ’69 (I was 12 at the time, my brother 10 – our father was as much a tech-lover as we were).
BTW, to answer a question I got from a US colleague today: “Schiphol” derives from the derogatory “Ships Hell” that the lake there was – before it was turned into land in the mid-19th century.
Beeeeeeeautiful: The Obamas arrive in South Africa http://t.co/AhLh7wLKEQ— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) June 28, 2013
THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!!
Do this on a NATIONAL level and see them howl!
I can see the headline now on MSM: “Limp peepee alert!”
I see: Health Alert! Are Men Up for This Fight?”
We’re not the only ones that are getting pissed because the MSM can’t do the jobs they’re paid to do
Snowden’s father offers deal in letter to Holder
06/28/13 01:03 PM ET
Lonnie Snowden said he could convince his son to return to the U.S. if conditions were placed on his prosecution.…
Really now? I thought Little Edward stated at the outset he was not running/hiding, that he was not afraid of facing the consequences of his action.
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