WH: POTUS and FLOTUS will meet privately with Mandela's family. They will not visit Mandela in the hospital.— Kristen Welker (@kwelkernbc) June 29, 2013
WH: POTUS and FLOTUS will meet privately with Mandela's family. They will not visit Mandela in the hospital.
"Americans, behave yourselves:" Pres Obama to reporters exiting his photo-op with S. African Pres. Zuma.— PETER MAER (@petermaercbs) June 29, 2013
Too right, ‘reporters’ have a habit of embarrassing themselves
Morning early bird! You get a prize.
Truly like a teacher taking a group of unruly children on a tour. The Press might think it is a joke – I think it is time the press grow up and act like adults. They are an embarrassment to the USA.
UT, I am so very glad he said this to our juvenile press corps. In their continual efforts to embarrass the president overseas, they make themselves objects of ridicule. The president knows their numbers, he is not remotely intimidated by these gnats and he let them know he expects them to act like adults.
Hey morning all
Video of Pres. Obama telling the American press to behave themselves.
Obama jokes with press after meeting with South Africa president Zuma. #obama #obamainafrica #zuma… instagram.com/p/bIzP_Fy2ck/— David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) June 29, 2013
Will it hurt this ugly dude (David Nakamura) if he would say , write President Obama.
You know, Anniebella, when the history books are written I doubt that David Nakamura will even make it in the footnotes. So he can disrespect the PRESIDENT all he wants, but it’s President Obama who will occupy prominent chapter in the history of the United States and the world.
Good morning TODville & Chips
UT, thanx for this thread
I just woke up am groggy and haven’t had time to go through previous post since I was out all day yesterday. Did anyone see this. I apologize if it’s a repeat.
The Daily Mail is trying to changing history.
Please be aware that the site you just linked happens to be a UK right-wing tabloid rag. Occasionally they may have a few “positive” stories, but by and large their reports are at the same level as the “National Enquirer” – with a Right-wing slant.
Just letting you know
Thanks for the heads up, hopefruit. I’ve lost two computers to CTDs after traveling to places like that.
+ 1,000,000,000 Hopefruit, it’s a poisonous, lying, racist hate rag.
Thank you hopefruit. I kinda figured it. I’m just appalled there was no reference to support this claim.
Press conference has begun on White House and Reuters.
Obama and Zuma at South Africa press conference http://t.co/fsrGgRlWFC— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) June 29, 2013
FLOTUS youtube video of her and POTUS visit to Goree Island is worth the watch.
It was my first time seeing it this morning.
Today, I'm talking with young people in South Africa & the US about the power of education. I hope you'll join. -mo #flotusinafrica— (@FLOTUS) June 29, 2013
Good Morning, Oh, my Goodness, the President of South Africa lost me a while ago….World Peace and all that….
kk ,the South Africa speech was kind of long.
South Africa President I meant to say.
Well, I guess that was rather unfair of me to criticize b/c we have been so spoiled by PBO….but I was sitting here thinking, will you PLEASE Hush so we can get to PBO…..
‘will you PLEASE Hush so we can get to PBO…..’
Don’t tell anyone, Kathryn, but I very often feel like this when PBO is abroad and I’m awaiting his speech while a foreign leader is introducing him. Part of me recognizes that they are making the most of THEIR chance in the limelight, but another part feels exactly as you voiced, even with the emphasis on PLEASE. I mean them no disrespect, I just don’t want to hear them for longer than a minute.
I feel like my heart is going to explode with pride listening to President Obama make his opening comments and answer questions. He is remarkable. He is schooling everybody now right . It’s a beautiful and exhilarating thing to watch.
Now you know it’s a f-ing shame when I have to say, thank God for Faux News! MSNBC, in the middle of Pres Zuma’s response, just left the presser to resume the Rachel Maddow show. SMDH
I could not believe that. It’s just unbelievable. The American people should be hearing every word of this press conference. This media has failed us. We deserve better.
FOX is broadcasting the news conference. CNN and MSNBC are not.
FOX has now cut away.
jeez, moron ed henry thinks revolves around US rethug politics. zuma hits the fucker about “Obama’s legacy”.
amk, I was out of my seat. Ed Henry is an embarrassment. That was just unbelievably stupid.
The “news channels” carry the trial in Florida during the daytime hours and yet do not carry this historic press conference In the wee hours of the morning. I am lost for words.
I am at a loss for words too Bill. I just hurts to see President Obama treated with such indifference by the media. It’s shameful.
They’re not treating him with indifference. They are going to great lengths to be disrespectful, spiteful and hateful – and that requires obsessive jealousy & envy driven by overwhelming feelings of inferiority to him.
Agreed. Good point, indifference was the wrong word. It should have been disrespect.
Okay, had to get out of bed and come down to the office so that I can view the live stream. The wireless signal in my bedroom is too weak for livestreams.
Pres. Obama & @FLOTUS welcomed by Pres. Jacob Zuma & Mrs Zuma,
Union Buildings, Pretoria http://t.co/W3SW9tDCWa v/@PresidencyZA #ObamaSA— Eddie Gehman Kohan (@ObamaFoodorama) June 29, 2013
Thanks for all this loveliness, UT! Mornin’, all!
Dan Pfeiffer for the win.
Problem with asking Obama multi-part question is that he can go on long tangent about any of the parts, as he is now doing.— David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) June 29, 2013
@DavidNakamura It's the problem of getting limited access to asking POTUS questions. We'd all ask direct Qs if he were avail for Qs often— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) June 29, 2013
@chucktodd as someone who watches this closely, there is no correlation between presser frequency and single part questions— Dan Pfeiffer (@pfeiffer44) June 29, 2013
.@chucktodd .@DavidNakamura-It's the stupid questions from US msm that's the problem. Student loans in a PC held in a foreign country? Idjit— (@amk4obama) June 29, 2013
@chucktodd In-depth answers not your style? Only want snippets, so you don't have to do your job? #CryBaby #RWNJnarrative @DavidNakamura— (@JOBoomr) June 29, 2013
@pfeiffer44 Yes, that's exactly how @chucktodd 's non-viewing public feels. We'll get our coverage elsewhere. via @TheObamaDiary— (@JOBoomr) June 29, 2013
@pfeiffer44 So funny what @chucktodd tweeted, since we viewers want LESS WHPC briefings and more LOCAL REPORTERS doing interviews! #FORWARD— (@JOBoomr) June 29, 2013
And PC is over. Both men answered questions intelligently but with some dodging.
Thanks ut for the reuters link.
For those who missed the press conference.
Pres. Zuma says POTUS and Mandela share a bond as the first black presidents of their countries who carry the dreams of millions of people.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
Pres. Obama: "Our thoughts and those of Americans and people around the world are with Nelson Mandela and his family." #SouthAfrica— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
POTUS says the U.S. views South Africa as a critical partner and not only appreciates but welcomes South Africa's economic growth.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
Pres. Obama says a reason he is in Africa is because 6 of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
First, you alert everyone to the press conference. Then you watch it with them. Then you recap it.
Could you come over here and feed me a grape, please? Feelin’ kind of lazy today.
Well done, UT!
Uh … the grape?
Do you still need to have your grapes peeled, JO’B? Just wondering.
That was a good old Mae West line. Another one of hers (my favorite) was:
I used to be Snow White but I drifted.
Pres. Obama reminds the American press again to pay attention to Africa because 6 of the 10 fastest growing world economies are in Africa.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
Pres. Obama praises South Africa and quotes his mother: "You can measure how well a country does by how they treat their women."— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
POTUS says it's a privilege/honor for him to show his daughters Robben Island & teach them its history so they become citizens of the world.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
Pres. Obama says he's not threatened by Africa's economic growth. He welcomes it and wants the United States to engage with them.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
UT, I can’t thank you enough. Your summaries and tweets are nothing short of magnificent. You are a better resource for news than ANYONE on television or the print media.
Teacher in Chief! Yes our president is super intelligent, yet he IS forced to wear so many hats primarily because the US media will not do their own preparation. He does not mind, or he hasn’t the time or luxury to mind, but it’s such a shame that he has to.
Ms Utal, as usual, this summary hits the spot so I feel almost no guilt that I didn’t sign in earlier. You spoil us, but we are very appreciative. Hope you are feeling energized, as opposed to bleary-eyed, by your early start!
” … by how they treat their women … ”
See! I knew it was PBO’s mother who instilled these grand thoughts in his head!
These are the jackass America press President Obama have to deal with. I’m ashame they are Americans.
Henry, Todd, Nakamura, sorry excuses for the press.
Pres. Obama says he's not threatened by investments from China, India, Brazil, and Turkey with Africa. He welcomes it.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
Pres. Obama says what he's concerned with is that countries making investments with Africa do so with Africa's benefit in mind.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
Pres. Obama says he wants Africans/govt. to ask countries investing "Are they keeping profits in the country?" "Are they hiring Africans?"— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
POTUS says he wants Africans/govt. to ask of countries even the U.S. investing with Africa "Are they making sure not to promote corruption?"— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
Corruption of the African Leaders was the first thing that I thought of when President Obama spoke.
No doubt President Obama’s words resonated to Zuma as a reminder, for Instance, from President the NDP to Zuma.
DEAR MR PRESIDENT: JACOB ZUMA;
While building on these strengths, we have to tackle our weaknesses aggressively. The NDP emphasises key institutional capabilities:
· The need to professionalise the public service and strengthen accountability,
· Improved management and enforcement systems to fight corruption,
· Reinforcement of the education accountability chain, with lines of responsibility from state to classroom,
· Improved planning and management of strategic infrastructure projects – See more at:
Pres. Obama on Africa's economic growth: "I want everyone playing in Africa. The more, the merrier. It gives Africa leverage."— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
POTUS on Zuma wanting a seat on UN Sec. Council: "With rights come responsibilities."— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
POTIS says he welcomes countries wanting a seat on the U.N. Natl. Sec. Council but they must step up to the plate when decisions are made.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
POTUS says he's looking at the protests in Egypt w/concern because while he supports democracy he's concerned about U.S. Emb. & Consulates— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
Pres. Obama says U.S. supports peaceful protests and peaceful change in Egypt and urges Pres. Morsi and the govt. to reach out to their ppl— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
Pres. Obama wants Pres. Morsi and the opposition to have a meeting and move things forward. He says the U.S. won't take sides.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
Pres. Obama says Egyptians like others want a good economy, education, and a better life for themselves.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
Thanks for the awesome tweets UT!
Thanks for the early heads up. I was able to catch most of the presser o Deuters live stream
Ed Henry’s question had at least 6 parts/subjects, but at least his tone was more respectful than it usually is.
I have such admiration for the way the president handles himself in these press conferences.
PBO left a firestorm in Senegal regarding LGBT. Check out the reports from various news outlets. Sorry, but I have no idea how to link/post.
Ceb, what is the firestorm about, because POTUS support the rights of LGBT community.
And Senegal doesn’t.
According to what I read from one of those summary articles from goggle, the headlines were all about this issue.
Just a word of caution: Careful with Google – where this President is concerned. Mostly negative articles show up in the searches – regardless of what it is.
I know, but thanks.
Ok- glad you know
Pres. Obama says tells Julie Pace of AP that it's not right for him as POTUS to visit Kenya due to the election issues taking place.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
Pres. Obama tells Julie Pace of AP that his personal ties to Kenya are deep. He's visited before and he will visit again in the future.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
POTUS to Julie Pace of AP: "My personal ties to the people of Kenya, by definition, are going to be strong and are going to stay strong."— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
Pres. Obama says leaders need to be aware that they occupy the leadership space temporarily and should do good for their people.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
Pres. Obama compares Mandela to George Washington. Says they're both admired because they weren't greedy for power & gave it up willingly.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
Pres. Obama says Mandela stood for a belief in laws, constitution, and that the needs of the people stand above any one person.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
Pres. Zuma on Mandela: "He remains critical but stable. We are hoping that will improve." Thanks people of the world for their well wishes.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
Pres. Zuma to Ed Henry on his Q of POTUS's legacy: "I always avoid talking about legacies of people who are still around" POTUS: "Thank you"— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
Pres. Zuma praises Pres. Obama's approach to issues on the continent of Africa and says he is sure POTUS will end up with a positive legacy.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
Pres. Obama tells Ed Henry of Fox News that when it comes to foreign policy, his first concern is the men and women in uniform. #SouthAfrica— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
Pres. Obama says Afghanistan is at the top of his foreign policy priorities list because of our men and women in uniform & keeping them safe— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
@EdHenryTV of Fox News notes that Pres. Obama is only 6 months into his 2nd term then asks about his legacy. This is the dumb American media— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
Good Morning UT!
Thank you for your usual thoroughness in summarizing the Press Conference for those of us who missed it.
Pres. Obama to Boehner on immigration: "Now the ball is in the House's court." They've got the summer to get this done."— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 29, 2013
@ShawnaNBCNews @WhatJoeThnkn @pfeiffer44 @chucktodd – What part on international PC do you not understand ? Typical ignorant US msm idjit— (@amk4obama) June 29, 2013
Sadly, U.S. “journalists” think they are above the rules and should get special treatment by virtue of the fact that they are from the U. S. Their attitudes of entitlement, their sophomoric questions, and their disrespectfulness…THEY are the reason people in other countries have such a low opinion of Americans.
This is part of the “Ugly American” syndrome that plagues so many of them.
You’re an early bird star, UT – thank you sooooOOOOOOoooo much for the post, you are mega!!!!
Will follow up in a while with a catch-up, THANK you again!
And mooooOOOOOooooorning all you other early birds
Anytime Boss Cheesy Puffs.
Good Morning Chipsticks and all the TOD Early Birds.
Taking advantage of the downtime I have this morning to catch up on the President’s trip to Africa, as well as the other news that is taking place. I am loving the pictures from the the First Family’s travels in Africa. Thanks to you and the other blog tyrants and TOD contributors for the pics, videos, tweets, and links. I don’t have to worry about not being on hand to see the different events because I know I can come here to catch up on everything I’ve missed.
Hope everyone has a wonderful day!
My sentiments exactly. Thank you TOD family!
Thanks, UT for posting your great summary tweets. They helped me to get caught up on the parts of the presser that I missed. You rock, girl.
UT, thank you so much for your informative tweets. As I was watching the press conference I knew you would be posting tweets capturing the salient points. I hit the enter key and there they were. I hope everyone will get a chance to see the press conference in its entirety. I thought it was just terrific. It really is unfortunate that the WHPC jackals are such an embarrassment.
HEADS UP: The Google+ Hangout with FLOTUS is today at 9:30AM ET/ 8:30AM CT.
So excited 2 b part of @FLOTUS' Google Hangout 2morrow at 9:30am ET on behalf of @GirlUp! Details: wh.gov/lOSQT #FLOTUSinAfrica RT— Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice) June 29, 2013
You are a TREASURE! This is the place to be for the NEWS!
‘Good Morning’ Utal and members of the early shift! It’s great to know someone is always on the job in TODvillage – THANK YOU!
Good morning to all and thanks again for all you do Chips and all your able assistants do for this blog. I read the comments on the previous posts about Christie and as you see I am from NJ. I lived most of the time in the area around Trenton but now live in S. Jersey at the shore. This part of Jersey is heavily repub. much to my despair. I seems his true colors are showing after his comments about the president and his rejection of the medicaid expansion. Whether the dems and Buono can exploit this I don’t know. Some people are still traumatized by Sandy and see him as some kind of savior. Also there is a problem with dems who have made quiet deals with him. He calls it bipartisanship but it is not in the pure sense of the word. I abhor this man, his policies and his style.
Hopefully there are more people like you Diane from NJ.
Thanks so much UT for the livetweets! I was able to get the gist of the presser just by going through what you posted here. Thanks again for doing such a fabulous job.
Even Debbie Wasserman-Schultz weighs on that that foolish comment made by ChokeUpToad, of course, she’s agreeing with Dan Pfeiffer.
.@pfeiffer44 @chucktodd @DavidNakamura Truer words never spoken. Applicable to any press interview of politician.— D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) June 29, 2013
Chuckie Todd up to his same old B.S.
Good Saturday Morning Everyone!
The wild Pit Bull saga has ended. Animal Control just picked him up and said they will attempt to find a home for the dog. They say he probably was dumped out here since we live in a more rural area. Such a shame. What a weird 24 hours!!
Thanks everyone for keeping me sane during my imprisoning.
Have a great day!!
Aaaaaaw Donna, he’s gone? I had an idea you would grow to love him and….. okay, okay: congratulations!!!!
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