President Obama greets members of the audience at the University of Cape Town
congrats on 1 spot Nena – UT: As usual, excellent tweeting while PBO’s speech was going. I don’t know how you do it but you do it well!
Congrats Nena on #1!
Thanks a4alice and hf2
Layla was temporarily distracted and I snuck in some how…..
Bling, bling, bling!!!!!!!!
Ha, thank you UT!!!!! Trying to get some work done but PBO interupted me with that magnificent speech!
Will get back to the grind, back later – thanks again!
LOL – everytime I’m trying to get some work done, PBO is ALWAYS interrupting me with some terrific speech or action, or naughty mat photo, etc.
LOL! I know, right? I’m using him as my procrastination excuse too.
No problemo Boss Cheesy Puffs. Will hold down the forth.
Another great speech by our President.
Chips. . .
😉Howdy. . . http://t.co/MDSXy7o4wK— CarolMae (@CarolMaeWY) June 30, 2013
Perfect, Carol!!!! Okay: work time!!!!
I’ve been waiting for the right time to post that.
Pres Obama always tells it as he sees it.
Honesty is the best and Only way to go.
Thank you, POTUS.
Thank you, Chips and thank you to all our wonderful Blog Tender Loving TODers.
Where’s Layla? LOL!
Is that Photo from a WHCD event?
The POTUS has always……Warm, Hearty, Honest Laugh.
Thanks, POTUS for another profound conversation with the youth of the world.
Good afternoon, everyone.
Congrats Nena, thanks UT. Anyone know the name of the song played while President Obama was shaking hands after his speech? I thought it was so beautiful. I was listening at WhiteHouse.gov
Here you go friend – a great live rendition!!
Clegg’s Scatterlings of Africa is another great tune.
The music that was played today:
Thanks JER, I just asked the question (see below).
Sorry JER – didn’t see your post…sorry for the duplicate Thanks for posting!!
Thank you Jer. I loved it. Now I can play it over and over!
I just played the video and it brought tears to my eyes when I saw the beloved Mandela dance out onto the stage.
This is a video keepsake that I will treasure for the rest of my life.
Thank you JER very much!!!!!
Thank you Jer. And thanks for asking CarolMaeWY. I was immediately moved by the music when POB finished his speech and I broke down in tears.
We have such a brilliant TOD family here. It is like our spirits know what and where the other wants to go. I love this beautiful place so much. You all lift my soul to a level that is so sweet and gentle. Thank you all so much.
I will keep this song in my heart and think of the great President, Nelson Mandela and our beautiful President, Barack Obama.
I have a quote on the wall in my music room/library where the words are so powerful to me:HZ
“Words are the pen of the heart, but music is the pen of the soul.” Sheur Zalman.
Hopefruit2, thank you my dear one. ((((( Love you)))))HZ
I was really enjoying the last thread, but thanks UT, for it was getting long.
I am always so stirred up during and after President Obama speaks.
I loved that song that played after his speech. Does anyone know the name and artist?
For those who missed the incredibly marvelous speech.
Pres. Obama gets on stage to huge cheers. Addresses the crowd in their native tongue and gets thumbs up from the students. #SouthAfrica— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
Pres. Obama: "Mandela's spirit could never be imprisoned because his legacy is here for all to see."— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
Pres. Obama: "I actually took my first step into political life because of South Africa." Students applaud.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
POTUS on attending CA college: "I was not always focused on my studies. There were a lot of distractions and I enjoyed those distractions."— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
The last quote was awesome. He is so wonderful. Reminds me of the time that Clinton quote came up about marijuana and not inhaling. Didn’t PBO say, “Of course I inhaled. That was the whole point!” You can always trust him to be honest.
So what does the lowlife Nakamura have to tweet about POTUS speech, he can’t say that the audience didn’t welcome POTUS. Maybe the wonderful journalists will talk about what FLOTUS was wearing again.
OK. Gotta go do some work around here. no more back yard lounging #CHORES
Pres. Obama describes life and society in South Africa as "black, white, Indian and everything in between" Students laugh and applaud.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
Pres. Obama says the anti-apartheid movement woke up his passion for activism. It was a positive outlet for his anger and helplessness.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
Pres. Obama says Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid movement shook him out of his cynicism as a 19 year old college student.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
POTUS on anti-apartheid movement: "I knew that I could be part of something bigger than myself. That my own salvation was bound with others"— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
Where is the gray haired fellow who was always with PBO? Also, where is the tall bald guy who was always with Miche? Seriously? Where are these guys? Did they go on vacation or something? I hope they haven’t retired or been reassigned.
Probably reassigned. Their job is hard and after 20 yrs….they can retire should they want too.
Noooooooooooo! I really liked them. I thank them for their service, but I miss them.
Lisalove, I better get off before you all have to call my dear brother to come out and have me committed. No, not really. At least not yet.
But, Lisa, I was just thinking the same thing just 10 minutes ago. I was about to ask where is our ‘Silver Fox’? I have not seen him for a while now.
Our TOD family plays attention always to our President and those surrounding him. And I want to thank them for their service as well. I miss them as well.
Love you for being so attentive, Lisa. ((((((((((((( Be good to your space today)))))))))))))HZ
I think for whatever reason they change the Secret Service people around. Just long as they do their job and do it very well for the Obama family.
Pres. Obama quotes from Bobbie Kennedy's "Ripples of Hope" speech given in 1966. #SouthAfrica #CapetownUniversity— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
POTUS mentions that while RFK addressed SA in 1966, James Meredith was shot in America while inspiring black people to register to vote.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
Pres. Obama says he wasn't interested in politics or activism until Nelson Mandela and Steve Biko and the Movement for Divestment.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
POTUS: "It would have been seen as impossible that less than 50 years later, an African American would address this crowd as President."— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
Honest to goodness, I do believe these blog leaders forget that we have to be able to BREATHE!!! I hadn’t even wrapped up my walk down the last thread when I got the urge to refresh the page, and voila!
It’s been a pleasurable ride. We are riding on a freeway…….by Aretha Franklin?
Riding on the freeway of TOD’s PBO Love!
Oh Yeah…..you bet, you bet, you bet…..the Who…..
So agree, my knee is giving out and I’m hungry.
I’m not hungry yet, having had a huge breakfast, but I was almost out of breath sprinting back and forth from previous post to current post to WH-live to Reuters-live to an article I was updating in Word. I don’t understand how THEY move so quickly and tirelessly!
In fact, I still don’t get how Chips Chica used to do it all by herself, and was such a terrific blogger, pilot, tour guide, driver, photographer and a mother hen on the tours, while getting other work (partially) done! I don’t get it, but I sure do appreciate that she did it. Thanks also to all ‘new’ members of the team for fitting into your role so well.
Afternoon/California Morning, my CA friend!
I’ve wondered that, too, VC. All I can think of is that she did it with her heart which can allow you to perform miracles if you let it. I’m glad there are many good people to help carry the load these days. We are really blessed.
Yep. It’s been very evident CC did it with heart, JG, and yes, we are really blessed!
Me either VC. I had to go eat and rest. I’ll just have to stay behind and accept I can’t keep up.
Pres. Obama: "Progress has come to Africa but it's not fast enough for the woman who is raped in Eastern Congo." Students nod their heads.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
POTUS tells students they need to be leaders: "The world will be watching what decisions you make. The world will be watching what you do."— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
Pres. Obama: "I've traveled to Africa because my bet is on the young people who are the heart of this continent. I'm betting on you."— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
Pres. Obama: "If peace prevails over war, we will all be secure." #CapetownUniversity— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
I missed most of it…but Tom Donilon was just on Fareed Zakaria praising President Obama……..
Pres. Obama: "If the dignity of all people in Africa is upheld, then America will also be inspired by you."— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
POTUS: "I'm calling on America to up our game when it comes to Africa." Talks about ways U.S. will engage in trade with Africa.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
Pres. Obama: "True opportunity cannot prevail when people are imprisoned by sickness and hunger." #CapetownUniversity— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
Pres. Obama says that instead of only shipping food to Africa, U.S. also helps African farmers and agriculture so it can feed its people.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
FLOTUS look like she was truly move by that visit.
Like the visit at Goree Islands.
I like the fact that the announcer referred to PBO as a statesman and not as a politician; there is a difference.
POTUS on Power Africa: "A new initiative that will double access to power in sub-saharan Africa." Helps homes & schools into the 21st Cent.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
Pres. Obama talks about new initiatives where U.S. will work with Africa on Agriculture, Trade, Power (Electricity) and Clean Energy.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
Pres. Obama: "True power is when government exists to serve their people and not the other way around." Students erupt in applause.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
Pres. Obama praises Nelson Mandela for his ability to use power for good and voluntarily give up power when the time was right. Crowd cheers— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
@Our4thEstate @FLOTUS @vj44 What an amazing testament! No one should doubt how truly interconnected we all are. TY for the reminder!— Dudette (@Dudette9t9) June 30, 2013
Pres. Obama: "You can measure how well a country does by how it treats its women." POTUS: "A sister just said Amen!" Crowd applauds.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
POTUS: "That's why we support societies that uplift women" Says no country can succeed without women playing important roles.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
Power Africa Initiative that Pres. Obama talked about will begin with these 6 countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria & Tanzania— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
Pres. Obama: "America will make no apologies for supporting African efforts that stand up in support for human dignity."— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
Pres. Obama announces a summit with African leaders to help launch a new chapter in U.S.- Africa relations. Summit will be next year.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
Pres. Obama encourages students to engage in public service: "It can sometimes be thankless, but I believe it can also be a noble life."— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
Pres. Obama to students on leadership: "The choices we make are not limited to the policies of government."— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
Pres. Obama: "Peace in Africa and in the world also depends on the attitudes of people."— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
POTUS quotes Mandela that no one is born to hate people for the color of their skin. They are taught to hate but can also be taught to love.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
Pres. Obama to students on the way forward in Africa and the world: "It can be heard in the confident voices of young people like you."— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
Bravo to President @BarackObama for his inspiring remarks and opening Americans eyes to the true Africa that is strong and full of hope.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
UT, thank you from the bottom of the heart. I truly believe that this speech will help transform the lives of some of the students in that audience. You cannot hear our president speak and not be inspired and he has given them a mission, a goal live up to. I’m so glad that his focus in every country he travels to and in the US is on young people–those who aren’t so rooted in the past and its prejudices that they can still change.
I watched the speech from the cbs livestream.
PBO spoke to the heart of the matter; the fate of Africa is in the hands of its people, particularly the young, and the U S is there to be in an equal partnership that will benefit both continents.
Loved the reception he received and it was good to see Reggie inthe front row.
On a more shallow note, PBO looked especially handsome; his face was lit up and he was wearing the hell out of that suit.
I agree CEB. I thought to myself that he looks especially relaxed and refreshed today.
I know many of us remember this joyful day:
Nelson Mandela release from prison – full speech youtu.be/jpw8AU3wMsM via @youtube— meta (@metaquest) June 30, 2013
This is a little off-topic, but some of us have been noticing the nasty trend that BBCNews has taken recently with respect to anything related to our President and US. Something happened recently, and there has been a coordinated movement with infiltration of British/European MSM outlets. I don’t know if some Right-wing US-sponsored entity is paying them to put out such anti-Obama propaganda.
For the second time in less than 24 hrs, I’ve witnessed BBCnews tweet a nasty anti-Obama headline with a linked article. When I click on the article, nothing in it justifies the headline. In fact, in both cases, no where in the article was Obama’s name mentioned or implied in any way shape or form. So BBC is now practicing yellow journalism just like The Guardian, Observer, and many of the US outlets.
How can you #StandWithOhio women? Call @JohnKasich 614-466-3555 and demand a line item veto of anti-women budget amendments. #Veto4Women— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
Are the general media reporting much on the Moral Monday movement? Interesting that all the extremist Christian spokepeople get lots of coverage. How many out there know that this is led by the faith communty? Here is a good article about it.
Thanks, Mary for posting this. I try to read everything about the movement there, but the news reports are few and far between. If it was the Tea Party there’d be wall-to-wall coverage.
Thanks, that’s what I thought, FayPax, but I don’t have cable news or newspapers delivered so I wasn’t sure if it was out there and I was just missing it.
ECUADOR’S FLOWER GROWERS HURT BY SNOWDEN SITUATION:
…Flowers are serious business in Ecuador.
The industry says it employs about 50,000 people on about 550 farms across the country and is indirectly responsible for 110,000 jobs, putting it after only oil, seafood and bananas in the ranks of the country’s biggest exporters. It boasts that the long days, rich sunlight and cool nights of the Andean highlands mean the heads of flowers, particularly roses, grow fuller and richer than those from Colombia…
Now, the flower industry has turned its focus to its own government, which it desperately hopes won’t offer asylum to Snowden. …
“We can’t put the interests of 14 million Ecuadoreans at risk because of a 29-year-old hacker whom we don’t even know,” … “This gentleman doesn’t mean anything to us.” … http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57591675/ecuadors-flower-growers-hurt-by-snowden-situation/
Flowers? So the Gov’t of Ecuador is timidly saying Never Mind to Snowden? They were all Macho initially? Now…..?
Love how the President’s term was borrowed: ” … of a 29-year-old hacker … ”
He gave a lot of people cover, if they were smart enough to use it.
it’s so delicious!
Ecuador can use any excuse they want….so long as they “do the right thing”
Yep! just as I had called it, Ecuador’s main concern is its people and not some “29 year old hacker whom they don’t even know.”
Shit is going down in Egypt.
Streets of Cairo overrun with protesters http://t.co/jdTcZ03ddD (via @tomgara)— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 30, 2013
BBC News is using this protest to spread anti-Obama propaganda. Just letting you all know.
The article linked says nothing of the sort. Why is @BBCWorld tweeting anti-Obama headlines with links to fake articles?— (@aspirational12) June 30, 2013
Wow! Morsi and his co-horts need to leave as Mubarak did because these fed up people are not playing. Hope that the protesters will not be fired upon.
Now anyone wish to guess what the media would be covering this evening? EGYPT……….Turkey was just not doing it for them after a while.
Nena, after 10-15 deaths they get bored..then move on to the next calamity, and so, on and on we go! And do not forget the link they will make between this event and it’s drama and PBO as a failing world leader!
Holy shiiiiiiiiiit! I knew huge protests were happening but this is BAM right in your face.
I've gone to almost every protest in #Egypt since #Jan25 and I swear this is the biggest I've ever seen. It's surreal #June30— Mai Sirry (@TheLazyShaman) June 30, 2013
Here's a photo of #itihadeya now… unbelievable. #June30 #Egypt http://t.co/pTU3deO170— Mai Sirry (@TheLazyShaman) June 30, 2013
a shot of the back, Khalifa Maamoun side of Marghany. It extends through all side streets. #June30 #Itihadeya #Egypt http://t.co/zwwfdUflwb— Mai Sirry (@TheLazyShaman) June 30, 2013
These millions of people are not being led or directed by any leadership. They are, however, sending a collective message to one leadership.— H.A. Hellyer (@hahellyer) June 30, 2013
@DavidNakamura Wow! Could you be any more tacky and insensitive?— Dudette (@Dudette9t9) June 30, 2013
@DavidNakamura How mature are you? The word would be "embraces." Why don't you just call it in, fella. You sure cannot write.— (@JOBoomr) June 30, 2013
Two great leaders embracing, and he diminishes it by using a childish word. I think I need to go eat lunch now!
I’m not even bothered by that. I’m irked at his use of the term “chasing Mandela’s ghosts” as the man lay in a hospital bed practically at death’s door. Really disgusting and immensely disrespectful.
I know and I responded to that one, after I saw your tweet. He owes an apology, although it would have to be forced out of him.
But this lesser one hit me right between the eyes for some reason. So demeaning. So disrespectful. The guy writing it has done nothing with his life, compared to their accomplishments.
Anyway … #FORWARD (I guess).
He was being deliberated to demean.
Health Center and the Hug.
It was not done in a vacuum. Only the sick in his mind, needs a hug. This guy without a wikipedia profile for a WashPo…..reporter is suspect.
Never heard of him by name before this week, and hope to never hear of him again.
Is he really friggin saying that PBO wishes he could be Mandela like and is failing!!!!!
Good tweet Dudette! Thank you
I sense “HATE” toward President Obama from that WP David Nakamura.
I clipped to open the Obama speech and got Egypt protests instead, is it ever fascinating, folks are out in the streets venting their spleens on the latest do nothing government their is even fireworks, at first I thought it was gun fire (not that I know the difference) but it is fascinating to just watch. There is no commentary.. the voice of the people is the voice of God and he is aaannngry…
Where can we view the entire speech?
I would looooooooove to meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Wow!
Pres. Obama with the amazing Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the HIV Foundation Youth Centre in Cape Town, South Africa http://t.co/XxEUHdHz4T— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
It has been very hard for me to participate in commentary regarding the President’s African trip. It was at least 30 years ago when I visited Senegal and went to Goree Island. Yet, when I saw the pictures, it was like yesterday. Inside those musky walls, the spirits of those slave-bound souls call out from the walls, the dirt floor and every inch of that forbidden place. I remember so many weeping without being able to say why. And when you stand and look through that door, you can feel the fear and abandonment that must have gripped those forced to leave their country. For miles and miles, the horizon is the meeting of sky and water…that’s all. As I looked at the photos that have been displayed here, all of those emotions came flooding back. I could feel them once again in my head, my heart.
Here is what I want to say…as we witness the antics of the Republican party, DO NOT simply write it off as mean-spirited politics or mere opposition to President Obama. It is a concerted effort to return America to it’s own days of apartheid…an effort to return to the days of Jim Crow. And it is a prospect supported by the media and the Supreme Court. My hope that people understand as much is the reason I always write in a historical context.
I want to challenge everyone who reads here to get involved in a tangible way. In 2009, when they started to pass voter ID. laws, I made a decision. Every month I commit to help one person get the necessary identification. I never stopped because I knew the Republicans would never stop and I believe in the final analysis it is the ability to vote that will be most important.
So this Sunday morning, I’m challenging everyone to find a way to get involved and help keep the nation from sliding backwards…but moving forward.
Excellent post and excellent idea Fay!
If you can, please turn this into a graphic, then tweet it and post it everywhere. It must be spread far and wide!
Chips or one of the other blog tyrants: Put this up on the front page PLEASE!!!!
Hi Dudette. I’m not on Twitter, but I welcome anyone who wants to tweet it, to do so.
You’ve taken my breath away..SO, SO, SO spot on in your thoughts. We must not forget this. Ever.
Desert, I am so torn about this trip. Part of me wishes the President could say, “Yours is the last frontier…don’t let them come and steal your country…with their KFC’s and Walmarts.” I’m happy and sad all at the same time.
FayPax thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. I love reading your blog, I wish it had a like button. I will do my best to make sure we keep moving forward.
Thanks sjterrid. Keep on keepin’ on and… I’ll have to look into that “like” button.
not a great tweet faypax but maybe will help spread the word
nuts. I think I need a nap. forgot to post
THIS: a testimony about what is happening to voter rights in the US and what she does to stop it. theobamadiary.com/2013/06/30/cha…
thx FayPax— (@a4alice) June 30, 2013
Thank you, FayPax for this moving testimony to your experience. I agree completely that we have to fight back every day against a coordinated massive plan to disenfranchise vast numbers of US voters. This summer is a good time to sign up for county fairs and street events so we can register voters and make sure they have IDs.
To the people of Egypt keep pressing till the government does the will of the people wish the complacent in Repug towns and cities would get some of the same spirit, we voted for you, do what we want or leave lest we put you out
Now they are showing Tahir Sq and not just the avenue, lots of chanting going on..People Power to the World
@DavidNakamura Chasing ghosts? BS! You obviously don't care shit abt economic growth promise of countries in Africa, the reason PBO is there— zizi2 (@zizii2) June 30, 2013
@DavidNakamura Since u failed spectacularly in ur pre-trip screed to tarnish #PBO for making Africa trip, u now resort to manufactured turd— zizi2 (@zizii2) June 30, 2013
@DavidNakamura read this piece abt the real Africa today, not ur tarzanesque ignorance, to understand PBO's trip. theobamadiary.com/2013/06/26/clu…— zizi2 (@zizii2) June 30, 2013
Whatever happened to that thing we used to call ‘shame’? Today’s star reporters seem to have no shame waving their obtuseness and lack of understanding for all the world to see.
U know, @zizii2, while @DavidNakamura's comment is insulting, it's also A PUBLIC AND CLEAR ADMISSION OF HIS IGNORANCE AND INSENSITIVITY!— Vick C. (@sonamie) June 30, 2013
@DavidNakamura: Your obsessive hatred for President Obama has been obvious; now so is your hate/disrespect for Nelson Mandela.— Mary Foster (@marylynne1) June 30, 2013
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