President Obama visits the prison cell at Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his imprisonment
Congrats Layla on a tie!
No no darling, the crown is yours!!! Wear it with pride!!
Bling for you!!!!
You share it well too……Congrats Alison
And Layla……Gold is still a precious Gem :)
GE All……Chips, thank you for the extremely informative posts. I’m not sure what we would do without you. THANK YOU SO MUCH.
An extraordinary day for sure!
The whole trip has been so emotional for me vetivera…I cry, I laugh, I am proud, I am sad…just overwhelming..
I really can’t look at this again. Every time I do, I lose it. BENT BUT NOT BROKEN!
Did you guys read what FLOTUS said about their trip to Robben Islands? At the tweets, where she said ” Today our family visited Robben Islands for an experience we will never forget.”
Read the rest at the White House blog.
Oops! There she goes, disappearing around the corner! At least I think that was her heel.
VC, I thought the same thing :-)
Probably trying to avoid us both. How’s life in the west today?
Hot, hot, & hot!
How `bout you?
Today hasn’t been too bad. Sunshine, yes but not unbearably hot. Of course, I never went outside and the fan is not far off, so my neighbours might not give the same report. ;)
You make a lousy weather reporter LOL
thank you so much, TOD for the excellent coverage of this overseas trip. it has been full of memorable pics.
This is E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-NG.
Best part of his slow jamming the news was him dropping the mic! That gave me life!! :lol: :lol:
this was great – kid went for it like performing before family members not POTUS
Interesting history of the Presidential desk..
A young man wows Pres. Obama with his rapping skills at the Archbishop Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Center. youtu.be/-jmBm48JWoI— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 30, 2013
Sorry to be so OT, I think I’m trying to distract myself from My Madiba, beautiful, courageous human being. I just can’t bear him being gone from amongst us. But, he has his own journey to travel, as do we all. And he has lived an enormous, exemplary life. Bless!
Just had to share what these young people are producing in the SF Bay Area. I know all of them from young tikes. BTW, this is not PG-rated, at least as far as the music link. I try to encourage all artistic endeavors, and they’re working hard. Lovely group of young people. If you’re into hip-hop & its fashion, etc., please click the link & share]:
They were also featured in BlackFashion.co:
Tomorrow former First Lady Laura Bush and current First Lady Michelle Obama will make a joint appearance in Tanzania. The summit is hosted by Laura Bush, it is a forum that lift up the role of Africa women.
had something bad to say about Mrs. Bush remembered just in time to hold my tongue
HAHAHAHA! Me too. Focus on FLOTUS.
thanks for that advise – taking it to heart
I’ve been doing that myself …
I heard G.W. Bush might be there also.
Thanks for the invite back, Chips. And a big thank you for all the stories and pics of TOD Africa trip. Peace. :)
Were you formerly “left Indie?”
No, I was always the same person. Visited a while back. :)
Okay thanks – was just wondering, seeing that I haven’t seen Left-Indie for a while.
You’re welcome. You do great work for PBO. :)
Bahahaha http://t.co/hJzhlj2zYJ— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) June 30, 2013
ha! you go guys!
just thinking about the places PBO has taken his US Secret Service Detail –
– places many could not have imagined going because POTUS’s interests are so diverse, deep and all-encompassing. (poor areas, cultural areas, centers of learning, historical sites, palaces, religious monuments & places of worship etc)
remember PBO visiting the residents in the poor sections of Brazil
I do remember PBO visiting the favela in Brazil, but I never before considered this aspect, GCLinda – he is indeed exposing his SS detail to many (more than likely) new-to-them venues. Though, one might wonder how much of the places they truly see, as they have to be focused and alert to potential danger all the time.
Yeah, their focus is on PBO & the First Family – as should be.
But I think the USSS is sometimes surprised by the intense reaction to PBO from people of so many backgrounds.
the protective detail & trip planners probably ask themselves: where in the world will PBO head to next
Reminder of what “Barry” Obama was like at Occidental (at 19 just like he mentioned today), 3-minute video:
Obama's awakening at Occidental: youtu.be/KWHX-4kNp70 via @youtube— IE Peters (@iefap1940) June 30, 2013
Excellent! I had not seen that before :)
Look at this gem!!!!!!!
Malia looks just like her dad in that picture………. ;)
She really does Nena, especially the eyes. My gosh he is sooo gorgeous!
Hmm? Shall Yardarm bring in the Naughty Mat ;)
Yes…..He is deliciously handsome. The eyes……yep….Gorgeous, 1001% and so :cool: too.
Definitely, a GQ Cover spread…..No Doubt about it.
No need for the mat, I just threw myself on the floor lol
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Paging Yardarm….urgently….
WHOA. WHOA. WHOA.
I know..sometimes I feel my old body is not going to make it through PBO”s presidency
What a cutie. I see his Mom’s eyes there.
GOP Bills since 2009
73 Family Relationshipls
37 Repeal Obamacare
#stoprush #GoodbyeGOP— (@deadmousesqueak) June 30, 2013
Preach! Ain’t that the truth.
@deadmousesqueak Yep, the American Branch of the Taliban just keeps rolling along.— Dudette (@Dudette9t9) July 01, 2013
Russia, Ecuador keep Snowden at arm's length. Venezuela's Pres Maduro to arrive in Russia Monday, may offer escape latimes.com/news/world/wor…— meta (@metaquest) June 30, 2013
I sincerely do not understand the games Ecuador is playing. It is not a win, win situation for them. They really should stop playing this game for they can easily be crushed.
Assange may have cooked #Snowden’s goose with his arrogance. Being an Aussie and Europhile, may not realize that the Americans are part of the same (Western) hemisphers.
Along with Kerry and the Mid-East, could this be a catalyst for a spectacular Foreign Policy summer?
Keeping my fingers crossed.
oh RT @AP: Ecuador's president tells the AP that Snowden is "under care" of Russia and can't leave Moscow: apne.ws/117Jphm -KM— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) June 30, 2013
I do think if it’s at all possible for Snowden to travel, Russia will convince Maduro to take him back with him.
Yep! Maduro detests PBO, called him a devil…
All Snowden would be doing in that case would be expanding his rap sheet. The dude is already a fried fugitive.
If Venezuela wants the inevitable consequences of harboring an American spy/traitor/fugitive they’ll suffer for it, for sure.
PBO & AG Holder have all the time in the world. Justice will be served, of that I have no doubt.
I hear you Bob. Can you elaborate on the consequences of such a move.
It’s illegal to travel without a passport. Snowden’s passport was nullified by the US Government a couple of weeks ago. Irrespective of how much a particular Venezuelan President doesn’t like an American President, Venezuela has had an extradition treaty with the US since April 14, 1923 (43 Stat. 1698). So, it’s all a matter of how many laws these dudes want to break. The US has no reason to rush. Snowden, Greenwald, Poitras + whomever the $$$ sources are have already done the damage to our National Security. It’s all retribution from this point forward and anyone wanting to become a target of that retribution will regret it in the long run.
Thanks so much Bob! Hope my question was not silly…
Not at all …
I feel bad for @kurteichenwald. He is trying to have an intelligent Twitter conversation with some Daily Kos Greenwald cultists. Lol, he keeps telling them they don’t understand basic NSA procedures and asking if they are tea partiers. https://twitter.com/kurteichenwald
Yup, I’ve noticed he’s been trying for some time. The emoLibertarians and baggers are cut from the same cloth of hate.
For sure. They throw around the words “surveillance state” now like Teabaggers say “socialist state”. I have to say he can type fast and stay on top of the argument with actual facts. All their bs would get me pissed off and distracted.
500 years oppressing African Americans–but we’ve had 40 years of begrudging tolerance. Doesn’t that cover it? http://on.cc.com/123mXAS
Canada Day tomorrow!
Happy Canada Day :)
Why thank you darling!
Happy Canada Day (tomorrow)! For me, the party has already started…
As a citizen I accept your felicitations, I will be wearing my red and white to work, no holiday for me unfortunately
@TheObamaDiary @theonlyadult Well then shhh… your secret is safe with me! :-) youtu.be/SUT8galamNo Happy Birthday!— Dudette (@Dudette9t9) July 01, 2013
happy birthday to BWD
Evening friends. I am back home. (It’s a two hour drive.) My mother is about the same. Hanging on and quite the fighter, I guess. She isn’t able to swallow…….it’s like she has forgotten how. Night nurse is wonderful…….will keep a close eye on her and call me if needed.
This is terrible, tnmtngirl – I hope everything ends up all right for you and your mom. Sounds like she’s in the right hands, though.
TY for this important public svc: Hollywood Pronunciation Guide: How to Say Saoirse Ronan & 11 Other Names bit.ly/1atdxXA— Dudette (@Dudette9t9) July 01, 2013
A hero and a great leader. #Mandela http://t.co/V5gc1cma1f— Jeff Gauvin (@JeffersonObama) June 27, 2013
I heard a rumor that Rick Perry can’t get the scary “womenfolk” of Texas out of his mind, and had a strange and awful dream about one of ‘em, last evening, named Wendy. Oops. Something like this:
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