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Tanzania: What a Welcome

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Arriving at Julius Nyerere Airport in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, July 1

With Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete at an official welcoming ceremony in Dar Es Salaam

…. at the State House accompanied by Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and Tanzanian First Lady Salma Kikwete

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105 Responses to “Tanzania: What a Welcome”


  1. 1 ber6964
    July 1, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Beautiful just beautiful……Thank You Chips and all blog contributors.

  2. 6 vcprezofan2
    July 1, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Morning!

    • 7 vcprezofan2
      July 1, 2013 at 8:57 am

      Thanks Chips! I click on the Rise and Shine, swallow, and get ready to read when up pops another thread. I better go get my walking shoes at this rate. :lol:

      ps. You do know by now that vc-griping = pleasure, right?

      • 8 MightyPamela
        July 1, 2013 at 9:45 am

        ;) Oui! Happy Canada Day! To all our Canadian dears! We love that you love our POTUS as much as we do! :lol:

        • 9 vcprezofan2
          July 1, 2013 at 9:52 am

          Howdy, MP! O, I’m not Canadian (in the opinion of frustrated friends)! ;) ;)

          Thank you, old friend! Offspring just this minute told me he’s heading out to our major park for CD celebrations (with the youth from his church). I mean, how dare they plan their annual celebrations today when I’m traveling with the President?!! :shock:

          • 10 MightyPamela
            July 1, 2013 at 10:12 am

            Gotta fill those empty hours…. ! ;) I’m off to PT shortly, so must fly… Too hot in the PNW for the likes of moi… It will pass. I am so sorry for the terrible loss of life in Arizona, this is a dreadful thing, dreadful. Please light the candles. http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

            • 11 vcprezofan2
              July 1, 2013 at 10:17 am

              When you return you can tell us how the young’uns went off and brag about how smoothly your vehicle is now running, etc.

              • 12 MightyPamela
                July 1, 2013 at 5:08 pm

                It was a lovely and fun 10 days, yes, they have departed, but all is well. As for ma voiture: it seems to be running well enough when others are driving. I, myself, have yet to return to the mobility level where I would not be 100% threat to everyone on the road, myself included. Hhrruummpphhhh……. :(

                • 13 vcprezofan2
                  July 1, 2013 at 5:25 pm

                  So very glad you had this time together, Pamela – time to be treated like a queen, and time, though brief in one sense, to stack up a whole lot of memories. Darn those children for growing up and away so quickly! Even though we say we want them to grow up and be productive adults there is no reason for them to rush the process! :roll: :lol: :lol:

                  It’s easy enough for me to say, but be patient re your mobility. Pretty soon, you’ll be looking back on this time and it’ll seem to have passed relatively quickly (I hope).

  3. July 1, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  4. July 1, 2013 at 8:55 am

    beautiful pics :)

  5. July 1, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips & TOD family. I hope everyone have a marvelous day today. Back in 2003-2005 I was on an environmental project in Tanzania. That was a wonderful experience for me and I love Tanzania.

  6. 18 desertflower
    July 1, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Morning! Fabulous pics…I feel like I’ve been right there with them all this trip:) Thanks Chips and blog tyrants for allowing me this staycation! Dentist appt at 7am this morning…I took my husband’s because he’s out of town….WHY does he always make a 7am dental appt? Is that the first thing he wants done to him in the morning? Men!

  7. 22 vcprezofan2
    July 1, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Colourful and beautiful – man these Africans know how to use colours! :grin:

  8. July 1, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Gorgeous pics – lovely welcome ceremony for our wonderful First Family!

  9. 24 anniebella
    July 1, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Let me say something about POTUS dancing, I know I joke about his dancing, but his dancing is a hell of alot better than that mess G.W. Bush were doing that time. Alot ,lot, lot, better. I also will say this, watch the media say something about how POTUS shouldn’t be dancing when 19 fire fighters were kill. I could be wrong, but I’m waiting for something negative from our “I hate Obama” media.

    • 25 vcprezofan2
      July 1, 2013 at 9:10 am

      Good Morning, Annieb! This reporting Chips and the gang have been doing is FANTABULOUS! The Obamas have been doing a wonderful, dare I say ‘royal’, job at each event, meeting, whatever! I know you agree. :grin: :grin: I’d say don’t WAIT for ‘something negative from the “I hate Obama” media’. They are bound to deliver and in the meantime you will have allowed them to take SOME of your joy away from this moment. Just my take.

      • 26 anniebella
        July 1, 2013 at 9:51 am

        vc, believe me when I say this, I won’t allow the media or anyone else take anyway joy or pride I feel in watching my President and First Lady. I have been so proud of them on this Africa trip, and proud of Sasha and Malia also. Mines were just a comment about what I expect from this America media, ( not all of the media).

        • 27 vcprezofan2
          July 1, 2013 at 9:58 am

          I believe you and I’m with you, Annieb! My pride in the Obamas – all of them – has no limits! I look at them together and individually and am just over the moon with pride that they all ‘instinctively’ know how to comport themselves ‘in public’. [I actually know I didn’t need to add ‘in public’.]

    • 28 arkluvspbo
      July 1, 2013 at 9:47 am

      Annibella, what vcprez said!
      Life is too short to worry about the haters– the haters have enough hate for all of us. Let them wallow in their misery, and let us enjoy the lightness and beauty that is the Obama family :)
      All that hate is so bad for the body.

    • 31 MightyPamela
      July 1, 2013 at 9:48 am

      :lol: I think PBO has got the moves…..

    • 32 Puddin'
      July 1, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      IMO…a whole lot better than Hillary’s dancing.

  10. 33 utaustinliberal
    July 1, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Spread the word. Rally is today.

  11. 39 Claire
    July 1, 2013 at 9:03 am

    David Nakamura (WaPo)
    “Across Africa, many wish President Obama was more like his predecessor in his health policies.”

    By many asshole nakamura means the voices in his head. He has no data just the racist bs that drives his “reporting’. Across Africa… like he’s visited or speaks for an entire continent. What presumption.

    • 40 anniebella
      July 1, 2013 at 9:08 am

      Claire, “F” that WaPo dude We know he’s a first class hater. What a Welcome for POTUS, FLOTUS and the Obama family.

    • 41 CEB
      July 1, 2013 at 9:08 am

      He is the one who wishes PBO was more like Bush; i. e. white, gullible, easily handled by the financial elite, dismissive of the concerns of those not part of his narrow focus of interest, and so on and on.

      • July 1, 2013 at 9:11 am

        Spot on CEB. He’s projecting.

        • 43 arkluvspbo
          July 1, 2013 at 9:52 am

          I call it the TeaBags and EmoProgs – Bush Embarrassment Syndrome — they are completely and utterly embarrassed by the man, so anything that he did, that they THINK they can pin on this president they will do so. It hasn’t worked for the 5/6 years they’ve been trying it, but I guess when one is insane….

      • 44 vcprezofan2
        July 1, 2013 at 9:43 am

        I checked Nakamura’s TL, and while it is quite obvious he is biased, he does have a few innocuous tweets that just simply share the info. I went there to respond to some, then decided to follow my own advice to Annieb above – ignore him and his ‘team’ so that they don’t taint the very real pleasure I AM getting from seeing the President and his family performing their duties with love, commitment and ….JOY! You have only to look at the Obamas to see that they are not stressed out or grim or impatient to be home or anything.

        As a general comment to everyone here – if we let these strains of MSM hate seep into our trip periodically we are the only ones who will hurt (and I’m speaking mostly to shore up my own resolve). Think about it. MSM is already riddled with hate and misinformation. We get it from them daily, minutely even, and it bothers us daily, minutely. I don’t think we can deny that. When the Pres and his admin or family go abroad it’s a beautiful opportunity to see how the world receives him. We get the chance to enjoy the Pres with like-minded people. AND WE ARE NOT USUALLY DISAPPOINTED! Why let the haters intrude? The trips are brief enough – just a short ‘vacation’ from the ill-informed hatred.

      • 45 vcprezofan2
        July 1, 2013 at 9:46 am

        Oh, sorry CEB, I didn’t mean this rant to go under your comment. In fact it wasn’t meant to be a rant. My fingers got carried away. Fact is I’m torn between not wanting the haters to intrude on my trip happiness and wanting to be aware what they are ‘up to’. Sigh!

    • 46 Bill
      July 1, 2013 at 9:09 am

      Across America, many wish the Republican party was not trying to restrict women’s healthcare.

    • 47 MightyPamela
      July 1, 2013 at 9:50 am

      Across America, and Canada, many wish you would STFU?

  12. 48 Ladyhawke
    July 1, 2013 at 9:10 am

    A CONUNDRUM FOR THE JACKALS

    Oh dear, the jackals must be apoplectic with this amazing welcoming ceremony. As Chips posted in the previous thread their heads must be exploding after seeing the road named after Barack Obama and so many Tanzanians wearing garments with pictures of President Obama. They like him, they really like him. This is going to require some very creative negative meme casting but I am sure the jackals when find a way.

    • 49 Jovie
      July 1, 2013 at 9:12 am

      They have a response- it’s to not inform the public of his whereabouts.
      Most people in America have no clue that this President is even in Africa.
      Fact !

  13. 50 Jovie
    July 1, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Just in: Obama to meet Bush at Embassy.

    Interesting how he is there at the same time?
    Maybe for AIDS policy?

  14. 55 utaustinliberal
    July 1, 2013 at 9:12 am

    All the information you need about the rally. There are also rallies in Los Angeles, Boston, and also Moral Monday rallies in North Carolina protesting the destructive ways the GOP have gone after minorities, women, workers, the unemployed, etc. People have had enough and are fighting back. I believe Ohioans are too after Kasich passed an anti-women anti-reproductive rights amendment in the budget last night with a group of white men cheering him on. They have messed with the wrong women.

    • 56 jackiegrumbacher
      July 1, 2013 at 9:22 am

      UT, I’m so furious about what Republicans are doing to women and I hope women wake up to create an enormous backlash against every misogynist male who had anything to do with this concerted war on women’s rights. It’s long past time for women to fight back hard against these attacks. Maybe OFA could develop a whole separate effort with fighting against the war on women as its focus. We have to pull out all the stops in 2014 and make sure EVERY single woman voter in the US is contacted and brought to the polls. I, for one, have had enough.

    • 58 99ts
      July 1, 2013 at 9:27 am

      So why isn’t the media screaming “where are the women”? Oh yes – white governors can ignore women – white governors are allowed to keep women unemployed and pregnant.

  15. 59 utaustinliberal
    July 1, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Sign the petition and spread the word. Women are fighting back.

  16. 60 utaustinliberal
    July 1, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Joy Reid will be guest hosting Now With Alex and Bashir Live from Monday – Wednesday. Tune in and give her some views. :D

    • 61 anniebella
      July 1, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Great for you Ms.Joy Reid. I know you can handle the job. I will check you out. What about Now With Joy. Or All In With Joy Reid 8pm week nights MSNBC.

      • 62 Mellesia Barnett
        July 1, 2013 at 10:23 am

        She will get her own show soon and I can’t wait. I would love for her to occupy a prime time slot and get rid of Hayes

    • 63 vitaminlover
      July 1, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      You go, Joy, and make that money while you’re at it!

  17. 64 utaustinliberal
    July 1, 2013 at 9:21 am

    A picture really can convey so much.

    • 65 MightyPamela
      July 1, 2013 at 9:55 am

      {{{{{Natasha}}}}} I’m sure some of this must be overwhelming. That Daddy hug sure helps.

  18. July 1, 2013 at 9:21 am

    @mckaycoppins
    Congrats to @Soledad_OBrien for joining Al Jazeera America! Big get for them.

    • 67 Gazelle
      July 1, 2013 at 9:26 am

      That’s wonderful! Now she can really fly. I really like Al J. This morning they were discussing Croatia’s entrance into the EU and how it will affect Croatia. One plus was people being able to go to any member country and study, cost being the same as the locals. Only thing I didn’t like this morning was calling the Snowman a whistleblower.

    • 68 anniebella
      July 1, 2013 at 9:38 am

      I can’t believe that stupid TeaNN let Soledad go.

  19. July 1, 2013 at 9:21 am

    9:45 AM EST: President Obama holds a press conference with President Kikwete of Tanzania

    http://www.ustream.tv/cbsnews

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  20. 70 Gazelle
    July 1, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Habari Tanzania! Fabulous photos, Chips, BT’s — thank you! I love how POTUS/FLOTUS body people just whisk the flowers away, in a blink of an eye! Those kids who gave the flowers were just precious! Love the little girl’s hair. Would have loved to be in that crowd of performers, shaking my somethings!

  21. July 1, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Deen’s distinctions: ‘N—–s’ vs. ‘professional black men’
    By Jonathan Capehart, Published: July 1, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Something got lost in all the hullabaloo about Paula Deen and her desire to have a good ol’ Southern plantation wedding for her brother. Everyone focused on whether she dropped the N-word to described the black men and women who might work the event. But what Deen actually said in a deposition in the $1.2 million discrimination suit against her was far worse.

    Deen acknowledged having said the N-word before. During a robbery, she told Matt Lauer last week. What Deen denied during that deposition was saying, “Well, what I would really like is a bunch of little n—–s to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around.” She did admit to talking about the way the “middle-aged black men” were dressed at a restaurant she and her husband had visited that inspired her dream of Dixie nuptials. And then came this exchange during the deposition.

    Q. Is there any possibility, in your mind, that you slipped and used the word “n—-r”?

    A. No, because that’s not what these men were. They were professional black men doing a fabulous job.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2013/07/01/deens-distinctions-n-s-vs-professional-black-men/

    • 72 anniebella
      July 1, 2013 at 10:02 am

      So what would be next for Mrs. Deen, have a big plantation with slaves in the back where the men in the family can go rape the female slaves. Those were the good old days for white people but not the slaves.

  22. July 1, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Joy Reid!

    @TheReidReport
    It’s also the start of a three-day two-a-day for me: guest hosting at Noon and 4pm on @msnbc M-W! @nowwithalex @BashirLive #alotgoingon

  23. 74 GGAIL
    July 1, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    I love these happy dancing pics!
    I’m off to work – see u later…

  24. July 1, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Horrible tragedy this morning

    19 firefighters killed in Arizona blaze; ‘Our entire crew was lost’

    (CNN) — The 19 firefighters were part of an elite squad who confronted wildfires up close, setting up barriers to stop their destructive spread.

    But the inferno blazing across central Arizona proved too much.

    The team was killed Sunday while fighting the Yarnell Hill fire, northwest of Phoenix — the deadliest wildland blaze for firefighters in more than 35 years.

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/01/us/arizona-firefighter-deaths/index.html

  25. 76 Jovie
    July 1, 2013 at 9:27 am

    So, the French President is threatening to block the EU trade agreement with US bc Snowden said the US bugged his office??

    Really?
    The both of them can go jump in a Cold Lake.

    • July 1, 2013 at 9:31 am

      LOL – I posted your tweet down below :) I think BBC news is pushing this report – which may or may not be true… BBC News has been on an inti-US government (anti-Obama) scene for a while – I don’t know who is paying them, but money clearly is involved in this agenda-driven and partisan reporting.

    • July 1, 2013 at 9:49 am

      He’ll calm down once French Intelligence informs him they’re doing the same thing to us. Well that and when France’s business community tells him don’t mess with the money.

  26. 79 Layla
    July 1, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Fabulous as always Chips! TY Good morning all and Happy Canada Day to the Canadian TODers!

  27. 82 utaustinliberal
    July 1, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Spread the word.. The GOP doesn’t yet know what has hit them.

  28. July 1, 2013 at 9:29 am

    BOOM! BBC is now part of the funded and coordinated series of media attacks on the US government on behalf of wikileaks, Assange, Snowden, Greenwald, etc…They seem to not be aware of how foolish they look in pushing these reports, and how they are damaging their own credibility, not the US government’s.

    • 84 lisalovesobama
      July 1, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Ah, France. You can always count on them to be a posturing peacock. Can’t blame them, it’s in their nature.

      • July 1, 2013 at 9:53 am

        Hollande will sign on. That’s too much potential money to leave on the table. French business leaders will blow a gasket if he louses this up.

    • 86 Claire
      July 1, 2013 at 9:39 am

      So now the French government takes it’s lead from fugitives and organizations like wikileaks that aids and harbors international criminals like assange. Yeah, smart move with an economy that’s in the tank.

      • 87 lisalovesobama
        July 1, 2013 at 9:47 am

        a socialist being led by a crazy libertarian. :roll: okay.

      • July 1, 2013 at 9:47 am

        I don’t even know how true that report is though. BBC has been pushing these reports of European “outrage” at the US due to the NSA leaks, and it just strikes me as so scripted and made up. I do think that there is a coordinated effort to damage PBO’s reputation and standing not just in the US, but on the international stage. The people funding these wikileaks activities are part of that effort. And unfortunately, some of the international media has been willing to drag their own reputations through the mud to get some of the money behind that effort. (e.g., Guardian, Observer, BBC).

      • 89 TrumpDog
        July 1, 2013 at 9:58 am

        A bigger issue is the fact that “hero” Snowden is screwing things up and hurting us, despite what his fans say.

        • 90 anniebella
          July 1, 2013 at 10:06 am

          Don’t you know Snowden only concern is our civil liberties. B.S. I don’t trust Snowden or anyone involved with him.

  29. July 1, 2013 at 9:29 am

    How lovely to come back to TOD and find the arrival, the colours, the music, the ceremony, and everything about the first couple that makes my day wonderful!

  30. 92 lisalovesobama
    July 1, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Speaking of trash re: all things Snowdirt, how comes I haven’t heard anything about Bozo Allen? Is he in the clear after the crap he unleashed on us by not properly vetting that 29 year old freak? shouldn’t he be punished or something? a cancellation of his contract with the US government?

    • July 1, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Nice segue. I suspect execs at Booz Allen are hiding under a bed or having to be physically restrained from taking the first flight to Russia.

    • 94 TrumpDog
      July 1, 2013 at 9:59 am

      Good point, but typical of of our society. Businesses seem to skate while actual people are the ones holding the bag.

  31. 95 sherijr
    July 1, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Hello Tanzania! What a wonderful welcome to our First Lady and President Obama… loving all the POTUS clothes.

    I haven’t said thank YOU Chips nearly enough for this African journey.. all the info/ music has been so enlightening and interesting and exciting. Special thanks to Zizi!!

  32. 96 JER
    July 1, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Beginning Shortly:
    President Obama and President Kikwete Hold a Joint Press Conference – http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/president-obama-and-president-kikwete-hold-joint-press-conference

    • 97 TrumpDog
      July 1, 2013 at 10:01 am

      Can’t wait to hear the dumb ass questions the High SchoolWhite House Press Corps will be asking :roll:

  33. July 1, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Mark Knoller has no problem posting pics with enthusiastic crowds for President Obama – that is as long as the crowds consist of Blacks (or Browns) racial/ethnic minorities. He NEVER posts pictures showing enthusiastic crowds of white people for President Obama.

  34. 99 JER
    July 1, 2013 at 9:57 am

  35. 101 utaustinliberal
    July 1, 2013 at 10:04 am

  36. 104 Gazelle
    July 1, 2013 at 10:18 am

    [Just love beautiful 92 year old Rosanell Eaton who’s participating in Moral Mondays Movement]:

    (Relayed by her daughter Armenta while Rosanell rested her voice) “What brought her out was the possibility of requiring voter ID. She was required when she was 21 years old to repeat the preamble to the Constitution in order to register. She did it! She didn’t even know she had to do it, she was just smart. They would yank you around back in those days. She was valedictorian of her class, she knew all that stuff. It’s what she had to go through. She thought things were smooth sailing. She’s seen the good, bad, and the ugly. Now she’s seeing the ugly again. ”

    Rest & photo here: http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/06/photo-of-day-92-years-young.html

  37. 105 sabreen60
    July 1, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Good Afternoon TODers. I’m just able to sit down and catch up. What fascinating photos and videos. I love President Obama and the first family so much. They are wonderful ambassadors for the nation. If fact, people may look at them and forget we have a group of insane people taking away rights in this country. BTW, I thought GWB couldn’t leave the country. Maybe he knows Africa won’t arrest him as a war criminal.


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