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Wednesday’s Schedule

President Obama departs the White House for Sweden and then the G20 Summit in Russia, September 3

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Wednesday (all times US Eastern – Sweden is six hours ahead):

4:10 AM: President Obama arrives in Stockholm

7:20 AM: Holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Reinfeldt of Sweden

8:30 AM: Holds a press conference with PM Reinfeldt

9:30 AM: Participates in a celebration of Raoul Wallenberg and delivers a statement

10:40 AM: Tours an Energy Expo event

1:05 PM: Accompanies Nordic leaders for a family photo

1:15 PM: Attends an official dinner with Nordic leaders

White House Live

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159 Responses to “Wednesday’s Schedule”


  1. September 3, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Wish Michelle was going with him

  2. 6 No Child Left Behind
    September 3, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    I wish my President to be effective and do well at the G-20.

  3. 8 carolyn
    September 3, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    I am thrilled that the Swedish officials….prime minister…..or king…..invited ALL the Nordic leaders for dinner with the President, including Iceland. I firmly believe this will be a comfortable, encouraging visit for him. When you think about his ideas, he is very much in sync with the Nordic social ideas, and those countries rate high on longevity and contentment scales.
    I’d love to visit those countries, have never been, so I will be following his Swedish trip closely.
    I’d love to be a fly as they discuss Putin, which I’ve no doubt this group will. I’m sure they have definite ideas about him!

  4. September 3, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I love Stockholm! I am hoping for a wonderful and safe trip.

  5. September 3, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    NIght TOD.

    Almost time for the Luther premiere.

    Shoot, After reading this EW article, I might have to save it for a morning this weekend, cause I live alone and thanks to Criminal Minds, I don’t need no more reasons to check EVERY DOOR IN MY HOUSE again…lol

    Watch our exclusive clip below from the tense premiere, which has already aired in the UK, and you’ll understand why some British viewers were afraid to retire to their bedrooms afterward. “I heard a lot of people stayed in their living rooms. A couple was huddled up on a sofa — a true story — and I was like, ‘You’ve got to be joking! There’s two of you. Why couldn’t you go to sleep?’” Elba reports, laughing. “People saying, ‘No, we just felt safer in the living room’ — I mean, that’s hilarious.”

    For the first time Cross, who lives in New Zealand, was able to monitor Twitter reaction while season 3 aired live in Britain. He, too, saw the strong reactions Elba described: “First, there’s the shock during the show itself. But then there’s the kind of long, long tale of ‘I can’t go to bed.’ ‘I have to watch some comedy before I go to bed.’ ‘I’ve had to go and ask my neighbors to check my attic for me,’” Cross says. (Yes, people with attics, you are doubly screwed.) “There’s an infinite number of postings of people saying, ‘Thank god I’ve got boxes under my bed.’ ‘I can’t sleep alone.’ Women saying that their husbands have been teasing them by knocking on the wardrobe door, and husbands saying their wives had been teasing them by running into the garden and tapping on the window. It was this great explosion of terror across the Twittersphere, which was an immense pleasure

    http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/09/03/luther-idris-elba-neil-cross/

    Good night guys!

  6. 15 utaustinliberal
    September 3, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Energizer Bunny President.

  7. September 3, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    FYI – time zone changes for PBO’s trip:

    Sweden is +6 Eastern; +9 Pacific
    St.Petersburg is +8 Eastern; +11 Pacific

  8. 19 vcprezofan2
    September 3, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    4:10am …..groan!

  9. 25 99ts
    September 3, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    It will be interesting to see if anyone in the media can stop for 30 seconds and talk about the President’s trip – but I would think it will be Syria, Syria, Syria – how nice it is to have TOD and petesouza – and the WHPC cry because they don’t get photo ops. When they get the chance they never use it.

    I can almost hear Chuck Todd asking the PM of Sweden does he want to bomb Syria. The Press NEVER take the opportunity to learn about the world as President Obama sees it, lives it and understands it. They are 1 eyed bigots of the finest order – and sadly impact how other parts of the world view the United States. President Obama does so much to nullify the viewpoint that the media gives.

    • 26 theo67
      September 3, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      “They are 1 eyed bigots of the finest order”. Yes.

    • 27 globalcitizenlinda
      September 3, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      correctly put! imagine if you or I had the opportunity to visit the many diverse & beautiful places they go to with PBO.

      Imagine if you or I had a chance to sit down and talk to PBO for an extended period???

      I have had the privilege of meeting PBO (multiple times), FLOTUS and the First Kids (once) but all meetings were brief and in a small group of super-volunteers.

    • 29 vcprezofan2
      September 3, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      Hello there, Jovie. I just realized that I haven’t seen you ALL day! Of course, I signed on really late today. :grin:

  10. 30 Jovie
    September 3, 2013 at 10:07 pm

  11. 32 CEB
    September 3, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Godspeed, Mr. President.

    Has this been a roller-coaster summer or what? Whew! So glad that the best twice-elected president ever is in the White House.

  12. 34 vcprezofan2
    September 3, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    ‘Being young is a fault which improves daily.’ ~ Swedish Proverb

    Well, I think I’m going to take Chips’ advice and go to bed.

    Catch you guys later. Sweet dreams, TODobots!

  13. 36 CEB
    September 3, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    I miss Michelle, the girls and the puppies.

  14. 37 globalcitizenlinda
    September 3, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    members of the TOD family understand HOW PBO operates and makes decisions in a manner that seems to confound many beltway types & his eternal detractors on the extremes (both left and right).

    I don’t know how many of you agree with me but I believe we can use the words of PBO himself (from a 2007 video that has been featured here) to explain to PBO’s method of operation those who either willingly choose NOT to listen or are so confused by his approach.

    If I knew how to do it, I would use the section of the interview (from minute 1.29 to 2.09) to create one of those GIFs. I would call it something like PBO’s Method of Operation (Modus Operandi/ M.O.) or something more creative.

    Once we had this GIFs we could send one to all the foreign and domestic Obama-haters reminding each to listen carefully to the POTUS in his own words.

    Can the more creative types and/or “blog tyrants” help out here? Thanks in advance.

  15. 38 jacquelineoboomer
    September 3, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    I cannot even watch people like Lawrence O’Donnell this week … they just are so in love with their own voices, they cannot stop and really listen to President Obama and learn something. What a missed opportunity on all of their parts. Gag.

  16. 54 jacquelineoboomer
    September 3, 2013 at 10:41 pm

  17. September 3, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Wow! So much going on. The G-20 should be fascinating. President Obama makes use of every minute of his presidency. I just ran across an Onion article that had me laughing out loud. It’s especially funny since I saw your picture of McCain playing a game during the Syria presentation.

    Family Concerned After John McCain Wanders Into Syria

    http://www.theonion.com/articles/family-concerned-after-john-mccain-wanders-into-sy,32601/

    WASHINGTON—Members of Sen. John McCain’s family expressed deep concern Tuesday after receiving word that the aging legislator had wandered off into Syria. “Unfortunately, this has been happening a lot lately; he’ll walk out of the Capitol building, get disoriented, and then we get a call late at night saying that John is in Syria,” McCain’s wife Cindy said upon learning that her 76-year-old husband turned up in the war-torn country after ambling across the Turkey-Syria border and delivering a rambling, incoherent speech to a group of rebels. “Then one of us has to go to Syria, pick him up, and bring him back to Washington. We’re going to have to sit down soon and decide what to do about this before he seriously hurts himself.” McCain’s wife added that her husband’s recent trip to Syria was the most alarming episode for her family since the elderly Arizona senator got into his car, started driving, and ended up lost in the 2008 presidential election.

  18. September 3, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    twitter is freakin.

  19. 77 globalcitizenlinda
    September 3, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    tonight was one of those few times when PBO is not waving as he getting into Air Force One – momentous time to be POTUS. Thank God we have PBO in charge of the world!

  20. September 3, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    GE TOD….. Been busy… did I miss anything? …….Anyways I don’t know what has been posted, but in case Rand Paul or anybody else for that matter….

    Senate critics of U.S. military action against Syria might not even get a chance to filibuster. If Senate leaders take all the proper steps, the resolution to authorize the use of force against Syria might not only jump to the front of the schedule, but it could even short-circuit any filibuster attempts.

    The War Powers Resolution of 1973 created a special privileged status for resolutions reported from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that are in compliance with other legal provisions. The reward for drafting a compliant resolution? The measure becomes the pending business on the Senate floor without debate or the risk of a long series of debate-limiting cloture votes……

    But for the Senate to use an expedited process, the Foreign Relations Committee could act on the use of force resolution following a report from President Barack Obama that the Syria case represents an instance “where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances.”

    In short, assuming Reid takes this course and other provisions remain in effect, there would be no way to filibuster the motion to proceed. The CRS notes that even the final passage vote might not be subject to the typical hurdles…..

    • 81 vcprezofan2
      September 4, 2013 at 4:52 am

      Hi Lovelyp. I would bet Paul doesn’t know this! A lot of senators/representatives don’t seem to know much about the job they campaigned for AND seem disinclined IMO to educate themselves before ranting and posturing.

  21. September 3, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    This may have been posted here before, but I just found it and it’s pretty interesting. Gives a lot of details on what is going on re strategy.

    Actually, The US Has A Strategy In Syria — And It’s Starting To Work

    http://www.businessinsider.com/the-us-strategy-in-syria-2013-9

    ….Last week Pentagon officials told The Wall Street Journal that the planned attack would “deter and degrade” President Bashar al-Assad’s security forces. The key would be hitting various Damascus headquarters as well as some of the regime’s six operable airports.

    These airports are the “regime’s nervous system,” defected Air Force Colonel Hassan Hamada told Der Spiegel.

    Last week we detailed here how doing so could curb Assad’s relentless bombing of civilians, the flow of supplies from Iran and Russia, and the resupplying of Syrian troops in various areas.

    The less obvious, and more long-term, part of the plan involves providing vetted parts of the opposition with advanced weaponry, training them with Western advisors, and curbing the funding for jihadist groups….

  22. 83 LDS
    September 3, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Godspeed, Mr. President.
    Thank you for your moral ethics in speaking out for all the children who were gassed to their deaths by their own leaders. You, Mr. President, had the decency to acknowledge the deaths of the little Afro American girls attending Sunday School in their place of worship. You have spoken out for the children of Sandy Hook. You continue to speak out for the children in the U.S. who live in a country where guns are legal without sufficient background checks. What about the children?

    As you so eloquently called for “Unity Is The Need Of The Hour” in your 2008 speech at the late Dr.MLK,Jr.’s church while still a young Senator, Your dream of hope is slowing becoming a reality even in the Halls of Congress.

    Rest well tonight, Mr. President, you truly deserve sweet sleep.
    We pray that ” All Is Well” before you arrive in Sweden.
    You leave us proud that we voted for you twice and even prouder that you care as much about our children as you do yours.
    Thank you, Mr. President.

    God bless the children.

  23. 89 MightyPamela
    September 3, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    The new moon is at 13 degrees 04 minutes in the sign of Virgo, conjunction occurring at 7:36amEDT on Thursday 5th September 2013.

  24. 90 LDS
    September 3, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    MP, and PBO is the best president in that new moon rising.
    How sweet it is!

  25. 91 Dudette
    September 3, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Think it’s just in the movies? Think again…

  26. 95 Dudette
    September 4, 2013 at 12:01 am

  27. 96 Dudette
    September 4, 2013 at 12:13 am

    “”Some day I’ll come and find you…” – mmmmmuwahahahahaha!!

  28. 97 jacquelineoboomer
    September 4, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Not sure if true; not sure I even want to read this.

  29. 106 jacquelineoboomer
    September 4, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Still more “firsts” in 2013. Still unbelievable to me.

  30. 108 desertflower
    September 4, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Did everyone know that DENTAL INSURANCE will also be included in the healthcare exchanges?? That’s wonderful news that I didn’t know about until I just read my email. As someone who is going through periodontal surgery, I know that gum disease has wide reaching effects on a person’s overall health. Gum issues may also become HEART issues! This is certainly welcome news…please let the country know:)

    • 109 Dudette
      September 4, 2013 at 12:36 am

      I love My President!

    • 110 Dudette
      September 4, 2013 at 12:41 am

      Hey, have you got a link?

      Most stuff on Twitter is about there being no dental coverage in #ACA for adults, coverage for kids though.

      Found this:

      http://www.dentalinsurance.org/blog/index.php/2013/07/how-will-the-affordable-care-act-impact-dental-care/

      Came from this tweet

      • 111 desertflower
        September 4, 2013 at 12:46 am

        https://www.healthcare.gov/can-i-get-dental-coverage-in-the-marketplace/

        In the Health Insurance Marketplace, you generally can get dental coverage as part of a health plan or by itself through a separate, stand-alone dental plan.

        Adult and child dental insurance in the Marketplace
        Under the health care law, dental insurance is treated differently for adults and children 18 and under.

        Dental coverage for children is an essential health benefit. This means it must be available to you either as part of a health plan or as a free-standing plan. This is not the case for adults. Insurers don’t have to offer adult dental coverage.

        You don’t have to provide dental coverage for either adults or children.

        Dental coverage is available two ways
        Health plans that include dental coverage. In the Marketplace, dental coverage will be included in some health plans. You’ll be able to see which plans include dental coverage when you compare them. You’ll also see what the dental benefits are. If a health plan includes dental coverage, you will pay one premium for everything. The premium shown for the plan includes both health and dental coverage.

        Separate, stand-alone dental plans. In some cases separate, stand-alone plans will be offered. You may want to choose this option if the health coverage you plan to enroll in doesn’t include dental coverage, or if you want different dental coverage.

        If you choose a separate dental plan, you’ll pay a separate, additional premium for the dental plan.

        YAHOO!! This is awesome news!!

  31. 115 Dudette
    September 4, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Any bets for when we hit 21 Million Hits? We’re rubbing up against that milestone mighty hard. :-)

  32. 116 jacquelineoboomer
    September 4, 2013 at 12:36 am

    This guy must be from New Jersey! (When my family moved south from NJ in ’94, my son called me one day to say, “Mom, somebody actually let me merge my car in front of theirs today, when I was trying to pull onto the street out of a parking lot,” and I said, “The lady at the checkout counter asked me how I was doing today, and when I looked up, I noticed she was actually waiting for an answer.” Talk about culture shock.)

    • 117 Dudette
      September 4, 2013 at 12:44 am

      From NJ, but where now. Some of us Southerners still have manners. Although on the freeways in Atlanta, I have to admit the transplants are holy terrors.

      • 118 jacquelineoboomer
        September 4, 2013 at 1:02 am

        I moved from NJ to FL back then (but live in IL, now). It was as different as day and night, because in NJ (with a huge population crowded into one small state), the key is not to look a stranger in the eye, when you’re out and about!

        Funny when I was a transplant in FL, very shortly after settling in, I started talking about the out-of-state drivers, too! The people in FL have no idea what traffic problems really are. The only complaint I ever had was around Disney on I-4, when the tourists would practically stop dead in their tracks in their lanes before an exit – and before they got in the exit lane – scratching their heads to see if they should get off there. Yes, I thought to myself more than once, get off here!

        I’ve driven on the interstate through Atlanta, and gotta tell you, I not only had both hands tightly gripping the steering wheel, but I would have used my feet if I could. And I was used to NJ driving. I would stay in the far-left lane, eyes on the prize, and the prize was getting through Atlanta.

        Worst experience I had with a driver was when I was on a business trip in Boston. A group of us were crossing a small street at the designated crosswalk, and we all saw a car heading our way, speeding up, and he was actually aiming for us! Talk about a bunch of women in heels makin’ it to the other side in a big hurry!

        • 119 Dudette
          September 4, 2013 at 1:13 am

          I feel ya on the interstate driving here. It’s like a the crazy switch goes into turbo mode when some of these folks hit the road. And, lord have mercy, don’t let rain drops fall from the sky — it’s like freakin’ Mad Max out there.

          • 120 jacquelineoboomer
            September 4, 2013 at 1:28 am

            In my mind’s eye, I see a six-lane (each way) interstate, where there were car fires and rescue trucks (and I ain’t kidding) in the far right lane, as I kept in the far left. Brutal! But I made it, obviously! Mad Max, as you said!

  33. 121 Dudette
    September 4, 2013 at 12:58 am

  34. 122 Desertflower
    September 4, 2013 at 1:02 am

    Just seeing if I can do this right from my phone. This is a testi

  35. 128 Dudette
    September 4, 2013 at 1:05 am

    • 129 COS
      September 4, 2013 at 1:15 am

      Thanks for posting Dudette. I knew if I was out there you would find it. 😄👀

    • 131 nathkatun7
      September 4, 2013 at 2:28 am

      I think the President (and this could be true of any President) may have the need to elevate his leg to prevent possible blood clots that may develop from prolonged sitting in all the meetings he has to attend every day. Going out to play golf, whenever he can, also helps blood circulation in the legs. Richard Nixon suffered from exactly the problem of blood clots on his legs.

  36. 132 Dudette
    September 4, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Wish this I bid you all a Good Night…

  37. 134 jacquelineoboomer
    September 4, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Goodnight, all. And a good, productive trip for our President!

  38. 136 desertflower
    September 4, 2013 at 1:58 am

    The stupid just FALLS out of this man’s mouth….

  39. September 4, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Triple, sustainable ‘bottom line':

    1.

    2.

    3.
    #TrustBarack

  40. September 4, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Humanity is to be cherished and its diversity nurtured …. if only folk would chill and enjoy what nurturing that diversity would yield ….

    #TrustBarack He’s Nurturer-in-Chief like no Nation or Tribal Leader EVER HAS BEEN

    … time for some rest …

  41. 141 theo67
    September 4, 2013 at 3:58 am

    For anyone still awake – live blog of President Obama’s arrival. These people in Sweden are extremely excited! :)

    http://www.thelocal.se/50050/20130904/

  42. 142 theo67
    September 4, 2013 at 4:06 am

    President Obama is landing now – live feed.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

    • 143 99ts
      September 4, 2013 at 4:11 am

      Good timing in my world :) – have you been to bed??

      • 144 theo67
        September 4, 2013 at 4:28 am

        Heading to bed now – resisting a search for live Swedish traffic feed to see if crowds are lining the streets. I figure there will be pics tomorrow, and I have to be up in 4.5 hours! It was fun watching him land though – I wish they could have stayed longer to listen to the band. Looks like it’ll be a fun trip – very positive group greeting the President!

        Good night – good day, 99!

    • 149 vcprezofan2
      September 4, 2013 at 4:31 am

      You know, I think I’m going to start praying for the sanity of the TODobots who follow the President around.
      .
      .
      .
      Wonder if it’s too late to save some of them from their O-insanity?

      • 150 theo67
        September 4, 2013 at 4:39 am

        Way too late…

        • 151 vcprezofan2
          September 4, 2013 at 4:44 am

          I don’t know. The man (woman?) is known to be all-powerful. Plus there is a Biblical verse that says something like…’Before they call I will answer, and while they are yet speaking I will hear.’ This suggests to me that He (She) might have been working ahead on this. It’s worth a shot.

          • September 4, 2013 at 4:47 am

            I think we can only be saved in 2017… For now – we just have to give in. :)

            • 153 vcprezofan2
              September 4, 2013 at 4:57 am

              A-ha, one of those prayers that get a ‘later’ response. Well if God in His/Her wisdom feel that is the way to go, you’re right, there’s not much I can do. :grin: I’ll still pray though.

      • 154 99ts
        September 4, 2013 at 4:42 am

        They are the sane ones – me included. Just saw the motorcade go by – lots of folks on the street. Blimey – I stood in a queue for 7 hours to say goodbye to the Queen Mother in London – never thought I had it in me – but Kings and Presidents organize some good events.

        Now I shall make dinner & return for the next event – are you thinking of sleeping at all this day vc?

        • 155 vcprezofan2
          September 4, 2013 at 4:55 am

          O, being one of the saner TODobots, *I* went to sleep already. In fact, I only looked in to make of list of the villagers I would need to pray for. /imagine saintly smilie at this point/

  43. 156 99ts
    September 4, 2013 at 4:13 am

    And there’s so many people on that plane – the press like to be there to ask the stupid questions

  44. 157 99ts
    September 4, 2013 at 4:18 am

    No idea who anyone is but absolute genuine admiration showing

  45. 158 theo67
    September 4, 2013 at 4:41 am

    ok – now I’m really out of here and will be snoozing in about five minutes! Good night!

  46. 159 utaustinliberal
    September 4, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Ok…I’ve put up a new post. You can comment on it but it looks weird visually, because WP is acting weird.

    http://theobamadiary.com/2013/09/04/chat-away-223/


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