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Rise and Shine

An orphan from Orlando Children’s Home pays tribute to Nelson Mandela outside of his house on Vilakazi Street in Soweto, Dec 9

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Today:

The President and First Lady left for South Africa this morning (8:10 EST), don’t have the schedule yet for their time there, will post as soon as I do. According to Mark Knoller, the trip will take about 17 hours with a refueling stop.

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USA Today: Obama’s day: Off to South Africa

President Obama leaves Monday for what looks like a relatively quick trip to South Africa to honor the late Nelson Mandela. The president and first lady Michelle Obama are scheduled to attend a memorial service for Mandela in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

No other events have been announced for Obama, and he could be back at the White House as early as Wednesday.

Former President George W. Bush and wife Laura are expected to accompany the Obamas aboard Air Force One on the journey of more than 8,000 miles. Ex-presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are expected to travel separately to South Africa for Mandela services.

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NYT: Amid the Uproar Over the Health Law, Voices of Quiet Optimism and Relief

Since his chronic leukemia was diagnosed in 2010, Ray Acosta has paid dearly for health insurance: more than $800 a month in premiums, plus steep co-payments for the drug that helps keep him alive.

Mr. Acosta, 57, owns a small moving company in Sierra Vista, Ariz., which he said had barely made it through the recession. He was thinking about dropping his coverage, but the insurance company beat him to it, informing him recently that it would cancel his policy at year’s end.

He sought advice from an insurance agent who had used his moving company. She connected him with an application counselor at a community health center, who found — to Mr. Acosta’s astonishment — that he qualified for Medicaid under the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, which gives states the option of expanding the program to include more low-income adults.

“I’m kind of in a disbelieving fog,” Mr. Acosta said last week, two days after completing an application. “I’m just hoping, keeping my fingers crossed, that this might really help me out.”

More here

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National Journal: Is the Republican Advantage on Obamacare Eroding?

With HealthCare.gov finally working, Democrats are able to fight back in the Obamacare anecdote war.

The White House and its outside allies are already ramping up a massive effort to emphasize the personal stories of people getting coverage under the health care law — ground that Democrats were largely forced to concede to the GOP during the uproar over canceled insurance policies.

Collecting constituent stories has been a focus of the Republican strategy against the health law for several weeks. But now, with HealthCare.gov working better and enrollment beginning to surge, Democrats are prepared to launch a deluge of pro-Obamacare anecdotes as they try to promote enrollment and make a political sales pitch for the Affordable Care Act.

…. This week, Enroll America and some of its partner organizations — including Families USA and Planned Parenthood — is launching a major new initiative to highlight positive experiences of those enrolling in coverage. The push will involve a coordinated weekly theme that highlights stories of certain demographics.

More here

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The People’s View: Shocking: Obamacare Refuses to Kill Jobs

If the president had a tough November, he’s certainly making up for it this month. Not only has Healthcare.gov performing at peak efficiency, killing the GOP’s favorite anti-Obamacare doomsday talking point, today’s jobs report recorded the lowest unemployment rate since before President Obama took office, with 203,000 jobs created in November. Reports suggest that in the first two days of December alone, the national website enrolled Americans at the rate of nearly 15,000 a day, while 1.5 million Americans living in poverty have gained coverage under Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion – an advance blunted only by Republican governors’ and state legislators’ refusal to accept full federal funding to expand coverage.

This must be awkward for the Republicans (and for the Democrats of little faith who began to turn tail and run at the first sign of trouble with the website) – or, it would be if they had any shred of decency left. Their talking points against Obamacare are falling like flies. Not only have jobs been created in the private sector every single month since Obamacare was enacted, just as it is ready to go into full effect, unemployment dips to 7% and new jobless claims have fallen to below 300,000.

More here

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TPM: Americans Discover They’re Trapped In GOP’s Medicaid Expansion Gap

With HealthCare.gov working better and the first deadline to sign up for health coverage that starts in January approaching, Obamacare’s so-called navigators — the people and organizations receiving federal funds to help people enroll — are seeing more and people come through the doors and out to their events.

…. with HealthCare.gov finally performing better, this has been their busiest time since the Oct. 1 launch. But in 25 states, that robust interest has a downside: Navigators are forced to tell more and more people that they probably won’t be able to get covered because their state, all of which had a GOP-controlled legislative chamber or governor, have refused to expand Medicaid. Lynne Thorp, who is overseeing the University of South Florida’s navigator program in that state, told TPM that about one in four people who contact her team fall into that Medicaid gap.

“Those are hardest phone calls because it doesn’t make any sense to them,” Thorp said. “We have to explain that they fall into this gap where this program can’t assist them.”

More here

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A rare HP link…

Huffington Post: Top Georgia Democrat Fights To Prove Obamacare Can Overcome Deep South Resistance

For Democrats like Stacey Abrams, Georgia’s House minority leader, advocating for the Affordable Care Act in a strongly conservative state is a daunting task. Her Republican colleagues, who control the state legislature, are staunch opponents of the law, and Gov. Nathan Deal is one of 20 GOP governors who rejected the Medicaid expansion.

That alone would seem like enough for state Rep. Abrams and her Democratic colleagues to tackle, but it doesn’t end there. Last month, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, another Georgia Republican, chaired a congressional oversight hearing in Gainesville during which a handful of cherry-picked witnesses spoke only of being harmed by the health care law.

….. But despite the litany of obstacles facing Obamacare in her state, Abrams said that Georgians are “hungry for information” on what the law means for them and how they can sign up. She has made it her mission to bring that directly to them, by leading events explaining the Affordable Care Act to people across Georgia, many of whom have spent decades waiting for access to health insurance.

More here

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Steve Benen: Obama warns of ‘unemployment cliff’ consequences

In just 19 days, federal emergency unemployment benefits will expire for 1.3 million struggling Americans, and in the hopes of raising the issue’s visibility, President Obama devoted his weekly address to the subject over the weekend.

…. The rhetoric certainly sounded compelling and had the added benefit of being accurate. But the decision isn’t up to Obama; it falls to Congress to approve an extension before the Dec. 28 deadline. And on Fox News yesterday, Sen. Rand Paul helped encapsulate why progress appears highly unlikely:

“I do support 26 weeks of unemployment that they’re paid for, if you extend it beyond that you do a disservice to these workers,” Paul said. Paul said that business surveys indicate a reluctance to hire workers who have been on unemployment insurance for lengthy periods.

Got that? Paul believes cutting off aid to jobless Americans during a period of high unemployment is doing those folks and their families a favor.

More here

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@AngryBlackLady

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Your Bizarre Story of the Day:

Steve Benen: Chris Christie’s traffic jam?

There’s been a simmering controversy in New Jersey, which initially appeared a little too outlandish to take seriously. But late Friday afternoon, the story took an interesting turn:

    A Port Authority official with close ties to Gov. Chris Christie is resigning after state lawmakers questioned whether lane closings on the George Washington Bridge that led to extensive traffic backups in September were politically motivated….

… It still seems hard to believe anyone would cause massive traffic jams as part of a petty, partisan dispute, but the questions raised thus far haven’t received reasonable answers. It’s a story worth keeping an eye on.

Full post here

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On This Day:

Pete Souza: “The day we were leaving for Oslo, the President’s first meeting of the morning was with his speechwriting team. He said he had stayed up most of the night writing. I was surprised to see that he had handwritten the entire speech so I made a few close-up pictures as he went over the speech with his aides in the Oval Office.” Dec. 9, 2009

First Lady Michelle Obama reads “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” at the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., Dec. 9, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks to Secret Service Uniformed Division officers as he walks through the magnetometer in the Northwest Gatehouse at the White House, following his visit to Blair House, Dec. 9, 2011. The President told a reporter as he exited the gatehouse, “I just wanted to see what it was like getting in here.” (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama, with mother-in-law Marian Robinson, daughters Sasha and Malia, and First Lady Michelle Obama, react as they push the button to light the National Christmas Tree during a ceremony on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., Dec. 9, 2012 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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MoooOOOooorning!


89 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 Allison
    December 9, 2013 at 9:27 am

    GM all!

  2. 3 Allison
    December 9, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Chips, Thanks for the R&S. Awesome as usual!!!

  3. 4 hopefruit2
    December 9, 2013 at 9:31 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats Allison on #1 :) Thanks Chips for another fabulous R & S roundup! These positive ACA stories just keep flowing and its unstoppable at this point.

    • December 9, 2013 at 9:34 am

      Mooooooorning Hopefruit, the tide is turning, media now struggling to find negative ACA stories, so grudgingly have to feature some positive ones. Woooot!

  4. 6 hopefruit2
    December 9, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Bringing this over from previous thread –

    If Snowden or Cruz ever become Time “Person of the Year” this publication will lose all credibility – FOREVER. Why is John Kerry not among the 10 finalists? And what are Jeff Bezos and Miley Cyrus doing there?!?!?

    • December 9, 2013 at 10:48 am

      What they are doing is making racism and obstruction something worthy of distinction

    • 8 Lovepolitics2008
      December 9, 2013 at 11:43 am

      the Person of the Year can be a person who’s done bad things. The person most talked about. The person who has had a big influence on the world, in good or bad ways.

      Snowden has a good chance I’m afraid.

      But could TiME make an exception and honor Nelson Mandela for the incredible influence he’s had in the last decades ?? And what we’re witnessing this week is pretty extraordinary. The world is coming to a stop tomorrow. So many heads of state are going to his funeral. The ceremony will be broadcast all over the world and watched by billions of people.

      If we think in terms of influencing the world, having an impact on the whole planet, Mandela could be an excellent choice.

      • 9 hopefruit2
        December 9, 2013 at 11:49 am

        Read my comments below and see why I think this elevation of Snowden is bull cocky. Snowden should be no where on that list. And neither should Cruz.

  5. 10 idon
    December 9, 2013 at 9:36 am

    This is my only news source so thank you for posting the pics and commentary on PBO and FLOTUS trips to Mandela funeral. I stopped watching MSNBC a long long time ago.

  6. 12 Allison
    December 9, 2013 at 9:39 am

    The last picture posted above of the First Family which was taken December 9, 2012 I can’t believe how tall Sasha has grown since then! Wow, absolutely beautiful First Family!

  7. December 9, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Wow, Knoller tweeted that the trip to South Africa takes 17 hours with a refueling stop, had no idea it was that long.

  8. 16 Dudette
    December 9, 2013 at 9:41 am
  9. 17 Dudette
    December 9, 2013 at 9:42 am
  10. 18 GGAIL
    December 9, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    Safe travel POTUS & FLOTUS.

  11. 20 Jovie
    December 9, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Lol. A good jobs report Friday and the media freaks out over income inequality and blames this President.
    Amazingly consistent.

    • December 9, 2013 at 9:47 am

      Jovie! Where have you been?!

      • 22 Jovie
        December 9, 2013 at 9:55 am

        Hi everybody,
        I am still missing my old dog , getting counseling for it very withdrawn. Not in good mood bc she was a x Mas puppy ten years ago .
        My new dog is ok, just young and hyper. I was kind of set in my ways with my old dog.
        But my new puppy is happy always wagging her tail, so there’s that… :)

    • 26 hopefruit2
      December 9, 2013 at 9:50 am

      Hiya Jovie – was asking about you the other day! Welcome back. Is your new naughty lovable pup keeping you so busy these days?!?!?

    • 27 desertflower
      December 9, 2013 at 9:51 am

      There you are,Jovie!! Morning:) We were all wondering where you were the other day:)

  12. 28 Allison
    December 9, 2013 at 9:56 am
  13. 29 Dudette
    December 9, 2013 at 9:57 am
  14. 30 desertflower
    December 9, 2013 at 9:57 am

    OH WOW!! http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/12/09/3036431/good-news-tea-party-parents-coloring-book-teach-children-love-ted-cruz/

    Ted Cruz Is A Man Of Great Virility And Stamina:

    Ted Cruz Can See The Future:

    Cruz Is The Constitution’s Guardian:

    America Is A Christian Nation:

    Providing Health Care To People Who Can’t Afford It Is Worse Than War:

    And don’t forget this!

    The book also warns children that President Obama and his administration will “use any opportunity to go after the Second Amendment right and other constitutional rights such as free speech.” So make sure you snatch up a copy quickly before Obama bans it.

    WTF.

    • 33 vcprezofan2
      December 9, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      Here’s another example, IMO, that some students in U.S. would do poorly in education tests – they’re often fed such garbage directly and directly. How many students willing to learn and be up-to-date on current events are hampered by the travesty reporting done in today’s media? As an obot said here yesterday -s/he had not MSM ideas about VPJoe’s Asia trip.

      • 34 theo67
        December 9, 2013 at 12:35 pm

        Seems like child abuse, to me. Poisoning fresh, young minds so they can’t function in normal society. These kids will be pariahs in the future world, where the minority are now the majority, and people are more tolerant and accepting of diversity. Hate is learned. How disappointing.

        • 35 vcprezofan2
          December 9, 2013 at 1:13 pm

          I do think it is abuse, though I suppose in fairness I have to say that most, if not all, parents ‘poison’ the minds of their young. Fortunately, generally speaking, I think many, if not most, offspring find a way to distance themselves from poor parenting, given time.

  15. 36 Dudette
    December 9, 2013 at 10:01 am
  16. 37 Dudette
    December 9, 2013 at 10:02 am
  17. 38 dotster3
    December 9, 2013 at 10:03 am

    OMG!

  18. 39 anniebella
    December 9, 2013 at 10:03 am

    To me a person of the year should be because they made people lives better, or things better. So to me time person of the year is just like people sexy man of the year, Nothing.

    • 40 anniebella
      December 9, 2013 at 10:12 am

      I mean Ted Cruz haven’t done anything but lie and cause trouble. What have he done in the Senate? Nothing but cause trouble. That’s a person of the year, not in my book it’s not.

      • 41 anniebella
        December 9, 2013 at 10:24 am

        Maybe costing this country 24 billion dollars by closing down the Government is doing something to nuts who love Cruz.

  19. 42 Dudette
    December 9, 2013 at 10:03 am
  20. 44 Dudette
    December 9, 2013 at 10:08 am
  21. 48 hopefruit2
    December 9, 2013 at 10:10 am
  22. 52 Dudette
    December 9, 2013 at 10:16 am
    • 53 Dudette
      December 9, 2013 at 10:20 am

      On Saturday night, the Kennedy honorees were presented with their medallions at a black-tie dinner hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry and his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry at the State Department.

      “They are loved by so many, imitated by some, but never ever can they be replaced,” Kerry said as he toasted the honorees. “We are reminded that the role of arts can also never be replaced.”

      According to the Kennedy Center, Secretary Kerry’s dinner guest list included:
      New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Attorney General Eric Holder, and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. From the White House: Press Secretary Jay Carney; Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, and Senior Advisor Pete Rouse.

      Members of both the House and Senate also attended:

      Sen. Roy Blunt, Sen. Barbara Boxer, Sen. Ben Cardin, Rep. James Clyburn, Sen. Thad Cochran, Sen. Susan Collins, Rep. John Conyers, Sen. Bob Corker, Rep. John Dingell, Sen. Chris Dodd, Sen. Dick Durbin, Sen. Jeff Flake, Sen. Tom Harkin, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Rep. Steve Israel, WH advisor Valerie Jarrett, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Rep. John Larson, Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Ed Markey,Rep. Doris Matsui, Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe, WH CoS Denis McDonough, Sen. Claire McCaskill, Sen. Robert Menendez, Rep. Jim Moran, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Richard Shelby, Rep. Bill Shuster, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Sen. Mark Warner, Rep. Henry Waxman, and Sen. Roger Wicker.

    • December 9, 2013 at 11:00 am

      This may have already been mentioned here, but I just read a great synopsis of the show at the Kennedy Center:
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/kennedy-center-honors-gala-had-rapport-repartee-and-an-unusual-mix-of-collaborators/2013/12/09/ddd12e68-5ec6-11e3-be07-006c776266ed_story.html?tid=pm_lifestyle_pop
      Since I couldn’t be there, I can’t wait to watch it myself on December 29…

  23. 55 Nena20409
    December 9, 2013 at 10:38 am

    GM TODers.

    Gold For Allison. Congrats.

    R&S is awesome. Thanks Chips.

  24. 56 Nena20409
    December 9, 2013 at 10:43 am

    17 hrs flight to SA? Oh my….that is a long trip.

    Jimmy Carter was in London…..Hence, he had to get to SA Not on AF1.

    WJC was in South America…..Rio Brazil with daughter, Chelsea, hence, HRC traveled with the 1st Family on AF1.

    GW Bush and Laura, flew overnight from TX. They are mostly in TX, hence, they flew to SA on AF1 with POTUS and FLOTUS.

    Dali Lama was not given Visa to travel, hence, he will not be attending the Funeral service for Madiba on 12-10-13.

  25. 58 forus50
    December 9, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks! Pleasant dreams last night of you know who? :) :)

  26. December 9, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Hail, Allison!

    All Hail, Ms Chipsticks, Hopef, Dudette, Desertf, GGail, {{NCLB}}, Annieb, and ….anyone else who sneaked in while I was trying to list all those I passed by to get to the bottom of the thread!! :grin: :grin:

    Wishing you all a Meaningful Monday!

  27. 63 Nena20409
    December 9, 2013 at 10:49 am

    So Rand Paul did his PR stunt in Detroit last week. Hmm? Detroit is 83/86% African American population and at the so called PR TBGOPer stunt outreach to AAs……..the audience was overwhelmingly Caucasians?

    Hmm? Funny as the Media reported this Rand Paul latest stunt…..somehow, THIS truth was ignored.

    But there is a video. It is in technicolor.
    Exhibit TBGOPer PR stunt exposed:

  28. 64 Layla
    December 9, 2013 at 10:52 am

    For anniebella…(HP style section)
    ” FLOTUS delivered in a dramatic strapless Marchesa gown, a teal number with a flowing skirt and fitted bodice”

  29. 65 Nena20409
    December 9, 2013 at 10:56 am

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/biden-to-honor-mandela-at-national-cathedral

    Vice President Joe Biden is expected to speak in honor of late former South African President Nelson Mandela during a memorial service on Wednesday at the National Cathedral, according to a pool report.

    Per the pool report, Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill BIden, signed a condolences book at the South African embassy on Monday in Washington to memorialize Mandela.

  30. 66 hopefruit2
    December 9, 2013 at 10:58 am
    • 67 Nena20409
      December 9, 2013 at 11:02 am

      Awesome. Today, I saw on AJAM, I think,… that Iran previously an unvisited Nuclear site was visited today due to the P5+1 agreement.

      Brick by brick, things are getting done and We are moving FORWARD!

  31. December 9, 2013 at 11:05 am

    God is good!! My boss scheduled me for too many days last week. So she just called me and told me to take off tomorrow too!!!! I was just trying to figure out how I was gonna watch all the Mandela activities tomorrow. Now I can stay up to watch.

  32. 69 hopefruit2
    December 9, 2013 at 11:06 am

    MSNBC just loves every opportunity to portray certain members of the GOP as “reasonable” but we know differently and aren’t fooled!!

  33. 73 japa21
    December 9, 2013 at 11:06 am

    A quick comment about Time’s person of the year. A few commenters are upset that Cruz or Snowden are even being considered. It is important that Time has always based its decision on impact, not qualit, of the eprson. Hitler was named once as, IIRC, was Stalin.

    I would also be dismayed to see either Snowden or Cruz get the nod because it would be taken the wrong way as approval of what they did. However, in terms of impact, both of them would qualify.

    Other than that, I hope everybody survived the weekend, specially those who live in areas that were hard hit by the weather.

    Should be an interesting week, but then again, when hasn’t a week been interesting in the last 5 years.

    • 74 hopefruit2
      December 9, 2013 at 11:17 am

      I understand what you’re saying japa – but even in terms of impact for better or worse – neither Snowden nor Ted Cruz qualify in my opinion. I don’t believe either one has the gravitas of Hitler or Stalin. I would take it a step further to say that both of these men have been over-hyped by the US media in particular – because of a desire among PBO’s opponents to obstruct and embarrass him in some capacity. In other words, without PBO, there would have been no Ted Cruz or Edward Snowden.

      And like you said, if either of them gets the nod, that would just boost their already over-inflated egos and sense of self-righteousness, because it would be interpreted by them (and their supporters and non-supporters alike) as an endorsement of what they did.

      • 75 No Child Left Behind
        December 9, 2013 at 11:35 am

        If impact is the criterion, I would hope that “positive impact” is the only one considered. What positive impact can one attribute to Ted Cruz, or Hitler? or to Traitor Snowden?

        I pray that Time will not deceive me in its choice.

        • 76 japa21
          December 9, 2013 at 11:39 am

          Positive or negative, it doesn’t matter, at least technically. I agree it should, but in past it hasn’t.

        • 77 hopefruit2
          December 9, 2013 at 11:44 am

          Impact means a significant and historic change in people’s lives or the ways in which things are seen and done as a result of the person’s actions – whether they were positive or negative.

          So in my opinion, elevating Cruz and Snowden to “historic” proportion is just plain ridiculous. Snowden is just another bored, over-privileged (and cowardly) dudebro with a superficial axe to grind. His so-called NSA “discoveries” are nothing new and were revealed YEARS ago. The difference is that PBO is now President and the US media/GOP were hoping that this would embarrass and/or cause more serious problems for him. Cruz is a GOP Teabagger – no different from Bachmann, Rubio, etc. His “defund ACA” was a huge failure and embarrassment to him and his party. The gov’t shutdown was just a continuation of the GOP obstruction and malfeasance which begun well before and during the Clinton years and dramatically worsened since Jan 1 2009.

        • 78 hopefruit2
          December 9, 2013 at 12:17 pm

          Yet someone like OJ Simpson who was very impactful in a lot of ways would have NEVER made that list. So I think there is a tacit endorsement/admiration of at least some elements of that person’s actions, and/or character.

  34. 79 hopefruit2
    December 9, 2013 at 11:12 am
    • 80 Lovepolitics2008
      December 9, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      Oh. MY. God.

      I had thought of it as a possibility, but wow, just wow. This means that the family of Mr. Mandela has a deep respect of President Obama. This is pretty symbolic too.

      Maybe other heads of state will speak too. But let’s not make any mistake about it: many, many people all around the world will consider President Obama as the one who can carry Mr. Mandela legacy. A man of peace and reconciliation.

  35. 81 LDS
    December 9, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Absolutely wonderful. I was praying that POB would speak and it is going to happen. It is only fitting and not upstaging the memorial service at all because the impact Mandiba’s life made on PBO’s life has and will leave a lasting impression on ours. The circle of love never ends.

    Thank you, God for hearing my prayer.

    • 82 hopefruit2
      December 9, 2013 at 11:36 am

      Ditto LDS! I wonder whether any other heads of state (from other non-African countries) will be giving remarks at the memorial. Also, I had read initial reports that PBO would also be present at the State funeral, but now I’m reading reports that he may return to the US by Wednesday and not be at the funeral. I don’t know how accurate that is.

      • 83 Lovepolitics2008
        December 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm

        I’m afraid that President Obama will return very quickly. His security must be a nightmare to organize, with such short notice. His attending the ceremony Tuesday is already asking a lot of the secret service.

        Maybe Secretary Kerry will represent him at the State Funeral?

      • 84 LDS
        December 9, 2013 at 12:29 pm

        HF2, I have to go buy more tissues. I cannot seem to buy enough these days.
        I plan to stay up and prepare to my heart to burst with pride, joy, sorrow . Thank God I am meeting a dear friend for lunch later on. I will not have to explain the red swollen puffy eyes. We watched Mandiba’s release from prison simultaneously years ago and supported his freedom fight . We are going to need each other’s support to get through this day……..this week.

        Did anyone see an off- broadway play called, “Swebanzi Is Dead”?(ck spelling)
        It changed my life forever concerning Apartheid.(which is today’s Stop and Frisk) . I wanted to go there and be there, but friends and family talked me out of it then because of obvious reasons. I was so determined and so angry at them and everyone all the time after seeing that play.
        Needless to say, we will be making plans to visit South Africa next year.
        Alycee, I do remember you mentioned that you are going.
        My niece visited last year. She said she needed to go.
        Now, I feel the same for so many reasons.
        President Nelson Mandela’s transition and President Barack Obama being there speaking is a spiritual experience for me that is hard to explain. Oh, God, tears again……..

  36. 85 hopefruit2
    December 9, 2013 at 11:34 am
  37. 86 vcprezofan2
    December 9, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Yo Chips!
    I am delivering on my promise to get you a pair of internet socks to replace the one Danny SUPPOSEDLY took. It makes more sense IMO to give you a non-matching pair so that you can mix and match in the future. ;) ;) Hope this satisfies your need to blame poor innocent Danny O’Cheesy.
    Sincerely, VC

  38. 87 utaustinliberal
    December 9, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Great ObamaCare stories, Chiparoo. Thanks.

  39. 89 Vicki
    December 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    As others at TOD have been discussing, President Obama will be speaking at Nelson Mandela’s funeral.
    Our dignified long-legged brilliant calm President may seem to many folks as he seems to me. A living embodiment of the Sprit of the first African President of SA.
    Any ideas on what the reception of President Obama will be tomorrow?


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