12:05 AM EST: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in Johannesburg
4:0 AM EST: Attend memorial service for Nelson Mandela
1:05 PM EST: Depart Johannesburg
The Nelson Mandela Memorial Service begins at 11:0 local time, 4:0 AM US EST
Live streaming here:
Also at White House Live
Cut it out! I was just signing off to go rest my eyes.
VC and LL:
Terrible? Lib-L, maybe. Me, I’m a saint – always have been.
What do *you* know about saint identification anyway? :razz:
And, what a remarkable time for their simultaneous arrival 11:11 :)
The number of the devil!! No, wait, is that 666??
Nine – Nine – Nine :D :D
11:11 = 2 of us arriving 2gether
:lol: I’m back, Sabreen! You in the house?
Sorry, but I AM going. BBL
So, sleepy head Ms VC, made it through the door, first, yet again :)
Was about to go, then decided to have a last look back. :grin:
Sure ….. :D :D :D :D
Have I ever lied to you, Bfr? Wait, think before you answer. :grin:
I’m not really sleepy yet, but trying to be sensible. I’ll probably read for a bit; that usually works beautifully if I pick something boring.
“trying to be sensible”
Thanks for the help but you really don’t need to scare me away. I’m going.
Ya’ll have hit the silly hour I’d say.
Methinks you’re right, Shipmate!
Please let the DOJ know that you are not pleased with stolen US Property being sold and, thereby, traitors profiteering.
Once again @TheJusticeDept since when is it legal to profit from stolen US property & treason? twitter.com/LouiseMensch/s… cc @Pfeiffer44 @vj44— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) December 10, 2013
As noted in the previous thread, I have zero doubt that AG Holder and others are on the case and, as noted previously, it would not surprise me if Grand Jury indictments of Snowden, Greenwald & Poitras weren’t already under seal. Brazil is no shield for Greenwald if the the DOJ requests extradition.
bbl …. time to prepare some dinner …. once again, LL, much gratitude to your wife for the care she is providing to the ill!
Thank you, Bob! She is presently ignoring my delicious dinner just so she can sleep before her overnight shift. The nerve.
Well, sometimes sleep is even more delectable than the finest cuisine, LL :)
Before I leave, sure hope you saw this, Chips ….
George Clooney, sends out passionate message of support to #Euromaidan, makes me swoon youtube.com/watch?v=xx7D62…— Khrystyna Kulyasa (@khrys_k) December 10, 2013
Haz totil sleeps now, life is purfict. http://t.co/2kxqutfnAc— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) December 10, 2013
And sublime taste in fine furniture!! WTG, oh DannyBoy! Goodnight all, big hugs all around, and many blessings for the way this World will ROCK tomorrow! A great deal of Power, of Love, and of the True Light of Humanity will Shine tomorrow! And millions will join in and welcome the New World! GoodNight!
Happy Birthday Mighty Pamela. Just in case we don’t meet up. ;)
Where is his bed? ;)
love him more every day!
05:35 am, crowds marching for chance to be among 90,000 to remember a world icon – via @GavinLeeBBC #MandelaMemorial bit.ly/1bsdVAX— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) December 10, 2013
And tonight’s menu:
Dry-rubbed roasted pork loin
Steamed snap peas and carrots, tossed in sesame oil, soy sauce, and seasoned pepper.
Still building stage at #FNB stadium for #Mandela service. No rush: got couple of hours – via @simonpeeks #bbcnewsday bit.ly/1bSRATe— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) December 10, 2013
He’s been tweeting about that single topic – the Autopen for the last THREE hrs!
@markknoller So you're going to spend the entire night carrying on about that autopen?— (@aspirational12) December 10, 2013
It's funny @markknoller, you never had a problem with how GWB signed bills http://t.co/izSn7Db3sl— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) December 10, 2013
Can he not shut up, just this once? Or, at the very least, can we not see his deep concern for all things which really matter on this fragile planet at this fragile time?
Nothing in the content/quality of any of Mark’s tweets that I have read suggests that he has covered the presidency of more than one president or has won awards. That grand writeup on his accomplishments that was shared earlier, on what was it really built? Ugh!
Every time there are pictures of bill signings the President is signing in person with many pens to give away in honor of the signings so WTF is Knoller even talking about? Maybe the use of the auto pen to sign his Xmas cards?
Join me! You're Invited: White House Holiday Social | The White House: wh.gov/l0DE7 @whitehouse #WHHoliday— Alycee (@jazziz2) December 10, 2013
Knoller is concern tweeting about use of auto pen. He’s bored with no golf games to count.
Later, dudes and dudettes!
G’nite vc. Sleep tite. Don’t let Mark Knoller and his silly Autopen bite!
Good thing i didn’t see THIS before trying to sleep! Worth of nightmares ’tis! :grin:
LOL! Welcome back vc. :)
Thank you, you ‘bite’ queen! I notice I’m still bleary-eyed enough to have lost the ‘y’ in worthy. No harm done, however – you guys are prolly too bleary-eyed to have noticed. ;)
Hi everybody. Will re-join you at 4:00 am EST for Madiba’s home-going memorial.
I am going to set my droid for 2 am and see if I can get it on my White House app. That way I can stay in bed. I know Chips will have a video during the day. Good night TODbots.
I’m in bed with laptop, however, will get up at 3:30 and go downstairs for service; otherwise, the laptop/tv will watch me sleep…
The crowd is in a jubilant mood
Yes, they are! Glad livestream is up, will probably fall asleep watching, however, have alarm set for 3:30 am.
has PB landed
I’m not seeing anything on any of the above links. Is it me?
I’m watching these:
Thank you. Has the First Couple arrived?
Is he kidding, or is this for real? Eeeeek.
Ha…these flimsy pat-downs is all you get to enter FSB stadium?! #scary.— Uche (@3ristar) December 10, 2013
Difference of gun cultures between US and South Africa?
which link is streaming the AF1 arrival? I am mixed up!
He’s not suppose to arrive ’til 0100 est.
Oh my. They’re early. I screwed up.
#Mandela Air Force One has arrived with Preident Obama and the US delegation. BB http://t.co/9FZ8aLN934— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) December 10, 2013
Dang! I missed them!!!
JUST IN: AF1 has arrived in South Africa w/Pres Obama and US delegation @ewnreporter #Mandela bit.ly/1ff83jz http://t.co/k86wQXjTq9— (@NewsBreaker) December 10, 2013
Oh My..sorry for the duplicate. JER has already got it covered :)
:shock: Double ban
Wow, click that CBS link in post, beautiful, crowds singing and dancing in celebration of Madiba
Incredibly beautiful singing.
It’s just so beautiful Dudette
is there a live stream of PBO’s arrival…dang…did I miss it
I hope the security is real tight!
Too many world leaders in one spot for my liking :-(.
I’ve been thinking that over and over. Will put it out of my mind and send some thoughts up.
Me too. I don’t want to think about it.
President Obama has arrived in South Africa http://t.co/Ce8mVxgwwW— US Embassy SA (@USEmbassySA) December 10, 2013
dressed in my full traditional African outfit (yes even the head piece) and getting ready to mourn and celebrate a great life;
images from SA remind me of any home-going/funeral at home – you dance, cry, sing (and if not in stadium, you drink and eat a lot)
We arrived in Johannesburg with POTUS for Mandela memorial – planes of other heads of state all around us on tarmac. Will be remarkable day— Ben Rhodes (@rhodes44) December 10, 2013
"Nelson! Nelson!" The crowd, gathering 4 hours before ceremony begins, chant ahead of Nelson Mandela Memorial Service
ustream.tv/cbsnews— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) December 10, 2013
Awwwwwwwww, I missed the landing. Ran down to the kitchen to setup/program the coffee pot…
How dare you!!!!! :-(
well… it IS your blog!
That Air Force One is huge— RIP TATA MADIBA (@tdyani) December 10, 2013
Yes. Many have plane envy.
Christmas Day 2013 — Expect packed theatres
Bet you don’t recognize Naomi Harris (the beautiful young woman playing Winnie Mandela) from her other major movie role…
“Tia Dalma” the witch/priestess from the Pirates of the Carribean series
snow falling outside & coverage of Pres. Mandela’s funeral are more than enough reasons to call off work tomorrow (oops today already);
good thing the boss started the week with a nasty threats so I can now assume my “sick voice” to call off without feeling much guilt;
I have plenty of emotions to work through in the next hours and days so sorry “dear boss”
Air Force One touchdown. Presidential motorcade enroute. Stadium filling up. Emotions rising. Reality sinking in, again. #RIPMandela— Kwanele Gumbi (@KwaneleGumbi) December 10, 2013
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in South Africa http://t.co/Zh8PLx2ioK— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) December 10, 2013
God bless President and Mrs. Obama, and all attendees. I know the family will receive comfort from the global response to their loved one’s passing. This is going to be very moving. RIP.
I wouldn’t be surprised if some world business got done today…..Say between Cuba and the US maybe.
That just gave me chills – here “in the time of Obama.” Yes, sir, you might have called it. We know President Obama never wastes a moment.
I’m just sayin’!
Maybe it’s the glorious music on the livestream that’s inspirin’ you! Sounds like hope to me.
It’s like many of the church funerals I’ve witnessed in the inner-city.
I’ve only been to one similar to what you’re describing, in my lifetime. Beautiful to witness and be a small part of …
Tears flowing already? I’m just about at that point. Gonna be a long night. Not sure if I’ll make it, but I’m trying!
Don’t cry. Rejoice. He no longer has to put up with the agony and b.s. His spirit is truly free.
Well said, of course. I do rejoice for him, and I’ve learned personally not to fear the “final” freedom of death. My tears flow from remembrance, thinking of all he had to endure. What a fine man he was. What a fine man he will remain.
One of the safest, if not safest aircraft in the world. Securely flanked by F14s mami! RT @joni_nel: Lekker Air Force One.— RIP My President (@CapnThato) December 10, 2013
Already I’m sick of our media tonight. Tuned in to CNN and Anderson Cooper – to fill up time – is more interested in how the Bush, Clinton, Carter, and Obama families are getting along than the reason they are going.
We've found the least common denominator surrounding the Nelson Mandela tribute ~ the U.S. media. More concerned w/ former U.S. Presidents.— (@JOBoomr) December 10, 2013
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