06
Aug
14

The President at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

2:30 EDT:  The President participates in Session Three of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Governing the Next Generation

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Later:

5:0: The President holds a press conference, U.S. State Department


179 Responses to “The President at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit”


  1. August 6, 2014 at 2:24 pm

  2. 20 Nena20409
    August 6, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Au :star: and Ag too ;) :?:
    Congrats Chips.

  3. 21 jackiegrumbacher
    August 6, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Wow, look at that, Chips. You are first AND second. A modern miracle!!!

  4. August 6, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    LL I commend your comment about the disrespect shown President Obama by some in the immigrant Latino community. They attack him, when he is already in their corner and doing what he can do towards equity and justice for immigrants and refugees.

    • 24 jackiegrumbacher
      August 6, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      Bil, I don’t want to sound like a stuck record, but this is why it’s so important for Democrats (not just our President who’s working his heart out) to actively reach out to their Latino neighbors and build relationships of trust. None of us can sit back and wonder why this group or that group doesn’t understand what the president is doing. We have an obligation to tell people as well. It’s just so important to attend Latino events, make sure every campaign handout or information brochure you have is bi-lingual, or help out at a Latino Center if there is one in your area. It’s harder for people to build encrusted attitudes if we all keep getting out the truth.

      • 25 Nerdy Wonka
        August 6, 2014 at 2:47 pm

        Bravo, Jackie!

      • August 6, 2014 at 3:32 pm

        Exactly. Politics are boots on the ground, talks over fences, volunteering. That’s how you counteract gerrymandering and Citizens United.

      • 27 hopefruit2
        August 6, 2014 at 3:42 pm

        Jackie you make an excellent point about the Latino community in general. I have no reason to doubt that the large majority of Latino immigrants respect this President and see him as being on their side in their quest for CIR and other progress for the immigrant community. Of course, there are probably areas of confusion, and you pointed out, and these people require reaching out to and building of trust. It’s a responsibility we all have.

        Having said that, I will also state that this woman (Erika Andiola) does not represent the “Latino immigrant community.” She may be an “undocumented Mexican immigrant” as she calls herself, but everything tells me that she is a well-versed political activist, and probably intimately knows someone in a position of power at Univision (which is also owned by MSNBC/NBC’s Comcast). She speaks and writes English as well as any university educated born-and bred American. She strikes me as an attention seeker, use attacks on PBO as ways to get further media attention. She’s a mole – and we need to be aware and skeptical of people like her.

        If you notice, the tweet that LL referenced elicited a range of negative responses from PBO-supporters, but the one person who came to her defense seems to be an Obama-hater. He claims to be concerned about “his community” and calls PBO “Deporter-in-Chief.” He sends out a series of tweets chiefly attacking PBO, playing the “both sides do it” game and essentially ignoring the GOP’s role in the problem. Then in next breath he says he’s a US citizen and veteran. Hmm…There’s no question in my mind that this guy is either a Republican or a Libertarian left-winger who never supported PBO. So these “Dan Chois” of CIR are being circulated around by the powers that be to cause problems and confuse the people on the ground as to who’s really on their side. We have to be mindful of that…

        • 28 pkayden
          August 6, 2014 at 4:07 pm

          I agree with your comments about Ms. Andiola. I really don’t believe that her confrontation with Rep King served her very well. He stuck to his talking points, even though they were repugnant and Rep King and his ilk will never support her position. I really don’t know what she expected to achieve by catching him off guard.

          And I didn’t like that she put down Democrats in that video and said something about “both sides” being the problem as if Republicans and Democrats are on the same side of the immigration reform issue.

          I would warn Latino immigrants about attacking President Obama and Democrats as if we are their enemies. We are their friends. They need to focus on their true enemies — Republican politicians and their supporters who have been very vocal in their anti-immigrant sentiments.

          • 29 hopefruit2
            August 6, 2014 at 4:13 pm

            If you go down her Twitter TL (over the past week) it’s filled with “Obama should, Step up Obama, Obama must, etc.” and that video of herself staging the stunt with King. I wonder whether King himself wasn’t in on the stunt…

            Andiola is the Dan Choi of CIR. She’s a paid activist and does not represent the Latino immigrant community as much as she pretends to. She does this for a living and to raise funds for her “advocacy” organization.

  5. 30 Nena20409
    August 6, 2014 at 2:26 pm

  6. August 6, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    As noted at the bottom of the previous thread, Israel and the PA have announced a continuation of the cease fire at least until Monday.

  7. August 6, 2014 at 2:30 pm

  8. August 6, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Morning everyone.

    Thanks for posting for me, Countess Chips. Been wrapped up in Storytime all morning.

    Yeah, that tweet has pissed me off for a couple of days. Couldn’t allow it to go unremarked. Thanks, everyone.

  9. 46 Dudette
    August 6, 2014 at 2:40 pm

  10. 51 Nena20409
    August 6, 2014 at 2:49 pm

  11. 53 vcprezofan2
    August 6, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Just checking – Is anything happening at the Africa Leaders site?

      • 55 vcprezofan2
        August 6, 2014 at 3:09 pm

        I am there, D-ette. I have been there since I returned, but………SILENCE! That’s why I’m having my mini tantrum – don’t want to miss anything, like yesterday when we were waiting and they started 1/2 hour earlier /latter said with great outrage/

        • 56 Dudette
          August 6, 2014 at 3:13 pm

          Oh sorry. Right when I posted this link, they were showing PBO shaking hands and chatting with attendees.
          The message on screen now says “Resuming shortly”. Guess we should keep checking.

          • 57 vcprezofan2
            August 6, 2014 at 3:15 pm

            Thanks. Them and their ‘Resuming shortly’! I’ve spent most of my day looking at that message – while doing other stuff of course, ;) ;) :grin:

            • 58 Dudette
              August 6, 2014 at 3:20 pm

              Oh well! Now it says “Next Up: 5:00PM President Obama Holds a Press Conference!”

              More time for doing other stuff.

              • 59 vcprezofan2
                August 6, 2014 at 3:24 pm

                I saw that! It’s the sort of game they’ve been playing with me (nobody else, just me ;) ) since yesterday. Trying to tick me off I guess. The only part of it I’ve liked is when they come on and say ‘We’d now like the press to leave’ or something similar. :grin: :grin:

        • 62 Alycee (@jazziz2)
          August 6, 2014 at 3:35 pm

          C-Span & C-Span 2 are showing live sessions now… also @ C-SPAN.org

          • 63 Dudette
            August 6, 2014 at 3:48 pm

            Oh, thank you Alycee!

          • 64 vcprezofan2
            August 6, 2014 at 3:54 pm

            They are? Why thank you!

            Also did you see my little note earlier that Ghana U-20 beat Canada in the FIFA Women’s World Cup? At least I heard it on the radio when I was out this morning.

          • 69 vcprezofan2
            August 6, 2014 at 3:58 pm

            :grin: First C-Span response I saw in bright red…

            ‘Online access to these three TV channels will soon require registration.’

            Finally got in – Anthony Hamilton is about to perform

            Thank you, Zizi

  12. 70 donna dem 4 obama
    August 6, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    • 71 Dudette
      August 6, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      Way to go Donna! Excellent tweet!

    • 72 vcprezofan2
      August 6, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      Did you make this one, DD? It’s bee-yoo-ti-FULL! I am definitely saving it for future use.

      • 73 donna dem 4 obama
        August 6, 2014 at 3:35 pm

        Isn’t it great. A Facebook friend did this one.

        • 74 vcprezofan2
          August 6, 2014 at 3:52 pm

          It’s great, and already in my November countdown file! Please convey my appreciation to your friend – our ‘people’ are so talented, inspired and inspiring.

          That’s been one of the positives that I’ve noticed the Obama presidency has unleashed – tons and tons of talent in so many areas!

    • 75 Vicki
      August 6, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      This is perfect, Donna.

  13. 76 Dudette
    August 6, 2014 at 2:55 pm

  14. 77 Dudette
    August 6, 2014 at 3:00 pm

  15. 78 Dudette
    August 6, 2014 at 3:01 pm

  16. 80 Dudette
    August 6, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    • 81 Nena20409
      August 6, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      Americans didn’t forget. The media with the complicity of their owners are ignoring these facts, stories, but are feverishly driving divisiveness by using Coded verbiages insidiously.

  17. 82 vcprezofan2
    August 6, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    HELLO! Is anything happening in the live feed for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit? Have I missed the “Governing for the Next Generation” segment?

    • 83 Dudette
      August 6, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      Try CSPAN/CSPAN2

      • 84 vcprezofan2
        August 6, 2014 at 4:00 pm

        Yes, thanks, D-ette. Am now listening to Anthony Hamilton(?) entertaining the spouses, I think.

        • 85 Dudette
          August 6, 2014 at 4:02 pm

          Love him! <3

          • 86 vcprezofan2
            August 6, 2014 at 4:09 pm

            Figures you would recognize the name! All you savvy people at TOD frequently shame me to do a little research. I can’t tell you how many well-known people I only came to know since my involvement in this village; at least to the point of recognizing their name if I see it somewhere else.

            • 87 Dudette
              August 6, 2014 at 4:21 pm

              He’s wonderful! Used to be a back singer for D’Angelo. Now a very successful solo artist on his own.

              • 88 vcprezofan2
                August 6, 2014 at 4:23 pm

                Live feed is sputtering on again. Just heard POTUS’ voice.

              • 89 vcprezofan2
                August 6, 2014 at 4:24 pm

                They gave my favourite message again – kindly asking members of the press to skedaddle. :grin:

              • 90 vcprezofan2
                August 6, 2014 at 4:28 pm

                Well, C-Span just told me to skedaddle. Sigh!

                I feel like I’m not wanted at this conference, so I’m going downstairs to get some ice cream.

  18. 97 Nena20409
    August 6, 2014 at 3:08 pm
  19. 99 Nena20409
    August 6, 2014 at 3:16 pm

  20. 101 vcprezofan2
    August 6, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    As a result of his belief, our president continually has irons in lots of different fires, both at home and abroad. [ ;) Wonder how many of you know anything about irons and fires?]

  21. August 6, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I feel like I need to confess.

    Just found four burger bun tops in the freezer.

    Hush now.

  22. August 6, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Annals in cutting off your nose:

    Russia can’t sustain a trade war. It imports more than it exports. And with sanctions against it, it can’t afford to keep its army on alert.

  23. 121 Jeff
    August 6, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Anyone been reading about the Ebola scare? It seems to have gotten a lot worse and not a lot can be done. :(

    • August 6, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      I watched on Euronews before I left for work that there’s pressure on the US to release its serum to West Africa. I would imagine discussions are in place. When it was used on the two Americans, it was the first time it had been used on humans.

  24. August 6, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I can’t stand evangelicals!!

  25. 131 Nerdy Wonka
    August 6, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    • 132 57andfemale
      August 6, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      IL was terrible getting the word out. I’m particularly mad at Rahm – he did NOTHING to inform Chicagoans of what they could get through ACA. The least he could have done is demand that the aldermen hold regular sign-up days in their wards. It was completely up to the individual alderman and there was virtually nothing in my area.

      Our state legislature, too: Quinn could have done more to have the districts hold sign-up sessions.

      And my U.S. Congressman? Gutierrez: he cares nothing for the immigrants and other constituents in his district. If you’re not undocumented, he doesn’t give a damn. Not a word from that miserable little twit. Understand I live in a lower to middle class neighborhood. We’re the United Nations. I know there are hard-working Latinos, working two jobs, who have no idea that they could have gotten decent health care for their families.

      Disgraceful.

  26. August 6, 2014 at 3:36 pm

  27. August 6, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    See Omalley is quoted in here as saying whitehouse spin?

    http://mobile.politico.com/iphone/story/0814/109757.html

    Something is a foot.

  28. 139 Dudette
    August 6, 2014 at 4:02 pm

  29. 140 Dudette
    August 6, 2014 at 4:03 pm

  30. 141 Dudette
    August 6, 2014 at 4:08 pm

  31. 142 Vicki
    August 6, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Our own peerless Bob has been joined by Chuck Hagel in his concern that Russia will invade Ukraine shortly. Bob & Chuck hagel worried? Now I am worried, too.

    Also distressing were reports that the search for remains at the downed plane had to be called off because of increased firing. This has been intolerably rough on the families still looking for their loved ones to bury properly.

    • August 6, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      It’s s*&t or get of the pot time for Vlad, Vicki.

      He cannot sustain the level of troops on the UA border indefinitely and his economy is tanking. Only open issue is he ready to kill a lot of people because Ukrainians will fight to the last person, of that I have no doubt.

      The smart folk see him moving in the next few days, if he’s going to invade, full scale, as opposed to continuing to trickle supplies and mercs and provide sporadic air and artillery support.

      The trickle approach will fail because Ukraine is close to sealing both Lugansk and Donesk. Once sealed, they can simply wait for the mercs and separatists to surrender.

  32. August 6, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    • 148 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      August 6, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      c-span2 cut him off…

    • 150 Dudette
      August 6, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Thanks so much for the heads up earlier Alycee! I caught him singing “The Point of It All” – one of his best. I was sporting a mighty stylish fedora. Wish I’d thought to do a screen grab from the livestream before they cut him off. :-(

  33. 151 hopefruit2
    August 6, 2014 at 4:25 pm

  34. 152 Linda
    August 6, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Jeremy Scahill and Alex Wagner are trashing PBO about the CIA torture report. .. Worse than Bush !

    She is not wearing her engagement ring either.

  35. 154 Dudette
    August 6, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    File this in the “Welp, whatever works!” bucket:

    • 155 jacquelineoboomer
      August 6, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      With ya on the Welp, D!

    • August 6, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      Just want her to end McConnell’s horrific career ….

      • 158 Layla
        August 6, 2014 at 4:49 pm

        Me too Bob, at this point in time I do not care who helps her…just get it done!

      • 159 japa21
        August 6, 2014 at 4:55 pm

        Like you, I want her to win. The Clintons have pull there. They speak Southern and Bill, specially, can bring the populist rant as well as anyone. And Warren was there as well.
        Whoever is running her campaign is doing a mighty fine job. They are speaking to the wallets of the Kentuckians and doing it well. It will still probably be a nail biter on election night, but I don’t see Grimes making the same mistakes as Randian Paul’s opponent did.
        Grimes is staying on the issues and talking to KY about KY. McConnell is hoping to ride PBO hate to victory. I don’t think it will work.

        KY and GA turning blue in the Senate would be a delight and there is even an outside change that, due to all the acrimony on the GOP side, a Dem can come to the Senate from MS. That’s a long shot, but it could happen if the Dems in the state work their butts off.

    • 163 Dudette
      August 6, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      I just repeating under my breath: “We need that seat, we need that seat.”

    • 164 Sandy1110
      August 6, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      They have to get the Dixiecrats to vote D. They didn’t go away during the sixties. They’re the same ones who like the “KYnect” healthcare because they don’t understand it’s the same as “Obamacare”.

  36. 165 hopefruit2
    August 6, 2014 at 4:30 pm

  37. 166 Dudette
    August 6, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Oh snap, looks who’s in the hizzy today at the Summit! :-D

  38. 167 JER
    August 6, 2014 at 4:35 pm

  39. 168 JER
    August 6, 2014 at 4:37 pm

  40. 169 Dudette
    August 6, 2014 at 4:38 pm

  41. 171 hopefruit2
    August 6, 2014 at 4:48 pm

  42. 173 hopefruit2
    August 6, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    ALERT: Important News Conference coming up!!

  43. 175 hopefruit2
    August 6, 2014 at 4:56 pm

  44. 179 dotster3
    August 6, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Just experimenting


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