Arriving in South Africa

People hold a vigil outside the Pretoria hospital where Nelson Mandela is being treated


2:10 EST (approx): The President and First Family arrive South Africa, Waterkloof Air Base, Centurion

 Reuters Live * CBS * ENCA (South Africa)

3:0 EST: The President meets and greets Embassy personnel, Johannesburg

92 Responses to “Arriving in South Africa”

  1. June 28, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I can’t believe it! 😆 Thanks for the great coverage Chips and your great team!

  2. June 28, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Are we there yet. . .

  3. June 28, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Ugh, that SA channel I linked is like friggin’ Fox News so far – they had a report a while ago on protests against PBO’s visit by various groups, one of their spokesmen blamed him for “global warming”. I kid you not.

  4. 17 forus50
    June 28, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    OT but it IS the home of President Barack Obama! Grant Park today:

  5. 18 Ceb
    June 28, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Watching the Reuters Live Stream

    Funny to hear the giggling etc. of those waiting for the arrival.

    What time is night time there.

  6. 21 Lynn
    June 28, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Wishing peace and comfort to President Mandela, his family, friends and all those who love and respect him world wide.

    All hail Ms. Chips and the entire crew of BTs who make this THE place to be for TRUTH!

    I wish I could hug each and everyone of you for the coverage of our wonderful President. The time and energy expended by one and all is priceless! I’m sure I’m not the only one whose sanity has been SAVED by this indispensable site!!!

    • 22 No Child Left Behind
      June 28, 2013 at 1:59 pm


      • 23 Lynn
        June 28, 2013 at 2:04 pm

        I’d be lost without you folks, No. My family is happy I’ve been weaned from the msm. The marshmallows I was throwing at the tv started to make a dent in the grocery budget. And my language has cleaned up considerably.

    • June 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      Lynn, how are ya?! Hope all’s good with you? Thank you so much, from all us blog tyrants!!

      • 25 Lynn
        June 28, 2013 at 2:08 pm

        Just happy to be here and grateful for all you do, sweet lady. Even lurking, I feel like I know all of you. I am humbled by the strength, empathy and determination this family shares!!

  7. June 28, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Some of the reporters sound VERY excited…laughing, giggling, chatting away…it’s no ordinary day on the job for them.

  8. 27 forus50
    June 28, 2013 at 2:02 pm

  9. 30 arapaho415
    June 28, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Reminder, in Colorado Springs today:

  10. June 28, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Saturday – PBO:

    On Saturday morning, President Obama takes part in a formal arrival ceremony in Pretoria.

    Participates in a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa.

    Participates in a town hall for Young African Leaders at University of Johannesburg – Soweto Campus.

    Participates in a joint Embassy and Consulate meet and greet.

    Pparticipates in a meeting with African Union Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

    President Obama and President Jacob Zuma of South Africa participate in an official dinner.

    Saturday – The First Lady:

    The President and First Lady will visit Pretoria, South Africa, where the First Lady will meet with Mrs. Tobeka S. Zuma, First Lady of South Africa.

    Google+ Hangout – Later in the afternoon in Johannesburg, Mrs. Obama will host a conversation with youth, organized in conjunction with MTV Base, an African youth and music TV channel, and Google+. The First Lady will be joined by teenagers from across South Africa, as well as students joining virtually in cities around the U.S. via Google+ Hangouts, including in L.A., Kansas City, New York City, and Houston.
    Watch this event live: WH.gov/FLOTUSinAfrica & the White House Google+ page

    In the evening, the First Lady will join the President for a dinner hosted by President Zuma.

  11. 34 Mellesia Barnett
    June 28, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Here comes AF1

  12. 36 Linda
    June 28, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Wheels on the ground….Woot !

  13. June 28, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    WOW..AF1 is huge. I have to say that every time 🙂

  14. June 28, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Good grief, that SA channel is STILL going on about the anti-PBO protests, no mention of all the people welcoming him!! Hmm…. wonder if Murdoch flippin’ owns them.

  15. 43 arapaho415
    June 28, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    This is the first time viewing livestream of AF1 touchdown.

    Very exciting, and love how Reuters live zooms in on the Presidential seal on the side of the plane.

  16. 45 Bill
    June 28, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    PBO lands in South Africa and CNN and MSNBC are covering the trial in Florida. The HP headline is “The Rand Tour”, as in Rand Paul,with no mention of PBO’s arrival.

  17. 51 Mellesia Barnett
    June 28, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    There they are and its good to see Sasha since she was MIA in Senegal

  18. 52 jacquelineoboomer
    June 28, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Don’t they look AMAZING! (Watching through the Reuters link.)

  19. June 28, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I was watching to see MO’s mom and the kids – it was nice to see them greeted and then whisked off to the side right away. Who wants all that pomp and circumstance if you don’t have to. And even though I’m SURE this has been mentioned here in the voluminous coverage – some of us haven’t read all the posts (is that going to be on the quiz??) – who is the extra teenager that is with them? Thanks.

  20. June 28, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Ooops, there is a hot mic somewhere 🙂

  21. June 28, 2013 at 2:32 pm

  22. 63 Ceb
    June 28, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Question for military TODers: what kind of helicopter is Marine One?

  23. 76 jacquelineoboomer
    June 28, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Looks like the dance of the helicopters.

  24. June 28, 2013 at 2:41 pm

  25. 79 Ceb
    June 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Thanks for the helicopter replies.

  26. 81 Linda
    June 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) office tells ThinkProgress that the Senate is now adjourned until Monday, July 8, with no “pro forma” sessions planned during the coming week.

    This is significant because these pro forma sessions, sham sessions where a single senator briefly gavels the Senate into session for a few minutes, are a legally controversial method the Senate uses to cut off the president’s recess appointment power.

    Without these sham sessions, President Obama’s power to recess appoint several officials currently being filibustered by Senate Republicans likely just roared back to life.


    A chess move ? The Supreme Court said they will take up recess appointments next session .

  27. 82 Ceb
    June 28, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I get such a thrill and a sense of national pride when I see Air Force 1 cruise in for a landing. That is a big ass and bad ass plane. It says I am powerful and in charge; do not f**k with us. It is even more special to see PBO come down the stairs. He wears the plane well. It dwarfed Bush.

    • June 28, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      Lovely thought. He does indeed wear it well.

    • June 28, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      I still remember seeing the first 747’s parked at Schiphol, Amsterdam, July ’69 (I was 12 at the time, my brother 10 – our father was as much a tech-lover as we were).

      BTW, to answer a question I got from a US colleague today: “Schiphol” derives from the derogatory “Ships Hell” that the lake there was – before it was turned into land in the mid-19th century.

  28. June 28, 2013 at 2:54 pm

  29. 86 desertflower
    June 28, 2013 at 2:59 pm



    Do this on a NATIONAL level and see them howl!

  30. 90 desertflower
    June 28, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    We’re not the only ones that are getting pissed because the MSM can’t do the jobs they’re paid to do


  31. 91 Jovie
    June 28, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Snowden’s father offers deal in letter to Holder
    Justin Sink
    06/28/13 01:03 PM ET
    Lonnie Snowden said he could convince his son to return to the U.S. if conditions were placed on his prosecution.…

    • 92 vcprezofan2
      June 28, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      Really now? I thought Little Edward stated at the outset he was not running/hiding, that he was not afraid of facing the consequences of his action.

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