Press Conference: South Africa




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101 Responses to “Press Conference: South Africa”

  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2013 at 5:24 am

    • June 29, 2013 at 5:28 am

      Morning utaustinliberal

      Too right, ‘reporters’ have a habit of embarrassing themselves

    • 5 99ts
      June 29, 2013 at 5:52 am

      Truly like a teacher taking a group of unruly children on a tour. The Press might think it is a joke – I think it is time the press grow up and act like adults. They are an embarrassment to the USA.

    • 7 jackiegrumbacher
      June 29, 2013 at 7:54 am

      UT, I am so very glad he said this to our juvenile press corps. In their continual efforts to embarrass the president overseas, they make themselves objects of ridicule. The president knows their numbers, he is not remotely intimidated by these gnats and he let them know he expects them to act like adults.

  2. 9 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2013 at 5:26 am

    Video of Pres. Obama telling the American press to behave themselves.

    • 10 anniebella
      June 29, 2013 at 5:30 am

      Will it hurt this ugly dude (David Nakamura) if he would say , write President Obama.

      • 11 nathkatun7
        June 29, 2013 at 5:47 am

        You know, Anniebella, when the history books are written I doubt that David Nakamura will even make it in the footnotes. So he can disrespect the PRESIDENT all he wants, but it’s President Obama who will occupy prominent chapter in the history of the United States and the world.

  3. 12 relellit
    June 29, 2013 at 5:56 am

    Good morning TODville & Chips

    UT, thanx for this thread

    I just woke up am groggy and haven’t had time to go through previous post since I was out all day yesterday. Did anyone see this. I apologize if it’s a repeat.


    The Daily Mail is trying to changing history.

    • June 29, 2013 at 8:04 am

      Please be aware that the site you just linked happens to be a UK right-wing tabloid rag. Occasionally they may have a few “positive” stories, but by and large their reports are at the same level as the “National Enquirer” – with a Right-wing slant.

      Just letting you know 🙂

  4. 17 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Press conference has begun on White House and Reuters.



  5. 18 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2013 at 5:59 am

  6. 19 anniebella
    June 29, 2013 at 6:04 am

    FLOTUS youtube video of her and POTUS visit to Goree Island is worth the watch.

  7. 21 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2013 at 6:06 am

  8. 22 kathryn kivett
    June 29, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Good Morning, Oh, my Goodness, the President of South Africa lost me a while ago….World Peace and all that….

    • 23 anniebella
      June 29, 2013 at 6:22 am

      kk ,the South Africa speech was kind of long.

      • 24 anniebella
        June 29, 2013 at 6:28 am

        South Africa President I meant to say.

        • 25 kathryn kivett
          June 29, 2013 at 6:45 am

          Well, I guess that was rather unfair of me to criticize b/c we have been so spoiled by PBO….but I was sitting here thinking, will you PLEASE Hush so we can get to PBO…..

          • 26 vcprezofan2
            June 29, 2013 at 8:27 am

            ‘will you PLEASE Hush so we can get to PBO…..’

            Don’t tell anyone, Kathryn, but I very often feel like this when PBO is abroad and I’m awaiting his speech while a foreign leader is introducing him. Part of me recognizes that they are making the most of THEIR chance in the limelight, but another part feels exactly as you voiced, even with the emphasis on PLEASE. I mean them no disrespect, I just don’t want to hear them for longer than a minute. 😉

  9. 27 Ladyhawke
    June 29, 2013 at 6:31 am

    I feel like my heart is going to explode with pride listening to President Obama make his opening comments and answer questions. He is remarkable. He is schooling everybody now right . It’s a beautiful and exhilarating thing to watch.

  10. 28 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 29, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Now you know it’s a f-ing shame when I have to say, thank God for Faux News! MSNBC, in the middle of Pres Zuma’s response, just left the presser to resume the Rachel Maddow show. SMDH

    • 29 Ladyhawke
      June 29, 2013 at 6:45 am

      I could not believe that. It’s just unbelievable. The American people should be hearing every word of this press conference. This media has failed us. We deserve better.

  11. 30 Bill
    June 29, 2013 at 6:45 am

    FOX is broadcasting the news conference. CNN and MSNBC are not.

  12. 32 amk for obama
    June 29, 2013 at 6:56 am

    jeez, moron ed henry thinks revolves around US rethug politics. zuma hits the fucker about “Obama’s legacy”.

    • 33 Ladyhawke
      June 29, 2013 at 6:57 am

      amk, I was out of my seat. Ed Henry is an embarrassment. That was just unbelievably stupid.

  13. 34 Bill
    June 29, 2013 at 6:57 am

    The “news channels” carry the trial in Florida during the daytime hours and yet do not carry this historic press conference In the wee hours of the morning. I am lost for words.

    • 35 Ladyhawke
      June 29, 2013 at 7:01 am

      I am at a loss for words too Bill. I just hurts to see President Obama treated with such indifference by the media. It’s shameful.

      • June 29, 2013 at 7:56 am

        They’re not treating him with indifference. They are going to great lengths to be disrespectful, spiteful and hateful – and that requires obsessive jealousy & envy driven by overwhelming feelings of inferiority to him.

  14. 38 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 29, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Okay, had to get out of bed and come down to the office so that I can view the live stream. The wireless signal in my bedroom is too weak for livestreams.

  15. 39 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2013 at 7:06 am

  16. 41 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Dan Pfeiffer for the win.

  17. 46 amk for obama
    June 29, 2013 at 7:19 am

    And PC is over. Both men answered questions intelligently but with some dodging. 🙂

    Thanks ut for the reuters link.

  18. 47 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2013 at 7:19 am

    For those who missed the press conference.

  19. 53 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2013 at 7:21 am

    • 55 jackiegrumbacher
      June 29, 2013 at 8:00 am

      UT, I can’t thank you enough. Your summaries and tweets are nothing short of magnificent. You are a better resource for news than ANYONE on television or the print media.

    • 56 vcprezofan2
      June 29, 2013 at 8:06 am

      Teacher in Chief! Yes our president is super intelligent, yet he IS forced to wear so many hats primarily because the US media will not do their own preparation. He does not mind, or he hasn’t the time or luxury to mind, but it’s such a shame that he has to.

      Ms Utal, as usual, this summary hits the spot so I feel almost no guilt that I didn’t sign in earlier. You spoil us, but we are very appreciative. 😀 Hope you are feeling energized, as opposed to bleary-eyed, by your early start!

    • 57 jacquelineoboomer
      June 29, 2013 at 9:02 am

      ” … by how they treat their women … ”

      See! I knew it was PBO’s mother who instilled these grand thoughts in his head!

  20. 58 anniebella
    June 29, 2013 at 7:21 am

    These are the jackass America press President Obama have to deal with. I’m ashame they are Americans.

  21. 60 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2013 at 7:22 am

    • 61 relellit
      June 29, 2013 at 8:34 am

      Corruption of the African Leaders was the first thing that I thought of when President Obama spoke.

      No doubt President Obama’s words resonated to Zuma as a reminder, for Instance, from President the NDP to Zuma.


      While building on these strengths, we have to tackle our weaknesses aggressively. The NDP emphasises key institutional capabilities:

      · The need to professionalise the public service and strengthen accountability,

      · Improved management and enforcement systems to fight corruption,

      · Reinforcement of the education accountability chain, with lines of responsibility from state to classroom,

      · Improved planning and management of strategic infrastructure projects – See more at:


  22. 62 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2013 at 7:23 am

  23. 63 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2013 at 7:24 am

  24. 65 Ceb
    June 29, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Thanks for the early heads up. I was able to catch most of the presser o Deuters live stream
    Ed Henry’s question had at least 6 parts/subjects, but at least his tone was more respectful than it usually is.
    I have such admiration for the way the president handles himself in these press conferences.

    PBO left a firestorm in Senegal regarding LGBT. Check out the reports from various news outlets. Sorry, but I have no idea how to link/post.

  25. 73 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2013 at 7:25 am

  26. 74 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2013 at 7:27 am

  27. 75 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2013 at 7:28 am

  28. 77 amk for obama
    June 29, 2013 at 7:28 am

  29. 78 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2013 at 7:29 am

  30. 79 amk for obama
    June 29, 2013 at 7:30 am

    • June 29, 2013 at 8:22 am

      Sadly, U.S. “journalists” think they are above the rules and should get special treatment by virtue of the fact that they are from the U. S. Their attitudes of entitlement, their sophomoric questions, and their disrespectfulness…THEY are the reason people in other countries have such a low opinion of Americans.

  31. June 29, 2013 at 7:35 am

    You’re an early bird star, UT – thank you sooooOOOOOOoooo much for the post, you are mega!!!!

    Will follow up in a while with a catch-up, THANK you again!

    And mooooOOOOOooooorning all you other early birds

    • 83 utaustinliberal
      June 29, 2013 at 7:42 am

      Anytime Boss Cheesy Puffs. 😀

    • June 29, 2013 at 8:34 am

      Good Morning Chipsticks and all the TOD Early Birds.

      Taking advantage of the downtime I have this morning to catch up on the President’s trip to Africa, as well as the other news that is taking place. I am loving the pictures from the the First Family’s travels in Africa. Thanks to you and the other blog tyrants and TOD contributors for the pics, videos, tweets, and links. I don’t have to worry about not being on hand to see the different events because I know I can come here to catch up on everything I’ve missed. 🙂

      Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

  32. 86 Ceb
    June 29, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Thanks, UT for posting your great summary tweets. They helped me to get caught up on the parts of the presser that I missed. You rock, girl.

  33. 88 Ladyhawke
    June 29, 2013 at 7:37 am

    UT, thank you so much for your informative tweets. As I was watching the press conference I knew you would be posting tweets capturing the salient points. I hit the enter key and there they were. I hope everyone will get a chance to see the press conference in its entirety. I thought it was just terrific. It really is unfortunate that the WHPC jackals are such an embarrassment.

  34. 90 amk for obama
    June 29, 2013 at 7:44 am

  35. 91 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2013 at 7:48 am

    HEADS UP: The Google+ Hangout with FLOTUS is today at 9:30AM ET/ 8:30AM CT.

  36. 93 vcprezofan2
    June 29, 2013 at 7:52 am

    ‘Good Morning’ Utal and members of the early shift! It’s great to know someone is always on the job in TODvillage – THANK YOU!

  37. June 29, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Good morning to all and thanks again for all you do Chips and all your able assistants do for this blog. I read the comments on the previous posts about Christie and as you see I am from NJ. I lived most of the time in the area around Trenton but now live in S. Jersey at the shore. This part of Jersey is heavily repub. much to my despair. I seems his true colors are showing after his comments about the president and his rejection of the medicaid expansion. Whether the dems and Buono can exploit this I don’t know. Some people are still traumatized by Sandy and see him as some kind of savior. Also there is a problem with dems who have made quiet deals with him. He calls it bipartisanship but it is not in the pure sense of the word. I abhor this man, his policies and his style.

  38. June 29, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Thanks so much UT for the livetweets! I was able to get the gist of the presser just by going through what you posted here. Thanks again for doing such a fabulous job. 🙂

  39. June 29, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Even Debbie Wasserman-Schultz weighs on that that foolish comment made by ChokeUpToad, of course, she’s agreeing with Dan Pfeiffer.

  40. 100 donna dem 4 obama
    June 29, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Good Saturday Morning Everyone!

    The wild Pit Bull saga has ended. Animal Control just picked him up and said they will attempt to find a home for the dog. They say he probably was dumped out here since we live in a more rural area. Such a shame. What a weird 24 hours!!

    Thanks everyone for keeping me sane during my imprisoning.

    Have a great day!!

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