President Barack Obama poses with leaders of Nordic countries before a dinner together in Stockholm. From L-R: Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Finland President Sauli Niinisto, Obama, Sweden Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, Norway Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and Iceland Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson.





117 Responses to “Dinner”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    September 4, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Me?Me? Really?

  2. 26 japa21
    September 4, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Down to 682

  3. 27 anniebella
    September 4, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    I don’t know who the hell these guys are. But POTUS does, so I guess that’s all that matter.

    • 28 jacquelineoboomer
      September 4, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      Ha! Leaders of Nordic countries. There’s a caption under the top photo.

    • 29 vcprezofan2
      September 4, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      Here is a wee bit of history on each …..

      Sweden – Fredrik Reinfeldt, Prime Minister of Sweden, incumbent since 2006,.has been praised for extending the invitation to Swedenโ€™s Nordic partners.

      The prime ministers of the other Nordic countries =

      Denmark โ€“ Helle Thorning Schmidt โ€“ who has been her countryโ€™s Prime Minister since 2011 and leader of the Social Democrats since 2005. She happens to be married to Stephen Kinnock and is thus the daughter-in-law of the former leader of the UKโ€™s Labour Party.

      Finland โ€“ Sauli Vรคinรคmo Niinistรถ โ€“ has been the President of Finland since 2012 and represents the Coalition Party. He has a background in banking and finance and is a trained lawyer.

      Norway โ€“ Jens Stoltenberg โ€“ is in his second stint as PM after having served from 2000-2001 and his been in office since 2005, representing the Labour Party. He is known as an enthusiastic supporter of Nato and advocate of development issues.

      Iceland โ€“ Sigmundur Davรญรฐ Gunnlaugsson โ€“ has been chairman of the Progressive Party since 2009 and Prime Minister since 2013.

      ……. Oh! And USA – Barack Hussein Obama – in his 2nd term as Leader of the World; first served 2008-2012 and is currently serving as CiC and leader of the Democratic Party. He is known as an advocate of the middle class

  4. September 4, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Wonderful photo, UT. PBO seems happy to be with such congenial people.

  5. 34 anniebella
    September 4, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    I just saw Donald Trump University at the U.S. Open. Yuke Yuke Yuke.

  6. 35 99ts
    September 4, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Either I was getting old – or the Iceland PM is amazingly young (for a PM) – guess both are right – checking online he was born 1975

  7. 39 Layla
    September 4, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I have to go so I will miss the big ’21’ celebration!!!! A cake for the Wonderful Chips and all in the TOD family!!! Congrats on a job exceptionally done!

  8. 44 carolyn
    September 4, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Memories of a much loved uncle have surfaced through the President’s trip to Sweden. He was Uncle Al, his parents moved here from Sweden, and he was born in the lovely Swedish town of Lindsborg, Ks. He was elegant and dapper (there’s an old fashioned word!) and a joy to be around. I always particularly loved his full name, which is almost a tongue twister: Alphonse Emanuel Ramquist…..I still love the sounds of that name. It seemed so exotic to me as a child. His brother was Eric, the first one I knew of that name, and now, I have a grandson named Eric, who looks like many people’s image of Swedes.
    I love traveling with the president in my memory and imagination.

    • 46 dotster3
      September 4, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      Speaking of Swedish tongue twister names—–my grandpa’s name was Gustavus Adolphus Larson—-named after some famous ancient king—-there’s a college in Mn. with that same name. He came to this country by himself when he was 16 yrs. old, began farming in Iowa, became Gus, thankfully, or grandpa. ๐Ÿ™‚ He had that great Swedish mentality, always shared what he had, which was little in his early years with those who had less, or nothing. Good to the bone. He was 6’3″ and married my cute little 4’11” grandma, Beulah. They were such a cute mismatched couple. I have fond memories of spending time with them on the farm when I was a girl in the summers, sleeping on a feather bed, waking up to the rooster, gathering eggs with my grandma, tried to milk a cow with my grandpa. Sweet memories.

  9. 49 japa21
    September 4, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    • 50 LunarSea
      September 4, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      Or more importantly they skip The Facts!

    • 51 99ts
      September 4, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      World wide phenomena – although the US media has it bad. To read the newspapers in my world over the last few months you would think the labor party (equiv of your democratic party) had caused every last disaster the world has ever seen. The opposition – the “hate on the poor, reduce company tax” mob are the angels of all that is good with the world.

  10. 52 LunarSea
    September 4, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    OMG looks like I missed a fabulous day in ‘Travels with the President’ Everytime I tried logging on to catch up today, no sooner the page loaded than I was pressed into service. So freaking thankful to be able to come here and see all that I missed.

    That pic is the bomb. No other sitting US pres has one like it! hahaha Can’t you just see the haters with their fingers in their hears and a sour look on their faces…

    Going to see how much I can soak in before the sandman strikes…. Off I go….

  11. September 4, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Ok, the emoprogs have lost their minds. Whomever runs Crooks & Liars has a post up talking about Dems need new leadership – bashing Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Steve Israel among others. I presume because they are supporting President Obama’s stance on Syria. I use to like Crooks & Liars, but this is not the first time they have gone off the deep end.

    • 54 japa21
      September 4, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      I responded to their tweet about it, saying they would probably prefer Grayson. Apparently they like prima donnas.

    • 55 Sandy1110
      September 4, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      It’s happening everywhere. Every Dem who says they’re in favor of action against Syria is ‘dead to them’.

    • 56 theo67
      September 5, 2013 at 12:28 am

      The right wing is imploding and looking to absolute losers for their leadership. Yeah, I guess we should focus on the winning team on the Democratic side to look for failure… rather than focusing on the team that has actually done nothing but lose…

  12. 57 Roberta in MN
    September 4, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    HI everyone, Congrats VC on 1st. I thought I was baaack earlier, no such luck. I am trying to catch up and I don’t know how you all do that, I have a headache already. Going to be a busy week, so I will mostly lurk. Good night all. Tomorrow starts another day of busy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. 59 GGail
    September 4, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Sooo, this is what happens when you piss President Obama off.
    Putin out, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Norway in.
    Sucks to be Putin & Snowden now – hahahahahahaha!

  14. September 4, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Love the pictures, UT!

    from bottom of previous thread ….

    The Randian, teabagger schism of the GOP seems to be peddle to the metal ….


  15. September 4, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Judging by Twitter, we have met the enemy, and it is MSNBC (from tail end of last thread):

    7 pm Matthews

    8 pm idiot-jerk-jackass Hayes

    9 pm Maddow

    • 63 anniebella
      September 4, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      Yuke to R. Maddow.

    • 64 jacquelineoboomer
      September 4, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      Yes, lots and lots more on Twitter are takin’ ’em down, tonight. It’s getting more ludicrous by the minute for those “hosts.”

      • 65 cos
        September 4, 2013 at 10:52 pm

        Boy, they are ugly tonight. So now they are accusing PBO of being a lying hostage????

        • 66 jacquelineoboomer
          September 4, 2013 at 10:58 pm

          Sickening. I’m not watching any of them.

          • 67 cos
            September 4, 2013 at 11:02 pm

            Neither am I. No matter what PBO say or do in the interest of these folks, especially Rachel, they still act like whining babies when things don’t go their way. Does Hayes realize that he appears that he is about to jump out of his skin when he appears on tv?

            • 68 jacquelineoboomer
              September 4, 2013 at 11:04 pm

              The sad part is that good hosts like Rev. Al and Martin Bashir are also hurt, because some on Twitter are now saying they are even boycotting them – to show MSNBC they need to fire the others (which makes no sense, but I get their frustration).

              • 69 cos
                September 4, 2013 at 11:08 pm

                I continue to watch Rev. Al. He always has thoughtful and grown-up analysis and the pundits who come on his show do not try to get away with anything. I can respect that. I have cut Lawrence off also.

                • 70 jacquelineoboomer
                  September 4, 2013 at 11:10 pm

                  I’ve been back and forth with Lawrence, but he’s cut off this week, as far as I’m concerned, too.

                  • 71 HZ
                    September 5, 2013 at 2:05 am

                    That is where I stand as well, jacquelineoboomer. I have found my early afternoons and into the early evenings have been very peaceful and very productive in so many ways.

                    I am finding time to converse through my emails after Martin and Rev. Al. I call it my ‘Productive Sharing POB Time.’ I especially use a lot of the time to share the information from the HHS., and WH.gov sites. It is so refreshing to my spirit now. Then I use the rest of the time preparing my meals and sharing with my wonderful neighbor who is not feeling well these days.

                    I just feel more relaxed since I leave these fools behind for the time being. I really enjoy my time here with my TOD family. Today was not a day for me at msnbc. Cause for my rant a few hours back.

                    Our POTUS has worked too hard to allow these people to come into my space. I am tired. HZ

  16. 73 desertflower
    September 4, 2013 at 10:12 pm


    Tarnisha Adams, who left her job skinning hogs at a slaughterhouse when she became ill with cancer, gets $352 a month in food stamps for herself and three college-age sons. She buys discount meat and canned vegetables, cheaper than fresh. Like Mr. Rigsby, she eats once a day โ€” โ€œif I eat,โ€ she said.

    When Congress officially returns to Washington next week, the diets of families like the Rigsbys and the Adamses will be caught up in a debate over deficit reduction. Republicans, alarmed by a rise in food stamp enrollment, are pushing to revamp and scale down the program. Democrats are resisting the cuts.

    No matter what Congress decides, benefits will be reduced in November, when a provision in the 2009 stimulus bill expires.

    Yet as lawmakers cast the fight in terms of spending, nonpartisan budget analysts and hunger relief advocates warn of a spike in โ€œfood insecurityโ€ among Americans who, as Mr. Rigsby said recently, โ€œlook like we are fine,โ€ but live on the edge of poverty, skipping meals and rationing food.

    Surrounded by corn and soybean farms โ€” including one owned by the local Republican congressman, Representative Stephen Fincher โ€” Dyersburg, about 75 miles north of Memphis, provides an eye-opening view into Washingtonโ€™s food stamp debate. Mr. Fincher, who was elected in 2010 on a Tea Party wave and collected nearly $3.5 million in farm subsidies from the government from 1999 to 2012, recently voted for a farm bill that omitted food stamps.

    โ€œThe role of citizens, of Christianity, of humanity, is to take care of each other, not for Washington to steal from those in the country and give to others in the country,โ€ Mr. Fincher, whose office did not respond to interview requests, said after his vote in May. In response to a Democrat who invoked the Bible during the food stamp debate in Congress, Mr. Fincher cited his own biblical phrase. โ€œThe one who is unwilling to work shall not eat,โ€ he said.

    Elections have consequences….they are becoming more and more dyer.

    • 74 99ts
      September 4, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      They lack the basics of human kindness. I often wonder what these folks would be supporting if they were in power in countries like Syria.

      When some friends and family complain about welfare payments (which many of them do) – I am eternally telling them to be very thankful they do not need it!

      • 75 desertflower
        September 4, 2013 at 10:23 pm

        Agreed, however the thing that gets MY blood boiling is the likes of the Teaparty ( I hate govt!) congressman, getting his $3.5 MILLION in farm subsides FROM THE GOVT HE HATES (wink, wink) then turns around and blames and shames the people with no food as moochers! I say, rather than overhaul the SNAP program, get rid of the farm subsidies to people like the congressman… See how easy that would be? Fixed the problem…and people would be able to eat in peace and quiet. I can’t stand those 2 faced assholes.

        • 76 99ts
          September 4, 2013 at 10:42 pm

          And the one topic wonder – the media – never calls them out – too busy hating on the President

          I have yet to understand any relationship between farm subsidies and SNAP payments – in my world each stands as an individual item – your politics are truly unique in the world of such things.

          And of course I understand your thoughts about the congressman – It is always those who so hate government and welfare payments that don’t seem able to live without government assistance. The politicians who lose an election due to their own woeful mistakes, illegal activities or performance – suddenly reappear wanting the chance to do it all over again – and the dumb/stupid/ignorant vote for them because they don’t like the black guy – sigh

          • 77 desertflower
            September 4, 2013 at 10:46 pm

            Yes…but with due respect, they did that crap even when the black guy wasn’t there…they just like to pretend that THEY aren’t the biggest moochers ever. They are disgusting. The fact the ignorant masses insist on returning them to a job they are unqualified and unfit for, boggles the mind.

            • 78 vcprezofan2
              September 4, 2013 at 11:36 pm

              Desertf, I was thinking of you when I signed on, then I saw ‘leave a comment’ and got totally side tracked. I can’t remember if you teach middle school math or not, but I was watching this TED talk earlier and wondered if you are familiar with the info shared.

  17. 79 MightyPamela
    September 4, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Looks like 247 from where I am sitting!! Ha, how ’bout that! Chipsticks, I have the cheesy puffs ready, along with a lovely Australian Shiraz!! Very nice indeed!

  18. 80 JER
    September 4, 2013 at 10:18 pm

  19. 81 JER
    September 4, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    • 82 utaustinliberal
      September 4, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      AP’s headline is disingenuous. It doesn’t point out that the article actually estimated it at around $270 and that’s before the tax credits that millions will qualify for, thereby further bringing down the cost so the average price really isn’t $270 or $300. It’s much lower. A competitive marketplace will further drive down costs because insurance companies will be clamoring for the new customers.

  20. 83 japa21
    September 4, 2013 at 10:24 pm

  21. 84 japa21
    September 4, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    It is done, whoopee, 21 million. Now I can go to bed.

    • 85 desertflower
      September 4, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      Night, japa:) Next stop…22 million:)

    • 87 vcprezofan2
      September 4, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      You beat me to it, Japa! Sweet dreams (of 22m)!

      Yipee, TODvillage! 21 million!!!!

      โ™ฅ โ™ฅ ใ€‚โ˜†ใ€‚*ใ€‚โ˜†ใ€‚โ™ฅ โ™ฅ
      CHIPADEES, & TODobots!
      โ™ฅ โ™ฅ โ™ฅ ใ€‚โ˜†ใ€‚*ใ€‚โ˜†ใ€‚ โ™ฅ โ™ฅ โ™ฅ

      21 M I L L I O N Hits! We. is. most. awesome! THANK YOU, Chips Chiparoo Chica! You are legend!!

    • 88 donna dem 4 obama
      September 4, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      Hip Hip Hooray!!!!

      Congrats on 21 Million

      • 89 vcprezofan2
        September 4, 2013 at 10:50 pm

        Hello there, Mrs DD! How are things in general?

        • 90 donna dem 4 obama
          September 7, 2013 at 9:10 am

          Hey VC, I’m good. I’ve been taking a break from online because all the hand-wringing over Syria is just useless IMO. It’s also been good for my blood pressure. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • 91 vcprezofan2
            September 7, 2013 at 11:36 am

            Blood pressure is a good guide for me too. It’s one reason I don’t let too much of anything rile me up.

            I’ve been meaning to express my wish that S continues to make good, steady progress. Is that the case (a ‘yes’ or a ‘still working on it’ works)?

    • 94 99ts
      September 4, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      I can refresh 100 times & it never changes – then I go take a shower and Boom – tis over and I missed it

    • 95 Nena20409
      September 5, 2013 at 8:52 am

      Japa21……an awesome person. A bada*s TOD bt. And now TOD Town Crier. 21M Hits.

      TODers please, take a Bow ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Chips, Congratulations โ—

  22. September 4, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    CONGRATS to Chips on 21M+ blog hits!!!!



  23. 97 MightyPamela
    September 4, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Oh my goodness!! How did that happen, and was it me??? Do we know who it is/was, not that it matters immensely, as we all share the prize every day!!

  24. September 4, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Yay we did it 21 million hits!

  25. September 4, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Congrats on a truly amazing milestone!

  26. 100 vcprezofan2
    September 4, 2013 at 10:46 pm


    US President Barack Obama arrives in Stockholm on Wednesday for his first visit to Sweden. Follow The Local’s live blog for the latest news, reactions, and details of Obama’s historic visit to the Swedish capital.

    David Landes, 11.22pm

    It’s late and I’ve got an early morning tomorrow heading out to Arlanda for wheels up. But so much has happened in the last few hours, I feel compelled to share a few more tidbits from Obama’s evening programme.

    As we mentioned previously, Reinfeldt hosted Obama and the other four Nordic leaders for a dinner and discussions about climate change, the Arctic, trade, and other matters.

    After the meeting, the leaders issued a joint statement.

    “We continue to deepen our collaboration on important shared global priorities, including climate change and clean energy, the Arctic, a strong, open multilateral trading system, emerging security challenges, global development and humanitarian assistance, and Europeโ€™s regional economic and security environment,” it read.

    “This evening, we have come together at a defining moment in the transatlantic relationship to discuss our long-term goals in each of these areas and agree to take concrete steps to achieve those goals.”

  27. 101 hopefruit2
    September 4, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    What’s on our President’s itinerary for tomorrow?

  28. 104 hopefruit2
    September 4, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Congrats Chips on reaching the 21 Million hits!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. 105 sherijr
    September 4, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    !!Congratulations!! Chipsticks on 21 MILLION ~ Holy Smokes ~You Are Amazing !

  30. 106 hopefruit2
    September 4, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    The emoprogs are going after Kerry the same way they were going after Tim Geithner. Both men are VERY competent at what they do and the emos can’t stand it. All they got is Grifter Greenwald, and Snowjob…

  31. 107 jacquelineoboomer
    September 4, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    21,000,493 – Whoa! Congrats, Chips!

    • 108 MightyPamela
      September 4, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      Hey, JO’B, just out of curiosity, what was the final consensus on how those yarmulke are held in place?? I burst out laughing several times, even while walking in public spaces today, thinking where that thread may have gone!! ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

      • 109 jacquelineoboomer
        September 4, 2013 at 11:08 pm

        As a former Catholic school girl who in the ’50s and ’60s wore a “beanie” followed by a small “chaplet” (circular chapel veil that fit the top of yer head, held on with “bobby” pins), when in church, by mandate, I really shouldn’t comment on another religion’s yarmulke.

        But I think maybe suction?

        • 110 MightyPamela
          September 4, 2013 at 11:30 pm

          Ditto on the lace chaplet, kept one in our school uniform pocket, for daily Mass, and a mantilla for Sunday!! I think the yarmulke may be kept in place by magic, and the will of the wearer! Perhaps as it is now Rosh Hashanah, we will learn the truth. And how lovely for the Hebrew nations of the world that PBO is making his massive effort at global union on the very day of the new year! It must be a very good omen indeed! (That PBO, he is something else, eh?) ๐Ÿ˜‰

  32. 112 MightyPamela
    September 4, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Howse about a round of candles flickering for our very own beloved Chipsticks, without whom we would not even be here!!!! Beyond the best, Hip Hip Hooray!! ๐Ÿ˜† http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  33. 113 anniebella
    September 4, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Republicans……..Do I hate Obama more? Do I hate Assad more? Guess which one wins out.

  34. September 4, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Alright is there a party going on up in here or whut? ๐Ÿ˜€

    We cross the threshold!! 21 MILLION HITS!!!! Wooooooooot!!

    Congratulations CHIPS!!! You ROCK baby!!!

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