The President’s Schedule: April 21-29



With Prime Minister Abe



Gyeongbok Palace



The Istana Negara Palace




National Mosque of Malaysia




With President Benigno Aquino in Honolulu, 2011



Wow, what a schedule.

114 Responses to “The President’s Schedule: April 21-29”

  1. April 19, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    yayyyyyyyyy…smiling big time!

  2. 8 canadabarb4obama
    April 19, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    vury prowed of u, Danny!

  3. 9 canadabarb4obama
    April 19, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Danny, com 2 Beautiful British Columbia, lots of water u can do swimmmming into!

  4. 12 canadabarb4obama
    April 19, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I even got red and white socks u can hide!

  5. April 19, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Love that dress that FLOTUS is wearing….

    question….the roundtable discussions that PBO is having with business leaders …are those American Businesses….and if so…are they traveling with the President or are they attending on their own

    • April 19, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      That wasn’t specified in the press briefing yesterday Prettyfoot, I assumed it would be local business leaders but maybe a mixture?

    • 15 globalcitizenlinda
      April 19, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      on previous travels, PBO has taken delegations of American business leaders who are seeking business networks and deals in the host country;

      I recall reading reports about how these business people appreciate it when PBO takes them along – they claimed it a kind of stamp of approval PBO gives to these countries, it shortens the local bureaucratic red tapes and gives them access to key local leaders & business people;

      on some occasions PBO has also addressed local business leaders and entrepreneurs in forums that also included delegations of American business leaders

  6. April 19, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Ukraine Foreign Minister Speaks of Mistrust—and a Truce

    “In an exclusive interview, Ukraine’s foreign minister says that over Easter his government has called a halt to confrontations with Russian-backed separatists in the east of the country. But next week is likely to be messy.”


  7. 22 jacquelineoboomer
    April 19, 2014 at 4:22 pm

  8. 24 jackiegrumbacher
    April 19, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    I hope when the president writes his memoirs he tells us how he kept himself going through these grinding, mindnumbingly long and complex trips. He can’t put one foot wrong at any time or make a careless remark. Plus, he has to make progress and win the trust of everyone of the world leaders he meets with, which requires intense focus at all times. It seems an almost inhuman pace, yet he seems to do it with grace and good spirit every single time. Those who think they want to be or can be president should think about these kinds of punishing schedules and then think again.

    • 25 globalcitizenlinda
      April 19, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      I don’t know how he repeatedly does this so beautifully and completely;

      reading the schedule just made me feel dizzy!

    • 26 carolyn
      April 19, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      Yes, anyone following him is going to have a difficult time accomplishing what he has. Like you said….always operates with grace and dignity in all situations. It has taken him and his administration these years to dig us out of the hold GWB put us into internationally.

      POTUS, HRC, and now Kerry have worked hard and are working hard to revive the world’s faith and trust in the U.S. They are doing magnificent work. I think how fortunate it is for the world that this Ukrainian crisis did not happen in the beginning of PBO’s administration, when trust and credibility of the U.S. were below sea level. Now, he has built up trust in us, and credibility in our word so that Europe has worked with us on this crisis. This would not have happened even three years ago. Trust once destroyed, takes a long time to rebuild, but he and his team have done just that.

    • 27 anniebella
      April 19, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      That is a schedule for POTUS, but it’s the President job.

      • 28 anniebella
        April 19, 2014 at 5:04 pm

        And then when you think about it, it piss you off when the right complain about when POTUS and his family even go on a vacation. POTUS, FLOTUS and the family need some down time just for them.

    • April 19, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      hello Jackie…I read on an earlier thread you comments about Wolf….he opened an office in Scranton…he has a 46 page pan of action which ihave not read yet….he has gotten a few endorsements of State Reps…namely…Dwight Evans and Curtis Jones….more will be coming….there will be a candidate’s forum next Tuesday sponsored by the Committee of 70…I hope to attend that..

      as for Allyson Swartz…I saw one of her ads….it was a flop in my opinion….of all the things confronting the citizens of PA…her ad talks about breaking the old boys network…for most of her career she has been focused on Women’s Health…I first met her long ago when she, was a State Senator…she hosted yearly health fairs around women’s health…it was held at Girls’ High School here in Philly….that is what she should have said. She should have talked about ObamaCare and expanding Medicaid…and what that means for women….she blew a great opportunity…

      here is the link to the Wolf’s plan….I look forward to your thoughts about it..



      as an aside..my state rep is up for re-election…..

      he is using PBO’s slogan…..Moving Forward Together,,, this was his first term in office,, he has done a good job for a first timer….


      Moving Forward Together!!

      • 30 jackiegrumbacher
        April 19, 2014 at 5:51 pm

        Pf, I think Wolf’s plan is solid and certainly well-thought out and presented. I’m a little dismayed that he didn’t include a plan to update the voting process in PA, which is way behind the times and does not serve PA voters well. Also, it is pretty slim on women’s health issues, although he does stress pay equality. Frankly, I think he’s going to be the primary winner and I think he has a good shot in November, even though I personally like McCord. As for Schwartz, I would love to see a woman Pa governors, but I don’t think she or McGinty or it.

        Glad you have a good candidate for state rep. We don’t.

    • 32 Cindy
      April 19, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      Happy Saturday to you jackiegrumbacher!

      How are you my friend?

      President Obama tires me out at the pace that he works. There have been times that I actually felt ashamed for complaining about what I have to do when I think of his demanding schedule. I couldn’t do it, and there are a lot of “want to be Presidents”, who will not be able to do it.

      For President Obama, it’s not about “him.” His work is about the “peoples business” and he takes his job seriously. I believe that he is able to operate at this level for many reasons; one being, his love for the people. I can’t imagine anyone carrying this type of a schedule because too many of them, make it about themselves. Everyday this President is looking for ways to make our lives better, and I believe that this contributes to some of his joy; knowing that he has an opportunity to do something for the “people.”

      I want to read his memoirs because I want to understand how he contained himself, when stupid got stuck on stupid, and he wanted to bring out a can of whip A _ _ to knock some sense into some of them. How did he not tell Donald Trump what he really thought of his crazy a_ _, and his birth certificate shenanigans? Please tell us Mr. President what you really wanted to do to this bozo, repukes and teabaggers.

      He’s the hardest working President in my life time. I also believe that he is able to do so much because sooooooooo many prayer warriors are on the battlefield for him; moving his enemies out of the way and making a clear path for the President to run down. He should have bags underneath his eyes but he looks so refreshed and charged, and I will give that credit to Mrs. Obama (wink), and of course his girls. His smile brightens the most gloomiest places, and energizes people to want to do more.

      I love our 1st FAMILY so very much, and I am so grateful that the good Lord called them; anointed and appointed them, to serve us and this country for a time such as this. I am also grateful that AG Eric Holder is still with him as they work for justice for all.

      They are the breath of “fresh air” that fills my day and gives me hope for tomorrow. SHOUT OUT to President Obama and Mrs. Obama!!!

      • 33 jackiegrumbacher
        April 19, 2014 at 5:47 pm

        Totally agree with you, Cindy. A lot of presidents have gone through the motions, but President Obama puts his heart and his razor sharp intellect into everything he does.

    • April 19, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      Hope you and your husband are feeling good today.

      Saw that you were in a rear-ender accident yesterday due to distracted driving by a teenager.

      Distracted driving really is the bane of 21st century driving.

      • 35 jackiegrumbacher
        April 19, 2014 at 9:39 pm

        Thanks, Arapaho. We’re doing ok, but our car may not be saved. We may have to be looking for a replacement with all the hassle that represents.

  9. April 19, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    All right, house is more or less clean, and we’re off to lunch.

  10. 37 globalcitizenlinda
    April 19, 2014 at 5:01 pm

  11. 38 globalcitizenlinda
    April 19, 2014 at 5:08 pm

  12. 43 vcprezofan2
    April 19, 2014 at 5:11 pm

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    April 19, 2014 at 5:18 pm

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  14. 51 globalcitizenlinda
    April 19, 2014 at 5:33 pm

  15. 56 MightyPamela
    April 19, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    So. Much. Going. On!! DannyO’ wins the prize for best news of the day!! 🙂

    • 57 MightyPamela
      April 19, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      ps: oh, Chipsticks, perhaps it as well you left off the “tea at MightyPamela’s villa”, between Oso and departing for Tokyo on Tuesday… It is a very tight schedule, but there’s always time for tea!! 😉 ❤

    • April 19, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      Cannot believe it wasn’t breaking news on CNN, MightyP, but I suppose they’re too busy searching for that plane 🙄

  16. 60 anniebella
    April 19, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I sorry to hear about some of the students and parents in Kansas is upset about FLOTUS speaking at their high school graduation. I am wondering just how many students is upset or is it just some of the loud mouth right wing nuts who are making all the noise. But regardless FLOTUS will make the right decision, and as someone else said their are plenty schools out there who would love for FLOTUS to give the commencement speech.

    • 61 dotster3
      April 19, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      I’m guessing it’s just a few tea party parents who are making the noise. Saw that article earlier in the week when I was reading about the arrest of the ‘highway shooter’. The stated complaint was that all the high schools had to attend one big graduation (instead of their individual ones) so everyone would be allowed fewer tickets for relatives because of space constraints. And then we got to the likely real reason from some hater parents——that they wanted graduation to be about the students, not “some political event”, which was a way of expressing their distaste for the First Lady speaking. And the sad thing is it’s always a few noisy, ugly people that are causing problems. I’m guessing most parents, even in Kansas, were pleased with the announced commencement speaker.

      • 62 anniebella
        April 19, 2014 at 9:06 pm

        I think most of the people are please to have FLOTUS come there, like always it’s the loud mouth racists Obama haters one who gets heard.

  17. 63 dotster3
    April 19, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Oh no——-just found out why I had so much trouble booking a hotel room in Indy next weekend. We always stay at Embassy Suites or Homewood Suites when we go to visit my daughter and fam and my (fairly) new grandbabe——-could stay with them but don’t like to bug people at night and in the morning—–like to give them a breather—–and us too. So anyhoo—-never have any trouble booking a room—–but this time every hotel/motel was sold out ——what?—-couldn’t believe it—–decided we picked the wrong weekend maybe due to proms and graduations or something. One hotel happened to mention that rooms were blocked off for a convention. Now I just got an email from Shannon Watts from Moms Demand Gun Sense asking anyone in or near Indy to help them stage a counter-rally for the NRA convention in Indy next weekend. Oh great—-the whole place will be swarming with gun nuts. Ugh to the max. I did finally find a Hampton Inn that just opened a couple of weeks ago—-hopefully no gun goofs knew about it. So we will be there——I don’t know if I can get my other peeps there to go to the counter rally with me. I know my daughter had some activities already planned. I despise the NRA and everything it stands for and all its supporters—–and it looks like they are showing up in huge numbers for their big convention.

  18. April 19, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    With Russia in the news lately and since tomorrow is Easter Sunday, here’s an article from last month about a US owner of a “missing” Faberge egg who discovered what was in his possession via the Google.

    “He intended to sell it on to a buyer who would melt it down, turning a quick profit of a few hundred pounds. But prospective buyers thought he had over-estimated the price and turned him down.

    The egg languished in his kitchen for years until one night in 2012, when he Googled “egg” and “Vacheron Constantin”, a name etched on the timepiece inside.’

  19. April 19, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Looks like Wolf Blitzer hasn’t changed in (almost) 20 years…

  20. April 19, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    LL’s gone to run errands, so doubt he’ll see this.

    For all you soccer fans in TODville (older Americans like myself who weren’t raised by AYSO have a hard time understanding the frenzy associated with a game where you can’t use your hands and the scores make baseball and hockey seem like high scoring affairs)…

    P.S. The Pope on 60 minutes joked with one of friends, calling his friend’s soccer team “chickens” — and after a loss by that team needled his friend with references to “chicken soup,” LOL.

  21. April 19, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Anyone who thinks that Greenwald is just an “annoying” emoprog – think again. This man is a covert White Supremacist.

    • April 19, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      Wow, that says it all really, Hopefruit. And they love him even more because he’s a Jew who utterly despises Israel, their perfect poster boy.

      It’s still incredible to me that absolutely no one in the MSM has looked in to Greenwald’s record, eg passionately defending white supremacists, his links with the Kochs, his right wing hate speech against, for example, immigrants, his support of the Iraq war, etc. Astounding.

      • 70 hopefruit2
        April 19, 2014 at 7:25 pm

        They haven’t looked into his record because for now his agenda benefits them and their allies/friends in the GOP. But as the saying goes, what goes around comes around…

        • April 19, 2014 at 7:33 pm

          True Hopefruit, I think there’ll be major revelations one day about the agendas/backers of people like him, the Kochs will probably only be the half of it. It’s sinister and disgusting.

          • 72 globalcitizenlinda
            April 19, 2014 at 8:13 pm


            something just came through my TL, an announcement from him => GG is doing event with Noam Chomsky, May 15, in Boston (don’t know if “No Place to Hide” is associated with Harvard);

            expecting this garbage hero worship to continue from many people who don’t want to look at the truth before their very eyes

            • April 19, 2014 at 8:20 pm

              Ah, all so predictable Linda. I loved Chomsky when I was 15, and then I grew up. That he now allies himself with Greenwald is grim, any credibility he ever had is flushed down the drain.

              • 74 globalcitizenlinda
                April 19, 2014 at 8:34 pm

                so many have lost their minds because of the election & re-election of “the skinny kid with a funny name”;

                I wonder how much shame they or their offspring will feel in the future when they look back at their words and deeds during PBO’s term;

              • April 19, 2014 at 8:50 pm

                I’ve written about my infatuation with Chomsky in essays before. I adored him in my early 20s. Consumed everything from Pacifica. Was convinced we were living in a soft dictatorship.

                And then what I observed around me didn’t quite fit what came from those quarters. And permanent anger just got tiring.

                And of course, remember, Chomsky dismissed both the Cambodian and Bosniak genocides.

                • April 19, 2014 at 8:57 pm

                  The greatest insult I can deliver him, LL, is that he is still like me when I was 15. He was right about so much, eg America’s often ugly interference in sovereign democratic states, but he is so hopelessly unrealistic about the dangers out there and the need to take measures to counter them. I just can’t take him seriously any more. And, again, that he is lining up with Greenwald, good grief.

        • 78 globalcitizenlinda
          April 19, 2014 at 8:17 pm

          they are practicing “don’t ask, don’t tell” for now as they jointly place razor focus on trying to destroy their “perceived common enemy, PBO”;

          but past events guide us to know that in time, those working against PBO loose even as he ignores their antics

  22. 79 dotster3
    April 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    I’m exhausted after one busy day—–don’t know how President Obama does it with a constant string of them——and I had to make no public appearances/speeches which were under scrutiny. (I did chat with a couple of sales clerks but that probably doesn’t count) I was asked to bring cheese/crackers/nuts to daughter’s Easter din—–too hard!—wonder why everyone always asks me to bring a non-cooking contribution, like rolls and butter or wine or nuts—-hmmm—-so made my procrastinated run for that and got- a couple little bunny things for my 4 yr. old grandson. Did trimming and clean up outside on a finally decent day—sunny and 60’s, ran to get my annual supply of pansies——pale yellow and deep wine were my color combo choice this year—-nice?—-yes!—planted them in pots and a bunch of other places, got deck furny back on deck (with mr. dotster’s sorta help), cleaned that all up, got out cushions for same, cleaned those——and whew! I’m done.

    • 80 hopefruit2
      April 19, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      I’ll take the nuts/crackers/cheese contribution. Next time promise to bring them a homemade strawberry shortcake baked from scratch! 🙂 🙂

    • April 19, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      Dotster, whatta day!!!! (With Mr Dotster’s sorta help) 🙂

      Put your feet up, pour yourself a glass of your favorite tipple, you’ve earned it!

      PS Sounds like your family have as much respect for your cooking as TOD does for mine.

  23. April 19, 2014 at 7:48 pm


    Orphan Black premieres tonight on BBCAmerica, 9pm EST

  24. 83 hopefruit2
    April 19, 2014 at 7:52 pm

  25. 84 hopefruit2
    April 19, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    • 85 globalcitizenlinda
      April 19, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      she may not admit it but Katrina & her ilk have been had by putin, GG & Poitras & other E. S. handlers => too blinded by ODS & willful ignorance

      • 86 hopefruit2
        April 19, 2014 at 8:39 pm

        Katrina has ties (familial AND financial) to Russia. Her hubby is a Russian-Studies Prof at NYU and a staunch Putin apologist/cheerleader/supporter.

  26. 88 globalcitizenlinda
    April 19, 2014 at 8:04 pm

  27. 89 hopefruit2
    April 19, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    April 19, 2014 at 8:39 pm


    • 96 globalcitizenlinda
      April 19, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      and PBO will be doing this with a huge smile on his face and deep consideration of the feelings of the people he meets along the way (irrespective of their station in life);

      the country and world is very lucky that PBO chose public service and that he is in charge during this period of rapid and fundamental changes around the globle

  29. 97 globalcitizenlinda
    April 19, 2014 at 8:41 pm

  30. 99 TrumpDog
    April 19, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    One of our reps here, Ann Kirkpatrick, has had a steady stream of campaign ads against her tying her to the bad rollout of the ACA and connecting her to Pres. Obama (cue doom and gloom music).

    I was pleasantly surprised to see an ad sort of defending her by pointing out one of the people doing an ad against ObamaCare is an actress and saying these groups are financed by billionaires Koch Brothers. They then pivoted to going after Andy Tobin, saying he’s an insurance executive who wants to give tax breaks benefitting insurance companies which raises prescription costs for seniors and that he in turn also profits from it. It was the first time I’ve seen such an ad (I don’t watch too much live TV) and I must say it was nice to see the pushback.

    Video~> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBxI07Dr6k8&list=UUqkbu0bMGNn7gyFVx1kdjsg

    I’m not so sure this election cycle will be as big of a slam dunk for the GOP that the media is hyping it to be.

    • 100 vcprezofan2
      April 19, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      Hi TrumpD, that’s an ad by SenateMajorityPAC – a Dem outfit that has a handful of ads out supporting dem candidates. I’ve been keeping my eye on their site to catch their new ads when they appear.

      Here’s another of theirs.

      • 101 TrumpDog
        April 19, 2014 at 9:29 pm

        Well done.
        It’s stuff like this that has me reaching for my purse. I don’t mind giving when we have strong messages such as these.

    • 102 globalcitizenlinda
      April 19, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      not it will not because people (or their relatives and/or friends) are actually enrolled in and experiencing Obamacare first hand;

      before it was mainly abstract and the gop liars could get away with all kinds of fear-mongering and blatant lies;

      now the facts don’t lie & they are delivered by word of mouth from friends and family you know and trust;

  31. 105 hopefruit2
    April 19, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I just took a TOD memory lane stroll going back to 2011 Easter with our First family. Oh my…the girls have grown 🙂




    • 106 anniebella
      April 19, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      Just read this article where it says that most of the response to FLOTUS speaking have been positive. http://
      abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/04/not-everyones-happy-michelle-obama-will-deliever-graduation-address-school district-responds/

      • 107 anniebella
        April 19, 2014 at 9:28 pm

        I’ll get this right one day. Watch me. 😦

        • 108 globalcitizenlinda
          April 19, 2014 at 10:24 pm

          yes you will;

          just keep the cursor on the url address (one beginning with with http://) of the website/article you want, keep your finger on the right side of your mouse & click (i.e. right-click) and then select copy; once in you place the cursor where you want to put the reference, then right-click & select paste

    • 109 jacquelineoboomer
      April 19, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      Sweet – I will check that out. Thanks!

  32. April 19, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Not good, the situation … the messenger is quite reliable ….

    • 111 jackiegrumbacher
      April 19, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks again, Bob. I’ve bookmarked this so I can follow every day. Life in Sloviansk must be unbearable right now and people still listen to this pro-Russian priest? Wow.

      • April 19, 2014 at 10:28 pm

        Glad you find the site of interest, Jackie.

        Fear and hate, manipulated by a dude with a cross around his neck, has done plenty of damage to humanity – for centuries. This is just another incarnation of it, sadly.

  33. April 19, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    You don’t need to know the language to get the message ….

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