The Week Ahead

May 5, 2010: “After doing a series of posed photos, the President started joking around with the First Lady in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House before a Cinco de Mayo event.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



The President will attend meetings at the White House.



The President will honor the 2016 National Teacher of the Year and finalists at the White House.



The President will travel to Flint, Michigan to the hear first-hand from Flint residents about the public health crisis, receive an in-person briefing on the federal efforts in place to help respond to the needs of the people of Flint, and deliver remarks to community members.

In the evening, the President will deliver remarks at the Asian Pacific American Institute of Congressional Studies 22nd annual awards gala dinner.



The President will host a Cinco de Mayo reception at the White House.

In the afternoon, he will be joined by the Vice President, First Lady and Dr. Biden to kick off the 5th anniversary of Joining Forces and the 75th anniversary of the USO. The event, A Celebration of Service, will include nearly 1,500 service members and their families.



The President will attend meetings at the White House.



The President will deliver the commencement address to the 2016 graduating class of Howard University in Washington, D.C.



95 Responses to “The Week Ahead”

  1. 14 hopefruit2
    May 1, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Thanks Chips, and congrats Sir Don on #2! 🙂

  2. 16 hopefruit2
    May 1, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    ROTFL…plot twist?!? Is this a TV series? 🙂 🙂

    • 17 Debz
      May 1, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      This is exactly the reason she is taking a year off. She will wait until her father leaves the WH so the press isn’t hounding her, like they did to Bush’s daughters.

    • 18 Dakota
      May 1, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      See, this is exactly the kind of tabloid-ish reporting the President was referring to last night.

    • May 1, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      I know right? They are crazy!!

    • May 1, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      Now you see why no one have any respect for the media. Please tell me what kind of major plot twist is going on? I guess they want to know why Malia isn’t going to college in the fall.

    • 21 jackiegrumbacher
      May 1, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Hf, maybe if she takes a gap year, she won’t have the Secret Service going off to college with her. That can really cramp your style.

      • 22 0388jojothecat
        May 1, 2016 at 4:00 pm

        She will have ss and she needs it with so many hateful people in the world.

        • 23 Dudette
          May 1, 2016 at 7:05 pm

          This! She’ll still be daughter of most beloved POTUS alive. She’ll need that protection and I’m grateful she will have it.

  3. 24 Don
    May 1, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    And next week there will be think pieces written about Larry Wilmore’s usage of the n-word and someone will enviably try to use the n-word and fail spectacularly thereby necessitating an apology with their lone black friend standing by their side looking on and trying feverishly to save them. Then said person will either dig themselves a deeper hole or go radio silent.

  4. 29 Dudette
    May 1, 2016 at 12:43 pm

  5. 31 sherijr
    May 1, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Oh man my eldest son attended Howard University… and now POTUS will be there 🙂 🙂 !

  6. 32 sherijr
    May 1, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Oh and yes, Happy May Day everyone!

  7. May 1, 2016 at 12:51 pm

  8. 34 Dakota
    May 1, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    While I personally have a problem with the ‘n’ word, I won’t let that diminish what Larry Wilmore said about President Obama and his presidency. It was heartfelt and yes, real. Wilmore’s intent was to tell the truth and make people uncomfortable. How can we progress if we remain comfortable?

  9. 38 Dudette
    May 1, 2016 at 1:00 pm

  10. May 1, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    • 42 GGail
      May 1, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      Ugh! LP, I have to respectfully yet wholeheartedly object to the comparison. A mere basketball player vs the greatest President of all Time – no comparison. If you want to use a basketball player, then at least use Kareem.

      • May 1, 2016 at 5:07 pm

        You guys are so sensitive 🙂 I’m not the one comparing President Obama to Kobe, the President was paying respect to Kobe by “going out” the same way Kobe did in his final game after scoring 60 pts. This was just the underlining subtext/meta part of his incredible mic drop.

        • 44 GGail
          May 1, 2016 at 5:32 pm

          Not sensitive, just keeping it real. POTUS was only giving kobe props for his play & a nod to his retirement.

          • 45 hopefruit2
            May 1, 2016 at 6:50 pm

            I see LP’s point, which is that Kobe good-naturedly recognized the nod to his retirement in PBO’s “drop mic” conclusion last night – it’s all in good fun {{{GGail}}}. 🙂 🙂

        • 46 nospin
          May 2, 2016 at 7:09 pm

          I am with LP on this one and interpreted it just the same. Great tribute and funny as heck.

  11. May 1, 2016 at 1:41 pm

  12. May 1, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Been watching some Animal Planet of late….

  13. May 1, 2016 at 1:50 pm

  14. May 1, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    I wish I could have been here with all of you last night to watch President Obama’s epic performance. I cry every time I think of his time in office is almost over. We are so lucky to have had him in our lives. Without him our country would not have thrived the way it has the last 7+ years and we wouldn’t have so many wonderful TOD friendships. I am so very proud that I voted for him twice.

    • 54 mtmarilyn
      May 1, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      I get teary when I think this is our last year. This community is so special. We have been blessed to be in the Obama time.

      • 55 0388jojothecat
        May 1, 2016 at 4:26 pm

        I want echo everything Jackie 4 Obama and mtmarilyn said. We have made long time friends here at TOD. Some long-time lurkers & long time posters folks like the SoCal TOD’ers who will be together forever and visits from mtmarilyn and the D.C. meet up this year. What PBO has brought together will last a lifetime. My eternal thanks to BWD Only Adult in The Room & Chipsticks with The Obama Diary.

        • 56 GGail
          May 1, 2016 at 4:53 pm

          Oh I do so agree with you three. The interaction, and friendships will be with us always. “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” 🙂

        • 57 mtmarilyn
          May 1, 2016 at 9:19 pm

          I so agree with everyone! I love the song GGail wrote, You’ve got a friend in Me (all of us)!

  15. May 1, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    “…At Harvard, admitting that #ImWithHer is nearly tantamount to boasting “Make America Great Again.” If you haven’t shared a post from the writer and activist Shaun King, you are not a true liberal here. When defending Mrs. Clinton becomes as unacceptable as bigotry, when her supporters are called privileged, oppressive and stupid, we lose the central feature of our democracy — pluralism.”

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    Hope everyone enjoyed the weekend! —-back to studying for finals 😦

  16. 59 donna dem 4 obama
    May 1, 2016 at 2:21 pm

  17. 60 vcprezofan2
    May 1, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    ~ ~ ❓ ~ ~

  18. 66 Marlz (@marjgra)
    May 1, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    So agree with the President and First Lady for Malia’s gap year.

    As I parent, and during an election year with those crazies, I would be terrified not to have my child as close as possible to me. I feel she will be doing “internship” with Steven Spielberg! 🙂

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  21. May 1, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Forgot to mention this ….

    bbl …. 🙂

  22. 74 jacquelineoboomer
    May 1, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Wow. I became world renowned overnight, and didn’t even notice. About 70 R/Ts and 88 likes on this. Can I have a private dinner meeting with President Obama and Vice President Biden as my prize now? Ha!!!!!!!!!!! #LifeIsGood

  23. 78 Dakota
    May 1, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Tonight’s dinner: Red Beans and Rice, Collard Greens, Baked Chicken and Cornbread. Sometimes when I’m making dinner, I ask myself if the meal is one I’d be proud to serve to POTUS and FLOTUS. Tonight it’s a yes. Nothing fancy, but really good!

  24. 84 hopefruit2
    May 1, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Do they offer (paid) gap-years on the job? Can I take one?

  25. 85 hopefruit2
    May 1, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Hey amk…ROTFLMAO!

  26. May 1, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    uh huh
    uh huh

    Cham ‎@kchamomile
    So Malia Obama got in to Harvard and NOW there are angry white ppl decrying “legacies” to pretend they’re not just bitter and anti black 😂

    Cham ‎@kchamomile
    Y’all NEVER cared abt rich white ppl getting into college cause they’re rich parents got ’em in there.

    Cham ‎@kchamomile
    And of COURSE Malia couldn’t have earned her acceptance into Harvard.

    • 87 0388jojothecat
      May 1, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      Maybe the SCOTUS should take up the case……I think the bitter whites should sue Harvard, Princeton, and all the Ivy League schools to taking “legacies” because there are poor and middle class whites that are more deserving. Wonder how the majority of the white male judges will vote knowing that’s how their kids got into these same schools over you poor/middle class whites and everyone else?

  27. 88 Nerdy Wonka
    May 1, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    • May 1, 2016 at 9:50 pm

      I read some comments about Malia going to Harvard, and some of them makes you wonder what the hell is wrong with these people? One comment said that Malia didn’t get in on her own merits. We probably won’t even see her grades. Like we never see have seen Obama college records. My comment was that Malia grades were none of his business.The only grades that he need to be concern about is his grades or his kids grades. And I let him know that Malia’s Mom and Dad got into Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, Harvard Law on their own merits.

  28. 90 hopefruit2
    May 1, 2016 at 8:05 pm

  29. 91 JER
    May 1, 2016 at 8:43 pm

  30. May 1, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    ‘This can’t happen by accident.’
    For generations, African Americans have faced unique barriers to owning a home — and enjoying the wealth it brings. In Atlanta, where predominantly black neighborhoods are still waiting for the recovery, the link between race and real estate fortune is stark.

    SoUTH DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — When the new subdivisions were rising everywhere here in the 1990s and early 2000s, with hundreds and hundreds of fine homes on one-acre lots carved out of the Georgia forest, the price divide between this part of De­Kalb County and the northern part wasn’t so vast.

    Now, a house that looks otherwise identical in South DeKalb, on the edge of Atlanta, might sell for half what it would in North DeKalb. The difference has widened over the years of the housing boom, bust and recovery, and Wayne Early can’t explain it.

    The people here make good money, he says. They have good jobs. Their homes are built of the same sturdy brick. Early, an economic development consultant and real estate agent, can identify only one obvious difference that makes property here worth so much less.

    “This can’t happen by accident,” he says. “It’s too tightly correlated with race for it to be based on something else.”


    Even well-off African Americans, like the ones in some South DeKalb subdivisions, were more likely to be given subprime loans when they should have qualified for better ones. Nationwide, black families earning around $230,000 a year, according to research by sociologist Jacob Fa­ber, were more likely at the height of the bubble in 2006 to be given a subprime loan than white families making about $32,000. The problem, Faber argued, wasn’t that professional blacks didn’t understand that they qualified for better loans; they were targeted for bad loans. Subprime lenders viewed them, Faber argued, as particularly profitable targets.

  31. May 1, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    State workers admit to denying food assistance to eligible families
    Officials say they were shocked by the workers’ confessions (KTRK)
    Sunday, May 01, 2016 10:52AM

    ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Several state employees admitted to falsifying information on food stamp applications in an attempt to deny assistance to eligible families.

    Officials in New Mexico say they were shocked to hear employees of the state’s Human Services department would work against those who needed help the most.

    “This is something we’ve never heard before, but according to workers, has been going on for quite some time,” says Sovereign Hager with the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty.

    In federal court, five workers said they were pressured to falsify applications for assistance by stating families had more than $100 in assets when they had less than that or none at all.

    Lawyers say those people were then wrongfully denied food assistance.

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