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The President’s G7 Day One Summit

ISE, JAPAN - MAY 26: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) and US President Barack Obama (L) shake hands prior to G7 leaders summit at the Ise Jingu (Shrine) on May 26, 2016 in Ise, Mie Prefecture, Japan. (Photo by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan / Handout /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands prior to G7 leaders summit at the Ise Jingu (Shrine) in Ise, Mie Prefecture, Japan

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US President Barack Obama (L) walks with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) as they arrive at Ise-Jingu Shrine in the city of Ise in Mie prefecture, on May 26, 2016, on the first day of the G7 leaders summit. World leaders kick off two days of G7 talks in Japan on May 26 with the creaky global economy, terrorism, refugees, China's controversial maritime claims, and a possible Brexit headlining their packed agenda. / AFP / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

ISE, JAPAN - MAY 26 : (From L) Eikei Suzuki, governor of Mie Prefecture, European Council President Donald Tusk, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker participate to the tree planting ceremony at Ise-Jingu Shrine during the first day of the G7 leaders summit in the city of Ise in Mie prefecture, Japan on May 26, 2016. (Photo by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Eikei Suzuki, governor of Mie Prefecture, European Council President Donald Tusk, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, participate in a tree planting during a visit at Ise Jingu Shrine

ISE, JAPAN - MAY 26: (L-R) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, European Council President Donald Tusk and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi walk as they visit at Ise Jingu Shrine on May 26, 2016 in Ise, Japan. In the two-day summit, the G7 leaders are scheduled to discuss the pressing global issues including counter-terrorism, energy policy, and sustainable development. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

ISE, JAPAN - MAY 26: U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd R) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) are greeted by Shinto priests as they visit the Ise-Jingu Shrine on May 26, 2016 in Ise, Japan. In the two-day summit, the G7 leaders are scheduled to discuss the pressing global issues including counter-terrorism, energy policy, and sustainable development. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

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ISE, JAPAN - MAY 26: (From L) Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, French President Francois Hollande, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, European Council President Donald Tusk and British Prime Minister David Cameron walk past the Kaguraden as they visit Ise-Jingu Shrine during the first day of the G7 leaders summit in the city of Ise in Mie prefecture, Japan on May 26, 2016. (Photo by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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ISE, JAPAN - MAY 26: (From L) European Council President Donald Tusk, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker pose for picture as they visit Ise-Jingu Shrine during the first day of the G7 leaders summit in the city of Ise in Mie prefecture, Japan on May 26, 2016. (Photo by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference during the first day of the Group of Seven (G7) summit meetings in Ise Shima on May 26, 2016. World leaders kicked off two days of G7 talks in Japan on May 26 with the creaky global economy, terrorism, refugees, China's controversial maritime claims, and a possible Brexit headlining their packed agenda. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference during the first day of the Group of Seven (G7) summit meetings in Ise Shima on May 26, 2016. World leaders kicked off two days of G7 talks in Japan on May 26 with the creaky global economy, terrorism, refugees, China's controversial maritime claims, and a possible Brexit headlining their packed agenda. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference during the first day of the Group of Seven (G7) summit meetings in Ise Shima on May 26, 2016. World leaders kicked off two days of G7 talks in Japan on May 26 with the creaky global economy, terrorism, refugees, China's controversial maritime claims, and a possible Brexit headlining their packed agenda. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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In this handout image provide by Foreign Ministry of Japan, <> on May 26, 2016 in Kashikojima, Japan. In the two-day summit, the G7 leaders are scheduled to discuss the pressing global issues including counter-terrorism, energy policy, and sustainable development. (Photo by Foreign Ministry of Japan via Getty Images)

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In this handout image provide by Foreign Ministry of Japan, <> on May 26, 2016 in Kashikojima, Japan. In the two-day summit, the G7 leaders are scheduled to discuss the pressing global issues including counter-terrorism, energy policy, and sustainable development. (Photo by Foreign Ministry of Japan via Getty Images)

(From L) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, US President Barack Obama, European Council President Donald Tusk, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron walk out to the family photo event during the first day of the Group of Seven (G7) summit meetings in Ise on May 26, 2016. World leaders kick off two days of G7 talks in Japan on May 26 with the creaky global economy, terrorism, refugees, China's controversial maritime claims, and a possible Brexit headlining their packed agenda. / AFP / AFP POOL / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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(From L) European Council President Donald Tusk, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker look at the view after posing for the family photo during the first day of the Group of Seven (G7) summit meetings in Ise city on May 26, 2016. World leaders kick off two days of G7 talks in Japan on May 26 with the creaky global economy, terrorism, refugees, China's controversial maritime claims, and a possible Brexit headlining their packed agenda. / AFP / AFP POOL / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

(From L) European Council President Donald Tusk, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker pose for the family photo during the first day of the Group of Seven (G7) summit meetings in Ise city on May 26, 2016. World leaders kick off two days of G7 talks in Japan on May 26 with the creaky global economy, terrorism, refugees, China's controversial maritime claims, and a possible Brexit headlining their packed agenda. / AFP / AFP POOL / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

European Council President Donald Tusk, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker pose for the family photo

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KASHIKOJIMA, JAPAN - MAY 26: In this handout image provide by Foreign Ministry of Japan, Japanese U.S. President Barack Obama (C), Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and wife Akie Abe (R) attend the cocktail event during the G7 Japan 2016 Ise-Shima summit at the Shima Kanko Hotel on May 26, 2016 in Kashikojima, Japan. In the two-day summit, the G7 leaders are scheduled to discuss the pressing global issues including counter-terrorism, energy policy, and sustainable development. (Photo by Handout/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and wife Akie Abe attend the cocktail event

In this handout image provide by Foreign Ministry of Japan, <> on May 26, 2016 in Kashikojima, Japan. In the two-day summit, the G7 leaders are scheduled to discuss the pressing global issues including counter-terrorism, energy policy, and sustainable development. (Photo by Foreign Ministry of Japan via Getty Images)

In this handout image provide by Foreign Ministry of Japan, <> on May 26, 2016 in Kashikojima, Japan. In the two-day summit, the G7 leaders are scheduled to discuss the pressing global issues including counter-terrorism, energy policy, and sustainable development. (Photo by Foreign Ministry of Japan via Getty Images)

KASHIKOJIMA, JAPAN - MAY 26: In this handout image provide by Foreign Ministry of Japan, Japanese U.S. President Barack Obama (C), Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and wife Akie Abe (R) attend the cocktail event during the G7 Japan 2016 Ise-Shima summit at the Shima Kanko Hotel on May 26, 2016 in Kashikojima, Japan. In the two-day summit, the G7 leaders are scheduled to discuss the pressing global issues including counter-terrorism, energy policy, and sustainable development. (Photo by Handout/Getty Images)


101 Responses to “The President’s G7 Day One Summit”


  1. 6 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    May 26, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    I LOVE MY PRESIDENT…SO NICE HAVING A GROWN UP IN THE WH!

  2. 7 vcprezofan2
    May 26, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Thanks for this, NerdyW.

    Hmmm; planting a tree does seem to have become part of the G7 ritual. Maybe I should get you a little tree, or perhaps a smaller white Japanese shovel as your keepsake – what do you think, NW?

    • 8 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      May 26, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      TREES ARE AWESOOOOOOOOOOOOME…AND I LOVE THE JAPANESE MAPLE…ACTUALLY ANY TREE..I LOVE THE OAK…HAVE ACORNS ALL OVER THE HOUSE! TREES ARE LIKE HORSES…DON’T ABUSE THEM! CURRENTLY HAVING AN ARGUMENT WITH MY DUCKS AND GEESE…THEY ARE ACTING LIKE REPUBLICANS!

    • 9 arapaho415
      May 26, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      GA vc.

      This tweet links to a video (which I can’t watch now because I’m glued to Michelle Obama at the Santa Fe Indian School now), but tweet says a lot… #NatureGirl here.

    • 10 Nerdy Wonka
      May 26, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      Hmmmm……very interesting. You’re getting warm.

      • 11 vcprezofan2
        May 26, 2016 at 9:12 pm

        Oh boy, this is ma-jor encouragement! *chuckle-chuckle* I’m generally aw-ful (really awful) at buying presents! 😀

  3. 12 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    May 26, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    DOES ANYBODY KNOW ABOUT WHAT TIME HIROSHIMA IS GOING TO TAKE PLACE???….OUR TIME!

    • 13 JER
      May 26, 2016 at 6:17 pm

  4. May 26, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Back from the witch doctor’s. On one hand, I’m po’d, on the other I’m Semper Gumby… Arrived 10 minutes late for my appointment — called to say I was stuck in traffic. Checked in, had a seat, waited, and waited, and waited… After an hour, I went back to the desk, asked the receptionist to check on status; the clerk who checked me in walked into the office and offered to check me OUT — told him I was still waiting. He says, that’s strange because I was the ONLY appointment for the day for that particular test. Meanwhile, receptionist is on the phone stuttering, asking “what am I supposed to tell her…” Turns out, the machine broke this morning and they were waiting for maintenance! So WHY THE HECK DIDN’T THEY NOTIFY THE FRONT DESK????? Po’d that I wasted time and gas; on the other hand, it got me up, dressed and out of the house for a few, and I stopped by the produce junction on the way home. C’est la vie…

  5. 19 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    May 26, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    GOTTA GO…………………<3

  6. May 26, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Share this not only with each and every child in your life; also share with those adults that need encouragement to once again shoot for the stars…

    Harvard Graduate School of Education
    One of the most powerful, heartfelt student speeches you will ever hear! Thank you Ed.M. candidate Donovan Livingston for today’s spoken word poetry.

  7. May 26, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Thanks NW, the photos are great. Really enjoy following President Obama.

  8. 26 Don
    May 26, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Great post, Nerdy, the pictures are lovely. President Obama is such an elegant man. Can you imagine a Trump trying to deal with the intricacies of the world?

  9. 30 JER
    May 26, 2016 at 3:46 pm

  10. 33 Gazelle
    May 26, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    OT, but it’s Obamacare’s fault, I tell ya! 🙂

    “….. All these findings may explain why majorities of enrollees give their health plans high ratings. If the fundamental purpose of health insurance is to provide people with adequate access to needed health care, then it would seem that, on balance, the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansions are working well for most of the people who have enrolled in them. …..”

    Full report with graphs here: http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/issue-briefs/2016/may/ACA-tracking-survey-access-to-care-and-satisfaction

  11. 34 vcprezofan2
    May 26, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    The *love* her; they really, really ❤ ❤ FLOTUS! 🙂 🙂 🙂 [The haters just *cannot* match that!!]

  12. 37 Judith Fardig
    May 26, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    First Lady Michelle Obama gave one of the most loving and inspiring commencement speeches ever! So proud and grateful!

    • May 26, 2016 at 5:12 pm

      Judith Fardig, I think I heard the First Lady starting to tear up a bit. As you said what a loving and moving speech. So proud of our First Lady. Hay the Valedictorian Emanuel Vigil will be attending Columbia U. He was accepted by Stanford too.

      • 39 Judith Fardig
        May 26, 2016 at 7:03 pm

        I think you’re right about her getting choked up when she talked about her parents and again when she was honored with the sacred blanket. So much love and respect!

  13. May 26, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Here in Iowa, we miss being in the political spotlight. No, not really – LOL. 🙂 Anyhow, tonight is the Democratic Senate debate among the four candidates vying to be *the one* to unseat our resident idiot Chuck Grassley (fingers crossed). It will be on at http://site.iptv.org/series/22843/iowa-press-debates/301 at 7PM CDT. I hope Patty Judge does well!

    • May 26, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      OH, so do I. Please keep us informed if your would, muscatinegal. I really do hope there’s a decent chance to retire Grassley.

  14. 42 JER
    May 26, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Hillary Clinton Campaign Event in San Jose, CA – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  15. May 26, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    OMG, FLOTUS was so impassioned and emotional in her speech to this special Indian community. The gift giving blessing was incredibly profound, as the young woman placed the ceremonial blanket on her shoulders and offered her blessing to FLOTUS, POTUS and the girls. And FLOTUS choked up when the principal offered a special blessing to Malia, who is also graduating.

    We also saw a glimpse of how she might campaign for HRC when she implored the graduates to just turn on their TVs if they ever think about quitting and pay attention to what some people are saying and what their values are. She went on to absolutely decimate what we’ve come to know of Trump. A BRILLIANT takedown, BEST I’ve ever heard.

    MUST SEE video when it becomes available.

    • 44 COS
      May 26, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      THIS!!!!!!

    • May 26, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      Thank you meta!!! (and don’t worry about the typo … we all get the ‘turn off’ implied) ….

    • 48 arapaho415
      May 26, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      GA Meta.

      Really hope the entire video is made available, even though it was over 2 hours.

      Everything about the ceremony was inspiring to me, made me feel right at home (of course I have a lifelong love of region surrounding Four Corners and NM is just about my favorite state).

      Love the dignity the students displayed as they wore colorful ensembles — how special for them — so different than the monotone “traditional” graduation gowns.

      And the deep respect the community has for their elders isn’t something you see in most areas of US.

      Haven’t seen all of @FLOTUS’ commencement addresses, but I have a feeling that this was the most deeply personal one she’s given.

      Off the charts, loved every minute of it.

    • 49 Roberta in MN
      May 26, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Just finished watching it on a rerun, that was one of the best Graduations I have seen in a long time. Our First Lady was awesome. God bless her, our President, Malia, Sasha and Grandma Robinson.

  16. May 26, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    It was also incredibly moving to listen to the young woman voice the community’s offering of a special blessing of protection for FLOTUS, POTUS and the girls, in all their endeavors.

    • 51 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      May 26, 2016 at 6:13 pm

      SOMEHOW…WE WILL HAVE TO CONTINUE THE OBAMA DIARY IN WASHINGTON…YOU INVITE THEM OUT FOR THE DAY…AND I’LL PLANT THE CAMERAS!…LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. 52 JER
    May 26, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Children await President Obama at the Ise-Jingu Shrine in Japan.

    A post shared by Pete Souza (archived) (@petesouza44) on

  18. May 26, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    THIS THIS THIS

  19. 66 jacquelineoboomer
    May 26, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Great pics! Thank you, NW, for keeping the world revolving around us!

  20. 68 Dudette
    May 26, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Best FLOTUS Ever

    • May 26, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      Dudette you are so right Michelle Obama is the best First Lady ever. I don’t remember Jackie O, or Eleanor Roosevelt, way before my time.

  21. May 26, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Another great round-up from our resident genius, Nerdy Wonka. Take a bow!!

  22. 72 JER
    May 26, 2016 at 6:15 pm

  23. May 26, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Hate this time zone stuff:

  24. 77 JER
    May 26, 2016 at 6:23 pm

  25. 78 JER
    May 26, 2016 at 6:25 pm

  26. 79 jacquelineoboomer
    May 26, 2016 at 6:38 pm

  27. May 26, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Sizzle break:

  28. May 26, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    this is a super duper posting full of love, and positives. Thanks Nerdy and all contributors.

  29. 85 arapaho415
    May 26, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Since it’s already Friday morning in Japan, and PBO will arrive in Hiroshima around midnight west coast time (per Mark Knoller tweet upthread, here’s some background on the G7 location — these photos do a lot to calm frenzied souls:

  30. May 26, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Back from my nap. Nerdy, thanks for this week’s outstanding travelog, your efforts are sooooooo appreciated!

  31. 90 vcprezofan2
    May 26, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Never realized that Hillary had a magazine ‘presence’ *before* Bill! Sometimes ( :D) twitter offers up some good info.

    http://time.com/3502935/life-with-hillary-portraits-of-a-wellesley-grad-1969/

    Saw the info in this tweet from my TL.

  32. May 26, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    LOVE our POTUS.

    Anthony Boudain: SIX TRUE THINGS ABOUT DINNER WITH OBAMA

    https://li.st/l/5akUvlu4M8C5AFA3Df99Ei

    • 92 arapaho415
      May 26, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      GE Meta.

      It’s so true. I recall recently a person who had just interviewed PBO (I think it was Chris Geidner of Buzzfeed, but it might have been someone else) who said that PBO went out of his way to thank the crew for a job well done.

      This is who he is. PBO is closely attuned to everyone. Not in an insincere WJC way, but whose top priority is to make sure that each person’s needs is met (with the exception of the GOP, MSM and certain leaders of other countries where he needs to flip the coin to “ruthless”).

  33. 93 amk for obama
    May 26, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    • 94 Dudette
      May 27, 2016 at 3:47 am

      After all those kidnappings you’d think Liam would hire some security for that girl or keep her in sight at all times. 😉

  34. 95 amk for obama
    May 26, 2016 at 10:08 pm

  35. 96 vcprezofan2
    May 26, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    This ambassador/sergeant-at-arms seems to be a very ‘hands-on’ type. Not sure what I think about this.

  36. 98 MadameSoph
    May 26, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    OMG! If any TODers have ever taken ballet and tried to learn to dance on pointe shoes, you will appreciate the AWESOMENESS of this YouTube. For those who have not had that experience, trust me, these girls are amazing:

    • 99 vcprezofan2
      May 26, 2016 at 10:38 pm

      Mme. S, I confess I will never understand why anyone chooses to dance ‘on pointe’. In watching I tend to be more focused on the possible pain/cries from the toes so miss the dance itself. 😉 Although I do like Misty en pointe, I don’t see myself actually attending a full ballet performance. OTH, I also never saw myself following a ‘political’ blog, so you never know. 😀

      • 100 MadameSoph
        May 26, 2016 at 11:55 pm

        Pointe shoes do terrible things to the feet. My mom couldn’t afford to keep paying for me to attend ballet lessons when I was little, but I’m glad because I like my feet and dancing on pointe would have destroyed them.

        The Obama Presidency has a lot of us doing things we never did and probably won’t do again. I was raised to be politically aware, but I never followed press conferences, paid attention to foreign trips, watched “Christmas at the White House” or looked forward to the WHCD (except for when Stephen Colbert did that satirical masterpiece on GWB) until PBO and family came to Washington.

        I am finding that I am a little bit excited and inspired that PBO will be followed by a competent, compassionate woman President. Two amazing firsts back to back is pretty cool. I think, as a woman, I will be more emotional than I anticipate when she is sworn in (and no, Sara Palin would not have inspired me, but horrified me). However, I know I will not be following the PHC administration nearly as closely as I have followed PBO’s.

    • 101 Dudette
      May 27, 2016 at 3:59 am

      Yep, amazing!


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