Posts Tagged ‘2009
All times Eastern
1:0: The President attends a forum on Inclusive Economic Growth and Development (Audio only at White House live)
3:0: Departs San Jose, Costa Rica en route Washington, DC
7:20: Arrives Joint Base Andrews
7:35: Arrives the White House
Live coverage from Costa Rica:
9:45: President Obama departs the White House
11:15: Arrives Columbus, Ohio
12:35: Delivers the commencement speech at The Ohio State University
3:25: Arrives the White House
The week ahead:
Monday: The President will have meetings at the White House
Tuesday: Welcomes President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea to the White House
Wednesday: Meetings at the White House
Thursday: Travels to Austin, Texas for events on the economy and to see UT. Returns to the White House in the evening
Friday: Meetings at the White House
Saturday: The President and the Vice President will honor the 2013 National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) TOP COPS award winners at the White House
President Barack Obama and President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica participate in a cultural event with Costa Rican youth at Casa Amarilla, San Jose, Costa Rica, May 3, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama at his joint press conference with Costa Rica’s President Laura Chincilla in San Jose, May 3
A Cinco de Mayo pic or two, even though it’s only the 4th 😕
President Obama and the First Lady take the elevator to the private residence after a Cinco de Mayo celebration at the White House, May 4, 2009 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)
My most loved WHCD line ever:
Wanda Sykes on Rush Limbaugh: “He just wants the country to fail. To me that’s treason. He’s not saying anything different than what Osama Bin Laden is saying. You might want to look into this, sir, because I think Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker but he was just so strung out on Oxycontin he missed his flight. … Rush Limbaugh, I hope the country fails, I hope his kidneys fail, how about that?”
(Photo not taken by me)
I’ve honestly lost count of the number of requests I’ve had to post more of my exquisite DC photos from four years ago, this post leaving many of you gasping for more (Not to gloat or anything, but you saw this, yes?)
Well, alright, I’ve actually had no requests at all, but they probably just got lost in spam, which can happen with WordPress. Gremlins. 🙄
So, by popular-ish demand:
Bruce singing right in to my eyes at the We are One concert:
Bono desperately seeking me out while mouthing ‘in the name of love’:
The President-elect – the next line actually read ‘Obama Diary is here’, I truly regret not lowering my focus:
Remember I was majestically kind enough earlier today (this post) to share with you one of my spectacular photos from the last inauguration?
Some of you were rude enough to refer to it as the ‘horse manure’ pic, which said a whole more about you than my masterly eye for a photograph.
Any way, I captioned it:
“Eat your heart out, Scout Tufankjian”
Some of you might be aware that I worship the ground Scout Tufankjian carries her cameras on (if you haven’t bought this book you should be ashamed), she’s the most brilliant photographer on planet earth – and did gorgeous work again on the 2012 campaign (I’ve posted lots of her photos, you can see more here)
So, where were we?
Yes, my ‘horse manure’ pic that SO many of you failed to appreciate?
Look what I just found in pending:
And yes, I checked, it’s HER!
Scout Tufankjian? I LOVE you! 😆
The rest of you? Like Scout, please respect my horse manure pics in future, okay?
I don’t know yet if I’ll make it to the inauguration, but if I do you can look forward to some truly exceptional photos – like the ones I took last time.
This was probably the best – eat your heart out, Scout Tufankjian:
Although – and I shouldn’t boast – I got one of Sasha’s hands, and a third of Michelle too:
And this was Joe waving to me:
I also got Bush leaving DC – I wished him well, needless to say, while almost falling off the balcony with glee while I tried to focus:
And I managed to get about, oh, 97 shots of toilets – and you can never, ever have enough of them:
And I made a new friend in DC:
Then there was President-elect Obama, Denzil and me at the ‘We Are One’ concert – we were practically cheek-to-cheek we were so close:
I met President-elect Obama again next day, while walking down the street – you can see by his face that he recognized me from the concert:
Sadly, I also met some not-so-nice people. I’m a sports nut – so I was very offended:
The most impressive photos I took, though, were in the early hours after the inauguration:
…. and out the window of the cab on the way back to where I was staying:
It was a very good day/night. 😕
So, if I make it in January, you can anticipate more top class photography of this kind.
What hurts, though, after all of this, was that Pete Souza got the WH photographer’s job and not me. To this day, I will never understand why.
9:0 President Obama, Vice President Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome South Korean President Lee and First Lady Kim to the White House
11:0 The First Lady invites the Republic of Korea’s First Lady Kim Yoon-ok to Annandale High School in Virginia
11:05 The President holds a bilateral meeting with President Lee and official U.S. and South Korean delegations
12:20 The President holds a joint press conference with President Lee
7:0 The President and First Lady welcome South Korean President Lee and First Lady Kim to the White House for a state dinner
Left to right – Martin Nesbitt, Valerie Jarrett, Dr. Eric Whitaker
The State: They golf with him, they vacation with him, their kids and his kids hang out. To them, he is Barack, not Mr. President. He can be teased and tease back.
They form the trusted circle of tightlipped friends who have sustained Barack Obama through good times and bad since his days in Chicago, from Hawaii to Washington to Martha’s Vineyard and back again.
For the most powerful man on the planet who nonetheless may have one of the loneliest jobs, a close band of buddies – Eric Whitaker, Martin Nesbitt and Valerie Jarrett form the core – has become a second family, to a degree replacing the one he lost or never had with the absence of his father and death of his mother in 1995.
Apart from wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha, they are the people he is closest with. And to the president, in his private life a creature of habit, there’s a comfort in turning to trusted friends with whom confidence runs deep and there is no question about where loyalties lie.
“I think that for a president of the United States who’s always on, it’s a relief to be around people who’ve known you for a very long time so that you can just be comfortable, No. 1 being yourself, and No. 2 knowing that you can trust them completely,” Jarrett said in an interview.
“There’s a level of trust that has withstood the test of time. He doesn’t have to worry about his friends leaking the details of his vacation to the press,” she said.
“He enjoys being around people who are completely comfortable teasing him and treating him like a friend and not the president of the United States.”
Full article here
CBS: Obama’s Circle Of Friends (January 21, 2009) – ‘From Barry to President Obama; Erin Moriarity speaks with Marty Nesbitt, one of President Obama’s closest friends, about this historic moment and the importance of friendship.’ (You can see the original video here)
NY Mag: From the Time Capsule: Dominique Strauss-Kahn Meets Barack and Michelle Obama at a dinner during the G-20 conference in September 2009. Some pictures say a thousand words. This one just says two: No Touching.
Thank you Proud 😉
Although Michelle knows how to handle creeps …. remember her keeping Berlusconi at arm’s length?