POTUS back from the other side of the world
May 2nd, 2012
06:33 AM ET

POTUS back from the other side of the world

In the afternoon, the President will return to Washington, D.C. from his whirlwind trip to Afghanistan.

President Obama will participate in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony late in the afternoon in the Oval Office . The traditional ceremony marks the beginning of an Ambassador's service in Washington.

The new Ambassadors expected to attend are:

Ambassador Choi Youngjin, Republic of Korea

Ambassador Mohamed Abdullah M. Al Rumaihi, State of Qatar

Ambassador Felipe Bulnes Serrano, Republic of Chile

Ambassador Paul Getty Altidor, Republic of Haiti

Ambassador Jose Francisco Villagran de Leon, Republic of Guatemala

Ambassador Chaiyong Satjipanon, Kingdom of Thailand

Ambassador Josip Paro, Republic of Croatia

Ambassador Akan Ismaili, Republic of Kosovo

Ambassador Jeremiah Congbeh Sulunteh, Republic of Liberia

Ambassador Othman bin Hashim, Malaysia

In the evening, the President will attend two campaign events in Washington, DC. These events at The W Hotel are closed press.


10:00AM Pool Call Time

1:25PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews

Out-of-Town Travel Pool Coverage

1:40PM THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House

South Lawn / Open Press

3:45PM THE PRESIDENT participates in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony

Oval Office /  Closed Press

4:30PM THE PRESIDENT attends a campaign event

The W Hotel /Closed Press

5:30PM THE PRESIDENT attends a campaign event

The W Hotel /  Closed Press

Topics: Afghanistan • Daily Schedule • Fundraising

soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. John

    Great job visiting Afghanistan on this particular day Mr. President. Very presidential of you.

    May 2, 2012 at 7:23 am |
    • RealityBites

      "We broke the Taliban 's momentum."
      –At least 7 killed in blasts in Afghan capital as a response to Obama's visit

      Goal of defeating Al Qaeda 'within our reach'
      –Last week, near-simultaneous assaults on embassies, government buildings and NATO bases in Kabul.

      "We can see the light of a new day,"
      –And as our coalition agreed, by the end of 2014 the Afghans will be fully responsible for the security of their country."

      May 3, 2012 at 9:43 am |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Bill Clinton is our First Black President!

      See it now!

      Everything you want to know....

      Inside information!


      Slick Willy appreciated Robert Byrd.

      Get OUT!

      May 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
  2. acdcguy

    Yea Mr. President, woooo hooooo, all that way to spike the footballl......... again!!!!

    May 2, 2012 at 7:28 am |
    • jean2009

      Visiting the troops is not, but prematurely standing under a sign that states "Mission Accomplished" 8 years before the fact is definitely spiking the ball.

      May 2, 2012 at 8:27 am |
      • Steveo

        Yo Jean2009,

        I don't recall Bush actually hanging the sign! Do you?

        May 2, 2012 at 8:37 am |
      • acdcguy

        Maybe one of these days you will come up with something original besides a Bush reference........said maybe but I highly doubt it........

        May 2, 2012 at 8:38 am |
      • Steveo


        Very doubtful but..keep hope alive!

        May 2, 2012 at 8:40 am |
      • DEcember 2012


        May 2, 2012 at 10:09 am |
      • The REAL Truth...

        LOL Jean – and we've all seen what a CF that turned out to be. At least Obama visited there 3 times during the last 3 yrs. Bush was too busy hiding out at his Crawford ranch to go anywhere the last 2 yrs of his Presidency.

        May 2, 2012 at 10:37 am |
      • jerry

        he just caused an attack that killed several people as he flew out of the country....he was grandstanding for reelection...he is a despicable human being, a cold eyed opportunist with no morality. This is part of his reelection manipulation...and believe me people see through this...he is a phony to the bone.

        May 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
      • jean2009

        No, but if you read this report the White House took care of production of the sign.

        "Bush's attempt to explain the banner at a press conference Tuesday only heightened the controversy, with the White House attempting to dig itself out.

        What (the president) said was that it was put up by the Navy, by people on board the ship and that was correct," his spokesman Scott McClellan said Wednesday.

        "It was an idea that was suggested by those on the ship as a way to honor the sailors and crew on board the USS Lincoln for accomplishing their mission."

        He acknowledged however: "The Navy asked us to take care of the production of the banner."

        The administration "said that the Navy called for it, and that was a fabrication because they then later acknowledged that it was the White House who created the banner," said Daschle."


        May 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
      • jean2009

        @defguy Maybe if Bush hadn't been such an all around presidential disaster we wouldn't need to repeat the discussion.

        May 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
      • acdcguy

        See you didn't see my memo about Bush references. Is that all you got? Come on...........getting old!!! Change your tag to "ibush's fault".........

        May 2, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
      • Name*Liz Carter

        @Jean...LOL! Ha ha ha! LOL! That is soooo funny! THANKS jean! LOL!!

        May 2, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
      • Tschrny Wolf

        What do you mean by the words "spiking the ball"?

        May 2, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ T Wolf

        Basically it is holding an impromptu celebration after a touchdown before the game is over.

        May 3, 2012 at 7:20 am |
      • 1FreeWorld

        What do American Women Want?

        Free Abortions or Free Contriceptives?

        Find the answer here!


        Burkas or Hijabs?

        May 3, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      I forgot to click the box asking for Follow-up Comments...

      Sorry for the repost.

      Just wondering if wHousHinne has ever visited the other Virginia?

      I mean West Virginia!

      He will need to fly in there at night, just like he did in Afganistan.


      The CLASH of the TITANS!

      In this corner, wearing GREEN,,, are the Environmentalists!

      And in this corner, wearing PURPLE,,, are the Unionists!


      The BIG SMACK DOWN of 2012 !!!!

      It is not a fight of Red vs Blue!
      NO, It is not!

      It is a fight for JOBS!


      Now tell me, how is you Hope and Changie Thing working for all of you Working Families?

      (Working Families is a code phrase for the Commies and usually represents Unions,
      but I am using the phrase as:
      Those that FREELY Want to Work and
      Get Rewarded for their Time and Skills, so that they
      have a Roof over their Heads, and
      Pursue their Goals and Happiness.)

      May 2, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
  3. Gloria

    When he is done with that, how about keeping him busy – give him a beer or two, or three, 4,5 ,6....just keep him busy please.

    May 2, 2012 at 8:11 am |
    • DEcember 2012


      May 2, 2012 at 10:11 am |
  4. Joyce

    He will be busy taking care of government business and campaigning and he will do a good job of both.

    May 2, 2012 at 8:16 am |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Let the good folks in the video tell us how good this Prezzie Is!


      Might be a little bit here and there,,,
      but the message gets out!

      They will ley you know!

      May 2, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Are there Trees in Afganistan?

        Do they have Tree Huggers in Afganistan?

        Will they have Trees in Heaven (after they are Martyred) to hug?

        May 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Just wondering if wHousHinne has ever visited the other Virginia?

        I mean West Virginia!

        He will need to fly in there at night, just like he did in Afganistan.


        The CLASH of the TITANS!

        In this corner, wearing GREEN,,, are the Environmentalists!

        And in this corner, wearing PURPLE,,, are the Unionists!

        WHO WILL WIN?

        The BIG SMACK DOWN of 2012 !!!!

        May 2, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
  5. judy

    glad you are home safe. You bring honor to this country. Glad you where there for the troops. Obama 2012 the only choice forward.

    May 2, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • acdcguy

      Thanks for the chuckle, I needed that !!!!

      May 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
      • Carlos

        Anonymous,Chavez is currently busy tyinrg to undermine the government of Columbia so it seems inaccurate to say that Chavez will have nothing to do with Columbia. If Chavez is successful, he will have expanded his influence even further. Right now Venezuela is the greatest threat to the United States in this hemisphere. If we are going to contain it, we MUST have help. As for human rights records, media darlings such as the "Palestinians", the Russians, and Cuba have far worse human rights records or at least very bad human rights records. Yet we don't hear much about them from the media except fawning praise. The media trots out "human rights abuses" when they want to slime someone they don't like. A human rights record has to be examined within the proper context. Also, we have worked with countries with less than perfect records in the past, as our record on this issue is less than perfect. Circumstances may dictate that we need to do the same again. Getting together others who can help us contain the growing threat from Venezuela is mission critical to the survival of America. Btw, from the best I've been able to determine, I agree with Freedom Fighter that the free trade agreement with Columbia will not take jobs away from Americans. It should increase American jobs, as we will be exporting more to Columbia. Most important of all this agreement will be very helpful a beleagured ally in the region. We MUST have allies in the region, if we wish to contain the hostile power of Venezuela. Ultimately our very survival may well depend upon being able to forge working relationships with countries like Columbia.

        June 26, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • Scott

      LOL, go take your meds Judy you need them.

      May 2, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
  6. AMERICA 1st

    Just another several million of taxpayers hard earn money being wasted.

    May 2, 2012 at 11:21 am |
  7. AMERICA 1st

    How many more trips are u going to waste taxpayers hard earned dollars on before youre voted out of the WHITE house, mr. nobama?

    May 2, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  8. DEcember 2012



    May 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • jerry

      oh I listened to obamas speech and it made me sick..the way he referenced his policies and their success...after, of course, mentioning seal team six.... he is a typical narcissistic... and remember he said his dad served in ww2(a lie) and his uncle was a death camp liberator (which of course could have happened, with the indicated camp, only be true if he were in the Russian Army. Only a very short list of lies and distortions from obama...he is despicable.

      May 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  9. Kool-Aid Police

    He probably came back to give the OWS free loaders a call, as usual they destroyed property and accomplished nothing.

    May 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  10. gung hoe

    @ judy me too.Would definitly not want have anything to happen to obama before we vote him out,it would mean biden would be president and thats SCAREY.@ 2012 your wrong about the dog the prez is hungry!

    May 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  11. jerry

    yes...obama flew out and the Taliban attacked...killing several people in a "secure zone"... the truth is we are losing this war...and our troops are handcuffed by this administration with no fire zones and restrictions...they even give them medals for military restraint (hard to believe)....try fighting a ruthless no holds bared enemy when you are restrained like this. We hear very little of the daily activities as there is a news blackout in Afgan.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  12. estibaliz

    By Ben Stein

    Why was President Barack Obama in such a hurry to get his socialized medicine bill passed? Because he and his cunning circle realize some basic truths:

    The American people in their unimaginable kindness and trust voted for a pig in a poke in 2008.
    (Pig in a poke means: an offering or deal that is foolishly accepted without being examined first. A poke means sack.)

    They wanted so much to believe Barack Obama was somehow better and different from other ultra-leftists that they simply took him on faith.

    They ignored his anti-white writings in his books.

    They ignored his quiet acceptance of hysterical anti-American diatribes by his minister, Jeremiah Wright.

    They ignored his refusal to explain years at a time of his life as a student.

    They ignored his ultra-left record as a "community organizer," Illinois state legislator, and Senator.

    The American people ignored his total zero of an academic record as a student and teacher, his complete lack of scholarship when he was being touted as a scholar.

    Now, the American people are starting to wake up to the truth. Barack Obama is a super likeable super leftist, and not a fan of this country.

    The American people have already awakened to the truth that the stimulus bill - a great idea in theory - was really an immense bribe to Democrat interest groups, and in no way helped all Americans.

    The American people already know that Mr. Obama's plan to lower health costs while expanding coverage and bureaucracy is a myth, a promise of something that never was and never can be -
    "a bureaucracy lowering costs in a free society." Either the costs go up or the free society goes away... an historical truth.

    These are perilous times. Mrs. Hillary Clinton, our Secretary of State, has given Iran the go-ahead to have nuclear weapons, an unqualified betrayal of the nation. Now, we face a devastating loss of freedom at home in health care. It will be joined by controls on our lives to "protect us" from global warming, itself largely a fraud, if believed to be caused by man. She has also signed on to a Small Firearms Treaty at the U.N. This is a back door gun control move. This is approved by the Senate and a 2nd Amendment majority doesn't exist in the Senate now. It will supersede all U.S. Law and the 2nd Amendment. All citizen possession will be eliminated through confiscation. Just Like Great Britain and Australia .

    Mr. Obama knows Americans are getting wise and will stop him if he delays at all in taking away our freedoms. There is his urgency and our opportunity. Once freedom is lost, America is lost. Wake up, beloved America .

    May 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • jean2009

      As I said before, Ben Stein is a moron.


      May 2, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
      • jerrylax

        oh that means something coming from you...yes sir! hahaha, Stein a moron. He vacations at a remote lake we also use in the summers...a very humble yet bright guy...even you jean would like him...unless you are a racist or perhaps dislike Jews.. are you a Jew hater jean2009?

        May 2, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ exlax I don't get bogged down on things like a persons' religion or skin color. I look at what they promote, and put to print....Ben Stein is a bigoted moron who is only worried about tax breaks for the rich. .

        May 3, 2012 at 8:01 am |
      • John

        "I don't get bogged down on things like a persons' religion or skin color." Jean, this is a joke – right? We see your posts every day Jean.

        May 3, 2012 at 8:46 am |
      • 1FreeWorld


        May 3, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
  13. Scott

    How nice, Obama goes over their bragging, within hours after he leaves, Taliban explodes bombs. Yup Obama we really got them good, ya loser.

    May 2, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • jean2009

      Really Scott what can be said about any group that kills their own people? They were killing their own people years before we were there. Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world and has a long history of internal conflict dating back to the early 1900's.


      "It was the second major assault in Kabul in less than three weeks and highlighted the Taliban’s continued ability to strike in the heavily guarded capital even when security had been tightened security for the high profile events."

      Did jerryexlax and you report the previous attack; the one two weeks ago before the president arrived?

      May 3, 2012 at 7:40 am |
  14. jerrylax

    don't you just love it? These left winger nut cases just love to bring President Bush up..when obama is in trouble. Now it is JEAN2009 again...come on here, President Bush, a former pilot, son of a former WW2 pilot landed on this Carrier that had just completed the longest carrier deployment since the Vietnam war...the carrier was celebrating their mission accomplished... this was not Bushs reelection campaign and claim of completing the war in Iraq...even obama would know better than make that claim at that time.

    These past two weeks have been bad for obama...down in the polls because the economy is a mess, the middle east is falling apart (Israel is calling up military reserves), oil prices record highs, the afgan war is losing, and obama is getting kicked around by the supreme court on his crazy imigration laws and health care...in short his popularity is falling like a rock and Romney has yet to really go after him. obama is his own worst enemy...and the American people are seeing who he really is...and it is clear he is not a real American with an American brain...now is the time when real leadership, moral integrity, experience, and intelligence is required...and, Barry Sorento/barack hussain obama just does not have it. He has to date done more reelection fund raisers than all of our (real)Presidents have done since 1977COMBINED...he has no record so he has to buy media and do his usual sales job with the monitors and etc...the empty shirt president.

    May 2, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
    • jean2009

      No exlax he was spiking the ball.

      May 3, 2012 at 7:41 am |
      • John

        Great. it appears his spiking of the ball includes another 4 billion a year for at least 12 more years in Afghanistan.

        May 3, 2012 at 7:46 am |
      • jean2009

        We are discussing the premature Mission Accomplished sign George W. Bush posted on the U. S. Abraham Lincoln.

        May 3, 2012 at 7:55 am |
      • John

        Jean, everyone knows that sign was related to a specific mission. We also know it is now history, same as Bush.

        So Jean, you agree with 4 billion a year for 12 years to Afghanistan? I assume you do because it is an Obama accomplishmnet.

        May 3, 2012 at 9:36 am |
    • jean2009

      @exlax...here is: "The Handy Reference Guide to Bush Disasters,Incompetency, and Lies."


      May 3, 2012 at 7:53 am |
      • Selimane

        Please Please tell me Atty Berg . If it is proven that Barry Soetoro is deiltfneiy NOT a natural born US citizen, Isn't that an impeachable offense and Hopefully punishable by imprisonment and or deportation? I can only DREAM that We the People can find him as the LIAR that he is! and prosecute him as any illegal immigrant would be, to the fullest extent!!! Prison would be to easy for this Lying SCUMBAG! Maybe we could even lock him up at Guantanamo Bay as the terrorist sympathizer he truly IS!

        August 2, 2012 at 12:11 am |
    • jean2009

      The economy is a mess due to George W. Bush.


      Total cost of Bush's new policies $5.07 Trillion
      Total Cost of Obama new policies$1.44 Trillion



      Who owns the largest portion of debt this country owes.
      GEORGE W BUSH – keep in mind that the major part of Obama's deficit problems (interest, stupid tax cuts and wars in two countries) were inherited from Bush and couldn't exactly be cut off.

      May 3, 2012 at 8:16 am |
      • John

        Jean, you are looking very desperate with the repeated Bush references. Take a break, have a little snack, I hear Bulldog is good, then try to put your spinf on the 4 billion a year Obama just sent to Afghanistan.

        May 3, 2012 at 9:39 am |
  15. Name*Liz Carter

    @Steveo,...I don't see that it mattered who actually hung the sign. The thing is GWB felt feisty and proud enough to stand up there in front of it on camera and taking pictures!! Had President Obama done anything close to that, we never would have heard the end of it!!! The media wouldn't have let it go, nor his haters, who just sooooo enjoy pointing fingers at him on the most stupid, but human things!! Notwithstanding, the political banter you all have been waging against him, and the over-the-top tirades and vitriol you spew at him like 'saliva'; I feel very sure the media and his antagonistic, haters, dismissive obstructionists, bigots, and racists will be blasting every little thing they can drum up to continue to berate, beat-down and bash him with, long after he has left the Oval Office! So let us have our time. However, I believe that if history is properly documented about this President and everything he's done to start-up America's engine again, the truth will always override lies, hate and malicious rhetoric!!

    May 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
  16. Name*Liz Carter

    @acdcguy,....how original can we get?? George W Bush is 'original!! He outdone his own daddy!! The Bush Blunders are 'Originals'!! He and they are 'One-of-a-Kind'!! If you think you can just continue to bash and berate a sitting President of The United States, who's genuinely working hard to pick us ALL up off the ground, where BUSH/CHENEY left us; and expect us not to continue to remind you of how we got here in the first place, you have another thought coming!! Now that would be 'ORIGINAL'!!! LOL!!

    May 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
    • John

      Are you calling stating facts "bashing"?

      May 3, 2012 at 7:31 am |
  17. Name*Liz Carter

    America 1st, Scott, acdcguy, and all of you others who are sitting back hoping America fails, just to make sure Obama fails; it will not work!! You are the ones who are un-American!! At the risk of all Americans living portions, menial and humble lifestyles, you folk are willing to undermine and obstruct everything this man does inside and outside the US!! As far as his foreign policy agenda,...Obama is THE MAN!! You folk are just jealous and hateful!! We can't help that your Bush wasn't and it's been proven all the way through this administration!! I wouldn't be surprised that when the truth comes out, that bombing in Afghanistan did not come from the Taliban!! It was a 'set up' once again to make President Obama look bad!! That's what sabotage and undermining is!! I wouldn't be shocked to find out it was a fringe of the military that set off that bombing. I don't put it pass even Lucifer Cheney, to call over there , right before the President ieaves to have them to do that to put a drag on the noble diplomatic mission, try to dismiss and dicredit it to a 'less than perfect visit!! There are military right on this blog site who hate the President!! So that assumption is not that far-fetched, nor inconcievable!! They have done much to trip him up right here at home, so that long arm of evil is capable of stretching overseas too! Sad but so true!! It's hateful and pathetic really!!

    May 2, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
    • acdcguy

      Hate is such a strong word. I do not hate anyone and I do not hate Obama, he seems to be a nice guy. What I do hate is his policies and the direction he is taking our great country. He is the one "failing". The list of his failures is too long and I'm tired of repeating all of them . But the one I will list is debt. We cannot continue down this path of uncontrolled spending. It is not fair to us and the next generations to come.

      May 3, 2012 at 7:21 am |
      • jean2009

        @defguy After 8 years of wrong headed polices that put the economy in a ditch the country is again headed in the right direction...now that the right man is at the helm and in the White House.

        May 3, 2012 at 7:45 am |
    • John

      Actually, if what we are hearing is true i.e. another 4 billion a year for at least 12 more years in Afghanistan it appears the agreement BO made actually put Afghanistan first.
      Obama threatens the elderly and the sick during budget talks, but then he commits 12 years of massave resources to Afghanistan? The priorities are as messed up as it gets.

      May 3, 2012 at 7:48 am |
      • acdcguy

        John, as hard as we try, you just can't fix stupid. Best we can do is just wish them luck and move on!!!

        May 3, 2012 at 8:16 am |
    • John

      Liz, it seems to me people like you are setting up America to fail. The past 3.5 years have been a failure and you, and people like you, want 4 more years of it. Talk about hating America. If you don't hate America why do you support changing it to something else?

      May 3, 2012 at 9:41 am |
  18. Name*Liz Carter

    @John...other than what could be read as just a little sarcasm in your response on this subject, I think I'd have to agree with you on this one. Yes that was a great 'Presidential' move on Obama's part to go to Afghanistan on the anniversary of OBLs death! I also believe that it was a great diplomatic move by a great 'Statesman' too!!

    May 2, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
    • John

      No sarcasism at all. As I have said in the past, I call them the way I see them.
      The initial reports did not mention any of the details of the deal Obama agreed to. As usual, the media shills wanted to elevate Obama and did not provide us with the entire story.
      The details of the agreement are still vague, but we are beginning to hear the costs of the agreement is 4 billion a year and another 12 years of our military in Afghanistan. If this is the case Obama turned what I thought was a good thing i.e. visiting the troops on a special day – to a terrible thing.

      May 3, 2012 at 7:45 am |
  19. Ita

    And I forgot Obamacare, the drinlilg ban, all the czars, his radical pro-choice record, etc. It's hard to keep track of all the reasons not to vote for Mr. Obama.

    June 26, 2012 at 8:46 am |
  20. Hammad

    . There are other graphs abailivle that help tell the entire picture. The raw data is abailivle. People have identified the limitations and problems with the data set. The furor over this graphic is that it says something that a large number of people don't want to believe, either because of their core beliefs or because it clashes with (mis) information from other sources that they trust.So they attack the data, the message, the graphic and seak to discredit it. Me? I think this is simply a datapoint with a positive trend and there are issues with data quality, but overall this is accurate. It makes its point simply and is understandable.And that's what is making people uncomfortable. This could have been about any polorizing topic and we would be having the same discussion.The more interesting concept here is the relation of the information to the viewer and the cognitive dissondance that it is causing.

    June 28, 2012 at 7:29 pm |