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Obama Schedule || Monday, July 1, 2013

3:20 am || Departs Capetown, South Africa
7:30 am || Arrives Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
8:40 am || Begins meetings with Tanzanian President Kikwete; State House, Dar Es Salaam
9:45 am || Holds press conference with President Kikwete
10:35 am || Plants a tree with President Kikwete
11:05 am || Takes part in a CEO roundtable; Hyatt Kilimanjaro, Dar Es Salaam
12:05 pm || Speaks to business leaders; Hyatt Kilimanjaro, Dar Es Salaam,
1:20 pm || Attends an official dinner with President Kikwete; State House, Dar Es Salaam

All times Eastern
Live stream of Obama press conference at 9:45 am

8 Responses to Obama Schedule || Monday, July 1, 2013

  1. Well, he better make some friends in his dear old homeland because Europe isn´t so sweet on him anymore after the spying business. Why spy on friends ? The NSA ought to be more than busy with all the enemies. However, Barry chooses some dubious friends. I read in Daily Telegraph that Syrian rebels had breached a monastery and grabbed the Catholic priest Francois Murad and then beheaded him before cheering crowds. This horrible event took place June 23 but I still haven´t read any reports of it apart from here. The rebels are enemies of Christians and Jews but Barry seems to appreciate them.

    • Even this German Lefty is unhappy.

      With Edward J. Snowden’s important revelations fresh in our minds, Germans were eager to hear President Obama’s recent speech in Berlin. But the Barack Obama who spoke in front of the Brandenburg Gate to a few thousand people on June 19 looked a lot different from the one who spoke in front of the Siegessäule in July 2008 in front of more than 200,000 people, who had gathered in the heart of Berlin to listen to Mr. Obama, then running for president. His political agenda as a candidate was a breath of fresh air compared with that of George W. Bush. Mr. Obama aimed to close the Guantánamo Bay detention camp, end mass surveillance in the so-called war on terror and defend individual freedom.


      Even as a Green Party politician, I wasn’t impressed with Mr. Obama’s focus on fighting global warming. While his renewed enthusiasm is appreciated, it served as a distraction from the criticism he is currently facing for allowing invasive state surveillance. He cannot simply change the subject.

      His speech caused many Germans to question whether Americans actually share our understanding of the right balance between liberty and security. In the past, we celebrated the fact that both countries valued this balance, and there was huge solidarity with America after 9/11.

      But the policy decisions of the Bush administration after the attacks — from waterboarding to Guantánamo — appalled Germans. We were shocked to see this mutual understanding disappear. Now we are not sure where Mr. Obama stands.


      While our respective security services still need to collaborate on both sides of the Atlantic to pursue and prevent organized crime and terrorism, it must be done in a way that strengthens civil liberties and does not reduce them. Although we would like to believe in the Mr. Obama we once knew, the trust and credibility he enjoyed in Germany have been undermined. The challenge we face is to once again find shared values, so that trust between our countries is restored.

      Perhaps instead of including a quote from James Madison in his speech, arguing that “No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare,” Mr. Obama should have been reminded of the quote from another founding father, Benjamin Franklin, when he said, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”