Barack Obama in Prague: random coverage

In Politics on April 4, 2009 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: ,


  • 10:55 a.m.: Summary>>>> HUGE difference between Bush and Obama. Bush said something along the lines of “our country is proud and strong and we will crush you if you mess with us”, while Obama mentioned cooperation, willingness to listen, compromises, deals, etc…
  • 10:50 a.m.: Obama’s offer to Iran: If Iran gives up its nuclear program, the U.S. will give up the idea of building the anti-missile radar system (the system that the U.S. plan to build in the Czech Republic and/or Poland –ed.) 
  • 10:40 a.m. What Obama said: We need new treaties on nuclear weapons. All countries that dispose of nuclear weapons must start cooperating…
  • 10:30 a.m.: What Obama said: He appreciated the work of Tomas Garrigue Masaryk (first Czechoslovak president) and the Czech Republic’s transition to democracy in 1989.
  • 10:22 a.m.: Speech started 
  • 10:00 a.m.: Waiting for the speech: Barack Obama should address the crowd in downtown Prague… According to Czech Television there should be no consecutive interpreting, people should “watch subtitles” on large screens…


  • 8:00 p.m.: Landing documented: First AFO landing photo by
  • 7:20 p.m.: Arrival: Barack Obama arrived in his hotel.
  • 6:10 p.m.: ETA update: The lastest information sources say Obama should arrive at around 6:50 p.m.
  • 4:20 p.m.: Obama’s dinner: The Blesk daily informedthat Obama should have dinner in a restaurant under the Prague Castle; he should have either beef sirloin prepared according to a traditional Czech recipe, or roast duck with cabbage and dumplings…
  • 4:10 p.m.: Spectators told to leave: According to the server the police have cleared out a wide perimeter around the fence that surrounds the airport (PRG). Plane spotters and ordinary people who wanted to watch Air Force One were told to leave…
  • 3:50 p.m.: Gifts for the president: Several Czech artists have expressed their wish to meet the president and to give him “his picture” as a gift; among them a painter from the town of Vsetín who painted a pen-and-ink portrait of Obama smiling (a certain AP photo inspiration) or an artist from Prague who made a colored picture (i.e. a certain Andy Warhol work – “Campbell Soup” inspiration)…
  • 3:30 p.m.: Phones allowed: I noticed that the U.S. embassy in Prague reviewed the list of prohibited items that people shall not bring to the areawhere they will watch Obama giving his speech; cell phones and cameras are allowed, although they were originally included on the restricted item list. BTW, I wonder if consecutive interpreting will be provided during the speech. I have never seen it anywhere, but something tells me that a large part of the audience will need it…
  • 3:00 p.m.: Pilots upset about having to protect Obama: The Czech Army professional helicopter pilots protest against their involvement in the “protect Obama” mission, because they will not get paid for working overtime, the news server wrote. It was explained to the pilots that they are not actually “working”, it is an exercise.
  • 3:00 p.m.: ETA: It was announced that AFO would land at around 5:40 p.m.

One Response to “Barack Obama in Prague: random coverage”

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