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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Updated; President Obama lands in Sweden, first bilateral visit by a U.S. president in history; Links to LIVE worldwide TV coverage of President Obama's trip in Stockholm, watch the press conference at 8:30 Eastern; #obamainsweden, ‏@usembassysweden, #stockholm

Above, screenshot of SVT's website promoting their LIVE news coverage of President Obama's visit to Sweden, which can be seen here, worldwide, on their Special Report version of their news show Rapport with hosts Claes Elfsberg and Marianne Rundström until about 11:20 a.m. Eastern Wednesday morning:

1:30 p.m. Update: SVT has recorded this morning's events and has it as a 7 hour and 18 minute video that you can watch or skip ahead in to find something you find of interest: 
Extra Rapport: Obama besöker Sverige 10:00-17:20: Obama besöker Sverige - DIREKT. SVT följer USA:s president Barack Obamas besök i Stockholm. GÀster, samtal, bakgrund, analyser, presstrÀffar. Programledare: Claes Elfsberg och Marianne Rundström.
http://www.svtplay.se/video/1435951/extra-rapport-obama-besoker-sverige

This LIVE broadcast can also be viewed on mobile phones if you are so inclined.
SVT's mobile streaming is among the best in the world.


Above, screenshot of TV4's website promoting their LIVE news coverage, which they are promoting as "around the clock" and they do seem to be doing more interesting stuff from what I can see and can also be seen worldwide.
http://www.tv4.se/nyheterna/klipp/live-obamas-bes%C3%B6k-i-sverige-2433617

1:30 p.m. Update: TV4 is doing a great job today and as of this writing is still doing their LIVE coverage of the visit, but sometimes that consists of only streaming video of an exterior scene like the Grand Hotel with no sound until someone appears on screen to say something or or the cortege heads somewhere.
By the way, with their coverage, you can also see the TV commercials in Swedish and after awhile, you may find yourself having a sudden craving for Felix brand Tandoori meals -like me! 
http://www.lhw.com/hotel/Grand-Hotel-Stockholm-Stockholm-Sweden

I'm watching/listening to both of them, bouncing back and forth as I edit my promised post about some things that President Obama and most well-informed Americans don't know about Sweden -and should- but won't be hearing anything about from the dim-wits in the White House press corps.
That post should be online sometime today.

Reminder, Sweden is six hours ahead of the Eastern time zone in U.S. & Canada.

Schedule: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/foreign-policy/sweden-g20-trip-2013

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TV4 video of Air Force One landing at Stockholm Arlanda Airport, which is about 40 miles north of Stockholm.


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U.S. Ambassador to Sweden Mark Brzezinski -Zbig's son, Mika's brother- and his wife Natalia
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/natalia-lopatniuk-brzezinski/still-trying-to-have-it-a_b_1713346.html
greets President Obama coming off the plane prior to his meeting the Swedish government dignitaries on the tarmac at Arlanda, including Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, below

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TV4 video

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TV4 video: HĂ€r passerar Obamas konvoj Upplands VĂ€sby.
Presidential convoy from Stockholm Arlanda Airport to the Grand Hotel in Stockholm down the E4.

As some of you know, per my once being part of an advance team for Walter Mondale, I was one of the passengers in one of the limousines in a Secret Service convoy from a private tarmac at Miami International Airport to the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach, where we were going to be staying as part of a campaign visit, and we received the full heavy police escort, of course.

Trust me, THAT is the only way to go!


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TV4 reporter Ted Lundgren appearing on the Nyhetsmorgon program from the center of the security zone in and around the Grand Hotel, where policemen are patrolling and rooftop snipers are at the ready for security purposes
http://www.tv4play.se/program/nyhetsmorgon?video_id=2435597

Press conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Eastern U.S. time, where he will likely start by saying something like what Ambassador Brzezinski said at his swearing-in, "Det Ă€r en stor glĂ€dje och Ă€ra, att se den svenska nĂ€rvaron hĂ€r idag."


U.S. Embassy in Sweden @usembassysweden 

The latest head's up from Stockholm I've received in the mail is...
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From: Mynewsdesk 
Date: 2013/9/4
Subject: Stockholms stad: Trafikhinder pÄ HÀgerstensvÀgen



Stockholms stad

Trafikhinder pÄ HÀgerstensvÀgen

Stockholms stad - Sep 04, 2013 10:37 CEST
Nu placerar Trafikkontoret tillbaka den höj- och sÀnkbara stolpe, sÄ kallad pollare, som ska förhindra genomfartstrafik i rusningstid pÄ HÀgerstensvÀgen.
Pollaren – pĂ„ HĂ€gerstensvĂ€gen, mellan Axelsberg och Örnsberg – kommer att hindra bilister frĂ„n att anvĂ€nda HĂ€gerstensvĂ€gen som genomfartsvĂ€g under vardagar klockan 7-9 samt 16-18. Syftet med avspĂ€rrningen Ă€r att skona de boende i omrĂ„det frĂ„n rusningstrafiken. Kollektivtrafik och uttryckningsfordon undantas förbudet.
Förbudet gÀller redan idag men i och med de fysiska ÄtgÀrderna hoppas Trafikkontoret hindra de billister som ÀndÄ bryter mot förbudet.
Pollaren installerades första gÄngen för ett drygt Är sedan dÄ den ersatte en vÀgbom. Pollaren blev dock pÄkörd och har tillfÀlligt varit ur funktion under en period. Utöver att den nu har reparerats sÄ har Trafikkontoret Àven lÄtit sÀtta upp en trafiksignal samt tydligare förbudsskyltning pÄ platsen.
– I och med dessa Ă„tgĂ€rder hoppas vi att det blir en bĂ€ttre efterlevnad och respekt för gĂ€llande förbud, sĂ€ger Lotten Backström, trafikplanerare pĂ„ Trafikkontoret.
Pollaren och trafiksignalen Àr planerad att tas i bruk under vecka 37.

Kontaktperson: 
Lotten Backström, trafikplanerare, Trafikkontoret:
Telefon: 08-508 26215 E-post: lotten.backstrom@stockholm.se

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