Obama will visit Welsh school

SCHOOL VISIT: President Barack Obama will visit a school it has been confirmed

SCHOOL VISIT: President Barack Obama will visit a school it has been confirmed

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THE WHITE House has confirmed US President Barack Obama will visit a Welsh school on Thursday morning as part of his trip to Newport for the Nato Summit - with a strong chance it will be a Gwent school.

President Obama's itinerary says that he will arrive in Newport from Estonia on Wednesday night. The following morning he will visit a Welsh school with Prime Minister David Cameron, where they will meet students.

He is then due at the Celtic Manor in afternoon, where he will participate in an official photo with the 150 other leaders and ministers attending the NATO Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort.

He will then join NATO leaders for the first session which will be on Afghanistan. Following that session, they will hold a meeting of the Nato-Ukraine Commission. And at the end of the day there will be a working dinner on security challenges at the historic Cardiff Castle.

For the last day of his trip on Friday September 5 the President will view a fly-over ceremony. He will then participate in working sessions with other NATO leaders, before holding a press conference and then leaving Wales for Washington.

With the itinerary stating he will stay overnight in Newport, and the fact he has several meetings to attend in the city on Thursday, it would appear there is a strong chance that school will be in Newport.

President Obama is the first serving US president to visit Wales.

The NATO Summit will be held on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 September and will host more than 150 heads of state and ministers. Security for the summit will be provided by 9,500 police officers drawn from 43 UK police forces with 12 miles of security fencing already in place at keys sites in Cardiff and Newport.

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5:02pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Freedomguy2014 says...

he is crazy no wonder there are 11 miles of fencing and 7 navy warships including the most high tech ship Newport and cardiff is on lockdown i doubt all this could stop an attack. hell they cant even find a missing plane with all the technology
he is crazy no wonder there are 11 miles of fencing and 7 navy warships including the most high tech ship Newport and cardiff is on lockdown i doubt all this could stop an attack. hell they cant even find a missing plane with all the technology Freedomguy2014
  • Score: 9

5:12pm Sun 31 Aug 14

oaktree2 says...

Many schools have closed for the summit but perhaps staff and parents will suddenly find rolling road closures etc no barrier to getting to school for this!
Many schools have closed for the summit but perhaps staff and parents will suddenly find rolling road closures etc no barrier to getting to school for this! oaktree2
  • Score: 7

5:18pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Magor says...

I have heard he will be sleeping on a warship in the Severn, also heard he will be sleeping at a US airforce base.
I have heard he will be sleeping on a warship in the Severn, also heard he will be sleeping at a US airforce base. Magor
  • Score: -17

5:28pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Jewellery10 says...

Any idea which school it will be so that we can avoid the area like the plague?
Any idea which school it will be so that we can avoid the area like the plague? Jewellery10
  • Score: -4

5:36pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

We are not allowed to identify the school prior to the visit for obvious security reasons.
We are not allowed to identify the school prior to the visit for obvious security reasons. Kevin Ward - Editor
  • Score: 35

6:04pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Batman says...

I thought all schools in Newport are closed on Thursday and Friday?
I thought all schools in Newport are closed on Thursday and Friday? Batman
  • Score: 22

6:17pm Sun 31 Aug 14

oaktree2 says...

Unbelievably, there are people naming a school on Facebook and Twitter. However, with the limited schools open next Thursday and Friday, it isn't difficult to narrow it down.
Unbelievably, there are people naming a school on Facebook and Twitter. However, with the limited schools open next Thursday and Friday, it isn't difficult to narrow it down. oaktree2
  • Score: 7

6:32pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

There are 14 Newport schools open on Thursday morning.
There are 14 Newport schools open on Thursday morning. Kevin Ward - Editor
  • Score: 13

6:50pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Sheep'n'wellies says...

Freedomguy2014 wrote:
he is crazy no wonder there are 11 miles of fencing and 7 navy warships including the most high tech ship Newport and cardiff is on lockdown i doubt all this could stop an attack. hell they cant even find a missing plane with all the technology
Very true been saying about plane MH370 rearing it's ugly head for the past 2 months but keep getting thumbs down
[quote][p][bold]Freedomguy2014[/bold] wrote: he is crazy no wonder there are 11 miles of fencing and 7 navy warships including the most high tech ship Newport and cardiff is on lockdown i doubt all this could stop an attack. hell they cant even find a missing plane with all the technology[/p][/quote]Very true been saying about plane MH370 rearing it's ugly head for the past 2 months but keep getting thumbs down Sheep'n'wellies
  • Score: 4

7:01pm Sun 31 Aug 14

heresphil says...

Let's hope that it will be a Newport school - it will be an amazing experience for the kids and wheeling him off to somewhere in Cardiff would be the ultimate insult.
Let's hope that it will be a Newport school - it will be an amazing experience for the kids and wheeling him off to somewhere in Cardiff would be the ultimate insult. heresphil
  • Score: 48

7:17pm Sun 31 Aug 14

alritebutt says...

Could the crusties please come up with better chants...'David Cameron,shame on you,David cameron shame on you' is hardly
Could the crusties please come up with better chants...'David Cameron,shame on you,David cameron shame on you' is hardly alritebutt
  • Score: -12

7:18pm Sun 31 Aug 14

foxy3rd says...

I heard a while back thatt "someone" was visiting Milton school.
I heard a while back thatt "someone" was visiting Milton school. foxy3rd
  • Score: -16

7:19pm Sun 31 Aug 14

foxy3rd says...

I heard a while back that "someone" was visiting Milton school.
I heard a while back that "someone" was visiting Milton school. foxy3rd
  • Score: -13

7:21pm Sun 31 Aug 14

alritebutt says...

Could the crusties please come up with better chants...'David Cameron,shame on you,David cameron shame on you' is hardly a war cry! And the Israel chants are just as bad, how about the pro NATO supporters countering and coming up with a few,I'll start it 2-4-6-8 have a bath and get a job?
Could the crusties please come up with better chants...'David Cameron,shame on you,David cameron shame on you' is hardly a war cry! And the Israel chants are just as bad, how about the pro NATO supporters countering and coming up with a few,I'll start it 2-4-6-8 have a bath and get a job? alritebutt
  • Score: 6

7:25pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Magor says...

alritebutt wrote:
Could the crusties please come up with better chants...'David Cameron,shame on you,David cameron shame on you' is hardly
Tony Blair shame on you!
[quote][p][bold]alritebutt[/bold] wrote: Could the crusties please come up with better chants...'David Cameron,shame on you,David cameron shame on you' is hardly[/p][/quote]Tony Blair shame on you! Magor
  • Score: 7

7:35pm Sun 31 Aug 14

alritebutt says...

Haha magor,nice 1 ,they could also try Maggie Maggie Maggie out out out
Haha magor,nice 1 ,they could also try Maggie Maggie Maggie out out out alritebutt
  • Score: -2

8:48pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Frankfurt says...

Batman wrote:
I thought all schools in Newport are closed on Thursday and Friday?
No that's wrong. My grand-childrens' school is open on Thursday and so are many others. A lot are closed on Friday, but again not all of them.
[quote][p][bold]Batman[/bold] wrote: I thought all schools in Newport are closed on Thursday and Friday?[/p][/quote]No that's wrong. My grand-childrens' school is open on Thursday and so are many others. A lot are closed on Friday, but again not all of them. Frankfurt
  • Score: 8

12:31am Mon 1 Sep 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

It's a good idea to send Cameron and Obama to school but wouldn't it have been better to send them when they were children.
It's a good idea to send Cameron and Obama to school but wouldn't it have been better to send them when they were children. ex-St. Julians boy
  • Score: 16

7:16am Mon 1 Sep 14

polly12 says...

Batman wrote:
I thought all schools in Newport are closed on Thursday and Friday?
No not all
[quote][p][bold]Batman[/bold] wrote: I thought all schools in Newport are closed on Thursday and Friday?[/p][/quote]No not all polly12
  • Score: 3

9:19am Mon 1 Sep 14

ExNewport says...

Batman wrote:
I thought all schools in Newport are closed on Thursday and Friday?
Why is everyone assuming that President Obama will visit a Newport school?
[quote][p][bold]Batman[/bold] wrote: I thought all schools in Newport are closed on Thursday and Friday?[/p][/quote]Why is everyone assuming that President Obama will visit a Newport school? ExNewport
  • Score: 3

9:34am Mon 1 Sep 14

Ultimate Worrier says...

I don't want to be negative, but surely this is the sort of thing that should not have been reported on at all until AFTER it had happened? In the age of social media, the identity of the school is likely to come out before the event, which then creates all manner of chaos and additional risks.

What was the point?
I don't want to be negative, but surely this is the sort of thing that should not have been reported on at all until AFTER it had happened? In the age of social media, the identity of the school is likely to come out before the event, which then creates all manner of chaos and additional risks. What was the point? Ultimate Worrier
  • Score: 13

12:40pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Good Job No Kids says...

Take him to Duffryn, at least the armoured limo will get some use, he'll need it.
Take him to Duffryn, at least the armoured limo will get some use, he'll need it. Good Job No Kids
  • Score: 3

12:41pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Frankfurt says...

Ultimate Worrier wrote:
I don't want to be negative, but surely this is the sort of thing that should not have been reported on at all until AFTER it had happened? In the age of social media, the identity of the school is likely to come out before the event, which then creates all manner of chaos and additional risks.

What was the point?
But the information was supplied by the White House. It seems that the President's itinerary is a public document (obviously with security sensitive information removed). So there's no reason at all why the press should not publish the story.
[quote][p][bold]Ultimate Worrier[/bold] wrote: I don't want to be negative, but surely this is the sort of thing that should not have been reported on at all until AFTER it had happened? In the age of social media, the identity of the school is likely to come out before the event, which then creates all manner of chaos and additional risks. What was the point?[/p][/quote]But the information was supplied by the White House. It seems that the President's itinerary is a public document (obviously with security sensitive information removed). So there's no reason at all why the press should not publish the story. Frankfurt
  • Score: 3

1:39pm Mon 1 Sep 14

displayed says...

So he's going back to school, about time!
So he's going back to school, about time! displayed
  • Score: -8

2:27pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Batman says...

ExNewport wrote:
Batman wrote:
I thought all schools in Newport are closed on Thursday and Friday?
Why is everyone assuming that President Obama will visit a Newport school?
Not assuming anything.
[quote][p][bold]ExNewport[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Batman[/bold] wrote: I thought all schools in Newport are closed on Thursday and Friday?[/p][/quote]Why is everyone assuming that President Obama will visit a Newport school?[/p][/quote]Not assuming anything. Batman
  • Score: -2

2:34pm Mon 1 Sep 14

thomas35 says...

Angela Merkel will be down the docks where her forebears visited in the 1940,s
Angela Merkel will be down the docks where her forebears visited in the 1940,s thomas35
  • Score: -8

3:03pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Mr Bump. says...

Good Job No Kids wrote:
Take him to Duffryn, at least the armoured limo will get some use, he'll need it.
Why do you think they are resurfacing the roads?
[quote][p][bold]Good Job No Kids[/bold] wrote: Take him to Duffryn, at least the armoured limo will get some use, he'll need it.[/p][/quote]Why do you think they are resurfacing the roads? Mr Bump.
  • Score: 8

3:03pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Mr Bump. says...

Good Job No Kids wrote:
Take him to Duffryn, at least the armoured limo will get some use, he'll need it.
Why do you think they are resurfacing the roads?
[quote][p][bold]Good Job No Kids[/bold] wrote: Take him to Duffryn, at least the armoured limo will get some use, he'll need it.[/p][/quote]Why do you think they are resurfacing the roads? Mr Bump.
  • Score: 1

5:10pm Mon 1 Sep 14

WI Spa says...

9 welsh american presidents and he's the first to visit Wales
9 welsh american presidents and he's the first to visit Wales WI Spa
  • Score: -4

5:32pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Frankfurt says...

WI Spa wrote:
9 welsh american presidents and he's the first to visit Wales
The Irish vote is much more powerful. That's why he signs himself O'Bama.
[quote][p][bold]WI Spa[/bold] wrote: 9 welsh american presidents and he's the first to visit Wales[/p][/quote]The Irish vote is much more powerful. That's why he signs himself O'Bama. Frankfurt
  • Score: 0

5:34pm Mon 1 Sep 14

chelsea1970 says...

Red hot news Hartridge (Llanwern school) was meant to be shut . But certain pupils have been asked to go in . So odds on he going to their . What do you think yes or no ? .
Red hot news Hartridge (Llanwern school) was meant to be shut . But certain pupils have been asked to go in . So odds on he going to their . What do you think yes or no ? . chelsea1970
  • Score: 0

6:22pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Mr Angry says...

Have the pupil's parents been informed of the impending visit ? I would object strongly to my children being used in a cyincal photo op by a couple of slimy politicans.
Have the pupil's parents been informed of the impending visit ? I would object strongly to my children being used in a cyincal photo op by a couple of slimy politicans. Mr Angry
  • Score: 11

7:09pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Milkmanofhumankindness says...

After the school visit, I have heard that he is also visiting Cwmbran to meet Labour councillor Steve Brooks and his gagged team to talk about fair employee pay and the cost of living crisis!!!
After the school visit, I have heard that he is also visiting Cwmbran to meet Labour councillor Steve Brooks and his gagged team to talk about fair employee pay and the cost of living crisis!!! Milkmanofhumankindness
  • Score: 8

9:26pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Frankfurt says...

Mr Angry wrote:
Have the pupil's parents been informed of the impending visit ? I would object strongly to my children being used in a cyincal photo op by a couple of slimy politicans.
Yes. The children's parents have been given permission forms to complete and return before Thursday.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: Have the pupil's parents been informed of the impending visit ? I would object strongly to my children being used in a cyincal photo op by a couple of slimy politicans.[/p][/quote]Yes. The children's parents have been given permission forms to complete and return before Thursday. Frankfurt
  • Score: 2

7:35pm Tue 2 Sep 14

-trigg- says...

Kevin Ward - Editor wrote:
There are 14 Newport schools open on Thursday morning.
So just to be clear, you can't reveal which school for security reasons, but its perfectly fine to reduce the options to 14 potential sites.

Because there's no way a terrorist organisation or protest grouop could mobilise enough people to have a presence at all 14 if they were so inclined.
[quote][p][bold]Kevin Ward - Editor[/bold] wrote: There are 14 Newport schools open on Thursday morning.[/p][/quote]So just to be clear, you can't reveal which school for security reasons, but its perfectly fine to reduce the options to 14 potential sites. Because there's no way a terrorist organisation or protest grouop could mobilise enough people to have a presence at all 14 if they were so inclined. -trigg-
  • Score: -2

7:52am Wed 3 Sep 14

fieldsof fields says...

It's obvious to me that it makes most sense to showcase a new school, and also that it would be somewhere close to the Celtic, as he's going "up the Celtic" straight after the school visit. My money's on LLanwern.
It's obvious to me that it makes most sense to showcase a new school, and also that it would be somewhere close to the Celtic, as he's going "up the Celtic" straight after the school visit. My money's on LLanwern. fieldsof fields
  • Score: 0

12:12am Thu 4 Sep 14

DPardue93 says...

Oh great, come over here and brainwash kids to thinking NATO is good... ****
Oh great, come over here and brainwash kids to thinking NATO is good... **** DPardue93
  • Score: -1

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