President Obama talks with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran during a phone call in the Oval Office, Sept. 27 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama heading for New York
@petesouza: The kiss goodbye: Pres And Mrs Obama after landing via helo yesterday then heading to separate events
@petesouza: Pres Obama talks backstage w Pres Clinton as Hillary Clinton waits to be introduced at CGI event
@FLOTUS: The First Lady greets students from the Dance Theatre of Harlem before a luncheon for the spouses of @UN leaders
The Day in Images – by LovelyPlains
First Lady Michelle Obama with First Lady of Ghana Lordina Mahama during UN luncheon in New York
The Affordable Care Act: a personal experience – by Liberal Librarian
How the GOP became bad pantomime – by Liberal Librarian
Indian PM Manmohan Singh speaks with President Obama in the Oval Office, September 27
— Negar Mortazavi (@NegarMortazavi) September 27, 2013
More tweets about Iran here
GOP hates Obamacare Cuz Pres Obama snatched Ayn Rand’s wig – by zizi2
The Adorable Care Act – by CarolDuhart (Aquariusmoon)
A Woman’s War Story – by Jacquelineoboomer
The old men
Went off to war as new men
Fit for battle
Not really understanding
How it would forever change them.
Nurses and medics,
Pilots and combat troops.
In Europe on Normandy Beach
Vast cemeteries left behind
In the planes that flew over
Wide Island Hiroshima
In the snowy, forgotten paths of Korea
In the brown waters of Vietnam
In the treacherous mountains of Afghanistan
Amid the pure hell of Iraqi cities under fire
Just to topple a statue.
I’ve forgotten some theaters
Sorry to say
I’ve forgotten some war zones
As I write this
Because I would never have been
Brave enough to go
I didn’t wear the dog tags
I didn’t ride the waves
I can’t be called A Veteran.
I sat at home and changed diapers
And worked for a ‘living’
And watched a war
Where men were dying
Where men were dying
On black and white television
A war in a land so unfamiliar
That I said
I don’t want to see this every night.
Shame on me
Because that was all I said about that war
At the time
But we can never forget
My father, your father
Her mother, his mother
The sons and daughters.
Remember the brothers and sisters
Remember the friends
My friend, You, A Veteran.
Who, when challenged,
Met the challenge
They came back home to name their
Firstborns, so new and shiny
After a fallen comrade
And didn’t want to talk about it.
To those who say no more drones
No more diplomacy
Who revile our President
When he says he supports
Like Augustine and Lincoln did
Honor the Citizen Soldiers
Like Washington did.
Remember the fathers
Remember the old men
Who went off to war as new men
Remember the women
Who went off to war
Leaving their babies at home
Veterans of foreign wars
Defending our shores
And our coastal waters.
They flew into the wild blue wonder
They guarded our hometowns, yours and mine
They guarded our babies, yours and mine
They are loved here at home
Even though we cannot
Remember all of their faces
Or the names of the theaters of war
And never knew some of their names, either
Until they were etched in granite for us.
When they were young
And fit for battle
When we were young
And did not understand their sacrifice.
Are any of us ever really fit for battle?
“When we assumed the soldier, we did not
lay aside the citizen.” – George Washington
“A just war is wont to be described
as one that avenges wrongs,
when a nation or state has to be punished,
for refusing to make amends for the wrongs
inflicted by its subjects,
or to restore what it has
seized unjustly.” — Augustine
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