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Linda’s Wonderful Adventure

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Linda (@whatisworking)

It all started with an email invitation. My reaction after opening this message swung from excitement and serious tingling, to disbelief and suspicion. I could not imagine what I had done that was wonderful enough to earn an invitation to the White House for a party. Our team had an event every week, I faithfully listened to briefing calls from our state and national leaders, we had been involved in some innovative projects – but a holiday party at the White house was over the top.

I had fantasized about meeting the President, when he was in the SF area, shaking his hand, mumbling something coherent and trying not to pass out. Going to Washington DC, being able to attend an event at the White House with the President and Mrs. Obama was way beyond anything I had ever imagined.

Then that dark voice that lives in my head began to emerge. I kept looking at the part of the invitation that asked for my social security number and date of birth. Was this just a clever scheme to steal my identity? Drats… I called the number on the invitation but it was an answering machine. I wrote to my Regional Field Organizer asking her if she knew anything about it – Nope. I wrote to another volunteer asking if she had received an invitation, Nada…

After several days I wrote to the California Field Organizer and 4 days later she wrote back.
“This is for real and very well-deserved. Apparently Stacy nominated you way back in September and then didn’t hear anything more until now. I hope you can go. This is in honor of all your hard work. The people I know who have been invited before had a wonderful time.”

I still couldn’t believe it. I sent in my information in, and received an email with instructions on when to arrive. Later that day the State Leader who had nominated me, sent an email saying I was on a list of folks who had not RSVP’d and I had to do that right away or I would loose my spot. Yikes – I called the White House switchboard and they transferred me to the Office of Public Engagement. Feeling a bit like a country bumpkin I asked him to verify my attendance, and miracle of miracle, I was told my name was indeed on the list and I could go to the party.

After confirming my ticket – I turned my attention to the issues that really matter, a hair appointment and finding something to wear. My hairdresser got me in the next day and then I began the search for an outfit that is flattering to a short middle aged woman with big hips. I ended up going to Macys in Union Square (SF) and after 4 grueling hours emerged with 5 possible outfits. I headed home for a consultation with my daughter Jennifer and my guest Shirley. Fortunately they both agreed on a winner.

My daughter Jennifer was not satisfied with my buying just a “party outfit”. She insisted I get a new coat for the cold DC winter, new shoes, and makeup. This was turning into a “Cinderella goes to the ball” event and I was starting to get excited.

We left for DC on Dec 11th, and spent the 12th as tourists. We toured the Capitol in the morning, got tickets to the House gallery and saw them debating the budget bill. This was truly a historic day since this congress hardly ever passes anything. I saw Chris Van Hollen, Keith Ellison, John Lewis and heard a Congressman from Michigan who said “shame on you for cutting off Unemployment at Christmas”. We also saw the Fasting for Families Tents. I have so much admiration for those folks.

fast families

Next we took a trolley tour to all the DC monuments, went on the Georgetown tour. By then we were exhausted and chilled to the bone. It is really cold in Washington compared to California.

The next day was the day of the party. We had a briefing at the Eisenhower Executive offices from 9 – 10:30. What a beautiful building. It was huge, ornate, and filled with architectural details that folks out here in California just don’t see. After going through extensive security, we found ourselves wandering around the 4th floor and finally found the magnificent “Indian Treaty Room”.

eisenhower offices

We say back and listened to Brad Jenkins from the Office of Public Engagement, Esther Olivarria – Immigration, Jessica Shahin – SNAP program, Aviva Aron-Dine – Economic Policy, and Melissa Rogers – Director of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

I left the briefing with several impressions.

1. The folks who work for these agencies are smart as a whip, extremely dedicated, and deeply respect President Obama.

2. These issues are more complex than the news media and general public realize

3. These folks will continue to plug away at problems while the media and Republicans spew their nonsense. At the end of the day smarts and persistence wins every time.

I have a little confession to make. At the end of the briefing they took questions. There were a few folks who were all moan, groan and complain – especially about the ACA website. I was a bit perturbed so I raised my hand – my comments were “Here is what OFA can do to help you and here is how you can help us be more effective. Our most meaningful events have been the ones here we shared personal stories, so help us by put a face on the SNAP cuts, folks who loose Unemployment Benefits, and Immigrants. In return we will work every week to get these stories out. We are a slow and steady group. We do something every week – pass out ACA info, call about immigration and register voters. Just remember, we won’t quit until the President quits.”

That last sentence choked me up. It was so embarrassing to cry and sniffle at a meeting. I was in the front row so many folks may not have seen the tears but my voice cracked. I think at that moment I finally realized I was in DC, I was talking to folks who worked with the President, and I was going to the White House and the President and Mrs. Obama would be there too. After lots of blinking and a little sniffling, I was back.

exec office wh

Shortly after that the briefing broke up, I got a hug from Jessica @ the SNAPs program and a lot of smiles from the panel. Brad Jenkins commented it was nice to end on a positive note. If I ever go to a briefing again I will try and be a bit more composed. I wonder if it ever gets easier, it just seemed like such a “big deal”.

Next we were back at the hotel to do some serious “primping”. It is amazing what a girdle, lots of makeup and a curling iron can do. Shirley and I were doing our best to “clean up nice” and I was talking to myself about not crying and streaking my mascara.

We lined up to go in and after lots of security checks of our IDs, being sniffed by a sweet German Shepard, and a trip through the metal detectors we were at the Southeast Entrance to the White House. Even the gate and the door are decorated.

The White House is so beautiful at Christmas I would recommend visiting and taking the tour if you can. This is a beautiful home any time of the year, but adding holiday decorations really made it special.

Once we were in the White House it was pretty overwhelming. We entered on the first floor where these repeating arches were the perfect spot for a picture.

arches

From here we visited the Library, the China room and the Mural Room. The ladies powder room is also pretty amazing.

Our final destination was the second floor where we were greeted by the Marine Band playing Christmas favorites. We wandered through 2 ballrooms, the Red Room, Blue Room, and Green Room. It was a lot to take in. Each ballroom had food, drinks and tables so we were able to sit down, and meet folks from all over the country.

The food was superb, lamb, beef, shrimp, quiche, event the green beans were delicious. The dessert table was my favorite stop with a praline cookie, peach cobbler, and toffee pudding that were just scrumptous.

I had been wondering when the President and Mrs. Obama would be arriving and how we would know what room they would be in. Fortunately we ran into a young woman who knew the schedule. They were due to speak in the foyer at 4pm. We headed that way and it was already packed.

Every once in a while you realize how short you really are – this was one of those times. We managed to squirm our way into a spot where we could see them walking down the stairs. I was about 3 rows back from the front so I did a lot of peeking over shoulders and squirming my way forward whenever anyone moved.

Promptly at 4pm the Obamas arrived to cheers and applause. The President spoke for 30 minutes, he was funny, warm and very grateful for all the folks who had helped him during his Presidency. He thanked OFA twice, told everyone to have fun – but not too much since the house was a rental and they were hoping to get their deposit back. He also let us know that we could take napkins but that they counted the silverware. He is very thin in person. Mrs. Obama is just radiant, her skin glows. I would love to know how she does it. She wore a cream colored beaded sweater over a cream skirt. They both have infectious smiles and were very kind and gracious. I was able to get glimpses of the Obamas during the speech, but it required a lot of standing on my tip toes and bobbing and weaving as folks shifted position.

After the speech the President went to the part of the room where we were and began to shake hands. I squirmed my way to the front of the line and was able to shake hands with Mrs. Obama and then the President. It was a mad crush and as soon as I turned around someone else took my place. My only regret was that Shirley was not able to get to the front, and the pictures we have of the Obamas are shaky at best.

After the Obamas left we saw Brad Jenkins from the briefing that morning. He was very kind and we posed for a picture taken by one of the President’s speech writers. I also saw Aesif Mondi from the Daily Show, in the ballroom and was able to shake his hand but did not get a picture.

It was a magical day, the memories will last a lifetime. I will always be eternally grateful to the members of our OFA team in Sonoma County for all their work and support. Alsolet me give a shout out, to the wonderful folks at the Obama Diary who keep my spirits up everyday.

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116 Responses to “Linda’s Wonderful Adventure”


  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    December 26, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    :lol:

    • 2 COS
      December 26, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      Congrats VC.

    • 4 vcprezofan2
      December 26, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      What a terrific idea to feature Linda’s experience, Utal!

    • 6 MightyPamela
      December 26, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      {{{VC}}} ~ you survived!!! I am SO glad! ;)

      • 7 vcprezofan2
        December 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm

        :lol: Me too. It went very well, but I won’t be volunteering in this area any time in the near future. I am zonked!

      • 8 vcprezofan2
        December 26, 2013 at 8:01 pm

        Can’t even remember if I wished you ‘Season’s Greetings’ already, MP!

        • 9 MightyPamela
          December 26, 2013 at 8:28 pm

          Oh, yes, my dear VC, you certainly did!! All is well thus far, pleasant to be in a warm and cozy little nook like this one, all (reasonably) settled for the holiday! Fairly steady stream of friends, lots of email, texts and am Skyping Into Family Celebration in DC on 28th. I get to watch them open presents and EAT!! ;) It’s fun! ~ for so many years I always worked on Christmas, but this will be the second time I get to be virtually present with them! It’s a BFD!!

          • 10 vcprezofan2
            December 26, 2013 at 8:36 pm

            It does sound cozy and ‘right’, since you don’t have to travel anywhere. In the absence of the ability to be there, hooray for modern communication devices! Do continue to have fun for the remainder of the season.

  2. December 26, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Howdy and congrats VC.

  3. 16 utaustinliberal
    December 26, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Once again, thank you Linda for sharing this great experience with TOD.

    • 17 whatisworking
      December 26, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing it here at the blog. I couldn’t have done it without all the folks who contribute to this wonderful online community. Your work lifts the spirits of all of us who visit here. Many of my OFA volunteers wonder where I get all my uplifting stories, this blog is my “secret weapon” against discouragement and burn out.

    • December 26, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Thank you very much, UT, for featuring Linda’s lovely story!!!

  4. December 26, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Thanks UT for your beautiful posts today. Our wonderful Obama family brings us all together and I love it here. Just going to be a lurker mostly for a few days, but that’s fun too.

  5. December 26, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Linda I’m so glad you had the opportunity to go to the White House. You deserved it and worked hard for it. Thank you for sharing with us your experience.

  6. 25 99ts
    December 26, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    And I’m chatting on the last thread – someone should front page this story! – thankyou UT for this post – and the earlier ones today :)

    • 26 utaustinliberal
      December 26, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      You’re welcome, 99ts from Down Under! :D

      • 27 99ts
        December 26, 2013 at 8:25 pm

        Did you play my video too? :) :)

        I’ve just been reading about driving on ice, snow, studded tyres and wheel chains – I am very glad I live a long way from the ice and snow! Cannot imagine having to drive down to buy the milk and bread in the midst of a northern winter. Going back a century – walking to buy same could have been worse.

        Whenever we ask an immigrant why they came to Australia – “the weather” is usually the first comment – especially if they came from Scotland!

        • 28 MightyPamela
          December 26, 2013 at 8:36 pm

          99ts! Are you tracking the RSHYR? Frantic is doing quite well, indeed! We are all very enthusiastically roaring for them from NA!

          • 29 MightyPamela
            December 26, 2013 at 8:38 pm

            http://rolexsydneyhobart.com/tracker/ Scroll down under ORCi, highlight Frantic and a laser pointer will show you the status! Never could watch a yacht race from the other side of the world before!!

          • 30 99ts
            December 26, 2013 at 9:23 pm

            Not my sport of choice MP – so I’m not tracking – every year it seems more & more about money and technology – less about sailing! In times past we used to watch it on the TV. I’m sure if I had friends/family involved I would be watching :) Hope your boat does well

            • 31 MightyPamela
              December 26, 2013 at 9:34 pm

              I am hearing total confirmation of what my daughter just reported a bit ago ~ about money giving the advantage to the bigger yachts; but our boys are of the true sailor category and are in it for the experience and the challenge of sailing those waters! My first time to know someone onboard, so for me it’s novel! Out of my personal reach, though I do have a deep affection for Tasmania!

              • 32 99ts
                December 26, 2013 at 10:12 pm

                They do have placings based on size of yacht – so first past the post is not usually the winner – although they claim the kudos!

                I worked in Tasmania as a consultant over a number of years – I loved it – as a very different part of Australia – refused to go there May-September – brrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  7. December 26, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Thank you for sharing your special story. I felt like I was there with you and Shirley :) Happy holidays and Happy New Year’s to all of the TOD family.
    Cheers,
    Carly :)

  8. December 26, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    wonderful report. thank you so much for sharing with us.

  9. December 26, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    What a momentous day, and how richly you deserve it. You are also a person who lifts and lightens the spirits of those around you. I have read your blog many days for the good news you share. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  10. 39 Dakota
    December 26, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Absolutely Wonderful Linda! I have goosebumps!!

  11. 40 amk for obama
    December 26, 2013 at 8:56 pm

  12. 41 jacquelineoboomer
    December 26, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    I’ve already sent your YouTube contribution out to a few friends, Linda. Beautiful! I’m sure you’re still walking on air just a little bit … who wouldn’t be!

  13. December 26, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    AWESOME!!! How cool!!! We did the tour in January when the First Family was in Hawaii. It was great, BUT as is usual very restricted. No, electronic devices of any kind, no phones, no cameras. No purses, no backpacks…well, it was no-nothing but the clothes you’re wearing. Still memorable.

  14. December 26, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    What a wonderful….Wonderful experience…I could feel your excitement!!!!

  15. 46 coco222
    December 26, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    This is wonderful Linda. I had to stop in to say thank you for sharing this magical experience. Just lovely!

  16. 47 donna dem 4 obama
    December 26, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    This is so wonderful Linda. No one deserved this experience more than you. I’m so happy you were able to attend. Thank you for all that you continue to do for President Obama

  17. December 26, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    wonderful story, Linda!

    BBC World has a story on Pres. Obama on high rotation. It’s about Joshua DuBois, who provides PBO with this daily devotional. Quite good.

  18. 56 amk for obama
    December 26, 2013 at 9:30 pm

  19. December 26, 2013 at 9:42 pm

  20. 60 desertflower
    December 26, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    REALLY????????????????

    Jeff Gauvin ‏@JeffersonObama 31m
    Ohhh God….now what!? The virulent right in full outrage mode over Obama tweeting about Kwanza? Seriously!???
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  21. December 26, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Hellooooooo everyone! Crikey, I have so much to catch up on all UT’s blissful posts – that’s the UT who had to do all the Xmas posting while I recovered from over-eating and standing guard beside the family Xmas tree which Danny decided was an enemy that had to be destroyed. :???: Hope you all had a great couple of days, I’ll definitely be back tomorrow just so UT can catch up on some sleep. Hugs to you all!

  22. 72 amk for obama
    December 26, 2013 at 9:59 pm

  23. 73 amk for obama
    December 26, 2013 at 10:03 pm

  24. 74 amk for obama
    December 26, 2013 at 10:09 pm

  25. December 26, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Tension increasing …

  26. 76 desertflower
    December 26, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Charles and I are on the same page:) I mentioned something similar today….

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Private_Sector_Has_A_Bad_Month

    • 77 carolyn
      December 26, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      Been away visiting grandkids, back now. Delightful trip….but I have a story to add to the UPS saga. I ordered the grandkids’ gifts from Amazon this year…..to be delivered by UPS acc to Amazon. The boys’ accessories for the Xbox arrived in plenty of time. I ordered Emily’s suitcase Dec. 15th. Was told it would arrive in Rowlett, TX Dec. 19. Then, I received an email telling me it would arrive 1 or 2 days late…fine, I thought, still on time. Then on the 23rd, received an email telling me it would still be two or three days, so I checked the tracker. The package was stuck in Mesquite, TX…..the next city over from Rowlett! It did not arrive by Christmas. I was very disappointed. It arrived today, after we left. According to news in Dallas, info my d-I-law read, it was “due to the ice storm” TWO weeks ago! The Dallas area has been a UPS mess. When the package was delivered today it was delivered by the USPS POSTMAN!!! Yes, they got through, when UPS couldn’t.
      My son the network administrator said also their computer program is not capable of handling their business…..WHY IS THIS NOT FRONT PAGE NEWS!!!!! As Charles Pierce says….cancel the whole company!!!!!

      Well, Emily loved the suitcase when she got it, but from what I read thousands (at least) people are furious at UPS. ha, ha.

      Have loved catching up on all the posts…..Linda what a wonderful experience!!!! Happy New Year!

      • 78 jacquelineoboomer
        December 26, 2013 at 11:42 pm

        carolyn – One thing I’ve noticed over the course of time when something is being delivered by either UPS or FEDEX (and we’ve paid for those shipping costs). When you watch the trackers, some part of their shipments is very often handled by USPS air travel, anyway – even to the point of delivery. And yet Rs in Congress want all of that privatized (close many of the local post offices; cancel Saturday delivery; mail handlers lose jobs with good pay and benefits), and taken out of the Postal Service’s capable hands. Makes me furious, every time I think of it.

        One of my packages was delivered today, as well. Luckily, it was for a month-old baby who didn’t know the difference, but …. grrrrr!!!!

  27. 79 amk for obama
    December 26, 2013 at 10:14 pm

  28. 80 yardarm756
    December 26, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    So true.

    • 81 99ts
      December 26, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      I don’t like the tweet wording – it should be “a GOP sponsered ponzi scheme”

    • 82 99ts
      December 26, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      Forgive me yardarm – I omitted my Christmas wishes to you – may you have peace and enjoyment over the holidays – enjoy

      • 83 yardarm756
        December 26, 2013 at 11:11 pm

        Thank you. I woke up and that was good enuff. I hope yours is gratifying.

        • 84 99ts
          December 27, 2013 at 2:45 am

          ahahahaha – many is the time someone calls & asks “How are you” – and I reply – “still alive which is amazing”

          Bless you – my Christmas was exhausting – grandbabe & all – next year we are eating out. :)

  29. December 26, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    FLOTUS is the sweetest person on the planet.

  30. December 26, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    GE TOD. Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience, Linda!

    ……… I have no words to described what happened below

    SOS Kerry giving daps to Snoop :cool: …….no words

  31. 87 99ts
    December 26, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Some days I luv Pierce – the news the GOP and the US media don’t want you to know – but Obamacare and that website – pfffffffffft to them all

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Private_Sector_Has_A_Bad_Month

    “My goodness, it’s been a terrible holiday season for those people who trumpet the flexibility and abiding genius of the Free Market over the clammy deadweight of Government. First of all, Target gets itself hacked to the point where just about everybody who’s shopped there since the day after Thanksgiving knows that all of their personal information is in the wind.”

    “Then, just as we’re all waiting on our porches for the last of our Christmas packages to arrive, we recall that the people who have worked for two decades to chloroform the U. S. Postal Service always have assured us that the Private Sector, as personified by FedEx and UPS, would more than make up the slack when the clearly obsolete USPS goes out of business.”
    “… following the rhetorical precedents set in the debate over the Affordable Care Act, I think both FedEx and UPS should be shut down immediately because their systems were overwhelmed by a sudden demand. This was due to inexplicable “bad weather” in a season we like to call “winter” and due to an “extraordinary event.” Called “Christmas.”

    • 88 jackiegrumbacher
      December 27, 2013 at 7:38 am

      99ts, I hope you read the comments to Pierce’s article–the last one about UPS not hiring enough people or planning ahead is really telling.

      • 89 99ts
        December 27, 2013 at 8:06 am

        I did indeed – I also find the comments re Amazon interesting – they sent my package via USPS and then through our Govt Postal Service – and it arrived at least a week earlier than the time stated. It was expensive – and our postal service is expensive but my parcels were arriving 2 days after I posted them – so I’m not complaining.

  32. December 26, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Don’t judge a book by its cover……

  33. 91 taiping1
    December 26, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Linda, thanks so much for your account. Glad you were there to accentuate the positive and kudos for all your work with OFA and WIW. And thanks to UT for all your blogging and tweeting while Chips keeps Danny in check!

  34. 94 COS
    December 26, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Lawrence O’Donnell’s report on the Kind Fund from the Church in Alabama where he spoke was very touching.

  35. December 26, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    In case you weren’t already convinced Phil Robertson was as vile as they get ….

  36. 96 mtmarilyn
    December 26, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    UT, thank you for featuring Linda’s wonderful adventure. Such beautiful pictures and words. Linda and all who attended this celebration are the real people of this country, not the 1%. We will win this country back because of Linda and all who work for it.

    • 97 whatisworking
      December 27, 2013 at 11:46 am

      Aw Shucks and Thanks. We will win back the country because of all the folks who come here, take back the facts they learn here to their communities and are inspired (like I am) to do a little bit. it is amazing how much we can accomplish when we all do a little bit.

  37. 98 MightyPamela
    December 26, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Nite_Nite, y’all. Thank you!

  38. 99 cindy sweatt
    December 27, 2013 at 12:02 am

    How wonderful. I am so jealous. I love what you said at the briefing. I am so tired of these fair weather supporters. We will quit when the President quits. Not one day earlier.

    • 100 jacquelineoboomer
      December 27, 2013 at 12:08 am

      Not one day earlier. I’m with all y’all on that!

      • 101 whatisworking
        December 27, 2013 at 11:49 am

        Amen to that. I always tell myself, whatever we are asked to do is nothing compared to what the President and Mrs. Obama are asked to do.

        • 102 jacquelineoboomer
          December 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm

          Yes, and I’m pretty sure they feel our love and support! All the way to 2017! (Thanks for everything you are doing for the President and all of us, Linda!)

  39. 103 purpleshoesla
    December 27, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Wow! What an incredible and exciting adventure Linda! I was grinning from ear to ear while reading your post and checking out your video. Thank you for sharing it with us so we could experience it vicariously. I’m part of the North Central LA OFA chapter in Southern Cali. Couldn’t be more thrilled that a Team OFA_CA member/TOD peep got this wonderful invitation. You are (and continue to be) an indefatigable supporter of our illustrious Prez. I particularly applaud you standing up and providing your positive constructive insight at the end of the briefing. It’s about how we can collectively continue to push our illustrious Prez’s agenda #FORWARD day by day… Bravo!

    UT? You are a “phenomenal woman” blog warrior-ess? :smile: Thank you also! For your tireless efforts keeping us all informed and then some; as well as giving Miz Chips and Master Danny a break from their blogging duties when needed.

    Wishing all TOD peeps a tremendous and stupendous new year in 2014!

    • 104 whatisworking
      December 27, 2013 at 11:53 am

      How fun to to find an OFA buddy from CA. I hope we can meet sometime in the future. I know many of us will take off our OFA hats in the summer of 2014 and take on the role of helping in campaigns where the GOP is vulnerable. Gary Miller comes to mind. Thanks for all you are doing in SoCal to keep the President’s agenda moving forward.

    • 105 utaustinliberal
      December 27, 2013 at 11:58 am

      Thanks, purplehsoesla and for all your hard work in spreading the word far and wide about President Obama’s accomplishments.

  40. 106 susanne
    December 27, 2013 at 12:18 am

    first family hiking trip (sorry if this was already reported–i haven’t caught up with all the threads today!)

    http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/24310525/president-obamas-hawaii-vacation-day-6

    beautiful day today, sunny and warm with light breeze and big fluffy clouds. birds singing, etc. :) all happy to have the first family here!

  41. 107 jacquelineoboomer
    December 27, 2013 at 12:30 am

  42. 108 Elle in MI
    December 27, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Congratulations Linda WIW on this honor and for sharing your experience with us. You looked beautiful Nd complemented the scenery and the company nicely. :-)

  43. December 27, 2013 at 12:56 am

  44. December 27, 2013 at 2:32 am

    Reality ….

    ONLY We Can stop and reverse their decades long efforts not just to enslave, once again, people of color but anyone other than the heirs of the American Plutocratic Class.

    Yes WE WILL

    • 111 jackiegrumbacher
      December 27, 2013 at 7:23 am

      Ironic, Bob, that for decades they exploited a certain intolerant form of Christianity to disguise their real God–money. Millions have been fooled into thinking “Christianity” condones hatred of poor, a desire to deprive and exploit and a deep inhumanity toward others. The current pope is calling out that hypocrisy–maybe that will open a few eyes. The rest is up to us.

    • December 27, 2013 at 9:58 am

      POC …folks who are marginalized and fight for economic freedom and equality are the people who have moved this country forward…these are the people who have and continue to pay the price in order to form a more perfect union…The Obama Coalition…must remain engaged..organized…energized if we are to beat back the forces who seek to enslave us….

      they have been successful with enslaving the viewers of Fox news and listeners of RW radio….however we have shown that they are not invinceable…not just once…but twice…

      YES WE CAN!

    • December 27, 2013 at 11:43 am

      Good day Jackie & PF58,

      Agree with both of you.

      Yes WE MUST

  45. 114 amk for obama
    December 27, 2013 at 8:17 am

  46. 116 sjterrid
    December 27, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Linda, thank you so much for sharing your experience of meeting the President, because of all the work you are doing for OFA CA.


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