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15
Oct
14

At the gates of St. Peter

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Even at a ripe 45, I have some of the sense of invulnerability that I had at 25. There is no good reason for me to be so confident; I have the physicals and admonitions from my doctor to prove so. But, I guess it’s better than being like some people, who treat every errant mole as a sign of the Grim Reaper’s impending visit.

However, everything ends. The one surety in life is that your time on Earth is short an precious. Would we appreciate life if we somehow discovered the fountain of youth? I don’t know. But the short lives we have now make every moment unique, of a singular nature, whether in joy or sorrow.

As life is short, something which always informs my decisions is the question: Am I making the world a better place. I’m not talking about great, macro-historical acts. I’m talking about the little things, the everyday kindnesses, the quotidian miracles which will not make it to the history books, but which may change a person’s life in innumerable ways for the better.

It’s a question by which I try to live. But it’s also a question which too few of our fellow citizens ask.

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15
Oct
14

The First Lady Campaigns for Tom Wolf

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Streaming of the rally has started here – and NBC Philly are promising live coverage too

15
Oct
14

Rise and Shine

On This Day: A woman embraces President Barack Obama following the town hall meeting at the University of New Orleans, Oct. 15, 2009, in New Orleans, La (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (all times Eastern)

11:0: The President participates in a video conference with his British, French, German, and Italian counterparts; The Situation Room

12:30: White House Press Briefing

3:05: The President departs the White House

4:10: Arrives Newark, New Jersey

5:0: Appears at a fundraiser for Senate Democrats, Union, New Jersey

6:05: Departs Newark

6:40: Arrives Bridgeport, Connecticut

8:05: Delivers remarks at a campaign rally with Connecticut Democrats featuring Governor Dan Malloy; Central High School

9:30: Departs Bridgeport

11:0: Arrives White House

10:45 AM EDT (approx): Live here

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Thursday: The President will travel to Rhode Island to deliver remarks on the economy.

Afterward, he will travel to Long Island, New York, to attend a DNC event.

Friday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

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On This Day

President Obama applauds a student who had just sung a song to him at Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School in New Orleans, La., Oct. 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama has a discussion with students during a visit to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in New Orleans, La., Oct. 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Students gather to see President Obama during his visit to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in New Orleans, La., Oct. 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Students hold out their hands to greet President Obama during his visit to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in New Orleans, La., Oct. 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama holds House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s granddaughter, following the Democratic National Committee dinner at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, Calif., Oct. 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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The First Lady casts her absentee ballot, October 15, 2012

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President Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, conducts a conference call with Rob Nabors, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to discuss the federal government shutdown and debt ceiling, in the Oval Office, Oct. 15, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning!

13
Oct
14

Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wait to welcome South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and Lee’s wife Kim Yoon-ok on the North Portico of the White House, October 13, 2011

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Today

The President has no public events scheduled

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The Week Ahead

Tuesday: The President will attend a DCCC event in the Washington, D.C., area.

Wednesday: The President will travel to Union, New Jersey, to attend a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee event.

In the evening, he will travel to Bridgeport, Connecticut, for a campaign rally with Connecticut Democrats, featuring Governor Dan Malloy.

Thursday: The President will travel to Rhode Island to deliver remarks on the economy.

Afterward, he will travel to Long Island, New York, to attend a DNC event.

Friday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

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On This Day

Singer Thalía dances with President Barack Obama during the “In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina” concert, celebrating Hispanic musical heritage, on the South Lawn of the White House, Oct. 13, 2009 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

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Pete Souza: “After a day filled with meetings, the President headed to the White House Basketball Court to shoot a few baskets with his personal aide Reggie Love. Before heading back to the Oval, he flipped the ball towards the rim just where the afternoon light was falling.” Oct. 13, 2010

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First Lady Michelle Obama and South Korean first lady Kim Yoon-ok attend an arrival ceremony for South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on the South Lawn of the White House, October 13, 2011

President Obama and President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea participate in the State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Oct. 13, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning!

11
Oct
14

Thanks To ObamaCare, Happy Dances Are Here Again

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Sharing my Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) recent Happy Dance re: No rate increases for my medical plan for 2015, dental rate decreased, while the Benefit Maximum more than doubled, yea!!). in the last 3 months, I have had a flu shot, a mammogram, and a blood test, all without co-pays. My yearly dental X-Rays scheduled for December is also without any other costs. Finally, the one medication that I take is only 1.81 $ for a month’s supply. When I retired in the summer of 2013, my biggest financial concern was the cost of health care (I am under 65 and single) that I would be directly responsible for for the first time (it was an employee benefit prior to this). It has been manageable so far, thanks, in part, to the ACA. When I received the news that there would be no rate increases for 2015, I was greatly relieved. I love Obamacare and the man who brought it to us. I am always so tickled that the term that the GOPers used as a pejorative, has instead insured that PBO would forever get credit for this law that has begun to transform the health and well-being of our nation.

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11
Oct
14

Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Miami International Airport in Miami, Florida, Oct. 11, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today

9:40 PT: The President attends a DNC fundraiser, private residence, San Francisco

11:15 PT: Departs San Francisco

7:10 ET: Arrives White House

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President Obama walks to Air Force One prior to departure from Los Angeles International Airport, October 10, 2014

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The Week Ahead

Tomorrow: The President has no public events scheduled

Monday: Columbus Day – the President has no public events.

Tuesday: The President will attend a DCCC event in the Washington, D.C., area.

Wednesday: The President will travel to Union, New Jersey, to attend a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee event.

In the evening, he will travel to Bridgeport, Connecticut, for a campaign rally with Connecticut Democrats, featuring Governor Dan Malloy.

Thursday: The President will travel to Rhode Island to deliver remarks on the economy.

Afterward, he will travel to Long Island, New York, to attend a DNC event.

Friday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

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President Obama holds 22-week-old Lucio Tonatiuh Madrigal at Frank G Bonelli Regional Park, California

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President Obama signing memorabilia backstage at San Dimas (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama arrives at San Francisco International Airport on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

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A warm San Francisco welcome, from Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Anna Eshoo

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Our Judith!

On the left: Our Judith!

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Judith’s ticket, signed by the VP

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Judith: “I’ve attached my speech so you know what I said today to merit a hug and kiss from V.P. Joe Biden. It was lovely to have the opportunity to tell him about his ardent fan club at The Obama Diary. He signed my ticket!!”

“We know actions taken by volunteers to register voters and get them to exercise their precious right to vote make a critical difference.

Holding house parties and neighborhood events to raise many small dollar donations will beat the Koch Brothers’ and Karl Rove’s dark money Super Pacs like it did in Jeff Merkley’s first Senate race and in electing and re-electing Obama/Biden.

We need to give them a Congress that will work with them to pass progressive legislation instead of throwing a monkey wrench into the gears of government.

Don’t ride the roller coaster of polls or be depressed by the mainstream media focus on every bit of dismal news.

Don’t boo: VOTE!

Oregon ballots drop on October 15th. We must ramp up our efforts NOW. Before you leave today, pledge to speak to every 18-30 year old in your family circle to make sure they are registered at their current Oregon address by October 14th.

Throw a Voter’s Guide party to discuss the critical importance of voting for Democrats up and down the ticket and collecting a few donations for GOTV.

Sign up for a shift of calling our target voters from one of the campaign offices and/or knocking on doors of people we need to vote.

Together, we will give Jeff Merkley the biggest margin of victory ever and send him back to the Senate to do the people’s, not the corporations’ work.

THANK YOU!”

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Judith’s photos:

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On This Day

President Obama opens a door in the Oval Office to greet children from the education documentary “Waiting for Superman,” Oct. 11, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama greets students from the education documentary “Waiting for Superman” in the Oval Office, Oct. 11, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Guinness Book of World Records holder John Cassidy performs a balloon act for First Lady Michelle Obama in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Oct. 11, 2011. Cassidy performed for kids on the South Lawn before the First Lady launched a challenge to break the Guinness World Records title for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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President Obama watches the Vice Presidential debate aboard Air Force One with staff, en route to Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, from Florida, Oct. 11, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughter Malia meet with Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban a year ago, in the Oval Office, Oct. 11, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning! And Happy Birthday again Jacqueline!




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