Posts Tagged ‘america’s

16
Apr
12

rise and shine

Washington Post: President Obama raised $53 million last month for his reelection, a substantial increase from the month before.

In February, Obama raised $45 million from 348,000 donors. This month he upped his total by $8 million, and increased his donor pool to 567,000.

…. Ninety-seven percent of donations to Obama’s re-election effort were for $250 or less, the Obama campaign said. The average contribution was $50.78.

As of mid-March the president’s campaign had close to $85 million in cash on hand, according to FEC filings.

More here

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President Obama arrives at the White House from a summit with leaders from the Americas in Colombia, early Monday, April 16

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Buzzfeed: Former Governor Mitt Romney is already offering top donors access to a special “Presidential Inaugural retreat,” planned on the assumption that he will be elected president this November.

The offer, in a fundraising email circulated by a top Georgia supporter to fellow Republicans and obtained by BuzzFeed, is one of several goodies offered to those who contribute more than $50,000 to the joint fundraising committee known as “Romney Victory”….

Those donors will be named “Founding Members” of Romney Victory and invited to a California retreat with Romney and offered “yet to be determined access at the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August.”

They will also “have preferred status at the first Presidential Inaugural retreat,” the email says.

More here

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A visitor pretends to talk on a phone alongside a wax figure of US President Barack Obama on the opening day of the new Madame Tussauds exhibition in Sydney on April 16

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 ET: The rivalry continues! First Lady Michelle Obama and Ellen DeGeneres continued their playful trash talking after their highly publicized push-up contest.

….. Their lighthearted back-and-forth took place via satellite, as the First Lady sat in an audience of 600 military families and their daughters in Jacksonville, Florida while Ellen reached them from her studio in Burbank, California.

…. You can see their entire exchange on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday, April 16. Check your local listings.

More here

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Morning everyone ;-)

15
Apr
12

colombia

Colombian children look at President Obama during a land titling event for Afro-Colombian communities in Cartagena

…. gesturing to Colombian singer Shakira, as Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos looks on, during a land titling event for Afro-Colombian communities in Cartagena

…. greeting Sebastian Salgado, of the Afro-Colombian San Basilio de Palenque community, during a land titling event at the San Pedro Claver square in Cartagena

Catholic Priest Alvaro Gutierrez leads President Obama and President Santos on a tour of the Spanish colonial Cathedral San Pedro Claver in Cartagena

…. greeting people during a land titling event for Afro-Colombian communities in Cartagena

…. at a multilateral meeting with Caribbean Leaders. Front row from left to right, Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Kenny Davis Anthony, Grenada’s Prime Minister Tillman Joseph Thomas Barbados’ Prime Minister Freundel Jerome Stuart, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, President Barack Obama, Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Belize’s Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega, Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves. Back row, from left, unidentified, Haiti’s Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Winston Baldwin, Bahamas’ Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette, Dominican Republic’s President Leonel Fernandez, Saint Kitts and Nevis’s Prime Minister Denzil Llewellyn Douglas and Suriname’s President Desire Delano Bouterse.

From left to right, clockwise: Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Winston Baldwin, Bahamas’ Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette and Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar

Departing on Air Force One from Rafael Nunez International Airport in Cartagena, April 15

Denver Post

More photos in the posts below

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15
Apr
12

gracias

….. greeting school children and teachers after speaking at Plaza de San Pedro in Cartagena

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Catholic priest Alvaro Gutierrez leads President Obama and President Santos on a tour of San Pedro church in Cartagena

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….. greeting Colombian singer Shakira during an event to hand over titles to representatives of the Afro-Colombian community during an event at the Plaza de San Pedro in Cartagena. The land restitution is an attempt by Colombia to recognized marginalized communities who were forced from their land by armed groups.

Sebastian Salgado, leader of the San Basilio de Palenque community of descendants of former slaves, receives a land title from President Obama during the ceremony

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…. at a joint press conference with Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos

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…. departing on Air Force One from Rafael Nunez International Airport in Cartagena en route to Washington DC

15
Apr
12

heads up: pbo press conference in colombia

White House live

The above link is audio only, if you have any other links please leave them in the comments – thank you!

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15
Apr
12

pic of the americas

President Barack Obama gestures during the official photo at the sixth Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia. Obama is flanked by Presidents Sebastian Pinera of Chile, front left, and Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala, front right. Pictured behind the three leaders are Presidents Porfirio Lobo of Honduras, middle row, left, Felipe Calderon of Mexico, middle row, second from left, Ricardo Martinelli of Panama, middle row, right, and Trinidad and Tobago

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President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner during a bilateral meeting at the Americas Summit in Cartagena. April 14

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From yesterday:

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Meanwhile….

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Back later, chat away ;-)

15
Apr
12

rise and shine

Own up, which one of you wrote this for El Universal?

Eh, with thanks to Google Translate……

Obama, The Man of the Summit

El Universal: If those in the Gethsemane audience could vote in the upcoming U.S. presidential election, President Barack Obama would surely get plenty of votes….

… thunderous applause greeted the president when he made his entrance to the auditorium … which hosted the opening ceremony of the Sixth Summit of the Americas.

Obama has shown in Cartagena what we already knew: that he is a very charismatic person…. elegant…

…. walking down the red carpet to the Convention Center … Barack Obama, the “man of the Summit”, wore a white shirt, trousers and brown shoes and black jacket. In the lapel of his jacket he wore a pin with the flag of his country and the gray in his hair shone in the Cartagena sun….

This style and his permanent real smile make him a very charismatic man and even … attractive.

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Morning everyone ;-) I’ll be back later today – chat away.

14
Apr
12

coming up

Tomorrow (Eastern Time):

10:20 AM PBO participates in an Official Leaders’ Photo

10:30 Participates in a Leaders’ Retreat

1:50 PM Holds a multi-lateral meeting with Caribbean Leaders

3:10 Attends a bilateral meeting with President Santos of Colombia

3:40 Holds a bilateral working lunch with President Santos

4:35 Holds a joint press conference with President Santos

6:10 Tours San Pedro Claver Church

6:20 Participates in a cultural event with President Santos

7:10 Departs Colombia en route Washington, DC

11:35 Arrives Joint Base Andrews

11:50 Arrives the White House

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Next week:

Monday: Attends meetings at the White House.

Tuesday: Welcomes Tony Stewart and the 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers to the White House to honor Stewart’s Sprint Cup Series Championship.

Wednesday: Travels to the Cleveland, Ohio area to deliver remarks at an event on the economy. Later, he will travel to Michigan to attend campaign events. The President will return to Washington in the evening.

Thursday: Welcomes the BCS National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide to the White House to honor their 14th championship.

Friday: Welcomes the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House.

14
Apr
12

arrival ceremony

Colombian attorney Silvio Carrasquilla and his friends walk with his baby donkey Demo, which he dressed as the mascot of the U.S. Democratic Party, as they try to approach President Barack Obama and give Demo to him as a present, in Cartagena

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…. Carrasquilla holds up his baby donkey Demo as the motorcade carrying President Obama passes by

…. Carrasquilla holds a leaflet with instructions for President Obama for the care of Demo

Oh no…..

…… Carrasquilla is stopped from approaching the convention center

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President Obama arrives at the Julio Cesar Turbay Ayala Convention Center in Cartagena

…. with Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez

…. Shakira sings the Colombian national anthem

…. with Grenada’s Prime Minister Joseph Thomas

…. with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

…. with Dominican President Nicholas Liverpool

…. with Guatemalan President Otto Perez

14
Apr
12

take that, tweety

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff speaks alongside her counterparts from the US Barack Obama and Colombia Juan Manuel Santos during the CEO Summit on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, April 14. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was the moderator for the discussion.

Full discussion:

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From yesterday:

Thanks CollegeKay

14
Apr
12

heads up: pbo at the summit of the americas

White House live

CNN live streaming

CBS

14
Apr
12

rise and shine

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Today: PBO begins his day with a CEO Summit of the Americas. He will then join the other leaders for an arrival ceremony in the early afternoon. From that, they will go into the plenary session, which will run throughout the afternoon. The leaders will again have a dinner during which they will continue their discussions.

Sunday: In the morning there will be an official photo for the Summit. That will be followed by the leaders’ retreat, which will run throughout the morning and conclude the summit program. The President will then have a multilateral meeting with Caribbean leaders.

In the afternoon, the President will have a bilateral program with President Santos of Colombia that will include a meeting and a working lunch. The two leaders will then hold a joint press conference and will participate in an event at San Pedro Claver Church. In the late afternoon, the President will return to the United States, getting back to Washington late Sunday night.

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White House live

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It’s our Colombian Obot!

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos greets President Barack Obama upon his arrival at Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, the largest colonial fort in Colombia, for a dinner of the leaders of the Summit of the Americas

…. with Maria Clemencia Rodriguez, wife of the Colombian President

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President Calderon greets Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller

…. greeting Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen

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Servers at a Summit of the Americas leaders dinner at Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

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Morning everyone ;-)

13
Apr
12

hola

8:10 ET PBO arrives at the base of Castillo, San Felipe de Barajas

8:20 ET PBO attends a leader’s dinner

…. greeting his ambassador to Colombia, Michael McKinley

… accompanied by Colombia’s Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Monica Lanzetta

President Obama arrives for the Americas Summit at Cartagena airport in Colombia, April 13

Locals wave as President Obama’s motorcade drives by Cartagena’s Old Fortresss

Blanca, a Colombian amateur painter and fan of President Obama, argues with a policewoman while trying to reach the hotel where the President stays to give him the painting

…. the painting slips from her hands as she is stopped by a Colombian police officer

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02
Nov
11

evening all

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Steve Benen: ….. “It’s safe to say Speaker John Boehner does not agree with President Obama’s suggestion on Tuesday that Americans are better off now than they were when he took office. “Are you kidding me?!” Boehner said loudly in response to a reporter’s question on the comment.”

…. Obviously, national conditions aren’t close to where they need to be. …. Maybe, if guys like Boehner would start passing jobs bills and stop holding the economy back on purpose, the public would start to feel like the country is on the right track again.

But for those who take reality seriously, there’s no real question as to whether the country is better off now than in January 2009:

Then the nation was hemorrhaging jobs; now it’s gaining jobs.

Then the economy was shrinking; now the economy is growing.

Then the American automotive industry was on the verge of collapse; now it’s starting to thrive.

Then taxpayers were sending money to Wall Street; now taxpayers are being paid back.

Then Osama bin Laden was targeting Americans and our allies; now he’s dead and al Qaeda’s leadership has been decimated.

Then U.S. troops were headed into the Middle East in greater numbers; now they’re headed home with their heads held high.

Republicans, including John Boehner, drove the United States into a pretty deep ditch during the Bush/Cheney era, and conditions are still pretty ugly. That doesn’t change the simple fact that the nation is much stronger now than the day the president was inaugurated ….

Full post here

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The GOP’s racial confusion:

The Week

AP: A third former employee considered filing a workplace complaint against Herman Cain over what she deemed aggressive and unwanted behavior when she and Cain, now a Republican presidential candidate, worked together during the late 1990s, the woman told The Associated Press on Wednesday. She said the behavior included a private invitation to his corporate apartment.

The woman said he made sexually suggestive remarks or gestures about the same time that two co-workers had settled separate harassment complaints against Cain, who was then the head of the National Restaurant Association.

Full article here

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Washington Post: Car buyers were out in force in October, snapping up trucks and SUVs and taking advantage of deals on Japanese cars.

U.S. car and truck sales were expected to top 1 million in October, a surprising number for a month when sales are usually slow. When adjusted for seasonal factors, that would be the best pace since the Cash for Clunkers program in August 2009.

Full article here

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Mediaite: In a Quinnipiac poll taken Oct. 25-31, embattled GOP juggernaut Herman Cain continued to show amazing staying power …. (but) The real news from this poll, taken before most of the fallout from Politico‘s alleged sexual harassment expose, might be that some rays of sunshine are finally hitting President Obama.

….. President Obama gained six points on his approval rating … and is now beating all Republican challengers by margins of 5-16 points. The President has seen steady progress in the polls since rolling out his American Jobs Act in September, taking it on the road, and taking the fight to the Republicans who oppose it.

Elsewhere in the poll, Democrats opened up a lead on the generic House ballot, beating Republicans 42-36, after tying them at 39 in October.

Full post here

Also, the President is up to 45% approval with Gallup today – that’s a rise of seven points in two weeks ;-)

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Wait – Suskind said the Obama administration didn’t like women much:

Washingtonian

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AP: Michelle Obama has presented national arts and humanities awards to 12 community-based, after-school programs, including for at-risk kids.

The programs use dance, theater, writing, music, history and other art mediums to inspire teen moms and other young people and help them reach their potential. The first lady said at a White House ceremony Wednesday that the programs show that the arts are a lifeline – not a luxury – for many of these kids.

Most of the participants graduate from high school or earn a GED and go on to college.

The 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards are presented on behalf of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in partnership with three national cultural agencies.

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Gallup

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President Obama leaves Andrews Air Force Base en route to France

24
Nov
10

picture perfect: no 30

Brian Lara (West Indies cricket legend!) gives President Barack Obama a cricket lesson during the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad, April 2009. Photo by Pete Souza.

For Donna, Hachikō, Perry, Joy, Kamisi – and everyone else with Caribbean roots ;-)

See all the ‘Picture Perfect’ photos here




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