U.S. Senator Barack Obama re-enacts being sworn-in by U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 4, 2005. With him are his wife Michelle and their two daughters Malia and Sasha.
Senator Obama talks with his daughter Malia, 6, outside the U.S. Capitol after he was sworn in on January 4, 2005. Chicago Tribune photo by >> Pete Souza <<
Sasha almost not shaking hands with Cheney? One of the very great moments!
Against that backdrop, the private gatherings among the sisterhood are a source of both power and perspective. They occur every few weeks or months, depending on the need. Venues include the Senators’ homes—and occasionally the unlikely confines of the Capitol’s Strom Thurmond Room, a space named for one of the chamber’s most notorious womanizers. “We started the dinners 20 years ago on the idea that there has to be a zone of civility,” says Mikulski. Once a year the group also dines with the female Supreme Court Justices. Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Select Committee on Intelligence, holds regular dinners for women in the national-security world. Even the female chiefs of staff and communications directors have started regular get-togethers of their own.
In April the Senate women breached their no-outsider rule by agreeing to dine at the White House with President Obama. Going around the table, California Senator Barbara Boxer remarked that 100 years ago they’d have been meeting outside the White House gates to demand the right to vote. (“A hundred years ago, I’d have been serving you,” Obama replied.)
This excerpt is from a TIME Magazine article about the adults in Washington being women. The interaction between Sen. Boxer and President Obama stood out to me. You can read the rest of the piece here
First Lady Michelle Obama greets David Hall, one of eight Citizen Co-Chairs for the Inauguration, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Jan. 17, 2013 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
President Barack Obama meets with senior advisors in the Oval Office, Saturday, Dec. 29 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet members of the military and their families during Christmas dinner at Anderson Hall on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, Dec. 25, 2012. (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama talks with Vice President Joe Biden and Rob Nabors, Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs, in the Oval Office, Sunday, Dec. 30 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama listen to the Seneca Valley High School Chamber Choir in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House following a holiday reception, Dec. 5 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michele Obama talk with the 2012 Kennedy Center Honorees in the Blue Room of the White House prior to a reception in the East Room, Dec. 2, 2012. Honorees, from left, are: Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy, Led Zeppelin keyboardist and bassist John Paul Jones, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, ballerina Natalia Makarova, actor Dustin Hoffman, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, and television comedian David Letterman (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama attends a Sandy Hook interfaith vigil at Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn., Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama walks along the Colonnade of the White House, Dec. 12, 2012. (Photo by Pete Souza)
I have my calculator out, so I think I have eleven 2012 months to go after this video … :???: …. (#arithmetic) …… it could be, then, that the December 2012 effort will arrive in or around October 2013. But you’ll forgive me, right. Right?!
Any way, just an image or two from January 2012.
The Gabby Giffords hug at the State of the Union almost rivals the moment I knew President Obama was re-elected as the one that left me most teary in 2012.
How about you? Your most-loved moment from 2012? Apart from, well, obviously, the re-election moment.
TPM: Out of the three officials who met President Obama on an airport tarmac near Phoenix earlier this week, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is now the only one who has characterized the president as anything other than cordial.
In numerous TV and radio interviews since the meeting, Brewer has said the president was “tense to say the least” and took issue with a book she wrote last year. She said Obama walked away from her while she was in mid-sentence and even told one Phoenix television station she felt “a little bit threatened” by the encounter.
But Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, who was standing just feet away from the president and the governor on Wednesday during their now-infamous encounter, told TPM that Obama seemed calm the whole time.
“He wasn’t tense at all,” Stanton said on Friday. “The guy’s a pro.”