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12
May
13

The First Lady at EKU

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Video of speech here and hereReaction of Graduates

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Preview of the lead up to the First Lady’s visit:

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The Fisrt Lady receives her honorary doctorate:

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United States First Lady Michelle Obama came not with answers but with questions for the Eastern Kentucky University degree candidates she addressed at spring commencement today.

The first was “Who are you going to be?”

Explaining that it will be their response to adversity, their resilience and determination that defines them, the First Lady told the graduates, “If you’re willing to dig deep, if you’re willing to pick yourself up when you fall, if you’re willing to work and work until your weaknesses become your strengths, you’ll develop a set of skills that you can mold and apply to any situation you encounter, any job you might have, any crisis you may confront.”

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First lady Michelle Obama urged Eastern Kentucky University graduates on Saturday night to reach out to people with different political beliefs, saying the country would benefit from the conversations.

“If you’re a Democrat, spend some time talking to a Republican,” Mrs. Obama told about 600 education, business and technology graduates at the third and final commencement ceremony of the day. “And if you’re a Republican, have a chat with a Democrat. Maybe you’ll find some common ground, maybe you won’t.”

The first lady suggested that they visit senior centers to benefit from the experiences of people with plenty of “life experience under their belts.” She also pointed them to religious congregations different than their own, saying they might hear something in a sermon “that stays with you.” And she predicted they would learn something if they reached out “with an open mind and an open heart.”

“And goodness knows, we need more of that,” she said. “Because we know what happens when we only talk to people who think like we do. We just get stuck in our ways.”

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First lady Michelle Obama invoked the spirit of student veterans Saturday as she challenged graduates at Eastern Kentucky University’s spring commencement to seek out diverse experiences and find ways to serve the community.

“When you’ve worked hard and done well, as I’ve said, the least you can do is reach back and give a hand to somebody else who can use that help,” Obama told a cheering crowd of 6,200 who filled EKU’s Alumni Coliseum in the last of three commencement ceremonies.

In a 20-minute speech that touched on struggles with affordable education and post-college employment, she asked graduating seniors to contemplate the resilience of student veterans who are one day wearing a rucksack and carrying a firearm and the next day wearing a backpack and carrying a textbook.

“If you are willing to dig deep, if you are willing to pick yourself up when you fall, if you are willing to work and work until your weaknesses become your strengths, then you will develop the type of skills that you can mold and apply to any situation you might encounter,” she said.

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05
May
13

The Ohio State Commencement Address

Ohio State University, May 5 (Pete Souza)

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Photo: Pete Souza

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THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Hello, Buckeyes! O-H!

AUDIENCE: I-O!

THE PRESIDENT: O-H!

AUDIENCE: I-O!

THE PRESIDENT: O-H!

AUDIENCE: I-O!

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you so much. Everybody, please be seated. Thank you, Dr. Gee, for the wonderful introduction. I suspect the good President may have edited out some other words that were used to describe me. (Laughter.) I appreciate that. But I’m going to let Michelle know of all the good comments.

To the Board of Trustees; Congresswoman Beatty; Mayor Coleman; and all of you who make up The Ohio State University for allowing me to join you — it is an incredible honor.

And most of all, congratulations, Class of 2013! (Applause.) And of course, congratulations to all the parents, and family, and friends and faculty here in the Horseshoe — this is your day as well. (Applause.) I’ve been told to ask everybody, though, please be careful with the turf. Coach Meyer has big plans for this fall. (Laughter.)

I very much appreciate the President’s introduction. I will not be singing today. (Laughter.)

AUDIENCE: Aww — (laughter.)

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05
May
13

Heads Up: President Obama at Ohio State

President Obama departs the White House en route to Ohio State University

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12:35: President Obama Speaks at the Ohio State University Commencement Ceremony

Streaming is scheduled to start at 12:0 here

White House live * CBS 1 * CBS 2 * CNN

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Hope this works, the First Lady’s interview on Sunday Morning:

01
Jan
13

2012: An image or two …. May

Hey, I hope you’re all impressed: I’ve already got to May 2012 ….. and it’s only January 2013 :???:

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Meanwhile, chat away – and feel free to use shockingly obscene language when referring to Republicans and the professional left. No worries.

03
Sep
12

Willie Mae

“Willie Mae is 94-years old and volunteering for @BarackObama today in Tampa”

@OFA_FL

Become a volunteer

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TOD fundraisers:

a4alice * Alycee * BWD * CollegeKay * Cookemom * DonnaDem4Obama

Hgerhard * HZ * Judith Fardig * Mae Who Love Our CIC

Marlz * Meta * Pamela *prettyfoot58 * proudmemberofglobalzero * Rita * Theo67 * The Obama Diary

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Best. Toon. Ever.

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07
Jun
12

Rise and Shine

President Obama speaks during a campaign event at the Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, June 6

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USA Today: President Obama and the Democratic Party raised a combined $60 million in May for Obama’s re-election effort, the campaign announced today.

That brings Obama’s total to about $450 million for the 2012 election.

The May fundraising number also tops April’s haul of $43.6 million for the president.

The campaign’s Twitter site reported that more than 572,000 people donated to Obama in May, some 147,000 of them for the first time.

It also said that 98% of the contributions were less than $250. Average donation: $54.94.

The Obama re-election team claims a total of 2.2 million contributors.

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1:20: PBO delivers remarks at a campaign event at a private residence in Los Angeles

2:20: Departs Los Angeles

2:45: Michelle Obama meets with Obama campaign volunteers from the Manassas area

3:20: PBO arrives in Las Vegas

3:50: Delivers remarks on college affordability at the University of Nevada

5:00: Departs Las Vegas

9:25 Arrives at the White House

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Morning everyone.

16
May
12

“What More Do We Want This Man To Do For Us, Honest To God”

If you have any problems with the video you can see it at Mediaite – from 2:0 in

06
May
12

The Richmond Enthusiasm Gap

06
May
12

rise and shine

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Morning everyone, I’ll be back later today, until then – chat away.

PS Apologies again for taking so long to reply to emails, I’ll try to get around to it soon!

05
May
12

Next stop Virginia. Fired up again?

CBS live streaming

C-Span

Folks outside the Siegel Center in Richmond cheer as doors open for Virginia’s Ready to Go rally this afternoon.

OFA

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4:00: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in Richmond, Virginia

4:55: Deliver remarks at a campaign event at the Stuart C. Siegel Center, Richmond

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