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The President at the Baseball Hall of Fame

President Obama looks at a jersey worn by Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, the first African American to break into the Major Leagues, during a tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., May 22, 2014. Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson is at left and Hall of Famer Andre Dawson is at right (Photo by Pete Souza)




@dougmillsnyt: President Obama walks with members of the Secret Service in Rome, NY.


President Obama and former Chicago Cubs player Andre Dawson look at an exhibit about women in baseball


@dougmillsnyt: President Obama looks over a Jackie Robinson display as he tours the Baseball Hall of Fame


@dougmillsnyt: President Obama tries on a Chicago White Sox World Series Ring as he tours the National Baseball Hall of Fame




Flashback: The Kindness of a Stranger

(Harvard, c 1988)

Source – Extracts: Mary was a newlywed and ready to move to Norway, but was stopped at the airport because she didn’t have enough money for the trip. Then a stranger turned up and paid for her.

Mary Menth Andersen was 31 years old at the time and had just married Norwegian Dag Andersen. She was looking forward to starting a new life in Åsgårdstrand in Vestfold with him. But first she had to get all of her belongings across to Norway.

The date was November 2nd, 1988.

At the airport in Miami things were hectic as usual, with long lines at the check-in counters. When it was finally Mary’s turn and she had placed her luggage on the baggage line, she got the message that would crush her bubbling feeling of happiness.

“You’ll have to pay a $103 surcharge if you want to bring both those suitcases to Norway,” the man behind the counter said.

Mary had no money. Her new husband had travelled ahead of her to Norway, and she had no one else to call.

“I was completely desperate and tried to think which of my things I could manage without. But I had already made such a careful selection of my most prized possessions,” says Mary.

Although she explained the situation to the man behind the counter, he showed no signs of mercy.

“I started to cry, tears were pouring down my face and I had no idea what to do. Then I heard a gentle and friendly voice behind me saying, “That’s OK, I’ll pay for her”.”

Mary turned around to see a tall man whom she had never seen before.

….She was thrilled to be able to bring both her suitcases to Norway and assured the stranger that he would get his money back. The man wrote his name and address on a piece of paper that he gave to Mary. She thanked him repeatedly. When she finally walked off towards the security checkpoint, he waved goodbye to her.

The piece of paper said ‘Barack Obama’ and his address in Kansas, which is the state where his mother comes from. Mary carried the slip of paper around in her wallet for years, before it was thrown out.

“He was my knight in shining armor,” says Mary, smiling.

She paid the $103 back to Obama the day after she arrived in Norway. At that time he had just finished his job as a poorly paid community worker in Chicago, and had started his law studies at prestigious Harvard university.

In the spring of 2006 Mary’s parents had heard that Obama was considering a run for president, but that he had still not decided. They chose to write a letter in which they told him that he would receive their votes. At the same time, they thanked Obama for helping their daughter 18 years earlier.

In a letter to Mary’s parents dated May 4th, 2006 and stamped ‘United States Senate, Washington DC’, Barack Obama writes:

“I want to thank you for the lovely things you wrote about me and for reminding me of what happened at Miami airport. I’m happy I could help back then, and I’m delighted to hear that your daughter is happy in Norway. Please send her my best wishes. Sincerely, Barack Obama, United States senator.”

The parents sent the letter on to Mary.

“It’s amazing to think that the man who helped me 20 years ago may now become the next US president,” says Mary delightedly.

Original Norwegian newspaper link


Mary watching Barack Obama’s first inauguration


It’s Sunday, so I thought I’d dust down this gem.


The President in Malaysia: An Image or Two

President Obama at the Young South East Asian Leaders Initiative Town Hall, at the University of Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur



@usembassykl: Pres. @BarackObama meeting with @usembassykl staff & American families in special meet & greet session


President Obama tours the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur

President Obama talks with Grand Imam Sheikh Ismail Muhammad during his visit to the National Mosque


President Obama & National Security Advisor Susan Rice at a bilateral meeting with Malaysian PM Najib Razake


President Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak smile as they participate in a joint news conference at the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya


President Obama talks to kids as they work with computers during a visit to the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre in Cyberjaya


President Obama arrives at a town hall meeting at Malaya University in Kuala Lumpur





@usembassykl: Pres. @BarackObama meeting with @usembassykl staff & American families in special meet & greet session


Coming Up

1:15 AM EDT: President Obama and Prime Minister Najib Hold a Press Conference (Audio Only)

3:55 AM EDT: President Obama Participates in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Town Hall, Kuala Lumpur

White House Live


President Obama tours the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur with the Grand Imam and Abdul Rashid Bin Md Isa.






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