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08
Dec
14

The President’s Day

President Barack Obama fist-bumps middle-school student Adrianna Mitchell while participating in an “Hour of Code” event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House. The event is in honor of Computer Science Education Week

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President Obama is seen on a television screen as he guest hosts during a taping of Comedy Central’s ‘The Colbert Report’ in Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University

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President Obama meets with Prince William in the Oval Office

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21
Nov
14

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama embraces Astrid Silva after she introduced him to speak about immigration reform during a visit to Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Immigration activist Astrid Silva introduces President Barack Obama

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President Barack Obama signs two presidential memoranda associated with his actions on immigration in his office on Air Force One as he arrives at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas

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President Barack Obama with legendary activist Dolores Huerta

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14
Nov
14

Welcome To Brisbane, President Obama!

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President Barack Obama smiles broadly as he takes the stage to speak at the University of Queensland in Brisbane University

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13
Nov
14

The President’s Day

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 Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi looks on as President Barack Obama shakes hands after a roundtable with members of parliament and civil society to discuss Myanmar’s reform process in Naypyitaw, Myanmar

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President Barack Obama with Myanmar President Thein Sein ahead of the 9th East Asia summit plenary session at Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyitaw, Myanmar

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President Barack Obama speaks with Aung San Suu Kyi

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President Barack Obama speaks at a U.S.-ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations East Asia) session at the Myanmar International Convention Center

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President Barack Obama talks to members of his delegation as he attends an East Asia Summit Plenary at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. With President Obama are Nina Hachigian, U.S. Ambassador to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar Derek J. Mitchell

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President Barack Obama and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung hold a bilateral meeting. President Obama says he sees opportunities for deeper engagement and cooperation with Vietnam despite the difficult history between the two nations

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From left, South Korea President Park Geun Hye, U.S. President Barack Obama, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, arrive for group photo session during the East Asia summit

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Myanmar university students walk past a graffiti of President Barack Obama on a roadside in Yangon, Myanmar

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President Barack Obama smiles as he joins hands with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations at a group photo session during the 2nd ASEAN-U.S Summit at Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. They are from left: Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Obama, Myanmar President Thein Sein, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen

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19
Oct
14

The Double Standard

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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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