Posts Tagged ‘town

09
Apr
15

The President Holds a Town Hall in Jamaica

3:30 ET: The President holds a town hall with young leaders; University of the West Indies, Kingston

02
Jul
13

Who’s the Red Tie Guy?

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Student Mikhail Hendricks, 16, embraces first lady Michelle Obama after she answered students’ questions at the University of Cape Town, June 23, 2011

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The speech Mikhail Hendricks attended on Sunday:

30
Jun
13

South Africa: The Day in Images

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Arriving in Cape Town

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Visiting Robben Island – The rock quarry labor camp where Nelson Mandela was forced to work as a prisoner

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The First Lady: Today, our family visited Robben Island for an experience we will never forget. Robben Island is located off the coast of South Africa, and from the 1960s through the 1990s, this Island housed a maximum security prison. Many of the prisoners there – including the guide for our visit, a man named Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada – were activists who worked to bring down Apartheid, the South African government’s policies that discriminated against people of color.  Under Apartheid, people of different races were separated in nearly every part of South African society.  They were forced to attend separate schools, live in separate neighborhoods, even swim at separate beaches – and in nearly every case, the neighborhoods, schools and other facilities for black people were much worse than the ones for white people.

More here

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… with their tour guide, Ahmed Kathrada, a former prisoner with Nelson Mandela

Barack Obama

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30
Jun
13

President Obama at The University of Cape Town

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12:15 PM EST: The President delivers remarks at the University of Cape Town

White House Live * CBS * Reuters

30
Jun
13

On to Cape Town

….. leaving Waterkloof Air Base for Cape Town this morning

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Coming up today – all times US Eastern

8:20 AM: The First Family tour Robben Island

10:20 AM: The President tours the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Centre with Archbishop Desmond Tutu

12:15 PM: The President delivers remarks at the University of Cape Town

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Live streaming links:

White House Live * ReutersCBS (UStream) * CBS (Widget) * eNCA (South Africa)

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Arriving in Cape Town

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From yesterday ….

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MoooOOOooorning early birds!!

29
Jun
13

President Obama’s Townhall

Woah, what a reception!

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See the President and First Lady’s Africa schedule here

15
Sep
12

Rise and Shine

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Cagle

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Charles Blow:  Elections often turn on character moments and the slopes of lines. They are about who a candidate reveals himself to be under pressure more than who he says he is on stage…..

Taking that into account, at this moment, President Obama’s chances of being re-elected look stronger than they have in months. The Romney campaign seems to be coming off the tracks with no clear vision for how to get back on.

Romney’s panicky, premature excoriation of the Obama administration over violence in the Middle East — a response that was factually flawed and widely panned — only served to shake the fragile faith of those who might be holding their noses to support him…..

It also doesn’t help that Romney seems incapable of concealing his anxiety. He too often looks like a boy who just stepped on a nail and can’t remember his last tetanus shot.

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Liberal Librarian: I think that this week has been a fulcrum not only in the election, but in the very real fight for the soul of the country.

Yes, way too many of our fellow citizens are still addled by hatred and bigotry. Obama should be ahead by 10-15 points, not 4-8. But let’s put that into perspective: Before the conventions, the polling averages had him ahead by at most 2 points. The debacle of Tampa and the triumph of Charlotte, without the media filter, basically reintroduced the country to both parties.

The GOP was seen as a heartless collection of ideologues whose only interest was in achieving power to service its rich backers. There was no positive vision of the future, but a wallowing in the contention that America was “in decline”. Charlotte highlighted a party and a President who believed in the nation, believed in the ability of its citizens to make an adult decision when presented with facts. The country saw a party united in its determination to make life better for all citizens, not just the fortunate few. It was the antithesis of the malaise bruited about by the GOP.

See the full post here

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Cagle

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Steve Benen: Chronicling Mitt’s Mendacity, Vol. XXXIV

See here – I don’t know where Benen finds the time to chronicle all these lies, but he’s doing an epic job

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Cagle

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ThinkProgress: Biotechnology firm Monsanto Company, which currently owns most of the patents for America’s staple crops, is already cozy with American lawmakers. A new Nation report, however, indicates that “a very old friend in a very high place” may usher in the corporation’s most prosperous years yet.

The Nation’s investigative report has uncovered how Mitt Romney personally helped Monsanto shed its string of toxic chemical-related scandals and reinvent itself to dominate American agriculture. Monsanto, an early Bain & Company client, was so impressed with Romney that they started bypassing his superiors to deal with him directly.

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ThinkProgress: House Republican Leader Eric Cantor announced Friday that after next week, the House will stand in recess until November 13. His plan for a nearly two month vacation will undoubtedly allow more time for campaigning, but will leave several vital bills awaiting action.

Among the important legislation the House will likely not address before the November elections:

1. Violence Against Women Act re-authorization…. 2. The American Jobs Act…. 3. Tax cuts for working families…. 4. Veterans Job Corps Act….

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The Independent (UK): …. Mitt Romney has a fight on his hands if he wants to keep using Thin Lizzy music to back his campaign. The widow of Phil Lynott, the band’s legendary frontman, said there was no way the singer would have supported the Republican candidate.

Caroline Lynott-Taraskevics has told the band’s record company to issue a cease and desist order preventing Romney from using Thin Lizzy classics …. she and his mother Philomena were angered after Mr Romney used the anthem The Boys Are Back In Town at the Republican convention in Florida.

The rocker’s mother has said her son would have rejected any association with the Republicans, particularly the Christian right-wing of the party and what she called anti-gay and pro-rich policies.

In a message published by Irish music magazine Hot Press, Ms Lynott-Taraskevics said that were Lynott still alive, he would back Democrat US President Barack Obama.

“Absolutely in no way would Philip have supported Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan and he would have been so happy about Obama becoming US president,” she said.

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Morning everyone

11
Jan
12

afternoon all

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden take their seats as they hold a roundtable meeting on Insourcing American Jobs, Jan. 11, in the Old Executive Office Building on the White House campus

… with US Trade Representative Ron Kirk

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CNN has the 6:50 speech in their live streaming schedule …. but it’s down for 4:50. Confused!

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Just to repeat one of the, eh, ‘house rules’ I mentioned recently: I HUGELY appreciate you letting us know about posts at other blogs and various news sites in the comments here, it’s a completely invaluable service for us all.

But! Please only include very short extracts from the posts – the aim should always be to give a taster of the post that sends the reader to the author’s blog, otherwise we’re effectively stealing their work.

So, please don’t include any more than 2 or 3 paragraphs (2 if it’s a short post), and always include the link at the end. Thanks.

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See the video here – thanks Tulips

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Actress Angelina Jolie is seen in the Oval Office of the White House, Jan. 11, during a meeting with President Barack Obama

According to a White House aide, “President Obama spoke with Ms. Jolie about her work to raise the profile of preventing mass atrocities and combating sexual violence against women.” Brad Pitt also visited.

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President Barack Obama waves as he leaves the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, for Chicago

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Another of those ‘rules’ I mentioned last week:

99.9% of you are civil to each other, even if you don’t always agree, and that’s the way I want it here. By all means, battle away with anyone you disagree with, but no personal abuse, okay? Not welcome here. And no personal call-outs …. I’ve deleted more than a few in the last week or two.

Okay, I’ve already started a crackdown on this, any one who has, or continues to, ignore appeals to stop personal attacks on other visitors here is gone from the blog. Sorry, I don’t want that stuff here.

26
Sep
11

the linkedin townhall

19
Aug
11

west wing week: ‘get on the bus’ (august 19, 2011)

17
Aug
11

day three, illinois

Atkinson

Residents of Atkinson line up on Illinois Route 6 to show support for President Obama

President Obama jumps onto the stage prior to speaking at a town hall meeting, Aug. 17, at Wyffels Hybrids Inc., in Atkinson, Ill

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Alpha

President Obama arrives to speak at a town hall style meeting at Country Corner Farm Market on August 17, in Alpha, Illinois

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President Obama huddles with the Galesburg High School football team in Galesburg, Ill.

A girl on the Galesburg High School volleyball team reacts as she gets to meet President Barack Obama

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President Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at the Air National Guard Base in Peoria, Ill., en route to Washington after his three-day economic bus tour

17
Aug
11

today’s town halls

Live here (White House site)

16
Aug
11

iowa

President Obama greets people in Decorah and Guttenberg, Iowa, Aug. 16, during his three-day economic bus tour

From yesterday:

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Globe Gazette: Cheers erupted on the downtown street as President Barack Obama emerged from the Hotel Winneshiek this morning.

About 100 people lined the streets around 8:30 a.m. to greet the president, who wore brown pants and a blue and white-checked shirt.

Obama worked his way through the group; shaking hands and giving some high fives to children perched on their parents’ shoulders.

“Welcome to the ‘50s,” said one crowd member, drawing laughter from other bystanders in his reference to the picturesque small downtown.

“We love you, we’re behind you,” a woman called out.

Obama joked about his graying hair with some crowd members, telling them about an old campaign flyer someone had showed him on this tour of the Midwest.

“I looked so young,” he said.

After a few minutes of greeting residents, Obama boarded a large black bus and the motorcade left to continue Tuesday’s tour.

People lined the streets to watch the presidential motorcade leave town. Some people waved, some cheered, and one man gave a thumb’s up. Just outside town, workers at a diner held up letters from the marquee spelling out, “Obama.”

The president is headed to Peosta for a summit on rural economies and job creation, scheduled for later today.

Thanks Dotser ;-)

President Barack Obama waves to people along the road in Decorah, Iowa, Aug. 15, 2011, during a three-day bus tour in the Midwest focusing on ways to grow the economy. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

16
Aug
11

tuesday

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15
Aug
11

next stop…

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In case you missed the updated posts below, here are today’s townhalls:

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Ryan Rhodes from the Iowa Teabagger Revolution argues with President Obama during a town hall-style event at Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa.

Rhodes is a Bachmann groupie. Say no more.

Ryan? Go ***kkk yourself ;-)




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