Archive for January 17th, 2011

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11

birthday party

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President Obama and Michelle Obama arrive for dinner, to mark the First Lady’s birthday, at The Source restaurant, Washington

17
Jan
11

“the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice”

Thank you for the link Debra

17
Jan
11

the kindest of hearts….

The Guardian: The astronaut husband of Gabrielle Giffords .. indicated today he would be prepared to meet with the parents of the alleged gunman to express his forgiveness.

Mark Kelly … said he probably would see the parents of Jared Lee Loughner, who has been charged with the massacre in which six people died and 14 were wounded.

In an interview with Diane Sawyer of ABC … Kelly said he had empathy for the parents. “You know, I don’t think it’s their fault. It’s not the parents’ fault. I’d like to think I’m a person that’s somewhat forgiving. And they’ve got to be hurting in this situation as much as anybody.”

Kelly, the father of two teenage girls from his previous marriage, said: “I have children. And they must, I’m sure they love their son. And they must be as distraught over this as all of us are.”

…Today Giffords’ condition was upgraded from critical to serious. Kelly told ABC his wife was responding to comments and had spent 10 minutes giving him a neck massage.

“I’m like, Gabby, you’re in the ICU. You know, you don’t need to be doing this. But it’s so typical of her that no matter how bad the situation might be for her, she’s looking out for other people.”

Full article here

17
Jan
11

onwards and upwards

Miami Herald: President Barack Obama has bounced back from his low point after November’s elections and enjoys stronger support heading into the 2012 election cycle, particularly against Sarah Palin, according to a McClatchy Newspapers-Marist poll…

Obama’s fortunes appear to be rising along with the country’s. The poll found a jump in the number of people who think the country’s heading in the right direction…

…The president’s rating improved on several fronts, including job approval, how many like him personally and whether they think he’ll do better in the next two years. His strengthening appeal was most noticeable in how he matches up against three potential Republican rivals.

Today Obama would beat Mitt Romney by 51 to 38 percent … Mike Huckabee by a similar margin, 50-38 percent… And he’d crush Palin by 56-30 percent….

Full article here

17
Jan
11

history-makers

The Grio: …The Grio assembled a group of 25 contemporary academics, artists and activists to assess the most impactful African-American leaders in U.S. history.

…Each member of the expert panel was asked to complete a survey, which asked them to assess 170 black leaders. These leaders are individuals who worked in times as distant as American slavery and moments as recent as our own. The experts made independent rankings of each leader on the list….

…President Barack Obama is the only living leader included among the Top 10. He is ranked a very close second to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This result is nothing short of extraordinary given that President Obama is a relatively young leader who only became known to a national American audience in the past four years…. His presence among these giants of black political history is indicative of the symbolic and substantive importance of his presidency despite his often-embattled administration.

There are four women among the Top 10. While Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks are women who are widely known and whose accomplishments are taught in American grade schools, both Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Ella Baker are less well-known figures for many black Americans…

1. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2. Barack Obama 3. W.E.B. Du Bois 4. Thurgood Marshall 5. Malcolm X 6. Frederick Douglass 7. Harriet Tubman  8. Rosa Parks 9. Ida B. Wells-Barnett10. Ella Baker

Full article here

17
Jan
11

leadership

Washington Post: Americans overwhelmingly describe the tone of political discourse in the country as negative, verging on angry, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, but more than half say that the culture did not contribute to the shootings in Tucson that killed six people and wounded 13…

Evaluations of President Obama’s handling of the Jan. 8 tragedy are highly positive across the political spectrum (78 percent), with nearly eight in 10 giving him high marks for his response to the incident. Even 71 percent of Republicans say they approve of his leadership following the shootings.

….In contrast to glowing reviews for the president, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin draws more negative than positive evaluations of the way she has handled the tragedy. About 30 percent give her positive marks while nearly half – 46 percent – disapprove of her actions…

Full article here

17
Jan
11

why didn’t i have a bobblehead?

A woman photographs a President Barack Obama bobble head while visiting the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall, January 17, 2011

You have one now, President Lincoln 😉

17
Jan
11

happy birthday, first lady

Time: POTUS and FLOTUS, along with Malia and Sasha, entered the cafeteria of Stuart Hobson Middle School around 11:15 am, and were greeted by the folks in the room with a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” for the first lady, who is celebrating her 47th birthday today. POTUS looked relaxed and enjoyed singing along…. when they finished FLOTUS said, “All right let’s get to work. This is embarrassing.”

Michelle Obama is greeted by volunteers singing Happy Birthday to her as she arrives with her husband President Barack Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha to volunteer in honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day at Stuart-Hobson Middle School on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 17

 

17
Jan
11

at your service

President Barack Obama and his family volunteer in honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day at Stuart-Hobson Middle School on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 17

17
Jan
11

‘native americans see progress with obama administration’

Anchorage Daily News: Speaking to 500 people representing 320 Native American tribes, President Obama pledged last month that he wouldn’t forget his campaign promise to give Native communities more of a voice in the White House. “I said that so long as I held this office, never again would Native Americans be forgotten or ignored,” he said. “And over the past two years, my administration, working hand in hand with many of you, has strived to keep that promise.”

For the most part, tribal leaders say the president has been true to his word….”There is this feeling that there is traction, that we’re having a true dialogue,” said Jacqueline Johnson Pata…

Some of the work has been symbolic – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar early in the administration restored the historic painting “Navajos Breaking Camp” in his office, after it had been mothballed during the Bush administration, for example.

But other accomplishments have had more tangible and far-reaching effects on thousands of people, including the settlement of the long-simmering Cobell lawsuit, which compensates thousands of Native Americans whose land was mismanaged while held in trust by the federal government.

There’s the passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act … the inclusion of Indian Health Service in the health-care law, and the $3.2 billion in stimulus spending, which went to schools, roads on tribal lands and technology upgrades in some of the poorest and most remote corners of the nation.

…Others point to what they say is a shift in tone from previous administrations. Late in 2010 the administration decided to support a United Nations declaration defending the rights of indigenous peoples. The U.S. voted against the declaration when the U.N. General Assembly adopted it in 2007, arguing it was incompatible with existing laws.

“The reversal of that policy and the support behind that … showcase the U.S. change in policy and what they’re doing are historic,” said Julia Kitka of the Alaska Federation of Natives. “I would put that very much at the top of the list.”

Full article here

Thank you Donna




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