Archive for February 17th, 2011

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landed

President Barack Obama greets San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, California Attorney General Kamala Harris and California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom as he arrives at San Francisco International Airport on Air Force One, Feb. 17

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evening, virginia

Interview with WWBT in Richmond, Virginia, February 17

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apologies, but….

….I know, I shouldn’t waste blog space by mentioning the half-termer from Alaska, but I had to share this nugget from Media Matters:

You know the ‘creature’ has been spewing her bile all over Michelle Obama for her support of women who choose to breastfeed?

Ready for this?

2007:

Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, has issued the following proclamation:

….breastfeeding is recognized as an unequalled means of providing food for infants …. throughout their lives, breastfeeding can offer children protection against serious health conditions …. breastfeeding forms the most basic bond between mother and baby and is a foundation for lifelong health and wellness … government and community organizations have a vested interest in protecting and promoting breastfeeding as a means of preventing infant malnutrition, morbidity, and mortality …

….during October, organizations throughout our state will promote the importance of breastfeeding. This year, in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week – October 1 through October 7 – the State of Alaska will support networks that encourage and promote breastfeeding in all communities.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sarah Palin, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim October 2007 as:

Breastfeeding Awareness Month

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Warning: this video features the half-termer:

Oh boy. Crawl back under your rock, you worthless piece of slime 😉

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the charlie rose interviews

November, 2004

October, 2006

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medal of freedom recipients … in their own words

See all the interviews here

Earlier posts on the recipients here, here, here, here and here

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flat stanley & the president: they go back a long way, you know

A “Flat Stanley” is photographed as the Marine One helicopter, with President Obama aboard, takes off from the White House, Feb. 17

Hartford Courant (October, 2008): ….An envelope addressed to Aron Mondschein, 7, had been delivered to Solomon Schechter Day School … it was from Barack Obama, senator from Illinois and Democratic presidential candidate.

…A little more than a month earlier, teacher Joyce Ben-KiKi had Aron and his classmates each send letters to a famous person as part of a language arts lesson. Ben-KiKi wrapped the exercise around well-known children’s book character “Flat Stanley”…

“I told them not to expect a letter back,” Ben-KiKi said. “I told them these people are very busy and most likely will not write back.”

The list of recipients was impressive: Yankee third basemen Alex Rodriguez; Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Olympic gold medalist Mark Spitz; Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. John McCain.

Obama was the only one to write back…his three-page letter to Aron described Flat Stanley’s visit with him and his staff in Washington, D.C. It chronicled their busy day together, which included coffee with constituents, a Senate committee meeting and a trip to the gym. It also had historical facts about the U.S. Capitol, details of Obama’s job and a confession from Obama.

“Sometimes I get a little nervous before talking in front of a crowd, but Flat Stanley helped me practice the speech,” Obama wrote. “He made me recite it in front of him and then even gave me some advice so the speech would go smoothly. Flat Stanley is really a great coach.”

Online Athens (December 2009): Colham Ferry Elementary School fourth-grader Culley Cook, seen with Principal Jackie Carson, shows off a recently received signed letter from President Obama. The letter was sent as part of a school reading project … Culley decided to correspond with the President … the reply noted that Flat Stanley attended meetings with the President, toured the East Wing and met first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha. The President’s letter encouraged Culley to continue reading and learning new things.

First Coast News (November 2008): ….Samantha Lyman and Melba Joslin’s Kindergarten class at S.P. Livingston Elementary School mailed out 30 Flat Stanleys to people around the world. The day before the election, they received one reply: from Barack Obama.

….The presidential hopeful returned the Flat Stanley they sent him. Drawn on the back of the paper: a picture of the senator himself; a drawing Lyman speculates might have been done by one of Obama’s young daughters.

Also included, a signed letter to the children, detailing Flat Stanley’s visit to Chicago, his adventures on the campaign trail, and time spent reading and coloring with Sasha and Malia Obama.

…”I’m going to frame it and leave it here in the classroom. It really is a piece of history. Even if he doesn’t become president, it’s still a big deal,” Lyman said.

The class also mailed a Flat Stanley to Senator John McCain, and they’re hoping to receive a reply.

BBC (December, 2010): When eight-year-old Robert was told to write to someone in another country as part of a school project he chose American President Barack Obama. So imagine how amazed he was when the President wrote back!

Robert sent President Obama a paper cut-out of a character in a book he was reading called Flat Stanley. The President wrote back to say that he had received the cut-out and that Flat Stanley had “worked hard, listened carefully and had a lot of fun”!

The President said: “Thank you for sending Flat Stanley to the White House. I am pleased to report that he worked hard, listened carefully, and had a lot of fun. Flat Stanley was engaging, interested and showed up at the White House each morning with a pencil in hand, ready to learn. It was a pleasure having him here.”

Everyone at Robert’s school in Renfrewshire, Scotland, was really impressed. Some of his mates have even started calling him Obama now.

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There are dozens of similar stories – I’m guessing the White House mail room is packed with Flat Stanleys. Only 326 of them are mine 😳

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eric cantor meets the obamas

😕

A young boy poses with wax figures of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the opening of Madame Tussauds U.S. Presidents Gallery, which features wax figures of all 44 Presidents, in Washington on February 17

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go west, young man!

President Barack Obama departs the White House in Washington on February 17. President Obama will meet with technology business executives in the San Francisco area on Feb. 17, and will visit Intel Corp.’s Hillsboro, Oregon, campus on Feb. 18, touring the company’s semiconductor manufacturing facility with Intel Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini

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“gibbs, what have you done with your hair?’

President Barack Obama talks with Press Secretary Jay Carney in the Oval Office, Feb. 17, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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in memory

President Barack Obama signs the John M. Roll United States Courthouse Bill in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on February 17. The bill will name a new federal courthouse in Yuma, Arizona, after slain federal Judge John M. Roll who died in last month’s shooting in Tucson. The President was joined by members of Roll’s family, members of the Arizona Congressional delegation, and members of his cabinet.




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