Archive for January 22nd, 2015

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Jan
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The Youtube Interview With President Barack Obama

22
Jan
15

A Tweet Or Two

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President Barack Obama with Bethany MotaHank Green, and @GloZell

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22
Jan
15

President Obama’s YouTube Interview

(Forward to 34 minutes)

22
Jan
15

A Tweet Or Two

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For example, last night, France’s minister of foreign affairs, Britain’s foreign secretary, Germany’s federal minister for foreign affairs, and the European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs wrote a joint piece for the Washington Post, urging Congress to allow the talks to continue. This was no small development – the piece was written by the chief diplomatic officer (the equivalent of the U.S. Secretary of State) of some of America’s closest allies on the planet. If there are Republicans who argue that these allies aren’t as important as Israel, they should remember that even some top Israeli officials themselves believe that Netanyahu and GOP officials are pursuing the wrong course.

 The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad has broken ranks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, telling U.S. officials and lawmakers that a new Iran sanctions bill in the U.S. Congress would tank the Iran nuclear negotiations. It’s going to be tough for anyone to argue that the international negotiations are anti-Israel when the Mossad is arguing otherwise. What’s more, note that the Anti-Defamation League’s Abe Foxman also believes the Republican gambit is a mistake. Foxman urged Boehner to rescind the invitation and urged Netanyahu not to accept it.

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22
Jan
15

The President at the University of Kansas

12:25 ET: The President delivers remarks at the University of Kansas, Lawrence

22
Jan
15

“It Was Just Beyond Exquisite”

by Ava DuVernay

Here is a small note that they will never see, but I must post it anyway.

Projecting a film that I made with my comrades in the White House for the President and the First Lady – for THIS President and First Lady – was as stunning an experience as I’ve ever known.

The first film to ever screen at the White House was “Birth of a Nation” or as it was previously titled “The Klansman.” That was in 1915.

Last Friday, “Selma,” a film about justice and dignity, unspooled in that same place in 2015.

It was a moment I don’t have to explain to most.

A moment heavy with history and light with pure, pure joy all at once.

President Obama’s introduction of SELMA in the presidential screening room, the quality time he and the First Lady took with us before and after, the stories he shared with my editor and cinematographer, the praise she gave our dear cast, the handshake he gave my father, the hug she gave my mother, the laughter, the smiles, the extra time they gave us all long, long, long beyond when we were scheduled to go, the warmth, the respect, it was just beyond exquisite.

“I’m proud of you,” she said to me.

“We’re proud of you,” he added.

I’m proud too – of them, of us, of the film, of this moment in my life.

Who knows what lies ahead. But what has already occurred is food and fuel and fire and freedom.

To President Obama and First Lady Obama, it was a dream I never dreamt, a dream seared in my memory like a scar from a fight won. The kind you look at every now and then, and just nod and smile.

I thank you. xo.

22
Jan
15

Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden laugh together in the Oval Office, Jan. 22, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (all times Eastern)

12:25: The President delivers remarks at the University of Kansas, Lawrence

4:30: Arrives White House

5:0: The President is interviewed on YouTube

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