Posts Tagged ‘celebrations

13
Mar
19

Dancing Queen

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22
Aug
11

libya, monday

Around one hundred Libyans in front of the White House celebrating Libyan rebels surging into the heart of Tripoli. They sang: ‘USA, USA, Kadhafi has gone today’ ‘Kadhafi left Tripoli’, ‘Libya is free’, and ‘Merci Sarkozy, Merci Sarkozy, thank you Obama, thank you Obama’.

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Live updates on the BBC site

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Steve Kornaci (Salon): …if this is, in fact, it for the Libyan strongman, it should do damage to a particularly obnoxious anti-Obama talking point from hawks on the right – the idea that he’s excessively deferential, naïve and just plain weak on the world stage and that his foreign policy can only lead to failure and humiliation.

The Libyan mission was supposed to be proof of this. “Leading from behind” is actually a phrase that an Obama advisor used in a New Yorker piece this spring to describe the administration’s approach to toppling Gadhafi. The idea was that the president was seeking a sensible balance by trying to boost the rebel cause while minimizing the U.S. footprint, but the right giddily trumpeted the phrase as proof that Obama was only too willing to let America get bullied around….

…. That it (the end of Gadhafi) is now on the brink of being achieved five months after the implementation of the no fly zone would seem to suggest that, just maybe, there was actually some wisdom to “leading from behind.” At the very least, it exposes the attacks of Krauthammer, Romney and others for what they were: overheated efforts to reinforce the Obama-as-Carter caricature they’ve been pushing since the start of his presidency. Nor is it the first time Obama has defied this caricature: Remember when our “weak” and “naïve” president announced that Osama bin Laden – the man who had eluded George W. Bush for nearly eight years – had been killed?

It’s worth repeating that Gadhafi’s fall hardly would hardly guarantee that history will smile on Obama’s handling of Libya. What would come next for the country is an open question, and the possibility that the void created by Gadhafi’s departure will be filled by violence and chaos is all too real. There are plenty of people on both the right and the left who have insisted all along the U.S. had no business intervening, and the latest developments do not necessarily prove them wrong.

But they seem to be a blow to the right-wing hawks who still dominate the GOP’s foreign policy discourse. Not for the first time, they’ve spent months the past few months crowing that Obama was too incompetent to achieve a goal that he and they shared. But suddenly that goal is on the verge of being realized.

27
Apr
11

we’ve come so far …. no going back

04
Nov
10

two years ago ….

16
Jun
10

nothing’s impossible

Election Night, 2008

11
Jun
10

goooooooooaaaaaaaaaaal!

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South Africa’s Siphiwe Tshabalala scores the first goal of the World Cup against Mexico at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, June 11, 2010. The game finished 1-1.

28
Mar
10

flashback … a night to remember

24
Mar
10

a beautiful day

The signing of the health insurance reform bill in the East Room at the White House

….with Kathleen Sebelius and Nancy Pelosi

….with Vicki Kennedy

…with Rep Patrick Kennedy

….with Rep John Lewis

….with Rep Dennis Kucinich

Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid

Later at the at the Interior Department….



President Barack Obama returns to the Oval Office at the White House after holding a rally celebrating the passage and signing into law of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act health insurance reform bill at the Interior Department in Washington, March 23, 2010.

18
Mar
10

flashback … the day

Filmmaker Frederic Lumiere’s film on his experience at the inauguration of President Obama one year ago today (Jan 20th). Featuring Jay-Z, Beyonce, P Diddy and Denzel Washington.

Spotted on the Mutt Like Me blog

10
Dec
09

oh oh oh oslo!

A huge crowd of around 10,000 people, many carrying torches, assembled outside the Grand Hotel in Oslo Thursday evening to greet Nobel Laureate Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, as they stepped out on the balcony of their room.

The couple waved to the cheering crowd for several minutes, before they stepped back and went down to the traditional banquet with 250 invited guests, in honour of the Nobel Peace Prize winner. December 10, 2009




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