Posts Tagged ‘jill

29
Sep
17

The President’s Day At The Invictus Games

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01
Feb
17

Vice President Biden Isn’t Going Anywhere And We Love It

14
Jan
17

Michelle. Jill. ❤️

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19
Dec
16

A Delightful Friendship

10
Aug
16

‘You Too, Honey’

12
Jul
16

The President’s Day

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk to board Marine One on July 12, 2016 at the White House in Washington, DC, before departing for Dallas following the killing of five policemen by a sniper. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 12: First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama leave the White House and board Marine One on July 12, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Obamas are on their way to Dallas, Texas where the President will deliver remarks at an interfaith service at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center with the families of the fallen police officers and members of the Dallas community. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/WireImage)

First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama leave the White House and board Marine One

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama make their way to board Air Force One before departing for Dallas, Texas from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on July 12, 2016. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

US Vice President Joe Biden (L), receives a hug from First Lady Michelle Obama as US President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One upon arrival at Dallas Love Field in Dallas, Texas on July 12, 2016. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama pauses speaks during an interfaith memorial service for the victims of the Dallas police shooting at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on July 12, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. President Barack Obama attended a somber memorial Tuesday to five police officers slain in a sniper ambush in Dallas, as he seeks to unify a country divided by race and politics. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks during an interfaith memorial service for the victims of the Dallas police shooting at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on July 12, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. President Barack Obama attended a somber memorial Tuesday to five police officers slain in a sniper ambush in Dallas, as he seeks to unify a country divided by race and politics. / AFP / Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama speaks during an interfaith memorial service for the victims of the Dallas police shooting at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas

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DALLAS, TX - JULY 12: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks during an interfaith memorial service, honoring five slain police officers, at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on July 12, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. A sniper opend fire following a Black Lives Matter march in Dallas killing five police officers and injuring 12 others. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

DALLAS, TX - JULY 12: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks during an interfaith memorial service, honoring five slain police officers, at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on July 12, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. A sniper opend fire following a Black Lives Matter march in Dallas killing five police officers and injuring 12 others. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Dignitaries join hands on stage during the singing of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" during an interfaith memorial service for the victims of the Dallas police shooting at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on July 12, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.President Barack Obama attended a somber memorial Tuesday to five police officers slain in a sniper ambush in Dallas, as he seeks to unify a country divided by race and politics. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

DALLAS, TX - JULY 12: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks during an interfaith memorial service, honoring five slain police officers, at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on July 12, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. A sniper opend fire following a Black Lives Matter march in Dallas killing five police officers and injuring 12 others. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

DALLAS, UNITED STATES - JULY 12: U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama attend a memorial service for the victims of the Dallas police shooting at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas, USA on July 12, 2016. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama pauses while speaking during an interfaith memorial service for the victims of the Dallas police shooting at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on July 12, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. President Barack Obama attended a somber memorial Tuesday to five police officers slain in a sniper ambush in Dallas, as he seeks to unify a country divided by race and politics. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks during an interfaith memorial service for the victims of the Dallas police shooting at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on July 12, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. President Barack Obama attended a somber memorial Tuesday to five police officers slain in a sniper ambush in Dallas, as he seeks to unify a country divided by race and politics. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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DALLAS, UNITED STATES - JULY 12: U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Dallas Police Chief David Brown during a memorial service for the victims of the Dallas police shooting at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas, USA on July 12, 2016. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

First Lady Michelle Obama hugs Dallas Police Chief David Brown (2nd L) as US President Barack Obama hugs Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Chief James Spiller (R) during an interfaith memorial service for the victims of the Dallas police shooting at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on July 12, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. President Barack Obama attended a somber memorial Tuesday to five police officers slain in a sniper ambush in Dallas, as he seeks to unify a country divided by race and politics. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

13
Apr
16

Chat Away

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President Barack Obama attends a Summit of the Americas Leaders’ Dinner at Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, Cartagena, Colombia, April 13, 2012. Photo by Pete Souza

First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden and Martha Stewart drop by Operation Shower, a celebration for pregnant women whose husbands are service members, at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 13, 2011. The event was part of the launch of Joining Forces, a national initiative to support and honor America's service members and their families. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House. 

First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden and Martha Stewart drop by Operation Shower, a celebration for pregnant women whose husbands are service members, at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 13, 2011. The event was part of the launch of Joining Forces, a national initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families. Photo by Chuck Kennedy

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Audience members embrace President Barack Obama after he spoke at the Port of Tampa in Tampa, Fla., April 13, 2012. Photo by Pete Souza

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President Barack Obama talks with, from left: Dan Restrepo, Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs; U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk; and Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis aboard Air Force One while en route to Tampa, Fla., April 13, 2012. Photo by Pete Souza

02
Mar
16

The President And First Lady’s Day

President Barack Obama walks form the stage after honoring the 2015-2016 College Football Playoff National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) escorts University of Alabama football head coach Nick Saban (L) to an East Room ceremony celebrating the team's 2015 college football championship at the White House March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

President Barack Obama and Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban

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President Barack Obama holds up an Alabama Crimson Tide football while welcoming the 2015- 2016 College Football Playoff National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide in the East Room of the White House

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President Barack Obama, center, gestures as he honors the 2015-2016 College Football Playoff National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Also on stage is head coach Nick Saban, left. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with from left, Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry, and teammates quarterback Jake Coker, offensive lineman Ryan Kelly and linebacker Reggie Ragland, as the president is given a football, jersey and helmet during a ceremony to honor the 2015-2016 College Football Playoff National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide football team in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry

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U.S. President Barack Obama greets the 2015 national collegiate football champions, the University of Alabama, with head coach Nick Saban (L) at the White House March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

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President Barack Obama pretends to throw a football during a ceremony honoring the 2015-2016 College Football Playoff National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide football team, Wednesday, March 2, 2016, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, . (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama walks though the audience after a ceremony to honor the 2015-2016 College Football Playoff National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during a Women’s History Month reception in honor of women veterans on Capitol Hill. After being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed a joint resolution in 1987 which designated the month of March as Women’s History Month

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers present an American flag to retired Air Force Brigadier Gen. Wilma Vaught

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11
Nov
15

A Veteran

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He served

He hugged the grandmother,
and mom and dad,
tears in his eyes
that he couldn’t let them see.
Looked over his shoulder
to remember their faces
set in time.
This time in his life
he would only understand
was extraordinary,
looking back.

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Honor and bravery
and, yes, to be a man
were why he signed up early,
why he went off
why he missed a bit of his youth
and journeyed to a far-off
war-time destination
he had never
heard much about
when he was younger.

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The in-between years
are not forgot
They enter in dreams
and memories he sometimes wished
he didn’t have.
He knows he’s not alone
in the recollections
yet only a small amount of comfort
has come from that,
has ever come from that.

It is what it is,
his mantra.
It is what it is.

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But now in the prime
of his older years
he wears a ballcap with the
name of his service on it
and the name of his war.
He remembers the conflict
and when he
remembers the grandmother
remembers mom and dad
he feels the honor
he thinks he brought them.

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The sting of yesterday’s tears
in his crinkly eyes come from
the love of country
the esprit de corps ~
the brothers and comrades
he left behind or
still meets for coffee
on a Wednesday morning
in his hometown.

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And when he and his brothers
talk over coffee
about the “free lunch” for veterans
they’re serving at the
VFW, in a few hours,
he turns to them
(those who, like he,
paid ahead such a high price
for that “free lunch” years ago)
and says,
“We should support that
for the new vets
who might really need it.”

He is what he is.

A veteran.

A man.

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23
Sep
15

Welcome To The White House, Pontifex!

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) comments to Pope Francis as they watch from onstage as the "Old Guard" fife and drum corps marches past during an official welcome ceremony on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama comments to Pope Francis as they watch from onstage as the “Old Guard” fife and drum corps marches past during an official welcome ceremony on the South Lawn at the White House

Pope Francis listens as President Barack Obama welcomes him during a state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Pope Francis listens as President Barack Obama welcomes him during a state arrival ceremony

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President Barack Obama walk out of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, to greet Pope Francis for a state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) listens as Pope Francis speaks during an arrival ceremony for the pope at the White House in Washington September 23, 2015. The pontiff is on his first visit to the United States. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama stands with U.S. bishops and members of the President Barack Obama's cabinet during an arrival ceremony for Pope Francis at the White House in Washington September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) greets Pope Francis upon his arrival at the White House in Washington September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Pope Francis watch onstage as the "Old Guard" fife and drum corps marches past during an official welcome ceremony on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

President Barack Obama leans over to talk to Pope Francis during a state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Pope Francis wave to the crowd on South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Pope Francis wave to the 11,000 people on South Lawn of the White House

President Barack Obama points out some of the highlights on the Washington Mall to Pope Francis from the Truman Balcony of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 during a state arrival ceremony. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) looks back at Pope Francis as he delivers remarks upon the pontiff's arrival at the White House in Washington September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Pope Francis after this welcoming speech during the state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

U.S. President Barack Obama applauds with Pope Francis (L) as the pontiff is welcomed to the White House during a ceremony in Washington September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Barack Obama (R), first lady Michelle Obama, and Pope Francis wave from a balcony during an official welcoming ceremony held at the White House in Washington September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama stands with Pope Francis (L) as the pontiff is welcomed to the White House during a ceremony in Washington September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

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President Barack Obama talks with Pope Francis in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama and Pope Francis, accompanied by Msgr. Mark Miles, the English translator for the Pontiff, walk down the Colonnade before meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama and Pope Francis, accompanied by Msgr. Mark Miles, the English translator for the Pontiff, walk down the Colonnade

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) smiles with Pope Francis in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington September 23, 2015. The pontiff is on his first visit to the United States. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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