phyncke: I made this (Obamanos)
The incoming President is not my President. Barack Obama is MY President. I just got this letter to my email because I have written to the White House on matters that concern me. I always get a response and it is always on point. I cannot tell you how discouraged I am about this transition. But this is what the letter said today.
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One of the most important things I’ve done as President is read messages from Americans like you. And whether you sat down to write me a letter back in 2009 or just last week, I wanted to say thank you for writing.

Letters like yours have given me the chance to hear the real stories that make up the ever changing narrative of America. They are stories of your setbacks and successes, your fears and your hopes not just for today—but for the country and the world we’ll leave to our children and our grandchildren. I want you to know that I was listening. I heard your stories. And you made me a better President.
In 2014, a young mom took a chance and shared her family’s story with me. She said she knew that “staying silent about what you see and what needs changing never makes any difference.” She was right. And so, while serving you has been the greatest privilege of my life, I want you to know that when

I leave the White House, I’ll still hold the most important title of all: that of citizen.

And as a proud American citizen, I believe that we are a constant work in progress. Our success has never been certain. None of our journey has been preordained. There’s always been a gap between our highest ideals and the reality we witness every day. But what makes us exceptional—what makes us Americans—is that we have fought wars, and passed laws, and reformed systems, and organized unions, and staged protests, and launched mighty movements to close that gap. To bring the promise and the practice of America into closer alignment. To form that more perfect union.

So our collective future depends on our collective willingness to uphold our duties as citizens: to vote, to speak out, and to stand up for others knowing that each of us is only here because somebody, somewhere, stood up for us. And for the rest of my days, I promise I will be right there alongside you, continuing to do my part to build a better, more prosperous, more diverse and inclusive America—an
America with a future full of hope.

From all of us in the Obama family—thank you for writing.

All the best,
Barack Obama
phyncke: I made this (Obamanos)
I got this to my email today and thought I would share it. One of the reasons I really like Barack Obama is that he communicates so well. He is such a positive man!



This is it: My last one.

As I put the final touches on my State of the Union address, I can't help but look back on the last seven years. We've traveled a long road together. The people I've met. The stories you've shared. That's what lives at the heart of the remarkable progress we've made together.

More than 14 million jobs, nearly 18 million people now with health coverage -- together, we've pulled ourselves out of yesterday's crisis to put us on a stronger course for tomorrow.

But tonight, I don't want to focus on our past. I want to focus on the future we can build together. I hope you'll tune in.

There's no question: Our country faces some big challenges right now.

But after seven years as your president, I've never been more optimistic about what we can accomplish together. We've come back from tough times stronger than before. We've shown the world that we're not afraid of the future, we're ready to lead it.

That's what makes America great. That's who we are. And that's what's going to be on my mind as I head over to speak to Congress and to you.

Join me tonight at 9pm ET.

We've done some big things together over these past seven years. And we're not finished. Tonight I'll lay out a vision for an economy that's even stronger, a country that's safer, and a union that's more perfect.

Because with one year left in my presidency, I'm still fired up and ready to go.

President Barack Obama
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I got this message from Obama through the campaign channels...

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Jane --

I'm about to go speak to the crowd here in Chicago, but I wanted to thank you first.

I want you to know that this wasn't fate, and it wasn't an accident. You made this happen.

You organized yourselves block by block. You took ownership of this campaign five and ten dollars at a time. And when it wasn't easy, you pressed forward.

I will spend the rest of my presidency honoring your support, and doing what I can to finish what we started.

But I want you to take real pride, as I do, in how we got the chance in the first place.

Today is the clearest proof yet that, against the odds, ordinary Americans can overcome powerful interests.

There's a lot more work to do.

But for right now: Thank you.

Barack

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I am thrilled that he won and relieved more than anything. Four more years!

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There is an excitement in the air, election day! Keeping up with the reports and watching people hurry to the polls. No less exciting since I voted early. I love democracy in action. Let's do it folks. Four more years! The alternative is terrifying. Go Obama! Go!

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I got this in my email today.

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Dear Jane,

I am not writing to you as a black voter, or a woman voter, or as a voter who is over 70 years old and six feet tall. I am writing to you as a representative of this great country -- as an American.

It is your job to vote. It is your responsibility, your right, and your privilege. You may be pretty or plain, heavy or thin, gay or straight, poor or rich.

But remember this: In an election, every voice is equally powerful -- don't underestimate your vote. Voting is the great equalizer.

Voting has already begun in some states that President Obama needs to win. (redacted hyperlinked thing)

As a country, we can scarcely perceive the magnitude of our progress.

My grandmother and my uncle experienced circumstances that would break your heart. When they went to vote, they were asked impossible questions like, "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" When they couldn't answer, they couldn't vote.

I once debated with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. about whether an African American would ever be elected president. He believed it would happen within the next 40 years at the time -- I believed it would never happen within my lifetime.

I have never been happier to have been proven wrong.

And since President Barack Obama's historic election, we've moved forward in courageous and beautiful ways. More students can afford college, and more families have access to affordable health insurance. Women have greater opportunities to get equal pay for equal work.

Yet as Rev. King wrote, "All progress is precarious."

So don't sit on the sidelines. Don't hesitate. Don't have any regrets. Vote.

Go, rise up, and let your friends and family in early vote states know where they can vote today. We must make our voices heard:

http://my.barackobama.com/Help-Your-Friends-Vote-Early

Your vote is not only important. It's imperative.

Thank you,

Dr. Maya Angelou

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On the debate...
So I watched Face the Nation today and my conclusion is that it is easy to win a debate when you are not truthful and play fast and loose with the facts. Yes, Obama was off but Romney lied. So he gets to call it a win when he out and out lied to the American public there? Go figure. Even the political commentary admits, he lied but he still wins the debate. I don't get it but this is America. That is how it goes. The debate did not change anything for me. My vote still goes the right way. There are more opportunities coming up and I hope that Americans are smarter than Romney thinks they are. I really do. The moderation, much as I like Jim Lehrer, was not strong enough to keep them on format and really was bad. He got totally rolled over and could not keep them contained. Neither candidate respected the rules of that debate.

In other news - I am doing a mini-spa day - getting a mani-pedi and my hair done. Boy do I need this. My grey is showing and I am looking forward to some pampering of me. Yay.

That is all I have. I am looking forward to Monday off for my birthday. I might chuck all my plans and relax - not sure yet. I will see. Tonight is a movie night - I think we are going to see End of Watch - which could be disturbing.

Anyhoo. Cheers to you!

RetroChickie
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Leading up the President's speech was Joe Biden and I missed the earlier stuff as I was out eating from the Berkeley Food Truck thing, Off the Grid in my neighborhood. Had some really great food. My friend, S*** and I from work catch food on our way home so we don't have to cook dinner. It is nice and we split things so it is not that expensive.

I think Obama is doing a good job here. Lots of blue tonight at the convention...blue ties and suits for the men. I am glad that Clinton is canvassing for this President, that will help. Things I notice is that the convention audience is very diverse here on all counts - age, sex, race - the composition is more interesting than the GOP. I feel more in watching that this is our party and more representative and that all groups are here in that hall. I could not say that about the GOP - with token representation and the same people shown over and over.

All in all - a strong showing for the Democrats - good speakers - no wasted time - no dead air - no Clint Eastwood WTF moments here. Good job guys. Take it home and four more years.


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Amazing...

Sep. 5th, 2012 07:58 pm
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I got an email from Bill Clinton while he was speaking at the Democratic National Convention. That is a nifty trick. La. Neato. More on the clothing choices at the convention. Elizabeth Warren wore that royal blue color - very typical outfit, blazery ensemble but the color did look good on her, nothing standout about it. She did a competent job speaking. I found myself not really listening to her that much. She is in a Senate race and I wish her well.

I found myself thinking tonight, that I would have elected Bill Clinton as President again if it were not for those pesky term limits. I really think he was effective in that job. He was good. Even with his catastrophes in his personal life and that little Lewinsky thing - he was very effective and he is still effective. Funny thought that.

On Clinton's speech tonight. He is pulling things out of Barack Obama's record and making interesting points - about his appointments of Republicans to key positions, opponents and the like. Constructive collaboration is the theme on all of this - that is how Obama works. Great way to highlight the strength of the President and he is doing more...partnership over partisanship on national security...and more.

I love his analysis of the Republican convention and what they did not say there - that they want to shelter the wealthier Americans from paying taxes, increase military spending by more than the Pentagon is asking and cut programs for children and low income people.

I also like Clinton's point that economic recovery is slow going and that Obama started with a weaker economy than he did. No President could have repaired the damage in this time. The foundation has been laid. I am not an economist, I am just paraphrasing the points in this speech. There is some logic to it.

Anyways. My toilet is turned off because there is a leak in a pipe to the apartment downstairs. It won't be fixed until Saturday. Augh! AUGH! I am serious. Very inconvenient.

My vacation starts on Saturday. I cannot wait and work is annoying. I do need time off. [livejournal.com profile] khylea is coming to visit and we will do fun things. Yays!

This post is longer than I planned. If you read it, thanks!

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I loved Michelle Obama's dress at the Democratic National Convention. The lovely pinks with orange in it. I found myself thinking that I was so glad she did not wear blue - Ann Romney wore blue all during their convention and that would have been too much. Michelle Obama really stands out against the blue background there in her dress, a stark contrast to the blue behind her. And she has terrific shoulders and she looks fabulous. A longer look reveals that the dress has blue on the bottom of it, ringing the hem, but the overall sense is that it is a pink dress.

I could say a lot about the speakers tonight but this is my shallow thought for tonight. I had a not so great day at work today and this is what I want to post.

CNN calls it "one heck of a night" for the Dems. I think they are doing well. Good speakers and a solid line up. CNN also says, "the overall evening worked the best."

Anyhoo. Moody me here and I don't feel like analyzing politics. I did like her dress though. Is that shallow? Yes!

Q-2 571817
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I set up this Jane for Obama page...I made my donation and set up a fundraising page for him. I am in since he supports gay marriage and a lot of things I believe in. If you support him, consider donating to his campaign through my donation page:

https://donate.barackobama.com/page/outreach/view/2012/janeforobama

Any amount would be great. If this is not your kind of thing, kindly ignore this post and don't flame me here. I respect all political views on my blog and thank you to respect mine.

Cheers.
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Did Obama say that millionaires have to pay their fair share in taxes (30%)!? Yes, yes I think he did! Did he call for a tax cut and ask for that to be passed? Yes, yes I think he did!

He is nailing this!

I still feel that he is MY President. He has my vote for sure. Hang all those crazy Republican candidates!

Hula Hoop (black)
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After some research here is the full list of the Oscar's nominees for 2012. I am excited that Moneyball and the Descendant's are in the running as I saw both of those films and really enjoyed those. No predictions on this yet but here is the big list with all the nominations. I am also including the link to the source post (Huffington Post)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/24/oscar-nominations-2012-list_n_1225956.html

And an analysis of the nominations here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/24/oscar-nominations-2012-surprises-and-snubs_n_1227459.html?1327419017

Oscar's Nominations 2012 )

I am unsure whether or not I am watching the Oscar's this year. I know. I may or may not. I cannot decide if I am going to spend the time doing that. So will see.

One thing I will be doing is watching the State of the Union tonight. Go Obama!


by lotrangel17
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After some research here is the full list of the Oscar's nominees for 2012. I am excited that Moneyball and the Descendant's are in the running as I saw both of those films and really enjoyed those. No predictions on this yet but here is the big list with all the nominations. I am also including the link to the source post (Huffington Post)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/24/oscar-nominations-2012-list_n_1225956.html

And an analysis of the nominations here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/24/oscar-nominations-2012-surprises-and-snubs_n_1227459.html?1327419017

Oscar's Nominations 2012 )

I am unsure whether or not I am watching the Oscar's this year. I know. I may or may not. I cannot decide if I am going to spend the time doing that. So will see.

One thing I will be doing is watching the State of the Union tonight. Go Obama!


by lotrangel17
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Our current one. Obama! The republicans are a pack of idiots IMHO and their economic policies are designed to sink the middle class below the poverty level. Just an observation in reflection on this topic.


by fitty
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Our current one. Obama! The republicans are a pack of idiots IMHO and their economic policies are designed to sink the middle class below the poverty level. Just an observation in reflection on this topic.


by fitty
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My first rant )

What the real story is...

Based on the very inteliigent commentary and further research on this topic, I revise here. As it turns out, Presidents don't necessarily honor this holiday at Arlington--as one of the commenters here pointed out, they might do so at their home town. Also, President Obama chose to honor at Lincoln National Cemetery because of a recently fallen soldier (in Afghanistan) and to pay respects with his family. That ceremony was cancelled due to inclement weather. I am always willing to admit when I am wrong on something and I am really happy to be wrong in this case. I think I was very upset in this case. Here is a link to what happened at Lincoln:

http://www.statesman.com/news/nation/after-rain-out-obama-to-deliver-speech-back-719318.html

President Obama is returning to DC to deliver his address.

I am a much happier camper now and will be sending in another comment to the White House. You can bet on that. Cheers!


by debi_i_am
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I wanted to follow up to my earlier post on the President's HS Challenge and that link I had to the voting site for the White House. This was where you could express your preference for which HS the President would speak at for a commencement this year. The results were posted today and Kalamazoooooo won. Here is the info:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/commencement?utm_source=email52&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=education

This was completely based on the feedback on the site. So public opinion is what was used to determine the final one. I think all the high schools that made the final round will have a cabinet secretary or senior administration official speak at their commencement. So that is good.

Thought you might like to know! Hope everyone is well!

Q-24502 Brown
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The president sent out an email today about his speaking at a high school commencement this Spring. I am hoping that this paste of the link will work but he is having people rate the high schools based on the videos (and descriptive info) submitted. These are the finalists.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/commencement?utm_source=email51&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=education

If the first link does not work, try this one:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/

The challenge should toggle around on the slide show on the White House page.

See what you think and feel free to vote. I hope that you will participate in this. I wish a California HS had gotten in but that is life. Let me know if this works for you and if you can vote on these (or rate them).

Cheers.

From his email... )

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