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hey, nice shades

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Orion Energy Systems founder and CEO Neal Verfuerth, center, greets a worker at the company in Manitowoc, Wis., Jan. 26. Orion Energy Systems makes high-efficiency lighting and renewable solar technology for businesses.


16 Responses to “hey, nice shades”


  1. 1 Kelly
    January 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    So handsome. ❤

  2. 3 collegekay
    January 26, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    ❤ him.

  3. 4 Perry
    January 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Indeed, the handsomeness….

  4. 6 majii
    January 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Our ever curious president is a huge change from the incurious republicans. I cannot see any of the republicans that want to run in 2012 doing the things that PBO has been doing. Our president never encounters anything new that he’s not willing to learn about and see if it can be used to help us in one way or another. I just love this about PBO!

  5. 7 Sonjia Duncan
    January 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    The incurious republicans are still trying to understand the SOTU and the President has moved on to the next step.

  6. 9 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 26, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    THAT’S OUR ‘GRAB A HAMMER’ PRESIDENT…YOU NEVER KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO FIND HIM. HE LOVES PEOPLE AND HE LOVES TO ENCOURAGE SMALL BUSINESSES! HIS DAY IS MADE WHEN HE GETS TO CLIMBOUT OF THE ‘DC’ BUBBLE! ALL THIS THE DAY AFTER HIS SOTU…THAT BATTERY PACK JUST KEEPS ON TICKIN’…OUR ENERGIZER BUNNY PREZ!…GOD BLESS HIM!…:)

  7. 10 A.L.Zymers
    January 26, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I know this may sound weird, but bear with me. When I was a child we had these radios in big, big consoles–and then we had these tiny televisions in big consoles. As I grew-up I remember how much I enjoyed the visionary ideas presented in science fiction. Much of what they envisioned as earth-based scientific progress has seemed to have evolved into good old “Terran” technology. When President Kennedy came along I thought of him as a man for the future with the notion of space satellites, world peace, neighbor-to-neighbor via country-to-country outreach. He seemed bigger than his time, and yet timely given the state of the country-a necessary man.

    While listening to President Obama last night, I got that same feeling of a man for the future, indeed, a man OF the future. As I look around and listen to the enshrinement of ignorance, I think of him as a man amongst us at a time when the nation has used the wonderful gift of the audio/visual airwaves–not as a means to enlighten and educate but to incite, dumb-down, and foster paranoia. And yet, because President Obama is speaking to those who have not fallen into the dark horde of the ignorant, he is providing a lifeline–almost a lifeline from the future–offering us a way to pull ourselves out of the nasty.

    In that sense, there is a strain of enlightenment that has a continuity, it is the promise of America that President Obama constantly trumpets. He is no fool and understands that it is that strain of hope that binds the sane people of this country generation after generation to move it forward, into the future. He is to me a timely man, ahead of his time actually–a necessary man.

  8. 12 barb
    January 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    A.L.Zymers, what an inspiring statement and one ohh so true. Thank you.

  9. 13 A.L.Zymers
    January 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Thanks, Barb!

  10. 14 A.L.Zymers
    January 26, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Okay, now I don’t want to belabor the point, but the synchronicity here regarding Sputnik, American history and the President’s call for a rebirth in innovation is–well, interesting.

    This is an excerpt from President Obama’s address to the folks at Orion Energy Systems in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. I don’t know how to make it bold, but the last paragraph is the money quote. It’s as if the fates lined-up the synchronicity to emphasize the import of his call:

    “Now, as important as these urgent priorities are, we’ve also got to make sure that the breakthroughs, the technological breakthroughs, that come to define the 21st century, that they take root right here in America. We’ve got to lead the world in innovation. I spent a lot of time talking about this last night. That’s how we’ll create the jobs of the future. That’s how we’re going to build the industries of the future, because we make smarter products using better technology than anybody else. That’s how we’ll win the future in the 21st century. (Applause.)

    So I came here to Manitowoc to glimpse that future. It was right here, almost 50 years ago — I couldn’t have made this up. It wasn’t until I was on my way here that I found out that a chunk of metal came crashing down to the Earth right here. I promise you, we did not plan this originally. Press won’t believe me. It turns out that it was part of a satellite called Sputnik that landed right here, and that set the Space Race into motion. So I want to say to you today that it is here, more than 50 years later, that the race for the 21st century will be won. (Applause.)”

    I sure am talking a lot on Chipstick’s dime. Thank you, Chipsticks!


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