10 Responses to “‘traveling the country, winning the future’”

  1. 1 Sonjia Duncan
    February 26, 2011 at 11:47 am

    The President has on a brown suede jacket and lilac shirt, I found that very distracting. He has never worn those colors before that I can remember. I know the first lady made a comment about him not wearing colors, so this must be the change. Go President go for change if it helps to get a good budget passed.

  2. 2 Tulips
    February 26, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Hey chipstick looks like the President will be visiting Ireland. The are saying possibly late May.

    • February 26, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      Just saw that Tulips, fantastic news! The British Queen is also due to visit Ireland in May – the first British Royal to do so in 100 years – but this, naturally, is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more exciting!

      • 4 Tulips
        February 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm

        Since i talked to you about the connection I felt to the Irish i was doing some research and i think i found the connection. I recently learned about the work houses in Ireland that was used for the extremely poor. I was watching this show called who do you think you are . Rosie Odonnell was searching for her ancestors and found them in Ireland and they explained the complex life they had to live during the Potato famine. The work house reminds you of slave quarters or a concentration camp. It was very eye opening and enjoyed what I learned.

        • 5 Sue in Minnesota
          February 27, 2011 at 11:07 pm

          Tulips, I’ve been watching this TV series also. The information regarding the poor house was important and revealing history. I also was very cognizant of the relationship poverty has to the oppression of people, be it slavery, concentration camps, or the many vulnerabilities it predisposes people to. What really struck me was the relevance to the current struggles we see unfolding in our country and globally. We absolutely cannot lose the fight for the middle class and poor. Part of our challenge is unifying a majority that has been so masterfully manipulated, lied to and convinced to make enemies where there are none. Case in point Koch brothers, puppet masters of the tea-baggers who cluelessly advance the interests of their masters at the expense of their own. History seems to be constantly repeating itself.

          I also have Irish lineage, although I never knew it until I was into my 20’s, despite an Scotch-Irish surname…Uff Da! I suppose because I never knew my Irish Grandfather, I related to my living Norwegian grandparents in addition to Scandinavian heritage being very common amongst Minnesotans. My Dad referred to us as “Black-Irish”, which I assumed was a reference to hair/eye coloring and olive skin tones which my family members favor. Maybe it’s just BS, my Dad God love him, was a character and loved to pull our chains.

  3. 6 barb
    February 26, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Here we go. I saw a video during the Election 2008 of a Village in Ireland that started calling themselves O’Bama and had a celebration with all the distant relatives that he had in Ireland. They were all singing and having a good time.

    Tiny Irish Village Is Latest Place to Claim Obama as Its Own
    MONEYGALL, Ireland — Here they call him O’Bama.

    Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, Democratic candidate for president, is the talk of this village because recently unearthed records indicate that he is a son of Moneygall.

    Stephen Neill, a local Anglican rector, said church documents he has found, along with census, immigration and other records tracked down by U.S. genealogists, appear to show that Obama’s great-great-great-grandfather, Fulmuth Kearney, was reared in Moneygall, then left for America in 1850, when he was 19.


    Barack Obama’s Irish Family Tree Traced Back to the 17th Century, Shedding Light on Earliest Known Relatives


    • 7 barb
      February 26, 2011 at 7:39 pm

      I have a lot of respect for Queen Elizabeth and think Prince Phillip can be a hoot in what comes out of his mouth.
      I am going to read up on the proposed visits to Ireland. Sounds exciting. I wonder what the Irish think about her visit and if it will be only Northern Ireland or Southern Ireland also. (Everytime I use the word “also” I think of Sarah Palin) 😆

      • February 26, 2011 at 8:20 pm

        Hey Barb – and everyone: sorry I haven’t been on the blog much today, will catch up properly tomorrow.

        Barb, the Queen is due to visit southern Ireland (ie the Republic – the independent part), she’s been in Northern Ireland lots of times. It would be a very historic visit, no British King or Queen has been invited to the Republic in 100 years – as you know, the history between the countries is not pretty! Relations are much better now, so the majority would have no problem with her visit. Those who object to it point to the sectarianism at the heart of the British Monarchy, ie if an heir to the throne marries a Catholic then they automatically lose the right to be King/Queen. So, if Kate (what’s her name) was a Catholic, then William could never be king. Southern Ireland is, of course, mainly Catholic (although many have turned their backs on the church), so that sectarianism isn’t appreciated in 2011!

  4. 9 cat48
    February 27, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Hey Chipsticks, Glad to see you’re okay. I wondered where you were as you have shirked your posting duties today! 🙂 I almost emailed you to ask, “Where are you? and Are you ok???” See you tomorrow. Thanks for all you do!

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