Archive for March 7th, 2011

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Mar
11

tuesday

Boston Globe: President Obama, joined by Melinda Gates and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, will visit TechBoston Academy in Dorchester when he comes to Boston on Tuesday.

A White House official said the visit will build on the president’s State of the Union call for America to be better educated than the nation’s competitors and “win the future.”

The official said Obama “will discuss the shared responsibility that government, businesses, philanthropists, and communities have to promote innovative education strategies that will prepare American students to compete in a 21st century economy.”

TechBoston Academy was founded in 2002 with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It offers its students in grades 6-12 a college preparatory curriculum. It has middle and high school campuses. The president will visit the upper campus, which is located in the former Dorchester High School and educates students in grades 10-12.

…Obama will also be attending a Democratic fundraising dinner afterward at the Museum of Fine Arts.

 

07
Mar
11

oval ball

The Australian Herald Sun: Prime Minster Julia Gillard brought new significance to the Oval Office when she embarked on a game of Aussie Rules kick-to-kick with US President Barack Obama.

Ms Gillard, the Western Bulldogs’ number one ticket holder, gave Mr Obama an introduction to the much-loved Aussie game after a meeting in Washington overnight.

In a show of mateship between the two nations, Mr Obama joked the Aussie leader almost smashed a “bust of (Abraham) Lincoln” as she booted around the red Sherrin.

Ms Gillard had presented the ball, summoned from the Australian embassy, in a box before Mr Obama asked for a demo.

The prime minister fired off a hand pass before it was the president’s turn. He followed up with a kick and pretended to throw the ball gridiron-style.

The PM’s team:

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President Obama practices passing a football with Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia in the Oval Office. Under Australian Football League rules, a player must hold the ball in front of them and punch it with a clenched fist in order to conduct a legal pass to another player. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

07
Mar
11

media matters … not so much

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07
Mar
11

vegemite wars

This video is great:

President Obama and PM Gillard applaud after singing “Happy Birthday” to teacher Colette Fraley

“Before she started teaching she was a journalist,” Obama said. “So she decided to make a change and do something useful. I couldn’t resist,” he smiled at the reporters.

President Obama and Australian PM Julia Gillard speak with advance placement US history students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia, March 7

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President Obama laughs after being asked about vegemite with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard

PM Gillard was asked “what is vegemite”, and explained what it was. She said she and the President disagreed about it.

“It’s horrible,” he said.

(Yuck!)

07
Mar
11

g’day

President Obama meets with Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia in the Oval Office, March 7

07
Mar
11

‘go ahead, go on strike’

Arianna Huffington with her good buddy Darrell Issa in Las Vegas

The Wrap: Arianna Huffington scoffed at a group of unpaid Huffington Post contributors that announced on Wednesday they would stop contributing content to the site, weeks after its $315 million sale to AOL was announced.

Huffington, speaking alongside AOL chief Tim Armstrong at PaidContent’s 2011 Conference in New York, dismissed the notion that all bloggers should be paid, given the wide platform HuffPo gives them.

She argued that blogging on the Huffington Post is equivalent to going on Rachel Maddow, Jon Stewart or the “Today” show to promote their ideas.

And, she said, there are plenty of people willing to take their place if they do. “The idea of going on strike when no one really notices,” Huffington said. “Go ahead, go on strike.”

The controversy arose after writers for the websites ArtScene and Visual Art Source , which had been contributing content to the Huffington Post for free since 2010, refuse to contribute additional material to the site unless they got paid. They are asking for a pay schedule and requesting that promotional material no longer be published alongside editorial content.

Full article here

07
Mar
11

warming up

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama participate in tree plantings at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington, D.C., April 21, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Quinnipiac: First Lady Michelle Obama gets the warmest rating … when American voters rate their feelings about politicians and other national figures in a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie is third … but 55 percent of American voters don’t know enough about Christie to form an opinion…..

1 Michelle Obama (60.1), 2 President Clinton (59.2), 3 Christopher Christie (57), 4 President Obama (56.5), 5 Rudolph Giuliani (52.3), 6 Mike Huckabee (51.8), 7 John Boehner (51.1), 8 Mitt Romney (50.4), 9 Tim Pawlenty (48.2), 10 Jon Huntsman (47.9), 11 Ron Paul (46.3), 12 Michael Bloomberg (46), 13 Michelle Bachman (45.6), 14 Mitch McConnell (45.2), 15 Mitch Daniels (45.1), 16 Donald Trump (45), 17 Rick Santorum (43.9), 18 President George W. Bush (43.9), 19 Haley Barbour (43.5), 20 Newt Gingrich (42.7), 21 Sarah Palin (38.2), 22 Harry Reid (34.8), 23 Nancy Pelosi (32.9)

More here

07
Mar
11

parenthood

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive at Sidwell Friends School for a parent-teacher conference for their 9-year-old daughter, Sasha. The first couple arrived at 7:25 a.m. and stayed for about half an hour

First Lady Michelle Obama returns to the White House

07
Mar
11

rewriting history?

‘How did the University of Virginia come to publish a version of Lincoln’s inaugural speech that cut crucial words on slavery?’

Matt Seaton (The UK Guardian): ….I was preparing for publication Eric Foner’s article on the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration speech … I went searching for a transcript of the speech to link to. The results of a Google search took me to the site of the University of Virginia’s Miller Centre of Public Affairs; reckoning this a prestigious institution at a public university (founded by Thomas Jefferson, no less), I assumed this would be a reliable link to use …

Then I reached the passage quoted by Eric’s piece, where Lincoln flatly states: “One section of our country believes slavery is right, and ought to be extended, while the other believes it is wrong, and ought not to be extended. This is the only substantial dispute.”

…I searched the transcript on the Miller Centre site for this sentence but could not find it…. I sent off an email to the Miller Centre staff, alerting them to the fact that they were publishing a misleading, redacted version of Lincoln’s address; and outlining my interpretation that it looked as though the speech had been cut to remove references to slavery… I received an immediate reply; and within an hour, the webpage had been amended and the full text restored.

Since then, I’ve done a full comparison of the cached version of the page and the amended one; at the foot of this article run all the passages that had been omitted from the original…

…the sum of the redactions appeared to have two key effects: first, of toning down or removing entirely Lincoln’s strong assertions of the legitimate authority of the Union before and above the Constitution; and second, as said, of shifting the emphasis away from slavery as the key point of dispute between North and South and towards differences over the precedence and prerogative of individual states v the Union in law-making and enforcement. It is difficult not to see a neo-Confederate agenda in this editing.

It is possible that the erroneous version of Lincoln’s address was published by accident or carelessness. But the alacrity with which a correction was made suggests that Miller Centre executives realised the potential damage to the institution’s reputation of hosting what might appear to be a politically tendentious, “doctored” version of the address.

Having had a polite note from them, thanking me for pointing out the error and confirming the correction, I wrote back saying I was considering writing about it and seeking their comment on several questions (see the questions here)

In contrast to the almost instantaneous earlier response, as yet, I have received no reply to these questions. So the Miller Centre would seem to wish to make no further comment. But given that its online database of the Scripps Library purports to be a vital resource for scholars of public policy, US government and presidential history, I certainly hope they are running some checks.

Full article here




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