21
Apr
11

the time 100

Professor David Kennedy: “We remain a young nation,” Barack Obama said in 2009, but he added an unsettling admonition that “in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things.” No passage in his Inaugural Address more vividly reflected the President’s vision of his country and his times or more accurately foreshadowed the vexations that were to beset his leadership.

Like FDR before him, Obama, 49, has looked beyond the near horizon. He has paid the political price of setting far-visioned initiatives on health care and financial reform ahead of short-term relief. And he has tried to persuade his countrymen to shed some of their youthful illusions: to forsake the frontiersman’s faith in unbridled individualism for a recognition of the complex interdependencies of modern life, to replace the rebel’s fear of government with the citizen’s trust that government of the people and by the people is for the people too, to stop assuming that Santa Claus will give us cheap energy forever and the Easter Bunny will pay our bills. Whatever the near term holds, history is likely to record that Obama set the country on the path to a future with fewer illusions.

Kennedy is a professor of history at Stanford University

Rahm Emanuel: The partnership between any President and Vice President is like a shotgun wedding: Sometimes it works well. Most of the time, it does not. But the relationship between Barack Obama and Joe Biden is as successful a public partnership as I have ever seen.

They began as rival politicians who merged to form a ticket, which is not a prescription for harmony and close cooperation. But in my two years in the White House, I saw these onetime rivals become solid allies and then close friends. I saw a deep bond of trust grow between them, forged in a crucible of crisis.

Biden, 68, has been a wise counselor – unfailingly frank with the President behind closed doors and unwaveringly loyal on the public stage.

With 36 years of experience in the U.S. Senate and a wealth of relationships and insight, Biden has been an invaluable lieutenant on a wide variety of issues. And the President has trusted him with some of the most critical assignments, from the $787 billion Recovery Act to the transition in Iraq.

This is one shotgun wedding that works.

Jamie Oliver: Declaring herself “first mom,” Michelle Obama got right to work on the defining issues of her children’s generation: obesity and improving the health of America’s kids.

Her Let’s Move campaign put obesity in the headlines in part because Americans under 25 are the first generation expected to live shorter lives than their parents because of diet-related illnesses. But Obama, 47, urged people to get up and do something. She convinced her husband to establish America’s first Childhood Obesity Task Force…..

She’s encouraging mayors around the country to embrace obesity-prevention programs. And perhaps most incredibly, she’s had frank and challenging dialogues with some of America’s largest corporations and persuaded them to change their business practices for the sake of the children.

While she knows none of these changes are easy, she’s stood firm in her conviction that if we all just eat better and move more, then we can fight obesity. For her inspirational work, I salute First Lady Michelle Obama – a true revolutionary.

President Obama: The violence in Tucson earlier this year was made all the more shocking by the quintessentially American scene that it shattered: folks of different backgrounds yet part of the same community gathering to share their hopes and ask questions of their elected representative. To put it simply, they came to do the daily work of democracy.

Before that morning, Gabrielle Giffords may not have been a household name. But the reason she has long been admired by people of all political stripes is that she embodies the best of what public service should be: hard work and fair play, hope and resilience, a willingness to listen and a determination to do your best in a busy world. As hard a battle as Giffords, 40, now fights every day, she’s got a strong partner in her husband Mark Kelly, who visits her daily while training to command the space shuttle Endeavour. And she’s got the prayers of a nation rooting for her, a model of civility and courage and unity — a needed voice that cannot return soon enough.

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Thank you Tommy 😉


13 Responses to “the time 100”


  1. 1 Me4obama
    April 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Gabby Giffords is among 100 most influential and the president is the one that wrote about her. Did my Sam kass make it?, if not may be next year.

  2. 2 kittypat
    April 21, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Three people I admire a great deal and as for Professor Kennedy’s thoughts they are the reasons I voted for Barack Obama and continue to support him, he has innate wisdom and the rare gift of being a visionary with a pragmatic streak.

  3. 3 majii
    April 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Confession: I’ve had the “hots” for VP Biden for over 30 years and counting now. There is just something about his mind that I’m very attracted to. He is the perfect VP to PBO!

    • 4 Sue in Minnesota
      April 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm

      Majii, he’s handsome as well, and like our President his smile lights up a room. Not to dwell on our POTUS and VPOTUS physical attributes, they are so, so much more than their attractive packaging. We are in great hands.

  4. 5 anniebella
    April 21, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    You guys know what I think of the President and First Lady. I think they both are awesome. My well wishes have been with Rep. Griffords since the day of her shooting.

  5. 6 Sue in Minnesota
    April 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I think the shuttle lauch on the 29th is going to be enormously inspirational, moving, and symbolic. I can’t even wrap my head around all the ways it inspires me. I am very excited that Gabrielle will be in attendance, and marvel at her fortitude and strength. My sense is that tears will be flowing freely and that our hearts will be both full and proud.

  6. 8 Lovepolitics2008
    April 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I’m happy to see Rahm Emmanuel confirm what we have been feeling for a long time: Barack Obama and Joe Biden have become true friends.

    I think what moves me the most is that while Joe Biden truly respects President Obama and admires him a great deal, he also is very protective of him, like a big brother would be.

    • 9 anniebella
      April 21, 2011 at 7:52 pm

      The First Lady talked about how her family and Jill’s family just click. I’m so glad to hear that the President have someone he can trust in Vice President Biden.

  7. 10 theboysisters
    April 21, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I will never forget Biden’s farewell speech to the senate right before the inauguration. He had me crying like a b**** lol

  8. 11 Shirley
    April 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Yes, I feel what you are saying about VPOTUS. From the moment PBO announced Senator Joe Biden as his VP, which I was hoping for, by the way, It was like what a *PAIR*. They are just down right Good for each other. And like you said, a Big Brother, looking over his Little Brother’s shoulder. Flotus, and SLOTUS Is a Great *PAIR* as well. All of them are good looking Couples, Handsome Couples. Their Body language exudes Friendly and Genuine Feelings among them. I think VPOTUS brings a lot of laughter to them all. I just love them :-). Look, we’ve got Experienced, wise, and Brainy Leaders, leading our Country, and I’m proud to say so :-).

    • 12 Lovepolitics2008
      April 21, 2011 at 6:13 pm

      I was on vacation, in the Amsterdam airport to be precise, when I learned that Joe had been chosen as VP. Must have been in the newspaper I don’t remember. I was almost jumping up and down and people were looking at me as if I was crazy LOL !
      Joe had been my one and only choice for VP since the beginning and I was SO happy !!!

  9. 13 HZ
    April 21, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    To all of the above dear friends here commenting on the relationship of our POTUS and VPOTUS and families, I concur. I have been an admirer of our VPOTUS for atleast 30 years also,and I find him to be a very warm, honest in your face, and caring person. I remember when VPOTUS dropped out of the race and he gave his speech in front of a very small group with his mother present. My heart was filled with something that was still telling me, this is not over for Senator Biden. Then President Elect Obama chose Senator Biden,and I just jumped up and screamed and cried for joy. I believe that this was a wonderful match, and that feeling that I felt that day, was there was a more perfect gift for Senator Biden, and look what we have now. The Divine is wonderful. Watch, be humble and grateful, and wait, your time will come. I love the two of them together,and I think we are the better for it as a nation. Two men who we can respect, trust, and enjoy. My friends, I believe that we are so bless.


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