Archive for September 19th, 2015

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First Couple

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Sep
15

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Awards Dinner

Arriving at the CBC Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner, 2009

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9:15 EDT: The President delivers remarks at the CBC Foundation’s 45th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner; The First Lady also attends, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

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Chat Away

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Sep
15

When Is Enough Enough?

by VC

A poll of Americans today would likely reveal most generally accept as an irrefutable fact that to become president of the United States you campaign for years through a long drawn-out process.  The actual governing of a country as vast in space, huge of population and as diverse as is the USA, ought to be a team effort with checks and balances.  The Founding Fathers thought so.  The Constitution decrees it.  Consequently, you would think it is commonly accepted that once the winner has been declared, politicking would pause and, as president, you get the opportunity to work *WITH* the members of each branch of government for the progress of the entire nation.  In other words, victory (or defeat) ought to be what pushes the pause button on campaigning and grandstanding, so that the will of the people can be respected and enacted …… at least until the next round of elections.  It ought to be commonly accepted, but it is not!  Instead, by their actions, Republicans have continuously displayed contempt for the democratic process and it has been heartbreaking to see them stomping all over opportunities for governance, even in areas that previously were relatively straightforward.

As we all know, when Barack H. Obama (along with Joe Biden) won a decisive victory to lead the USA in November 2008,  senior Republicans met secretly less than three months later,  to plot a strategy to derail the nation’s legally elected leader, …..

…and their chosen strategy was to deliberately and unanimously prevent the USA from pulling itself out of a major financial slump by never supporting any of the new president’s proposals!

To this day I still find it shocking that Republicans took great pride in their decision to deliberately sabotage the government!  They broadcasted it shamelessly, stating their primary goal was – not to govern, but – to make President Obama a one-term president!

Theirs was an audacious goal and an even more audacious dereliction of the duties attached to their jobs, and Republicans have continued to play the ‘Block-the-President’ game since 2009 with painful repercussions for civilians and veterans alike.  The fact they have been able to get away with deliberately hurting actual citizens for so long, even after the majority of Americans gave the Obama-Admin a second term, is scary.   In addition, watching them in action it is hard not to conclude that the media have played a major role in encouraging the Republican leadership to dismiss the result of both elections. The MSM have done so, IMO, by not highlighting, en masse,  GOP malfeasance when it occurred, and not calling out the fact that Republicans have a tendency to routinely ignore results that don’t go their way.

Continue reading ‘When Is Enough Enough?’

19
Sep
15

Rise and Shine

On This Day – Pete Souza: “I loved the look Alanah Poullard’s face as the President wrote a school excuse note for the five-year-old, while visiting with Wounded Warriors and their families in the East Room during their tour of the White House. Alanah asked for a note to show her kindergarten teacher so she wouldn’t get in trouble for missing a school day.” Sept. 19, 2013

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Today

9:15 EDT: The President delivers remarks at the CBC Foundation’s 45th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner; The First Lady also attends, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

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On This Day

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet the family of Senior Master Sergeant Roland Paramore (not pictured) aboard Air Force One prior to departure en route to New York, Sept. 19, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and Burmese Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi pet Bo, the Obama family dog, at the conclusion of their meeting in the Oval Office, Sept. 19, 2012. Danny Russel, Senior Director for Asian Affairs, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton watch at left (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama greets students from the East Durham Children’s Initiative upon arrival at Raleigh-Durham Airport in Morrisville, N.C., Sept. 19, 2012 (Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

 First Lady Michelle Obama in Greenville, September 19, 2012 (Photo by Christopher Dilts for Obama for America)

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Sep
15

Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama greets participants after posing for a group photo with Children’s Miracle Network Champions in the East Room of the White House, Sept. 19, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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