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18
Sep
13

The President and First Lady’s Day

Text of the President’s remarks here

…. introduced by Boeing CEO James McNerney

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Text of the First Lady’s remarks here

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks on food marketing to children at an event in the State Dinning Room at the White House

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In case you missed it in the comments today, a beautiful story from Dakota:

Good Afternoon TOD Family.

Off the topic at hand, but I have been trying to post this uplifting story all day keep getting interrupted by less important things like…work and a stupid fire drill with a loudly blasting horn, that SOME folks didn’t seem to think applied to them!!! Anyway, now that’s off my chest…here’s my story.

I work for a hospice company and one of duties is supervising home health aides. All of our aides must be certified and are paid at a higher rate, so the good news about minimum wage and overtime protection doesn’t really apply to them. Whenever we get a new client, an entire team is at their disposal, aides, doctor, nurses, volunteers if desired, social worker and a chaplin. We actually have two chaplins.

A couple of weeks ago, one of our chaplins, whose office is right next to mine put up a photo of President Obama. It’s the one in front of the capitol building when he was campaigning in 2008. Now, I was surprised at this because not only are we not supposed to to talk politics in the office (HA! Just about all of the people who work in this office are PBO supporters), but the owners of our company are religious right-wingers who have held fundraisers for our rethug governor. Now to be fair, the CEO has always been very supportive of me and I do appreciate that. Last Wednesday, she came to our office because we finally had this stupid audit that they’ve been driving us nuts with it for a year! Well, wouldn’t ya know she parks her stuff right in the chaplin’s office right in front of this 8×10 photo of the President on her desk! I thought to myself, “Oh, shit,” but nothing was said.

Turns out that the chaplin, who is female, was instrumental in starting a hospice in Honolulu, HI…the very same one that took care of the President’s grandmother. The photo is a copy of one that was given to the hospice aide and signed by the President. The inscription reads “Thank you for taking such good care of my Tutu. Barack Obama.” Someone at the hospice, sent the photo to the chaplin a long time ago, but she decided she was going bring it into the office and keep it on her desk. Her feeling is that this is was a wonderful tribute to hospice workers and that no one would dare part their lips to complain and no one has. I really like this chaplin…she’s a sweetheart.

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We’ll catch up with newsie stuff in the morning – for now, chat away!

PS Huuuuuuge thanks again to LL for today’s wonderful post.

07
Oct
11

it’s pete-souza-genius time

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

President Obama holds a child after delivering remarks on the American Jobs Act beneath the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge in Cincinnati, Sept. 22

President Obama walks into the Oval Office with William Jones, son of Luke Jones, Presidential Personnel Office, before a departure photo with the Jones family, Sept. 29

President Barack Obama greets children upon arrival in Seattle, Wash., Sept. 25

President Obama shares a laugh with Jean Meyer, the grandmother of Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer, second from left, as they and members of the Meyer family walk along the Colonnade of the White House, Sept. 15

President Barack Obama greets Jasper Mann and his parents, Billy and Gena Mann, before signing H.R. 2005 – Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011, in the Oval Office, Sept. 30

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First Lady Michelle Obama talks with Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden during a tour of the Studio Museum in Harlem, in New York, N.Y., Sept. 21 (by Chuck Kennedy)

This one, by Chuck Kennedy, cracks me up:

Bo lounges in the West Garden Room of the White House, Sept. 15. (by Chuck Kennedy)

More new official photos here

15
Sep
11

grandma-in-chief

President Barack Obama shares a laugh with Jean Meyer, the grandmother of Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer, second from left, as they and members of the Meyer family walk along the Colonnade of the White House, Sept. 15. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

15
Sep
11

medal of honor

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and former Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyers walk into the East Room of the White House before the president awarded Meyers, 23, from Greensburg, Ky. the Medal of Honor

First lady Michelle Obama hugs Mike Meyer, father of Dakota Meyer, after Dakota was awarded the Medal of Honor

14
Sep
11

beer garden

President Barack Obama enjoys a beer with Dakota Meyer on the patio outside of the Oval Office, Sept. 14. The President will present Meyer with the Medal of Honor tomorrow during a ceremony at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

23
Feb
10

listening post

President Barack Obama listens to a question from South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds during the National Governors Association meeting in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 22, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)




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