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President Obama visiting Gabrielle Giffords, January 2011.

Thank you Loriah – the photo is a screen-grab from:

Original video here

Thank you Halo


A visitor looks at photographs taken during fieldwork in Indonesia by S. Ann Dunham, President Barack Obama’s late mother, during an exhibition at a gallery at the East West Center on the University of Hawaii at Manoa Campus, November 9


President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with Irish President Mary McAleese and Dr. Martin McAleese during a courtesy call in the Drawing Room at the President’s residence in Dublin, Ireland, May 23, 2011

Oh, any excuse to take a trip down this memory lane:

Today is President Mary McAleese’s last day in office – she served 14 years (14!) as Irish president.


Sun Times: Today, in her keynote address to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Steps Up: Hiring our Heroes event, First Lady Michelle Obama announced that the International Franchise Association (IFA) which represents 1,100 franchises has committed to hiring 80,000 veterans and military spouses by 2014. 5,000 jobs of this commitment are promised to wounded warriors.

Mrs. Obama also announced that the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) – which Dr. Jill Biden helped launch at the Chamber of Commerce last summer and which includes nearly 100 companies and organizations – has committed to employ 20,000 military spouses. These organizations include companies like Microsoft, Home Depot and Citi and franchises like UPS, Guidant Financial and Data Doctors. Together, the commitment by the International Franchise Association and the Military Spouse Employment Partnership represents a commitment to hire 100,000 veterans, wounded warriors and military spouses by 2014.

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First lady Michelle Obama shakes hands after speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce fourth annual event on hiring military veterans, Nov. 10


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Statement by the President on the State Department’s Keystone XL Pipeline Announcement

November 10, 2011

I support the State Department’s announcement today regarding the need to seek additional information about the Keystone XL Pipeline proposal.  Because this permit decision could affect the health and safety of the American people as well as the environment, and because a number of concerns have been raised through a public process, we should take the time to ensure that all questions are properly addressed and all the potential impacts are properly understood.

The final decision should be guided by an open, transparent process that is informed by the best available science and the voices of the American people.  At the same time, my administration will build on the unprecedented progress we’ve made towards strengthening our nation’s energy security, from responsibly expanding domestic oil and gas production to nearly doubling the fuel efficiency of our cars and trucks, to continued progress in the development of a clean energy economy.


dublin in the morning

Live coverage here (TV3), here (RTE) and here (CNN) – Live text updates here (RTE) and here (Irish Times)


RTE: Met Éireann forecast for today: ‘Extremely windy or stormy in places today. Rain clearing to squally heavy showers, with the risk of thunder.’ Welcome to Ireland Mr President! 😦


Live online coverage has started on RTE (here) – click the ‘News Now’ tab:



Summer in Dublin 😦

President Obama is greeted by U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney as he steps off Air Force One in Dublin

*** Live streaming at CNN ***



President Obama meets Irish President Mary McAleese at her official residence in Dublin

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are greeted by Irish President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin

The signatures of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are seen in a visitors book at Aras an Uachtarain

President Barack Obama stands with Ireland’s President Mary McAleese at the Peace Bell during a tree planting ceremony

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stand with Ireland’s President Mary McAleese and husband Martin McAleese as they meet Irish school children at the Peace Bell during a tree planting ceremony

President Barack Obama arrives to meet Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Farmleigh House in Dublin

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his wife Fionnuala greet the President and First Lady at Farmleigh



Lines form in Dublin for this afternoon’s concert and speech by President Obama

President Barack Obama swings a hurling stick given to him by Taoiseach Enda Kenny

US first lady Michelle Obama gestures beside Fionnuala Kenny wife of Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny as they view an embroidered panel depicting the Norman Invasion during a tour of Farmeligh House







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