Posts Tagged ‘patrick’s



21
Mar
12

rise and shine

Charles Pierce: …. That was about as bad a speech as you ever will see from a candidate who probably just wrapped up the nomination. …. At its heart, though, Romney’s speech featured some sub-Santorumish sarcasm directed at the president for having been a law professor while Willard was fighting his way up every inch of the hard road that leads from opulent wealth to incalculable wealth.

…. There was also the requisite sneering at community organizing. Let us consider, then, the community in which the president once organized. This is what I found out about it when I went and looked at it in 2008:

Obama also worked in the Altgeld Gardens, a housing development built in 1945 atop an ecological hellspout where two thousand families lived on an old landfill and hard by fifty-three different sites that had been designated as “toxic” by one study of the area.

Altgeld Gardens was built on the bones of old steel mills and factories, and atop the waste dumps and landfills that serviced them. And, when they built the projects there, they filled them full of asbestos. That poisoned neighborhood was a perfect product of the “freedom” that Romney talks about when he talks about an unregulated economy. Barack Obama went there to organize the people who were living on that deadly ground because The Market couldn’t have cared less about them, and the various governments allowed The Market not to care and, so, did not care either. The kids with the asthma, they weren’t free. The kids who developed the renal disease, they weren’t free. The people in all the cancer clusters, they weren’t free ….. in the 1980’s, when the president was working for peanuts trying to get some sort of justice for the people that The Market had chosen to poison, Willard Romney was making millions with Bain Capital…..

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9:40: PBO Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

2:40: Arrives Las Vegas

4:10: Tours Copper Mountain Solar 1 Facility

5:50: Departs Las Vegas en route Roswell, N.M.

8:15: Delivers remarks on the Administration’s commitment to expanding domestic oil and gas production

9:35: Departs Roswell en route Oklahoma City

10:50: Arrives Oklahoma City

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White House live

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Michael Tomasky: Illinois was a breeze for Mitt Romney, and yes, numerically, maybe it’s getting close to done. But state by state, this still isn’t over. Rick Santorum remains likely to win Louisiana, which is next. Then comes Wisconsin on April 3. Santorum is still about 15 points ahead there right now. And it looks like Santorum has taken Missouri – again. So while Illinois probably means that Romney is on his way to the nomination, and maybe on his way to 1,144 delegates, it’s also a fact that Santorum isn’t going anywhere….

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Cagle

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Jake Tapper: “Romney and his allies have spent $45 million. That totals $12.40 per vote. … Santorum and his allies have spent $3 per vote.” (Video)

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The Week

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The Hill: Sen. Dick Durbin on Wednesday mocked GOP hopeful Mitt Romney, saying that the low turnout for Illinois’s primary had diminished his victory in the state.

“Romney outspent Santorum 5 to 1 and at the end of the night we had the lowest turnout for a Republican presidential primary in 70 years,” Durbin said on CBS’s “This Morning.”

“You could draw a bigger crowd at a Green Bay Packers rally in downtown Chicago than what Mr. Romney delivered at the polls yesterday in Illinois.”

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Nick Anderson

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20
Mar
12

green day

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny came to Washington bearing a few special gifts for President Barack Obama.

Among them, an official certificate of Irish heritage. “These are rare, as rare as the man himself,” Kenny said, presenting the document to Obama at a White House reception.

The president, without missing a beat, said: “This will have a special place of honor, alongside my birth certificate.”

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First Lady Michelle Obama gestures as she pretends to pour a pint of beer alongside Fionnuala Kenny

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Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley performs with his Celtic rock band O’Malley’s March during a St. Patrick’s Day Reception at the White House

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President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner, and others applaud as Enda Kenny, Taoiseach of Ireland, is introduced during a St. Patrick’s Day lunch at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., March 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
17
Mar
12

o’bama! henry! ollie! (say hello to henry & stephen neill in the comments)

President Barack Obama visits the Dubliner, an Irish pub in Washington, D.C., with his Irish cousin, Henry Healy, center, and Ollie Hayes, a pub owner in Moneygall, Ireland, on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama celebrates St. Patrick’s Day at the Dubliner Irish pub in Washington, March 17

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17
Mar
12

rise and (st patrick’s day) shine

At the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, March 16

See Perry’s introduction here

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The Hill: President Obama will embark on a four-state tour next week to highlight his energy plan amid intensifying GOP attacks on the White House over soaring gas prices.

…. Obama will travel to Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Ohio on Wednesday and Thursday, and will deliver remarks in all four states. On Wednesday, the president will visit a solar facility in Boulder City, Nev. …. later Wednesday, he will tout the administration’s efforts to expand domestic oil-and-gas production at oil fields in Carlsbad, N.M.

Obama will travel to Cushing, Okla., Wednesday, where he will underscore the administration’s support for a major portion of the Keystone XL pipeline …. Lastly, Obama will speak about energy research at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

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USA Today: St. Patrick’s Day is coming late to Washington this year. The actual “holiday” is Saturday but the White House announced today that President Obama will host Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny on Tuesday.

“The president looks forward to commemorating his fourth St. Patrick’s Day in the White House with the Taoiseach and Mrs. Kenny, and to reciprocating the warm hospitality the Irish people extended to the president and Mrs. Obama during their visit to the Emerald Isle in May 2011,” the White House announcement said.

Also Tuesday, Obama will meet with First Minister Peter Robinson of Northern Ireland. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced he will host Obama, Kenny and other officials at the speaker’s annual Friends of Ireland luncheon, also Tuesday.

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Robert Shrum: Republican voters are now the political equivalent of Mitt Romney’s famously abused dog Seamus. Mitt has put voters on the roof of his car, and he’s driving for the nomination whether they like it or not. More accurately, he’s sputtering toward the nomination as the roof-bound electorate periodically poops on his parade…..

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Pic of the week?

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Read Liberal Librarian’s post on The Road We’ve Traveled at The People’s View

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Cagle

The Week

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Morning everyone 😉

13
Apr
11

march…

President Obama stands by a cut-out picture of First Lady Michelle Obama during a visit to Miami Central High School, Fla., March 4 (Pete Souza)

…greeting Miss Florida Memorial University Morisa Jagrup at Miami Central High School, March 4 (Pete Souza)

…in the Blue Room before greeting recipients of the 2010 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal, March 2 (Pete Souza)

…. greeting guests during the International Women’s Day reception, March 8 (Samantha Appleton)

….holding up four-month-old Alia Jawando as her father, William Jawando, Deputy Associate Director of Public Engagement, and her mother Michele look on in the Oval Office, March 9 (Pete Souza)

…. welcoming Make-A-Wish child Kennedy Alexander to the Oval Office, March 15 (Pete Souza)

…. greeting Halle Major during a Make-A-Wish visit in the Oval Office, March 29 (Pete Souza)

….greeting the daughter of a United States Secret Service agent before a departure picture in the Oval Office, March 1 (Samantha Appleton)

…. passing staff from the White House Military Office as he jogs along the Colonnade following an event that ran late, March 1. The military personnel and their families were lined up to take departure pictures with the President in the Oval Office. (Pete Souza)

…reading from his book, “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters,” during a visit by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and his family to the Oval Office, March 2. Joining them, from left, are Justice Breyer’s wife Joanna Breyer, grandson Eli Essiam Breyer and daughter Nell Breyer (Pete Souza)

President Obama, Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia, and members of the Australian and American delegations look up at the presidential seal in the Oval Office ceiling following their bilateral meeting, March 7 (Pete Souza)

…. talking with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and his wife, Fionnuala Kenny, in the Green Room before a St. Patrick’s Day reception, March 17 (Pete Souza)

…. with President Sebastián Piñera of Chile, wife Cecilia Morel, and their family for a photograph during a dinner at La Moneda Palace in Santiago, March 21 (Pete Souza)

….greeting children during the U.S. Embassy meet and greet in Santiago, Chile, March 21 (Pete Souza)

Chilean First Lady Cecilia Morel, right, talks with First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia during a cultural event at the Museo Interactivo Mirador in Santiago, Chile, March 21 (Samantha Appleton)

…. at an official dinner hosted by Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes at the National Palace in San Salvador, March 22 (Pete Souza)

Lots more photos here

18
Mar
11

“floating on air”

Miriam Lord (Irish Times): Resign, Taoiseach! Go. And go now. (If you’ve any sense.) Because things can’t get any better than this …. After a faultless lift-off last week, Taoiseach Kenny went into orbit in the Oval Office yesterday. This was Enda’s perfect day.

By the end of it, he was levitating around the White House at a reception in his honour, secure in the knowledge that his new best friend, Barack Obama, is coming to Ireland in a couple of months.

……“I guess this will be the big story of the day: I’m coming over. And I’m coming in May,” replied Obama.

Oh, happy days.

…The meeting between the two leaders lasted about 35 minutes. Journalists waited outside while they held their discussions, the White House lawn bathed in sunshine on a beautiful spring day.

…Bo, First Canine of America and the Obama family dog, ambled around contentedly, sniffing under the box hedging and ignoring the admiring gaze of the starstruck media tourists.

We travelled to Pennsylvania Avenue in a motorcade, which was very exciting, having been vetted more times than Bo before finally getting the nod to come inside. …. Finally, those famous white French doors were thrown open and everyone piled in.

…Mr President, lanky and languid, was the epitome of cool. He spoke of the “incredible bond” between Ireland and America. Did Enda hear what he was saying? Can a body hear after they’ve died and gone to heaven? Because that’s the way the Taoiseach looked.

..the Taoiseach gave a brief press conference outside the building. Delighted with himself. Floating on air.

“Right,” he began, in a brisk, businesslike fashion. “I’ve just come from the Oval Office… ” And he suddenly stopped, realising what he had just said and gave a little incredulous laugh.

…It was such a happy day. Everyone was smiling….His day with Uachtaráin (President) Obama will live in memory for a long time.

Full article here

Irish Times: “I’m about to top up a pint here to toast Obama,” Moneygall publican Ollie Hayes said over the din in his eponymous pub last night. While the small Offaly village did not have a St Patrick’s Day parade yesterday, the pub, with both American and Irish flags waving proudly outside, was the place to be last night.

It was there that locals gathered yesterday for the six o’clock news to cheer the long-awaited confirmation that US president Barack Obama would visit the place from which his ancestor Fulmuth Kearney left for New York in the mid-19th century. Residents of the village – population 298, according to the last census – were yesterday revelling in the news.

“People are walking around with great big smiles on their faces,” Canon Stephen Neill said. The Church of Ireland rector’s research uncovered the records that cemented Mr Obama’s connection to the area. “When I actually discovered the record a shiver literally went down my spine,” he said yesterday. “The whole thing has been a roller coaster – sometimes you think it’s all just a dream.”

It is expected that Obama will visit Templeharry Church, where his ancestors worshipped, and the local schoolhouse where they were educated. “The whole family left in the 1840s and 1850s,” Canon Neill said. “They were shoemakers, which was a reasonable trade so they weren’t driven into emigration but had the opportunity to go and took it.”

This same ancestry is shared by Henry Healy, who has been informed that he is an “eighth cousin” of the US president….“It’s brilliant, absolutely fantastic news. Moneygall is ready to welcome the president with open arms and hopefully we’ll do Ireland proud,” Mr Healy said. …Once “only a run-through village on the way from Limerick to Dublin”, Moneygall was now firmly on the map thanks to the Obama connection, he said.

“It’s hard to say what it will mean for the town but it can do nothing but good. It’s funny how a small thing can become a big thing – and this is huge.”

Full article here

Henry Healy and Canon Stephen Neill, with a cardboard cut-out of President Barack Obama, in Ollie Hayes’s bar, Moneygall, Co Offaly

The Herald: The theme of Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day parade, inspired by a Roddy Doyle short story, was simply ‘brilliant’.

That must also be the word echoing around Enda Kenny’s head as he returns home this weekend.

By persuading Barack Obama to visit Ireland in May, the Taoiseach has scored a major political coup – and extended his own personal honeymoon by at least a few more weeks.

…this is exactly the sort of great public event the country needed to shake us out of our national depression.

The details of Obama’s trip are still under wraps. Since he will probably be here over a weekend, there may not be time to address the Dail as John F Kennedy did in 1963.

However, the greatest orator to ever enter the White House will be expected to deliver at least one big speech, preferably at some venue where the maximum number can see him.

As a young boy in Mayo, Enda Kenny listened to a record of JFK’s famous inaugural address so often that he could recite it from memory.

Now he is keeping the same kind of company himself, less than a year after his own party almost dumped him.

His tenure as Taoiseach had already got off to a positive start – but after this morale boost from the world’s most charismatic politician, he really must be floating on air.

…Whatever happens in future, Kenny will always be remembered as the man who brought Barack to Ireland – and as Roddy Doyle might say, the only word for that is ‘brilliant’.

18
Mar
11

apostrophe appreciation

18
Mar
11

west wing week: “punching above your weight” (march 18)

17
Mar
11

green party (updated)

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, his wife Fionnuala, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at a St Patrick’s Day reception at the White House, March 17

President Obama: “Okay Joe, that’s enough. Joe? Joe? JOOOOOOOOOOE?!?!?”

Irish singer Glen Hansard sings The Auld Triangle with Timothy Shriver, chairman and chief executive officer of the Special Olympics, at St Patrick’s Day celebration in the White House

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17
Mar
11

green day (updated)

President Barack Obama meets with Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny in the Oval Office on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17

US Vice President Joe Biden poses for a photo with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and his wife Fionnuala as they arrive at the Naval Observatory March 17

The President with Taoiseach Kenny and Rusty:

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