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signed, sealed, delivered

President Obama: “Had I not been able to get this passed, I would be sleeping on the couch.”

President Barack Obama signs into law the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 as First Lady Michelle Obama looks on at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Washington on December 13

In signing a new law today to improve the quality of school lunches, President Obama paid joking tribute to its most prominent supporter: first lady Michelle Obama.

“Had I not been able to get this bill passed, I would be sleeping on the couch,” the president said.

Mrs. Obama, whose major issues include fighting childhood obesity, laughed and said, “let’s just say it got done, so we don’t have to go down that road.”

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, a $4.5 billion measure, provides more free school meals to the pool, and gives the government more power to decide what foods can offered in those meals, as well as in school vending machines and fundraisers during school hours.


signed (sealed, delivered)

A U.S. soldier shows off President Barack Obama’s signature on her hand at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, Dec. 3, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



‘I continue to find inspiration from Gandhiji’s teachings’ – the message written by President Barack Obama on a copy of his book during his visit to Mani Bhavan where Gandhi spent most of his time during his visits to Mumbai. November 6

The President’s Asian schedule


red in the face

Politico: After a day of campaigning with college students, small-business owners and high-rolling Democratic donors, President Obama stopped to charm some of the country’s smallest Americans.

Obama left a $30,400-a-plate fundraiser in a wealthy neighborhood in the San Francisco area on Thursday and walked across the street to greet a bunch of kids who were standing on the edge of the curb holding a sign that told the president how much they love him.

He bent down and shook their little hands, trying to make small talk. “I wish I was in my PJs,” he told one girl who was wearing hers.

“Thank you so much for the sign,” he said to the kids holding it up.

And then he leaned down and autographed it, prompting several thank-yous from the parents who were standing behind the children.

….as Obama continued down the line, a boy piped up. “Show him your picture,” he said loudly. It was enough to encourage another, shier boy to produce two drawings he’d made for Obama.

He handed them over to the president, who thanked him and held them out for inspection.

One drawing was of Obama as a stick-figure in a suit with a very red face. The other was of a building that looked like a castle, presumably of the White House.

“Now, I’m a little red-faced,” Obama said playfully as he examined the rendering of himself.

“This is after I’m talking to some of my Republican colleagues,” he concluded.

The president autographed the drawings, too, eliciting another round of thank-yous from the adults.

“You guys work hard; the least we can do is have a president who does, too,” Obama said before he was whisked off in the presidential motorcade


signed, sealed, delivered … another big beepin’ deal!

President Barack Obama signs the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act alongside members of Congress, the administration and US Vice President Joe Biden at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC, July 21, 2010. Obama signed the most sweeping financial reforms since the 1930s into law Wednesday, promising everyday Americans would no longer have to pay for Wall Street’s mistakes


a beautiful day

The signing of the health insurance reform bill in the East Room at the White House

….with Kathleen Sebelius and Nancy Pelosi

….with Vicki Kennedy

…with Rep Patrick Kennedy

….with Rep John Lewis

….with Rep Dennis Kucinich

Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid

Later at the at the Interior Department….

President Barack Obama returns to the Oval Office at the White House after holding a rally celebrating the passage and signing into law of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act health insurance reform bill at the Interior Department in Washington, March 23, 2010.


a promise kept


Marcelas Owens’ big day

It was a very, very, very long day……

Seattle 5th grader Marcelas Owens stood on stage with President Obama when he signed the historic health reform legislation into law as his grandmother Gina Owens. Marcelas had received an invitation to attend the bill signing directly from the White House according to Joshua Welter, spokesperson for the Owens family with Washington Community Action Network – a community organization that Marcelas and his mother Tifanny volunteered for supporting health care reform.

Tifanny Owens died of pulmonary hypertension in 2007 due to lack of health insurance and Marcelas and his Grandmother Gina have been telling her story ever since. Marcelas has given a face to the health reform campaign and it is believed his personal story has crystallized the issue for many.

President Barack Obama said “Today I am signing this reform bill into law on behalf of my mother who argued with insurance companies even as she battled cancer in her final days…I’m signing it for 11 year old Marcelas Owens who is also here. Marcelas lost his mom to an illness, and she didn’t have insurance and couldn’t afford the care that she needed. So in her memory he has told her story
across American so that no other children would have to go through what his family has experienced.”

“It’s exciting to think that I might have played some small role in helping the health care bill pass,” said Marcelas, who, in the past few weeks, has become a nationally recognized spokesperson for health care reform in honor of his mother, Tifanny. “It’s tough not having my mom around, but she’s been with me in spirit every time I talk. I hope I’ve made her proud.”



graffiti artist

President Barack Obama signs his name on a wall during a visit to the jobs training center at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 26 headquarters on February 16, 2010 in Lanham, Maryland.







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