Showing posts with label Barack Obama. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Barack Obama. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Love & Partisanship

"Love, charity, patriotism, duty. That is what makes America great ... We are not as divided as our politics suggest." 
President Barack Obama, victory speech, Chicago, Illinois. Nov. 7, 2012

  • Obama's victory video & transcript here.
  • Mitt Romney's concession video & transcript here.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Just Vote

Watching the Republican and Democratic political shindigs in the last two weeks, I was moved.
An antiquated process perhaps, with explanations glossed over for sound bites, but the uninterrupted PBS coverage at least kept the vicious snakes this season from emerging with their venom. I have heard some really vile and unfair things, and outright lies, this political season.
But the conventions were another story, and I was heartened by the women who spoke -- some real pistols!
I was especially inspired when watching Tammy Duckworth,  who is running for Congress in Illinois. She lost both legs and part of her arm when the Blackhawk helicopter she was piloting was shot down over Baghdad in 2004. The short video of Duckworth speaking is here. The text of her talk is here.
Mitt Romney’s speech at the Republican National Convention on August 30 is here. President Barack Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention on September 6 is here.
The quote of the week came from Lilly Ledbetter of Jacksonville, Alabama. She pointed out that American women earn 77 cents for every $1.00 men make, but quipped, "Maybe 23 cents doesn't sound like a lot to someone with a Swiss bank account ... " (video of Ledbetter here)
And if you want to know if something is being portrayed accurately, just check

Friday, May 6, 2011

Obama @ Press Dinner

Here are snippets of President Barack Obama at the White House Correspondents Dinner last Friday, just hours before things went down in Pakistan. More at Huffington Post.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Obama Met Patriarch

President Obama met with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Istanbul Monday, but all the interested parties got Thursday was this lousy press release and Web link . Old news won't get covered -- but really glad we spend on Internet ministries. It appears foolish to put the news out late and without any explanation of the obvious: why wasn't the Patriarch also a part of publicized meetings with other local Christian leaders? Why did Obama and the Patriarch meet at a hotel and not at the Patriarchate? The Patriarchate "Fener" neighborhood is just a taxi ride from the Conrad Hilton Istanbul. The photo in the link above is of the president speaking; the release is mostly about what the Patriarch said. Diplomacy is one thing, but Byzantine secrecy is just so ... Byzantine.

Friday, April 3, 2009


President Obama meets with officials in Turkey this weekend, and apparently the Greek prime minister snagged a tete-a-tete while Obama's enroute. (Turkey's English daily,Today's Zaman, should have stories.) News about student violence in Greece gets ever-more absurd each day; Kathimerini quotes a professor who says the main Athens university is "under occupation" by angry students who this week smashed a computer lab with metal pipes and egged the rector. After the 1974 junta, when police killed students there, by law, cops can't enter the campus unless university authorities call them in. And no one seems to want that confrontation. Meanwhile, Turkey is paving roads in Afghanistan, according to President Abdullah Gul's editorial this week in the Wall Street Journal.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Obama is Prez

From Hawaii to Chicago to Washington, Barack Hussein Obama is the 44th president of the United States. We were glued to the tv as Obama gave his inauguration speech at noon. But Aretha Franklin may have stolen the show when she sang "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" in a giant grey bow-hat. Tonight, noting slaves built the White House, NBC journalist Brian Williams is just gushing. You wouldn't know there's a war on multiple fronts, and a severe recession, with 10 inaugural balls and as many gown changes going down. The President promised late Tuesday from the MTV ball, that "America will get stronger, more united, more secure. You will make it happen." Then, a sea of digital cameras as the Obamas danced to "At Last." At last, an end to racial and ethnic segregation, and hatred? Some still won't acknowledge the past, but Obama represents hope.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Blagojevich & India

Chicago is an ethnic potluck, so it was only a matter of time before an India connection popped up in the Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Obama-Seat-For-Sale saga. The Chicago Tribune reports the restaurant India House in Schaumburg was the gathering spot where two Indian-American businessmen and a Blagojevich aide named Rajinder "privately told many of the more than two-dozen attendees that a fundraising effort was aimed at supporting Jesse Jackson Jr's bid for the Senate." What you might call the smoking roti. Why? Because in Fed allegations that Blagojevich tried to sell President Barack Obama's vacated Illinois Senate seat, prosecutors allege Blago might give "Senate Candidate 5" (Jackson) the seat because emissaries for #5 promised to raise more than $1 million for Blago's campaign fund. In a separate effort to connect the political dots between Obama and Blagojevich, Trib columnist John Kass wrote an excellent piece on Rahm Emmanuel's ties to Chicago power broker Jim DeLeo, who "is considered by some to be the real governor of Illinois" though he was acquitted of taking bribes to fix tickets in the Operation Greylord probe of judicial corruption around 1989. One witness at the trial: Outfit gambling boss Ken "Tokyo Joe" Eto, who, Kass writes, "passed cash to Jimmy via handshakes." Better than fiction!