Showing posts with label President of the United States. Show all posts
Showing posts with label President of the United States. 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

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Never Again

Some six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis during World War II, and President Barack Obama commemorated Holocaust remembrance day last week with this statement to live by:

"We are reminded to remain ever-vigilant against the possibility of genocide, and to ensure that 'Never Again' is not just a phrase but a principled cause. And we resolve to stand up against prejudice, stereotyping, and violence – including the scourge of anti-Semitism – around the globe."

Read the full release here.

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, March 25, 2011

Greek Independence

President Obama just said "καλησπέρα" (good evening) to a White House gathering for Greek Independence Day.
Archbishop Demetrios then called on Americans to honor 1821 by raising voices for the downtrodden. In honor of the day, here's one devoted American with Greek heritage who you never heard of: John George Pappas, 90, of New York and Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
He died on March 4 and I happened to see his tiny obituary in the New York Times March 13: born in Manhattan to Greek Parents from Asia Minor (George and Lucy Papazoglou or "Pappas"), he earned a physics degree from Columbia University during World War II. By 1945, he was recognized by the U.S. War Department for his "essential work" on the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He later became chief chemist at Benjamin Moore, inventing the first commercial exterior latex paint. He married and had a daughter. His funeral was at St. Luke's Greek Orthodox Church in Pennsylvania.
In Athens, you will see photocopied death notices on neighborhood poles. In American newspapers, you're lucky if editors deem your loved one's death noteworthy. Good that George Pappas' heirs paid for three rich inches in the Times.

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.