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Michele Obama’s Mexico Trip…….

The President’s wife has just successfully finished a major  Diplomatic trip to Haiti and Mexico…..

To her credit she is almost as popular as her husband…and her trip seems to have a major success…..

Not having to deal with politics primarily ( but it is always there )….Her trip affords her the ability to connect with the peoples of any country to travels to……

Which is a huge plus for the United States…….

Mexico a country that is portrayed as the home of illegals, and drug dealers…..got a welcome light moment from the media with the trip……..

Thank you for allowing me to use your stories,” First Lady Michelle Obama told the dozen student leaders seated around her at a big rectangular table. It was Thursday morning at a beautiful event site, a 16th-century former Spanish hacienda, a reminder of this nation’s colonial era.


Each of the students had a personal, passionate story to tell Mrs. Obama. The six men and six women, from different parts of the country, were picked by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico to come to the capital for a roundtable discussion. A State Department translator sat next to Mrs. Obama whispering to her in English as another translator across the room (at a table walled off by glass) turned Mrs. Obama’s words to Spanish, transmitting them to ear pieces everyone wore.


Olivetti Paredes Sacarias, who founded a day-care center and runs workshops on the prevention of child and sexual exploitation, demonstrated the power of modern media, telling Mrs. Obama, “I have seen you dance through the Internet, on TV, you and your husband. By the way, let me say you make a beautiful couple. I still have images in my head of the day you danced . . . the day the president was inaugurated.”
The personal narrative is a central part of the Obama ethos. Encouraging people to tell their stories is a tool that a young community organizer, Barack Obama, used on the South Side of Chicago. President Obama introduced himself to much of the world one summer night in Boston in 2004, when he told his own.
“I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story, that I owe a debt to all of those who came before me, and that, in no other country on earth, is my story even possible,” Obama said in his famous keynote address to the Democratic National Convention.
Asking people to share their stories was a centerpiece of the Obama presidential campaign field outreach effort. In the successful drive to pass a health care reform bill, having people tell personal tales of being short-changed by their insurance company was part of the grassroots campaign run by Democrats and their allies.
So now Mrs. Obama, too, is collecting stories as she moves ahead with her agenda. The event at the hacienda never became a real discussion; it took time just for each of the 12 to explain their projects. Mrs. Obama lavished them with praise.

More……..

Note……The ‘last minute’ trip to Haiti …..was actually in the works for months…….

President’s and their wives very seldom travel anyplace outside the United States on ‘the spur of the moment’ anymore…..

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April 17, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Education, Entertainment, Family, Government, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Michele Obama's Mexico Trip…….

The President’s wife has just successfully finished a major  Diplomatic trip to Haiti and Mexico…..

To her credit she is almost as popular as her husband…and her trip seems to have a major success…..

Not having to deal with politics primarily ( but it is always there )….Her trip affords her the ability to connect with the peoples of any country to travels to……

Which is a huge plus for the United States…….

Mexico a country that is portrayed as the home of illegals, and drug dealers…..got a welcome light moment from the media with the trip……..

Thank you for allowing me to use your stories,” First Lady Michelle Obama told the dozen student leaders seated around her at a big rectangular table. It was Thursday morning at a beautiful event site, a 16th-century former Spanish hacienda, a reminder of this nation’s colonial era.


Each of the students had a personal, passionate story to tell Mrs. Obama. The six men and six women, from different parts of the country, were picked by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico to come to the capital for a roundtable discussion. A State Department translator sat next to Mrs. Obama whispering to her in English as another translator across the room (at a table walled off by glass) turned Mrs. Obama’s words to Spanish, transmitting them to ear pieces everyone wore.


Olivetti Paredes Sacarias, who founded a day-care center and runs workshops on the prevention of child and sexual exploitation, demonstrated the power of modern media, telling Mrs. Obama, “I have seen you dance through the Internet, on TV, you and your husband. By the way, let me say you make a beautiful couple. I still have images in my head of the day you danced . . . the day the president was inaugurated.”
The personal narrative is a central part of the Obama ethos. Encouraging people to tell their stories is a tool that a young community organizer, Barack Obama, used on the South Side of Chicago. President Obama introduced himself to much of the world one summer night in Boston in 2004, when he told his own.
“I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story, that I owe a debt to all of those who came before me, and that, in no other country on earth, is my story even possible,” Obama said in his famous keynote address to the Democratic National Convention.
Asking people to share their stories was a centerpiece of the Obama presidential campaign field outreach effort. In the successful drive to pass a health care reform bill, having people tell personal tales of being short-changed by their insurance company was part of the grassroots campaign run by Democrats and their allies.
So now Mrs. Obama, too, is collecting stories as she moves ahead with her agenda. The event at the hacienda never became a real discussion; it took time just for each of the 12 to explain their projects. Mrs. Obama lavished them with praise.

More……..

Note……The ‘last minute’ trip to Haiti …..was actually in the works for months…….

President’s and their wives very seldom travel anyplace outside the United States on ‘the spur of the moment’ anymore…..

April 17, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Education, Entertainment, Family, Government, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Michele Obama will travel to Mexico without her husband…….

First Lady Michelle Obama –‘ Primera Dama ‘ in Spanish — makes her first solo official international visit next month, when she travels to Mexico City.

The White House, in a release said, “Mrs. Obama’s international agenda will amplify the President’s commitment to advancing mutual interests, mutual respect and mutual responsibility between nations and peoples around the world. During this visit, Mrs. Obama will have the opportunity to engage the citizens of Mexico, particularly young people, and build on her recent conversation with Mexican First Lady Margarita Zavala de Calderon on the issues of education and economic advancement in both countries.”
On Friday, the White House announced that Mrs. Obama and daughters Malia, 11, and Sasha, 8 would not be going — as had been planned — with Obama to Indonesia, Guam, and Australia because the departure date was changed to March 21 from March 18. Obama delayed the trip to remain in Washington and keep pressure on Congress to pass health care reform. The Obama girls were going because the trip was timed to their Spring vacation. The revised dates won’t give the girls enough time to recover for school.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said at the Friday briefing “the way now the trip sits in the week, it’s not as conducive for them to go.”

Asked if the travel experience was worth missing some school, Gibbs said that’s above his pay grade to answer.

I hope she has a good advance for the trip……

March 14, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Family, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , | 7 Comments

U.S. Consular Aide and Husband Killed in Mexico…….

In what appeared to be attacks by drug traffickers on employees of the American consulate in the violence-racked border town of Ciudad Juárez, a consulate worker and her husband were shot to death over the weekend and the husband of another American government employee was killed and his two young children wounded, the authorities said Sunday.

President Obama expressed outrage at the “brutal murders” and in a statement from the White House vowed to “work tirelessly” with Mexican law enforcement officials to bring the killers to justice.

It was not the first attack against American interests in Mexico by traffickers. Unknown attackers shot at and hurled a grenade that never exploded at the American consulate in Monterrey in 2008. But the killings in Ciudad Juárez on Saturday afternoon of two American citizens and a Mexican national married to an American government employee appeared to take the violence to a new, brutal level.

President Obama was quick to laud the anti-drug war launched by his Mexico counterpart, Felipe Calderón, who had scheduled a visit to Ciudad Juárez for Tuesday to address the spiraling violence there. Mr. Calderón also issued a statement on Sunday condemning the killings and promising to “dedicate all available resources” to improve security in the city.

From the NY Times……

March 14, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

The U.S. has a war much closer to home……..

Mexico………

Nuff said……

December 26, 2009 Posted by | Government, Law, Media, Military, Politics | , | 2 Comments