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Michele Obama is going to Nevada for Harry Reid……

The First Lady will do several events in Nevada with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid…..

Showing unity with the ‘once doubtful to be reelected’ Senator…..

This visit will have Reid spending time with the First Lady and Lots of females  ……

Which can’t hurt Reid ‘come-back’ with the voters…..

Mrs. Obama headed to Reno and Las Vegas. In Reno, she headlines the 2010 Women’s Summit, hosted, according to the White House, by Reid. The summit will focus on “healthy women, healthy communities and a healthy planet.”
From there the first lady will go to Las Vegas, where she launches “Let’s Move Outside!,” a new component of her “Let’s Move” campaign to combat childhood obesity. Mrs. Obama is been promoting exercise for ages by now, with a gathering of kids last week on the South Lawn of the White House the latest example. Both the first lady and Reid will speak at this event.

No matter who is in the Oval Office, local officials are often asked to attend events when a president or first lady comes to town. But a week before the Nevada primary, Reid is clearly being highlighted by the White House. He benefits from Mrs. Obama’s official visit by being featured with her; it helps rallies his troops and assists Reid in appealing to female voters.

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June 1, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Education, Entertainment, Government, Health, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, 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'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 and the kids escape the fuss at a Broadway show…..

First Lady Michelle Obama outside The Shubert Theater on W. 44th Street, New York, NY, Sunday.

[ The First lady comes to the ‘Big Apple’ to enjoy a Broadway show ( ‘Memphis’ ) with the kids…...]

The First Lady and her daughters escaped to New York to catch a Broadway show while her husband stayed in Washington to fight for health care.

Michelle Obama – with Sasha, 8, and Malia, 11, and about a dozen other people in tow – took in the matinee performance of “Memphis” Sunday.

Security blocked off 44th Street outside the Shubert Theatre when  their motorcade arrived. Obama, the girls and their friends were hussled in through a side door to seats reserved in the first four rows of the theater.

“They didn’t make an announcement but when they came in, everybody noticed and started taking pictures. Then people started clapping too and there was a standing ovation for them,” said Terri Mertz, one surprised audience member.

“I knew she was tall but I didn’t realize she was that tall!,” said Mertz, referring to the striking First Lady, who was wearing a black dress.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2010/03/21/2010-03-21_first_lady_michelle_obama_escapes_health_debate_by_taking_daughters_to_broadways.html#ixzz0isCoxPT6

March 21, 2010 Posted by | Counterpoints, Family, Fiction, Government, Media, Music, Other Things, 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

Will they send the First Lady out on the trail for beleaguered House Democrats next year?

Just a question being asked out loud.…..since her husband doesn’t stick around, in this country too much…maybe she will take up the task of saving the democrats majority in Congress…….

December 21, 2009 Posted by | Media, Politics | , , | Leave a comment

“By the People: The Election of Barack Obama”……the HBO Special….

I just watched the HBO special “By the People: The Election of Barack Obama”……it’s two hours of boring, but interesting cinema video…while the story is so well known..it is interesting to see the people, their faces, their ups mostly here and knowing their downs….for me….it was good to see the man as he really was ( I was for Clinton during the primaries)…the stuttering, the ‘cool’, the thought process and the warmth that he brought to the people he touched along the way….

But the more profound thing is to watch the ‘hope’ for an idea that he brought out in people…a feeling…a rising up from everyday people who are final arbitrators of the grand election process…..

Watching Axelrod walk around when the process started…traveling around the country…..taking doubts and moving forward…..with the informality of it all….to the night they won, walking up the stairs to congratulate his next president ,and  getting greeted by security guards who asked about the “next time’ to the Secret Service agents that smiled and offered their congratulations……

It was good to see…because in the end Obama’s troops where better, they wanted it more, they where more in touch with ‘that’ feeling that came to be rallying cry for change……..

And  he was able to connect with the people in a way Hillary was only able to do after the contests in Ohio and Texas, when it was too late……

November 12, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

"By the People: The Election of Barack Obama"……the HBO Special….

I just watched the HBO special “By the People: The Election of Barack Obama”……it’s two hours of boring, but interesting cinema video…while the story is so well known..it is interesting to see the people, their faces, their ups mostly here and knowing their downs….for me….it was good to see the man as he really was ( I was for Clinton during the primaries)…the stuttering, the ‘cool’, the thought process and the warmth that he brought to the people he touched along the way….

But the more profound thing is to watch the ‘hope’ for an idea that he brought out in people…a feeling…a rising up from everyday people who are final arbitrators of the grand election process…..

Watching Axelrod walk around when the process started…traveling around the country…..taking doubts and moving forward…..with the informality of it all….to the night they won, walking up the stairs to congratulate his next president ,and  getting greeted by security guards who asked about the “next time’ to the Secret Service agents that smiled and offered their congratulations……

It was good to see…because in the end Obama’s troops where better, they wanted it more, they where more in touch with ‘that’ feeling that came to be rallying cry for change……..

And  he was able to connect with the people in a way Hillary was only able to do after the contests in Ohio and Texas, when it was too late……

November 12, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment