Posts tagged ‘White House’

June 23, 2011

Troop Levels in Afghanistan and Iraq Infographic

by Vince

Click here for the enlarged version (I had to size it down and you can’t read all of the fine details).

H/T: Whitehouse

June 22, 2011

Lunch Video

by Vince

The White House presents:

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg announce new graphic warning labels for tobacco products designed to encourage people to quit and young people to not acquire this dangerous habit. June 21, 2011.

May 17, 2011

“Be Consistent With Your Outrage”

by Vince

John Stewart from The Daily Show was on the O’Reilly Factor. In my opinion, John had the upper hand in part one and Bill had the upper in part two. You be the judge on who wins this pointless battle over a poet (who I see as pretty tame compared to other rappers today) coming to the White House.

Tim Wise also discusses this on CNN.

H/T: TDW

May 13, 2011

Fox News’ Double Standards Exposed

by Vince

This wouldn’t be the first time, but check out what John Stewart has to say on the recent blowup surrounding Common coming to the White House.

May 12, 2011

Spoken Word of the Day

by Vince

Rapper Common at the White House, regardless of the allegations he was asked not to come:

May 2, 2011

Obama @ the White House Correspondent Dinner

by Vince

If you missed it, enjoy!

May 2, 2011

Reflecting on the Murder of Osama Bin Laden

by Vince

I put off my lesson plans today in school and dedicated all 5 of my classes to discussing this momentous world event, listening to Obama’s speech, and reflecting on our own thoughts and reactions. It produced some interesting thoughts and teachable moments.

I centered much of the discussion surrounding Osama Bin Laden’s (OSB from here on out) death around these questions:

  1. When did you first hear the news? How did you hear it? What was your first reaction?
  2. Do you feel any safer now that OSB is dead?
  3. Should be celebrate the death of OSB or anyone? Should it matter that many Americans have celebrated OSB’s death just as many people from around the globe celebrated on September 11th, 2001? (One caveat: the American military is not bent on killing innocent people – terrorists are. However, drone attacks by the American military kill many innocent people).
  4. Should we of buried OSB in another way instead of at sea? Does it matter to respect his corpse? What message does it send to the Muslim world when we respect (or do not) their customs?
  5. Will OSB’s death impact the war on terror? Will it be the demise of al Qaeda? Will it eventually bring out troops home?

Many of these questions, to me, do not have easy, simple answers, let alone answers at all.

In retrospect, this was one momentous weekend. The royal wedding was Friday, the anniversary of Hitler killing himself (1945) and Saigon falling to the Communists (1975) was Saturday, and OSB’s death was Sunday.

Here are some images from outside the White House as well as a telling quote from presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee on the death of OSB:

Welcome to hell, bin Laden. 

March 13, 2011

In Case You Missed It…O’Reilly and Obama

by Vince

O’Reilly interviews Obama on Super Bowl Sunday in the White House.

December 5, 2010

Sunday Reads

by Vince
October 18, 2010

The Obama Coalition Crumbles

by Vince

Was it a misstep of Obama, Pelosi, et al to say that they would change Congress and put forth the best, most ethical governing body ever? Maybe. That takes time, but Obama cannot change the hearts, minds, and souls of hundreds of Reps, Senators, Governors, and all within the administration, let alone the country that fuels each organ of government.

Historically, the view of the president goes down (or does it?) the tube if the economy takes a swan dive, and he still isn’t below those such as Reagan and Clinton if you look at their 6th quarters. Obama proves to not be any exception to that, and that can be a humbling mechanism.

August 14, 2010

Full Transcript of Barack Obama’s Iftar Dinner Speech

by Vince

Here are some excerpts. Be prepared for the flame war from the Right.

These events are also an affirmation of who we are as Americans. Our Founders understood that the best way to honor the place of faith in the lives of our people was to protect their freedom to practice religion. In the Virginia Act of Establishing Religion Freedom, Thomas Jefferson wrote that “all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion.” The First Amendment of our Constitution established the freedom of religion as the law of the land. And that right has been upheld ever since.

Now, that’s not to say that religion is without controversy. Recently, attention has been focused on the construction of mosques in certain communities -– particularly New York. Now, we must all recognize and respect the sensitivities surrounding the development of Lower Manhattan. The 9/11 attacks were a deeply traumatic event for our country. And the pain and the experience of suffering by those who lost loved ones is just unimaginable. So I understand the emotions that this issue engenders. And Ground Zero is, indeed, hallowed ground.

But let me be clear. As a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. (Applause.) And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America. And our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country and that they will not be treated differently by their government is essential to who we are. The writ of the Founders must endure.

Full transcript here.

After reading this and seeing his stance with the Arizona vs. Washington feud per immigration, I am a fan of BO.