The US State Dept. has released an Eid-ul-Fitr video greeting from Secy of State Hillary Clinton.
Eid Mubarak! Since my husband, Bill Clinton, and I held the first Eid celebration at the White House in 1996, I have enjoyed marking Eid every year. I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.
And yet, in the 14 years since that first White House celebration, our world has seen unexpected changes and unprecedented challenges. Under President Obama’s leadership, the United States is working to create new partnerships with Muslim communities. We want to build bridges, not only bridges toward peace in the Middle East, but bridges of understanding. We believe we all can work toward a more peaceful and prosperous future, one based on mutual respect and cooperation.
I hosted an Iftar at the State Department, and I invited many young American leaders – young American Muslims. They’re bringing their energy and spirit to solving problems and overcoming traditional boundaries. They are engaging with change-makers around the world. Their energy and enthusiasm gives me great hope for a future filled with greater understanding.
At this time of peace and celebration, I wish you and your family a joyful Eid, and a very happy year ahead.
Today, Sunday January 17, is the birthday of US First Lady Michelle Obama.
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is the wife of the forty-fourth President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African-American First Lady of the United States.
Michelle Robinson was born and grew up on the South Side of Chicago. She graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. After completing her formal education, she returned to Chicago and accepted a position with the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met her future husband. Subsequently, she worked as part of the staff of Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley, and for the University of Chicago Medical Center. Throughout 2007 and 2008, she helped campaign for her husband’s presidential bid and delivered a keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. She is the mother of two daughters, Malia and Sasha, and is the sister of Craig Robinson, men’s basketball coach at Oregon State University.*
First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. to read “The Night Before Christmas.” Joined by daughters Malia and Sasha, along with dog Bo, the First Lady continues this tradition of visiting with patients which dates back to Bess Truman.
Join us as we tweet the "The Night Before Christmas" Today, Christmas Eve @9PM EST (@holidaysnet)
Source: White House Blog: The First Lady Reads "The Night Before Christmas"
National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month
By Presidential Proclamation, December is dedicated to preventing drunk and drugged driving. Every year, thousands of people die or are injured in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes in the United States.
The White House has released President Obama’s Presidential Proclamation for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2009
By the President of the United States of America
…THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Monday, December 7, 2009, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I urge all Federal agencies and interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff this December 7 in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.