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(October 26) Happy Birthday Hillary!

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

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Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born October 26, 1947) is the 67th United States Secretary of State, serving within the administration of President Barack Obama. She was a United States Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009. As the wife of the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, she served as First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. In the 2008 election Clinton was a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.

A native of Illinois, Hillary Rodham attracted national attention in 1969 for her remarks as the first student commencement speaker at Wellesley College. She embarked on a career in law after graduating from Yale Law School in 1973. Following a stint as a Congressional legal counsel, she moved to Arkansas in 1974 and married Bill Clinton in 1975. Rodham co-founded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families in 1977, and became the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation in 1978. Named the first female partner at Rose Law Firm in 1979, she was twice listed as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America. First Lady of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and 1983 to 1992 with husband Bill as Governor, she successfully led a task force to reform Arkansas’s education system.

In 1994 as First Lady of the United States, her major initiative, the Clinton health care plan, failed to gain approval from the U.S. Congress. However, in 1997 and 1999, Clinton played a role in advocating the establishment of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Adoption and Safe Families Act, and the Foster Care Independence Act.

After moving to the state of New York, Clinton was elected as a U.S. Senator in 2000. That election marked the first time an American First Lady had run for public office; Clinton was also the first female senator to represent the state. In the Senate, she initially supported the Bush administration on some foreign policy issues, including a vote for the Iraq War Resolution. She subsequently opposed the administration on its conduct of the war in Iraq and on most domestic issues. Senator Clinton was re-elected by a wide margin in 2006.

In the 2008 presidential nomination race, Hillary Clinton won more primaries and delegates than any other female candidate in American history, but narrowly lost to Senator Barack Obama. As Secretary of State, Clinton became the first former First Lady to serve in a president’s cabinet.

Happy Birthday Hillary!!

source: Wikipedia: Hillary Clinton

2011 Rosh Hashanah Greeting From President Obama (video)

Thursday, September 29th, 2011
“Michelle and I wish you, your families,
and all who celebrate Rosh Hashanah a sweet year full of health, happiness, and peace”

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The White House has released President Obama’s video message for Rosh Hashanah 2011.

Hello, everybody. Shana Tova.

The days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are a time for repentance and reflection. An opportunity to reaffirm our friendships, renew our commitments, and reflect on the values we cherish.

As the High Holidays begin, we look back on all the moments during the past year that gave us reason to hope. Around the world, a new generation is reaching for their universal rights. Here in the United States, we’ve responded to our challenges by focusing on the things that really matter – friendship, family, and community.

But this last year was also one of hardship for people around the world. Too many of our friends and neighbors continue to struggle in the wake of a terrible economic recession. And beyond our borders, many of our closest allies – including the State of Israel – face the uncertainties of an unpredictable age.

That is why my Administration is doing everything we can to promote prosperity here at home and security and peace throughout the world – and that includes reaffirming our commitment to the State of Israel. While we cannot know all that the New Year will bring, we do know this: the United States will continue to stand with Israel, because the bond between our two nations is unshakable.

As Jewish tradition teaches us, we may not complete the work, but that must never keep us from trying. In that spirit, Michelle and I wish you, your families, and all who celebrate Rosh Hashanah a sweet year full of health, happiness, and peace.

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White House releases video of President’s remarks @ White House Iftar dinner (Ramadan 2011)

Friday, August 12th, 2011

The White House releases video of President Obama’s greetings at the White House Iftar dinner (Ramadan 2011).

Continuing a tradition at the White House, …President Obama hosted his third Iftar dinner to celebrate Ramadan. The Iftar is the meal that breaks the day of fasting, when Muslim families and communities eat together after sunset. The President was joined in the State Dining Room by two Muslim American members of Congress, Keith Ellison and Andre Carson, members of the diplomatic corps, and Muslim American families and service members. During his remarks the President wished a blessed Ramadan to Muslim Americans and Muslims around the world:

“To the millions of Muslim Americans across the United States and more — the more than one billion Muslims around the world, Ramadan is a time of reflection and a time of devotion. It’s an occasion to join with family and friends in celebration of a faith known for its diversity and a commitment to justice and the dignity of all human beings. So to you and your families, Ramadan Kareem.”

Complete transcript of President’s remarks at White House blog

Remarks by the President during Iftar Dinner (Ramadan 1432 /2011)

Thursday, August 11th, 2011
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White House Ramadan Iftar dinner 2010, photo by The White House

Last night President Obama hosted a Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan.

To the millions of Muslim Americans across the United States and more — the more than one billion Muslims around the world, Ramadan is a time of reflection and a time of devotion. It’s an occasion to join with family and friends in celebration of a faith known for its diversity and a commitment to justice and the dignity of all human beings. So to you and your families, Ramadan Kareem.

Full text of the Presidents remarks

(August 04) Happy Birthday Mr. President!

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

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Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the United States. The first African American to hold the office, he served as the junior United States Senator from Illinois from January 2005 until he resigned after his election to the presidency in November 2008.

A very Happy Birthday Mr. President from the elves at Holidays on the Net!

Source: Wikipedia: Barack Obama

Father’s Day, 2011 ­ A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

The White House has released President Obama’s 2011 Father’s Day Proclamation

Father’s Day, 2011
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

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NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, in accordance with a joint resolution of the Congress approved April 24, 1972, as amended (36 U.S.C. 109), do hereby proclaim June 19, 2011, as Father’s Day. I direct the appropriate officials of the Government to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on this day, and I call upon all citizens to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

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Barack Obama
President of the United States of America

Full text – Father’s Day Proclamation

(June 03) This Month we’re celebrating . . .  LGBT Pride Month

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month
A month long celebration of Gay pride, culminating with parades and festivals across the nation (and globally) in celebration of the beginning of the (continuing) struggle for Gay and Lesbian rights with the Stonewall Riot June 28th, 1969.

President Obama has issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring June Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month!

Read the Presidential Proclamation: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, 2010.

photo credit: via flickr pride flag

Note: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month is also know LGBT Pride Month, Lesbian and Gay Pride Month, and Gay Pride Month

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