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OBAMA!-OUR BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY MARIAN ROBINSON,MICHELLE OBAMA’S MOTHER SETS A STANDARD FOR AFRICAN EXTENDED FAMILY IN THE BLACK HOUSE!-FROM NEWYORKTIMES.COM,PEOPLE.COM,ABCNEWS.COM AND UPDATES AS THEY COME!

May 5, 2009

OUR QUEEN MOTHER OF BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY!

OUR QUEEN MOTHER OF BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY!

THIS ORIGINAL BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY MARIAN ROBINSON WITH HER SON-IN-LAW

THIS ORIGINAL BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY MARIAN ROBINSON WITH HER SON-IN-LAW

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An In-Law Is Finding Washington to Her Liking
Saul Loeb/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Marian Robinson with her daughter, Michelle Obama, and her granddaughters Sasha, left, and Malia, at the White House Easter egg roll. Mrs. Robinson has had a full social life in her new city.

RACHEL L. SWARNS
Published: May 3, 2009
WASHINGTON — Marian Robinson, President Obama’s mother-in-law, moved into the White House “kicking and screaming,” said her son, Craig Robinson. She had never lived outside of Chicago and was reluctant to leave her beloved bungalow, her friends and family, her weekly yoga class and her familiar routines.

But after three months in the Executive Mansion, Mrs. Robinson is unexpectedly and decidedly savoring her new life.

She entertains visitors from Chicago. She attends White House dinners and concerts hosted by her daughter, the first lady, Michelle Obama. She dines at local restaurants and delights in events at the Kennedy Center, where she often sits in the president’s box and chats with performers.

In fact, Mrs. Robinson, 71, is so busy these days that the Obamas hired a baby sitter to watch their two daughters one evening because the nation’s first grandmother had plans.

“She has a very full social life, so much so that sometimes we have to plan our schedule around her schedule,” Mrs. Obama said jokingly last week during a lunch she hosted for Congressional spouses.

Mrs. Robinson still spends much of her time tending to the Obama girls, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7. She shuttles them to and from school most days and accompanies them to some play dates, the first lady said. She attends class presentations, helps with homework and baby-sits when the president and first lady need extra help.

And with her plain-spoken, matter-of-fact manner, Mrs. Robinson helps keep the girls grounded amid the gilded trappings of their new lives.

But Mrs. Robinson has also managed to carve out her own space in the White House and to build a satisfying private life, according to Obama administration officials who know the family. Her bedroom sits on the third floor, just above the Obamas’ residential quarters. (The first lady told Oprah Winfrey recently that her mother often announced, “I’m going home,” as she headed upstairs.)

And because she remains a private citizen and still has something of an unfamiliar face, Mrs. Robinson can travel around Washington without being trailed by television cameras or recognized by the public even as she enjoys the perks of living at the White House. (Administration officials do not inform the news media about her comings and goings as they do with the president and first lady.)

For the first time in her adult life, she no longer has to cook or clean, unless she wants to. She participates in White House events; she sat alongside Malia and Sasha at a Black History Month performance of the a capella group Sweet Honey in the Rock, and joined Mrs. Obama in reading a story to schoolchildren at the Easter egg roll.

She has also become a familiar figure at the Kennedy Center, where she has watched performances by the Alvin Ailey dance troupe, the choreographer Debbie Allen and the jazz singer Kurt Elling, among others. (Mrs. Obama likes to joke that her mother has been to the theater more than she has.)

And she joined her daughter for lunch in March at the home of Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of Senator John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts.

“There’s no standoffishness,” said Judith Jamison, the artistic director of the Alvin Ailey troupe, who was invited to the president’s box at the Kennedy Center to meet Mrs. Robinson. “She’s very open.”

Sally Quinn, a Washington writer and socialite, who met Mrs. Robinson at the lunch hosted by Mrs. Heinz Kerry, described her as “the perfect grandmother you’d kill for: cozy, nice, sweet, friendly, dear.”

“It seemed to me that she’s perfectly comfortable in her new life,” Ms. Quinn said.

That may come as a relief to the Obamas, who relied on Mrs. Robinson to help care for their children during the presidential campaign. They did not want to move into the White House without her, Craig Robinson said.

In an interview earlier this year, Mr. Robinson, the men’s basketball coach at Oregon State University, laughed as he described how Mrs. Obama pleaded with him to help lobby their mother, who was refusing to move from Chicago.

“My sister said, ‘You’ve got to talk to Mom; she’s not moving,’ ” Mr. Robinson recalled. He said his mother was utterly unswayed by Mrs. Obama’s description of the exciting new life they would all lead in Washington.

Mrs. Robinson, a retired bank secretary who ran the 50- and 100-yard dashes in the Illinois senior games well into her 60s, has always prized her independence.

“She doesn’t want grand; she doesn’t want great,” Mr. Robinson said. “She would much rather stay home.”

But Mrs. Robinson eventually decided to move in, at least for a while, to help her granddaughters get settled. If she stays through Mr. Obama’s term, she will be the first mother-in-law to live in the White House full time since the Truman presidency, historians say. She declined to comment for this article, but when asked recently by Essence magazine whether she was enjoying her new life, she answered in the affirmative.

“I really am,” she said. “You want to know why? Because my children are good parents. It makes it very easy to be a grandmother when your children are good parents.”

Last week, Mrs. Obama returned the compliment.

In her chat with Congressional spouses, she suggested that her mother helped bring something precious to the White House, a sense of normalcy in extraordinary times.

“I feel like I’ve never left Chicago,” the first lady said. “Soccer on Saturday — yes, I’m on a soccer field all day, just like many of you. Slumber parties — we had about seven girls over, screaming and yelling.

“And we’re shuttling kids back and forth to play dates, just like usual, although now my mom does a little more of the shuttling than I do. I’m glad to have her here.”

More Articles in US » A version of this article appeared in print on May 4, 2009, on page A12 of the New York edition.

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from people.com

5 Things to Know about Grandma-in-Chief Marian Robinson
By Sandra Sobieraj Westfall

Originally posted Tuesday January 20, 2009 09:40 AM EST
Barack Obama and mother-in-law Marian Robinson

Photo by: Joe Raedle / Getty

Michelle Obama’s mom kept house and home together during Barack’s presidential campaign, driving the couple’s young daughters to school (with Secret Service trailing in a separate car), serving dinner and tucking them into bed.

Now, Marian Robinson, 72, plans to follow her famous family to Washington. Typical mother-in-law behavior, right? Candid and independent, the retired bank secretary may not be what you expect:

She’s not moving to the White House permanently
Much ink has been spilled about Robinson’s plans to share quarters with the President’s family at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. But an Obama spokeswoman says Robinson will only temporarily move in to help granddaughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, settle into their new life. As Robinson told PEOPLE after the election: “I love those people, but I love my own house. The White House reminds me of a museum and it’s like, how do you sleep in a museum?”

She loves yoga
For this spry septuagenarian, limbering up is a family affair. Eleanor “Mama Kaye” Wilson, godmother to Sasha and Malia, is Robinson’s yoga partner, and their instructor is her younger brother, Stephen Shields, 57. “He’s our youngest child out of seven children and he’s the wisest,” Robinson tells PEOPLE. ” He has found a way to make a living doing what he likes to do. and I’ve always admired that.”

She brags on her son as much as her famous daughter
Setting out lunch in the Obamas’ Chicago home this past summer, it was a Sports Illustrated magazine that Robinson was eager to show off to a visitor. Inside was a profile on her son, Craig Robinson, 46, head coach for the men’s basketball team at Oregon State University. “They did a whole article on Craig!” said Robinson. “He’s another hard worker,” she said. “I’m just so proud of him.”

She keeps her opinions to herself
Unlike some mothers-in-law, Robinson says she’s conscious of not saying too much. “You try to get your kids not to think in the same way you did when you were coming along because you pass down – I call them ‘your issues’ – you pass down your issues and a lot of times, they don’t apply to their time and their life. They will have their own issues; they don’t need mine in their head.”

She’s not as strict as her daughter
“I follow the rules at Michelle’s house. At my house, they’re my rules. (Laughs.) I know Michelle is strict … When I’m at their house, the girls are doing all the stuff their mother has told them to do, there’s not much left for me to do! But when they’re at my house, they don’t have to scrape the dishes – and they get to watch TV.”

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FROM huffingtonpost.com

Marian ‘First Granny’ Robinson: I Have Always Looked Up To Michelle

WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama is a role model for many people, including her mother.

“Michelle has always been Michelle. And she has always accomplished whatever it was she set out to accomplish,” Marian Robinson told Essence magazine during a rare interview with her daughter. “I have always looked up to Michelle because she has been able to do things that I couldn’t do emotionally, psychologically or physically. I think she is amazing.”

Her late husband, Fraser, would be thrilled by his daughter’s success.

“You would not be able to shut him up! He would not be able to stand this,” Robinson, 71, told the magazine for its May issue, which is appearing on newsstands this week. “He would be beaming until you would just want him to stop talking.”

She said her husband bragged about Michelle and her brother, Craig, the basketball coach at Oregon State University.

“He always encouraged them, and when he talked about Craig and Michelle, you could just see a smile on his face whether it was there or not,” Robinson said. “He just enjoyed these two people.”

Mrs. Obama said she always felt that her parents were “unconditionally rooting for me. And kids need that.” She said their support helped build confidence in her and her brother early on, and gave them a sense of security.

Asked for advice for black families raising children, Robinson said treat them as “little people,” not as babies. She said most people don’t realize how much kids can absorb because they are listening, they love conversation and soak up information.

“The main thing that I think needs to be taught to children is the ability to think and make decisions,” Robinson said.

OBAMA’S HALF BROTHER LIVES IN CHINA AND CELEBRATED HIS WIN LOW-PROFILE-FROM CBSNEWS.COM

May 3, 2009

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Obama’s Half Brother Far From Spotlight
President-Elect’s Intensely Private Half Brother Lives In China

SHENZHEN, China, Jan. 16, 2009

Mark Ndesandjo, the intensely private half brother of President-elect Barack Obama, plays the piano to raise money for orphans during a charity concert in Shenzhen, southern China, Friday, Jan. 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Obama’s Low-Key Brother

Barack Obama’s half-brother Mark Ndesandjo, who lives in China, doesn’t name drop.

(AP) The news release didn’t say who Mark Ndesandjo was. Nor did the posters and e-mails promoting the concert Friday in this southern Chinese boomtown where he played piano to raise money for orphans.

But the 200 or so people who showed up for the fundraiser at a posh hotel resort knew the man in a Chinese-style brown silk shirt was the half brother of President-elect Barack Obama. They had a rare encounter with Ndesandjo, who has been dodging the media since his family ties were made public last summer.

For the past seven years, Ndesandjo has been living in Shenzhen, a freewheeling city just across the border from Hong Kong. The announcement for his piano concert identified him as a strategic marketing consultant. He also helped start a chain of eateries in China called Cabin BBQ.

Ndesandjo has a thin mustache, shaved head and a gold stud in his left earlobe. He slightly resembles his half brother, and shares the same trim, athletic physique. He speaks Mandarin, is a vegetarian and practices Chinese calligraphy.

And he said Friday that he has just finished a novel called “Nairobi to Shenzhen,” but as yet has no publisher.

Ndesandjo apparently wants a low-key life separate from Obama. No one mentioned his family when he was introduced at the charity concert and cocktail party sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce in South China.

During brief remarks on stage, Ndesandjo mentioned that he would visit the U.S. in a couple days, apparently to attend Tuesday’s presidential inauguration. He said if he didn’t make the trip in time, he would embarrass his family.

And he told the crowd that chamber president, Harley Seyedin, was fond of the president-elect. Ndesandjo added, “I like my president, too!” That was the closest he came to mentioning Barack Obama.

Ndesandjo’s reluctance to play up his famous relative is extremely unusual in China, where people commonly name drop and use their connections to advance their interests. In China, relationships, or “guanxi,” with powerful people are golden and rarely wasted in winning new business or opening other doors.

As his Chinese wife watched, Ndesandjo began his performance with a Chinese tune called “Liuyang River” followed by what he said was “Chopin’s First Nocturne.” His third and final piece was a jazz tune by Fats Waller called “Viper’s Drag.”

He played with passion, at times hunched over the keyboard or rocking back with his eyes closed and lips slightly parted in expressions of ectasy and agony.

His Chinese friend and restaurant business partner, Sui Zhenjun, said he has known Ndesandjo since he arrived in China in 2002.

“But it wasn’t until July when media reports started surfacing about him being related to Obama that I found out they were related,” he told The Associated Press. “He called and told me.”

Ndesandjo declined to answer questions from the AP at Friday’s concert. He wouldn’t confirm basic details about his past or discuss his relationship with Obama.

He uses the surname of his mother, Ruth, the third wife of his father, who died in 1982. He was born in Kenya and moved to the United States when he was a child.

Footage from a Chinese TV news show posted on Youtube shows him practicing calligraphy at home and teaching children how to play the piano, praising them in Mandarin and English.

On Friday, he said he had visited a Shenzhen orphanage shortly after arriving in China and saw rows and rows of sleeping babies while a harried staff of two nurses tried to care for them.

“One child with big black eyes seized my finger and would not let it go,” he told the crowd.

After the charity event, Ndesandjo chatted with friends and shook hands as he slowly walked out of the venue pursued by journalists hoping for a comment. He slipped into an elevator and continued to ignore questions as the door slowly closed.

By William Foreman
© MMIX The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved

OBAMA!-THE FIRST BLACK PRIME MINISTER OF BELIZE,CENTRAL AMERICA, DEAN BARROW WAS INSPIRED BY OBAMA TO WIN!-FROM POLITICAL CARNIVAL BLOGSPOT.COM AND PICTURES BY LIVEJOURNAL.COM

May 2, 2009

FIRST BLACK BELIZE PRIME MINISTER DEAN BARROW SMILES AS PRESIDENT OBAMA GIVES HIS WIFE THE FIRST BLACK FIRST LADY OF BELIZE,SIMPLIS BARROW A KISS!

FIRST BLACK BELIZE PRIME MINISTER DEAN BARROW SMILES AS PRESIDENT OBAMA GIVES HIS WIFE THE FIRST BLACK FIRST LADY OF BELIZE,SIMPLIS BARROW A KISS!

THE FIRST BLACK FIRST LADY OF BELIZE IS BLOWN AWAY BY OBAMA'S KISS!

THE FIRST BLACK FIRST LADY OF BELIZE IS BLOWN AWAY BY OBAMA'S KISS!

FROM thepoliticalcarnival.blogspot.com

Friday, January 2, 2009
Obama’s election inspires blacks in Latin America

A refreshingly hopeful moment in a day that is just ticking me off right and left.

BELMOPAN, Belize — Dean Barrow doesn’t look like the faces on his country’s dollar bills. Nor does he resemble its previous leaders — he is this Central American nation’s first black prime minister.

By winning the post in February, Barrow broke through a glass ceiling that has existed in the Americas since the slave trade first brought people from Africa five centuries ago.

The sad reality in countries with large black populations, such as Brazil, and those with tiny communities, such as Mexico, is that Afro-Latinos have typically been relegated to the sidelines of politics and high finance.

But when it comes to race relations, the United States is once again casting its shadow on the Americas — this time in a positive way, with the election of Barack Obama as president, according to politicians and experts in the region.

‘It has to mean there will be a great opening up of minds and opening up of opportunities. It will make any sense of `the other’ much less pronounced,” Barrow said in an interview in Belize’s lush capital. “How can there appear to be anything strange about somebody of color making great strides politically in Latin America when a person of color is the president of the most powerful country on Earth?”

OBAMA:A NIGERIAN NEWSPAPER EDITORIAL ON OBAMA’S FIRST 100 DAYS!-FROM DAILY INDEPENDENT,LAGOS

April 29, 2009
OBAMA-A BLACK PRESIDENT WITH BLACK ACTIONS EVERYWHERE!

OBAMA-A BLACK PRESIDENT WITH BLACK ACTIONS EVERYWHERE!

FROM odili.net

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

President Obama’s first 100 days
Editorial

The great black American poet, William Cuney, captured a not dissimilar moment of exuberance, pride and hope almost exactly a century earlier when he proclaimed ‘My Lord, what a morning!” (Oh my Lord, what a feeling). The swearing in, a hundred days ago of an African-American as the President of the United States, was a great confirmation of the audacity of hope. What was inconceivable, ten, even five, years ago was confirmed in the full glare of an enraptured worldwide audience. The American dream was not just mythology; it was well and truly alive.

It is true of course that great expectations were raised with the inauguration of Mr. Barack Obama. He also had promises to keep. How has he fared so far? This newspaper will not hesitate to give him an overwhelming pass mark. He has crossed the first hundred days in flying colours. As a leading United States newspaper, The Boston Globe, remarked on Sunday, “What appears to be a natural gift for the presidency has allowed Obama to avoid amateurish mistakes.”

The self-confidence shown so far by Obama is truly poignant when put in the context of the criticisms made during the Democratic Party primaries that he was lacking in experience. It is even more remarkable when put in the context of the worst economic crises since the great depression in the 1930’s. The present economic situation would have taxed the countenance of even the most experienced of operators, that Obama has acquitted himself with such Èlan and panache harbingers what could turn out to be a remarkable presidency. Previous ‘hundred days’ have not been so assessed. For example, President John F. Kennedy’s ended with the ill thought-out Bay of Pigs fiasco.

Not surprisingly, reviving the ailing economy has been the centerpiece of Obama’s young presidency. It is on this premise that his administration will be assessed as the United States endures its worst recession since the Second World War. The achievement on this front has been important. The unprecedented $787 billion economic stimulus required great political skill to steer through Congress and it was achieved. The atmosphere created through Obama’s charm offensive in getting the stimulus through has been crucial. So far he has commanded strong public support in spite of a relentless rise in unemployment to 25 years highs, staggering rates of home foreclosures and a budget deficit that looks set to reach nearly two trillion dollars.

In spite of this, a mid April poll of respondents said the president has a clear plan to deal with the recession – well more than double the 24% who thought the same of the Republican Party. Remarkable, for before Obama’s inauguration, only 19% said the country was on the right track. Now the figure is 50% according to a Washington Post/ABC News survey on Sunday. This represents a truly remarkable shift from the poisonous atmosphere of the Bush era.

Overall, Obama’s intention is to remodel the United States economy which will include ending the nation’s addiction to foreign oil (Nigeria please take note) and measures such as enacting universal health care and fixing Wall Street.

The new atmosphere has been recreated on other fronts. One of his first acts on the first day in office was to extend the scope of the Freedom of Information Act as it affects the federal government. This act of extending openness in the process of governance should be food for thought to those in Nigeria who cannot countenance the enactment of a Freedom of Information Act. Obama also sensibly ordered the closure of the notorious Guantanamo Bay military detention facility and abolished ‘enhanced interrogation facilities’. He has set a fixed timetable for withdrawing United States combat forces from Iraq. Turning the focus to the perils of Afghanistan he has ordered 21,000 additional troops and is seeking to enlist, with modest new assistance, European allies in a new multiplayer strategy there and crucially in Pakistan. Furthermore, the commitment to initiate a process of general nuclear disbarment will help to bring down temperatures.

Away from the military battleground, he is seeking to return science to its rightful place by amongst other policies extending the frontier of Stem Cell research. Overall, unlike the times of childlike belligerence and braggadocio of the Bush era he has been engaging world leaders with ‘strength and humility’. The huge crowds which greeted his public appearance in Europe, Canada and Mexico is testimony to the new dawn.

As for us here in Africa, it will be improper for any reasonable person to have expected Obama to put Africa on the front burner in his first hundred days. That time will certainly come. However, a host of measurers already enunciated will be of immense benefit to the African continent. The trillion dollar aid package to cushion the economic meltdown will be of great assistance. In addition, and very crucially, Obama’s insistence on free trade will help to block protectionist tendencies which are now, given the recession, very much, sadly, in vogue. Africa needs open trade and this will be of unquantifiable assistance. Africa’s moment will come, but the continent too has to prepare for that moment by embracing the new spirit of openness and renewed commitment to democracy as a way of being in sync with the age of Obama.

The position of former President George W. Bush is quite instructive. Pressed to comment on Obama’s performance so far, he merely retorted that he would not be partisan. “He has earned my silence,” said Bush. For us, his first hundred days has made us all very proud. The sureness of touch, the competence and self-assurance should be emulated by leaders on the African continent

OBAMA’S WIN:”A DREAM COMES TRUE…BROTHER COURTLAND MILLOY SAYS IN THE WASHINGTON POST,NOV.5,2008-BLACK REACTION TO A BLACK VICTORY!

April 29, 2009

ph2005052700709from washingtonpost.com

A Dream Comes True, With a Little Magic Thrown In: ‘Maybe America Has Really Changed’

by Courtland Milloy

Obamacans, parade rest.

Obamaites, stand down.

White America, at ease.

Black America, fall out.

The presidential war of 2008 is over. We won. Take a breather. America has a new commander in chief: a black man.

Prayer warriors, stay alert.

A spiritual revival is underway in this big tent of a nation. It’s a lift-every-voice-and-sing moment, a time of chill bumps and warm hearts.

With the colors of states on national TV turning from red to blue, the racial mapping of my mind is simultaneously redrawn. Old lines of demarcation are being erased, new markings made based on recent sightings:

All along U Street, part of the African American Heritage Trail, a diverse sea of humanity spilling into the streets in jubilation. Barack Obama being cheered at Grant Park in Chicago by blacks and whites as if for a hometown team in the Super Bowl.

“Is there anybody out there who still doubts that in America all things are possible?” President-elect Obama asked. “This is your answer.”

Obama supporters in my Fort Washington neighborhood began storming the voting precincts at sunup yesterday, some waiting for more than two hours to vote. It didn’t take that long for me to enter the Magic Kingdom at Disney World. But, people, this is no fairy tale.

Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed that people would not be judged by their color but by the content of their character, and “to me, it’s like King’s dream becoming reality,” said James Isley Sr., 56, a retired D.C. government employee.
He and his wife, Jacqueline, had just voted for Obama and were walking hand in hand from the polls at Oxon Hill Middle School. “I just think Obama is on a mission from God,” she said.

The young and gifted Obama waged a campaign that appealed to hearts and souls. By transcending race, he led America to break through its most formidable racial barrier.

“I feel great about having the opportunity to vote for a black presidential nominee,” said Easter Gowen, 67, a program analyst for the U.S. Government Printing Office. “I’m also happy to cast a vote of confidence in our society and what America stands for.”

There was something divine about Obama’s run. For a candidate to appear not too black for whites and not too white for blacks was phenomenal if not miraculous.

“Having the first black president may be historic, but it’s more important for me to have a president who shares my values,” said Sharisse Felton, 23, an African American electrical engineering student at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. “I’m for Obama because of his economic policies, not his race.”

And beyond all that, the promise of — the symbolism of — a black president was irresistible.

“It now takes away the excuses that young black men use to justify not trying hard enough,” said Grover Carson, 62, a retired D.C. police officer. “You can’t say that the white man is holding you back when you got a black man in the White House.”

Henry Saunders, a 50-year-old federal contractor, put it this way: “As an African American, even though Obama has no special agenda for black people, as he goes up in stature, so do the rest of us. We are now more inclined to challenge ourselves, to try to improve and empower ourselves because he has raised our expectations.”

But what about Obama’s astounding support among white Americans? Many blacks found that mystifying.

“I didn’t think I’d live long enough to see America vote for a black president,” said Truth Omole, a 38-year-old teacher. By “America,” she meant white people.

“Maybe America has really changed,” she said. “I didn’t live through the civil rights movement, but I did grow up with an expectation that certain things just couldn’t happen for black people.”

A younger generation of black and white Americans spearheaded the change. Unified by political hip-hop music, more concerned with an inheritance of debt and war than with superficial matters of skin color, they rallied for Obama throughout the nation.

Politics of racial divisiveness, dismissed.

Barack Obama, salute.

America, take a bow.

E-mail:milloyc@washpost.com

OBAMA:THIS WHITE JOURNALIST DEFENDS OBAMA FROM HIS RIGHT WING CRITICS-FROM NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

April 27, 2009

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President Obama is just getting started: It’ll take more than 100 days to fix this mess
Monday, April 27th 2009, 4:00 AM

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President Obama chats before playing a round of golf Sunday at Andrews Air Force Base, his first round since taking office.

As Barack Obama moves up on the completely arbitrary observance of his first 100 days in office, if you’re part of the 69% of people who, according to a new Washington Post poll, approve of the way he’s running the country, you’re wrong!

This is what you are told by commentators on what used to be state-run television, on right-wing radio and by what is laughingly called the Republican leadership in Congress: Obama doesn’t know what’s good for the country and neither do you.

You are told constantly that the minority on the other side is way more important than the majority that put Obama in office, a majority that thinks he should be given a fair chance, over these 100 days and the next 100 and the 100 after that, to show that he is more than some kind of smooth-talking front man for Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank.

You are also told that any faith in Obama is blind faith.

Except it’s not, no matter how good that theory is for ratings.

The people who support this President don’t think he’s flawless and don’t ignore his mistakes, starting with nominations for guys like Tom Daschle and Bill Richardson. They support him even if the jury is still out on Tim Geithner and Larry Summers, classic insiders, guys who helped shape the same failed economic system they’re now expected to fix.

No kidding, every time I see Summers on one of the Sunday morning talk shows, I put a death grip on my own wallet you’d need the Jaws of Life to pry loose.

The people who support Barack Obama in his first term aren’t any less conflicted about torture than anybody else in this country, even after eight years when Bush-Cheney seemed to be using the television show “24” as some kind of training film on prisoner interrogation.

Still, they are told by the hucksters from the right that their support for this President is misguided, or naive, or plain stupid. They are not allowed to think this President has a plan, or even has a clue.

But what is the plan from the other side? It is to hate HIS plan, whether it is about Hugo Chavez or TARP money or taxes or Afghanistan or picking out the new family dog. Their plan is to tell you what Obama SHOULD have done when it’s all over.

You know what’s really over? The old way of doing things. It got routed in the congressional elections of 2006, and then, with John McCain as its front man, him and Bristol Palin’s mom, it got the boot for good last November.

Somehow, though, if you listen to the loyal opposition, it’s only taken 100 days for the Bush-Cheney years to become the good old days.

We are now supposed to give the previous administration all the credit for keeping the country safe after Sept. 11, its cheerleaders celebrating everything they did from Iraq to hijacking the rules of the Geneva Convention in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib. It’s as if our buildings got blown up on somebody else’s watch.

All this time later nobody can remember much about their first 100 days in office, just what happened around Day 200, in August of 2001, when the now-famous memo with this title – “Bin Laden determined to strike in U.S.” – didn’t seem to get anybody’s blood racing down there on the ranch in Crawford, Tex.

“There was nothing that said, you know, ‘There’s an imminent attack,'” George W. Bush said when he was running for reelection in 2004.

You know? Well, he didn’t know. Neither did Cheney, his war-loving, waterboarding vice president, the one who won’t shut up now, who makes you nostalgic for the days when he was always in some undisclosed location hiding under his desk. Say this about Dick Cheney: He got a lot more interested in national security after he let others go off and fight the Red Menace of North Vietnam.

Barack Obama isn’t just trying to make fundamental, and necessary, changes in the way this country does business. He is dealing, here and around the world, with the mess that the geniuses who had the White House before him made of things. Even though you’re now expected to believe that somehow this is all his fault – him and his soft, liberal, America-hating friends.

The geniuses before him took eight years to make the mess. It’s going to take more than 100 days for the cleanup.

OBAMA-OUR FIRST WORLD BLACK PRESIDENT’S FIRST 100 DAYS! -FROM SEFERMPOST.COM

April 27, 2009

obama-rushmore1from sefermpost.com

April 25, 2009
Obama’s First 100 Days: A Look At Key Events
A look at key events during the first 100 days of Barack Obama’s presidency:

Jan. 22: Obama orders the closure of Guantanamo Bay prison within a year and declares that the United States will not engage in torture.

Jan 23: Obama lifts ban on federal funding for international organizations that perform or provide information on abortions.

Jan. 27: Obama gives first formal television interview as president to Arab television station, telling Muslims, “Americans are not your enemy.”

Jan. 29: Obama signs first bill into law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, making it easier for workers to sue for pay discrimination.

Feb. 3: Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., withdraws as Obama’s nominee for secretary of health and human services.

Feb. 9: Obama holds first prime-time news conference, calling on Congress to enact his economic stimulus plan.

Feb. 12: Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., withdraws as Obama’s nominee for secretary of commerce.

Feb. 13: Congress completes action on a $787 billion economic stimulus package of tax cuts and new spending, intended to jolt the country out of the worst recession in 50 years.

Feb. 17: Obama signs the stimulus measure into law.

Feb. 19: Obama makes his first visit to a foreign country as president, meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper during a seven-hour visit to Ottawa.

Feb. 22: Obama hosts governors in his first formal dinner at the White House.

Feb. 23: Obama holds a fiscal responsibility summit at the White House, signaling his intention to tackle health care, the budget and Social Security.

Feb. 24: Obama addresses a joint session of Congress for the first time, focusing on economic issues.

Feb. 26: Obama unveils a $3.6 trillion federal budget for 2010 and estimates that the federal deficit for 2009 will balloon to $1.75 trillion.

Feb. 27: Obama announces withdrawal of all American combat forces from Iraq by August 2010, but says the U.S. will leave tens of thousand support troops behind.

March 5: Obama hosts daylong White House summit on health care.

March 9: Obama reverses President George W. Bush’s ban on federally funded embryonic stem cell research, and declares that all federal scientific research will be walled off from political influences.

March 11: Obama signs a $410 billion spending bill to keep the government running for the rest of the 2009 budget year. He calls the measure “imperfect” because it includes money for special projects set aside by members of Congress, a practice he pledged to end during the 2008 campaign.

March 16: Obama declares he will stop insurer American International Group Inc. from paying out millions in executive bonuses after receiving billions in federal bailout funds.

March 19: Obama becomes the first sitting president to appear on the “Tonight” show.

March 20: Obama releases video message to people of Iran in celebration of Nowruz, the Persian new year and the first day of spring.

March 26: Obama holds “Open for Questions”, the first virtual town hall meeting at the White House.

March 27: Obama announces comprehensive new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, including the deployment of 4,000 additional military trainers to Afghanistan.

March 30: Obama asserted unprecedented government control over the auto industry, rejecting turnaround plans by General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC, and engineering the ouster of GM’s chief executive, Rick Wagoner.

March 31: Obama travels to London, the first stop on an eight-day, six country tour of Europe and the Middle East.

April 1: Obama meets with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and announces start of negotiations on new strategic arms-control treaty.

April 1: Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have a private audience with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.

April 2: Obama attends the Group of 20 economic summit in London, where leaders agree to bail out developing countries, stimulate world trade and regulate financial firms more stringently.

April 3: Obama speaks and takes questions from crowd of mostly French and German citizens at a Town Hall meeting in Strasbourg, France.

April 4: Obama attends NATO summit in Strasbourg but gets commitment from allies to send up to 5,000 more military trainers and police to Afghanistan.

April 5: Obama launches an effort to rid the world of nuclear weapons, calling them during a speech in Prague “the most dangerous legacy of the Cold War.”

April 6: Obama speaks to Turkey’s parliament, declaring that “the United States is not, and will never be, at war with Islam.”

April 7: Obama pays a surprise visit to Iraq, meeting with U.S. troops and Iraqi leaders.

April 9: Obama sends a request to Congress for $83.4 billion for military and diplomatic operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

April 10: Obama says the economy is showing “glimmers of hope” after meeting with top economic officials.

April 12: Obama authorizes a military rescue of an American sea captain taken hostage by pirates in the waters off Somalia. The rescue results in the deaths of three pirates and the capture of the fourth, and frees Capt. Richard Phillips.

April 13: The administration announces that Cuban-Americans will be permitted to make unlimited transfers of money and visits to relatives in Cuba. The decision also clears away most regulations that had stopped American companies from bringing high-tech services and information to Cuba.

April 14: The Obamas introduce their new puppy, Bo, in a photo session on the White House lawn.

April 16: Obama meets with Mexican President Felipe Calderon on his first trip to Mexico and Latin America. The leaders agree to cooperate on combating drug violence along the U.S.-Mexican border.

April 17: Obama releases memos from Bush administration authorizing harsh interrogation techniques but says no CIA employees who followed the memos will be prosecuted.

April 17: Obama travels to Trinidad and Tobago for the 34-nation Summit of the Americas and declares that he “seeks a new beginning with Cuba.”

April 18: At the summit, Obama shakes hands with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, the leftist, anti-American leader who had called Bush a devil.

April 19: Obama calls on Cuba to release political prisoners as a way to improve relations with the U.S.

April 20: Obama holds the first formal Cabinet meeting of his administration, ordering department heads to slice spending by $100 million, a tiny fraction of the $3.6 trillion federal budget he proposed a month earlier.

April 21: Obama leaves the door open for prosecution of federal lawyers who wrote harsh interrogation memos during Bush administration and says if there’s an investigation, it should be done by an independent commission.

April 22: Obama makes his first visit as president to Iowa, the state where his 2008 Democratic caucus victory launched him toward the presidency.

April 23: Obama tells congressional leaders he will not support creation of an independent commission to investigate the Bush administration’s harsh interrogation techniques.

April 24: Obama promotes his idea for the government to stop backing private loans to college students and replace them with direct government loans to young people. He also declines to brand the early 20th century massacre of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians in Turkey a “genocide,” breaking a campaign promise.

OBAMA!-OUR BLACK PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD AT THE SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS AND HE GETS DOWN WITH THE PEOPLE OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO,APRIL 2009

April 23, 2009

FIRST BLACK LADY OF BELIZE SIMPLIS BARROW GETS A THRILL FROM OUR BLACK PRESIDENT WITH HER HUSBAND SMILING NEARBY!

FIRST BLACK LADY OF BELIZE SIMPLIS BARROW GETS A THRILL FROM OUR BLACK PRESIDENT WITH HER HUSBAND SMILING NEARBY!

BLACK UNITY!

BLACK UNITY!

OBAMA WITH OTHER BLACK PRESIDENTS(PRIME MINISTERS) AT THE SUMMIT

OBAMA WITH OTHER BLACK PRESIDENTS(PRIME MINISTERS) AT THE SUMMIT

OBAMA DISCUSSING WITH OTHER BLACK PRESIDENTS OF THE CARIBBEAN,BELIZE

OBAMA DISCUSSING WITH OTHER BLACK PRESIDENTS OF THE CARIBBEAN,BELIZE

WORLD-FAMOUS CRICKET LEGEND BRIAN LARA SHOWS PRESIDENT OBAMA HOW TO PROPERLY SWING A BAT ON APRIL 19,2009 IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

WORLD-FAMOUS CRICKET LEGEND BRIAN LARA SHOWS PRESIDENT OBAMA HOW TO PROPERLY SWING A BAT ON APRIL 19,2009 IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO FOREIGN MINISTER PAULA GOPEE-SCOON BIDS OBAMA FAREWELL AS HE LEAVES

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO FOREIGN MINISTER PAULA GOPEE-SCOON BIDS OBAMA FAREWELL AS HE LEAVES

PRESIDENT OBAMA GREETS CROWD AT PORT OF SPAIN AIRPORT,TRINIDAD-TOBAGO APRIL 19 2009

PRESIDENT OBAMA GREETS CROWD AT PORT OF SPAIN AIRPORT,TRINIDAD-TOBAGO APRIL 19 2009

from community.livejournal.com

OBAMA TAKES TIME TO SHOW HIS KENYAN RELATIVES BASED IN U.K. AND KENYA THE (WHITE) BLACK HOUSE!-I.THISISLONDON.CO.UK

April 21, 2009

OBAMA WITH HIS STEP-GRANDMOTHER ON HIS AUGUST 2006 VISIT TO KENYA

OBAMA WITH HIS STEP-GRANDMOTHER ON HIS AUGUST 2006 VISIT TO KENYA

PRESIDENT OBAMA TAKES TIME TO SHOW HIS KENYAN RELATIVES AROUND THE WHITE HOUSE AS SOON AS HE MOVED IN!

PRESIDENT OBAMA TAKES TIME TO SHOW HIS KENYAN RELATIVES AROUND THE WHITE HOUSE AS SOON AS HE MOVED IN!

FROM i.thisislondon.co.uk

THESE are the first pictures of Barack Obama inside the White House with his British stepmother.

Taken the day he was sworn in as President, they show him giving Kezia Obama and the rest of his extended family a tour of his new home.

Embraced by Mrs Obama, who travelled to Washington DC from her council house in Bracknell, the President proudly posed in an official reception for the family.

He is also surrounded by his half-brother Abongo, his sister-in-law, niece, nephew and other relatives, who all travelled from Kenya and were in the VIP enclosure for his inauguration in January.

Mrs Obama, 66, who was married to the President’s late father, also named Barack, when they lived in Kenya, wore a traditional African outfit made in Tanzania especially for the big day.Abongo Obama, who flew from the family’s ancestral home in Kogelo, western Kenya, just days before, said: “Barack gave us a grand tour of the White House. It was amazing to be in there with him. This is his new home. He has come a long way.”

The 51-year-old accountant, who was best man at the President’s wedding, added: “My brother had such a hectic schedule that day, but he still took time out for us.”

Despite sharing the family’s jubilation, he told of his fears President Obama could be assassinated.

“There are crazy people out there, there is always a danger someone will try to hurt him,” he said. “That’s something I worry about all the time. Security was so tight, yet there were times when he was out there shaking hands with the public and I just saw how exposed he is and it scared me.”

He also revealed how his brother had sent a personal note to the family on official White House stationery once they returned to Kenya. The note read: “To the people of K’Obama – Thank you for the prayers and support!”

A similar letter was sent to the people of Kogelo, some of whom had travelled to the US for the historic occasion. The President’s 86-year-old paternal grandmother Sarah was also in Washington DC for his swearing-in ceremony, as well as his half-sister Auma, 49, and half-brothers Ben, 38, and Abo, 40.

Mr Obama said: “I am looking forward to going back and staying with Barack at the White House, but it won’t ever be the same.

“We can’t just hang out like we used to and sit in a bar with a few drinks catching up. I will miss that and he will too but this was his dream, he knew he had to make certain sacrifices.”

After marrying Mrs Obama, Barack Obama Snr went on to marry President Obama’s mother Ann Dunham – an American he met during a scholarship to the United States. He eventually returned to his first wife, with whom he had four children, and died in 1982.

President Obama first met his Kenyan relatives during a trip to Africa in his twenties, after his father died.

THESE are the first pictures seen of Barack Obama inside the White House with his family including his British stepmother just hours after he was sworn in as President.

The family snaps given exclusively to the Standard reveal a private moment when Mr Obama took time out of his busy schedule to show his relatives around his new home.

Embraced by his stepmother Kezia Obama, who travelled to Washington DC from her council house in Bracknell, Berkshire, the President proudly posed in one of several grand rooms, for the first of many family portraits.

He is also surrounded by his half-brother Abongo, his sister-in-law , niece, nephew and other relatives, who all travelled from Kenya and were in the VIP enclosure for his inauguration in January.

Mrs Obama, 66, who was married to the President’s late father, also named Barack, when they lived in their homeland of Kenya, wore a traditional African outfit especially made in Tanzania for the big day.

Pictured on the far left, Abongo Obama, who flew in from the family’s ancestral home in Kogelo, western Kenya, just days before, said: “Barack gave us a grand tour of the White House. It was amazing to be in there with him. This is his new home. He has come a long way.”

The 51-year-old accountant, who was best man at the President’s wedding, added: “My brother had such a hectic schedule that day but he still took time out for us.”

Despite sharing the family’s jubilation he told of his fears President Obama could become an assassination target.

“There are crazy people out there, there is always a danger someone will try to hurt him, that’s something I worry about all the time,” said Mr Obama. “Security was so tight yet there were times when he was out there shaking hands with the public and I just saw how exposed he is and it scared me.”

He also revealed how his brother had sent a personal note to the family on official White House stationary once they returned to Kenya. The note read: “To the people of K’Obama – Thank you for the prayers and support!”

A similar letter was sent to the people of Kogelo, some of whom had travelled to the US for the historic occasion. The President’s 86-year-old paternal grandmother Sarah was also in Washington DC for his swearing-in ceremony as well as his half-sister Auma, 49 and half brothers Ben, 38 and Abo, 40.

Mr Obama said: “I am looking forward to going back and staying with Barack at the White House but it won’t ever be the same. We can’t just hang out like we used to and sit in a bar with a few drinks catching up. I will miss that and he will too but this was his dream, he knew he had to make certain sacrifices.”

After marrying Mrs Obama, Barack Obama Snr went on to marry President Obama’s mother Ann Dunham – an American he met during a scholarship to the United States. He eventually went back to his first wife, with whom he had four children, and died in 1982.

President Obama first met his Kenyan relatives on a trip to Africa in his twenties after his father had passed away.

OBAMA!-BLACK REACTIONS TO HIS VICTORY THAT NIGHT AT GRANT PARK,CHICAGO AND (LATER) BEYOND!

April 21, 2009

SISTER VERTIE HOODGE,74 YEARS,HOUSTON,TEXAS CRYING WATCHING THE INAUGURATION ON JAN.20,2009

SISTER VERTIE HOODGE,74 YEARS,HOUSTON,TEXAS CRYING WATCHING THE INAUGURATION ON JAN.20,2009

WATCHING THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY AT KIBERA,NAIROBI KENYA,JAN.20,2009

WATCHING THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY AT KIBERA,NAIROBI KENYA,JAN.20,2009

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MOHAMMED SAHER,BLACKamerikkkan MEMBER OF IRAQ'S BLACK COMMUNITY IN THE SLUTHERN CITY OF BASRA DANCES TO AL-BASRA BAND MUSIC AS THEY CELEBRATE OBAMA'S VICTORY NOV. 5,2008 IN IRAQ!

MOHAMMED SAHER,BLACKamerikkkan MEMBER OF IRAQ'S BLACK COMMUNITY IN THE SLUTHERN CITY OF BASRA DANCES TO AL-BASRA BAND MUSIC AS THEY CELEBRATE OBAMA'S VICTORY NOV. 5,2008 IN IRAQ!

GRANT PARK AWAITING RESULTS ELECTION NIGHT

GRANT PARK AWAITING RESULTS ELECTION NIGHT

CHRISTINE KING FARRIS,SISTER OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AND GRADDAUGHTER FARRIS WATKINS CRY IT OUT AFTER OBAMA'S VICTORY IN ATLANTA

CHRISTINE KING FARRIS,SISTER OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AND GRADDAUGHTER FARRIS WATKINS CRY IT OUT AFTER OBAMA'S VICTORY IN ATLANTA

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LET THE TEARS CLEANSE AWAY THE PAIN OF RACISM!

LET THE TEARS CLEANSE AWAY THE PAIN OF RACISM!

THERE NOW! GOD WILL WIPE AWAY THAT WHITE PAIN OF BLACK SUFFERING IN amerikkka!

THERE NOW! GOD WILL WIPE AWAY THAT WHITE PAIN OF BLACK SUFFERING IN amerikkka!

GO AHEAD AND CRY OUT THE PAIN OF BLACKS SUFFERING IN amerikkka!

GO AHEAD AND CRY OUT THE PAIN OF BLACKS SUFFERING IN amerikkka!

BROTHER JESSE JACKSON CRY OUT ALL THE PAIN AND HURT BLACK PEOPLE HAVE SUFFERED INamerikkka! YOU RAN SO THAT OBAMA COULD WIN!

BROTHER JESSE JACKSON CRY OUT ALL THE PAIN AND HURT BLACK PEOPLE HAVE SUFFERED INamerikkka! YOU RAN SO THAT OBAMA COULD WIN!

CRY FOR ALL THE RACISM WE HAVE SUFFERED IN amerikkka!

CRY FOR ALL THE RACISM WE HAVE SUFFERED IN amerikkka!

LET THOSE TEARS FLOW FOR ALL THE LYNCHINGS BLACK MEN HAVE SUFFERED IN amerikkka!

LET THOSE TEARS FLOW FOR ALL THE LYNCHINGS BLACK MEN HAVE SUFFERED IN amerikkka!

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CRY OUT ALL THOSE TEARS FROM SLAVERY!

CRY OUT ALL THOSE TEARS FROM SLAVERY!

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WAITING FOR OBAMA'S WIN IN CHI-TOWN ON THAT GREAT DAY!

WAITING FOR OBAMA'S WIN IN CHI-TOWN ON THAT GREAT DAY!

HUSTLING THOSE OBAMA SHIRTS ON ELECTION DAY CHITOWN!

HUSTLING THOSE OBAMA SHIRTS ON ELECTION DAY CHITOWN!

WAITING FOR OBAMA'S VICTORY!

WAITING FOR OBAMA'S VICTORY!

BLACK BROTHER HUSTLING OBAMA SHIRTS!

BLACK BROTHER HUSTLING OBAMA SHIRTS!


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