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Obama Serves, Bush Works the Phones

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Posted on Jan 19, 2009
Obama paints
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

President-elect Barack Obama paints a wall during a visit to Sasha Bruce House, a shelter for teens, in Washington, D.C., on Monday.

As he prepared to enter the White House the next day, President-elect Barack Obama observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day by lending a hand at a shelter for homeless teenagers and visiting wounded vets at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, outgoing President Bush reached out to several other world leaders to say his farewells.


The New York Times:

It was a call to service not unlike that issued by another young American leader, President John F. Kennedy, though perhaps with added resonance because of Obama’s experience as a community organizer working with the jobless and needy on the South Side of Chicago.

In late morning, Obama arrived at the Sasha Bruce House, said to be the only emergency shelter for homeless teens in Washington. Television showed him doffing his overcoat and rolling up the sleeves of his white shirt — which he wore tieless, and with an open collar — before helping paint a wall shades of blue, using a roller with an extension handle. He chatted easily with the young people, and at one point appeared to bend over to tie a shoe.

President George W. Bush, during his last full day in office, spoke by phone to several world leaders. The White House said that he chatted with the leaders of Russia, Georgia, Italy, Denmark, South Korea, Israel, Brazil, Japan and Britain. He also spoke to Vicente Fox, the former Mexican president. It was not clear whether he would make other calls.

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By eileen fleming, January 19, 2009 at 7:16 pm Link to this comment

I wonder did Obama and Bono talk about Gaza?

Lay down your guns
All your daughters of Zion
All your Abraham sons
I don’t know if I can make it
I’m not easy on my knees
Here’s my heart and GAZA broke it
We need some release, release, release
We need
Love and peace
Love and peace

In 1985 Bono joined forces with a group of artists concerned about Apartheid in South Africa. Inspired by his meetings with several of them, he wrote “Silver and Gold”


“Yep, silver and gold.
This song was written in a hotel room in New York City.
‘Round about the time a friend or ours, little Steven,
was putting together a record of artists against apartheid.
This is a song written about a man in a shanty town outside of Johannesburg.
A man who’s sick of looking down the barrel of white South Africa.
A man who is at the point where he is ready to take up arms
against his oppressor.
A man who has lost faith in the peacemakers of the west while
they argue and while they fail to support a man like bishop Tutu
and his request for economic sanctions against South Africa.
Am I buggin’ you?”

 

In Honor of King and with Hope for Change I wrote:

On the evening of April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was to lead a protest march in sympathy with striking garbage workers of that city, Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated.

In “KEEP HOPE ALIVE”

I began with Chapter One:

THE MORNING AFTER APRIL 4, 1968

“Peace for Israel means security, and we stand with all our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security and that security must be a reality.”-Martin Luther King

The Rest:
http://www.wearewideawake.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1166&Itemid=214

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By troublesum, January 19, 2009 at 5:32 pm Link to this comment

Will we join the rest of the civilized world?  http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/01/26/090126fa_fact_gawande

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