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Barack and Michele Check Out new Diggs in DC

1st White House visits

The Bushes welcomed the Obamas to the White House on Monday, visiting for nearly two hours and offering the nation a glimpse of a new first family at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. President-elect Obama and President Bush met in the Oval Office, their first substantive one-on-one session, while first lady Laura Bush and Obama’s wife, Michelle, talked in the White House residence.

Changes from candidate to president-elect were evident earlier, when Obama stepped off his plane and was greeted by transition manager John Podesta, the former chief of staff to President Clinton.

Mrs. Bush was to give Mrs. Obama a tour of the first family’s living quarters, including the bedrooms used by children of past presidents. White House press secretary Dana Perino said the two women were expected to talk about living in one of the world’s most famous buildings, from family life to the help provided by executive staff.

The Obamas have two daughters: Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7. Obama started his day in Chicago, dropping the two girls at school, each with a kiss, and then going to a gym for a workout.  Bush, who had endorsed McCain, lauded Obama’s victory as a “triumph of the American story.” He warmly invited the Obama family to the White House.

Obama, in turn, thanked Bush for being gracious. The president-elect has made clear in public that there is only one president and for now that’s Bush. Obama takes the oath of office on Jan. 20.





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Obama inspires French to say, “Oui, nous pouvons!” Yes, We Can!

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, First Lady of France

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, First Lady of France

French say ‘Yes, we can!’ too, to ending racism
PARIS – Inspired by Barack Obama, the French first lady and other leading figures say it’s high time for France to stamp out racism and shake up a white political and social elite that smacks of colonial times.
A manifesto published Sunday — subtitled “Oui, nous pouvons!”, the French translation of Obama’s campaign slogan “Yes, we can!” — urges affirmative action-like policies and other steps to turn French ideals of equality into reality for millions of blacks, Arabs and other alienated minorities.

“Our prejudices are insidious,” Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, a singer and wife of President Nicolas Sarkozy, said in an interview with the Journal du Dimanche newspaper, which published the manifesto. She said she hoped the “Obama effect” would reshape French society.

Nations across Europe rejoiced over Obama’s victory, seeing it as a triumph for American democracy and a world weary of President George W. Bush. But Obama’s election also illustrated an uncomfortable truth: how far European countries with big minority populations have to go getting nonwhites into positions of power.

“The election of Barack Obama highlights via a cruel contrast the shortcomings of the French Republic, and the distance that separates us from a country whose citizens knew how to go beyond the racial question and elect a man who happens to be black as president,” the appeal said.

Obama is extremely popular in France, yet blacks and other minorities are nearly invisible in national or local politics here. The lower house of parliament has 555 members from the French mainland; just one is black.

 The manifesto calls for affirmative action policies like those the United States used years ago to encourage greater minority representation in the workplace and in universities.

Sarkozy has suggested affirmative action for France, but later backed away from the idea since it goes against France’s ideals of egalitarianism, which dictate that the country not classify its citizens according to race. This idea that everyone is just “French” means there are no census or other national figures calculating how big the country’s minority groups are.

The manifesto urges term limits to make way for more minority candidates, and presses the government to improve schools in working-class neighborhoods.

That appears to be a reference to housing projects heavily populated by nonwhite immigrants and their families, areas that erupted in riots in 2005 by disenfranchised youth, many of them Arab and black children of immigrants.

Critics say the tough-talking Sarkozy fanned discrimination ahead of the riots. Manifesto author Sabeg slammed efforts under Sarkozy to help minority neighborhoods as “an empty shell.”

Bruni-Sarkozy said she couldn’t sign the appeal because of her status as first lady but that she fully supported it. She is quoted in the Journal du Dimanche as calling Obama’s election “an immense joy.”



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Yes We Can! Yes, We Did!

jamar-subertHappy Miraculous Monday!

Every Monday I receive an inspiring meditation in my email. Today’s was so powerful i wanted to share with my readership. This is Jamal Subert–my new friend I have yet to meet. Enjoy and be encouraged! “The Churchlady”

Last Tuesday, as I sat watching the polls close and the numbers come in, CNN declared Barack Obama the next president of the United States. Overwhelmed with tears of joy, I began to think about family and friends who did not live to see this day.
My mind immediately thought about Joshua and the Children of Israel and how the Lord did not allow Moses to cross over into the promise land.
So much blood has been shed and so many tears have been cried for our generation to be part of this day.
Anything is possible, do we still have work to do?YES.
Do we still have hills to climb? YES.
YES, but today: Victory is:

– after 200 plus years of slavery, 70 years of racial oppression and Jim Crow laws, we can look into our children’s eyes and truthfully tell them anything is possible.
– knowing that the blood of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers have cried out once again but this time America answered.
– knowing that I could vote and not meet the same grave met by Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner the three Civil Rights workers.
– seeing a strong black woman, educated and well-capable in her own right, standing proudly by her man. Proverbs 31:11 (NKJV) The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain.
– seeing a strong black stable household, an endangered entity in our time; occupy the White House as a symbol of family.
– knowing that the honor of Sally Hemmings and the legacy of Black women will be changed from mistress to First Lady.
– seeing a black man win a presidential election not because of the color of his skin, but on the basis of intelligence and sheer brilliance.
– knowing that indeed, Robert Kennedy died a prophet in 1968, proclaiming that America could have a Black President in 40 yrs.
– knowing that the next first lady of the United States of America is a Black woman named Michelle LaVaughn.
– announcing that the next president of the United States of America is Barack Hussein Obama.
Victory is that we said “YES WE CAN” and Knowing — YES, WE DID!

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