The Inauguration of President Barack Obama
Update Jan 16: Just a few days to go and Barack Obama will be President of the USA. That is the best news we received for a long time. Bush held his last speech and i really think he was joking when he said he was convinced he did a good job. Uh??
No, we need change and i'm sure Barack Obama will bring that change to the USA and the World. The new government looks good to me, specially the Green Dream Team. But first we have the big day: Januari 20 Inaugural Day and we will remember that for ever. It will be a great day, covered by everybody. See also: Barack Obama: A Letter to My Daughters, Love Dad
Here are some details. The day before The 2009 Green Inaugural Ball He will use the Abraham Lincoln Inaugural Bible and Aretha Franklin shall sing for Barack Obama
Furthermore we can speak of a comple Obamamania, see: Obama's Inauguration Will Be the Greenest Ever - Largest Plug-In Parade Ever Celebrates Obama Inauguration With Green Cars - Obama MP4 player is officially awesome - De exclusieve Change is Now: Renewing America's Promise CD/DVD
Update Jan 10: Turning around unemployment. The high unemployment numbers released this week rattled the country, as anxiety about the deepening recession hit home to more and more American families. President-elect Obama’s Weekly Address responds with an urgent call for immediate and dramatic action to get our economy working again.
The President-elect’s proposed plan won’t just create jobs—it will also provide help for those who have lost theirs with bi-partisan measures to families and states hit hardest by this recession. Two members of the Transition economic team—Dr. Christina Romer and Dr. Jared Bernstein—have analyzed the plan and project that it will likely save or create three to four million jobs. Source: Change Gov Can't upload video, you can find it here
On January 8, 2009, President-elect Obama gave a speech at George Mason University on the economy and his plans to fix it. Source: Change Gov
Update Jan 3; President-elect Barack Obama discusses solutions for our struggling economy in the new year. Source: Change Gov See also: Repower America: 100% clean electricity within 10 years
Update: President-elect about the Holiday season and Chritsmas: In the final weekly address of 2008, President-elect Barack Obama calls for the season of giving to also be a season of common purpose and shared citizenship. Source: Change Gov
Update Dec 22: The Obama Transition team announced the President-elect’s intention to form a ‘White House Task Force on Working Families,’ to be chaired by Vice President-elect Joe Biden, effective January 20, 2009. The Task Force will be a major initiative targeted at raising the living standards of middle-class, working families in America.
The Vice President-elect and members of the task force will work with a wide array of federal agencies that have responsibility for key issues facing middle class and working families, and expedite administrative reforms, propose Executive orders, and develop legislative and policy proposals that can be of special importance to working families.
The President-elect has set the following goals for the task force:
- Expanding education and lifelong training opportunities
- Improving work and family balance
- Restoring labor standards, including workplace safety
- Helping to protect middle-class and working-family incomes
- Protecting retirement security
Members of the White House Task Force on Working Families will include the Secretaries of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Commerce, as well as the Directors of the National Economic Council, the Office of Management and Budget, the Domestic Policy Council, and the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors.
The Task Force will operate in a transparent fashion, with any submissions to it from outside groups posted online, and open, two-way dialogue directly with the American people. The Task Force will issue annual reports on its findings and recommendations, which will be made available to the public and will be posted on the internet. Source: Change Gov
Update Dec 21: President-elect Obama introduced the team of men and women who will head up the nation's major scientific departments. Source: Change Gov
Update Dec 19: The President-elect introduced his picks to lead the SEC and the CFTC at a press conference December 18, 2008 in Chicago. Source: Change Gov
Update Dec 18: President-elect Barack Obama announced his nominees for Secretary of Agriculture and Secretary of the Interior at a press conference December 17, 2008 in Chicago Source: Change Gov
Update Dec 16: Well it is final and my guess for the energy and environment team was totaly wrong. Barack Obama has announced Steven Chu.
"The future of our economy and national security is inextricably linked to one challenge: energy," President-elect Barack Obama said at a Chicago press conference today announcing the leaders who will guide his administration's policy on energy and the environment. "The team that I have assembled here today is uniquely suited to meet the great challenges of this defining moment. They are leading experts and accomplished managers, and they are ready to reform government and help transform our economy so that our people are more prosperous, our nation is more secure, and our planet is protected."
The nominees include Dr. Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy; Lisa Jackson, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator; Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality; Carol Browner, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change; and Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change.
President-elect Obama acknowledged that he is not the first leader to promise dramatic efforts on climate change and American energy independence -- but "This time must be different," he said.
"This is not a challenge for government alone – it is a challenge for all of us. The pursuit of a new energy economy requires a sustained, all-hands-on-deck effort because the foundation of our energy independence is right here, in America." Source: Change Gov
Update Dec 7: The last message of Barack Obama was going about jobs. See his weekly adress videomessage.
This week President-elect Barack Obama addresses the job loss that our nation continues to endure and offers solutions to the challenges we face. Source: Change Gov
Update Dec 3: So far Barack Obama is doing a great job. That is the conclusion of the first poll by USA Today. He gives Americans some confidence in the future. Doing it even better with 78% approved than Bill Clinton who scored 67%
More than three of four Americans, including a majority of Republicans, approve of the job Obama has done so far — broad-based support he'll need as he faces tough decisions ahead. Source USA Today
Update Dec 1: Good work of Barack Obama to pay attention to World Aids Day.
President-elect Barack Obama took some time on World AIDS Day to remember the history of the AIDS epidemic and to thank all those who work so hard to stop this epidemic and educate the public. Source: Change Gov
Barack Obama just announced his Security Team. Great to see Hillary Clinton. I'm now waiting for his Climate or Energy Team.
President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden officially announced key members of their national security team today: nominating Senator Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, selecting Defense Secretary Robert Gates to remain as Secretary of Defense, nominating Eric Holder as Attorney General, nominating Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, nominating Susan Rice as Ambassador to the United Nations and selecting General Jim Jones, USMC (Ret) as National Security Adviser. Source: Change Gov
Update Nov 29: Of course Barack Obama is concerned about the latest terroristic attacks in Mumbai, although he isn 't the president yet. It is nice to see that the actual president, George Bush gettin less attention from the media. As far as i know it is the first time in history a new elected perseident is so active and is giving so many press-conferences before his inauguration.
"Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the loved ones of the American citizens who lost their lives in the outrageous terrorist attacks in Mumbai. Our thoughts and prayers are with them, and with all who have been touched by this terrible tragedy.
"These terrorists who targeted innocent civilians will not defeat India's great democracy, nor shake the will of a global coalition to defeat them. The United States must stand with India and all nations and people who are committed to destroying terrorist networks, and defeating their hate-filled ideology.
"There is one president at a time. I will continue to closely monitor the situation on the ground in Mumbai, and am grateful for the cooperation of the Bush Administration in keeping me and my staff updated. We fully support the Bush Administration's efforts to protect American citizens and assist the government of India during this tragic time," said President-elect Obama.
Nov 28: Happy Thanksgiving by Barack Obama in his third videomessage:
In a preview of his weekly address, President-elect Barack Obama addressed the nation on the occasion of Thanksgiving, nearly one hundred and fifty years after President Lincoln called for the last Thursday in November to be set aside to acknowledge our blessings. Source: Change Gov
Update Nov 26: Next step is taken by Barack Obama. He anounced his Economic Team. See two latest video's.
At a press conference in Chicago today, President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden officially announced key members of their economic team, naming Timothy Geithner as Secretary of the Treasury and Lawrence Summers as Director of the National Economic Council. At a press conference in Chicago today, President-elect Barack Obama announced additional members of his economic team -- nominating Peter Orszag as Director and Rob Nabors as Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Source
Update Nov 22: Great work. Barack Obama's second videomessage is about jobs. Jobs in the renewable energy business. Building windturbines, producing solar panels and making electric vehicles. Cars, busses, taxi's, trucks. Great, i like this man.
President-elect Barack Obama announces he has directed his economic team to assemble an Economic Recovery Plan that will save or create 2.5 million more jobs by January of 2011.
Update Nov 20: See the new video. Prseident-elect Barack Obama's video message at the Governors' Global Climate Summit
In a web video produced for the Bi-Partisan Governors Global Climate Summit, President-elect Barack Obama pledged new leadership to address global climate change.
Update Nov 16: See the new video. President-elect Obama talks about the economy in this week's Democratic address.
Obama and future First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft on Friday yesterday in a wide-ranging interview to be broadcast this Sunday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Source: CBS News See this video: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4605988n
Update Nov 14: Roughly ten days after his historic win in the 2008 election Barack Obama already took his first decision. Rham Emanuel will be his chief-staff. Secondly he started a new website Change Gov.
At that site everybody can contact the Obama team. You even can apply for a job. Of course Barack Obama receives advise from everybody about everything you can imagine. But, guess what? Most post are about the puppy he promised his both lovely girls.
And did you know Barack Obama made another promise? In 2005 he promised dr. Jana Kohl that he would adopt a nice dog whenever he should decide to take one. And did you know he was supporting Jana Kohl with some nice photoshoots for her book: A Rare Breed of Love?
Look at the nice picture to see Senator Barack Obama with BABY Source
Update Nov 5: Well it is going fast now and it is official: Barack Obama is the 44th President of the USA.
The election is over, and at 11:15 EST McCain delivered his concession speech in Arizona, with his wife Cindy and running mate Sarah Palin by his side.
He began by silencing boos, congratulating Barack Obama, and saying he'd called the Senator, now President Elect, earlier. He made a call to come together and bridge the separations and put aside differences.
Speaking from Arizona's Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, McCain told his supporters: "It's natural tonight to feel some disappointment. Though we fell short, the failure is mine, not yours."
He blamed himself for the loss and thanked Sarah Palin, "one of the best campaigners I've ever seen."
He also said, "I don't know what more we could have done," and called the campaign, "the great honor of my life."
McCain said he will get behind his president, President Obama. Source: Huffington Post
So, voters in the USA are almost finished and now it's time to count votes and i'm not surprised that Barack Obama is in the lead. He won already in some crucial swing-states and in fact it is just a matter of time and then we now for sure:
Barack Obama is the next President of the USA.
Update Nov 4: It is Election Day and the victory for Barack Obama is pretty sure, i think.
In the mean time i found the firts video about the race between John McCain and sarah Palin for the 2012 Election !! Great.
Update Oct 31: Just a few days to go to election Day 2008 on November 4th. But in fact elections are running for weeks now and guess what? Barack Obama is firmly in the lead. In fact John McCain is far behind. I think John helped Barack a lot with his decision to choose hockey mom Sarah Palin.
Furthermore Barack Obama's campaign team did a tremendous communication job. They used all modern possibilities. You can find Barack Obama on every big Social Network or Community and so he created a very big crowd of supporters. And all these supporters wrote about Barack Obama and they donated money. A lot of money. Roughly $600 million to use for there campaign. You already herad about the Barack Obama Infomercial on television, broadcasted by some really big networks.
So in my opinion it is sure that Barack Obama will be the next President of the USA.
Source and picture: CNN Election 2008
Update Oct 4: So that was a nice week, with the debate between vice-president candidates Joe Biden and Sarah Palin. I think Sarah did a great job specially by not answering the questions. In my opinion was the weakest answer of Sarah her vision on climate change. See the videos.
Update Sept 27: Well, they did it. Mc Cain found some time to come in the middle of the financial crisis as a result of his party politics, as usual explained by mr George Bush himslef. You know the boss of the White House.
The first of three big Presidential Debates took place. See the videos i added. MOst comments i have seen say there was no winner. In my opinion it is clear: The winner of the first Presedential Debate is Barack Obama.
Why? Didn't you hear what John McCain said about war, about energy, about Iraq, about Iran? No it is clear: 1-0 for Barack Obama.
Update 25-09: Tomorrow, Friday 26th of September the first presidential debate is scheduled at 9pm EST. It will be the first clash between Barack Obama and John McCain on television.
Michelle Obama asks supporters to attend or host Debate Watch Parties and Barack Obama gave a press-conference yesterday in Clearwater, Florida. Obama: Debate is 'More Important Than Ever'
I agree with that. In the polls so far Obama is on the winning hand with 49% to 44%. A poll by Washington Post/ABC News is even better for Obama de with 52% and McCain 43%. But you know. These are only polls. The real game is at Election Day 2008, November 4th.
Want to see the debate life? Look here.
Update 24-09: Did you kMichelle Obama asks supporters to attend or host Debate Watch Parties fornow that a lot of John McCain advisor's have one thing common? No? Well they served George Bush for many years.
So nothing new with John McCain. It's still the famous old boys network of the Republicans that helped the USA to the worst possible position in history. War in Afghanistan, Irak and the war on terrorism at many other places. Energycrisis in the USA and the rest of the world because Americans use too much oil, gas and other resources. Higher prices of food worldwide. An economical crisis, a financial crisis and a never seen debt for the USA. Even the applauded rescue plan of Paulson for the financials will bring at least 700 billion dollar too the rich people. No solution for all Americans with big financial problems as a result of the financial crisis. No help at all. No real solutions, no change.
The USA and the world need that change. So for that change the USA and the world need Barack Obama supported by many famous and not so famous people. From all over the counrty. See some pictures of Barack's visit to New Mexico.
But Barack getting more and more support. This time a real nice bunch of artist worked together to make the brandnew CD: Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement. You can listen all 18 songs on the website.
Through their musical contributions, the artists seek to mobilize voters in the final stretch before the November election. Many of the artists involved will also be volunteering their time to promote voter registration. For more information on registering to vote or requesting an absentee ballot, go to: www.VoteforChange.com
Update 23-09: Do you know why John McCain likes oil business soo much? See this article: McCain Owns 13 Cars; Obama Owns One (SLIDESHOW)
Update 20-09: Again there are rumours around Sarah Palin about they way she like to use her power. Other people like her public safety chief didn't like that so much. See this article on NP: Exclusive ABC report questions Palin reason for firing public safety chief
And again John McCain repeated the lie that Alaska is providing 20 percent of USA's energy. It is clear that John an Sarah are the best couple to destroy the USA completely. They are even worse than George Bush.
Update 14-09: Sarah Palin made recently remarks that directly link the 9/11 attacks to the war in Iraq. Of course she likes war and she is really fantastic to find a nice reason for war. I'm sure when this lady comes to the White House paece in the world will be far away. And you know already it is all God's Plan, told to you by Sarah Palin. It seems that she has a direct, private and secret line to God and that is very convenient. She always can tell: i did it because God told me it is a holy war, a task of God we have to furfill.
"You'll be there in service to the same cause of freedom from tyranny and from violence," Palin said. "You'll be there to defend the innocent from enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the deaths of thousands of Americans. You'll be there because American can never go back to that false sense of security that came before September 11, 2001." Source: http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/09/palin-iraq-and.html
Update 13-09: Did you know that hunting wolves in Alaska got a new dimension lately thanks to Sarah Palin? Sarah Palin spent 400k of state cash to support wolf hunting from planes. An effective way to kill more wolves, very convenient too for the hunters.
The Republican nominee for V.P. — and quickly displacing Gozer The Gozarian as the most despised being in this dimension — successfully defeated an initiative on August 26th that would have banned hunting wolves from airplanes for sport.
Palin organized a campaign, funded with $400K in state money, to defeat Measure 2; using the tired old BS that the rest of the lower-48 don’t “understand rural Alaska.” Exiled Online said it best:
“Alaska isn’t really very hard to understand. It consists of a minority that loves the wilderness and an overwhelmingly Republican majority that wants to squeeze all the cash it can get out of the state before the oil dries up, the fish die out, and the wildlife disappears. Nowhere else does the Republican formula of manipulating the suckers by playing on their silly hatreds and even sillier vanities play out more clearly than in Alaska.”
Update 10-09: Already heard of the Bridge to Nowhere? Yes, but i found a very nice review about Sarah Palin and her bridge. What did she say? Was it the truth. Parently not. See this article on Think Progress about Lies to Nowhere.
From the day he nominated Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AZ) to be his vice presidential running mate, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and his campaign advisers have been repeating the lie that Palin opposed the infamous Bridge to Nowhere. (In fact, Palin repeatedly expressed strong support for the project.) ThinkProgress has been keeping track of these lies and compiled them here. Please let us know if we’ve missed any, and you can comment on this document here. Source: Think Progress
Update 05-09: It's getting very scary around Sarah Palin. You may already know she is something special and now we know why. She gets direct information from God.
Sounds great, don't you think so. See: Palin calls war in Iraq a "task that is from God". It is good to know that there is at least one person in the world who is informed about God's Plan.
I hope Sarah Palin can explain this to all families who lost someone in that war. May be those families are convinced after that, but i'm not !
What to think about this?
Update 03-09: More and more news is coming out about Sarah Palin. Ok, she looks nice but is she really a nice lady. I don't think so. See this article about her favorite sport: hunting.
Newsweek reported that Palin is “a lifelong hunter and strong proponent of Second Amendment rights.” As a member of the NRA, she has been quoted saying, “We hunt as much as we can, and I’m proud to say our freezer is full of wild game we harvested here in Alaska.” And the serial-killing intentions run in the family too! It turns out her own parents had just returned from hunting caribou when they discovered that she had been tapped as Sen. John McCain’s running mate. WOW!
Update 30-08: So Barack Obama knows his opponents in the race to the White House. Ok, she isn't 83 as i guessed before, but the 44 year old Sarah Palin is the running mate of John McCain.
And guess what? She thinks the best solution for the energy problems of the USA is in her homestate Alaska. Lots of oil and other recources in the ground. The most promising opportunities to solve the energyproblems are in Alaska. Great!! Destroy nature, go-on with oil-drilling, pump-up as much as possible and don't worry about climate.
And guess again? Her husband works for BP. Unbelievable. Furthermore Sarah likes hunting and of course she is a proud member of the National Rifle Association. Always comfartable when she should visit all war locations where American soldiers doing their duty. Their duty?? For what? To secure oil and gas till the USA are ready to exploitate the Alaska resources.
So can we expect any change from McCain-Palin? I don't think so. What do you think about this?
Update 29-08: Yesterday Barack Obama officially accepted the nominee at the Democratic Convention. Al Gore speeched also yesterday and told agian why he is supporting Barack Obama. You can read his full speech here. Added new videos with the most important speakers at the Democratic National Convention.
Now Barack Obama is officially choosen as the Democratic candidate for the elections on Novembre 4th for the next president of the USA it is time to look to the candidates.
Americans can choose for Barack Obama and Joe Biden (Democrats), John McCain and ?? ( i expect a 83 year old lady), Bob Barr and Root, Cynthia McKinney and Clemente and there is also again mister Ralp Nader and Gonzalez. May be there are others, but i think my list is complete.
So Americans have some choice you could say. But is there really a choice? On lots of issues there is not much difference in the view of the candidates. I look only to Obama and McCain, because the other candidates can never win the election and they will never be the next president of the usa. That is clear in my opinion.
Why should Barack Obama be the next President of the USA. In my opinion it is clear that we need a change. We really need a change on a lot of issues. Albert Einstein knew that already a long time ago: 'Today's problems cannot be solved if we still think the way we thought when we created them'
Of course Einstein is right and that is the main reason why i believe that we really need a change and the only serious candidate to bring that change is Barack Obama. Or do you expect that a 72 years old men like John McCain is coming with new idea's, new solutions, an other way of thinking. No, you're kidding.
Barack Obama is on the right way. Ok, may be he is not so expierenced as McCain but he is much younger, in better condition and he has support from those who started to think in a different way, looking for real solutions for the biggest problems we have ever had in the world.
Wars we had before and we have still wars that kill many people, mostly innocent people. A war is ridiculous, it is stupid and there are never winners, only losers after the war is ended. Most wars go about money, about oil or about religion. All those issues are not important enough for a war. But the leaders of the world still fight with each other.
Instead of fighting about not that important issues they should work together on the biggest problem we ever had. The climate problem, i'm talking about and the energy problems in the world are just a part of that.
Barack Obama has the support of Al Gore, you know from an Unconvienent Truth and Bill Clinton with his own Climate Initiative. Both of them are convinced from our problems. Both of them are looking for other solutions than just pump up more oil. Drilling to oil before the coast of the USA is a bad idea. Looking for recources on the North Pole or on Antartica is also no solution. It is just going on in the same way.
No, we need a worldwide change, an other approach of the issues that really make the difference in the world. Barack Obama is in my opinion the best choice. He is the man that can make a real change. The world is at the moment on a lot of issues depending on the USA, but the country is in fact bankrupt. Nicely done by the Bush Family. And where did al that money go to? War, war, war.
May be it is time to see that a war is no solution and you know that John McCain already said that the war can go on for the next 100 years. As long as neccessairy to leave the war as a winner. Sorry mister McCain, that will not happen, because there is never a winner of any war, unless you forget all people (soldiers and civilians) who died in that war. For what? For oil? For nothing?
So the USA need Barack Obama for a change and the world need the USA for a change. The climate problems are a litter bigger than the wars in the world. Wars stops mostly by some borders and it is always far from home. We hear about it, we see about it, but we are not in that war, unless you're a soldier.
Climate problems have no borders. Carbon dioxide is in the air and it goes everywhere. Climate is changing fast. We are getting more and more extreme weather. Extreme weather will lead to more problems, deaths, damage and so on. What we need is a worldwide change and the USA should lead the way and as far as i can see it should be Barack Obama to be the next President of the USA.
What do you think??