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West Wing Week: 11/22/12 or “Hello Burma!”

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Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President made an historic trip to Thailand, Burma, and Cambodia, attended the East Asia Summit, and pardoned the National Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House with the First Family.

Friday, November 16th:
  • The President met with Congressional leaders to discuss ways to reach a balanced approach to strengthen our economy, support middle class families and reduce our nation’s deficit as the looming deadline of the fiscal cliff approaches.

 

Saturday, November 17th:
  • The President began his journey to Asia, traveling 18 hours on the plane and 24 hours on the clock.

 

Sunday, November 18th:
  • The President arrived in the Kingdom of Thailand, America’s oldest ally in Asia. On his first trip abroad since his re-election, the President met up with the Secretary of State and kicked off his visit with a trip to the stunning Wat Pho Royal Monastery, where the head monk introduced him to sacred Buddhas, in exchange for removing his shoes.
  • Then the President went to the Government House of Thailand for his official welcome ceremony, guest book signing, and bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra .
  • Later, the two leaders hosted a news conference before adjourning to a formal, official dinner. On the way to his hotel, he made a stop to thank the Embassy staff and their familiies for all their work on behalf of the United States.

 

Monday, November 19th:
  • The President and Secretary of State began a truly historic journey to Burma — the first for an American President — on their last foreign trip together. They were greeted by thousands of people lining the road as they traveled to meet with President Thein Sein for a bilateral meeting at the Parliament Building, and then to the Shwedagon Pagoda, the holiest cultural site in Burma.
  • The President and Secretary of State met with Nobel Peace Prize winner and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, at her home, where they spoke about ongoing efforts to support and encourage Burma’s democratic transition.
  • The President also visited the American Embassy, where they thanked staff, their families before traveling on to their final stop in Burma, where the President reflected on his historic visit in an address to the Burmese people.
  • That evening, the President traveled on to Cambodia, touching down in his third country of the day, where he attended the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), leaders meeting, then joined up with all the East Asia Summit leaders, who had all donned their own versions of batik shirts for the occasion.
  • Meanwhile, at the White House, the First Lady hosted the National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Awards, the country’s highest honor in this field, which recognizes exemplary programs around the country that foster the creative and intellectual development of America’s youth through education.

 

Tuesday, November 20th:
  • Before the Summit official convened, the President held bilateral meetings, first with Prime Minister Noda of Japan and then Premier Wen of China. Then it was time for day two of the East Asia Summit, with the group gathering for the traditional family photo and getting down to work at the plenary session. The President capped off his visit by taking some time to thank the Embassy Staff and their families.

 

Wednesday, November 21st:
  • The President and the First Family pardoned one very grateful Gobbler for the65th Anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, and wished American families a warm, safe, and healthy holiday.
  • Later, in that same spirit of thanksgiving, the First Family contributed some time, effort and elbow grease to a Capitol Area food Bank service project creating care packages for those in need.

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West Wing Week: 09/21/12 or “The Dignity and Freedom That Every Person Deserves”

 

The White House

This week, the President, Vice President and Secretary of State attended the Transfer of Remains Ceremony for the four Americans killed in Libya, while the White House welcomed Olympians and Paralympians, WNBA champions the Minnesota Lynx, new foreign Ambassadors, and the Children’s Miracle Network. That’s September 14th to September 20th or “The Dignity and Freedom That Every Person Deserves.”

Friday, September 14th:

  • The President, Vice President, and First Lady welcomed the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams to The White House.
  • The White House hosted a “Safety Datapalooza,” which highlighted innovators from the private, nonprofit and academic sectors who have utilized freely available government data to build products, services, and apps that advance public safety in creative and powerful ways.
  • Friday Afternoon, President Obama, Vice President Biden and Secretary Clinton attended a Transfer of Remains Ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base which marked the return to the United States of the remains of the four brave Americans who were killed this week in Benghazi, Libya.

Monday, September 17th:

  • The White House launched “Developers” which is a a one-stop resource for anyone who wants to use the tools provided by the White House technology program – including all the open data and open source software we’ve released so far.

Tuesday, September 18th:

  • The President welcomed the WNBA Minnesota Lynx to the White House to honor the team and their 2011 WNBA championship.

Wednesday, September 19th:

  • Foreign Ambassadors recently posted in Washington arrived at the White House to mark the formal beginning of their service in Washington.  The Ambassadors represented the Republic of Seychelles, the Union of Comoros , the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Saint Lucia, the Republic of Colombia, the Slovak Republic, and the Hellenic Republic.
  • The President greeted the 52 Champions of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, their families, and their national spokeswoman, Laura Kaeppeler, the current Miss America.
  • Friday afternoon, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Burmese Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi, arrived at the White House to meet with the President, while on her first trip to the United States in more than 20 years.

 

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Rumsfeld blasts Obama’s world image

This, from a man who can’t go overseas for fear of being arrested for crimes against humanity? 

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Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld disputes the notion that President Barack Obama has made America more popular around the globe than it was under his former boss, President George W. Bush.

Asked on CNN’s “State of the Union” by host Candy Crowley whether the U.S. is looked at differently than under his tenure, Rumsfeld replied, “I don’t think there’s data that supports that.””I think [Obama] has made a practice of trying to apologize for America,” Rumsfeld said.

Rumsfeld also downplayed Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize.“He had not accomplished a thing when he got the Nobel Prize. It was given to him on hope,” Rumsfeld said. “He’d been in office 15 minutes.”

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith Interview with Barack Obama.

I have no comment on the following video.  I’m just posting it.  One can draw their own opinion of it and make remarks in our comment section.

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The Obamas, The Crowd, The Grand Hotel

I have no comment here, other than to say, love him or hate him, this is one of  the reasons why the world WILL be a better place in time:

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Nobel Prize For Obama – Speech Reflects On His “Wartime President” Status

President Barack Obama accepted his Nobel Prize early this morning, our time, in Norway.

The President acknowledged that in comparison to pasts recipients of the Peace Prize, his accomplishments were far less impressive.    Critics  felt the President should have refused the award since he has escalated the conflict in Afghanistan, which indicate to some that his actions contradict what the Prize stands for.

Think Progress:

In his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech this morning, President Obama called his own accomplishments “slight” in comparison to past winners and spoke at length about the irony of winning the award as a wartime president. He evoked the concept of “just war” to argue for the use of force that is “necessary” and “morally justified.”

There’s an interesting thread on David Sorota’s piece on the progressive blog Open Left

 Sarota expressed his opinion, which basically states that having escalated the war in Afghanistan, Obama should not have recieved the award:

By that I mean, you can be a genuine progressive interested in peace and think this award is a travesty on progressive grounds, and also not think that the Rush Limbaugh/GOP attacks about this award from the right are valid at all. Likewise, you can think this award is a travesty and simultaneously hope that one day President Obama truly ends up building a record deserving of such an award. You can even think this award is a travesty and think Obama is on the way to building up such a record, but is undeserving of the award because he’s only been president for 9 months and hasn’t yet proven himself a Nobel-level peacemaker.

A commenter on the blog responds to someone who said the Nobel Prize is worthless:

King gave a lifetime and a life for his work on equality. Mandela spent 27 years in Jail fighting Appartied. Obama spent 12 days in office before being nominated. This award is worthless!!!

You flaming hypocrite! As if you give a DAMN about the standards of the Nobel Committee! You just want an excuse to attack somebody you don’t like. Period.

That’s all the right-wing is. Hypocrites and liars. They’ve got nothing to bitch about except they hate Obama and can’t stand it that he won something. So, they invent reasons to complain!

It’s interesting to contrast these reactions with that in other countries:

The self-centered view most Americans, especially conservatives, have in relations to the rest of the world is the main culprit as to why most Americans feel Obama is undeserving of this great honor, when in fact, he definitely is worthy of it.The total lack of dignity and respect in the Bush Administration’s unilateral approach to “diplomacy” towards other nations severely undermined any efforts by the global community presenting a cooperative approach combating global warming, nuclear proliferation, territorial disputes, terrorism, human rights, etc.

With the election of Obama as President, his immediate implementation of a foreign policy centered on respecting and listening to other nations was a major achievement in itself.

Since then, Iran has agreed to talks with the US, Russia announced it will not deploy Iktar missles, US-Cuban relations have improved dramatically, the Iraq War will be over by 2010 and the United States has already begun troop withdrawals.

While their are others that deserved as much consideration for the Nobel Peace Prize, who else has done as much in a short amount of time? The Nobel Committee did not give this award as a token. Obama has ALREADY accomplished enough to deserve it.

The commenter succinctly expresses my own sentiment about the issue.

Huffington Post has a full text of the speech here.

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Wingnuts’ Heads Explode Over Obama Nobel Peace Prize

Well, since my orginal post this morning, I’ve gone to other sites to see the wingnut reactions.  I don’t go directly to wingnut sites, per se…I simply look at what liberal blogs are reporting, in reference to the Nobel Committee’s decision.  They are not happy.  The question has to be raised:  Why do these people hate America? 

(Via ThinkProgress.)

Then there was Fox News. As you can see from the video above, it was like Scanners on steroids on Fox & Friends this morning, with Brian Kilmeade noting that this was the third honoree whose name was not George W. Bush. (Maybe those Swedes’ “pure genes” got the better of them, eh?)

Even Michael Steele and the Republican National Committee got into the act:

“The real question Americans are asking is, ‘What has President Obama actually accomplished?’ It is unfortunate that the president’s star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights. One thing is certain – President Obama won’t be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action.”

Blue Texan at Firedoglake has a nice roundup from around the wingnutosphere.

Meanwhile, Media Matters has compiled a handy video of the early reaction:

h/t: Crooks and Liars

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