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A day in the life of President Bush (photos) 2-12-2008
White Hous.gov and other sourcea ^ | February 12, 2008

Posted on 02/12/2008 5:40:42 PM PST by Kaslin

President Bush met this morning with President Amadou Touré of Mali in the Oval Office Transcript

This afternoon President Bush celebrated African American History Month in the East Room


Enoy your visit to Sanity Island



TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africanamericans; blackhistory; bush; mali; term2


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THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all for coming. Good afternoon, and welcome to the White House. Laura and I are honored that you all came, as we celebrate African American History Month. This is a month in which we recognize the many African Americans who've made great contributions to our country. We honor the talent and their courage. We renew our commitment to securing liberty and justice for every American. That's why we're here.

I appreciate many of the notables who have joined us: Madam Secretary, appreciate you coming. (Applause.) Mr. Secretary Alphonso Jackson and Marcia. Thanks for coming, Mr. Secretary. Proud you're here. (Applause.)

If I skip some of the notables, it's because I'm going to say something about them a little later on. (Laughter.) So, Congressman, I'll be with you in a minute. (Laughter.)

I appreciate Dr. Leonard Haynes, who's the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. I am proud -- Doc, thanks for coming. I'm proud to welcome all the presidents from the Historically Black Colleges and Universities here today; really appreciate your service to the country.

I want to thank Ron Langston, National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency. Roslyn Brock, Vice Chairman of the NAACP -- Roslyn, thank you for coming. Somewhere -- there you are. I thank John Fleming, President, Association of the Study of African American Life and History. Reverend Al Sharpton, and his wife Dominique -- Reverend, it's good to see you.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Daughter.

THE PRESIDENT: Daughter. (Laughter.) Daughter. (Laughter.) I don't get them right all the time. (Laughter.) But thank you for coming. And, Dominique, you're sure a lot prettier than your father. (Laughter.)

Thurgood Marshall, Jr., we're proud you're here. Thanks for coming. Good to see you, sir. State Representative Calvin Smyre, of the state of Georgia, who is the President of the Thurgood Marshall, Jr., we're proud you're here. Thanks for coming. Good to see you, sir. State Representative Calvin Smyre, of the state of Georgia, who is the President of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. Sure proud you're here.

Thank you all for coming. There's a lot of other notables here. Just consider yourself welcomed. (Laughter.)

The theme of this year's African American History Month is a celebration of America's cultural diversity. It is a tribute to a scholar who deepened our appreciation for diversity: Carter G. Woodson. When Dr. Woodson began his career in the early 20th century, most Americans knew little about African American heritage. Dr. Woodson set out to correct that. His scholarship helped pioneer the field of African American studies. And by the time he passed away in 1950, this son of freed slaves had become known as the Father of Black History.

It is important for all our citizens to know the history of the African American struggle for equality. We must remember that the slave trade brought many Africans to America in chains, not by choice. We must remember how slaves claimed their God-given right to freedom. And we must remember how freed slaves and their descendants helped rededicate America to the ideals of its founding.

Our nation has come a long way toward building a more perfect union. Yet as past injustices have become distant memories, there's a risk that our society may lose sight of the real suffering that took place. One symbol of that suffering is the noose. Recently, there have been a number of media reports about nooses being displayed. These disturbing reports have resulted in heightened racial tensions in many communities. They have revealed that some Americans do not understand why the sight of a noose causes such a visceral reaction among so many people.

For decades, the noose played a central part in a campaign of violence and fear against African Americans. Fathers were dragged from their homes in the dark of the night before the eyes of their terrified children. Summary executions were held by torchlight in front of hateful crowds. In many cases, law enforcement officers responsible for protecting the victims were complicit in their deeds [sic] and their deaths. For generations of African Americans, the noose was more than a tool of murder; it was a tool of intimidation that conveyed a sense of powerlessness to millions.

The era of rampant lynching is a shameful chapter in American history. The noose is not a symbol of prairie justice, but of gross injustice. Displaying one is not a harmless prank. And lynching is not a word to be mentioned in jest. As a civil society, we must understand that noose displays and lynching jokes are deeply offensive. They are wrong. And they have no place in America today. (Applause.)

This afternoon we honor four Americans who understand what this symbol represents, and who are leading the way toward ending racial injustice across our land.

Congressman John Lewis earned his place in history long before winning a seat in the United States Capitol. As a young man, he became one of the leaders of the civil rights movement. He organized freedom rides and sit-ins and voter registration drives. One Sunday in 1965, he set out to lead a march from Selma to Montgomery. The marchers never made it past the rows of state troopers outside Selma. But their message made it all the way to Washington, D.C. Five months later, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act. And more than 40 years later, John Lewis continues to inspire us -- and we're blessed to have him here today. (Applause.)

William Coleman has lived a life of many firsts. After graduating first in his class from Harvard Law School, he went on to become both the first Black American to clerk on the Supreme Court, and the first to hold a Cabinet post in a Republican administration, as Secretary of Transportation under President Gerald Ford. William Coleman has also helped open doors of opportunity for others. He worked alongside Thurgood Marshall, father of this good man, on the legal team that triumphed in Brown versus Board of Education. This ruling exposed the fallacy of "separate but equal" – and it helped return America to the great truth that "all men are created equal." For this, we owe William Coleman our lasting thanks. We're honored to have you today, sir. (Applause.)

Three years after Brown versus Board of Education, nine students in Little Rock stepped forward to test the Supreme Court's ruling. On September 25, 1957, federal troops escorted them into the city's all-white Central High School. Once inside, the Little Rock Nine were spit on, harassed, and called names. One of the students was a senior named Ernest Green. As graduation day approached, some suggested it might be safer for Ernest to receive his diploma in the mail. Many people would have taken this advice -- not Ernest Green. In May of 1958, Martin Luther King, Jr. was on hand to watch Ernest become the first African American to graduate from Little Rock's Central High School. We're honored to welcome Ernest Green to the White House during the 50th anniversary -- (applause.)

And finally, as a young boy, Otis Williams remembers his mother packing food for their move from Texas -- oh, what a tragic mistake -- (laughter) -- to Detroit. She did so because restaurants along the route refused to serve African Americans. In Detroit, Otis Williams grew up to become the leader of one of the most successful vocal groups in the history of our country: the Temptations. This group has recorded 37 Top 40 singles -- including four Number One hits on the pop charts. Their success paved the way for other African American artists. Their melodies continue bringing Americans of all races together to this day.

Otis can remember performing in a venue in South Carolina, where blacks and whites in the crowd were separated by a barrier. The next year when the Temptations returned, the racial divide was gone. As Otis once put it, "The highest achievement for me has been ...to have our music penetrate all kinds of barriers -- for it to be colorless." The music of the Temptations has given countless Americans sunshine on a cloudy day -- (laughter) -- and we cannot help ourselves from loving them. (Laughter.)

Throughout African American History Month, we remember how individuals, African American leaders of all kinds helped bring our nation together. We recognize our nation still has a long way to go. But in the example of the leaders like those we honor today, we see strength greater than any division. And we see hope for a day when freedom rings from every mountainside, and every corner of the country.

And now it is my great pleasure to introduce the Temptations. (Applause.)

END


Photos of the day

President Bush's daughter Jenna Bush, center, flanked by her mother, first lady Laura Bush, left, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, take their seats in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, prior to the start of a ceremony celebrating the of African American History Month

President George W. Bush, Mrs. Laura Bush, Jenna Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice join the East Room audience in listening to The Temptations Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, during a celebration of African American History Month. White House photo by Eric Draper

1 posted on 02/12/2008 5:40:48 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: 1Peter2:16; 2Jedismom; 2Trievers; 4mycountry; A_perfect_lady; admiralsn; Alberta's Child; ...
Dose Ping

please wait for the all clear before posting or reposting any photos or graphics related to this thread – thanks

Please Pray for President Bush

2 posted on 02/12/2008 5:43:26 PM PST by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: Kaslin
From the White House

President George W. Bush and Mali President Amadou Touré meet in the Oval Office Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, at the White House. Said President Bush upon welcoming his fellow leader, "I was touched by the President's concern about the life of the average citizen in Mali... This is a country that's committed to the rights of its people, and we're proud to be standing side-by-side with you." White House photo by Eric Draper

President George W. Bush attends the National Security Advisor's meeting with the Helping to Enhance the Livelihood of People around the Globe (H.E.L.P.) Commission Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House. The H.E.L.P. Commission reviews foreign assistance and provides recommendations to the President and Congress. White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

3 posted on 02/12/2008 5:44:39 PM PST by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: Kaslin

Good evening!


4 posted on 02/12/2008 5:44:58 PM PST by Momaw Nadon ("...with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.")
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To: Kaslin

President George W. Bush joins the Temptations on stage in the East Room of the White House Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, after they performed during the celebration of African American History Month. White House photo by Eric Draper

President George W. Bush joins the Temptations on stage in the East Room of the White House Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, after they performed during the celebration of African American History Month. White House photo by Eric Draper

President George W. Bush, Mrs. Laura Bush, Jenna Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice join the East Room audience in listening to The Temptations Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, during a celebration of African American History Month. White House photo by Eric Draper

5 posted on 02/12/2008 5:45:46 PM PST by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: Momaw Nadon
Good evening!

You're first

6 posted on 02/12/2008 5:49:12 PM PST by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: Kaslin

U.S. President George W. Bush (R) meets with Mali's Presidenti Amadou Toumani Toure in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington February 12, 2008.

U.S. President George W. Bush (R) speaks alongside Mali's President Amadou Toumani Toure in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington February 12, 2008

U.S. President George W. Bush (R) shakes hands with Mali's Presidenti Amadou Toumani Toure in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington February 12, 2008.

7 posted on 02/12/2008 5:50:32 PM PST by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: Kaslin

President Bush, left, leans back towards Ernest Green, right, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, during a ceremony celebrating the of African American History Month. Sitting in the center is first Lady Laura Bush. Green is a member of the Little Rock Nine, who enrolled in Little Rock Central H.S. in 1957.

President Bush gestures as he acknowledges the Rev. Al Sharpton and his daughter Dominique, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, during a ceremony celebrating the of African American History Month

8 posted on 02/12/2008 5:51:21 PM PST by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: Kaslin

Evening!


9 posted on 02/12/2008 5:51:53 PM PST by swmobuffalo ("We didn't seek the approval of Code Pink and MoveOn.org before deciding what to do")
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To: Kaslin

President Bush, lower right, first lady Laura Bush, and others, listen as members of the Temptations R&B Motown singers perform in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, during a ceremony celebrating the of African American History Month.

President George W. Bush (L) and first lady Laura Bush, sits in the audience during a celebration of Black History month at the White House in Washington, February 12, 2008

10 posted on 02/12/2008 5:52:44 PM PST by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: Kaslin

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, during the commemoration of the 225th anniversary of the Great Seal of the United States.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, left, seals an official document at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, during the a ceremony commemorating of the 225th anniversary of the Great Seal of the United States. National Archivist Allen Weinstein looks on at right.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, left, accompanied by National Archivist Allen Weinstein, right, and others, shows a sealed document during a ceremony at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, commemorating of the 225th anniversary of the Great Seal of the United States.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, left, remove sealed document during a ceremony at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, commemorating the 225th anniversary of the Great Seal of the United States. National Archivist Allen Weinstein, second from right, and others, looks on.

11 posted on 02/12/2008 5:54:34 PM PST by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: Kaslin

President Bush's daughter, Jenna Bush, left, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, right, greet guests after they attended a ceremony celebrating African American History Month, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, center, leans back towards guests behind her during a performance by The Temptations R&B Motown singers in the East Room of the White House in a ceremony celebrating the of African American History Month, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008 in Washington. Sitting in the front row with Rice are from left to right, President George Bush, first lady Laura Bush, their daughter Jenna Bush, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson

12 posted on 02/12/2008 5:55:24 PM PST by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: Kaslin

President Bush's daughter Jenna Bush, center, flanked by her mother, first lady Laura Bush, left, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, take their seats in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, prior to the start of a ceremony celebrating the of African American History Month

13 posted on 02/12/2008 5:56:31 PM PST by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: Kaslin


Feel free to post or repost any photos that are related to this thread.

14 posted on 02/12/2008 5:58:05 PM PST by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: Momaw Nadon

15 posted on 02/12/2008 5:59:00 PM PST by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: swmobuffalo

Good evening!


16 posted on 02/12/2008 6:00:17 PM PST by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: Kaslin
Thanks!

I like this photo for the toaster:

It's sort of the "President Bush uses his Jedi Powers" photo.

17 posted on 02/12/2008 6:05:49 PM PST by Momaw Nadon ("...with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.")
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To: Kaslin

Thanks for the bright sunny pics of the President, and his family and Condi. Thanks for the reminder of what good decent people have been in charge of our country for the last seven years.


18 posted on 02/12/2008 6:08:32 PM PST by AmericanMade1776
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To: Kaslin

Great!! Thanks, Kaslin!!


19 posted on 02/12/2008 6:10:59 PM PST by Stars&StripesNE (Liberals are the enemy within)
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To: Momaw Nadon; snugs

Great choice


20 posted on 02/12/2008 6:14:53 PM PST by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: AmericanMade1776

My pleasure. You’re welcome


21 posted on 02/12/2008 6:16:10 PM PST by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: Jen's Mom

You’re very welcome


22 posted on 02/12/2008 6:17:38 PM PST by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: Kaslin; LUV W; shield; STARWISE; NordP; snugs; kitkat; daisyscarlett; silent_jonny; 4integrity; ...

kaslin: Thank you for posting these AWESOME photos of our First Family (to include Condi — the President’s de facto sister)!
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WATCH THE PRESIDENT SPEAK AND THE TEMPTATIONS PERFORM AT TODAY’S AA CEREMONY:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/02/20080212-3.html
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WHEN OLLIE NORTH ‘SPEAKS’, I LISTEN:
Decision Time for Conservatives
By Oliver North

Just four hours after former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s pragmatic decision to suspend his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. John McCain stood before the annual Conservative Political Action Conference and asked the assembled activists to support his bid for the White House. The “maverick” acknowledged differences he has had over the years with many in the room, offered a spirited defense of his 24-year record in Congress, and made an eloquent, self-effacing appeal for conservatives to unite in the “urgent necessity of defending the values, virtues and security of free people against those who despise all that is good about us.”

You can read the entire commentary here:
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/02/time_to_unite_behind_mccain.html
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RASMUSSEN: WAR ON TERROR UPDATE
Confidence in War on Terror Grows to Highest Level in Three Years

The latest Rasmussen Reports tracking poll finds that 49% of Americans now say the U.S. and its allies are winning the War on Terror (see crosstabs). That’s up from 43% a month ago and is the highest level of confidence measured in more than three years.

Not only that, just 23% now believe the terrorists are winning. That’s down two points from a month ago and down seven points from 30% three months ago. It’s the lowest level of pessimism recorded during the President’s second term in office.
http://rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/war_on_terror/war_on_terror_update
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OBAMA UNPLUGGED
Lost without a Teleprompter.
by Dean Barnett
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/014/728ofzey.asp


23 posted on 02/12/2008 6:29:26 PM PST by DrDeb
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To: DrDeb
You are very welcome.

FOX News played the video of the ceremony during Shep's Studio B. He had to butt in when the Temptations started to play

As far as I am concerned about Obama, he's one of those who talk alot but say very little

24 posted on 02/12/2008 6:37:26 PM PST by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: Kaslin

“As far as I am concerned about Obama, he’s one of those who talk alot but say very little”
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All hat, no cattle!


25 posted on 02/12/2008 6:41:32 PM PST by DrDeb
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To: DrDeb

Indeed. Did you see when Frank Lunz recently asked a group of democrats to name one thing he has achieved and no one could answer the question?


26 posted on 02/12/2008 6:50:57 PM PST by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: Kaslin

woohoo! the Temptations! Love them.. and looks like they had a good time performing and that it was a very receptive audience.

Thank you for the Dose Kaslin! great material


27 posted on 02/12/2008 7:01:37 PM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: Kaslin

Great shots Kas. Though he will never get any credit, President Bush has done more for Blacks than any since Lincoln.

Pray for W and Our Troops


28 posted on 02/12/2008 7:22:48 PM PST by bray (Go InSain)
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To: Kaslin
Hi Kaslin, thanks for the Dose and posting the President's talk in the East Room.

I love the Temptations and have lots of their records on my MP3. So happy they were invited to the WH to perform.

29 posted on 02/12/2008 7:24:00 PM PST by daisyscarlett
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To: DrDeb; Kaslin
Sorry for injecting Rush here, but it's too perfectly in tune with your comments, and I agree!@#%&^!@!!

Thanks, kas ................ the ensemble Pres. Bush is wearing is just wow ... very GQ and sharp. He looks simply fabulous. They sure look like they had a great time today. What a wonderful family. I think Condi was singing along.... ;)

30 posted on 02/12/2008 7:37:57 PM PST by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: DrDeb
ROTFL! GW,"Thank you all for coming. We got a boofay for ya!" LOL.

I Love the Temptations. My Grandfather used to sing 'My Girl' to me. :)

It's so nice we have the privilege to witness these wonderful events that happen at our White House. It's a great time to be alive in the US.

Thanks once again DrDeb.

31 posted on 02/12/2008 8:10:02 PM PST by Earthdweller
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To: Kaslin

Thank you for the Dose, Kas :)


32 posted on 02/12/2008 8:15:57 PM PST by silent_jonny (Pray for President Bush, Pray for our Troops and Pray for our Nation.)
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To: Kaslin

Thanks for the dose Kaslin!


33 posted on 02/12/2008 8:18:31 PM PST by Earthdweller
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