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Justice Clarence Thomas Honored By Centre for New Black Leadership 10/17/01 (FReeper Photo Report)
self; link to CNBL Mission Statement ^ | Thursday, November 1, 2001 | Kristinn

Posted on 11/01/2001 7:23:37 PM PST by kristinn

FReepers and lurkers were in attendance at the Centre for New Black Leadership's Excellence in Leadership Awards and 4th Annual Scholars Event held at the J.W. Marriott hotel in Washington, D.C. on the night of October 17.

Vice President Dick Cheney made his first public social appearance since September 11 to speak at the event and present the Inaugural Thomas Sowell Award to Justice Clarence Thomas. Mr. Cheney was escorted and introduced by Rep. J.C. Watts. The event was emceed by Phyllis Berry Myers, Executive Director of CNBL. Amb. Alan Keyes, member, CNBL Advisory Board, gave the salutory address.

Also honored that evening were Jennifer Carroll, Executive Director, Florida Department of Veteran's Affairs; Ruben Van Mitchell, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, U.S. House of Representatives; and W. Gregory Wims, Hammer and Nails, Inc.

FReepers present (whom I recall) were Clinton's a liar (event co-organizer), L. Jean Lewis, Howard Law, trueblackman (Project 21), tgslTakoma and Kristinn.

My apologies, I didn't take notes, only pictures, so this isn't the usual detailed report.

Notables in attendance (whom I recall)were Solicitor General Ted Olson, HUD Undersecretary Alphonso Jackson, Bob Woodson, C. Boyden Gray, Virginia Thomas, Sean Hannity, Rita Cosby, Juan Williams, Bill Sammon, Paul Sperry, Peter Roff.

In many ways, this was a reunion of old friends who supported Justice Thomas during the tribulation of his Senate confirmation hearings 10 years ago that month. Justice Thomas made special note of one person whom he didn't know at the time, but became great friends with because of her efforts on his behalf: Barbara K. Olson. He also thanked those present who stood by him during those dark days.

Mr. Jackson read a stirring tribute to Justice Thomas written by Thomas Sowell, who was unable to be there.

Justice Thomas was given a hero's reception by his friends.

Vice President Cheney kidded about getting out from his undisclosed location , and gave serious remarks about the terrorist attacks and the war that we had recently embarked on.


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It was a great honor to be able to be there that night. Thank you, Connie, for inviting me.

Photos to follow.

1 posted on 11/01/2001 7:23:37 PM PST by kristinn (kristinn@bellatlantic.net)
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To: kristinn
Now there's a hero. And you got to meet him (green with envy).
2 posted on 11/01/2001 7:27:49 PM PST by Peach
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To: kristinn; tgslTakoma
Thanks for doing the write-up work!

Here's my favorite picture:

Mrs. Clarence Thomas and tgslTakoma

3 posted on 11/01/2001 7:28:56 PM PST by Clinton's a liar
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To: Trueblackman
Trueblackman and Juan Williams

Hey, Kev, where's the picture you took of Kristinn and Justice Thomas??? LOL

4 posted on 11/01/2001 7:31:03 PM PST by Clinton's a liar
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To: kristinn
Thanks for the report. Thank GOD for Justice Thomas!
5 posted on 11/01/2001 7:31:36 PM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: kristinn; tgslTakoma
Kristinn, Rita Cosby, tgslTakoma

6 posted on 11/01/2001 7:33:16 PM PST by Clinton's a liar
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To: kristinn
Well deserved!

Kudos!

7 posted on 11/01/2001 7:33:46 PM PST by FReethesheeples
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To: Clinton's a liar
Thanks for the pics!
8 posted on 11/01/2001 7:35:04 PM PST by FReethesheeples
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To: kristinn
Justice Thomas is a wonderful, kind man. The opportunity I had to meet and talk with him was a once in a life time memory.
9 posted on 11/01/2001 7:35:39 PM PST by Commonsense
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To: kristinn
Vice President Cheney presents award to Justice Thomas

10 posted on 11/01/2001 7:35:51 PM PST by Clinton's a liar
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To: kristinn
Thanks for the report.

I got two meetings, a lunch, & photo-op witrh Mr. Justice Thomas a couple of years ago.

He blew my mind by remembering my name over the span of several months from a single meeting.

Very congenial and tough-minded man.

11 posted on 11/01/2001 7:37:26 PM PST by FReethesheeples
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To: FReethesheeples
Clinton's a liar and Justice Clarence Thomas

12 posted on 11/01/2001 7:37:39 PM PST by Clinton's a liar
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt
Sean Hannity and Justice Clarence Thomas

13 posted on 11/01/2001 7:39:54 PM PST by Clinton's a liar
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To: kristinn
Thanks for the report - the pictures are great. Justice Thomas is deserving of the award.
14 posted on 11/01/2001 7:41:34 PM PST by Angelwood
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To: Peach
Justice Clarence Thomas, Dr. & Mrs. Alan Keyes

15 posted on 11/01/2001 7:42:57 PM PST by Clinton's a liar
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To: Clinton's a liar
Great picture Connie!

Kudos!

;^)

16 posted on 11/01/2001 7:45:33 PM PST by FReethesheeples
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To: Angelwood
Juan Williams, Justice Thomas, Rita Cosby

17 posted on 11/01/2001 7:45:35 PM PST by Clinton's a liar
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To: kristinn
I have a few good friends who were also there. Glad you took the time to write this up for all to see. Thanks!
18 posted on 11/01/2001 7:45:38 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Clinton's a liar
What an event!
19 posted on 11/01/2001 7:46:13 PM PST by FReethesheeples
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To: FReethesheeples; Jean Lewis
Thanks, FTS! Kristinn took some of them, I took some of them and I scanned in some from the hired guns! LOL

Ted Olson, L. Jean Lewis, Sean Hannity

20 posted on 11/01/2001 7:49:46 PM PST by Clinton's a liar
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To: kristinn
This is great. Justice Thomas has had his share of trouble, but with folks like you around to back him, he's got some really great support.
21 posted on 11/01/2001 7:51:27 PM PST by concerned about politics
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To: Clinton's a liar; Jean Lewis; kristinn
A lot of wonderful conservatives!
22 posted on 11/01/2001 7:52:10 PM PST by FReethesheeples
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To: kristinn
Clinton's a liar and kristinn

23 posted on 11/01/2001 7:52:35 PM PST by Clinton's a liar
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To: kristinn
Outstanding report and pictures. With luck, Justice Thomas will become Chief Justice when CJ Renquist steps down. What a great gathering. Do any of you "inside the beltway" folks have an opinion on Juan Williams? Is he becoming a conservative? Osmosis from fox news?
24 posted on 11/01/2001 7:53:26 PM PST by Faraday
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To: Clinton's a liar
Ted & Sean are great.... but I just adore Jean Lewis!!!!!!!

I loved meeting her at CPAC!

25 posted on 11/01/2001 7:53:42 PM PST by LurkerNoMore!
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To: anniegetyourgun
Wish you woulda come with your friends, annie!

Vice President Cheney gives his remarks

26 posted on 11/01/2001 7:55:10 PM PST by Clinton's a liar
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To: kristinn
I wish I could have been there. I have seen Justice Thomas speak several times on CSPAN and it is always very moving. I pray for his good health and that he is on the Supreme Court for a VERY LONG time.

It was never reported in the "popular" media, nor will it ever be, but a huge part of the reason the liberals went after him with such gusto during his confirmation (hard to believe 10 years ago now...) was that he was young and they knew he would be a sane voice on the Court for a long time to come. God bless Justice Thomas. Wish we had a few more like-minded SC justices.

27 posted on 11/01/2001 7:58:19 PM PST by pittsburgh gop guy
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To: LurkerNoMore!
Isn't L. Jean the best? Here's a great one of she and Sean:


28 posted on 11/01/2001 7:59:17 PM PST by Clinton's a liar
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To: concerned about politics
Here's a great one where Justice Thomas, VP Cheney and J.C. Watts shared a light moment. I believe this is when Justice Thomas asked the VP what he was doing there and told him to get back to work! LOL


29 posted on 11/01/2001 8:01:59 PM PST by Clinton's a liar
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To: Clinton's a liar
It's nice to see them smile. What a great time you folks must have had.
I'm really enjoying these pictures. This is great!
30 posted on 11/01/2001 8:04:48 PM PST by concerned about politics
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To: Faraday
Juan Williams is a very nice man, even though we disagree vehemently on politics.

Wonder what Justice Thomas is telling Juan Williams here? LOL

31 posted on 11/01/2001 8:05:12 PM PST by Clinton's a liar
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To: Clinton's a liar
Wonder what Justice Thomas is telling Juan Williams here? LOL

Reading him his rights?

32 posted on 11/01/2001 8:07:05 PM PST by concerned about politics
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To: concerned about politics
Glad you're enjoying them! Here's a shot of the room:

33 posted on 11/01/2001 8:09:31 PM PST by Clinton's a liar
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To: Clinton's a liar
Will C-Span have any coverage of this event?
34 posted on 11/01/2001 8:10:28 PM PST by TruthWillWin
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To: Clinton's a liar
Looks like my house---NOT!
A room that big seems awsum! I'd get lost in it!!
35 posted on 11/01/2001 8:11:36 PM PST by concerned about politics
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To: concerned about politics
"Reading him his rights?"

ROTFLMAO!

Dr. Keyes, Mrs. Keyes, Sean Hannity

36 posted on 11/01/2001 8:13:22 PM PST by Clinton's a liar
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To: Clinton's a liar
Dr. Keyes has a beautiful wife. I've never seen her. Look at her hair! Really nice.
37 posted on 11/01/2001 8:17:18 PM PST by concerned about politics
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To: TruthWillWin
Nope. The event was closed to the press. This was the Vice President's first public appearance after Sept. 11, so they were reluctant to deal with a bunch of media at the event. If they let working press in at all(C-SPAN), they'd have had to let them all in. The members of the press who were there were friends and attended as our guests! CNBL will at some point have a video available, I believe!

Justice Thomas, Rita Cosby

38 posted on 11/01/2001 8:17:55 PM PST by Clinton's a liar
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To: concerned about politics
Jocelyn Keyes is a beautiful and elegant woman, inside and out!

Kristinn, Dr. Keyes, tgslTakoma

39 posted on 11/01/2001 8:23:09 PM PST by Clinton's a liar
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To: rdf
Pinging you to the report!

Paul Sperry and Kristinn

40 posted on 11/01/2001 8:25:32 PM PST by Clinton's a liar
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To: Clinton's a liar
Aw CAL, I'm positively pea-green with envy. Some of my most treasured heros (including you & Kristinn) gathered in one room. My or my I would love to have been there. (BTW, how're you doing?)
41 posted on 11/01/2001 8:28:45 PM PST by WVNan
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To: Clinton's a liar
The photos look great. This was a night I'll always remember.
42 posted on 11/01/2001 8:30:41 PM PST by kristinn
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To: pittsburgh gop guy
Justice Thomas was absolutely wonderful. He gave a very moving talk about Thomas Sowell, saying that he's the only man in history whose publisher had to slow him down to one book a year! LOL

BTW, that's the Vice President's podium -- the whole danged thing is set up with armor behind everything, including the little blue curtains! LOL What a detailed and extensive ordeal it is to deal with the Secret Service for one of these events -- but they're FANTASTIC... and thorough!

43 posted on 11/01/2001 8:31:17 PM PST by Clinton's a liar
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To: RevNan
Hiya, Reverend! I'm doing just fine! I've been so busy, that I only have time to drop in every once in awhile these days!

How are you?

Dr. Keyes gives remarks

44 posted on 11/01/2001 8:33:57 PM PST by Clinton's a liar
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To: kristinn
It was a great night, kristinn. I'm so glad you and tsglTakoma could be there! I wish you coulda stayed up and made it out with us after we rescued Sean from his TV show! LOL Next time!

Clinton's a liar and Dr. Keyes

45 posted on 11/01/2001 8:37:46 PM PST by Clinton's a liar
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To: kristinn
There's some great Americans in these photos.
46 posted on 11/01/2001 8:38:33 PM PST by boycott
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To: Clinton's a liar; kristinn
You DC Freepers have all the fun....LOL

Beautiful pictures....BTW kristin looks very scholarly with a beard! And as always Connie looks lovely!

47 posted on 11/01/2001 8:39:42 PM PST by JulieRNR21
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To: Faraday; bmwcyle
I didn't get to speak with Juan, but he seems like a gentleman in person; and he was well received by everyone there.

I did get to speak with Rita, though. After I jogged her memory, she remembered meeting me outside 'Cheney's House' the night Al Gore gave his concession speech. I came away impressed with her as a reporter, but without her phone number :-(

48 posted on 11/01/2001 8:40:15 PM PST by kristinn
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To: pittsburgh gop guy
You'll be glad to know that Justice Thomas said he plans to stay on the Court for a long time. I think he said something about thirty more years, LOL.
49 posted on 11/01/2001 8:45:58 PM PST by kristinn
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To: JulieRNR21
Hey, we try harder to have all the fun! LOL

The after-party:

50 posted on 11/01/2001 8:49:03 PM PST by Clinton's a liar
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