Premiere: n. First in occurrence; first showing; highest importance
Primo: adj. of exceptional quality, first class, kickass
Al Rodgers has assembled a fantastic collection of photographs and accomplishments from President Obama’s first 100 days in office. It’s not to miss. Some of the pictures move me to tears.
And what his administration has accomplished so far is mind-boggling, given the radioactive garbage dump Bush and Cheney left us with.
YES WE CAN!
Plate: n. a shallow usually circular vessel from which food is eaten or served – from Greek platys broad, flat
Our new president is a more casual guy than the former occupant of the Oval Office. According to a sweet story in today’s NY Times, he takes off his jacket to work, and doesn’t mind if his staffers take off theirs.
This is something the FO wouldn’t stand for – it was suits and ties always, or you got seriously chewed out. Which leads us to wonder: was W’s insistence on show to mask his deep insecurity and fear of being outed as an imposter?
The new pres seems more concerned with getting things done than protocol or decor. So far he hasn’t changed the furnishings of the OO at all, except yesterday he mentioned that Ws commemorative plate collection was going to have to go.
“I’m not a plates kind of guy,” he said.
Is anyone surprised? Commemorative plates are so last year; actually they’re so last generation (or even Grandma’s generation).
What we’re seeing is generational turnover, and not a moment too soon.
The Times article also described Obama’s delight at being able to eat breakfast and dinner with his family, and see his kids off to school before commuting downstairs.
Wouldn’t it be fabulous if this commitment to family and shared family meals set a new model for families across America? This is one old-fashioned idea that needs to return.
Pinch: v. to squeeze or compress the skin painfully
People: n. body of persons that are united by a common culture, tradition, or sense of kinship
President: n. Barack Hussein Obama
We’re not dreaming. That really is our new president behind the desk in the Oval Office – here with his dapper chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.
Is Emanuel giving him the choice of lunch entres, or the list of foreign dignitaries Obama needs to call?
Doesn’t matter. The grownups are in charge now.
President: n. CEO of the USA.
Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA), ever ready with the pithy quip says, “[Obama’s] going to have to be more assertive than he’s been. At a time of great crisis with mortgage foreclosures and autos, he says we only have one president at a time. I’m afraid that overstates the number of presidents we have. He’s got to remedy that situation.”
Profound: adj. characterized by intensity of feeling or quality, all-encompassing.
After eight years in the wilderness we finally get a president who has a big heart and a deep soul.
And he’s very easy on the eye……
Here are some pictures from his family’s surprise visit to a church soup kitchen and school yesterday. All I can say is WOW.
After shaking hands with the food bank volunteers, he came over to the pool and had this to say:
“The number of people who are getting food this year is up 33%. It gives a sense times are tough – and I think that on Thanksgiving it’s important for us to remember there’s a need for support.
“These folks were already oftentimes having a tough time, and it gets tougher now.” He encouraged all Americans of means to help out however they could. “This is part of what Thanksgiving should be all about,” he said.
Asked why he’d brought his daughters along, he replied: “I want them to learn the importance of how fortunate they are and to make sure they’re giving back.”
Projection: n. the attribution of one’s own ideas, feelings, or attitudes to other people or to objects.
Personal: adj. intended for private use or use by one person.
So many of us rejoiced at Obama’s victory. African-Americans claimed him as their own, of course, but so did Kenyans, Hawaiians, progressives, ex-Republicans… See Doonesbury:
And now, because he is one of us, we know that he shares OUR personal perspective, our hopes and fears, and like God, is at the ready to hear and attend to our prayers.
Of course, it doesn’t occur to us that no one can be all things to all people, not even God. I think about those football teams who huddle pre-game to pray for victory – and yet, one of those teams will lose the game.
Interestingly, the praying players don’t lose faith over this; they keep praying…
Will we have patience with President Obama when he cannot simultaneously end the war and “stay the course”? When he increases spending on our pet projects but raises our taxes?
The man has got enough on his plate without heaping him with all our projections. I say the better course would be to pray (if you’re the praying type) that he has the wisdom, strength and courage to do what needs to be done.