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[PICS] The Inauguration of President Barack Obama

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Michelle and Barack Obama Dancing

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Inauguration Ball Goers Capture the Moment

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Citizens of Kenya Watching Obama Taking Oath

See the entire collection at: The Inauguration of President Barack Obama – The Big Picture – Boston.com

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Election Day 2008

Today’s the big day. Who will win the Presidential election?

John McCain and Barack Obama

John McCain and Barack Obama

A Democratic President would be ideal for me.  It is my expectation that one would be able to help the country like Bill Clinton (D), who helped lead us out of our economic woes during the 90’s. Under Clinton’s leadership, the unemployment rate dropped about half, to 4%, all thanks to the 15 million new jobs that were created, which seems to be something we desperately need now.

In today’s day and age, the national unemployment rate is at about 6% (as of September). I truly believe that in conjunction with Congressional allies, Barack Obama has the ability to parallel the efforts of the Clinton administration.

I also feel that Barack Obama will do everything in his power to do what’s best for the greater good of the American people. I take that back. I believe he will work with everyone who has power to do what’s best for Americans. He is a team player. I don’t believe that McCain is. I think McCain is money-hungry, power-hungry, and questionable in terms of his ethics. I’m big into integrity, and he has a track record of inconsistent “truths.” Go on factchecker.org to see for yourself.

One last thing. It is crucial for a person in a position of power to be able to communicate effectively, which involves being able to relate with the audience. In my opinion, McCain doesn’t seem like the kind of guy someone could go up to and confide in (a gut reaction).

With this weighing heavy on my mind, I cast my vote today in Virginia for Barack Obama. However, what’s strange is that I consider myself a Republican…

Who did you vote for and why?

September 11th, 2008

I remember the crisp fall day of September 11th, 2001 like it was yesterday. I was sitting in my photography class learning about Sandy Skoglund. A teacher came casually walking into our room to notify us of the news that he had heard just 10 minutes earlier. Not thinking anything of it, it just seemed like any other day in the life of America. Little did I know, it would be the first time I ever felt threatened in the powerhouse that is the good ol’ US of A.

I walked home, since I couldn’t drive, yet. I lived a brisk 30 minute walk away from where I went to high school, so it was no big deal. I was particularly excited about going home since it meant I didn’t have to sit through the rest of the day in boring classes. What was even more exciting was that my dad who normally works a 9-5 job, had taken the day off. I had every expectation of finding him in the yard with a shovel in one hand and mulch in the other. However, when I reached my house, I didn’t see any signs of him. Thinking it was odd that he’d be inside on a 65 degree day (his ideal temperature), I walked in the door and plopped my bags down. As I headed toward the fridge for a snack, I noticed something odd. I saw a note that read:

“Cindy,

I’ve headed to work. I packed my backs, don’t know when I’ll be back.

Love,

Dad”

With my father being an Active Duty Military Officer, I started to panic. Maybe this news bit that I heard about earlier in the day really was a big deal? I would slowly realize that our nation was under attack. I flipped through the television channels to find every major network featuring the same story: “America Under Attack.”

It turned out to be one of the most horrific attacks on our nation, but we didn’t let that stop us from persevering. Never had I seen such patriotism from individuals in our country until the days following the attacks. Virtually every car in America had a bumper sticker commemorating 9/11 in some way or another. It was a very chilling time in America’s history.

Seven years later, we commemorate September 11th as Patriot Day.

Where were you on September 11th, 2001?

United States Army Patriot Day 2008



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