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  •  I know our president genuinely "Gets in touch" (13+ / 0-)

    He feels things deeply. He has empathy for the loss of life it requires of our troops, without falling for any false pathos. He has demonstrated that he's not afraid to cry.

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    Being the second minority president of the US, he knows the threat to his life.

    (JFK, as an Irish-Catholic, was percieved at the time of his election as a "minority" president. I remember.)

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    He takes on this risk without fear and with grace.

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    The president knows the risks to him personally, and the sacrifice of our young men and women in the military. Under Bush/Cheney Dover was off-limits to the press. That has changed under Obama so that we all may see and understand our soldier's sacrifices.

    "You know, people have asked me, ‘When did it hit you that you are now president?"’ he said. "And what I told them was the most sobering moment is signing letters to the families of our fallen heroes. It reminds you of the responsibilities that you carry in this office and the consequences of the decisions that you make."

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    "PHOTO: A public homecoming. In early April, for the first time in 18 years, the news media photographed flag-draped caskets of fallen soldiers coming home from war. Defense Secretary Robert Gates overturned the ban after Obama requested he review the longstanding policy barring coverage."

    The action of the president's transparency regarding the Dover return of our fighting people demonstrates honoring our soldiers with something that makes the magnetic "I support the troops" car stickers as they are: rather venial.

    Obama wants us to see the ultimate sacrifice. To understand what we are doing in Iraq/Afghanistan.

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    PHOTO: Speaking to U.S. troops at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, President Obama announced the withdrawal of all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by August 2010 and all remaining troops by December 2011. "Let me say this as plainly as I can," said Obama. "By August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end."

    As a Nobel Peace Prize winner, I'd say (in the memorable words of Yusaf Islam (nee Cat Stevens)

    "Cause out on the edge of darkness,
    There rides a peace train.
    Oh, peace train take this country,
    Come take me home again."

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    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross."

    -- Sinclair Lewis

    "Facts are stupid things." -- Ronald Reagan

    by Dunvegan on Thu Oct 29, 2009 at 08:58:02 AM PDT

    •  Dunvegan, thank you. (6+ / 0-)

      Beautifully written.

      •  Thank you...but thanks to Harry... (2+ / 0-)
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        Harry always writes inspiring diaries.

        I'm a woman that lives in San Francisco...so if your username "SF" stands for San Francisco, "Hello, neighbor!"

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        "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross."

        -- Sinclair Lewis

        "Facts are stupid things." -- Ronald Reagan

        by Dunvegan on Thu Oct 29, 2009 at 10:07:12 AM PDT

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        •  (!) Sorry, "HENRY"... (3+ / 0-)
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          I have a good friend named "Harry" who is a wonderful person...so I had a brain kerfuffle.

          Then again, Harry always says: "Anything worth doing, is worth brewing a pot of coffee for."

          (BRB...brewing coffee.)

          "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross."

          -- Sinclair Lewis

          "Facts are stupid things." -- Ronald Reagan

          by Dunvegan on Thu Oct 29, 2009 at 10:11:35 AM PDT

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          •  I'm in Santa Fe, NM! (2+ / 0-)
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            Many people think the SF means San Fran.  I would love to live in San Francisco! :)

            I need more coffee.  I see my brain and my fingers are not working together this morning.  :)

            •  Lived in Santa Fe one year. (2+ / 0-)
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              Only place from a high vantage point I've ever seen 3 different weather patterns active at the same time.

              Beautiful place, Santa Fe. After the "grand US tour of living in many places, its one of the places I cherish.

              I'll be going back for a splendid visit one day.

              Now, scoot! Coffee is the nectar of the Gods...'cept we can't let them have it all!

              "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross."

              -- Sinclair Lewis

              "Facts are stupid things." -- Ronald Reagan

              by Dunvegan on Thu Oct 29, 2009 at 10:24:30 AM PDT

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      •  And great pictures too! (1+ / 0-)
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        "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

        by elwior on Thu Oct 29, 2009 at 01:56:00 PM PDT

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    •  Beautiful post, Dunvegan (3+ / 0-)
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      I remember too, the "first minority president" was my first vote ever.

      For anyone who missed Moyers/Danner, what President Obama is up against, Danner's take...

      excerpt:

      [...]BILL MOYERS: You make the point that we're more likely to be the target of attack because Obama is trying to win over the hearts and minds of the Muslim world. 



      MARK DANNER: I think that's true. I think that he is a political threat. And I think you have to look at the character of this war. You know, we're accustomed to calling it the "war on terror," even though Obama's no longer using the word. But it isn't a war where you try to seize territory. It's not a war where you're going to kill every jihadist. It's a war about politics. Think of a target. What you want to do in this war is prevent people from moving toward the center. That is, you want the people getting the money to not become more active supports. You want the more active supporters to not become active jihadists, to actually go into the fight. So, you're trying to do something political. You want to stop young Muslims from supporting this movement and taking part of it. That's the only way that this war will eventually be "won," quote unquote. And for the-- you know, when you look at it in these terms, George W. Bush was an enormous gift to the jihadists. An enormous gift

      BILL MOYERS: Why?

      

MARK DANNER: Because he embodied the caricature of the United States that Osama Bin Laden had put forth. An imperial power using its power blunderingly around the world, suppressing Muslims, repressing Muslim countries, occupying Saudi Arabia. You know, think of that image of Lindy England the young military woman standing in her fatigues, smiling at the camera, holding a leash. A leash that goes down to the neck of a naked Muslim man lying on the ground, grimacing in pain. 



      Osama Bin Laden, if he had hired the most expensive advertising agency on Madison Avenue, could not have embodied more brilliantly his ideology, which is that the United States is suppressing, humiliating, shaming, undermining the Muslim world, and especially Muslim men. 



      Obama, on the other hand, stands for-- you know, he has an African name, he's black, he has a Muslim middle name, he speaks about inclusion. I mean, look at his Cairo speech. Ideologically, he's an enormous threat to Osama Bin Laden. Because he does the opposite of what Americans are supposed to do.

      BILL MOYERS: As you speak, I think of something that Obama said during one of the debates last year. I believe it was early in January, just as the campaign for the nomination was starting. And he said, and I'm paraphrasing, I'm running for President because I want to change the mindset from waging war to peace. Now, was that naïve? 



      MARK DANNER: I don't think it was naïve. And I think he has begun to do that. I think one of the aspects, you know, one of the reasons behind the Nobel Prize, for example, was a recognition that the rest of the world is so grateful he's in place. And that he is speaking eloquently about a world of inclusion, of cooperation, and not of unilateralism.

      

Because the Bush administration was really the nightmare that the world had always feared, which is an America unbounded by anything but its own power. Unbounded by international law, judicial processes, anything. And Obama has changed that impression of the United States, which is extremely important..... [...]

      full transcript here:
      http://www.pbs.org/...

      "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

      by Sybil Liberty on Thu Oct 29, 2009 at 12:08:46 PM PDT

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      •  Thank you for finding this, Sybil: (1+ / 0-)
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        BILL MOYERS: As you speak, I think of something that Obama said during one of the debates last year. I believe it was early in January, just as the campaign for the nomination was starting. And he said, and I'm paraphrasing, I'm running for President because I want to change the mindset from waging war to peace. Now, was that naïve? 



        MARK DANNER:
        I don't think it was naïve. And I think he has begun to do that. I think one of the aspects, you know, one of the reasons behind the Nobel Prize, for example, was a recognition that the rest of the world is so grateful he's in place. And that he is speaking eloquently about a world of inclusion, of cooperation, and not of unilateralism.

        

Because the Bush administration was really the nightmare that the world had always feared, which is an America unbounded by anything but its own power. Unbounded by international law, judicial processes, anything. And Obama has changed that impression of the United States, which is extremely important..... [...]

        "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross."

        -- Sinclair Lewis

        "Facts are stupid things." -- Ronald Reagan

        by Dunvegan on Thu Oct 29, 2009 at 01:51:25 PM PDT

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        •  yw, (1+ / 0-)
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          I broke there, it's what came to mind when I read your post

          but the entire transcript is well worth reading

          "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

          by Sybil Liberty on Thu Oct 29, 2009 at 02:01:21 PM PDT

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