Jueseppi B.:

Yes We Did……It’s Still Barack’s House.

Originally posted on idealisticrebel:

We Did It!

America the Beautiful

Congratulations President Obama

We did it! Four more years. I have great hopes and vision for the future.

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The Prez Plays B-Ball On Election Day: A Chicago Tradition


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

 

Scottie Pippen joins President Barack Obama in Chicago for a game of basketball as millions of Americans cast their votes.

 

 

“He’s not an overly aggressive player, but he takes what the defense gives him,” said Pippen of Obama. “He’s got a smooth game. He probably used to be a little more aggressive, but obviously he doesn’t want to get hurt.”
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While clearly it is not the work of a White House photographer, Obama did join Pippen and some of the game’s other participants–Randy Brown and Jeff Sanders–for a picture.
 

There are certain perks that come with having won six world championships and being a member of basketball’s Hall of Fame.

 

One of them, as Scottie Pippen learned this week, is that you get an invitation to play in President Barack Obama’s traditional Election Day basketball game.

So on Tuesday afternoon, as millions of Americans took time out of their daily routine to vote, Pippen joined Obama, along with some of the President’s closest friends and top advisors, on a basketball court roughly one mile west of the United Center.
 
“When he first entered the gym, if you hadn’t looked over to see him, you wouldn’t have noticed,” said Pippen of Obama. “It was surprisingly low key. He just came in and started shaking hands. He’s someone who is very easy to approach.”
 

It was the first time Pippen had met Obama. The connection was made through a mutual friend, Marty Nesbitt. Obama mentioned that Nesbitt thinks very highly of Pippen.

 

“He said it was a pleasure to meet me and that he had heard good things about me from Marty,” said Pippen. “I told him, ‘Thank you and I wish you well tonight. But if you want to be a winner this afternoon, you better play with me.’”

 

Apparently the President agreed, so when the action began, Pippen and Obama were on the same team, in addition to former Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and two others. And this was no informal pickup game—there were officials, a running clock and four 12-minute quarters.

 

As for a scouting report on the left-handed Obama, Pippen came away impressed.

 

“He’s not an overly aggressive player, but he takes what the defense gives him,” said Pippen. “He’s got a smooth game. He probably used to be a little more aggressive, but obviously he doesn’t want to get hurt.”

 

That certainly wasn’t going to happen if the defense had anything to do about it.

 

“I thought the lanes opened up when Michael Jordan used to drive,” laughed Pippen. “I used to be like, wow. But when I saw the President drive, I thought they were bringing the whole motorcade through the lane it was so wide.”

 

In the end, and perhaps this comes as no surprise, it was Obama and Pippen’s team who walked away with an easy win.

 

“We kind of blew them out,” said Pippen. “It should have been worse but we started messing around at the end. The game was close for awhile, but in the third quarter we opened it up. They tried to get back in it in the fourth, but we kept expanding the lead. It was a good game, fun and competitive.”

 

The Election Day games began when Obama played on the day he won the Iowa caucuses in 2008. They became tradition after he lost the New Hampshire primary to Hillary Clinton on a day in which Obama did not play basketball.

 

Other participants in this year’s edition included former Bulls guard Randy Brown, currently the team’s Special Assistant to the General Manager, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

 

Mr. Obama arrived in Chicago late Monday night after a full day of campaigning, his last stop being in Des Moines, Iowa. As he did in 2008, the President will spend election night in his hometown, this year hosting a rally at McCormick Place.

 

The game wasn’t the first time Pippen, who serves as Special Advisor to the President and COO for the Bulls, has been in the company of a sitting President.

 

During the Bulls dynasty of the 1990s, Pippen and his teammates had the opportunity to meet President George H.W. Bush during the first three-peat. They also visited with President Bill Clinton, who like Pippen is an Arkansas native, on more than one occasion during his time in office.

 

But running up and down on the basketball court with President Obama was obviously a unique opportunity for Pippen that he will never forget.

 

“It was a very special experience to play ball with the current President on Election Day. That says it all,” said Pippen. “You sit there and wonder what the President is doing on a day like this aside from voting. It was very enjoyable for me and something I’ll always remember. I got to see the President in a relaxed atmosphere—no suit, just one of the guys. It’s a story I can tell my kids and have them look back on.”

 

After they finished playing, Obama approached Pippen and told him, “Hey, I’ve got to get you out to the White House.”

 

Pippen’s response: “For sure, Mr. President.”

 

It’s Been A Long Road. Thank You All Who Fought For Real Democracy


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“And, Iowa, after all the months of campaigning, after all the rallies, after the millions of dollars of ads, it all comes down to you.  It’s out of my hands now.  It’s in yours.  All of it depends on what you do when you step into that voting booth tomorrow.  It’s just a remarkable thing, the way our democracy works.  And at a certain point, all this effort and all these campaign rallies — and then it just comes down to each of us, as citizens.  All of it depends on you bringing your friend, or your neighbor, your coworker, your mom, your dad, your wife, your husband to the polls.

 

 

That’s how our democracy is supposed to be.  The single most powerful force in our democracy is you.  Moving this country forward begins with you.  (Applause.)  Don’t ever let anybody tell you your voice doesn’t matter.  Don’t let anybody tell you your voice can’t make a difference.  It makes a difference.”

 

 

 

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Are you fired up?

 

AUDIENCE:  Ready to go!

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Are you fired up?

 

AUDIENCE:  Ready to go!

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Are you fired up?

 

AUDIENCE:  Ready to go!

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Iowa, tomorrow let’s remind the world just why it is the United States of America is the greatest nation on Earth.  (Applause.)

 

I love you.  (Applause.)  Let’s go vote.  Let’s keep moving forward.  God bless you.  And God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.)

 

 

 


Jueseppi B.:

 

 

Absolutely gorgeous images Ms. Naomi. Thank you for posting and allowing them to be reblogged.

Originally posted on Writing Between the Lines:

It’s hard to imagine a church without an image of Jesus and/or the Virgin Mary.

Or bible stories told in stained glass in the church windows.

 

In Islam the portrayal of humans and animals in art is considered idolatry, and forbidden.  But there are many other ways to please the eye.

Islamic architects and artists were masters of geometric design.  Whether they were working big…

…or small…

…in iron…

…ceramics…

…or stone.

It was a specialty of Islamic art and architecture…

…to create beauty using geometric patterns…

…color…

…and repetition.

Calligraphy was a valid form of artistic expression in art as well as architecture.

Alhambra, a palace fortress built in Granada, Spain in the 10th c. is a Unesco World Heritage site.

It is described by Moorish poets as “a pearl set in emeralds” because of its color, and the surrounding green woods and gardens.

 When you look at…

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Jueseppi B.:

Great Post Ms. Barbara. Thank you for your spirit & passion.

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Colin Powell speaks for President Obama

Four More Years

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,

Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,

The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,

The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,

The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,

The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,

The wood-cutter’s song, the ploughboy’s on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown.

The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or  of the girl sewing or washing,

Each singing what belongs to the day-at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,

Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

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