President Obama visits the Pentagon

January 29, 2009
President Obama and Vice President Biden greet servicemembers in the Pentagon

President Obama and Vice President Biden greet servicemembers in the Pentagon

Proving he can balance more than one thing at a time, President Obama visited the Pentagon and met with Defense Department leadership on Jan. 28, 2009.

“I want to…thank all of the men and women in uniform who are represented here. They are the best that this country has to offer. One of my duties as president is going to be to make sure that you have what you need to accomplish your missions.”  – President Barack Obama

This is part of a campaign promise to meet with military leaders about Iraq policy.  You can follow nearly 500 promises here.

President Obama with members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (Adm. Roughead not photographed)


Inauguration Luncheon in Statuary Hall

January 15, 2009
Statuary Hall viewed from south (Wide-angle)

Statuary Hall viewed from south (Wide-angle)

So I’ve received my assignment for Inauguration.  I’m working at the Luncheon that follows the swearing-in, in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall.  My role, along with about 20 other White House Social Aides, is to escort guest to their seats and distribute gifts to them.  You can see the menu here.  A map of the statues in Statuary Hall is available too.

Three lucky Social Aides will present flags to the POTUS and VPOTUS on behalf to Senator Feinstein.  They will also present a framed photo of the swearing-in (it gets printed and framed in about 30 mins) at the luncheon.  Approximately 150-200 guests will attend…the guest list is not releasable to the public.

Here’s a blog post from the LA Times that provides a snarky take on the Inauguration timeline:

“…Suffice to say, on this Jan. 20 while the big shots are munching seafood stew and duck and washing it down with apple cinnamon sponge cake, you won’t be able to buy pheasant on D.C.’s sidewalks.

While lovely music plays and stone statues statuesquely peer over diners’ shoulders, Congressional leaders will suck up to the president for possibly the last time by giving him some gifts. Don’t tell him, but they include an already-framed photo of his swearing-in, the Capitol flag that was flying at that moment and a one-of-a kind engraved crystal bowl to fill with popcorn in the White House theater…”

Hope you watch on C-SPAN.


Biden it is

August 23, 2008

*eats crow*  Yummy!  And I owe my Mom a pair of shoes.  She was right.  Seems like she Moms always is are…

Here’s the VP choice SENATOR JOSEPH ROBINETTE BIDEN, JR.

On June 23, 2008 Senator Biden said:

“Of course [I would say yes],” he said. “If the presidential nominee thought I could help him win — am I going to say to the first African-American candidate about to make history in the world that, ‘No, I will not help you out like you want me to’? Of course . . . I’ll say yes.”

Things you may not know about Sen. Biden:

Read more of Joe Biden on the issues

Joe Biden speaks at the Center for American Progress

Joe Biden speaks at the Center for American Progress