Happy Birthday, Barack Obama

Wishing a Happy Birthday to Barack Obama, our 44th President.

Light the candles for our 44th President, Barack Obama. Wish him breakfast in bed and a day of celebration with Michelle, Sasha, and Malia.

My head spins when I think back on the cataclysmic 12 years since Barack won the office of President in 2008. We the American people put every one of those gray hairs on his head in his eight years as President.

We honor Barack’s service in the Oval Office of the President and how he inspired the American people.

More tears of joy were shed over Barack’s election than any other President in the history of the United States. It was a transformative morning when the American people woke up to the announcement Barack was elected our 44th President. Videos of people sobbing streamed on our television screens over the grand significance of his election and the hopes it held.

portrait of President Obama by Kehinde Wiley
Kevin Dewilde’s portrait of President Obama hangs in the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian

Have you sent Barack a birthday card?

On Melania’s birthday, I sent her a card with a little something tucked inside to thank her for the dynamic job she is doing as First Lady. Presidents are human, and we should uplift them and hold them in esteem. Pray for them and be thankful for them. And send them birthday cards.

We, the American people, are a handful with diverse opinions and ideals. At times we act like rabid sports fans when our team does not win. Some of us cannot sleep nights or want to pack-up and move to Canada, or so we say. So, depending on your team, you may or may not want to mail off a birthday card.

August 4th holds importance to me

I have something even more auspicious to celebrate on August 4, the birth of our gorgeous son!

And our son’s birth certificate is a tad easier to find than Barack’s…tee-hee.

Let us not get embroiled over politics of the past. Dream dreams and celebrate liberty, united as one nation under God, and strive for liberty and justice for all.

Image courtesy National Portrait Gallery, Copyright Kehinde Wiley, 2018

SOURCE: https://npg.si.edu/object/npg_NPG.2018.16?destination=edan-search/default_search%3Freturn_all%3D1%26edan_q%3Dbarack%2520obama,

See more portraits of American Presidents [http://www.swimyellowduck.com/blog/art-presidents-first-ladies-illustrate-history/ ] .

Trump’s Presidential Re-Run for 2020

Don  your track shoes to run alongside Trump ….

Thinking back on my first run at jogging as a young mother, son Jeff, nine at the time, ran alongside me on my trial loop around the block. I was proudly huffing and puffing and in my mind jogging at great speeds. Suddenly, my son flipped around so that he was jogging backwards, smiling. He outpaced me, running backwards. I gave it my best, but my son ran circles around me. That flashback is how I see Trump, smiling and outdistancing candidates while running backwards.

Whereas our 44th President was more professorial, dipped in gold as he took office, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in anticipation of greatness, our 45th President launched into orbit from an elevator, into the great unknown, with us onboard.

Talk about jet lag

Google tracks my phone and I can view the data tracking where I have been. It’s not that impressive. I smile to imagine the Google Map of Prez Trump’s journey of  his four trips around the sun on Air Force 1, Marine 1, and the countless Presidential Motorcades.

2020, Entering the Unknown

We find ourselves in the middle of another campaign season. Feeling civic, I made my first political contribution ever  in response to one of those mailers. It was Melania’s birthday contribution request. Signed a whopping  $15 check for birthday wishes and to thank our amazing First Lady.

Your candidate needs your support to win the race.

Our Best Days Still Lie Ahead – Joe Biden

Together we are rebuilding America – Trump

Cross the Finish Line

I think back on what Trump said as he took office in 2016. He will lead us but it is we who must dream the dreams and work for what we want. Every President needs the trust and spirit of the American people.

Well, it’s running season for the 2020 election. Lace up and cheer on your candidate. Run to the finish line. Vote to realize your ideals and a better America.

Seal of USA

Pres. George HW Bush from the Greatest Generation

George Herbert Walker Bush shakes hands with crowd at Springfield, Missouri, Airport
It was a pleasure shaking your hand, Mr. President

Kindness passed from Bush 41 to Me in Happenstance

In 1992, I shook the hand of President Herbert Walker Bush when he landed at the airport in Springfield, Missouri, on a campaign stop.

I was one of a crowd who wanted to connect with our President that day, and I was three rows back. Mindful of no one in the crowd but me, I was pushing my arm as close to the President as possible when a complete stranger in front, grabbed me by the wrist and pulled my hand forward, into the hand of President George Walker Bush.

I have no idea who this stranger was, but he gave his opportunity to shake the President’s hand to me.

I never got to say “Thank-You!” to that stranger.

In that way, a stranger passed the kind ways of President Bush to me, in happenstance.

Shaking the hand of George Herbert Walker Bush
Crowds gathered to shake the hand of 41

Happy Ground Hog’s Day 2017

Ground Hog’s Day in Washington DC!

Groundhog peeks out of hole on Groundhog's Day
Punxsutawney Phil sends his regrets

Punxsutawney Phil of Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, PA. Phil saw his shadow today and predicts six more weeks of winter.

It’s always nicer to hear bad news from a groundhog.

Anyways, who cares about a little winter weather if it comes with  snowmen, sledding, hot cocoa, s’mores ….

Punxsutawney Phil, a No-Show at State of the Union Address

Possibly, Phil is a Democrat. He will be sleeping like a baby, Feb. 28. Conspiracy theory: Phil  is sleeping not to insulate from winter weather but to boycott Trump’s address to the nation.

Republican or Democrat, my guess Phil is burrowing in to avoid political noise.

In the news: Washington Democrats, after boycotting the Inauguration and ducking out of committee meetings to confirm Trump’s Cabinet nominees, are  busy building a Trojan Horse for the State of the Union Address.

Our fearless leaders plan to dump on the President’s recent policies for extreme vetting of immigrants by inviting immigrants and non-citizens as guests to pack the  Senate floor and balcony during the State of the Union Address.

Hmm. Their goal is to gain sympathy against Trump’s executive order. Their hope is to glorify illegal immigration and retain flexible borders. Democrats see no need for extreme vetting.

They have donned Superman capes and appointed our President their nemesis. They elevate immigrants who are not yet U.S. citizens and snub their President. I know there is Senate logic hiding in that somewhere.

In the fabulous words of Hollywood’s Matthew McConaughey, “He’s our President now.  We must embrace, shake hands, and be constructive with him.”

I liked what Prez Trump said about building the wall during the presidential campaign (Aug. 6, 2016) – he wants to build a wall  that can have a “big, beautiful door” for people to come into the country legally.

Make that a golden door with a Welcome mat. Build ports-of-entry along our southern border with immigration clearing booths to document  immigrants using the newest technology as they enter the U.S.

Give each of the families who enter with identification a bus ticket, corporate sponsorship, and a bag of groceries. Send President Pena Nieto of Mexico a bill for their crossing fee.

Color me happy

Celebrate our history, our diversity, and our freedom.  It’s better to hear unity of hope  than the din of divisiveness . Contribute ideas to the dialogue.

I smile every time I think of all of the national leaders and journalists who opened new Twitter accounts in 2016 to follow a President who Tweets.

Add playfulness to politics and color

Here’s a page to color and doodle for a playful, political  time-out. Or, maybe to color and fold into a paper airplane. Send it soaring through the air with  your bad thoughts and fears aboard …. or rather,  keep it afloat with your hopes and dreams.

When President Trump first approved his photograph for press releases, it was not with a smile or even a half-smile. His face had a determined look. It was a face at rest, waiting to spring into action.

Color Page of Prez Donald J Trump
Color or paint in honor of our 45th President

This illustration is a caricature of an early press photograph.

President Trump’s Playbook

All aboard the Trump playbook and Lady Libertyfrom Ellis Island

Listening to candidate Trump on the campaign trail, I grabbed onto his idealism and hung onto his positive self view and unrivaled sense of well-being. Why not add those formidable characteristics to my playbook, I thought …. all things considered, they have served Prez Trump well.

Take some plays from the Trump playbook

Trump: I say what I say
Say what you are thinking and strive for straightforward communication. Often I may wish that President Donald Trump was less direct in his opinions and attacks and have hoped with fingers crossed that he would backtrack, but softening his rhetoric or changing his opinion mid-course never seems to come. I no longer wish-for or wait-for a retraction because Trump “says what he says.”
In one sense this non-filtered form of speech lacking in jabber talk, lawyerese, political jumbo, and double talk, is refreshing.

Trump: I have a brain
Don’t we all … so stop apologizing for not being smart if you fall prey to self loathing. Have the confidence and courage to make your own decisions and chart your own course.

Trump: I had very, very good parents
Speak lovingly and with pride about your parents. Trump does. He may be one of the lucky ones who had perfect parents but possibly The Donald is rather a son who holds a high regard for his parents because he is respectful and loving. Be the person who sees the best in others.

Trump: I am very, very rich – richer than most people think
Not everyone can add the status of wealth to their playbook unless you count the immeasurable wealth your loved ones and family bring to your bottom line. And for those who are heirs of the King of Kings, streets of gold, pure as glass are waiting them.

Trump: It’s going to be huuuugggge
Think big. Add a few more comparatives and superlatives to your vocabulary. Two of Trump’s favorites, huge and bigly. And something is not just good or very good. It’s very, very, very good.
Bigly: adverb: “It’s going to happen bigly.” -Donald J. Trump

Trump:  Make America Great Again
That hope resonates with me. I jumped aboard Trump’s boat [yacht] and have set sail for a period of idealism with hopes that as a nation we will strengthen our union.

Trump says he started a movement to Make America Great Again, but it is the American people who will write the future. We must  dream big and set goals for a future we envision. Trump will be at the front running interference, but we are the ones to write the future.

Dome painting of the first White House

Trump’s Tweets make headlines

Just when Twitter was losing its star power, along came the gift of Donald J. Trump and a barrage of information, 140 characters at a time, leaving ripples into the future.

If you want to verify information and see photos, follow the real Donald Trump on Instagram or go to his website, Donald J. Trump.

Cheers for Trump’s positive energy

You cannot deny the good fortune of having a President who strives for honest, straightforward, energetic, and patriotic dialogue. His slogan, Make America Great Again, resonated with people on the campaign trail because we dream of living in a world where someone is looking out for us, who wants the best for us, and who speaks to us as a friend.

I look forward to the inspiring and creative leadership of POTUS Donald Trump.

I have a page of Quotes that will no doubt fill quickly in 2017, thanks to a President who is dreaming a dream for us and who —  says what he says. Buckle up.

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice. –T.S. Eliot

45th President of the United States
U.S. President 45, Donald J. Trump