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Official Guest List for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Box at the 2010 State Of The Union

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The White House has provided the guest list from First Lady Michelle Obama’s box at President Obama’s 2010 State of the Union address.

  • Dr. Jill Biden
  • Clayton Armstrong
  • Li Boynton
  • Jeffrey Brown
  • Mayor Mick Cornett
  • Tina Dixon
  • Gabriela Farfan
  • Julia Frost
  • Ping Fu
  • Janell Holloway
  • Don Karner
  • Janell Kellett
  • Rebecca Knerr
  • Chris Lardner
  • Anita Maltbia
  • Kimberly Munley
  • Cindy Parker-Martinez
  • Deborah Powell
  • Sergeant First Class Andrew Rubin
  • Mark Todd
  • Army Specialist (ret.) Scott Vycital
  • Trevor Yager
  • Juan Yépez
  • Phil Schiliro
  • Tina Tchen

The White House has provided the guest list from First Lady Michelle Obama’s box at President Obama’s 2010 State of the Union address.

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President Obama Says “She Gets Embarrassed” of First Lady Michelle at State of the Union Address

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First Lady Michelle Obama received some applause of her own during last night’s State of the Union for her efforts to curb childhood obesity in one of the fattest countries on Earth.

As President Obama discussed his plans for health insurance, he paused to acknowledge the First Lady’s agenda, gesturing to her and saying:

“I want to acknowledge our First Lady, Michelle Obama, who this year is creating a national movement to tackle the epidemic of childhood obesity and make our kids healthier. Thank you.”

The crowd rose to its feet for a standing ovation. Remaining seated, the First Lady gestured with both hands and mouthed, “sit down.”

Pausing before he continued, Mr. Obama then said, “She gets embarrassed,” prompting chuckles. It was a very cute moment between the first couple.

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The Rachel Maddow Show: White House Explains Spending Freeze

Rachel Maddow ShowRachel Maddow talks with White House economic adviser Jared Bernstein about the breaking news that President Barack Obama will announce a “non-security” spending freeze in his State of the Union address on Wednesday evening.
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The Berlin Wall: 20 Years Later

The Legacy of 1989 Is Still Up for Debate

BERLIN-WALL-hugeNew York Times/Steven Erlanger—The historical legacy of 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell and the cold war thawed, is as political as the upheavals of that decisive year.

The events of 1989 spurred a striking transformation of Europe, which is now whole and free, and a reunified Germany, milestones that are being observed with celebrations all over the continent, including a French-German extravaganza Monday evening on the Place de la Concorde.

But 1989 also created new divisions and fierce nationalisms that hobble the European Union today, between East and West, France and Germany, Europe and Russia.

From left, Mikhail Gorbachev, Henry Kissinger and former German foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher next to a piece of the Berlin Wall.

From left, Mikhail Gorbachev, Henry Kissinger and former German foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher next to a piece of the Berlin Wall.

Some of the intensity of those divisions is evident in the tug of war, in both Europe and the United States, over the achievements of 1989 — whether they owe more to the resolute anti-Communism of Ronald Reagan or its inverse, the white-glove embrace of the East by many in Western Europe.

And while many in the West saw the wheel of history spinning inevitably, causing the rise of democracy and banishing serious rivals to American power, China forestalled its own revolution in 1989 and catapulted itself to prominence through an authoritarian capitalism that the leaders of Russia are now studying.

The Chinese ended up with a Leninist capitalism, which none of us imagined in 1989, and which is now the main ideological competitor to Western liberal democracy,” said Timothy Garton Ash, a chronicler of 1989 in his book “The Magic Lantern.”

It is a tribute to 1989, not unlike the French Revolution 200 years before it, that its meaning is hotly contested. Different groups in different countries see the anniversary differently, usually from their own ideological points of view.

A group of Russian tourists gathered in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Friday.

A group of Russian tourists gathered in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Friday.

In general, said James M. Goldgeier of George Washington University, a historian of the period, “the big question out there for 20 years is who gets the credit.”

For many in the United States, he said, most of the credit now goes to President Ronald Reagan and his aggressive military spending and antagonism toward Communism. That view has largely eclipsed another American perspective, which was that globalization and democratization were so powerful that a Mikhail Gorbachev was inevitable, and that the cold war ended through “soft power” — propaganda, diplomacy and the Helsinki accords.

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Tavis Smiley Named In Racial Wells Fargo Loan Scheme

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Tavis Smiley @ State Of The Black Union.  Check out the logos behind Tavis.

Tavis Smiley @ State Of The Black Union. Check out the logos behind Tavis.

The Root/The Buzz—Uh oh.

A suit filed by the attorney general of Illinois claims Tavis Smiley and others were used to okey doke folks into high-risk Wells Fargo loans. From the Washington Independent:

As the housing market began booming in mid-2000, Wells Fargo & Co. teamed up with prominent African American commentator and PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley and financial author Kelvin Boston, the host of “Moneywise,” a multicultural financial affairs show, to host something called “Wealth Building” seminars in black neighborhoods.

Smiley was the keynote speaker, and the big draw, according to Boston and Keith Corbett, executive vice president of the Center for Responsible Lending, who attended two of the seminars. Smiley would charge up the audience — and rattle the Wells Fargo executives in attendance — by launching into a story about how he hated banks, and how they used to refuse to lend him money for his real estate projects in Compton, Calif., and elsewhere. After Hurricane Katrina, Smiley also emphasized the importance of building assets and wealth, saying those who had done so were able to leave New Orleans, while people with nothing had to stay behind, Boston said.

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You can also read a piece @ Jack and Jill Politics by The Christian Progressive Liberal entitled The “Outing” of Tavis Smiley

***Update: Prominent author, commentator and PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley has announced that he’s cutting all business ties to Wells Fargo & Co. The move comes in the wake of a TWI story last week about Wells Fargo “Wealth Building” seminars held in black neighborhoods starting in 2005, headlined by Smiley, which a recent lawsuit filed by the Illinois attorney general charged were nothing more than sales pitches for high-rate subprime loans.

Richard Prince reported Friday in his “Journal-isms” column that Smiley said he would sever all ties with Wells Fargo until charges that the company steered minorities into higher-rate loans are resolved.

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Unions Join Whole Foods Boycott Fray

Whole Foods' CEO John Mackey

Whole Foods' CEO John Mackey


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Two unions have now joined in the growing chorus decrying Whole Foods’ CEO John Mackey and suggesting a boycott of the store. Two weeks ago, Mackey penned a controversial op-ed in the Wall Street Journal offering the “Whole Foods alternative to ObamaCare.”

“The last thing our country needs is a massive new health care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health care system,” Mackey wrote, then suggested a neat solution. (Hint: this alternative involves grocery shopping at Whole Foods.)–Lila Shapiro, Huffington Post

Don’t they realize that their liberal latte-drinking, arugula-eating customers are the same people that want Health Care Reform for all Americans?

Hey Mackey, ever heard of the old retail sales saying: ‘the customer is always right‘?

Feel Free to Contact Whole Foods or join the boycott.

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