Aftermath: Democracy at Its Best

November 10, 2008
Transition

Transition (AP/White House photo)

Americans – Republicans, Democrats or Independents should be proud. Government is transitioning in an organized and peaceful way.
Many governments only change through coups, bloody or bloodless. The people don’t take part in those changes.
I commend President Bush for his and his staff’s cooperation in this process. Sure there are many differences, but in the end all involved are Americans first and foremost.
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Election 2008: The Contenders

June 3, 2008

Someone once said, “It ain’t over til it’s over.” Well I believe it’s all over and the candidates are set for the general election in November, vice presidential running mates to be decided soon.

In the Democratic corner is Senator Barack Obama from Illinois trying to become the first African-American president.

Factoids:
Photo: Associated Press

Born August 4, 1961, Honolulu, Hawaii (age when inaugurated would be 47)
Family: Married Michelle Robinson (1992-present); Children: Natasha (2001) and Malia Ann (1999)
Religion: Christian; attends Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago
Education: Columbia University, B.A., 1983; Harvard University, J.D., 1991
1990s: Practiced civil rights law and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School.
1997-2005: Illinois state senator, representing the 13th District.
July 27, 2004: Delivered keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.
November 2004: Won the U.S. Senate seat in Illinois, defeating Alan Keyes.
Author: “Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance” (1995); “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream” (2006) and “It Takes a Nation: How Strangers Became Family in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina” (2006).
2008: presumptive Democratic nominee for President of the United States.

And in the Republican corner is Senator John McCain from Arizona attempting to be the oldest president.

Factoids
Photo: Official U.S. Senate photo

Born: August 29, 1936, Panama Canal Zone (age when inaugurated would be 72)
Family: Married Cindy Hensley (May 17, 1980 – present); Carol Shepp (1965-1980, divorced); Children: Bridget, 1991 (adopted from Bangladesh, 1992); Jimmy, 1988; Jack, 1986; Meghan, 1984; Sidney, 1966; Adopted sons from Carol’s previous marriage: Andy, 1962, and Doug, 1959.
Religion: Episcopalian
Education: U.S. Naval Academy, B.S.
1967-1973: McCain held prisoner by the North Vietnamese after his plane shot down.
1977-1981: Director at the Navy Senate Liaison Office.
1981-1982: Vice president of Hensley & Company.
1983-1987: U.S. representative from Arizona’s 1st District.
1986: Won the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Sen. Barry Goldwater.
1990s: Worked with Democrats on normalizing relations and increasing trade with Vietnam.
March 9, 2000: Dropped out of the presidential race after Super Tuesday losses, and endorsed George W. Bush.
2004: Apparently Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry asked McCain to be his vice-presidential running mate, and that McCain refused.

Awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit, a Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross after his release as a POW in Vietnam. McCain’s father and grandfather were both U.S. Navy admirals. They were the first father and son to achieve that rank.


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