OBAMA NEWS: It comes as no surprise in America that President Barack Obama‘s avid supporters are a bit bruised and confused about what went down over the passing of George W. Bush‘s tax laws under Obama’s presidency.
In one sense for many avid Democrats, the moment in The House where Obama okay-ed the tax bill, did look like a flashback to the past, where “George W was speaking through Obama in The House that day” is how one Democrat friend described watching this unfold on television here in the US. Another Democrat supporter describes the moment as “Obama is an orange, that the Republicans put through the juicer. Greed at work to get more juice, at the expense of America’s national morale.”
I have never been able to look at orange juice quite the same way since. That was a very powerful metaphor shared.
In any event, headlines like: Tax Compromise leaves ardent Obama supporters Disillusioned appear all over the news today.
This article from Sam Graham-Felsen in today’s Washington Post says a lot: “During the battle over tax cuts, Obama’s grassroots network, Organizing for America, was silent. An OFA spokesman said that the network would engage supporters when the time is “ripe.” But many people feel the time is ripe now — that tax cuts for millionaires in the midst of cuts in basic services and a spiraling deficit are unacceptable — and they don’t understand why Obama won’t let them fight.” Sam had been on the campaign with Obama once, blogging about the little peoples stories that Mr Obama was their great signifier of hope and that a change would come that America desperately needed. (more…)
[AI suggestion - perhaps NGRAM needs to go back to the chalk board phase]
If I was naive enough to believe Google’s “Books Ngram Viewer” that claims to count words based on 5 million published books and track their trends in terms of amount of times words appear in books (quantitative research), the Maori people of New Zealand would not fare well. The results would have me rehashing that archaic dead-end term, “racism” asap. Maori don’t like doing that in this enlightened age. It does not get people very far, because it immediately casts Maori in the light of having to drive a car fueled by ‘white man’s guilt.’ When you drive on whenua (land) that has tar seal put on it and called a “road,” that would be too much “irony” for a Maori to handle in any given day. Besides, why should we? That’s something that would appeal as a college student. The past is healing.
The tracking tool claims (my search conducted between years 1920 and 2008) that the word “Maori” peaked as a topic of interest in books in the year of 1978 (aprox). Since then it’s plummeted and currently, the usage of the word Maori is as low as its status listed in 1950 findings that’s given in the little graph that pops up. Already, this NGRAM Viewing tool of Google is capable of starting civil wars. I don’t like it much at all so far.
Being scientific, with heart and soul – this means: a) Maori are extinct again – a typical ‘pseudo-scientific’ finding (yawn!) Maori have learned to ignore since being able to read maps – but this time in a literary sense.
Already this supposedly revolutionary tool of technology is spitting out results generating ‘information’ that is rather boring quite frankly in my humble opinion. I say this because such ‘information’ has been so done TO DEATH already! (more…)
Entertainment Weekly has the scoop of how Reese Witherspoon describes meeting President Obama. “Absolutely tongue tied.”
On a tour of the White House with actor Paul Rudd, Reese was told: ‘the President wants to see you.’
“We went to the Oval Office, and there was Hillary Clinton having a meeting with Joe Biden. It was insane. Then Obama came out and he turned to Paul and said, I loved you in I Love You, Man. Paul was like, ‘I’m freaking out!’”
The President then asked Reese what she was up to in Washington. Trying to speak with him was overwhelming.
‘We’re doing a movie and…uh, I’m playing a character, who, uh…I’m working with Owen, uh…Owen… (I could not remember Owen’s last name. And Paul goes, ‘Wilson!’ Like it was a party game”).
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.13.10~
[Dec. 3: Gen. David Petraeus, left greets President Barack Obama 44th President of The United States, and US Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry, center, on the President's unannounced arrival to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. Image courtesy of Fox News]
After a cut lip in a basketball game, 12 stitches later just before a Wikileaks US foreign affairs tirade, President Barack Obama flew out on Air Force one to be with the American Troops at Bagram Airbase:
Five Things He Spent His Time On:
Affirming the troops labors: “We said we were going to break the Taliban’s momentum and that’s what you’re doing. You’re going on the offense, tired of playing defense, targeting their leaders, pushing them out of their strongholds.”
Dinner with President Karzai cancelled: Plans for a 45 minute dinner did not eventuate due to a dust storm. The 15 minute video conference became a 15 minute phonecall instead–Obama appearing to fall into line with world perception (via wikileaks) of Kazai being a waste of time due to his instability as an ally that US diplomat Karl Eikenberry had defined as ‘erratic’ and ‘unreliable ally.’ (more…)
In leaked excerpts from Sarah Palin‘s new book, on page 26 she writes:
“Certainly his [Barak Obama's] wife [Michelle Obama] expressed this view when she said during the 2008 campaign that she had never felt proud of her country until her husband started winning elections.
“In retrospect, I guess this shouldn’t surprise us, since both of them spent almost two decades in the pews of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright‘s church listening to his rants against America and white people.”
Um, does Sarah Palin give Native Alaska Indians and all Americans from Alaska a bad name or what? Let alone all Americans.
That’s so not cool. And this coming from a guy who praised her debut book for making Alaska sounding like such a cool place to visit. It’s a shame race and religion? are coloring an Obama smear campaign, and are a part of Palin’s armory now for the GOP’s causes.
The truth is, if you live in America, it’s such a diverse country. So rich and full of diverse cultures. Palin’s construct of anti-black doesn’t exist in reality. It’s archaic, so you can’t even take it seriously, unless you’ve never been outside GOP white states of America your whole life, of whom her book is written for to make a quick buck, while she claims she wants to be a future President of the US.
On the other hand, heroes are created against villains. So in a sick way, she’s acting as Michelle Obama’s star maker here too, while being a vampire and taking some blood for her troubles, to hawk a book. If black people don’t feature in her faith or flag or her family’s friends in good regard, than what nation does this women live in exactly. Not the one the rest of us do, that’s for sure.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.19.10~
The New York Times runs with a headline “Obama’s economic view is rejected World stage.”
Assertive Chinese are marooned in mental wards claims the Times, New York’s bed bugs epidemic, cats lapping up milk and not much else make up the New York Times cover today.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.11.10~
An Obama defender, holds up her “Obama is not the devil, I am” sign proudly, with a smile. Cute.
[Restore Sanity Rally TPM]
Pic 2: In the middle of these signs, symbolizing opposite mentalities , is… a foreigner.
It’s a rough cultural environment to be in. Immigrants can never settle peacefully, always on edge in such conflict.
On a good day, democracy meets in the middle. Usually when the sun’s out and shining bright, I’ve noticed. There’s no ‘devil’ that day.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California. 11.2.10~
President Obama‘s “Audacity of Hope” rhetoric comes under fire with New York’s Metro paper redefining it as “Audacity of Nope.”
And the New York Daily news gets in on the act too.
Meanwhile George W. Bush is releasing his new book this month and stands to make a bomb! Go figure. Poor President Obama. Sucks to be King right now. Like, give this dude a chance. Worst deficit in US history, this man inherited. Come on New York!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.2.10~
Simon Cowell has come under fire lately, for hiring an S.E.O company (or companies), to realter google’s news ordering of articles and comments about him and his star branding. This story only adds to the fact, that fame costs. No matter which way it is achieved. Google’s front page listing is prime real estate of any category under any key world field, for future business. So Cowell is a smart guy to recognize this in his marketing.
The New York Daily News takes the view that hiring S.E.O companies like Cowell does is cheating in the fame game because Cowell ensures that only the good stories about him, make google’s top ranking first pages lists, while all of the not-s0-good articles are stacked way at the back of the search engines listings of pages.
In my book, if you have the dosh to throw around, Cowell is very smart. It’s called good star branding management to use S.E.O to accentuate your best sides, while trying to bury the not-so-kind aspects of your personality on google.
The truth is, all fame is manufactured. Google is the central hub, where fame trickles into.
Realtering your shop window is a wise move, to last longer in fame’s illusive online waters. Sharks always abound (many jealous) who seek to chomp or harm, people with a spotlight.
Cowell makes sure he has watch dogs who look after his own interests and name. Namley S.E.O companies. S.E.O companies in the U.S, often hire teams of people (usually our friends in India sitting at computers all day and night), that American S.E.O companies often act as ‘middle people outsourcing signed S.E.O clients to at a cheaper rate of labor to India. With this in mind, India is often creating the ‘American celebrity,’ fame rankings, not America per se.
[This image: President Obama meets Panama Canal's U.S Coast Guard, while he makes a decision not to take his shirt off to swim in oil-ravaged Gulf waters, courtesy of NY Daily News]
Asian motifs are always so rocking! Look at this groovy tee shirt.
[Courtesy of Curry Plum]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.11.10~
Guest commentary by Melissa Noble today:
“The February 1, 2010 cover of The New Yorker had Obama at hello. According to editor-in-chief David Remnick, Obama was so charmed by the image of himself walking and then falling into water that he requested an autographed copy.
The cover was meant to portray Obama’s rocky path to healthcare reform. Remnick told CNN’s Howard Kurtz:
“I think Axelrod and Obama were laughing hysterically over this cover. And the fact to their credit, within a matter of weeks, that they reversed the really sinking trend that they were experiencing, and they passed health care. And the White House certainly reversed its downward trend pretty quickly after that cover. I’m not saying the cover was anywhere near responsible for it.”~Melissa Noble.
[Subtext: After walking the perilous political sea of healthcare reform, Obama fell into a hole in the sea, just before oil spurted up from it via B.P. Right?] A little uncanny for comfort. Hot cover.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 6.26.2010~
. . . could turn out to be quite important. This article in U.S Media confirms that today. For more info–read Samuel Spengler. But if you’re Muslim –don’t go near him. There’s more humane writers for you to read, some are even promoted on this blog.
Isn’t it terrible how Barack Obama‘s image gets manipulated a gazillion different ways, when all the dude wants to do, is just play basketball–when he gets some downtime.
Oh well, it goes with the territory of being President of the U.S.A. It’s not a silly idea, to pray for this man.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 6.8.2010~
Michelle Obama has found her niche. Appearing on youth audience shows, and getting a kick out of it, when her daughters Sasha and Malia see her in their favorite TV shows. Creative family fun and parenting from this White House based super mom.
“The President and First Lady took time out of their busy schedules on Wednesday to sit down for a taping with “American Idol” as part of the hit show’s fundraising event set to air next week.
“Idol Gives Back” is a two-hour charity performance that has already raised more than $140 million in contributions for global organizations.
This year’s beneficiaries include Children’s Health Fund, Feeding America, Malaria No More, Save the Children’s U.S. Programs and the United Nations Foundation.
The special episode typically features big-name stars. It will air on Wednesday, April 21 at 8 p.m. ET.”
I love this couple. They’re very special and need our prayers and support. And of course, it should be a great show.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.11.2010~
My friend, Q’orianker Kilcher is starring in the independant film, Princess Kaiulani in a beautiful period piece set “during the final days of Hawaiian independence, where one young princess fights to save her people and her nation. ”
Go see Q light up the American movie screen in a poignant story from American history. Celebrate the strength and the beauty of the Hawaiian people, and their great cultural gifts to making the USA an amazing United tapestry of collective States.
Horiwood’s interview, EQ + IQ, with the amazing Q’orianker Kilcher can be found here.
Princess Kaiulani can be seen in theaters in these cities: NY, LA, Hawaii, Las Vegas, San Fran, Seattle, San Diego.
Nice one Ms Kilcher. From Pochahantas to Princess Kaiulani… is there any significant American princess you can’t play? Girl, you’re just too talented. Love ya! Proud of ya! Keep rocking it. Hollywood LOVES you.
In this moment, Q’orianker is a metaphor, perhaps of the job that President Barack Obama has inherited from Hawaii for America at this time. Washington types–you’ll be inspired by Q’ori’s breathtaking performance. She’s perhap is America on screen with poignant relevance in this moment. An Amazonian torch of Liberty, via the river dwelling people of Peru under immense environmental threat, with a twist of heavenly Hawaii in this film. Love her!!!
Lunch with Michelle Obama should totally be on the White House social agenda via Desirae Rogers. This girl rocks for America. Amazing.
Kia Kaha, Wahine Ataahua –Pretty Woman, Stay Strong. The sun shines and rises on you. ;)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.16.2010~
“Don’t tell Michelle” said Barack Obama today at lunch, as he said yes to fried chicken when he has a cholesterol problem.
Isn’t it weird you can have a cholesterol problem when you’re quite lean? The President is so living on the edge eating that chicken. Great PSA though about cholesterol levels in America. :)
~[Kumara = Sweet Potato]. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.2.2010~
Drugs and drug culture are a big issue here in America. Last year’s biggest news story was the death of Michael Jackson at the hands of a sketchy doctor who was really MJ’s at-home drug dealer and supplier.
However, drugs and legalized pharmaceutical companies are also being blamed today for costing President Barack Obama his swimmingly grand start from Inaugural Day when he was sworn in–to mistrust over the Health Care Reform Bill.
Obama promised to end a culture of backroom deals that have plagued Washington. Pharmaceutical giants are alleged (more…)
Was there an Armenian-American Princess in the White House? Yep, you know it ya’ll.
Khloe Kardashian got to meet President Barack Obama personally at the White House. Let’s face it, Khloe is too cool for reality TV school. And she didn’t even gatecrash!!!
Khloe met the President with her husband, Lamar Odom as POSTUS was presented with his own LA Lakers uniform, which said Obama #1.
For once, Khloe dressed appropriately in a dress that even First Lady Michelle Obama would have approved of. Love it!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.25.2010. News Source~
Although in LA we love both Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno, it appears that The President of the United States of America, likes Leno just a little more.
The White House announced this morning that Jay Leno has been invited to headline the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in May.
If Jay accepts the invite, this will be Leno’s third time hosting the gig. Jay could do with the President’s smile about now. His profile has gone through the mill with the NBC time slot mishap and TV programming debacle lately.
Also, the President is sick of Conan O’Brian news. Tonight in America, it’s got to be all about Haiti and America leading the charge with the Hope for Haiti telethon event. A nice way for the President to calm the country down heading into the weekend.
What a great way to start the year from Germany with the fairy tale story of Barack Obama‘s journey to 44th President of the USA, set to singing and music.
Germany has come a long way since last century. Nice one!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.12.2009~
PETA’s President Ingrid Newkirk used Michelle Obama‘s official White House portrait for a make DC fur-free campaign, without asking her. Says Newkirk:
“We haven’t asked the White House to fund or promote the campaign, as they can’t do such things, but the fact is that Michelle Obama has issued a statement indicating that she doesn’t wear fur, and the world should know that in PETA’s eyes, that makes her pretty fabulous.”
Michelle Obama eats meat. That Inaugural White House menu a year back, featured courses of: pheasant and duck. Feathers, fur. I don’t understand what the big deal is here but perhaps PETA should have asked the first lady’s permission first.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.6.2010~
Obama passed his Health Care Reform Bill Christmas Eve.
Democrats love it. Republicans not so much.
Either way, the new President and Nobel Peace Prize Winner of 2009 is leaving his mark on America and the world.
[Image courtesy of AP]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.29.09~