Newscast Media NEW YORK—In hosting the spouses of chiefs of state and heads of government participating in the United Nations General Assembly, First Lady Michelle Obama encouraged her guests to talk to each other about the work they are doing in their countries on behalf of children.
“We all have so much to offer one another, and so much to learn, and so much support we can gain from each other,” Obama told nearly 50 spouses at the September 24 event at the Studio Museum in Harlem, a neighborhood of New York City.
“Our young people will soon be leading the way,” she said. “They will soon be building the businesses, and making the scientific discoveries, and writing the laws that will move our world forward for decades to come.”
Obama said that in traveling around the world, she has met many girls “with so much promise, girls eager and desperate to learn, girls who just blossom when they get that one chance to go to school and to start scratching at the fulfillment of their potential.”
She added that “when both boys and girls have an equal opportunity to learn, we all know that’s not just good for our children, it’s also good for their families and it’s good for their countries as well.”
The First Lady talked about the history of Harlem and about its place in American history. She called the New York neighborhood “quintessentially American.” She described how Harlem, as home to many African-American writers, artists and musicians in the early 20th century who depicted black subjects, was “the cultural heart of the African-American community.”
She added that these artists’ influence was felt beyond America. Jazz musicians Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong played on stages in Europe. Aaron Douglas’ artwork was viewed around the world. And young people worldwide have been inspired by the words of poet Langston Hughes, including “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”
At the museum, the spouses viewed an exhibition of works by American artist Robert Pruitt that “highlight the strength and dignity of women,” as the first lady described them.
The event also featured young performers from the Dance Theatre of Harlem, music from LaGuardia Arts High School, and award-winning vocalist Audra McDonald. Each guest received a jar of White House honey butter made with fresh honey from the White House beehive; two jars of White House–produced honey; a custom pewter honey pot made by Salisbury Pewter, a Maryland company; lemon verbena grown in
the White House herb garden and used to create the aromatic tea sachets; and a cookbook, New American Table.
Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas—Virtually every media outlet is pretending to be surprised that Romney has closed the gap on the women’s vote from a 16-point deficit to leveling the numbers with Obama. The current polls show both candidates tied at 47-47 percentage points, as pundits and media analysts try to explain the dynamics behind the poll shift.
The explanation is simple—Mitt Romney was never behind by 16 points and media outlets are now trying to hold on to credibility by finally releasing these new poll numbers because their internal polls all along, showed something different. If they now have the numbers tied, it wouldn’t be surprising that Romney is actually ahead. There can be no other explanation as to why Romney started leading only two weeks ago, other than the fact that the media realizes how foolish they will look once the voters prove their numbers false on election day.
Poll manipulation happens when one party is oversampled to make the that party’s numbers look attractive. This NBC poll on page two (2) shows an oversampling of Democrats in September by almost 10 percentage points.
An interesting video by bestselling author and political analyst Dick Morris shows how a false perception of Romney that was painted by Obama before the debates, may also be a factor in this poll shift, after voters realized Romney wasn’t the monster he was portrayed to be in the ads. Dick Morris also explains the similarities between Obama vs. Romney in 2012 and Carter vs. Reagan in 1980.
The comments are particularly interesting below the video, since they show what the non-media practitioners make of all this.
Wednesday’s events at the Democratic National Convention included several high profile guests including former President Bill Clinton, who was met by Barack Obama at the end of his speech. Both Clinton and Obama hugged on stage, waved to the crowd, then left the venue. Barack Obama is slated to speak on Thursday September 6, at the Time Warner Arena. in uptown Charlotte.
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Newscast Media CHARLOTTE, NC—The Democratic National Convention that started on September 4, aimed at contrasting Democrats and Republicans, with the Democrats focusing on social issues, and imploring voters to re-elect Obama for four more years.
Several speakers were on hand including Michelle Obama, Harry Reid, Rahm Emmanuel and many others, the highlights of which are posted below. VIEW HIGHLIGHTS OF GALLERY>>