Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Jet lag and politics

I’ve been back from Florida for a week now.  As usual my body has not handled jet lag well.  I force myself to stay awake and end up feeling like a zombie (and useless) all afternoon followed by going to bed at 2 AM and waking up at 5 AM.  This has not made for a productive week, which is unfortunate since the new restaurant (Tanuki) is opening very soon.

Next time I decide to zonk time zones, I’m going to indulge in sleeping whenever the heck I feel tired.  After years of trying to force myself to the destination’s routine, I have concluded it doesn’t work.  I might as well sleep whenever I’m tired and at least feel refreshed after that sleep.  The body will gradually adjust itself after that.

If anyone has Americans on their Facebook list, I’m sure they’ve noticed the newsfeed getting populated by all kinds of political posts.  Romney, Obama, whoever… I care yet don’t care who you’re going to vote for, however there is one thing that I get annoyed by – the belief of total untruths.

Are there really still educated, intelligent people that believe Obama was not born in America or believe that he is a Muslim?  There’s a big difference between saying, “I know Obama is an American” versus, “I don’t care where Obama was born,” as well as, “I don’t care if Obama is a Muslim,” versus, “Obama is not a Muslim.”

I am surprised people are still saying such things.

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As I pack

As I prepare to take a 17 hour flight to Seattle, destroying my back, health, and sanity, I thought I would leave you all with this photo.

North Korea’s fearless leader and America’s former President, Bill Clinton.

Bill Clinton and Kim Jong Il

See you on the other side of the Pacific.

A “New Beginning”

Absolutely brilliant speech by Barack Obama.  Delivered in Cairo, Egypt.

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Transcript of “A New Beginning”

Summary from CNN

“I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles – principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.

I do so recognizing that change cannot happen overnight. No single speech can eradicate years of mistrust, nor can I answer in the time that I have all the complex questions that brought us to this point. But I am convinced that in order to move forward, we must say openly the things we hold in our hearts, and that too often are said only behind closed doors. There must be a sustained effort to listen to each other; to learn from each other; to respect one another; and to seek common ground. As the Holy Koran tells us, "Be conscious of God and speak always the truth." That is what I will try to do – to speak the truth as best I can, humbled by the task before us, and firm in my belief that the interests we share as human beings are far more powerful than the forces that drive us apart…”

It’s your show now

Barack Obama has been sworn in as the new President of the United States of America.  It’s time for the high expectations placed on him to begin turning into reality.

To me, he’s an icon of hope, inspiration, and unity.  I find it odd I feel so strongly towards him – he hasn’t been “proven”… sure, he battled his way through a bitter campaign, but that could be a sign of personal ambition more than anything else.

And yet, I tune in to his inauguration late at night here in Singapore to see if I can experience any of the atmosphere surrounding Washington DC, to watch the joy of folks across America that have gathered together, and listen to his words once again.

“Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.” – Barack Obama

The American dream is still alive.

Read the transcript of Obama’s inauguration address
Photos from the inauguration

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All the Presidents

I think this is very cool.

All the living U.S. Presidents got together for lunch at the White House.

“So what color wallpaper did Hillary use for the Lincoln Bedroom?”

“I hated it when the Secret Service mistook one of my kids for a terrorist.”

“Did you have the protesters?  Every day those damn protesters outside my window… how did you sleep?”

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Speechwriter

So while most of us at age 27 were spinning our wheels and figuring out our careers, Jon Favreau was the main speechwriter for Barack Obama, and now he is in charge of putting together the inaugural address.

What an awesome and stressful job.

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Time’s 2008 Person of the Year

No surprise – Barack Obama has been named as Time’s 2008 Person of the Year

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