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I’m not part of it but you can read all about them here. It’s an impressive array indeed. I’ve added attending one of these shindigs to my bucket list, which started to form this past summer.

To follow the action on Twitter, check out #ODPatDNC #DNC2012, follow ODP folks @jeridkurtz @laurenharmon or follow the media there like @henryjgomez. I have a batch of friends who’ll be there from the women, politics and tech fields and they should be worth following too – @punditmom and @jljacobson and @rachelsklar to name a few.

The schedule is here for today/tonight and expect Wednesday and Thursdays by 10pm the night before (or so they’ve said).

By Jill Miller Zimon at 8:58 am September 4th, 2012 in Barack Obama, Democrats, Politics, WH2012, White House 2012 | Comments Off 

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So, it was fun. It wasn’t quite like old times, but maybe that’s a good thing. You can see my photos here and you can read my full blog post here. The teaser:

On Thursday evening, July 5, for the first time in over four years, I saw Barack Obama in person.The last three times I saw him, he was either just plain ole U.S. Senator Obama (2006) or Senator and presidential candidate Obama (2007, 2008). The main differences I noticed? Age, confidence, charisma, and fervor — he displayed more of all four.

You can read the transcript or watch a video of the President delivering his remarks, made at James Day Park in Parma, Ohio. This stop was his last public speaking event of the day after multiple other stops in Ohio, all part of the Obama Bus Tour, complete with Ground Force One – the tripped out rolling home for presidents (note, however, as does the Wall Street Journal, that the campaign is paying for the trip). My tweets tell the story of the Parma stop, while my journalist friend at the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Henry Gomez, covered all of the Ohio visits.

Why, at this point, would anyone who follows politics as much as I do, attend one of these highly choreographed and usually tightly scripted media-ready occasions? Especially when we are on the umpteenth day of 95 degree and 95% humidity weather, with a good mix of thunderstorm threats?

Great question!

[now go read the full post]

By Jill Miller Zimon at 7:09 pm July 6th, 2012 in Barack Obama, Cleveland+, Ohio, Politics, WH2012, White House 2012 | Comments Off 

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Haven’t gone to anything live-Obama since February 2008 but now I have a voting-age kid who wants to go – so we are going. I’ll be live-tweeting for where I’m a Contributing Editor for News and Politics (and moderating an amazing panel in NYC on women and online politics, including the head of Rutgers’ Center for Women and Politics, Debbie Walsh).

The hashtags will be #ObamaBusTour and #campaign2012 (that’s what I saw the Plain Dealer’s Henry Gomez using – looks good, a bit long – I might try #Obama #Parma).

By Jill Miller Zimon at 3:00 pm July 5th, 2012 in Barack Obama, Cleveland+, Ohio | Comments Off 

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Yeesh – I posted this one little thing on my Facebook page:

Filling up at 3.29/gal – who predicted that? And look at all the people thanking Obama after being so harsh on him when they feared the worst and thought for sure he controlled the price of gas! Oh – wait – no one is thanking him? They decided the president doesn’t control the price of gas? Well whadyaknow!? Not much, indeed.

and look what’s ensued.

Folks – I was being sarcastic. I don’t ever think Obama (or any single leader) had the ability, all by their lonesomes, to make the price of gas go up or down. I thought it was absurd when the news was obsessed with the tick-tock of the price going up a few months ago and I think the failure for anyone to report on the decline since then – nearly 80 cents or more in some places in two months – is equally absurd. The failure of those who were demanding that Obama “do” something about it to say anything now that the price has declined is equally unfortunate – and absolutely not surprising.

Which is why the entire chapter of gas price rhetoric should be eliminated, period.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 1:51 pm July 2nd, 2012 in Barack Obama, Economy, Politics | Comments Off 

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This isn’t really news, Pew showed Newt’s weakness with women back in December. But The State is out with this article today, in pertinent part:

Who will win? It could depend on who votes — men or women — and where they live — the Upstate or coast.

“It may be very close,” Matt Moore, executive director of the S.C. Republican Party, said Friday.

Polling shows Gingrich and Romney running neck and neck. But it also shows a gender divide between the two front-runners, sources in the Romney campaign said Friday. Women voters are breaking for Romney and men for Gingrich, they said.

Frankly, I’ve been wondering when the heck someone was going to write about this so I’m glad to see it noted.

But more interestingly to me, and I can’t believe I really wake up thinking about this stuff: We keep hearing about the importance of “the Evangelical vote.” But who is left in the GOP race? Two Catholics, a Mormon and Ron Paul.  And who is in the White House? A man who was with the United Church of Christ for at least 20 years, and who now attends services at the same place – Christian non-denominational – as George W. Bush.

I’ve never not voted for someone because they weren’t Jewish – or because they were Jewish. I’ve been governed by presidents who aren’t the same religion or gender as me my entire life.

And I’m still here. The sky hasn’t fallen and the earth has not swallowed me up.

Identity politics – don’t deny its existence, but don’t treat it like some intractable fealty either.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:45 am January 21st, 2012 in Barack Obama, conservatives, Elections, Gender, George Bush, Politics, Religion, Republicans, WH2012, White House 2012 | 1 Comment 

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You can read President Obama’s greeting to those of us who start the Passover holiday this evening here. No word yet on the guest list for this third annual event, but the menu is said to include brisket, noodle kugel and macaroons. This historical review of how the Obama’s seder began says the group that attends “…is limited to those that attended the first year.”

I do question the noodle kugel, not because you can’t find Kosher for Passover noodles (or make your own) but usually? They taste…not so good.  Maybe I should send Michele and Barack my mom’s apple farfel kugel and potato kugel recipes.

Here’s evidence of the Maxwell House haggadah being in the House. We’ll have to wait word for what they use this year.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 9:56 am April 18th, 2011 in Barack Obama, Holidays, Judaism, Religion | 1 Comment 

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People know they’re going to hit that, right?  There’s little more amplification that can be done on the tactic of blamming the President for this, that and the other thing.  It’s not just piling on, it’s making people turn away and tire.  It’s fill in the blank headline time – who even bothers to read the articles when you see the variation on the same theme ad nauseum:

Jindal Blasts Obama

Boehner Really Blasts Obama

Republicans ALL Blast Obama

Chris Matthews Blasts Obama While Getting Tingles on His Thigh

Spike Lee Blasts AND BLAMS Obama

Neil Armstrong Blasts OFF on Obama

Jon Stewart Laughs And Blasts Obama

Sarah Palin OF COURSE Blasts Obama

Just Google “blasts Obama.”  You’ll see.

Combine all that with new research out from Pew that shows people are not all that excited, happy or eager to have as big an influx of red as we got last Tuesday, and you better believe that we’re soon approaching the point of diminishing marginal return on blasting our president. Read more

By Jill Miller Zimon at 1:02 pm November 12th, 2010 in Barack Obama, Congress, conservatives, democracy, Government, Independents, leadership, Republicans, Research, Voting | 2 Comments 

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Mirror mirror on the wall: Sarah Palin says about President Obama: we gave you two years and you “blew it,” but Palin herself didn’t make it as Governor of a state that is smaller than Cuyahoga County when she quit after (nominally) more than two years in office herself.

Try being and staying in the arena, folks.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 8:48 am November 1st, 2010 in Barack Obama, Politics, Republicans, Sarah Palin | Comments Off 

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There’s video there, the live portion is expected to start at 6:30pm and the rally is scheduled for 8pm. Read more about the rally here.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 6:01 pm October 17th, 2010 in Barack Obama, Campaigning, Elections, Ohio, Politics, Ted Strickland | Comments Off 

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I honestly had not thought of that at all but here’s an interesting article about the subject and in fact seems to lean the other way – certainly in the case of former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel:

Privately, Jewish officials said Emanuel’s departure potentially could smooth relations between Obama and the Jewish community for two reasons: Emanuel had earned a reputation in Israel as anti-Israel, and his overall style had alienated core constituencies, among them the Jews.

One Jewish organizational official said Emanuel’s brusque “just listen to me” style had severely hampered Obama’s agenda, leading not only to tensions with the pro-Israel community but with gays, liberals and groups seeking health care reform.

Interesting undercurrent discussion of what really contributes to having influence that matters.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:39 am October 8th, 2010 in Barack Obama, Government, Israel, Jewish, Politics, Social Issues | Comments Off 

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Chris Cillizza wasn’t the only one writing about whether Democrats should be closer to or farther away from President Obama in the current election cycle but his piece, Some Democratic candidates distance themselves from Obama, covers the bases.  Here’s evidence that Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is not one of the ones distancing themselves:

President Barack Obama
joined by
Governor Ted Strickland
Yvette McGee Brown
Candidate for Lieutenant Governor

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The Strickland for Governor event
begins promptly at 11:30 am
Columbus Athenaeum
32 North Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215

RSVP online by August 13:

Corporate contributions are prohibited. However, partnerships, LLCs and other unincorporated entities may contribute, but must provide the name of an owner to whom to attribute the contribution. Ohio law requires that all contributors must provide their name and address regardless of the amount of the contribution and the name of their employer if the contribution is for more than $100. If the contributor is self employed, the business name and occupation of the contributor must be provided. Ohio law in general prohibits the award of an un-bid state contract if contributions to the officeholder from an owner, partner or shareholder of the contracting entity or their spouse have exceeded $1,000 from the person in the two calendar years prior to the award of the contract. State employees are prohibited from donating to the campaign and should disregard this invitation. Contributions to Strickland for Governor are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes.

Strickland for Governor, John P. Brody, Treasurer, 65 E. State St., Suite 1800, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Good, bad, neutral move?

By Jill Miller Zimon at 9:02 am August 16th, 2010 in Barack Obama, Campaigning, Democrats, Government, leadership, Ohio, Politics, Ted Strickland | Comments Off 

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Haveil Havalim #275: The “I’m so busy that putting together this blog carnival is actually what substitutes for taking a break” Edition.

Founded by Soccer Dad, Haveil Havalim is a carnival of Jewish blogs — a weekly collection of Jewish and Israeli blog highlights, tidbits and points of interest collected from blogs all around the world. It’s hosted by different bloggers each week and coordinated by the formidable Jack.

No enthusiastic experiments this week like last week’s edition, but I’ll see what I can do to keep it flowing:


Batya presents If I Were To Wear A Wig… posted at me-ander. Side-note: my daughter is into anime/manga and desperately wanted to wear her character’s wig. Did not work out so well, but maybe if I wore one, she’d have been conditioned? FYI, here’s a fascinating post on Jews in Anime and Manga.

Kissmeimshomer presents Get With the Program, an entry I read to be about parallel lives, and choices, posted at Kissmeimshomer.

Izgad offers a book review in An Anthropologist Does ArtScroll: A Review of Orthodox by Design posted at Izgad.

Izgad also addresses dress codes, values and what price people are willing to pay in Of Matisse, Skirt Lengths and Teaching Skills posted at Izgad.

Mordechai Torczyner speculates in Why does Cleveland hate LeBron James? posted at The Rebbetzin’s Husband. But I can tell you, having just driven past the famous “Witness” wall last night on my way to a friend’s 40th birthday party in downtown Cleveland that, as a parent, LeBron’s decision just sends a bad message – if it doesn’t have to be about money, then it can be about winning.  And that seems to make it not be about life.


Mrs. S. presents A tale of two graduations (possibly alternatively titled, “Expectations Explained”?) posted at Our Shiputzim: A Work In Progress.


Shira sounds a theme I’ve read in other posts regarding Segregation in Israeli Schools Today posted at Table Poetry.  It’s posts like this one and Mottel’s that make me ache for us to have ever-larger audiences though, so the nuances of such situations can be known and acknowledged.

Joel Katz’s weekly podcasts can be listened to here, Religion and State in Israel – July 5, 2010 (Section 1) and here, Religion and State in Israel – July 5, 2010 (Section 2) (both posted at Religion and State in Israel).

Ben-Yehudah’s Loyalty To The State? piece reminds me of the “First they came for…” reading many of us have heard or read for decades.  His entry is posted at Esser Agaroth.

Harry gives kudos to good writing in A bissle culture posted at ISRAELITY.

Then, Harry describes how a rocker expresses his love for Israel in A porcupine tree grows in Tel Aviv, also posted at ISRAELITY.

Finally, Harry looks at just how frequently all-things-Israel get mentioned in How Kagan’s hearing turned into an Israeli focus, you know where it’s posted.

Ilana-David publishes an intriguing Weekly Interview: Baila, accompanied by nice photos, at Ilana-Davita.

The World Cup and a meal led David Levy to write this rather deep entry about Rethinking Germany, posted at Jewish Boston.

Batya highlights PM Binyamin Netanyahu and Larry King “Fencing” Around The Chess Board complete with video and a link to the show’s transcript, posted at Shiloh Musings.

Susan Barnes presents a cute, flip take on her, ahem, hatred of  Tel Aviv posted at To Kiss A Mezuzah.

Then, Susan reflects on how easy it is to realize, here in the U.S. how one is No Longer in Israel, also posted at To Kiss A Mezuzah.

In Religion Taken Too Far, posted at The Israel Situation, Eric writes about his impressions of the multi-faceted situation in Immanuel.

Then, Eric offers his opinion on Israel Offers Peace Talks, PA Says No and wonders what we think, again at The Israel Situation.


Batya argues, “It’s not enough to feel the spirit” in Torah Judaism, Is It Enough to Be Spiritual Without Keeping The Laws? posted at Shiloh Musings. A very provocative topic indeed.

(I love the name of this blog): Homeshuling presents What’s Jewish about competitive eating? – Homeshuling posted at Home-shuling.

Mottel’s lengthy but absolutely worth the full-read, A Fire Burns in Crown Heights: An Essay on Religion, Modernity and Pizza, has implications, imo, for all kinds of situations, religious and non.  It’s posted at Letters of Thought.

Kissmeimshomer examines religion and happiness in Killing Babies and Understanding Brad Pitt’s Depression at Kissmeimshomer.

Rabbi Yehoishophot Oliver discusses levels of commitment to our faith in The corrosive impact of half-hearted worship, posted at A Chassidishe farbrengen.

Ben-Yehudah gives some technical advice with illustrative illustrations in Do You Pay Attention To The Google Ads On Your Site? posted at Esser Agaroth.

David Levy’s Book Review: Empowered Judaism might add to your summer reading list, posted at Jewish Boston.

I don’t know whether or not I’d recommend this to someone consider being a rabbi but Mordechai Torczyner’s entry, Why Rabbis Stop Believing, posted at The Rebbetzin’s Husband, sure raises a lot of good conversation points.

Minnesota Mamaleh’s Minnesota Mamaleh: Tradition!, posted at TC Jewfolk, is an excellent counter-balance to Batya’s belief (linked to above) that spirit alone doesn’t do it.


The title of Joshua Waxman’s entry faked me out so it’s a good thing he included what category Anisakis worms and peshat in Kukyanei, according to Rashi and Rabbenu Tam belonged to (posted at parshablog).


Shira confesses a bit in Material Girl posted at Table Poetry.

Rachel Moore describes the classic chaos we often go through just to get to the rest we need in Chugga Chugga aahhhh, posted at Ima 2 Seven.

Don’t read this entry unless you want to be baking today – the photo alone in Miriyummy’s Dulce Dog Days of Summer, at Miriyummy is going to seduce you.

Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters shows us how we can find a lesson pretty much anywhere in Old and Wise, posted at Chabad-Lubavitch news site.

To the question raised in Hadassah Sabo Milner’s WWYD – hair covering, posted at In the Pink? I always always do what you did.

The title of Chaviva’s entry, Once Upon a Time, I Was Agnostic. posted at Just call me Chaviva, reminds me of when I was a freshman at Georgetown and we had to pick a second mandatory theology class (the one all frosh have to take is called The Problem of God), and I first encountered the word, “gnosticism.”


Batya presents skepticism in Obama’s All Teeth …, posted at Shiloh Musings.

Lady-Light writes about what she sees as A Disturbing Assessment of President Obama, posted at Tikkun Olam.

Independent Patriot’s perspectives on the same event can be read in the Oval Office Nonsensical Dance, posted at Liberty’s Spirit.


I can’t even pretend I know what he’s talking about given my insufficient education in this area, but I bet a lot of you will enjoy Joshua Waxman’s Demonic messages between Sura and Pumbedita, posted at parshablog.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Haveil Havalim using the carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page.

Thank you all for your submissions – they make me sad for all the time I have not had or made to read and keep up on often gripping and always real thoughts on these subjects.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 11:20 am July 11th, 2010 in anti-semitism, Barack Obama, Civil Rights, conservatives, Culture, democracy, Education, Foreign Affairs, Gaza, George Bush, Government, Holidays, intolerance, Israel, Jewish, Judaism, leadership, Military, palestinians, peace, Politics, Recipes, Religion, Sexism, Social Issues, Sports, war, Women, Writing, Youth | 13 Comments 

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First things first – this Plain Dealer article about State Rep. Josh Mandel, who was at an annual Republican Jewish Coalition event in Beverly Hills on June 6, 2010, links to Plunderbund. I love it when MSM links to political blogs – thank you.

Plunderbund (and Politico, among other outlets) noted that the RJC was hosting an event and that leading “birther movement” figure, Orly Taitz (who also ran for but lost her primary bid to run as the GOP candidate for California’s Secretary of State) and Mandel were both listed as attending. Taitz wrote that she was a “special guest of the Republican Jewish Coalition.”

The PD followed up yesterday with an after-report to clarify the relationships between RJC and Taitz, and between Taitz and Mandel:

On Wednesday, Mandel said although he and Taitz were at the same event, he has never met Taitz. “I’m not part of the birther movement,” he added.

Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, said Taitz and her husband bought tickets for the event. Taitz was listed as a special guest on the event’s program simply because she was a candidate, Brooks said.

“She had no role, she was not acknowledged, she was not asked to speak,” Brooks said. “She was one of 700 people in the room and that’s the extent of it.”

If you’d like to follow up w/Mandel in person, the local RJC will be hosting an event with him on Sunday, Father’s Day.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 9:36 am June 17th, 2010 in Barack Obama, Blogging, Campaigning, conservatives, Elections, Government, intolerance, Jewish, leadership, Ohio, Politics, Republicans | 2 Comments 

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Office of the Press Secretary
June 15, 2010

Remarks of President Barack Obama-As Prepared for Delivery
Address to the Nation on the BP Oil Spill
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Oval Office

As Prepared for Delivery—

Good evening.  As we speak, our nation faces a multitude of challenges.  At home, our top priority is to recover and rebuild from a recession that has touched the lives of nearly every American.  Abroad, our brave men and women in uniform are taking the fight to al Qaeda wherever it exists.  And tonight, I’ve returned from a trip to the Gulf Coast to speak with you about the battle we’re waging against an oil spill that is assaulting our shores and our citizens.

On April 20th, an explosion ripped through BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, about forty miles off the coast of Louisiana.  Eleven workers lost their lives.  Seventeen others were injured.  And soon, nearly a mile beneath the surface of the ocean, oil began spewing into the water.

Because there has never been a leak of this size at this depth, stopping it has tested the limits of human technology.  That is why just after the rig sank, I assembled a team of our nation’s best scientists and engineers to tackle this challenge – a team led by Dr. Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and our nation’s Secretary of Energy.  Scientists at our national labs and experts from academia and other oil companies have also provided ideas and advice. Read more

By Jill Miller Zimon at 8:09 pm June 15th, 2010 in Barack Obama, Energy, Environment, Ethics, Government, leadership, Media, Politics, Science, Social Issues, Transportation, Utilities | 1 Comment 

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If I were a prankster, I’d find every body of water close to President Obama and erect an oil rig in it because that’s how angry I am about the new off-shore drilling announcement. Forget that it won’t decrease our reliance on foreign oil, forget that there are already millions and millions of acres of drillable ocean area, forget that the Atlantic Seaboard is one of the most densely populated areas of our country and already weathers red tides, mercury in its fish and the worst kids of flotsam and jetsam in its waters.

Oh – just go read what I wrote at BlogHer about the announcement and the reax to it.

Because of my attachment to Israel and my demand that we become more energy independent so that we don’t keep fueling the oil countries that relax on our backs, I’m as desirous if not more so than most Americans for decreasing our reliance on those nations.  What do you think of Obama’s announcement? I’m particularly interested in hearing from people who live along the Gulf Coast and have lived through its horizon’s transformation.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 8:28 am April 1st, 2010 in Barack Obama, Energy, Environment, Government, Politics, Social Issues | 2 Comments 

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This photo of President Obama’s 2010 seder shows that the Maxwell House Haggadah is a two-peat choice for telling the Passover story - way to go Maxwell House. You can read more about the seder here (the menu is similar to what I served except we didn’t do brisket, chicken or asparagus – and we had kosher for Passover rocky road browniese and matzah caramel crunch with our coffee, and a lot of wine from Israel).

By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:19 am March 30th, 2010 in Barack Obama, Holidays, Jewish, Religion | Comments Off 

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Early last year, after President Obama was sworn in, I noticed how the first big pack of photos (you can see it here) that the White House released had, like, barely any women in them.

When I looked yesterday at this package of health care bill-related photos, there’s no question that there were more women in them – HHS Secretary Sebelius, WH Senior Advisor Valeri Jarrett, one with SOS Secretary Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Obama’s top secretary, a couple of others – a noticeable improvement.

But then I read this AP piece called, “Obama Fights “Boys Club” Image in the White House.”

Hmm. Of course, the only way to fight the image is to, you know, in reality not function like or be a boys’ club.  Perception may be reality but if you change reality, you’ll be able to do a whole lot about the perception too.

What are you perceiving/knowing about this topic?  With the departure of Desiree Rogers and Anita Dunn, probably others I’ve forgetten, and thinking about one article that highlighted Clinton’s staffing approach at SOS, what really matters re: White House staffing and women?

By Jill Miller Zimon at 9:42 am March 24th, 2010 in Barack Obama, Gender, intolerance, leadership, Politics, Sexism, Social Issues, Women | Comments Off 

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Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release                                                         January 27, 2010



U.S. Capitol

9:11 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Madam Speaker, Vice President Biden, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:

Our Constitution declares that from time to time, the President shall give to Congress information about the state of our union.  For 220 years, our leaders have fulfilled this duty. They’ve done so during periods of prosperity and tranquility.  And they’ve done so in the midst of war and depression; at moments of great strife and great struggle. Read more

By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:08 pm January 27th, 2010 in Barack Obama, Politics | 1 Comment 

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You do not want to miss this. Chatter will feed to Twitter and Facebook (for me anyway for sure – still working on the Twitter side).  At 9pm – bring your beverage of choice and chime in.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 7:27 pm January 27th, 2010 in Barack Obama, Blogging, BlogHer, Politics | Comments Off 

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I don’t know if I can do a twofer (Ohio Governor Ted Strickland’s State of the State is next Wednesday, too) – live-blogging is intense.  But I will definitely be liveblogging President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address, just announced today as happening January 27 at 9:00 pm. Should be…something. Yes? No? Maybe?

By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:43 pm January 18th, 2010 in Barack Obama, Government, Politics | Comments Off 

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