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What a Wonder, Stevie (open thread)

CAPTION: President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden welcome singer Stevie Wonder to the stage (AP/UK Mail)

From the UK Daily Mail‘s article, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and a crowd of 50,000 join Obama to open new 30ft Martin Luther King statue:

Thousands of people gathered yesterday to commemorate the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at the National Mall in Washington DC.

Aretha Franklin, poet Nikki Giovanni and President Barack Obama were among those honouring the legacy of the nation’s foremost civil rights leader during the ceremony.

Please watch the video below …

The 30-ft-tall stone statue features King among granite walls where 14 of his quotations are carved in stone.

Early in the ceremony, during a rendition of ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing,’ the crowd cheered when images on screen showed Obama on the night he won the 2008 presidential election.

Organisers announced a concert will follow the dedication, featuring Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow and others.

The memorial puts Dr King shoulder to shoulder with legendary former leaders Jefferson and Lincoln and is close to where King delivered his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech in 1963. (UK Daily Mail)

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  • DDDDSSSS

    Always about him…

    “Early in the ceremony, during a rendition of ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing,’ the crowd cheered when images on screen showed Obama on the night he won the 2008 presidential election.”

    So glad I had a lot of DVR recordings to view today.

  • HELENK2

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/9816878/Barack-Obama-inauguration-a-call-for-unity-that-may-go-unheeded-by-half-the-country.html

    there will be no unity in this country for the next four years. that is how the backtrack bunch want it. they go out of their way to create strife in this county

  • HELENK2

    http://www.newsmax.com/US/alveda-king-bible-obama/2013/01/20/id/472237

    I can understand her mixed emotions about backtrack using MLK’s bible.

    on one hand backtrack being sworn it shows that blacks and whites have come a long way.

    on the other hand

    backtrack represents nothing of what MLK believed in.

    • getfitnow

      I’ve never thought about the Bible used for this purpose for any POTUS. Was it “news” for other POTUS’? I don’t know. But personally, I would want my own Bible to take home as a family keepsake. Wow, to own something that you swore on to uphold the Constitution of the USA, and pass it own to family members…well it shouldn’t get much better. But, once again, this is an example of optics/script. That One could care less about any of it, imo.

  • HELENK2

    http://go.bloomberg.com/political-capital/2013-01-21/obama-tweets-from-church-lets-go/

    Again NO class backtrack tweets from church.

    should have gone to Catholic school , nuns would have taught him better

  • HELENK2

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/01/21/unreal-obama-advisor-says-americas-political-system-isnt-worthy-of-obama-and-the-opportunity-he-presents/

    backtrack advisor says America’s political system isn’t worthy of backtrack and the opportunity he presents/

    I do not know where these idiots come from but I wish they would go back there

    • HELENK2

      they live a decent life here, most of them have mooched off the system for years.

  • HELENK2
    • HARP2

      She is shoveling that food back like she is a truck driver that has to get back on the road.

  • HARP2

    Video: The obligatory “Michelle Obama rolls her eyes at Boehner” clip

    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/01/21/video-the-obligatory-michelle-obama-rolls-her-eyes-at-boehner-clip/

    • HELENK2

      GMTA

      • HARP2

        Notice the mooch has her elbows on the table. Must have learned that in Chicago.

    • getfitnow

      Can’t even stop stuffing her face long enough to swallow or take a breath.

      I saw a headline today that she is the most interesting FLOTUS since Jackie O. I would say the most utterly graceless since Jackie O.

      • HARP2

        Now THAT is a shovel ready job

  • Hokma

    One more reason why there will be no Palestinian State any time soon:

    “I challenge anyone to deny the relationship between Zionism and Nazism before World War Two,” Abbas said.

    http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=300397

    So much for “moderate” Muslims

  • HELENK2

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/01/21/tingles-compares-obama-second-inaugural-to-gettysburg-address/

    all kidding aside there is really something wrong with tweety tingles. has he had a psych exam lately? he needs one

  • HELENK2

    ot

    for comic relief

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/lance_tall_tales_shifted_7QbJmcoutCSY3qur2ceDYL

    Lance Armstrong books moved to the fiction section of the library

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  • getfitnow

    MLK Jr. must be spinning over his grave. His legacy is misrepresented by the most divisive president in American history– a Democrat who believes that color of skin always trumps content of character. What a shame.

  • Hokma

    I was watching the interaction between Obama and Bill Clinton. Clinton as always is all smiles. Obama suddenly went into a grimace each time they engaged at the Capitol and at the dinner after. Obama is no Bill Clinton and I think it bothers his thin skin as well as the fact that Clinton probably was one major reason his re-election was saved.

    • getfitnow

      I don’t think anything bothers That One. “by any means necessary.”

      I believe Clinton is just greasing the skids for Hillary.

  • HELENK2

    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/01/21/house-intel-chair-we-knew-something-big-was-coming-before-algerian-hostage-crisis/

    house intel chair : we knew something was coming before Algerian hostage crisis.

    I would love to hear more on this. Aren’t we supposed to have better intelligence gathering after 9-11?

  • HELENK2
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    Russia’s emergency ministry sending 2 airplanes to Beirut to help Russians leave Syria – Interfax via @Reuters

  • Justine00

    Mooch’s dentures look painful.
    .

    • getfitnow

      Her new wig-do looks painful.

      • HELENK2

        she is painful to look at

        • Hokma

          My wife heard on the radio that the Mooch’s dress was made from the fabric used for men’s ties. It certainly looked like a tie I have.

      • elizabethrc

        Joan Rivers (the design maven) said her “do” was a “don’t”.
        By the way, off topic, but I just wish that today’s ‘singers’, if one can call the screamers that, would learn to sing the National Anthem the way it was written. It is almost unrecognizable with all the nonsensical ‘rides’ and screeching high notes they put in. Screeching is not singing. Their renditions certainly remove any semblance of dignity from it.

    • getfitnow

      It does look like she’s wearing dentures.

      BTW, Flip Wilson carried off the hairstyle better than she.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-355kMZxUN4

  • Hokma

    Very uninspiring speech – no lofty rhetorical phrases – and only a basic stump speech to appeal to his supporters – the children of the corn.

    From his speech he will not stop Iran from going nuclear and I bet he will shake their hand when they do.

    He is apparently looking for a fight with Republicans and is making the mistake of overstating his win in November and its meaning.

    We are screwed.

    • http://twitter.com/beyondpartisan beyond partisan

      His arrogance simply mirrors the arrogance of the New Democrats and the MoveOn crowd – they honestly believe they are on the “right side of history,” that conservatives are regressive throwbacks, and that civilization naturally “progresses” to a more “evolved” liberal point of view. They are fed this delusion by the mainstream media, and honestly think anyone who disagrees with them is “fringe,” despite the fact that Fox gets triple the ratings of CNN and even Glenn Beck has more subscribers than CNN has viewers. Obama’s “mandate” was secured through fraud – they can’t win unless they cheat and lie. All he needs is a real scandal (I’m talking of the sexual kind) and he’ll be a lame duck and done.

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        • Hokma

          He is over estimating his popularity and support by leagues. His over confidence and incompetence will get him. I do not see good things happening for him this year or next. There is no more blaming Bush. This is all going to catch up to him: domestic and foreign policy.

          • KenoshaMarge

            Like George Will said, his ability to “persuade” is a myth.

            • getfitnow

              I saw a comment where That One was referred to as president tom thumb. Yes, he is a tiny man

              • KenoshaMarge

                Little men, little people, are often like obama, all about themselves. We all like to think that we are the center of the universe. But we know better.

                He doesn’t. He thinks he is the best, the brightest and the center. He’s actually just another corrupt little politician with their usual delusions of grandeur. Only in his case it’s delusion of grandeur on steroids.

      • getfitnow

        It’s never been put better than this. We saw it. We see it. Wake up GOP!

        http://sultanknish.blogspot.ca/2012/08/the-most-divisive-campaign-in-american.html

    • KenoshaMarge

      Did you hear Senator Cruz yesterday when he said that maybe Obama needs to give the Republicans a “reset” button like he gave the Russians. Quite a clever man Senator Cruz. I thought he made mincemeat of Schumer.

      And did you notice that although Schumer called Cruz “his friend”, Cruz didn’t return the favor. I like that. Calling Cruz his friend was uber phony even for Schumer.

      • Hokma

        I watched that and Cruz is very impressive. It is going to be guys like him, Rubio, and Paul (Rand) who will save the GOP and will be Obama’s nightmare. And they will be.

        I watched the speed and rather than press Reset Obama pressed Fast Forward.

      • getfitnow

        Yeah, I have to say McCain drives me crazy with that phoney line. The other one is Reid.

        • KenoshaMarge

          Hearing the things they say about each it is so phony to pretend they are friends. Once they may have been “friendly adversaries” who simply see things in a different way. Now that’s just not true.

          They are NOT friends and to say so is just more dishonesty coming from those who can’t seem to complete one honest sentence.

    • getfitnow

      Anyone with a lick of sense knows that after four years of this president, there’s not much to smile about. And there’s little hope of anything being better after another four.

  • HELENK2

    Britain to consider giving France more transport, surveillance
    assets to help with Mali operation, UK Prime Minister Cameron says – @Reuters

  • HELENK2

    http://www.therightreasons.net/index.php?/topic/45663-todays-toons-12113/page__pid__412504#entry412504

    these cartoons is so right on
    especially the one on backtrack and ben laden

    • KenoshaMarge

      One of my favorite spots to “steal” cartoons. Pookie has the best! Just loved this one.

  • HELENK2

    http://thelookingspoon.com/

    the oath in backtrack;s mind

  • HELENK2

    http://freebeacon.com/terms-of-endangerment/

    terms of endangerment.

    what America faces today.

    the article says what backtrack faces, but he will be golfing and the country will be left facing these threats

  • HELENK2

    Iowa Hawk

    #ObamaAccomplishments Organized a powerful political movement made up of “Jay Walking with Jay Leno” contestants

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  • HELENK2

    http://pjmedia.com/victordavishanson/fantasies-about-radical-islam/

    fantasies about radical islam
    victor davis hanson

  • HARP2

    PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama averaged 49.1% job approval during his first term in office, among the lowest for post-World War II presidents. Only Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford had lower job approval averages.

    Obama’s first term was also notable for the lack of a major surge in support, as occurred for George H.W. Bush during the Persian Gulf War and George W. Bush after 9/11.

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/159965/obama-averages-approval-first-term.aspx?utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=syndication&utm_content=morelink&utm_term=All%20Gallup%20Headlines