Archive for November, 2008

‘I’m leaving with the same set of values’ – President Bush

November 28, 2008


Q How do you want to be remembered, and what are you most proud of?

THE PRESIDENT: I would like to be a person remembered as a person who, first and foremost, did not sell his soul in order to accommodate the political process. I came to Washington with a set of values, and I’m leaving with the same set of values. And I darn sure wasn’t going to sacrifice those values; that I was a President that had to make tough choices and was willing to make them. I surrounded myself with good people. I carefully considered the advice of smart, capable people and made tough decisions. I’d like to be a President (known) as somebody who liberated 50 million people and helped achieve peace; that focused on individuals rather than process; that rallied people to serve their neighbor; that led an effort to help relieve HIV/AIDS and malaria on places like the continent of Africa; that helped elderly people get prescription drugs and Medicare as a part of the basic package; that came to Washington, D.C., with a set of political statements and worked as hard as I possibly could to do what I told the American people I would do.


Q Laura, you have done so much for women and

children around the world. What’s been your most rewarding


MRS. BUSH: they can

be educated quickly, because they missed their Well, it’s certainly been very rewarding to look at Afghanistan and both know that the President and

the United States military liberated women there; that women and girls can be in school now; that women can walk outside their doors without a male escort.  worry about Afghanistan, but I will always have a special place in my heart for the women that I’ve met there, both on my visits to Afghanistan and then the many women from Afghanistan who’ve traveled to the United States on scholarships or with the Afghan American Women’s Council, or with a lot of other ways that American citizens have opened their homes to women in Afghanistan so education when they were children or young women, because they weren’t allowed to learn anything. I think that’s really important. I think as we look all around the Middle East, we’ll see that women can be the ones who really lead the freedom movement, and that American women are standing so strongly, I think, with the women in Afghanistan and other places.


Q Mr. President, one of your education initiatives is the No Child Left Behind. Can you reflect on that a little bit?

THE PRESIDENT: I think the No Child Left Behind Act is one of the significant achievements of my Administration because we said loud and clear to educators, parents, and children that we expect the best for every child, that we believe every child can learn, and that in return for Federal money we expect there to be an accountability system in place to determine whether every child is

learning to read, write, and add and subtract. This is a piece of legislation that required both Republicans and Democrats coming together, and it is a landmark legislative achievement. But more importantly, it focused the country’s attention on the fact that we had an achievement gap that — you know, white kids were reading better in the 4th grade than Latinos or African American kids. And that’s unacceptable for America. And the No Child Left Behind Act started holding people to account, and the achievement gap is narrowing. When you couple that with a very strong literacy initiative, which Laura has been a part of, it begins to focus our whole system on solving problems early, and not accepting this premise that you’re just going to move people through the system and hope for the best, and insisting upon high standards for every single child. And I’m very proud of that accomplishment, and I appreciate all those here in Washington and around the country that have worked hard to see that the promise of No Child Left Behind has been fulfilled.


Q Can you describe the influence our parents had on you?

THE PRESIDENT: I think that the gift our dad gave to all of us is unconditional love. It is the greatest gift a father can give a child. And it has made life so much easier in many ways, because if you have the ultimate gift of love, then the difficulties of life can be easier handled. And to me that is a great gift. And he also taught me — and I think you and Jeb and Neil and Marvin — that you can go into politics with a set of values and you don’t have to sell your soul once you’re in the political system. And you can come out with the same set of values. And so I remember, I think it was Jeb said, “Dad was busy in politics, but he invented the definition of quality time.” In other words, he was a great father before politics, a great father during politics and a great father after politics.


Q What role does faith play in your day-to-day life?

THE PRESIDENT: I’ve been in the Bible every day since I’ve been the President, and I have been affected by people’s prayers a lot. I have found that faith is comforting, faith is strengthening, faith has been important….I would advise politicians, however, to be careful  about faith in the public arena. …In other words, politicians should not be judgmental people based upon their faith. They should recognize — as least I have recognized I am a lowly sinner seeking redemption, and therefore have been very careful about saying (accept) my faith or you’re bad. In other words, if you don’t accept what I believe, you’re a bad person. And the greatness of America — it really is – is that you can worship or not worship and be equally American. And it doesn’t matter how you choose to worship; you’re equally American. And it’s very important for any President to jealously protect, guard, and strengthen that freedom.

Obama: ‘a new and brighter day is yet to come’

November 27, 2008

As the nation enters the traditional holiday shopping season in the midst of a financial crisis and is reminded of its own potential vulnerability by the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, President-elect Barack Obama called on Americans to come together for the sake of the country’s future.

This Thanksgiving “takes place at a time of great trial for our people,” Obama says in his weekly Saturday radio address which his transition team released Thursday morning.

Across the country, there were empty seats at the table, as brave Americans continue to serve in harm’s way from the mountains of Afghanistan to the deserts of Iraq s. “At home, we have an economic crisis of historic proportions,” he says.

“But this Thanksgiving, we are reminded that the renewal of our economy won’t come from policies and plans alone – it will take the hard work, innovation, service, and strength of the American people,” Obama says.

“So this weekend – with one heard, and one voice, the American people can give thanks that a new and brighter day is yet to come.”

Obama: budget reform “a necessity”

November 25, 2008


(CNN) — President-elect Barack Obama pledged Tuesday to go through the federal budget “page by page, line by line” to eliminate excessive spending and get the economy back on track.

If we are going to make the investments we need, we also have to be willing to shed the spending that we don’t need,” Obama said at a news conference in Chicago, Illinois.

In these challenging times, when we’re facing both rising deficits and a sinking economy, budget reform is not an option. It’s a necessity,” he said.

Obama also said that he has selected Peter Orszag as his nominee for director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Orszag, the head of the Congressional Budget Office, is an expert on health care, pensions and Social Security policy. He worked at the Clinton White House as special assistant to the president at the National Economic Council and served on the Council of Economic Advisers.

Those named to Obama’s economic team already have started working on crafting an economic recovery plan. The group also must figure out how best to allocate the rest of the $700 billion bailout that Congress passed in October.

Obama has said he hopes the new Congress will begin work on an aggressive economic recovery plan when it convenes in January so his administration can immediately get to work. The president-elect said Tuesday that it is important that his administration not “stumble” into office but “hit the ground running.

An economic stimulus package is central to Obama’s plan. Obama on Monday declined to speculate how big the stimulus would need to be, saying, “We are going to do what’s required to jolt this economy back into shape.”

Estimates for how much might be spent on a multiple-year stimulus package range as high as $500 billion to $700 billion. At the center of the plan are investments in the nation’s roads, bridges, schools and alternative-energy infrastructure. Obama has said his plan will lead to the creation of 2.5 million jobs.

The president-elect insisted Tuesday that his proposed stimulus would not be “more of the same” when it comes to Washington spending.

This isn’t about big government or small government. It’s about building a smarter government that focuses on what works. That’s why I will ask my new team to think anew and act anew to meet our new challenges,” Obama said.

Despite the problems facing his administration, Obama said he is “confident that we are going to rise to meet this challenge” if everyone works together.

In order for us to be effective, given the scope and the scale of the challenges that we face, Republicans and Democrats are going to have to work together,” he said.

Renowned economic pessimist Nouriel Roubini approves of Obama’s picks

November 25, 2008


By Daniel Stone | Newsweek Web Exclusive, Nov 24, 2008 

“Infamously pessimistic economist Nouriel Roubini, a professor at New York University, spoke to NEWSWEEK’s Daniel Stone about what wise decisions must be made early on, his thoughts on Obama’s economic team, and how they can they stop the bleeding. Excerpts:

NEWSWEEK: What are your thoughts on the team Obama assembled?

Nouriel Roubini:
The choices are excellent. Tim Geithner is going to be a pragmatic, thoughtful and great leader for the Treasury. He has experience at the Treasury and the IMF [International Monetary Fund], then the New York Fed. I have great respect for both Geithner as well as Larry Summers. I think both of them in top roles in economics in the administration were good moves. I think very highly of them both.

What are the first things they need to tackle?

First one is the fiscal stimulus, because the troubled economy is in a freefall, so we really need to boost aggregate demand, and the sooner and larger the better. The second thing they should do is recapitalize the financial system. Most of the $700 billion is going to be used to recapitalize banks, broker dealers, finance companies and insurance companies. To do it aggressively and fast is going to be important.

The plan Obama has talked about includes spending on infrastructure and energy development to create jobs. How likely is that to produce long-term aid to the economy?
We need to do it because demand and spending and housing are literally collapsing. That will get a boost from public-sector spending: [spending on] infrastructure, unemployment benefits, state and local government aid, more food stamps. We’re going to have to think larger, but I don’t think you can pass most of it until January when [Obama] comes to power. We’re going to have to wait, because nothing seems possible for the time being. But I expect most of his plans will pass once the new administration is in power.

Obama is largely powerless for the next two months. What’s your outlook from now through January? 
The lame-duck session of Congress really needs to spend on unemployment benefits, aid to save the local governments and on food stamps. Those things are very short-run and are very important. It’s really the most we can do for now.

Your view of the economic future is often a bit less than optimistic. What does Obama’s team signal about what could be coming?

Look, he wants to get things done, so he’s choosing a really terrific team. To me, it says that he’s choosing people who have great experience. He’s choosing people who are pragmatic and who realize the severity of the national problem we’re facing. They’re knowledgeable about markets, about the economy and the political process in Washington. These are the very best people he could have chosen. I can’t look too far, but it’s a very good signal of what he wants to do.”


November 24, 2008


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November 24, 2008





Romania, Alegeri Noiembrie 30

November 24, 2008

Pentru cei aflati aici in US or Canada, iata intre ce aveti de ales (daca evident va hotarati sa votati):

Pentru Camera Deputatilor:
1. Ana Birchall – PSD+PC  www.anabirchall. ro
2. Mircea Lubanovici – PD-L www.lubanovici. us
3. Dancs Annamaria – UDMR  www.dancsannamari. com
4. Miliana Stefan – PNG-CD
5. Constantin Ciuciu Timoc – Independent www.voteazatimoc. ro
6. Stefan Movila – PNL www.stefanmovila. ro
Pentru Senat:
1. Eugen Chivu – PD-L www.eugenchivu. ro
2. Viorel Duca – PSD+PC
3. Raymond Luca – PNL www.raymondluca. com
4. Bella Karolyi – UDMR
5. Petre-Radu Toma – PRM
6. Sorin-Ioan Udroiu – PNG-CD
7. Laurentiu Olimpiu Fulga – AEPVE.

Obama names his economic team

November 24, 2008



“President-elect Barack Obama said Monday that the country is facing an “economic crisis of historic proportions,” and unveiled the team he has chosen to help get the economy back on track.

Obama said he sought leaders who share his fundamental belief that “we cannot have a thriving Wall Street without a thriving Main Street.”

Obama has tapped New York Federal Reserve President Tim Geithner as Treasury Secretary and former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers as chief of the National Economic Council.

Geithner helped manage Wall Street’s financial meltdown earlier this year, overseeing the acquisition of Bear Stearns by JPMorgan Chase, the bailout of AIG and the collapse of Lehman Brothers. He was appointed as the New York Federal Reserve president in November 2003.

Summers served as treasury secretary in the Clinton administration. He was the chief economist of the World Bank from 1991 through 1993. Prior to his career in government, Summers taught economics at Harvard.

University of California-Berkeley economics professor Christina Romer has been chosen to be the chair of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.

The Council of Economic Advisers is a group of economists –including three who are appointed by the president and need Senate confirmation — that advise the president on economic policy.

Obama also announced Melody Barnes as director of the Domestic Policy Council and Heather Higginbottom as deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council.”

Hello World!

November 24, 2008


Welcome to my world!

Yes I did it! I hope will have a good time together. I don’t think I know how this may work, but I’ll try my best.

Meantime, get a cup of coffee (no smoking please…) and enjoy the ride!

Let me introduce you to my “helpers”:

ShredderSound Editor

He is my youngest
He is my youngest

Brriana Design

She is my princes.

She is my princes.

Tomy The Boss


 Mama’s Big Boy!


And  Miles!