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Although we seem to be switching parties in the White House and the senate, looks like a women will still be holding down the Secretary Of State seat:
According to several reliable sources, Barack Obama has extended the offer to Sen. Hilary Clinton to be Secretary Of State. Senator Clinton met with President-elect Obama to talk about the job. Recently in Obama’s interview with 60 Minutes (CBS), when asked about him offering her the job, he chose to stay mum about that topic. Smiling and saying “you won’t get anything out of me”. About the potential position, her husband and former President Bill Clinton had this to say:
“She worked very hard for Obama’s election after the primary with him, and so did I. And we were very glad that he won and we have a lot of confidence that he can do a good job. But she didn’t do what she did with the hope of or expectation of getting any kind of job offer, much less having this discussed. If he decided to ask her and they did it together, I think she’ll be really great as the secretary of state. Whatever happens or doesn’t happen is between Obama and her.”
Although these two were going head to head to run for President on behalf of democrats, it was obvious that Sen. Obama had the utmost respect for the Clinton’s and admired the way Bill Clinton led this country during his tenure as President (1992-2000). Hopefully we can get an Obama-Clinton team up in the near future.
Congrats to former NBA star Kevin Johnson, who also made history on Tuesday. Johnson became the first black mayor of Sacramento, California Tuesday night. The one-time All-Star point guard defeated Heather Fargo. Johnson, says he wants to raise the profile of his hometown, “We should be a destination place,” he said leading to the election.
President-elect Barack Obama is already putting together his administration, and he has confirmed former Clinton aide Rahm Emanuel as his Chief Of Staff. Check out the report from Huffington Post:
Hard-charging Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel has accepted the job of chief of staff under Barack Obama, the Huffington Post has confirmed.
Emanuel, who served as a political and policy aide in the Clinton White House before running for Congress, weighed the family and political considerations before accepting. He will have to resign his seat, relinquish his position in the House Democratic leadership and put aside hopes of becoming House speaker.
Looks like our new president is making all the right moves. Check out Rep. Rahm Emanuel’s track record here.
Fresh off the heels of President-elect Barack Obama‘s big win, the stars are lining up everything from dresses, to performances:
Oprah, who put her career on the line when she endorsed Obama (she stated in one interview that she started to lose sponsors and viewers), says she already has her inauguration dress. But she’s not the only one, the new First Lady Michelle Obama started searching for her inauguration dress “weeks ago”, according to sources inside the Obama camp.
Oprah is not the only star coming out though, Beyonce says she wants to sing at the inauguration:
About the win and her anticipation & willingness to do anything for her new President, the R&B “Diva” says: “I’m there. I can’t wait,” she told the Associated Press. “I feel like all of us, we’re ready to do whatever we have to do. Whatever they want — if they need me to volunteer, they need me to sing, I’m there, and I’m ready.” This would be good news for the little Obama’s, Malia & Sasha since they are HUGE Beyonce fan’s, along with their dad.
Looks like she’s serious about that icon status she’s going for, this would definitely be history in itself if she sang at the 1st African-American President’s inauguration.
Besides the stars preparing for Inauguration Day, so are proud citizens who voted for Barack. Majority of DC hotel’s are completely booked for January 20, 2009 and tickets to the Inauguration are selling out quickly. Get it while it’s good people!
Last night, Barack Obama became the 44th President of The United States of America, making him the first African-American to be elected President. Obama, a first-term Democratic senator from Illinois beat second-time Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, winning the popular vote by 52% and the Electoral vote 349 to 163.
The election proved even more victorious for Democrats, which now have the majority in both the House and Senate, the first time since 1994. In case you missed the historic victory speech, you can catch the full thing here:
T.I‘s lawyer Steve Sadow stated to the press, “Until he is sentenced in the federal case, he doesn’t have a conviction yet. Even though he is a convicted felon, he has a right to vote since he is not serving probation and hasn’t started his prison sentence.”
Congrats to T.I.! He’s been out spreading the word as part of his “Respect My Vote” Campaign. However, he was able to lead by example!!
On the heels of the most historic presidential election ever, Americans are taking advantage of early voting. Especially African-Americans:
Americans are voting early in large numbers this year — and African-Americans in several states are turning out in disproportionate numbers. Some fear that polling places in predominantly black neighborhoods will be overwhelmed by a record turnout on Election Day. Others are voting early to be certain the chance to elect the first black U.S. president doesn’t slip away. Lorene Smith was in her twenties when she marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. She witnessed first-hand all kinds of history-book images — the fire hoses, police dogs and flailing billy clubs. Now, at 65, she has graying hair and a bad back that prevents her from standing too long. She is taking no chances with a ballot she once believed could never be cast — a vote for an African-American presidential candidate.”We gonna have two little black girls in the White House running up and down the hallways to find their dog,” she said as she voted Tuesday
Indeed, this is the proudest moment for many Americans. This election is responsible for the largest youth voter turnout and African-American voter turnout, the two which were largely absent in many other elections. If you are in a state which allows for early voting, go out and cast your ballot. You never know what may come up on November 4th.
“Be the change you want to see in this world”- Gandhi