“We Choose To Go To The Moon”
Fifty years ago today, President John F. Kennedy delivered one of his most iconic, important, and eloquent speeches in Houston, TX at the Rice Stadium in the fall of 1962.
“Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why did he want to climb it. He said, ‘Because it is there.’ Well, space is there, and we’re going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there. And, therefore, as we set sail we ask God’s blessing on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked.”
~ John F. Kennedy, Rice University, Sept. 12, 1962
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Wow. Just wow. That speech was amazing. It destroyed Romney without ever being negative or even mentioning him.
Could your fave, #doe? AHAHHAHHAHAHAHHA NOPE!
WROTE STARRED DIRECTED
she keeps me humble and motivates me at the same time
If farmers and blacksmiths could win independence from an empire, if immigrants could leave behind everything they knew for a better life on our shores, if women could be dragged to jail for seeking the vote, if a generation could defeat a depression, and define greatness for all time, if a young preacher could lift us to the mountaintop with his righteous dream, and if proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love… then surely… surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream.
As a Latina and a first generation American, I can confidently say fuck you Rubio.You don’t represent our story.
President Obama speaks to service members at a naturalization ceremony at the White House as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano look on.
BY EMILY DERUY
While most people were busy setting up grills for backyard barbecues or watching parades this morning, President Obama welcomed more than two dozen active service members to the White House for a naturalization ceremony.
The service men and women took an oath of allegiance to the United States before their friends and families, signaling their status as naturalized citizens.
Family members and friends look on as the service men and women who became naturalized citizens file into the East Room of the White House.
Speaking to the crowd of about 200, Obama said, “Our society is not possible without the generations of immigrants who have come to our shores.”
Obama, whose father was from Kenya, added that it is “an honor for me to serve as your commander in chief.”
The president also took the opportunity to mention the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform, saying, “We are still perfecting our union.” He named “lifting the shadow of deportation” from some young people as an accomplishment.
Specialist Carlos Eduardo Navichoque, who was born in Guatemala and enlisted in 2009 before deploying to Iraq in March 2010, said it was a very emotional day for him.
“I’m very proud,” he said. “This is one of the great nations.”
Cristian Felipe Zapata Gil, who was born in Colombia and serves in the Army as a watercraft engineer, said he felt part of the country when he became a soldier, but becoming a citizen intensified that feeling.
Cristian Felipe Zapata Gil was born in Colombia. He now serves in the military as a watercraft engineer.
When asked whether becoming a citizen changes his feelings about being in the military, he said, “No, no, I’ve always been a U.S. soldier.”
The service members, men and women from countries as diverse as Guatemala and Nigeria, Russia and China, were greeted in the East Room by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas, a naturalized citizen himself. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano delivered the oath of allegiance.
Asking those taking the oath to raise their right hands and repeat after her, she joked that, “This oath is pretty long,” before continuing.
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano speaks as President Obama looks on.
“You put your lives on the line for this country before you could be called Americans,” she said. “You have earned the rights and responsibilities…America is your country.”
Obama has hosted similar naturalization ceremonies twice before, in May 2009 and April 2010. Since 2001, more than 80,000 members of the armed services have become naturalized citizens.
Obama, who is also celebrating first daughter Malia’s 14th birthday today, said attending such ceremonies is among his favorite things to do as president. He will also honor service men and women at a barbeque with military families this evening.
White House staff prepare corn for a barbeque to honor military men and women.
“What a perfect way to celebrate America’s birthday,” Obama said.
Diana Martinez, 18, an undocumented student, was one of 12 arrested after refusIng to leave their sit-in in the Hart Senate Office building.
An estimated 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools each year.
So many feels.
Breaking News of the Day: Obama Offers Immunity To Young Immigrants: Bypassing Congress, President Obama announced today the implementation of his own version of the DREAM Act that will begin granting work permits to as many as 800,000 illegal immigrants who arrived in the United States as children, graduated from high school, and stayed out of trouble with the law.
The new policy will grant immunity from deportation to “illegal immigrants [who] were brought to the United States before they turned 16 and are younger than 30, have been in the country for at least five continuous years, have no criminal history, graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED, or served in the military.” It will also allow them to apply for a two-year work permit that can be repeatedly renewed if they stay out of trouble.
How is Obama’s election-year move possible? A memo by Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano describes the new policy as a matter of “prosecutorial discretion”
Our Nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a strong and sensible manner. They are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case. Nor are they designed to remove productive young people to countries where they may not have lived or even speak the language. Indeed, many of these young people have already contributed to our country in significant ways. Prosecutorial discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here.
Photo Of The Day: President Barack Obama sits on the famed Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum following an event in Dearborn, Mich., April 18, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Mitt Romney or Mr. Burns?
PRESENTE.ORG presents NO SOMOS RUBIOS - I am appalled that Senator Marco Rubio is being utilized by the GOP to woo Latin@/ Hispanic voters. Senator Marco Rubio’s positions do not reflect what the very broad Hispanic/Latin@ community would love to see implemented. “No Somos Rubios” is a pun (We Are Not Blonde/Blanco) and the slogan of the campaign to educate voters and the media on these issues.
Republicans want Florida Senator Marco Rubio to be their Vice President.
The GOP thinks that Rubio can “deliver the Latino vote,” but Rubio stands with the Tea Party more than he stands with Latinos on the issues we care
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I’m an amateur paleontologist, so I’ve spent a lot of time looking at the earth’s temperature over a very long time, I’m a lot harder to convince than just by looking at a computer model.
(translated) On Wednesday, December 21, Muscovites had a flashmob in the subway for an honest election. Participants of the rally went for an hour on the subway with mouths taped with white tape, “They stole our votes,” “Give me back my voice,” “More silence is impossible.”