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White House Easter Egg Roll 2009

Posted by Data Locker - A Pot of Information on March 27, 2009

There is a nationwide tradition which has been called the White House Easter Egg Roll. It is held an annually as a family event to hunt for and race Easter Eggs on the White House Lawn while enjoying storytelling and a visit with the Easter Bunny.

The holiday tradition has a long history dating back to 1878 when President Rutherford B. Hayes officially opened the White House grounds to local children for egg rolling on Easter Monday. Successive Presidents have continued the tradition of inviting children to the White House Lawn for egg rolling and other activities and entertainment.

This year’s White House Easter Egg Roll theme, ‘Let’s go play’, encourages America’s youth to lead healthy and active lives. The White House will open the South Lawn to children age ten and under, along with their families, to enjoy sports, cooking classes, live musical performances, storytelling and the traditional Easter egg roll.

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President’s Day

Posted by Data Locker - A Pot of Information on February 17, 2009

Well, historically, it was the late President Washington’s birthday that eventually became a federal holiday. It is celebrated each year on the third Monday of February, though it was originally celebrated on Washington’s actual birthday of February 22nd.

To note, President’s day is the first federal holiday to recognize an American citizen and was enacted in 1880 as a holiday for the District of Columbia only.  In 1885 it was named a federal holiday for all federal offices in the U.S. 1976, Washington’s Birthday was moved to the third Monday of February in an attempt to establish it more along the lines of President’s Day to also honor Abraham Lincoln who was born on February 12th.  Though the change in day passed the change in name did not.

At present, 12 states have renamed Washington’s Birthday, President’s Day or a similar variation to honor all of the U.S. presidents.  In Massachusetts the holiday is centered on honoring presidents from that state and a few other states have passed similar holidays as well.

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Obama Assumes as the 44th US President

Posted by Data Locker - A Pot of Information on January 21, 2009

jeromeThen new President Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009. A history had just happened, installing the first African-American Leader of the nation, who is expected to break the boundaries among the races.

A crowd of more than two million people gathered at the US Capitol to witness the taking over of Obama’s administration. After he was sworn in the Presidency, the crowd roared and he received a 21-gun salute.

“Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America,” expressed Obama. “America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more. To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. We understand that greatness is never a given, it must be earned,” he added.

Obama has a strong message of re-building the nation and finding ways to stop the war to move forward to address the much bigger issue which is the economic condition of the country.

“Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred,” Obama said. “Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to mark hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.”

Obama immediately gave action on the policy about the closure of Bush’s “war on terror” internment camp at Guantanamo Bay. The inaugural address given by Obama was strong and vocal. The believed in him, some wept as he talked to them through their heart.

After the address, the President accompanied his predecessor and his wife to the chopper to fly them Texas, their homeland.

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Presidential Inauguration 2009

Posted by Data Locker - A Pot of Information on January 12, 2009

barack_obama_17962141For those who do not know yet the momentous Presidential Inauguration it is set to happen on January 20, 2009. The highlights for this very historical event are the Presidential Swearing-in Ceremony, the Inaugural Address, Inaugural Parade and the numerous inaugural balls and galas giving due respect to the new President of the United States.

The theme was unanimously formulated to be “Renewing America’s Promise,” this implicates the President-elect and Vice President-elect’s commitment to restoring opportunity and possibility for all and re-establishing America’s standing as a beacon of hope around the world.

As planned for the upcoming Inauguration, on January 17 Obama and Biden with their families will travel by train to Washington, DC and will host events along the way in Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore. On January 18, an official welcome event will be held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to start off the inaugural celebration. The event will be open to the public. On January 19, this is also the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Obama, Biden and their families will participate in activities dedicated to serving others in communities across the Washington, DC area. Additional events will be held throughout the week.

Eventually on the 20th day January the Presidential Inauguration will take place. This is going to draw a record breaking crowd to Washington, DC.

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