Sunday, January 27, 2008

CAROLINE KENNEDY ENDORSES OBAMA



Caroline Kennedy endorses Obama - Yahoo! News

NEW YORK - The daughter of President John F. Kennedy endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, saying he could inspire Americans in the same way her father once did.

"I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them," Caroline Kennedy wrote in an op-ed posted Saturday on the Web site of The New York Times. "But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president — not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans."

Obama and Caroline Kennedy



Kennedy, who was four days shy of her 6th birthday when her father was assassinated, wrote that Obama "has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals and imagine that together we can do great things."

And she appealed to other parents to pick a candidate who she said could invigorate a younger generation that is too often "hopeless, defeated and disengaged."

Kennedy wrote that she wants a president "who appeals to the hopes of those who still believe in the American Dream, and those around the world who still believe in the American ideal; and who can lift our spirits, and make us believe again that our country needs every one of us to get involved."


Obama and actor Robert de Niro


Saturday, January 26, 2008

SEEKING ASSISTANCE TO BUY OBAMA T SHIRT


Greetings from Indonesia,

I have tried to buy this T Shirt from Obama For President Official Website http://store.barackobama.com but they seemed don't entertain purchase order from countries other than The United States.

Product code: TS00046
Price: US$ 25
Size: Medium

I would greatly appreciate if anyone willing to help me buying this T Shirt and send to my adress in Indonesia. Please email me at: sitohangpm@yahoo.com

I will cover all the costs incurred including it's shipment.

Best regards,


Petrus Sitohang



Friday, January 11, 2008

THE INSPIRING SENATOR BARACK OBAMA


I'm not trying to meddle with American own business. But after remotely watching the caucus in Iowa and New Hampshire Election Primary, there is a new inspirational mesage the US Senator for Illinois Barack Obama(D) is sending out to the whole world.

I think if the American people give Obama a chance to be next President of USA this time, it will mean the new chapter in American history. And I believe, his victory will mean not only victory to the Democratic Party but also victory for all American and it's democracy. This will bolden the moral foundation of the United States' leadership in the world.

I wish Senator Obama all the best in his journey to The White House.

Senator John Kerry (Dem-Ma) endorses Senator Barack Obama Presidential Candidacy during rally at Charleston College in Charleston South Carolina 10 Jan 08 (Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast/ AP).


10 Things About Barack Obama
By CHRISTOPHER WILLS
(Associated Press)

Sen. Barack Obama's face is everywhere these days — on front pages and TV, magazine covers and blogs. But how well do people really know him? Obama, born in Hawaii, is the son of a white woman from Kansas and a black man from Kenya who left the family when Obama was 2.


Ten facts about Obama that might come as a surprise:

RENEGADE: The code name used for Obama by his Secret Service detail. He was given his choice of several names starting with R, and that's the one he picked. Aside from former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama is the only presidential candidate with Secret Service protection.

MALCOLM X: Today Obama quotes Martin Luther King Jr., but in his college days it was the autobiography of militant Malcolm X that grabbed his attention more than any other black writer. "His repeated acts of self-creation spoke to me," Obama has said. This also was the period when Obama stopped using the nickname "Barry" in favor of his full name.

NEVER FACED A SERIOUS OPPONENT: Running in heavily Democratic Chicago, Obama never faced a significant Republican foe in his state Senate races. In his U.S. Senate race, the original Republican nominee dropped out, and GOP leaders brought in commentator Alan Keyes from Maryland. Keyes had little money and managed to alienate voters from both parties. Years earlier, Obama got his first opponents knocked off the ballot. He challenged the petition signatures that three rivals filed, and election officials concluded he was the only one with the proper paperwork, leaving him unopposed in the 1996 Democratic primary.

NO SMOKING: His wife, Michelle, used her leverage when the couple was discussing whether he should run for president. She would agree only if Obama agreed to give up smoking, a vice he had been hiding from the public. So far, he hasn't been spotted relapsing.

ROBERT KENNEDY'S DESK: Obama's desk in the Senate is the same one used by Bobby Kennedy, the former attorney general, New York senator and 1968 Democratic presidential candidate who was assassinated in Los Angeles. Other senators who had the desk included Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. of Massachusetts, Bill Bradley of New Jersey and Paul Simon of Illinois.

RELIGION: Obama grew up without any particular religious beliefs. His mother was not religious, and his father was an atheist. Obama joined the United Church of Christ as a young man in Chicago, saying he was inspired by the good work of Christians he had met and "felt God's spirit beckoning me."

ENCOUNTERS WITH RACISM: Obama's book "Dreams From My Father" gives several examples of racist remarks he says he encountered while growing up in multicultural Hawaii. A schoolmate called him a "coon" and got a bloody nose in response. A tennis pro joked that Obama shouldn't touch a schedule because his color would rub off on it. A basketball coach used the "N word" to complain about losing to a team of black players.

LOBBYISTS: Obama doesn't accept campaign contributions from lobbyists or political action committees, but that's a change from his past practices. He accepted their donations until he launched his presidential campaign.

HAD A PET APE AS A CHILD: Obama lived in Indonesia for nearly five years as a child and had a pet ape named Tata. He also sampled exotic foods — dog, snake and grasshopper. Obama says living in Indonesia helped him appreciate life in America and understand this country's place in the world.

BASKETBALL AND POKER: Obama's favorite sport is basketball. Opponents say he's a skilled, tenacious player, making up for athletic limitations with hustle and brains. He also played poker frequently when he was a state lawmaker, developing a reputation for studying the cards and playing the odds.


GIANPAOLO BAPTISED

In fulfilment of one of our weeding vouws, I and my wife brought our youngest child Gianpaolo Hamonangan Sitohang, born 7th March 2006, for baptism at the Church of The Heart of St Mary Immaculata Tanjungpinang on the 2nd day of Christmas 26 December 2007. Father Marianus Manse, celebrated a mass for the occasion in which 33 other children received their baptism, the first sacrament in the Catholic Church.

Father Manse baptized Gianpaolo with blessed water, oil and the holy spirit

From left: Fr. Manse, myself, my wife Lenni Purba, Gianpaolo, Suhartini and her husband Johanes Vianey Sawu Gianpaolo's god father and my eldest child Gloria.



Yohanes Maria Vianey Sawu (right) my son God Father and his wife Suhartini passes the candle to Lenny.

From left: myself, Patricius, Gloria, Hilary, Gianpaolo and my wife Lenni Purba. My mother in law Mahita Silalahi is behind Gloria.



Family photo in front of Mother Mary statue beside the church after the mass over. Left to right: myself, Particius, Hilary, Lenny, Gianpaolo and Gloria.