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Thank You, Mr President

Obama signing

(Photo credit: SHFWire photo by Eddie Ameh)

Obama waves

(Photo Credit: Erik S. Lesser-Pool/Getty Images); CBSNewYork)

 

The 2008 election was probably the most exciting election that I had experienced.The memory is still so clear, with his theme song, Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”ringing in the airwaves when Obama won.

Like many people. I never thought that I would see a minority person elected as the President of the United States.

But more important than that, Obama brought with him qualities of inclusiveness, compassion, and a great sense of humor. I always believe that a person’s character determines the kind of energy/aura/ vibes, whichever you wish to call it, that he carries with him or brings into a room. And Obama’s energy was always positive.

There were times when he was too nice to the Republicans, still praising them or thinking that they wanted to work with him. You felt like yelling to him “stop”, when it was obvious that all they wanted to do was to obstruct him or see him fail.

We admire him and Michelle for graciously standing tall against all the racism and ugliness that were shown to them from all the mean-spirited people. As the First Lady said: “When they go low, we go high.”

Thank you, President Obama, for your service, the hope and the inspiration.

California Coastline

California beach

Motif and Mural

tanjomg pagar railway station designMural at Tanjong Pagar Station

The motif, and the mural of people planting rice are details from the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station in Singapore. The station was completed in 1932, and for a long time it was the main transportation for people travelling between Singapore and Malaysia.

My father and I were frequent passengers on the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur route, thus the station held lots of memories for me.

The building ceased operating as a train station in 2011, and was gazetted as a national monument.

Personality Revealed

Obama Trump white house meet

(Pic: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo.)

When President Obama welcomed Trump to the White House, he said this to his successor: “Most of all, I want to emphasize to you, Mr. President-elect, that we now are going to want to do everything we can to help you succeed — because if you succeed, then the country succeeds.”

Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said this in an interview in 2010: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

Well, big difference. Reminds me of the saying: “What you say about other people reveals more about you than what you say about yourself.”

Nurture

quote on love

“Love does not dominate; it cultivates.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Water Bird #2

birds wetlands

Water Bird #1

bird at wetlands