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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.

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Roses and ranunculus added a vibrant note to the Inauguration Luncheon setting. (Pic: politico/AP)

It’s been an eventful week for the nation, watching the second Inauguration of President Obama.

One of the most outstanding moments for me was when President Obama stopped and looked back as he left the Inauguration ceremony.

As he walked up the steps, the President turned to look back at all the people in the Mall and the whole scene before him, and paused.

He could be heard saying: “I want to take a look one more time. I’m not going to see this again.”

To me, that was a very human part of the event.

 Another thing, more in the realm of colors and beauty, that caught my eyes was the vibrant floral arrangements at the Inaugural Luncheon.

According to reports, the bouquets consisted of roses and ranunculus in shades of peach, coral and orange.

I’ve always loved the ranunculus, and it was just lovely to see how the orange ranunculus added to the beauty of the arrangements.

That spurred me to visit the garden center, and there they were; the first few ranunculus plants have arrived in anticipation of spring.

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The President took one more look at the Inauguration scene.(Pic:dailyfinance/cspan)

Flowers and final preparations for the Inauguration Luncheon held in the Statuary Hall. (Pic: nbcnews)

Flowers and final preparations for the Inauguration Luncheon held in the Statuary Hall. (Pic: nbcnews)

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Orange ranunculus played a role in adding beauty to the Inauguration Luncheon.

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Obama too aggressive?

Mitt Romney and President Obama….not backing down at the second debate. (Pic: usnews.com)

First Presidential debate: the President’s performance was described as weak, listless, disengaged.

Second debate: Obama was seen to be feisty, energetic, alpha male.

But some commentators had some concerns about the President taking on the alpha male persona. For instance, New York Times columnist David Brooks appearing on the PBS Newshour pointed out: “The person who is deemed to have won the debate is the person who dominates the room. And so it becomes alpha male.”

He continued: “I think — I think Obama will get a little something out of this. That would be my guess.

“But I say that with some trepidation, because the coolness, you know, I think that may not — it won’t help Romney, but it may not swing things.”

Could there be a middle ground between weak and alpha male? It would be interesting to see if the President will be able to find that optimum style and body language. Stay tuned for the third debate.

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According to the “birther” people, he was born in Kenya. They allege that as Obama was born outside of the US, he is not a “natural born citizen” eligible for the presidency. They also contend that Obama’s birth certificate showing that he was born in Hawaii is a fake.

Although these claims have been debunked, the doubters still believe that Obama is an illegal president. These claims made their rounds again last week, and received a lot of play and discussion in the media. It was partly brought about by the video clip of  a town hall meeting held by Representative Mike Castle, a Delaware Republican.

A woman held up her own birth certificate in a clear plastic bag and shouted that Obama was born in Kenya. When Castle responded that Obama “is a citizen of the United States”, he was booed by the audience. I find the clip quite amusing, listening to the woman’s conviction. At one point, she shouted: “I want my country back!” One might ask, from what, lady? ( Watch it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V1nmn2zRMc )

Some politicians seem to be agreeing with, or are listening to, the birthers. Ten Republican members of Congress co-sponsored a bill that would require presidential candidates to provide a copy of their birth certificate.

What I find puzzling is that I’m sure the birthers and the Congressmen are aware that the US government has its own intensive process of vetting presidential candidates. The Secret Service, FBI, the legal department and all the authorities have the means to search, verify and analysis every document and every lead, anywhere in the world. And, remember, Obama was a presidential candidate when the Republicans were in power. So, I’m sure they would not leave anything unchecked.

I suppose, as many people say, the birthers have chosen to believe that Obama is an illegal president, and no evidence will change their minds. And this is happening in one of the most advanced, high-tech countries in the world, in the 21st century. Strange, but true.

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