Friday, May 25, 2018

Muriel Bowser Adopts a Baby


Pol Light #160 occurred on May 21, 2018, when Muriel Bowser announced that she had adopted a baby. Muriel Bowser has served as the Mayor of the District of Columbia since 2015. From 2007 to 2015 she represented Ward 4 as their member on the Council of the District of Columbia.


It was revealed on May 23, 2018, that the baby is a girl and her name will be Miranda Elizabeth Bowser. Muriel Bowser is the first single mother to serve as mayor of the District of Columbia (Washington Post, May 23, 2018, Peter Jamison and Fenit Nirappil).

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

John McCain Concedes 2008 Presidential Election

John McCain
Pol Light #159 occurred late in the evening of November 4, 2008, when John McCain conceded the 2008 United States Presidential Election to Barack Obama. John McCain has served as a United States Senator from Arizona since 1986. From 1982-1986 he served in the United States House of Representatives.

The following is a video of Senator John McCain's concession speech delivered from the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix on November 4, 2008. 



One of the key portions of the speech included these remarks about Barack Obama:
This is an historic election, and I recognize the special significance it has for African-Americans and for the special pride that must be theirs tonight. 
I've always believed that America offers opportunities to all who have the industry and will to seize it. Sen. Obama believes that, too. But we both recognize that though we have come a long way from the old injustices that once stained our nation's reputation and denied some Americans the full blessings of American citizenship, the memory of them still has the power to wound. 
A century ago, President Theodore Roosevelt's invitation of Booker T. Washington to visit -- to dine at the White House -- was taken as an outrage in many quarters. America today is a world away from the cruel and prideful bigotry of that time. There is no better evidence of this than the election of an African-American to the presidency of the United States. Let there be no reason now for any American to fail cherish their citizenship in this, the greatest nation on Earth (Transcript of John McCain Speech, NPR).
The following is an audio of the entire speech.


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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Barbara Bush Gives Commencement Speech at Wellesley College

Barbara Bush
Pol Light Moment #158 occurred on June 1, 1990, when Barbara Bush gave the Commencement Speech at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Barbara Bush served as First Lady from 1989-1993, when her husband George H.W. Bush was President of the United States. Prior to that she was the Second Lady of the United States from 1981-1989. She is also the mother of former President George W. Bush.

The following is a video of Barbara Bush giving the Commencement Speech at Wellesley College on June 1, 1990. Bush's Commencement speech was placed by American Rhetoric in their collection of Top 100 Speeches and you can read the entire text of the speech on the American Rhetoric website.



In this ten minute speech Barbara Bush gave an inspirational message on embracing the diversity of life and putting family first. Her words included this poignant priority:
At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a child, a friend, or a parent (Barbara Bush, American Rhetoric Top 100 Speeches).
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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Donald Trump Donates 1 Million Dollars to Hurricane Harvey Relief


Donald Trump
Pol Light Moment #157 occurred on August 31, 2017 , when Donald Trump announced he would personally give $1 million of his personal funds to charitable organizations that were helping with the recovery of Hurricane Harvey. Donald Trump is the 45th and current President of the United States, serving from 2017 to the present.

Hurricane Harvey was a Major Category 4 Hurricane that ocurred between August 17, 2017-September 3, 2017. It did major damage to the Texas and Louisiana in the United States, including the large city of Houston, Texas.


On September 7, 2017, the names of the 12 charities designated to receive part of Donald Trump's $1 million were released. They included:


  • Red Cross - $300,000
  • Salvation Army - $300,000
  • Reach Out America - $100,000
  • Samaritan's Purse - $100,000
  • ASPCA - $25,000
  • Catholic Charities - $25,000
  • Direct Relief - $25,000
  • Habitat for Humanity - $25,000
  • Houston Humane Society - $25,000
  • Operation Blessing - $25,000
  • Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies - $25,000
  • Team Rubicon -  $25,000 
  • (Source: NBC News)


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    Saturday, December 23, 2017

    Donald Trump Presides Over Lighting of National Christmas Tree

    Donald Trump
    Pol Light Moment #156 occurred on November 30, 2017, when Donald Trump presided over the annual lighting of the national Christmas tree. Donald Trump is the 45th and current President of the United States, serving from 2017 to the present.


    The tradition of Presidents presiding over the lighting of the National Christmas tree in Washington DC began in 1923 with Calvin Coolidge. Here is the full text of the speech Donald Trump gave at the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in 2017.
    Today's the day that I've been looking very much forward to all year long. It's one that we have heard and we speak about and we dream about and now as the President of the United States, it's my tremendous honor to finally wish America and the world a very Merry Christmas.

    I want to thank everyone who has come together here right in front of the White House, that beautiful, beautiful White House, and everyone watching from home to see the lighting of this incredible national Christmas tree.

    For nearly a century, through good times and bad, every president has taken part in this wonderful tradition, first started by President Coolidge. But I was informed tonight that the weather we have is the best it's been in 25 years. In fact, I said, ‘Is it always like this?’ And the secretary said, ‘Hasn't been like this for a long time.’ So, we are very lucky.

    Finally, in 1870, President Ulysses S. Grant signed legislation making Christmas a Federal holiday. And I sort of feel we are doing that again. That’s what's happening.

    From the earliest days of our nations, Americans have known Christmas as a time for prayer and worship, for gratitude and good will, for peace and renewal.

    Melania and I are full of joy at the start of this very blessed season. We're thrilled to think of the people across the nation and all across the continent whose spirits are lifted by the miracle of Christmas.

    For Christians, this is a Holy season – the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Christmas story begins 2000 years ago with a mother, a father, their baby son, and the most extraordinary gift of all, the gift of God's love for all of humanity.

    Whatever our beliefs, we know that the birth of Jesus Christ and the story of this incredible life forever changed the course of human history. There’s hardly an aspect of our lives today that his life has not touched: art, music, culture, law, and our respect for the sacred dignity of every person everywhere in the world.

    Each and every year at Christmas time we recognize that the real spirit of Christmas is not what we have, it's about who we are – each one of us is a child of God.

    That is the true source of joy this time of the year.

    That is what makes every Christmas ‘merry.’  
    And that is what we remember at today's beautiful ceremony, that we are called to serve one another, to love one another, and to pursue peace in our hearts and all throughout the world.

    And so tonight, I thank the millions of Americans who light our lives and brighten our wonderful communities. I thank those who are serving the needy during the season and throughout the year. I thank our military men and women who are stationed around the world keeping us safe.

    I thank our law enforcement officers who protect our streets and secure our homeland. I thank America's teachers, pastors, and all those religious, and those people that have taught us so much, for their leadership in our communities and our society.

    And, especially tonight, I thank America's families. At Christmas, we are reminded more than ever that the family is the bedrock of American life.

    And so, this Christmas we ask for God’s blessings for our family, for our nation. And we pray that our country will be a place where every child knows a home filled with love, a community rich with hope, and a nation blest with faith.

    On behalf of Melania, myself, Barron, all of my children, all of my grandchildren — they're here with us tonight — I want to thank you.

    God bless you and God bless the United States of America. Thank you very much.

    Merry Christmas everybody. Merry Christmas. Happy new year. Thank you.
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    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Gina Raimondo Shares Dinner With Syrian Refugees

    Gina Raimondo

    Pol Light Moment #155
     happened on February 1, 2017, when Gina Raimondo shared dinner with a family of Syrian refugees in Cranston, Rhode Island. Gina Raimondo is presently the Governor of the State of Rhode Island, serving from 2015 to the present.
    Gina Raimondo issued this statement about sharing a meal with the Al-Hariri family, who are Syrian refugees living in Rhode Island.
    Last night I shared a meal with the Al-Hariri family, who fled Syria, to let them know that there's a place in Rhode Island for everyone. I met them last year, not long after they arrived in Rhode Island. Their story, and their light and strength through difficult times, is an inspiration- and a reminder that we can't lose sight of those fleeing oppression.(Gina Raimondo, Cranston Patch, February 2, 2017). 
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    Monday, June 26, 2017

    Mike Pence Donates Blood

    Mike Pence

    Pol Light Moment #154 happened on June 20, 2017, when Mike Pence donated blood to honor members of congress who were shot on June 14, 2017, while practicing for their charity baseball game. Mike Pence is the current Vice-President of the United States, serving since 2017. He was formerly the Governor of the State of Indiana from 2013-2017. Mike Pence represented Indiana's 2nd Congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001-2013 before becoming Governor of Indiana.

    Vice President Mike Pence donated blood at the Rayburn House Building on Capital Hill on June 20, 2017. The blood drive was organized in partnership with the American Red Cross in order to support the Capital Hill blood bank and honor those who were injured in the shooting on the congressional baseball practice field on June 14, 2017. Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La was seriously injured in the shooting.

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