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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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Andrew Jackson Pays Off the National Debt


Andrew Jackson

Pol Light Moment #153 occurred on January 1, 1835, when Andrew Jackson paid off the National Debt. Andrew Jackson served as the 7th President of the United States from 1829 to 1837. He also served as a United States Senator from Tennessee from 1823 to 1825.

When Andrew Jackson became President in 1829 he inherited a debt of about $58 million. This was the equalivent of $1.4 billion in 2010 dollars (When America Paid Off the National Debt, Brian Lipshutz, July 25, 2011). In 1824 Jackson called the National Debt a "national curse". Jackson believed the borrowing clause in the Constitution was for emergencies and borrowing should not be a permanent practice.

After six years of his policies as President he was able to accomplish his goal of paying off the National Debt. This happened on January 1, 1835, and was the only time since then in the history of the United States that the country has been out of debt.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Michael Dukakis Picks Up Trash Around Boston

Michael Dukakis
Pol Light Moment #152 occurred on August 10, 2015, when Michael Dukakis was seen picking up trash on his walk around Boston by attorney Sarah E. Godfrey. Michael Dukakis served as Governor of Massachusetts from 1975 to 1979 and 1983 to 1991. Dukakis was also a candidate for President in 1988.

Michael Dukakis has been picking up trash in public areas on his walks around his hometown of Boston for 25 years. He has been seen by others on several occasions and on August 10, 2015, attorney Sarah E. Godfrey met him while he was picking up trash. She later penned a letter about meeting the man who was a Governor for 12 years as he was picking up trash.

Michael Dukakis said in 2016 about his practice of picking up trash, "It doesn't hurt if people see incumbent majors and ex-governors cleaning the place up. And you hope that others will be inspired to do the same.... What makes my day is when somebody comes along and says, 'Now you got me doin' it (Christian Science Monitor, July 28, 2016).'"

For more information on Micahel Dukakis's practice of picking up trash you can read these articles.


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Kennedy and Nixon at 1960 Al Smith Dinner

Pol Light Moment #151 occurred on October 19, 1960, when the two people running for President of the United States shared the stage to support Catholic charities and disadvantaged children. John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon were joint keynote speakers at the 17th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York in 1960, held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Alfred E. Smith was a former Governor of New York, who was the first Catholic Presidential candidate (Wikipedia Page: Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner).

Both speakers reflected on the election of 1928 when Democrat Al Smith was defeated by Republican Herbert Hoover. You can relive the evening by reading the text of both keynote speakers on the American Presidency Project website. A historical photo of the two speakers was published by the New York Daily Post.

Link to John F. Kennedy's Full Remarks
"When this happens then the bitter memory of 1928 will begin to fade, and all that will remain will be the figure of Al Smith, large against the horizon, true, courageous, and honest, who in the words of the cardinal, served his country well, and having served his country well, nobly served his God. [Applause.]"--John F. Kennedy

"And, so, in conclusion, I would add only this last thought: Many years have passed since the year 1928. Many memories have become less bitter through the years. Three weeks from today either Senator Kennedy or I will be the President-elect of this country, and then we will go our separate courses in the years to come. I've been trying to think how I could best close my remarks and refer to him and refer to me, and I go back to the campaign of 1928. Herbert Hoover was elected. Al Smith lost. But both of them lived many, many years longer, and both of them, the longer they lived, gained love and affection from the American people - and I would only hope tonight that, however this election turns out, Senator Kennedy and I in the years ahead will be able to conduct ourselves with the dignity, the decency which earned the esteem and the love of the American people for the two men who were engaged in that great campaign of 1928."--Richard Nixon

More information about the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner can be found at http://www.alsmithfoundation.org/thedinner.html#about. For other posts on John F. Kennedy search with the "John F. Kennedy" label at Pol Light. For other posts on Richard Nixon search with the "Richard Nixon" label at Pol Light.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Barbara Bush Forms Family Literacy Foundation

Barbara Bush

Pol Light Moment #150 
occurred in 1989, when Barbara Bush formed the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. 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 focus of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is together to provide early childhood education for preschoolers and to help their parents to read through adult literacy programs. The Fact Sheet of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy says, "Our founder and former First Lady Barbara Bush believes that family literacy is key to solving today's most critical challenges: social and economic mobility, quality of life, and global competitiveness (BBF Fact Sheet)."

The following is a video showing some of the many accomplishments over the years of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy led by Barbara Bush's dedication to this great cause.


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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Bill Cinton Speaks at Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial Service

Photo of Bill Clinton
                                Bill Clinton  / Oklahoma City Bombing Aftermath                                               

Pol Light Moment #149 occurred on April 23, 1995, when Bill Clinton  gave the eulogy for the victims of the Oklahoma City Bombing. Bill Clinton was the 42nd President of the United States and served from 1993-2001. He also served as the Governor of Arkansas from 1983-1992.

On April 19, 1995, a truck-bomb exploded at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 168 people died in the blast (History.com: Oklahoma City Bombing). A memorial service was held for the victims on April 23, 1995, and Bill Clinton gave the eulogy in his capacity as President at the time of the tragedy.

The entire text of the message is available on the American Rhetoric website. The following is a video from American Rhetoric featuring Bill Clinton delivering the eulogy for the Oklahoma City victims.



Quote Light: Bill Clinton has a page on the Quote Light blog.

Bill Clinton has been featured in other Pol Light moments and can be found by searching this blog with the Bill Clinton Label.

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