Tag Archives: Barack Obama

How Do The Obamas, e.g., Michelle This Weekend, Officiate At Weddings?

by Anura Guruge


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When I saw a news story this morning that Michelle Obama had officiated at a wedding over the weekend, it got me thinking. I kind of knew that ex-First Ladies do not have an automatic right to perform marriages. Yes, she, as a very qualified lawyer, could easily be a Justice of the Peace (JP), but I had never heard of her mentioned as a JP. Then I vaguely recalled that I had also read that Barack had officiated at a wedding.

Is that a prerogative of a President and does it get carried over even when he leaves office.

I had to look it up.

Aaaahhhh! Simple when you know. They became ‘Temporary Officiants‘. In their case that would not been very hard. Cool. Neat. Glad I looked it up.

I wanted to share.


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by Anura Guruge

Barack Obama’s Inspirational Speech On “Mandela Centenary” In South Africa.

by Anura Guruge


Short, abridged ‘5-minute‘ version from NBC News.


Longer ’90-minute’ version also from NBC News.


This is quite the speech. You really should try and listen to at least a part of it. So, inspirational.

The GREAT Nelson Mandela, whom Obama referred to as a ‘Giant’, would have been both proud and happy with this speech. They liked and respected each other. Can YOU imagine what Nelson would make of Donald Trump?

Though he and I had a few major disagreements (and even some blowouts) over ‘Obamacare‘, I have always liked the man and enjoyed watching him speak. (And, yes, I did campaign for him, like a black, going door-to-door, three times.)

It is so refreshing to see Obama SMILE and look happy when he speaks. Trump looks like he is in urgent need of Extra-Strength ‘Preparation H‘.

Obama has a tremendous sense of humor. Listen to the opening.

The South African audience, ALAS, totally misses one of his BEST punchlines. He talks about it being cold in South Africa and how he is wearing long johns. Then, he says, deadpan: “You know I was born in Hawaii“. They didn’t get it.

Great speech. Tremendous for “Mandela Day”.

Two GREAT men. What an honor and pleasure.


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by Anura Guruge

Ajit ‘Bloody’ Pai, Who Killed Net Neutrality, Was Appointed To The FCC By Barack Obama, In 2012!

by Anura Guruge


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Wow. WOw. WOW!

I had no idea. I would never have guessed. I just assumed that he, like Nikki ‘Necklace’ Haley, was an Trump appointee.

Obama. How could you have?

You got many things right, BUT Bloody Pai and healthcare.gov will haunt you forever and a day.

Healthcare.gov, that still sucks, was pretty inexcusable.

But, Bloody Pai is worse.

On, Mitch McConnell’s recommendation! Barack WTF were you inhaling that day? This has to be the epitome of stupid. McConnell’s recommendation! The man who vowed to stop you from having a second term. You must have got some good stuff delivered to the WH.

Indians. {Smile}

As folks that know me will attest, I get offended when folks ‘accuse’ me of being Indian. We will leave it at that.

Ah, Barack. How could you. And YOUR Net Neutrality.

I am holding this against you.

I am crushed.


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Former President Barack Obama’s New Website: Obama.org.

by Anura Guruge


Obama Website

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Note that it is a ‘.org’ Website!


Please watch this video
posted on his last day, Friday, January 20, 2017.


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Looks Like NH Will Partner With D.C. For Health Insurance Exchanges. I Am Relieved, But Will Believe It On Saturday.

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>> ‘New Hampshire Health Plan’ Went Up 13% — Jan. 2, 2013.


Click to access article.

Click to access article.

If you are self-employed or unemployed like me, it has been real difficult to get affordable health insurance — given that I have a litany of per-existing conditions.

Yes, we are all lucky in NH that we do have ‘NH Health Plan’ as catch-all, fall back, but it is expensive. I now basically have catastrophic insurance with a $10,000 deductible. Though there is a significant difference in premium, most years it doesn’t really make a difference whether it is $5,000 or $10,000. They don’t make it easy for you to get past the deductible. I went for a couple of years without insurance. Then Dartmouth Hitchcock (Concord) told me I had might have all sorts of things wrong with me. I could envisage $60,000 a year bills. So, I got coverage.

We in NH desperately need these exchanges to give us a modicum of competition. Without competition the insurance companies are raping us, at will and with glee.

I am not that happy with Obamacare. President Obama sold us down the river. I don’t bother to explain what proper healthcare should be to people around here. I think it is the healthcare that they have received. They seem to be pathologically incapable of understanding that healthcare doesn’t have to be run by for profit insurance companies. C’est la vie. I just want competition.

So I am hoping that the new Democratic Governor doesn’t also sell us short. She gets excellent coverage, either from the State or through her husband’s plan at Exeter College.

This ‘Flawed Prediction’ Obama Sign Still Up On A Local Mailbox On Januray 22, 2013. It Has Been There 4 Years.

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>> We WON, We WON, We WON … — Nov. 7, 2012.
>> President Barack Obama Takes Oath For His 2nd Term — Jan. 20, 2013.



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The lettering has faded, but it says: ‘Annoy a liberal, work hard and be happy’.

Sunday, January 20, 2013: President Barack Obama Takes ‘Private’ Oath Of Office At The White House, For His 2nd Term.

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>> We WON, We WON, We WON … — Nov. 7, 2012.


Click to watch official White House video, posted on YouTube.

Click to watch official White House video, posted on YouTube.


I watched live, on CNN. Made a point to see it.
Didn’t think it would effect me much.
It was a done deal. This wasn’t like 2009.
But, I cried. Cried through all 55 seconds of it.
Tears just kept rolling down.
What a great moment, one that I didn’t think we would ever see.
I am optimistic.

Red and Blue Map Of New Hampshire (NH) For 2012, Town-by-Town, Obama vs. Romney


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


For 2016 Trump vs. Clinton, Town-by-Town click here.

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1/ How Obama Won NH: Town-by-Town Data Analysis — Nov. 9, 2012.
2/ Map Of Obama Win, County-by-County, Red and Blue — Nov. 10, 2012.
3/ Obama’s NH Win 2012 In Terms Of The NH Counties — Nov. 10, 2012.


The BIG picture is well known, and well documented.

President Barack Obama again won New Hampshire, this time by 40,659 votes (5.8%). as a battleground state, and superficially ‘red’, especially if you went by the roadside political signs.

The NH voting was done in terms of 237 ‘towns’; Obama won 142, lost 94 and one, Dixville, was a tie.

Of the 10 NH Counties, Obama won 7, lost 3.


But, here you can see, graphically how each town voted.

Yes, I did this by hand!

Lets start by looking at the map from ‘30,000’ feet to get a feel of the ‘blue’ vs ‘red’ distribution.

Anura Guruge red blue map for NH town by town

New Hampshire 2012 Presidential Election, red and blue, town-by-town map by Anura Guruge — the 30,000′ view for perspective.


Here it is on a BIGGER scale.

Red and blue map of New Hampshire 2012, Presidential Election, Anura Guruge

Red and blue map of New Hampshire 2012, Presidential Election, Anura Guruge. Click to ENLARGE and enlarge you must.


To provide as many perspectives as possible, I also mapped it against the NH county red and blue map: side-by-side and overlaid.

NH 2012 red and blue, town-by-town alongside county map -- Anura Guruge

NH 2012 red and blue, town-by-town alongside county map — Anura Guruge.

NH 2012 red and blue town-by-town overlaid on top of red and blue county map -- Anura Guruge

NH 2012 red and blue town-by-town overlaid on top of red and blue county map — Anura Guruge

Obama’s NH Win 2012 In Terms Of The NH Counties; 7 to Obama, 3 Against.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Related posts:
>> NH red and blue town-by-town map — Nov. 14, 2012.
>> How Obama Won NH: Town-by-Town Analysis — Nov. 9, 2012.
>> Why Obama won — Nov. 9, 2012.

>> How Obama won, county-by-county across U.S. — Nov. 10, 2012.


From ‘Politico.com’ [with thanks]. Click image to access ‘Politico.com’ for their entire coverage and other maps.

Map Of How Obama Won In 2012, County-by-County, Red and Blue. This Is So Scary. Population Density Was The Key.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Related posts:
>> NH red and blue town-by-town map — Nov. 14, 2012.
>> How Obama Won NH: Town-by-Town Analysis — Nov. 9, 2012.
>> Why Obama won — Nov. 9, 2012.


Click to access the University of Michigan analysis. This is their work and their map. Read about it. Interesting and scary. © 2012 M. E. J. Newman. Reproduced her per his creative license, with thanks.