Update x3 - White House Farmer - Organic Gardening at the White House

How many of you have heard of the Eat The View website?

Well it is a website dedicated growing the awareness and acceptance of Organic Gardening and Farming by asking... well pushing.. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to turn part of the White House lawn into an Organic Garden.

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The President and the First Lady had quite a night

(Crossposted at C4O Democrats)

The President and the First Lady had a very long day.  After prayer at St. John's in the morning, coffee at the White House, the inauguration, the President's speech, the Congressional Luncheon, and the parade, President and Mrs. Obama attended into the wee hours of the morning the 10 inaugural balls.

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The Community Organizer Presidency

Last week, somewhat unheralded, Michelle Obama called on all of us to take part in a national day of service on Monday, Jan. 19th, also Martin Luther King day. The idea is as follows:

It will take ordinary citizens working together with a common purpose to get this country back on track. This national day of service is an important first step in our continuing commitment.

Today, MoveOn joined the call (via e-mail):

On Tuesday, Barack will officially start the massive job of restoring our country. As president, he plans to expand national service programs like AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps and to create new service organizations1, including:

  • a Classroom Corps to help underserved schools;
  • a Health Corps to serve in the nation's clinics and hospitals;
  • a Clean Energy Corps to achieve the goal of energy independence; and
  • a Veterans Corps to support the Americans who serve in harm's way.

But on Monday, Barack, Michelle, Sasha, and Malia will still be ordinary citizens, volunteering to help their new neighbors in Washington, D.C. Can you join them by volunteering near [insert your hometown here]?

You can sign up to find an event near you HERE. Have you signed up? If you're planning to be in DC, you can help out at this event.

The point here isn't to spend one day helping people, of course, but rather to kick start a longterm community service effort, as an Obama e-mail sent back in December made clear.

"Unlike past calls to service, President-elect Obama will ask Americans to do more than just offer a single day of service to their cities, towns and neighborhoods," the e-mail said. "He will ask all of us to make an ongoing commitment to our communities. Never has it been more important to come together in shared purpose to tackle the common challenges we face."

Welcome the community organizer presidency.

If you haven't watched Michelle's video, check it out below:

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Michelle Obama Holiday Message

Michelle Obama has issued a holiday request to support your favorite charity or keep her family's charities in mind.  The Barack Obama site has pages to find your local food bank or to send a care package to someone in the service.  

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Who's keeping the Obamas out of the Blair House?

The White House has refused a request by the Obamas to move in early into the Blair House to facilitate Sasha and Malia's transition to their new school.

Though Clinton and Reagan both stayed in the Blair House as early as December, typically, the incoming Presidents’ families move into the Blair House five days prior to inauguration. In this case, though, Michelle and Barack—who both treasure education—sought to avoid having their daughters miss their first day of school (January 5th).

Sure, it's a seemingly reasonable request, but I can't begrudge the Bushes for rejecting it. They are, tragic as it is, still the current tenants. And, in Bush's feeble mind, he probably thinks he's doing them a favor.

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