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I’m Voting for Obama. How about You?

I will be voting for Barack Obama on Tuesday. Despite my reservations about his centrist policies and his failures on Guantanamo and drone usage, I believe that President Obama has still led us on a path to economic recovery and social justice. Especially in the last 12 months, he has used his executive office to effectively grant protection to children of undocumented immigrants and to influence public attitudes about gay marriage. In contrast to Romney, I believe that Obama will make a difference over the next four years for all Americans and not just the oligarchs, the wealthy, and the religious right.

I remember that feeling I had four years ago, when President-Elect Obama came on stage in Chicago. Seriously, I was amazed and tearful seeing a person of color elected President of our nation. As a brown kid growing up in Iowa, I never imagined this could happen. Admittedly I’ve lost some enthusiasm for the compromises he has had to make over the last four years but I still support him overall. I’m excited to cast my vote for him in a few days.

President Obama is fighting for the American Dream because he’s lived it. http://OFA.BO/kV8SNu

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Slideshow: Obama’s First 100 Days

slide_1500_21170_large1The White House released a photostream of President Obama’s first 100 days in office. It’s a delight to see images of the President both at home in his job–and, in some of the photos, seemingly in awe.

The photos include everything from meeting with Secretary Gaithner (one can only assume they’re trying to unravel the knots) to greeting everyday visitors inside the White House to glimpses of his love for his family and the First Lady.

Interestingly enough, alongside the photos of the Cabinet meetings and press conferences, there’s photos of the women and men who cook in the White House kitchen, who polish the White House floors, and who open the grand double doors for President Obama to walk through. 

One can’t help but feel a bit optimistic at our President’s youthfulness and energy.

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The face of progress

This is one of those times when an image says it all. [via Patrick Moberg]

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Holy Holograms!

I’m over-the-top with glee at the election of our next President, Barack Obama. My students were abuzz today, the sun was shining on Chestnut Hill, and even all the parking tickets that I owe the City of Boston seemed to recede from my mind (well, not completely, but I’m trying to sustain the feeling of hope).

I must admit that I got a bit teary-eyed at Obama’s acceptance speech last night in Bryant Park. The scope of his remarks, his nod to history and the relevance of the American Dream, all resonated.

One thing, however, disturbed me last night. Have you seen this footage–via hologram–of Will.i.am being interviewed by the ever-intelligent and dashing Anderson Cooper? It’s Rock Star meets Star Wars. Kinda cool and kinda disturbing at the same time.

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» "Pinays," AGNI, Spring 2016
» "Dandy," Post Road, Spring 2015
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» "Babies," Joyland, August 2011
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» "The Rice Bowl," Memorious, March 2005
» "The Rules of the Game," Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images (Coffee House Press, June 2003)
» "Deaf Mute," Growing Up Filipino (Philippine American Literary House, April 2003)
» "Good Men ," Genre, April 2003
» "The Foley Artist," Drunken Boat, April 2002
» "Squatters," Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America (Asian Am. Writers' Workshop, 2001)
» "Deaf Mute," The North American Review, Jan 2001
» "The First Lady of Our Filipino Nation," The Boston Phoenix, 1999
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