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#BlogHer12 Recap #1 – My Best Moment … Seeing President Obama

Last week I attended the annual BlogHer conference in New York City. It was a great conference filled with many powerful moments.  The best and most powerful moment I had was watching BlogHer co-founders Lisa Stone and Elisa Camahort Page kickoff the conference by introducing President Barack Obama to the BlogHer attendees in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton New York. As I sat with my digital sister Tracey Friley of One Brown Girl watching President Obama’s live video address, I thought about the many reasons I adore BlogHer and President Obama!  Guess what? The reasons are too many to name in this blog post. So I will leave you with a few photo collages I made with my smartphone’s Photogrid app and a link to the video of President Obama’s BlogHer 12 address: www.blogher.com/watch-now-president-obamas-video-address-blogher-12. Watch it when you get a chance! He rocked BlogHer!

President Obama addressing BlogHer 12 conference on 8.2.12
Ananda Leeke’s President Obama collage
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Get Ready for Ananda’s Monthly Yoga Class Fundraisers for OBAMA 2012 Campaign

Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley wwwleighmosley.com

Calling all DC, Maryland, and Virginia folks!

Join me and my Kind and Gentle Yoga Meet Up Group for Sunday morning yoga from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m on June 24, July 29, August 26, September 9, October 14, and November 4 in Malcolm X/Meridian Hill Park located at 16th Street and Florida Avenue, NW Streets in Washington, DC.  The U Street Metro on the Green Line is the closest subway stop. To stay updated on the class schedule, please click here to join the Meet Up Group (free to join). You can also find information about the classes on BarackObama.com’s event listiings.

The yoga class will take place by the reflecting pool (with ducks and flowers) and waterfall located near the Malcolm X/Meridian Hill Park entrance at 16th Street and Florida Avenue (at the bottom of the hill).

Photo Credit: BarackObama.com

The yoga class is offered free of charge with an invitation for class members to make a donation to President Barack H. Obama’s successful 2012 re-election campaign online through the donation button on BarackObama.com: https://contribute.barackobama.com/donation/index.html.  You can also make a donation offline by giving me your donation before or after the class. I will submit all yoga class donations online as a part of my OBAMA 2012 campaign fundraising efforts.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN MAT. Mats are NOT provided.
  • Dress in comfortable clothes.
  • Try not to eat or drink 1 hour before the class.
  • If it rains, the group will not meet.
  • Email kiamshaleeke@yahoo.com if you have questions.
  • I will be wearing a pink OBAMA 2012 t-shirt at each class. See photo below.
Photo Credit: BarackObama.com
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Using My Digital Voice to Support the Successful 2012 Re-Election of President Barack H. Obama

Photo Credit: BarackObama.com

Today is #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday on Twitter.  It’s a weekly celebration that I host to honor women in social media. It always energizes me and leaves me feeling proud to be a woman who uses her digital voice to honor, connect with, and build community with a diverse group of social media women. Many of these women keep me informed, inspired, and encouraged.

Photo Credit: BarackObama.com

Last week was a hard one. I had difficulty watching and reading the attacks against President Barack H. Obama. I took it personal. I let it all get to me. I started doubting my power to affirm and support the successful 2012 re-election of President Obama. My attitude shifted when I started reading the Twitterstream of Dr. Goddess and Zerlinda Maxwell on Saturday, June 9. They were live tweeting from the Netroots Nation annual conference.  One of Zerlinda’s tweets included a link to President Obama’s video message to the Netroots Nation attendees. Click here to watch it.

Photo Credit: BarackObama.com

After watching President Obama, I started to feel hopeful. My day got better when I went to run errands in my neighborhood and met two sistafriends who gave me a mouthful of reasons why they were stepping up their support for President Obama.  I came home and wrote my mission statement and a list of the ways I will support  President Obama’s successful re-election campaign.  See below.

My Mission Statement 

As a supporter of President Barack Obama, I choose to express my support by:

  • Sharing information and advocating Obama Administration policies and programs (especially the programs that support women and girls) with my fellow Americans;
  • Encouraging Americans to register to vote, to learn about President Obama’s successful policies and programs, and to invest financially in the Obama campaign; and
  • Investing in the Obama campaign financially each month to demonstrate my commitment to President Obama and to take ownership of the counrty I choose to live in as an American citizen.

Ways I Will Support President Obama    

  • Create a mini vision board in my vision board book that affirms President Obama’s re-election and review it daily to keep my mind focused on the positive. (DONE)
  • Dedicate my daily yoga and meditation practice to sending positive energy to President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Obama family, Obama Administration, Obama 2012 Re-ElectionTeam, and people of the United States of America. (STARTED)
  • Invest in the Obama 2012 campaign on a regular basis by making a financial contribution each pay period. (WILL START THIS MONTH)
  • Use my summer and fall monthly yoga class as a fundraiser for the Obama 2012 Campaign. (WILL BEGIN ON JUNE 24)
  • Plan and host a local fundraiser for the Obama 2012 Campaign with one of my neighbors. (WILL BEGIN PLANNING IN JULY)
  • Stay updated on the White House Initiatives and Obama 2012 Re-Election Team’s efforts. (STARTED ON MONDAY)
  • Use my digital voice wisely to blog, post Facebook updates, and tweet about the great things the Obama Administration and 2012 Re-Election Team are doing each week. (STARTED TODAY)
  • Talk to people I meet about registering to vote and share the great things the Obama Administration has done to improve the United States since 2009.
  • Identify ways I can support the Obama 2012 Re-Election Team on the ground in the summer and fall. (STARTED ON MONDAY)
  • Talk to my father “J” about his digital activism in support of President Obama each week. Why? J stays on top of all things Obama.  He uses his Facebook, Twitter, and email accounts to keep his network informed about the Obama Administration’s great works. His positive attitude and unwavering commitment to President Obama keep me uplifted. (STARTED ON MONDAY).
Photo Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza of President Barack Obama delivering remarks at the “White House Forum on Women and the Economy” in Eisenhower Executive Office Building, South Court Auditorium, April 6, 2012
Photo credit: WhiteHouse.gov

Check out my first week’s post about some of the great things President Obama and his team have done to improve the lives of women and girls. Most of my posts will focus on women and girls (so get ready!).

FYI — I read about the efforts on the WhiteHouse.gov’s Council on Women and Girls’ page. I also subscribed to the email updates. It makes it easier to stay updated (have been receiving them since the Council was created).

Photo Credit: BarackObama.com

If you are on TEAM OBAMA, how are you supporting President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign? Share your comments below.

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Spring is in the air … The Obamas, my favorite fabulous Spring couple in DC

Photo Credit: Whitehouse.gov

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama laugh during a taping for the television show “American Idol” in Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House , April 7, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)


Greetings All,

I thought it would be great to share a photo that expresses the fabulous Spring energy in Washington, DC.  What do you think?

What are some of your favorite Spring images?

Enjoy your day!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude for Springtime and the Obamas,

Ananda, an Obama fan

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Happy National Women’s History Month – Celebrating the Obama Women with a poem from Ananda’s new book

Greetings All! Happy March! Happy National Women’s History Month! 

The 2010 theme of National Women’s History Month is “Writing Women Back into  History.  Click here to learn more: www.nwhp.org/whm/index.php

Who are your sheroes? 

Desiree Rogers & Valerie Jarrett

Susan Rice

Lisa Jackson

Today, I am celebrating my sheroes called the “Obama” women.  They are the African American women serving in President Barack H. Obama’s Administration.  Last year, I wrote a poem about the “Obama” women and included it in my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self Discovery (available on Amazon.com – http://tiny.cc/7uFsg).  See the poem below.

Do you have a favorite Obama woman?

My three favorites are Valerie Jarrett, Desiree Rogers (who will be leaving her position as White House Social Secretary in a few weeks), Susan Rice, and Lisa Jackson. Click here to read a Washington Post article about the Obama women from March 2009:  www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/17/AR2009031703744.html.

Enjoy your day and week!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude for women who paved the way for me to be who I am today,

Ananda

POEM – Copyright 2009 by Madelyn C. Leeke

 
Sista7: The Obama Women

 
When I checked my email this morning, I had a message

from my father, a 24/7/365 supporter of President Barack H.

Obama.

Daddy’s email greeted me with positive news.

It was a Washington Post article about the brilliant, bold, and

beautiful Black women in the Obama administration.

What a way to start a Wednesday in March during Women’s

History Month!

The article profiled the Sista7.

Valerie Jarrett, a Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President

for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison.

Desiree Rogers, White House Social Secretary.

Susan Rice, United Nations Ambassador.

Cassandra Butts, deputy White House counsel.

Mona Sutphen, the first Black woman to serve as deputy chief

of staff.

Lisa Jackson, the first Black person to head the Environmental

Protection Agency.

Melody Barnes, the first Black woman to run the Domestic

Policy Council.

 
 

 

They represent something new in Washington: the largest
contingent of high-ranking Black women to work for a

president.

Trailblazers is the word that captures it all for me.

These phenomenal women have emerged from the margins of

American society to the position of gatekeeper in one of the

greatest countries in the world.

Each one is a household name in my life.

Tracking their efforts on the Internet is one of my favorite

things to do.

Watching them in action inspires me.

They have become an affirmation of what’s possible for Black

women in America.

That’s why I claim them as my sheros.

That’s why I continuously celebrate their presence, passion,

and power.

May we all do the same.

 

 

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What did you think about President Obama’s State of the Union Address on Janaury 27?

I love this photo of Barack and Michelle. Now that’s really a great photo!

Photos are from WhiteHouse.gov’s slideshow: http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/photogallery/state-union-0

Happy Thursday!

Did you watch Barack Obama TV last night? If not, visit The Saavy Sista, one of my favorite blogs that gives me sista news, to watch the entire video: http://www.the-savvy-sista.com/2010/01/state-of-union-2010-full-video.html.  You can also watch it on the White House’s YouTube channel a/k/a “Barack Obama TV” below.

I call President Obama’s television appearances “Barack Obama TV.” He takes over my entire being when he speaks. I am truly an Obama-ite! I watched the SOTU online via CNN.com and Facebook. Below are some of my thoughts captured during my Facebook viewing experience. Don’t you just love the Internet!

What did you think of our President’s State of the Union (SOTU) address for 2010?

Enjoy your day!

Peace, Joy, Gratitude, Compassion, and Hope that America will be restored with healthcare, education, jobs, and financial reform,

Ananda

My Facebook Comments

Summary of the SOTU – President Obama is an amazing leader. Let’s keep supporting him. Let’s make Congress accountable. Let’s serve our local communities and help each other out. Let’s offer HOPE. Let’s be realistic. Let’s take one step at a time. Let’s do what we need to do to make our lives, our communities, and America better. Enjoy your Wednesday evening and Thursday.
Yesterday at 10:12pm

Let’s leave behind the fear and division. President Obama rocks.
CNN.com Live: State of the Union
Source: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2010/state.of.the.union/
Yesterday at 10:04pm via CNN

I love how President Obama weaves humor into his addresses.
CNN.com Live: State of the Union
Source: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2010/state.of.the.union/
Yesterday at 10:04pm via CNN

Just saying no to everything is not leadership. Serving citizens not our ambitions. WOW President Obama.
CNN.com Live: State of the Union
Source: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2010/state.of.the.union/
Yesterday at 10:03pm via CNN

Remind the Democrats not to run for the hills.
CNN.com Live: State of the Union
Source: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2010/state.of.the.union/
Yesterday at 10:03pm via CNN

I like what he said that he is trying to change the tone of politics. This is a deep change.
CNN.com Live: State of the Union
Source: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2010/state.of.the.union/
Yesterday at 10:02pm via CNN

I think President Obama’s speech was right on time. HOPE for America and UNITY in Congress for healthcare.
CNN.com Live: State of the Union
Source: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2010/state.of.the.union/
Yesterday at 10:01pm via CNN

Publish all earmark requests on a public web site Congress. Accountability time…
CNN.com Live: State of the Union
Source: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2010/state.of.the.union/
Yesterday at 10:01pm via CNN

Congress pass a bill that will correct the US Supreme Court’s decision.
CNN.com Live: State of the Union
Source: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2010/state.of.the.union/
Yesterday at 9:59pm via CNN

Disclose each contact that lobbyist make is major.
CNN.com Live: State of the Union
Source: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2010/state.of.the.union/
Yesterday at 9:58pm via CNN

Remind folks what you came to Washington to do Prez.
CNN.com Live: State of the Union
Source: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2010/state.of.the.union/
Yesterday at 9:58pm via CNN

A Deficit of Trust …. closing the credibility gap … Rock it Prez.
CNN.com Live: State of the Union
Source: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2010/state.of.the.union/
Yesterday at 9:57pm via CNN

Let’s try common sense a novel concept…. Love it Prez.
CNN.com Live: State of the Union
Source: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2010/state.of.the.union/
Yesterday at 9:57pm via CNN

Speak the truth Prez about what America did for 8 years. Tell the truth. People can you hear it.
CNN.com Live: State of the Union
Source: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2010/state.of.the.union/
Yesterday at 9:56pm via CNN

Tell Congress what they better do tomorrow Prez.
CNN.com Live: State of the Union
Source: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2010/state.of.the.union/
Yesterday at 9:55pm via CNN

Flaunt your executive order power President Obama!
CNN.com Live: State of the Union
Source: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2010/state.of.the.union/
Yesterday at 9:54pm via CNN

President Obama’s Administration is the first time I have followed American politics on a daily basis. He and his team made me step up my game. Social media like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube really help me stay on track.
CNN.com Live: State of the Union
Source: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2010/state.of.the.union/
Yesterday at 9:54pm via CNN

I love what he said – All before I walked in the door. America has a short-term memory.
CNN.com Live: State of the Union
Source: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2010/state.of.the.union/
Yesterday at 9:52pm via CNN

Remind them President Obama about what you inherited. Keep it all in perspective folks. I loved how he just paused and gave the look of a brotha about to read folks.
CNN.com Live: State of the Union
Source: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2010/state.of.the.union/
Yesterday at 9:51pm

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What were your favorite moments during President Obama’s first year in office?

Hi Everybody!

Today we are celebrating President Obama’s first year in office. What were your favorite moments during President Obama’s first year? I really loved watching President Obama sign legislation that gives workers more time to take their pay discrimination cases to court. I remember him saying “equal pay is by no means just a women’s issue, it’s a family issue.” See photo below.

Enjoy your day!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, Gratitude and Hope for President Obama’s Next Seven Years,

Ananda