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Old 01-26-2007, 11:21 AM   #1
 
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From the State of the Union address:
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When America serves others in this way, we show the strength and generosity of our country. These deeds reflect the character of our people. The greatest strength we have is the heroic kindness, courage, and self sacrifice of the American people. You see this spirit often if you know where to look -- and tonight we need only look above to the gallery.

Dikembe Mutombo grew up in Africa, amid great poverty and disease. He came to Georgetown University on a scholarship to study medicine -- but Coach John Thompson got a look at Dikembe and had a different idea. Dikembe became a star in the NBA, and a citizen of the United States. But he never forgot the land of his birth -- or the duty to share his blessings with others. He has built a brand new hospital in his hometown. A friend has said of this good hearted man: "Mutombo believes that God has given him this opportunity to do great things." And we are proud to call this son of the Congo our fellow American.

After her daughter was born, Julie Aigner-Clark searched for ways to share her love of music and art with her child. So she borrowed some equipment, and began filming children's videos in her basement. The Baby Einstein Company was born -- and in just five years her business grew to more than $20 million in sales. In November 2001, Julie sold Baby Einstein to the Walt Disney Company, and with her help Baby Einstein has grown into a $200 million business. Julie represents the great enterprising spirit of America. And she is using her success to help others -- producing child safety videos with John Walsh of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Julie says of her new project: "I believe it's the most important thing that I've ever done. I believe that children have the right to live in a world that is safe." So tonight, we are pleased to welcome this talented business entrepreneur and generous social entrepreneur -- Julie Aigner-Clark.

Three weeks ago, Wesley Autrey was waiting at a Harlem subway station with his two little girls, when he saw a man fall into the path of a train. With seconds to act, Wesley jumped onto the tracks ... pulled the man into a space between the rails ... and held him as the train passed right above their heads. He insists he's not a hero. Wesley says: "We got guys and girls overseas dying for us to have our freedoms. We got to show each other some love." There is something wonderful about a country that produces a brave and humble man like Wesley Autrey.

Tommy Rieman was a teenager pumping gas in Independence, Kentucky, when he enlisted in the United States Army. In December 2003, he was on a reconnaissance mission in Iraq when his team came under heavy enemy fire. From his Humvee, Sgt. Rieman returned fire -- and used his body as a shield to protect his gunner. He was shot in the chest and arm, and received shrapnel wounds to his legs -- yet he refused medical attention, and stayed in the fight. He helped to repel a second attack, firing grenades at the enemy's position. For his exceptional courage, Sgt. Rieman was awarded the Silver Star. And like so many other Americans who have volunteered to defend us, he has earned the respect and gratitude of our whole country.
I'm sorry, I don't get it. Yeah, she's an entrepreneur and she's making safety videos now, that's groovy. But to put her on the same level as the man who jumped into the subway tracks and a soldier wounded in combat - blech.

Not to mention that the Baby Einstein videos make totally undemonstrated, unfounded claims that they will educate your child in all sorts of ways. When in reality they will just hold your baby's attention long enough that you can finally take that shower (which is also a fine thing, don't get me wrong)
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Old 01-26-2007, 11:22 AM   #2
 
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But the videos are cute, and they're made on a level that W enjoys. Shoot, that's probably what he's doing while Cheney runs the country.
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Old 01-26-2007, 11:23 AM   #3
 
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:lol
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Old 01-26-2007, 11:28 AM   #4
 
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It looks like he just worked really hard to select people who appeal to a cross-section of the population. With those 4 people he has superficially covered:

African-Americans
immigrants
sports fans
military and their family
supporters of the war
women
parents of young children
people with or concerned about missing kids/child safety
business people/entrepreneurs
people who like to hear about "ordinary folks"
New Yorkers
Southerners
working folk
the wealthy


speaking of the Mutombo story, it kind of bothers me that a tall, big, Black man was streamed out of medicine into basketball... not that his bank account is likely complaining....
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Old 01-26-2007, 11:46 AM   #5
 
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I kind of felt that he was grasping at some straws by saluting those folks. Not to trivialize what they've done, but it just seems to me that there are more important issues to highlight and things to speak of. But, when you don't have much in the way of good news, you have to come up with something to make the people clap.
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But the videos are cute, and they're made on a level that W enjoys. Shoot, that's probably what he's doing while Cheney runs the country.
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Lol, amongst my group of mom friends, those are known as the "baby zonk-out" videos. Particularly helpful when baby is sick and miserable.
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It looks like he just worked really hard to select people who appeal to a cross-section of the population. With those 4 people he has superficially covered:

African-Americans
immigrants
sports fans
military and their family
supporters of the war
women
parents of young children
people with or concerned about missing kids/child safety
business people/entrepreneurs
people who like to hear about "ordinary folks"
New Yorkers
Southerners
working folk
the wealthy
I agree.
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Awww! Dubya found a little show to watch. Precious.
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