The Bouncing O's: And they're off, Obama and Oprah will bounce into Iowa this week and Columbia, South Carolina, December 9th, on the thrust of Mr. O's new surge in the poll numbers among possible Iowa caucus participants. Ms. Winfrey has publically stated that her support for the candidate is something that she personally feels strongly about. However, pundits and talking heads galore are speculating about the "OW effect" on the all important female block of voters in key states. Camp Obama is pulling out all the stops including stomping at the Apollo Theatre with Chris Rock to making the Sunday talk show rounds. Not to be outdone, Team Clinton is rolling out former President Bill Clinton and maybe the ultra mega watt and "oh so Democratic" Barbra Striesand, herself might hit the ground for her gal pal, Hillary. It's going to a showdown or a beat down in Iowa. Yall stay tune....ya hear!
World AIDS Day 2007: I'm not sure how many activites you may have attended, but there were plenty to go around beginning 11.26 - 12.1.07 ranging from workshops to the massive display of the AIDS Quilt at the Clinton Presidential complex. Of the many panels that spanned the grounds, it was a sobering memorial to all those who have lost the fight to HIV/ AIDS and as I continued my research I discovered even more interesting facts, such as of the entire 5000 panels there are less than 500 dedicated to African Americans, it weighs 54 Tons and it could stretch 52 miles if individual panels were laid end to end. Also the "roll call of names" done overnight and while I was viewing was a haunting clarion call to my senses that I won't forget. I commend the Clinton Center and all volunteers, especially activist Bob Coffey and Joe Lafonatine with undertaking this larger than life task. As best as I can assess, the week was well received and planned as best as possible with the resources available and the people power it takes to make these events happen.