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Entries from May 2011

My Video Conference with Anita McBride on C-SPAN

May 8th, 2011 · Comments Off on My Video Conference with Anita McBride on C-SPAN

If Anita McBride could go back in time, and meet any first lady, she said that she would pick, “Dolly Madison –because when the president’s opponents would come to see him, she used her personality and hostess abilities to drive debate; they would leave feeling like friends,” said McBride.

McBride participated in a C-Span video conference on Thursday, April 14, 2011. C-Span was able to include college students from George Mason University, University of Denver and Purdue University in on the occasion as well. McBride answered questions from all three schools and some from Steve Scully, the political editor for the C-SPAN networks.

She informed us of the role and responsibilities of the first lady.

She emplesizied that the position of First Lady is “probably the most important and most demanding unpaid job in the world.” McBride was the White House Chief of Staff for the first lady from 2005-09 for Laura Bush. She also worked through the Reagan, and both Bush administrations.

The job of the First Lady is to pick a focus and an issue that she cares very deeply about. Laura Bush is passionate about reading, so it made sense for Laura to support Education Initiatives, McBride mentioned.

Currently, McBride is an avid member of the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council and is a chair on the William J. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. She is also a consultant for the executive service firm Global Political Strategies.

As of 2010, McBride became appointed as the executive in residence at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies (CCPS) at American University’s School of Public Affairs.

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Anita Bride C-Span Video Conference

May 4th, 2011 · Comments Off on Anita Bride C-Span Video Conference

Although I can’t say I have ever heard of Anita Bride, it was quite interesting learning about the actual roles and the support staff involved with the our First Ladies of the White House.

Anita McBride was the Assistant to George W. Bush (wonder what kind of weird stuff she was asked to do) and was the Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush.

Most of the work she was involved with was education, global literacy, women’s rights and developing the youth of our nation

Being on televion was once again cool, although I do believe the old rumor of the lens adding 10 pounds har har har.

I didn’t really have any good questions for Mrs. Bride, but it was cool to talk to somebody who was this close to the W during his term as US President.

I wonder if she is still getting job offers?

Women might actually be the people who run the White House.

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Andy Card Cspan

May 2nd, 2011 · Comments Off on Andy Card Cspan

Former chief of staff to George W. Bush Andy Card held a C-SPAN interview on April 7 with political editor Steve Scully and students from George Mason University, Purdue University and the University of Denver.

Card spoke openly with the group of students and shared stories that gave insights to his duties when working with the Bush administration, an administration Card described as misunderstood.

“He made the tough decisions,” said Card about President Bush, “He had presidential courage.”

Card used the attacks on 9-11 to demonstrate pressure he dealt with during his time with Bush. He recalled when the attacks happened his dilemma whether or not to interrupt the President in a conference.

“After the second plane hit I knew it was Osama but I didn’t know if I should tell the President initially.” Card recalled. “But the main job of the chief of staff is to tell the President everything he needs to know not everything he wants.”

The next few days were very emotional. “My most memorable days at the Whitehouse,” is how Andy Card described the following days after the attacks. These days were marked by speeches by Bush, in churches, on television and on ground zero.

Card ended by stating that history will be kind to George Bush after realizing the challenges he overcame.

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Briggs 7

May 2nd, 2011 · Comments Off on Briggs 7

Painting sound pictures for listeners is a skill that takes practice, much like making real pictures with photojournalism.

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