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Archive for January Sunday, 2009

Starbucks supports Obama’s National USA Service program

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Starbucks had already offered free coffee to all the voters in the presidential elections.

They now support the new National and Community Service programme. This is an initiative to make it easy to participate in President Obama’s call for national service. In participating Starbucks stores across the nation, the American public will have an opportunity to pledge five hours or more of community service toward a local volunteer opportunity of choice. Starbucks will honor each person who pledges with a free tall brewed coffee beginning Wednesday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 25. More about it here

Watch MC Yogi’s video and his former and successful “Vote for Hope”

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Learn The 50 States !

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Learn the 50 American states with this funny (and rock video)

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The 56th Presidential Inauguration in Review: By the Numbers

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

18,000: Volunteers provided support for the inaugural activities

13,000: Participants marched in the Inaugural Parade.

8,000: Members of America’s police departments provided security on Inauguration Day.

1,382: Applications received by the PIC, from groups requesting to march in the Inaugural Parade.

Over 1,000: Neighborhood Ball Parties organized across the country.

Over 90: Groups marched in the Inaugural Parade.

10: Jumbo screens on the National Mall broadcasted inaugural events.

 

Staff Finds White House in the Technological Dark Ages

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Barack Obama’s presidential campaign was a technologically successful one : using Facebook to rally more supporters, using Twitter to keep in touch, sending emails to raise funds and social networks to share ideas.

But arriving at The White House was quite a disappointment for his staff …

“It is kind of like going from an Xbox to an Atari,” Obama spokesman Bill Burton said of his new digs.

The team members, accustomed to working on Macintoshes, found computers outfitted with six-year-old versions of Microsoft software. Laptops were scarce, assigned to only a few people in the West Wing.

In many ways, the move into the White House resembled a first day at school: Advisers wandered the halls, looking for their offices. Aides spent hours in orientation, learning such things as government ethics rules as well as how their paychecks will be delivered. And everyone filled out a seemingly endless pile of paperwork.

Obama keeps his Blackberry

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

After a long and hard-fought battle, Barack Obama will have a Blackberry and the compromise is : a limited number of contacts (only a select circle of people will have his address) and no forwarded emails.

read more about it here !