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    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    I fully concur-a Standard would be perfect for those girls. Playful and loving.
    Not to mention, girly girls love poodles.

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    I must confess, I'd love to see a rescued Pug in the White House!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ymeman View Post
    I think it is so cool that he has ties to Africa, to Indonesia, has family in Hawaii, Japan loves him because of the town of Obama, this is the true america, because 'white' never really existed anyway, I am German/Scotch-Irish/Lithuanian/Austrian/English...the whole concept of 'whiteness' is such a myth.
    Obama is actually a Japanese sur-name as well

    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    i like how he's at ease making remarks like this. i think the reagan remark was made in the same spirit, there was nothing mean about it, it was just a funny offhand remark, i don't know why people take things like that so seriously.
    You're going to have to expect a lot of that for the next 4 years.

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    I am a mutt. Creole pretty much sums that up.

    The more he speaks, the more I admire him.
    Cool Can you speak Creole?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sasha View Post
    A poodle would be ideal, they shed little to none and are good with children, (the Standard, not the toy) but they would probably be accused of elitism if they chose that breed.
    LOL

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    The Berlusconi comment cracked me up. He tried to make it better later on by saying that he would have said "Tall" but Putin was sitting next to him and he's even shorter than him. Silvio is such a clown!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ymeman View Post
    I think it is so cool that he has ties to Africa, to Indonesia, has family in Hawaii, Japan loves him because of the town of Obama, this is the true america, because 'white' never really existed anyway, I am German/Scotch-Irish/Lithuanian/Austrian/English...the whole concept of 'whiteness' is such a myth.
    Yes, this is one of things I love about him. I saw a picture from some town in Ireland proclaiming itself the ancestral home of Barack Obama. He's the embodiment of everything we say America stands for -- being a melting pot and all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamaste View Post
    Yes, this is one of things I love about him. I saw a picture from some town in Ireland proclaiming itself the ancestral home of Barack Obama. He's the embodiment of everything we say America stands for -- being a melting pot and all.
    Yup. His white side is Irish. That makes him the second Irish president of the USA after John F. Kennedy

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    Barack Obama truly is a "world citizen" - from his ancestry to his life experiences. He did not live and grow up in an isolated bubble. He has lived overseas and experienced life in other places. He is self-made, he didn't have daddy's coat tails to ride on (like GWB). He does represent the American Dream while also realizing there is a whole world beyond the US. But you all can't have him - he's ours!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bychance View Post
    Yup. His white side is Irish. That makes him the second Irish president of the USA after John F. Kennedy

    Nope......

    Kennedy was the first Irish Catholic president...and still the only Catholic president

    we've had other Irish President's....

    10 U.S. presidents had Irish ancestors

    WASHINGTON -- When President Clinton partied into the night at the annual American Ireland Fund dinner last night, it wasn't just because he was receiving the Millennium Peace Award. Like millions of other Americans, he has grown to love celebrating his own heritage in preparation for St. Patrick's Day today.

    Since he has been in office, Clinton has discovered that he has Irish roots -- one reason, he says, he has sought to promote the Northern Ireland peace accords with intensity. He is one of 10 U.S. presidents -- almost one-fourth of them -- who have had an Irish heritage.

    According to Gary Boyd Roberts, author of "Ancestors of American Presidents," "American Ancestors and Cousins of the Princess of Wales" and two volumes called "Notable Kin," two of Clinton's great-great grandparents -- the parents of his great-grandmother, Hattie Hayes -- were born in Ireland.

    Roberts also works for an Internet site, rootsweb.com, the oldest and largest on-line family research site to help trace genealogies.

    The United States had six presidents before an Irish descendant came to the White House. That was Andrew Jackson, whose parents, Andrew Jackson and Elizabeth Hutchinson, were born in Carrickfergus, County Antrim. His father's father, Hugh Jackson, died in Ireland about 1782. His great grandfather, Thomas Jackson, was from Ballyregan in Dundonald, County Down.

    James K. Polk, the 11th president, believed his great-grandfather, William Polk, came from County Donegal and that his great-great grandfather, Robert Pollock, came from the same county. Pollock immigrated to Maryland's Eastern Shore and changed his name to Polk.

    The father of the 15th president, James Buchanan, was born in County Donegal about 1761. The mother of the 18th president, Ulysses S. Grant, was the granddaughter of John Simpson, who was born in Northern Ireland about 1738.

    The great-great-great grandfather of the 25th president, William McKinley, was born in Ireland in 1705 and immigrated to America. The grandfather of the 28th president, Woodrow Wilson, was born in Strabane, County Down, in 1787.

    John F. Kennedy, the 35th president, probably relished his Irish heritage as much as any president. His father's great-grandparents were Patrick Kennedy, born in Dunganstown, County Wexford, about 1823, and Bridget Murphy, born in Owenduff, County Wexford, about 1827. His mother's great grandparents were Thomas Fitzgerald, born in Bruff, County Limerick, in 1823, and Rose Anna Cox, born in County Cavan in 1835.

    As recent books have shown, Kennedy and the 37th president, Richard M. Nixon, actually had a secret liking for each other, even though they fought each other for the presidency -- possibly because they shared an Irish heritage. Nixon was descended from James Moore, who was born in Ballymoney, County Antrim, in 1777. Another ancestor, Thomas Milhous, was born in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, in 1699.

    The 40th president, Ronald Reagan, also delighted in his Irish roots. His great-grandfather, Michael Reagan, was from County Tipperary, immigrated to Canada and then the United States. Michael's wife, Catherine Mulcahey, was also born in Ireland.

    The rootsweb.com site has detailed charts of the various presidents' Irish roots and tells site visitors how to find their own Irish roots.

    10 U.S. presidents had Irish ancestors
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