Obama’s Visit

President Barack Obama visited my next door neighbor’s apartment for a party recently. How would I write about that?

Setting up barriers ahead of Obama’s visit.

I consulted my genealogy group. They suggested that the president’s visit would make a good feature for a ‘Wordless Wednesday’ report, as it happened on a Wednesday. Usually a variety of prompts are used by genealogy bloggers to create content. For example—Military Monday, Thankful Tuesday etc.

Wordless Wednesday

But in order for this to be a real ‘Wordless Wednesday’ post, there should be only photographs here.  The rules can be strict where elaborate story captions are not allowed. But some attribution information can be used. Of course, I broke all the rules because I’m sharing my highlights here. But, we were speechless, or wordless when he finally got here. So there.

Preparing for the President’s visit

When word came from the doorman that President Barack Obama would be visiting our next-door neighbor, we became very excited. Everyone in the building was excited too! VIP guests were set to attend a $35,000 per person fundraiser, we had heard on the news. I did spot the NY Governor and a few elected local officials on the day of his visit. But excited neighbors were already buzzing about it for weeks. We knew he was coming but we did not know when. After awhile, for about two weeks, we noticed security activities–lots of black cars and men in black with dark glasses. Two whole days before his actual arrival, things became even more intense as we watched officials and workers preparing and waiting on our street.

A flatbed truck pulled up with lots of construction materials. Finally, a tent was erected on the block so that guest cars could drive through. It was zipped closed and open by a team of security every time a car entered. Guests were shielded so you could not tell who was who. Noisy helicopters hovered above the area as the moment drew near. We even had security guards on our roof patio deck and on every roof within eyesight. We were not allowed to open our windows or stand by the windows. So, most of use were hanging out in the lobby. Streets were blocked for a radius of at least five blocks.  Can you imagine driving into a tent? I took photos as much as they would allow. There were security dogs on the block too. Everyone needed ID to enter the block. As President Obama’s entourage drew closer to our street, we were ordered inside and away from our windows. Alas, only a few of us actually saw him. When fancy limos pulled up we were speechless. Is that him? When a limo left, we were speechless again. No one knew really knew which car he was traveling in, a policewoman told me.

Roof security on every roof ahead of Obama’s visit.



Bomb-sniffing dogs walked through neighborhood ahead of Obama’s visit.











Heavily armed military sharp-shooters were visible.






Celebrate National Day of Service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK Day  or Martin Luther King Day is more than just a day. First Lady Michelle Obama wants us to take part in the National Day of Service in honor of Martin Luther King on Saturday, January 19, 2013.

“Four years ago, during his first inauguration, Barack and I were thrilled when thousands of Americans from every corner of the country took part in the National Day of Service honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. We were so excited because we knew that the celebrations weren’t just about a new president, but about everything that we can accomplish together. And that starts with service,” said First Lady Michelle Obama.

 “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”—Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The First Family is asking us to find an activity to serve others in our communities. Let’s get busy! There are seven ways to get involved: health, education, community resilience, economic development, veterans and military families, faith-based work, and environment.

Go to: http://action.2013pic.org/Pledge-to-Serve.

PS: When you click on the site and commit to serve, you will be automatically entered for a chance to attend President Obama’s Inauguration on January 21, 2013, flight and hotel expenses covered!