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It wasn’t that long ago with Susan Rice was under fire. News reports were filled with negative comments from conservatives who bombarded the UN ambassador over her inability to fully answer questions related to the tragedy that resulted in the deaths of an American official and three others in Benghazi, Libya. She was ultimately pushed out of contention for the Secretary Of State job. It was a humiliating turn of events.
Now according to Keli Goff in her blog for The Root, Rice is making a comeback. The ambassador is said to be the Obama administration’s front-runner for national security adviser.
Since the national security adviser is not an official cabinet post, it does not require Senate confirmation. Yet, as Goff points out, “the post is one of the most influential within a presidential administration in terms of shaping high-level foreign policy.”
Take a look at past national security advisers; Condoleezza Rice (no relation), for example, used the role as a stepping-stone to secretary of state under George W. Bush.
Susan Rice would be only the second woman to serve in the position.
If all goes as rumored Rice’s appointment could also help President Obama. “His administration has struggled with criticism regarding the lack of gender and racial diversity among both his cabinet and high-level advisers,” blogs Goff.
The White House, President Obama, and the First Family have joined Pinterest. Starting on December 17, the account will start pinning content related to life inside the White House, including the President’s Holiday Social planned for the 17th.
On The White House’s blog, Kori Schulman, director of online engagement for the Office of Digital Strategy, wrote about the new social plan: “On Pinterest, the White House will share pins and boards that range from inspiring images and quotes to infographics that help explain key issues to details about the life inside the White House. From the very beginning, President Obama and the First Lady have taken steps to make this the most open White House in history.”
The Obama Administration can pin content ranging from home décor, parties, and more personal life inside the White House to meetings and policy events that showcase the business side of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. There are already a lot of pins featuring White House content, including photos of the current President and First Lady, as well as historical images and past presidents’ photos.
President Obama has always used social media as a way to connect with his constituents and supporters. The White House already has Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr accounts, so adding Pinterest to the mix is a smart move. According to comScore, Pinterest had 26.7 million unique visitors in October 2012.
What a year, huh?! We’ve seen some good, bad, and ugly moments in pop culture in 2011 and it is about time for us to put our spin on it as we head into 2012. Take a moment to see what’s on our list and feel free to add your own memories in the comment section.
Oh yes, the list is in no particular order!
“It’s the past, it’s behind us, and that’s the end of it.” – Desiree Rogers
After her departure from her high-profile job as President Obama’s social secretary, Desiree Rogers showed the world that you can move on from any failure/lesson and still come out on top. Following the White House gate crashers in 2009 – Ms. Rogers took the harsh blame and fall for the incident. While being publicly ridiculed and seen as incompetent Desiree held her head high and did what was right for her boss (President Obama) and for her career – she resigned from her post. Shortly after Desiree was tapped as the CEO of Johnson Publishing which owns iconic magazines Ebony and Jet.
Our mistakes or failures are not the end of the world. They are only catalysts to bring us to our next level of accomplishments. It’s important to acknowledge the past but it’s more important to move on from it. Don’t hold on to it forever. Always remember, you are not your past, you are your possibilities.
Have an amazing day!
Senate Democrats have just broken a Republican filibuster. For the past few months, Senator Mitch McConnell and other Senate Republicans were blocking a bill to extend unemployment benefits to nearly two million Americans who have been without a job for six months or longer. Benefits were either about to run out or were exhausted, and it now appears that they are going to be extended through November.