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December 26, 2012 at 6:00 AM
Romney’s enthusiasm for the job: There was a moment during the presidential campaign that offered an unusual clue to the inner thoughts of Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann. Late in the presidential campaign, Ann Romney told reporters one day that this would be her husband’s last attempt to become president. On Oct. 18, in the heat of the campaign, Ann Romney said, in essence, if Romney doesn’t win this time, he won’t run again. Her comments were noticed, but not that much. This week, Romney son, Tagg, went a step further regarding the fire in the belly. He says his dad wanted to be president less than anyone he had met. Hadn’t heard that before.
Armed guards in schools: Reaction continues to the NRA’s proposal for armed officers in the nation’s schools. Presidential candidate and retiring Rep. Ron Paul says, How about no? But, did you also know that a school system in New Jersey was already planning to hire armed guards for its schools. Piers Morgan had some strong comments on gun control, which led to a petition for his deportation.
The Huffington Post presidential vacation slide show: President Obama and his family are vacationing this week in Hawaii. He stands at the ready to return to Washington, D.C., to meet with whomever is willing to help settle the whole fiscal cliff problem. But, while he is golfing or body surfing or whatever he is doing, The Huffington Post offers a great slide show of presidents on vacation. Good, clean fun. Such trips are expensive, too. Update: Obama is heading back tonight.
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December 21, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Gov-elect Jay Inslee is heading to Hawaii for a week before moving into the governor’s office.
He and his wife, Trudi, leave on Monday. Inslee will be sworn in as governor on Jan. 16.
There’s been some low-level grumbling in Olympia about the fact that Inslee has only announced one hire in his new administration so far — Renton schools chief Mary Alice Heuschel, who will be his chief of staff.
Many key appointments remain, including the director of the governor’s budget office and various agency heads.
However, Inslee’s staff said the transition and hiring process will continue while Inslee is gone, and the governor-elect will be meeting with staff by phone during his time away. Some new hires could be announced as early as next week.
“We knew right after the election that the Governor-Elect would need some downtime with his family between the 18 months of campaigning and the start of his term,” Sterling Clifford, an Inslee spokesman said in an email. “The week of Christmas/New Year’s was identified as the best week for them to go, and it has been on his schedule for some time.”
September 4, 2012 at 1:47 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dean Ando isn’t just cheering the nomination of President Obama for re-election because he’s a Democrat. He’s rooting for a childhood friend.
Ando, a delegate to the Democratic convention from Tacoma, was a classmate of Obama’s at Punahou School, a private prep school in Honolulu.
He recalls meeting Obama in 5th grade and was in his class through their senior year in 1979, a relationship Ando memorializes with photos on his Facebook page. Ando said he and Obama were close from about 5th to 9th grade and spent many hours shooting hoops — but found different circles of close friends as they moved on to high school.
Back then, Ando says, Obama was not interested in politics.
“He was more a basketball player, music aficionado — jazz — and into girls, but what high school boy isn’t interested in girls?” Ando recalled Tuesday. ”He was very academic. He was a pretty smart kid. I noticed that even when we were young. He was taking all the hard courses with the smart kids while still doing the varsity basketball thing.”
Ando remembers Obama’s mother, a young Stanley Ann Dunham, and his grandfather, Stanley Dunham, who would frequently pick Obama up from school.
In 2007, Ando dove into the campaign for his former schoolmate, becoming a grass roots organizer at a time when then-Senator Obama was considered an underdog to Hillary Clinton and John Edwards. He’s met Obama personally a few times since then, and said the president remembers him — after he introduces himself.
“I always have to tell him, ‘I’m Dean Ando, your high school classmate’.’ He’s probably met a quarter million people,” said Ando, who works as a commercial real estate appraiser for Thurston County.
Ando was a delegate for Obama to the 2008 Democratic convention, too, and is a member of the state Democratic Party’s Central Committee.
At the convention this week, Ando has been handing out copies of a class photo of he and Obama, and sharing his story with delegates and the media about his eight years as the future president’s classmate.
“I hope the American people get to spend eight years with him as well,” he said.
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