My official letter of accreditation as a National Democratic Convention delegate


On behalf of the Democratic National Committee, I am pleased to congratulate you on your election as a Delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. This email serves as your Official Certification to this historic gathering in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4-6, 2012. As your Secretary, this is one of my most serious responsibilities as we prepare for our nominating convention.

This is an important time for the Democratic Party. The nation, and indeed the world, will be watching as we continue to chart our course and vision for the future. We will showcase the accomplishments of the Obama Administration and the talent of our leadership. Our Convention will reflect the diversity and grassroots of our Party – and America.

We will come together to celebrate and enthusiastically re-nominate Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Plus, we will prepare for the General Election. Imagine what we will be able to accomplish when we reelect our President, elect more Democrats to the US Senate, take back the House of Representatives, and our candidates succeed at every level of government. Frankly, I can hardly wait.

We encourage you to visit the 2012 Convention website.

Your State Delegation is your primary point of contact during your time in Charlotte. The morning delegation meeting is the most critical. At that meeting, your daily credential, the schedule with gavel time, caucuses, events and transportation updates, as well as issue discussions, voting procedures and other convention materials will be delivered. Often there are speakers including State Party leadership and others. In addition, on Sunday evening, September 2nd you are invited to attend your Delegation Welcoming Party. Please continue to be in touch with your State Party for further details on this and other information.

The Office of the Secretary can be reached should you have any questions.

Thank you for your service to the Democratic Party. It is an honor to represent President Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention. Your commitment to his victory, your hard work and sacrifice are appreciated, and will be for generations to come.

See you in Charlotte.



Alice Germond
Secretary, Democratic National Committee

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Michelle Obama: A Brief History

Michelle Obama: A Brief History

Michelle Obama is often considered the most influential and powerful woman in the world. From a fashion icon to a world leader in educational and fitness, the First Lady was brought up with humble beginnings. Her days spent in the South Side of Chicago in a one bedroom apartment helped shape her morals and virtues, thanks to her working class parents.

As a lawyer, sociologist and now political representative, her life has been a storied compendium of inspirational success and prosperity. Politicians and critiques might study and pick apart her decisions, while young girls might aim to emulate her success and even consider pursuing a J.D. degree of their own. No matter who critiques and analyzes the First Lady’s decisions, everyone will want to know something about her background.

Early Life

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama and her brother Craig were raised in a one-bedroom apartment on the south side of Chicago. Although Michelle and her brother often shared makeshift rooms made from bed spreads in their one-bedroom apartment, their humble beginnings never kept the parents from sharing meals, playing games and spending time with their children.

While her and older brother were 16 months apart in age, they were often mistaken as fraternal twins. Looks aside, both brother and sister had extraordinary educational brilliance, earning spots among gifted classes and eventually venturing off to Princeton upon graduating from high school.

Educational Backgrounds

From sixth grade on, Michelle managed to excel in gifted classes, often earning top awards and placement among her peers. Soon after her primary education, she made her way to Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, a transit school for gifted students. At Princeton she studied sociology, earning her Bachelor of Arts and graduating cum laude in 1985.

Her social awareness, developed as a sociology major, may be the reason for her humanitarian work throughout the world, helping to feed starving children and provide educational needs for domestic students. Whatever the case, her education continued well after Princeton, attending Harvard Law and earning her J.D. in 1988.

It was at Princeton that Michelle’s political vigor can be seen taking shape. As a student at a predominantly white school, Michelle participated in protests across campus, demanding the need for more ethnically diverse students and staff members. While she and her fellow demonstrators put on a remakable display, they won small victors in convincing the heads of administration to hire and admit a more diverse group of people.


Soon after graduation, Michelle managed to use her law skills to start up a career in civil service as the assistant commissioner of planning and development for then Mayor of Chicago Richard M. Daley. A few years after, she joined the Office of Public Allies for Chicago as an executive director helping to train adults develop skills for work in the public sector. In 1996, Michelle jumped ship and joined the University of Chicago as an associate dean where she helped develop the first community service program.

In 2002, she was appointed the executive director of community relations and external affairs, and later vice president for the University of Chicago Hospitals, where she still serves part time. In addition to her many accomplishments, Michelle manages to serve on six boards that range from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.

As First Lady

During the 2008 presidential race, Michelle pledged to stay committed to public education and health issues facing American children and parents. As the 44th First Lady, Michelle remains committed to her original goals, pledging assistance to support military families, bolster educational goals and stress educational importance among the youth.

Her Let’s Move! program aims to bring together educators, physicians and parents to help create awareness and fitness plans to curb child obesity. Through the program more parents have managed to become more socially aware of the food their children ingest and suggesting alternatives, exercise regiments.

Together with Dr. Jill Biden, the First Lady helped launch Joining Forces, a program that aims to help military families by streamlining all sectors of society to lend support to veterans. With her military family support, health goals and her assistance toward helping women balance careers and family life, The First Lady continues to make a change in America.

Today, she and her husband have two daughters, Maila and Sasha, and while the adjustment to life as the First Family has presented challenges, both Michelle and Barack try to make life normal for their daughters. Granted, being surrounded by Secret Service agents and being the daughters of two of the most powerful parents may present its challenges, but they’re all adjusting. Her decisions, programs and goals may all be critiqued by political science majors, but her life as the First Lady has helped change America.


The White House


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The 1st Lady’s Box at the 2011 US State of the Union

It is a tradition for the First Lady of the United States to invite guests to listen to the State of the Union Address in her box.

This year in addition to First Lady Michelle Obama, 2 other black women were in the First Lady’s Box.

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We Are One With Obama in the White House

OK, I am back in Stockholm and ready to share my Inauguration experience with you.


I was fortunate enough to get tickets for the We Are One concert at the Lincoln Memorial on 18 January 2008. Half a million people like me turned out for the concert to watch celebrities from all walks of life give props to Barack Obama. I didn’t take this video, but I believe it is a good summary of the event.


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Happy Holidays from Michelle Obama


This arrived in my email box this week:

From: Michelle Obama
To: Adrianne George
Date: Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 12:17 PM
Subject: Happy holidays

Adrianne —

This holiday season, the grassroots movement you helped build can make a big difference for those in need.

I hope you will join me in supporting your favorite charity or contributing to causes that are especially meaningful to me and my family.

While many of us will spend the holidays counting our blessings and sharing dinner with loved ones, millions of people around the country won’t be so fortunate. Donating to your local food bank will help provide a holiday meal to people in your community who can’t afford one.

Talking with the families of deployed troops was one of the most rewarding experiences I had during the campaign. Giving to Operation USO Care Package is a great way to send members of our military stationed around the world a reminder that someone back home is thinking of them.

This is a time to celebrate our blessings, the new year, and a new era for our country. But it’s also a time to come together on behalf of those who need our help.

Do what you can to help today by locating your local food bank and giving your support:

Or send a care package to an American in uniform:

Thank you for all that you do and have a very happy holiday season,


Happy Holidays from Sandra & Adrianne, Women of the African Diaspora

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