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alsame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-20-09 07:15 PM
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White House celebrates the 540th Anniversary of the Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji
On Friday we hosted a reception commemorating the 540th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first guru in Sikhism. It was the first time that this holiday has ever been celebrated at the White House. Members of the Sikh community from around the country were invited to celebrate the occasion with traditional hymns led by the Sikh Kirtani Chanters from the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. Several administration officials were in attendance, including Dr. John Holdren (Office of Science & Technology Policy), Tina Tchen (Office of Public Engagement), Michael Strautmanis (Chief of Staff to Valerie Jarrett), Adolfo Carrion (Urban Affairs), and Nancy Anne DeParle (Health Reform).

Representatives from the Sikh Council on Religion and Education, United Sikhs, and other grassroots leaders came together to recognize the important contributions of Sikhs to our national life. The first Sikhs arrived as laborers in the western United States around 1899 and gradually moved around the country. They went on to become owners of successful businesses, serve honorably in the U.S. military in both world wars and other conflicts, lawyers, doctors, bankers, and members of many other professions.







http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2009/11/20/540th-anniver...
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-20-09 07:26 PM
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1. This is very nice
but I was hoping for a VP Biden birthday celebration too :party:

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alsame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-20-09 07:28 PM
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2. He was in Delaware today! I've been looking for pics all day, but
couldn't find any - I guess it was a private family celebration.

But here's to Joe... :party: :toast:
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-20-09 07:52 PM
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3. Here's to Joe~
:toast: :party:

Washington, D.C. (AHN) - "Vice President Joe Biden marks his 67th birthday on Friday working from his home in Delaware."

Biden has no public events scheduled but meets with senior staff via video conference. He also calls members of Congress to gather support for healthcare reform, ahead of a Saturday vote in the Senate that will spell the future for the Obama administration's top legislative agenda.

Read more: http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7017055889#ixzz...



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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-20-09 09:25 PM
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5. I had a piece of cheesecake in his honor!!!
(like I needed an excuse! lol)
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-20-09 09:24 PM
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4. Welcome to the PEOPLE'S HOUSE!!!!
Glad to see that this administration recognizes that diversity doesn't JUST mean inviting Latinos to the White House shortly before an election! ;)

I cant count how many times I've read "for the first time ever, _____ was invited to the White House."

Thank you Ann for raising your son to recognize the richness of the world's diversity.

(And Mrs. Robinson too!!!)
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RepublicanElephant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-20-09 10:22 PM
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6. glenn beck: "photos prove obama a muslim!"... you know, 'cause they're wearing turbans.
Edited on Fri Nov-20-09 10:23 PM by RepublicanElephant
:eyes: :crazy: :silly: :dunce:
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-21-09 12:33 PM
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7. Cool!
:D
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