Photo of the Day: I Paid Money, Now Where’s the Train?
Photography by: Joseph O. Holmes, NYC
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Father and Daughter is the 2000 Dutch animated short film, made by Michaël Dudok De Wit, which won the 2000 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. In the film, a father says goodbye to his young daughter and leaves. As the wide landscapes are shown living through their seasons, the girl lives through hers also. She becomes a young woman, has a family and in time she becomes old. Yet within her there is always a deep longing for her father. At the conclusion of the film, the now elderly daughter begins to walk through the overgrown, dried up riverbed, finally traveling in the afterlife to meet her father once again.
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President-elect Barack Obama and his wife Michelle took their daughters to work at a food bank on the day before Thanksgiving, saying they wanted to show the girls the meaning of the holiday, especially at a time when so many people are struggling in America. Ten-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha joined their parents to shake hands and give holiday wishes to hundreds of people who had been lined up for hours at the food bank on Chicago’s south side. Sasha and Malia helped as the family handed out wrapped chickens to the needy in a chilly outdoor church courtyard.
The president-elect was in a jovial mood, calling out “happy thanksgiving” and telling everyone “you can call me Barack.” He told reporters that he wants the girls “to learn the importance of how fortunate they are, and to make sure they’re giving back.” Michelle Obama said that they wanted to give their children “an understanding of what giving and Thanksgiving is all about.”
The Obama family’s activities in the courtyard quickly drew the attention of schoolchildren whose windows overlooked the courtyard. They put up a sign against the glass that read: “We love our prez” and screamed when the president-elect waved to them. Obama then turned to his wife and suggested they go visit the children.
Secret Service agents, looking surprised, disappeared inside the building to accommodate his request. Minutes later, hundreds of children were brought down to the school auditorium, and Obama loped onstage as they screamed and cheered. “I just wanted to come by and wish everybody a happy Thanksgiving,” he said. He then asked the children what they would be eating for Thanksgiving dinner.
The president-elect then took questions from the children, one of whom wanted to know what it was like to be followed around all the time. It is a topic that seems to touch a nerve in Obama, who has lamented the lack of privacy that comes with his new job. “I gotta admit, sometimes it’s kinda strange. You just want to go take a walk or go out and ride your bike or something, and you always have someone with you,” Obama said. “So you don’t have a lot of privacy and that’s one of the things you have to sacrifice in order to run for president.”
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Florida State safety Myron Rolle was awarded a Rhodes scholarship Saturday. He is the first major-college football player of his generation to win what is considered the world’s most prestigious postgraduate academic scholarship.
He became the most prominent student-athlete to win the award since Bill Bradley at Princeton in 1965. Bradley was later a Knicks basketball star, U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate. Other winners have included Pat Haden (U.S.C. and the Rams) and Tom McMillen (The Univ. of Maryland, the N.B.A. and Congress).
Rolle’s quest to the win the Rhodes had received heavy attention from the news media, because he chose to risk missing all or part of Florida State’s pivotal game at The University of Maryland on Saturday night to have the interview, which took place in Birmingham, Alabama.
Rolle received the news about 5 p.m. Saturay afternoon; he then received a police escort to a local airport, where a private plane waited to take him to the game. He entered the game late in the second quarter of a 37-3 Florida State victory. “He is flying high,” Sally Karioth, a Florida State nursing professor who accompanied Rolle to his interview, said before the game. “He was hopping. He’s usually real sedate.”
Rolle was one of two winners selected from 13 finalists interviewed on Saturday in Birmingham. Parker Goyer, a former player on the women’s tennis team at Duke, was the other winner.
You can read more about Myron Rolle here.
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