The Michael Jackson Memorial Service: We Are the World

The Michael Jackson Memorial Service: We Are the World

Michael Jackson was honored on Tuesday at a memorial service held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, while millions of people watched the service on live television throughout the world. Jackson died on June 25th at the age of 50 in Los Angeles. The 20,000-seat center was filled by Jackson’s fans, friends and others who had known him since he began his singing career with his brothers in the Jackson 5. During the service, there were performances by Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Lionel Richie and Jennifer Hudson, among others. There also were appearances by Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson and Brooke Shields, each of whom provided touching personal anecdotes about Michael Jackson.

Toward the conclusion of the Memorial Service, a medley of singers performed We Are The World beneath a giant image of the world. They were later joined by dozens of hand-holding, racially-inclusive children, to sing Heal the World. We Are the World was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and originally recorded in 1985 by a supergroup of 45 popular musicians in order to raise funds to help famine-relief efforts in Ethiopia.

Michael Jackson Memorial Service: We Are the World

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The 2008 Denver National Democratic Convention: Live Blogging


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The Democratic National Convention: Live Blogging

Michelle Obama Addresses the Democratic National Convention

Michelle Obama presented the first major address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver on Monday evening. Speaking to the delegates, Michelle described herself as a daughter, sister, wife and mother, no different from many other women. She told an exuberant crowd in the convention center that she and her husband feel an obligation to “fight for the world as it should be” to assure the promise of a better life both for their own daughters and for all children.

Michelle Obama talked about tucking her daughters Malia and Sasha into bed at night. “I think about how one day, they’ll have families of their own. And one day, they, and your own sons and daughters, will tell their own children about what we did together in this election. They’ll tell them how this time, we listened to our hopes, instead of our fears. How this time, we decided to stop doubting and to start dreaming,” she said.

Michelle Obama: We Listen to Our Hopes and Dreams

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy: Hope Rises Again, the Dream Lives On

Senator Edward M. Kennedy, struggling with brain cancer, arrived at the Democratic National Convention on Monday night in a triumphant appearance that evoked 50 years of party history. No was sure until the very last moment whether Senator Kennedy actually would be able to make a personal appearance at the convention, given the severity of his illness. Kennedy arrived at the convention site shortly before darkness fell, accompanied by a large group of family members. He walked a few halting steps to a waiting golf cart, which drove him into the arena.

After a speech was given by his niece Caroline Kennedy and a video tribute to him was shown, Senator Kennedy walked slowly to the lectern, limping slightly, with his wife, Victoria, who kissed him and left him there. The crowd gave him a standing ovation and many people were seen wiping tears from their eyes; they cheered for almost two minutes until he settled them down.

My fellow Democrats, my fellow Americans, it is so wonderful to be here,” said Senator Kennedy, his voice booming across the hall. “And nothing–nothing–is going to keep me away from this special gathering tonight.” A stool that had been slipped behind him went unused during his 10-minute speech. And while Kennedy spoke slowly and at times haltingly, his voice was firm and he was in command of this moment, gesturing and sounding very much like the man who enraptured the party’s convention 28 years ago.

There is a new wave of change all around us,” he said, “and if we set our compass true, we will reach our destination–not merely victory for our party, but renewal for our nation. And this November, the torch will be passed again to a new generation of Americans. So with Barack Obama, and for you and for me, our country will be committed to his cause.”

Invoking his parting remarks to the 1980 Democratic National Convention as he ceded the presidential nomination to Jimmy Carter, he promised that “the dream will never die. The work begins anew, the hope rises again, and the dream lives on.”

Sen. Edward Kennedy: Hope Rises Again, the Dream Lives On

Music Audio: We Are The World


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Obama Vanquishes Clinton in Wisconsin: Rolls to Ninth Straight Win

Senator Barack Obama soundly defeated Hillary Clinton in yesterday’s Wisconsin Democratic primary. With his double-digit 58% to 41% victory, Obama racked up a ninth consecutive win over Clinton in the presidential campaign. Very early reports from the Hawaii caucuses have Obama headed toward a landslide triumph over Clinton there, leading her by a 77% to 23% margin. A win in Hawaii would extend Obama’s win streak to ten consecutive victories over the Senator from New York.

In what is now becoming a common, but somewhat bizarre pattern in her political behavior, Clinton once again made arrangements to flee the primary state that she has just lost. This time, she didn’t even stick around long enough to see the voting results begin to come in. Instead, she managed to arrange a “practice speech” in Youngstown, Ohio. Once again, she failed to extend any word of congratulations to Obama. Reportedly, at her engagement in Ohio, Clinton even ignored the fact that the Wisconsin voting actually had taken place on Tuesday, although she found the time to thank a high school marching band.

Obama had entered the Wisconsin contest with a great deal of momentum. In addition, with a substantial number of liberal Democratic voters centered in and around Madison, it was anticipated that he would win. In recent days, though, Clinton had invested a noticeably increased amount of time and money campaigning in Wisconsin, hoping against hope to shut down Obama’s eight-state winning streak before she confronted the decisive contests in Ohio and Texas on March 4th. However, Obama’s winning streak has given Obama a lead in the pledged delegate count and a boom in his campaign’s momentum heading into those crucial March 4th votes.

Obama Speaks in Houston: Wisconsin Results Thrill Supporters

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Barack Obama: Hope Changes Everything

Music Audio: We Are the World

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Barack Obama: Change We Can Believe In

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My Faves for Thursday, January 03, 2008

“Photo of the Day: He Made History Tonight.” Obama won in Iowa!! Yes, he did it. It’s time for change!!This beautiful photograph pays tribute to Obama’s historic achievement, and is presented for you in stunning high-resolution.

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“Obama Wins in Iowa!!” Yes, he did it. It’s time for change!! This article includes photographs, videos and music.

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“Photo of the Day: We Are One World.” This is a beautiful, colorful photograph presented for you in stunning high-resolution. The photograph is accompanied by music audio (We Are the World). Enjoy!!

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