Shit my Stereotypical, White, Conservative Republican, MiddleUpper Class Family Said Today:

"Pitbull is a decent guy in his little interview talks"
“Yeah, he has those macarana guys”
“There’s nothing really to hate about him, but there’s nothing to like about him either”
My Aunt- “So, are you dating anyone?”
Me- ” Uh..yeah..”
“Oh yeah?! What’s his name?”
“Oh, is he European?”
“Uh..heh..nope..He’s El Salvadorian”
confused expression- “oooooooooooh. woooooooooow.”
“Come on, we are in America. Speak English.”
“The big man in the White House ain’t doing nothing for his people. We were so excited to have a black man as the president. & now look.”
my aunt adds, “Yes! It was meant to bring us together, & now there is even a bigger divide.”
My uncle- “I feel for the black population, i do. They’re all raised in poor areas, & don’t have both parents. So, it just begins a cycle. But th president is supposed to do something for the brothas.”
“Obama gave amnesty to 12 million Mexicans, but didn’t do nothin for the brothas.”
“Ferguson…puhlease. Those protesters just want to be able to steal from stores. That cop was trying to protect hmself from a 6 foot tall black man.”

&, explain to me again, How am I related?

President Ronald Reagan tries to “stay the course” during the annual pardoning of a turkey on Thanksgiving, 1987. 

Want to see how other Americans have celebrated Thanksgiving? Check out historic Thanksgiving images from the collection in today’s post on the DPLA blog

Source image from the National Archives

Obama is operating well within the scope of the law, and he’s far from the first to employ executive actions to carry out a policy on immigration. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, and both Bushes have all used executive actions to manage the legal status and deportation rate of immigrants. A number of prominent legal scholars outside the White House, both liberal and conservative, have publicly declared it lawful.

What is unprecedented is the scale in this realm of policy. Obama’s executive actions will shape the fate of up to 5 million people living in the United States without legal documentation, which is much larger than any such action in the past.

“When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.”
—Bobby Kennedy on his brother, John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers." - John F. Kennedy

It’s been 51 years since the fateful day this nation lost its innocence. Let it not be forgot, that there once was a spot, for one brief shining moment that was known as Camelot.

Rest in eternal peace, Mr. President


November 24th 1784: Zachary Taylor born

On this day in 1784 the future 12th President of the United States, Zachary Taylor, was born in Virginia. Before becoming President, Taylor led a distinguished military career, serving in the War of 1812 and becoming a victorious general in the Mexican-American War, which was fought due to the United States’ annexation of Texas in 1845. Owing to his status as a war hero, Taylor was elected President of the United States in 1848 as a Whig to succeed James K. Polk, despite his tenuous credentials as a politician; Taylor claimed he had never voted before coming to office. Taylor, a slaveholder himself was one of many antebellum Presidents who failed to do anything to tackle the slavery question that plagued the nation in the years leading up to the Civil War.  President Taylor died suddenly just a year and a half into his term from a stomach-illness in July 1850 aged 65, though rumours abounded at the time and persist today that he was poisoned. Taylor was succeeded by Vice-President Millard Fillmore, who served the remainder of Taylor’s term until he was defeated by Franklin Pierce in 1853.