TWO EVENTS FOCUS ON CHANGES, CHALLENGES AND FUTURE OF JOURNALISM CNBC’s John Harwood to speak at Florida State University and The Village Square;joined by leaders in Florida’s media landscape
(TALLAHASSEE, FL) – February 2, 2012 – In just a few short years, everything has changed about how we get our information, and John Harwood, CNBC Chief Washington Correspondent, is coming to Tallahassee to talk about it. Harwood will share his views on the changes, challenges and future of journalism as the featured speaker at two February 7 events in Tallahassee. (more…)
I looked and looked for a video of these touching moments to share with you if you didn’t catch Tuesday night’s State of the Union, but I couldn’t find one. So I’m sharing this video as an introduction. You can see Congressman Flake at Giffords’ left in the first half of the video below.
Last year’s State of the Union found Arizona Republican Representative Jeff Flake sitting next to Representative Gabby Gifford’s empty seat as she struggled for her life in the aftermath of the shooting. So this year he reports being delighted to be able to – as NoLabels.org advocated for – sit in a bipartisan fashion next to his colleague. Throughout the speech, Rep. Giffords stood up with her Democratic party at the appropriate Democratic applause lines.
And each time she did, it was Representative Flake who both helped her to her feet and helped her sit back down again. He was, many times that night, the only Republican in the chamber standing.
“She knew when she wanted to stand up,” Flake told Yahoo News. “And I stood when she stood.”
President Obama in last night’s State of the Union: Those of us who’ve been sent here to serve can learn from the service of our troops. When you put on that uniform, it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white; Asian or Latino; conservative or liberal; rich or poor; gay or straight. When you’re marching into battle, you look out for the person next to you, or the mission fails. When you’re in the thick of the fight, you rise or fall as one unit, serving one Nation, leaving no one behind.
One of my proudest possessions is the flag that the SEAL Team took with them on the mission to get bin Laden. On it are each of their names. Some may be Democrats. Some may be Republicans. But that doesn’t matter. Just like it didn’t matter that day in the Situation Room, when I sat next to Bob Gates – a man who was George Bush’s defense secretary; and Hillary Clinton, a woman who ran against me for president.
All that mattered that day was the mission. No one thought about politics. No one thought about themselves. One of the young men involved in the raid later told me that he didn’t deserve credit for the mission. It only succeeded, he said, because every single member of that unit did their job – the pilot who landed the helicopter that spun out of control; the translator who kept others from entering the compound; the troops who separated the women and children from the fight; the SEALs who charged up the stairs. More than that, the mission only succeeded because every member of that unit trusted each other – because you can’t charge up those stairs, into darkness and danger, unless you know that there’s someone behind you, watching your back.
So it is with America. Each time I look at that flag, I’m reminded that our destiny is stitched together like those fifty stars and those thirteen stripes. No one built this country on their own. This Nation is great because we built it together. This Nation is great because we worked as a team. This Nation is great because we get each other’s backs. And if we hold fast to that truth, in this moment of trial, there is no challenge too great; no mission too hard. As long as we’re joined in common purpose, as long as we maintain our common resolve, our journey moves forward, our future is hopeful, and the state of our Union will always be strong.
Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.
SECURITY AND HUMANITARIAN ISSUES IN THE AMERICAS OF RELEVANCE TO FLORIDA TO BE FOCUS OF JAN. 23 LECTURE
MONDAY, JAN. 23
12:30 – 1:15 P.M.
FSU COLLEGE OF LAW ROTUNDA
425 W. JEFFERSON ST., TALLAHASSEE
U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Steven Ratti, the United States Southern Command’s director of plans and operations and a Florida State University alumnus, will discuss security and humanitarian issues within the Caribbean, Central and South America, as well as the situation in Haiti two years after its devastating earthquake, at Florida State University on Monday, Jan. 23. Read the entire release here.
Former Foreign Service Officer and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State to discuss energy policy within the international arena as it may bear upon Florida at kickoff event for Tallahassee’s new chapter of the American Committees on Foreign Relations
MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2012
415 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301
Molly K. Williamson, a dynamic speaker affiliated with the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. and former Foreign Service Officer and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations at the U.S. Department of State, will discuss international energy policy as it may bear upon Florida, a topic of significant interest at the national, state and local levels. Read the entire press release here.
Wanted to catch Faith, Food, Friday but couldn’t quite get there yet? We’ve done the legwork for you with an audio archive of the programs! Find them here. You can also make reservations for our next program on February 3rd (our Superbowl Special Edition) “Faith, Football, Tebow” HERE.