Bush Pays Tribute to Washington

Bush Pays Tribute to Washington

President George W. Bush has likened the war on global terrorism that he initiated to the war fought by the first American president and his namesake George Washington to promote freedom worldwide. He made this comparison while honoring the 275th birthday of Washington whom Bush called “the father of our country” in Mount Vernon in time for the national Presidents Day holiday on Monday, February 19, 2007. Bush said “Today, we’re fighting a new war to defend our liberty and our people and our way of life. We remember that the father of our country believed that the freedoms we gained in our revolution were not meant for Americans alone.”

The current president also praised the way General Washington fought his battles and triumphed in the end despite the odds. “The ragged Continental Army lost more battles than it won, suffered waves of desertions…yet George Washington’s calm hand and determination kept the cause of freedom and the principles of our Declaration alive,” Bush said before hundreds of people.

George Washington was instrumental in gaining America’s freedom from Britain, initially as a soldier and eventually as the first leader of the United States. Bush described him as a “firm believer in the universality of freedom throughout his life.” Unfortunately, Washington did the unexpected after winning the war – he gave up his power.

As the first president of the United States of America, Bush said, Washington “understood his decisions would shape the future of our nation and set precedent. ” Among his accomplishments included forming the first Cabinet, appointing the first judges and issuing the first veto. George W. Bush believes that America has always been successful owing to the fact that “we have maintained the decency and honor of our first president.”

Bush made his speech after laying a wreath before Washington’s tomb together with the first lady. It was Bush’s first visit as president to Mount Vernon, situated 16 miles from the White House. General George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 and died on December 14, 1799 in his home. As he requested in his last will, he was buried on his Mount Vernon estate situated along the Potomac River. The estate is now a tourist attraction and accommodates millions of visitors each year.

With his strong will to defend America from terrorists, Bush shows the same determination as that of Washington when the first president fought his battles. Since the September 11 attacks in 2001, he had been a die-hard anti-terror advocate just to make sure that America and the rest of the world will be protected from criminal elements sowing terror everywhere. He has gained the support of many countries and people from around the world as well. It’s true that the 9/11 tragedy was a big blow to his administration but Bush, being the fighter that he is, rose to the challenge and rallied Americans to recover and show to the world what a united people they are. More than five years after the terroristic attacks, Bush has learned not to overreact and has let his intelligence officials do their jobs. And as Bush himself looks up to his country’s first president, he himself is optimistic that America will win the war it is fighting today – that on terrorism.

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A Breath of Fresh Air in Washington

A Breath of Fresh Air in Washington

It seems that our politicians in Washington are a bit confused. They say things, repeat them a thousand times, and then they start all over again and say the same thing over and over. Republicans such as John Boehner from Ohio, John McCain, and Mr. McConnell from Kentucky can’t seem to get past “earmarks” and “Oh My God” when it comes to the staggering amount of the budget. Maybe, just maybe, they just couldn’t find the words to express themselves when Mr. Bush was President for eight years, and just now, with Mr. Bush hiding in the hills because of all the chaos, the disaster of the economy, and the two wars that were never included in the budget, their voices are coming back, but only in mono-syllables.

There is something very strange in Washington and seasoned lawmakers just can’t put their finger on it. This strange cloud over Washington is known to the citizens of the U.S. and to the world as “Truth.” Truth has not been around very much in Washington, and if it did come up for air, the likes of Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney basically stomped it back down until everyone started forgetting just what Truth was, what it stood for, and how very essential it is.

There is a breath of fresh air in the hallowed halls of the White House. The windows of secret meetings and shredded e-mails have been opened, and the doors of anti-bipartisan-ship on the part of the Republican Party are also open and allowing the voters, their families, and every man, woman, and child to know exactly what is going on in their government, even though at times it might be hard to swallow. The “real” owners of the White House, Congress, and the Senate are alive and well, and for once, they are given a chance to see the sunlight and to be heard.

While speech is coming slowly to the Republican Party, particularly when they just can’t phantom how the economy got this way, you have to give them at least credit for waking up and smelling the roses – the beautiful fragrance and luscious blooms of “Truth.” The economy did not take a turn for the worse since January 20th, but we can give them some time. However, if Truth Be Known, what didn’t work for eight years is at the root of a lot of the chaos and devastation America is facing. More of the same is not the cure. If you have a cold, you don’t stand in the snow and rain and hope that it goes away. You embrace change, think differently, and realize that people are not insignificant, they do count, and they can and do make a difference in the careers of politicians. So let Truth be Free and as in the old Bambi movies, I would like the Republican Party to realize this – If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. For if you do, your foot may never come out of your mouth and how are you going to campaign for 2012? Something to think about ©Arleen M. Kaptur March, 2009

Arleen M. Kaptur has written many books and articles on everyday living and finding peace and joy in all we do http://arleenswriting.blogspot.com

Revitalization of Southeast Washington DC

Revitalization of Southeast Washington DC

Southeast is one of the four quadrants that make up Washington, D.C. It is bounded by East Capitol Street to the north, South Capitol Street to the west, and by the state of Maryland to the south and east.

Recently, some areas of the Southeast quadrant of Washington, D.C. have undergone a rebirth/revitalization. With this revitalization, this quadrant now has a lot to offer new residents looking to live in this area as well as to long time residents. There has never been a better time to take advantage of what life in Southeast Washington D.C. has to offer. This area of DC is accessible by the blue, orange, and green lines of the Metro.

In addition to the revitalization efforts, you’ll be hard pressed to find areas that offer the kind of history you can find here. The U.S. Navy Museum is one of the many historical sites you can enjoy in this area. It is one of the fourteen naval museums that was built and established in 1961. Within this museum you can learn the history of the United States while looking over artifacts that date back to 1793. Some of the unique and enthralling artifacts you can see include the deepest diving submersible and photographs of national heroes and war veterans. Other aspects of its rich cultural history include the historic Capitol Hill and Anacostia neighborhoods, the Navy Yard, the Marine Barracks, the Anacostia River waterfront, historic Eastern Market, the remains of several Civil War-era forts, historic St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, RFK Stadium, Nationals Park, and the Congressional Cemetery.

Outside of the historical features Southeast Washington D.C. has to offer, there are some tremendous cultural events and activities that make living in Southeast DC appealing. Some of the events you can look forward to include the Martin Luther King birthday parade, the Fort Dupont ice-rink, the world-renowned Anacostia Museum, and free weekly summer jazz concerts in Fort Dupont Park. No matter what type of activity you enjoy, you are bound to find it nearby.

There are art galleries conveniently located close by as well. One such gallery is the articulate gallery that features a glass replica of the Washington Monument right in front of the building. There is a wide variety of art from beginning children, apprentices, and professional artists displayed.

If you are a sports fanatic, Washington D.C. offers the newest team in the MLB with the Washington Nationals taking the field. The National’s Stadium is the first LEED-certified green major professional sports stadium in the United States. Although the team arrived just a little over one year ago, it has already made tremendous strides. The new stadium has brought life to the surrounding area with new dining, nightlife and entertainment nearby.

If you would rather participate in sports yourself rather than being a spectator, the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center provides the perfect opportunity for young people to learn about tennis and how to play the game, promoting sportsmanship and team play. Amenities here include 10 tennis courts, a library/media room, several multi-purpose rooms, and a computer lab. The Center offers tennis classes from age three through adult year round. The computer lab is available for students to use after school; computer assistance and homework help is provided.

With the pleasant weather that shines on the area, you have to get out and enjoy one of the many parks that fill Southeast Washington D.C. Anacostia Park features 1,200 acres filled with aquatic gardens and a plethora of activities for children and adults to enjoy. Some of the activities you can take part in at this park include tennis, basketball, roller-skating, an indoor pool and an ice skating rink.

There are a number of activities and sites for the older generation to enjoy in this area as well including the historic Capitol Hill and remains of several Civil War forts that are close by.

The last thing for you to experience in Southeast Washington D.C is the large variety of shops and restaurants that represent the diverse population of the area and the abundant nightlife options that abound. You definitely will not lack for choices to keep you entertained no matter what your preference is.

So as you can see, Southeast Washington D.C. has a plethora of different activities, events and sites to take advantage of and with the rebirth of this area, a rich cultural history and loads of activities to enjoy, families looking to relocate will find no better place than Southeast Washington D.C.

Shirley Clifton with MAX42 writes various articles for the apartment rental industry including The Overlook at Oxon Run, an affordable apartment home community in Washington, DC.

All You Need to Know About Washington

All You Need to Know About Washington

Washington – the well-known place that immediately brings to mind the political supremacy attached to it! A historical place by any standards, it not only reminds a person of the US President occupying the magnificent White House, but is also a wonderful blend of rich historical and modern landmarks!

In fact, it is a popular tourist destination – what with wonderful shopping opportunities; visits to beautiful university campuses; and wonderful parks!

A tiring day of touring the city can come to a perfect end – thanks to the countless restaurants lining the commercial area to the visitors their fill. To add to the restaurants are the knick-knack coffee shops where you can enjoy a cup of excellent coffee.

Washington is virtually a hub of entertainment business, and as such many a visitors like to focus their vacation around the fun-and-frolic theme, making the most of the excellent weather and nearby beaches. With a lot of shows and events taking place here, there is never a dearth of offers of free tickets to most shows, giving entertainment a practical turn!

A trip to the Washington Square brings you face-to-face with two awesome white marble sculptures of George Washington – on the left as a General and Military Commander, and on the right as the citizen President. The sculptures, which stand on either side of the elegant Triumphal Arch at the entrance to the Park on Fifth Avenue and Waverly Place, were built in 1889 to memorialize the 100th anniversary of George Washington’s Presidential Inauguration. In addition, there is another statue of the popular US president – the striking bronze statue outside Federal Hall, with the plaques underneath depicting exceptional scenes from his life.

The downtown tour mostly concludes in the Financial District. The other way round, you can also choose to begin your downtown trip from here, exploring a horde of close-by sites and working your way north.

A visit to the St. Paul’s Chapel on Broadway and Fulton St will give you a chance to see the President’s chair – where he and Martha worshiped. Thereafter, visiting the Fraunces Tavern Museum will bring you to gorge a conventional American lunch or dinner! The strikingly-beautiful brick building is maintained by the Son’s of the American Revolution, and connects to the memory of Washington bidding farewell to his officers in 1783!

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Washington Wines Revealed

Washington Wines Revealed
For too long now, Washington wines have existed under the shadow of their neighbors to the south, and living under the pretense that they could not, and would not stack up to the boisterousness and nobility of California wine. Washington has been prisoner to the understandable misconception that they simply do not host a suitable grape growing climate. How could they grow grapes, you may ask, when it rains all the time? In fact, the majority of Washingtons wine growing region lies to the east of the Cascade mountain range, which, due to the rain shadow effect is arid and sunny. While damp and temperate Western Washington gets an average of sixty inches of rain per year, the East Side receives eight.

Its true that Washington was still making fortified wines based on Concord grapes in the 1960s when California wines were already receiving awards and becoming world recognized. But they have grown with leaps and bounds over the past 40 years and are producing high quality wines that compete with the best of California. The wheat fields and fruit orchards that were the previous staple economy in Walla Walla and Yakima Valleys have been replaced with acres of lucrative vines, growing from just ten wineries in 1970, to over five hundred today.

The Washington wine industry is currently worth three billion dollars and is ranked second to California in grape growing and wine production. The 1980s saw a huge demand for white wines and interest spiked for Rieslings and Chardonnays. Although the white wines are continuing to hold their popularity and prestige, Washington is now praised for its Syrahs, Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots as well.

One of the most notable and celebrated winemakers out of Walla Walla Valley is winemaker Charles Smith. This year will mark his tenth year. The retired rock band manager shifted gears when he taught himself the art of creating quality wines, starting with very small batches of Syrah. Dont be fooled by the wine label effect and eye catching names, these are not mediocre wines with a cushy marketing budget. Inside the bottle are some of the most tremendous wines coming out of that region. These wines are not for the faint at heart. They are powerful, rock solid wine that pack a serious punch. With his wild thick hair, leather boots and a plain black t-shirt Smith looks like a cross between Jerry Garcia and a Harley Davidson poster child, and seems a little out of place in the perceived pretentiousness of the wine industry. His motorcycle riding, live on the edge, rock n roll personality shines through in all aspects of his winemaking, from labels to descriptions and within the wines themselves.

You can find Charles Smiths wines, the signature black and white labels, under his self-titled Charles Smith label, K Vintners and The Magnificent Wine Company. K Vintners is his original production and consists mainly of 100% Syrah and Syrah blends. The value-based Magnificent Wine Company label revolves around House Red Wine and House White Wine; quality table wine blends from multiple vineyards and vintages. His most recent endeavor is his Charles Smith wines, where he has been continuing with his full bodied, best wine possible approach and branching out to Rieslings, Chardonnays and Merlots.

Listed below are just a few of the favorites.
Charles Smith Label

Kung Fu Girl Riesling ($ 17)

Inspired by the Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill

Tasting Notes: THIS GIRL IS SERIOUS! Aromatic, smooth, vibrant and tasty. Think tangerine, apricot, wet stone, key lime, clove and nectarine.now stop thinking and start drinking CAUSE KUNG FU GIRL KICKS ASS! Charles Smith

Eve Chardonnay 2007 ($ 15)

Tasting Notes: Sinfully temptingfresh, crisp, the perfume of sweet apple blossoms lures you into The Garden of Eden. Silky, soft, mouth filling deliciousnesstake the first sip! Charles Smith

Velvet Devil Merlot ($ 15)

Tasting Notes: If velvet had a flavor this would be it. Bittersweet chocolate, dark Italian cherries. Sweet rose petals with a firm, satiny finish. Pure Washington Merlot. HELL YEAH! Charles Smith

Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 ($ 21)

96.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.5% Malbec

Tasting Notes: Delicious Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromatics galorecigar box, pencil lead, cedar and currants with super refined tannins and a long, fine finish. French? No. Chateau Smith? OUI! Charles Smith

Boom Boom Syrah ($ 18)

99.5% Syrah, .5% Primitivo

Tasting Notes: Everything you want in a syrah.smooth, firm, fresh & darksuper

dense purple with meaty dark fruit, Asian five spice & sweet tobacco. Intense yet

plush textureit will KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF! Charles Smith

K Vintners Label

K Vintners Milbrandt Vineyard 2007 ($ 36)

Tasting Notes: As the day is longa never ending finish of spices, fresh tobacco, cured meats, and stone. So smooth, so fine. Charles Smith

K Vintners Northridge Vineyard 2007 ($ 40)

Tasting Notes: Extremely concentrated, intense color. Notes of huckleberry, cedar, cigar and kirsch. Built like a brick shit-house; exuberant ripe fruit with grippy backbone and spice and a seamless finish. Charles Smith

K Vintners Phil Lane Vineyard 2007 ($ 75)

Tasting Notes: Violets, lavender, roasted meat, game, crushed stone, and a super long finish. Charles Smith

Washington Facts retrieved from Complete Wine Course by Kevin Zraly. Additional Charles Smith information can be found at www.charlessmithwines.com, www.kvintners.com & www.magnificentwine.com

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