The President of the United States has the right to fire any appointee he desires. That is his prerogative.
What #BLOTUS does have the right to do, however, is to lie to the public about the reason for firing the Attorney General. The truth is clear, as are the facts. Sally Gates defied an immoral and illegal presidential order. #BLOTUS axed her for standing up against his Muslim ban.
Good for her. She will not be the last victim of the vindictive and unstable person now consolidating his power of all of us. But she has demonstrated for the entire world the bullying tactics and the pathological lying for which Trump is so well known.
Thank you, Sally Gates. Your courage to stand firm in the face of wrong is an inspiration to all of us.
For eight years we have been blessed with a scandal-free First Family. I, for one, will miss President Obama’s quiet dignity and deep strength in the face of all the hatred and opposition he faced from the moment he took the oath of office.
History will bear record to his accomplishments. He has exemplified true servant leadership and has led our nation with intelligence, wit, humor and true humility.
We now enter a new era where the new leader of our nation thrives on lies and scandals, cannot communicate a clear thought and reeks of racism, xenophobia and bigotry. I, along with most of the world, am holding my breath as the United States begins a perilous journey led by an ego larger than the nation, itself.
Farewell, President Obama, and God bless you. You are already missed.
True leadership is not about creating followers. It’s not about bluster and braggadocio. And it’s not all about metrics, impact, and effectiveness, either.
Real leadership, as President Adams has rightly noted, is also about how one inspires others to reach beyond themselves to dream, learn and grow. True leadership doesn’t just create followers. It creates more leaders.
I have never called it duty, but I love this quote by Bukowski, my favorite contemporary poet. My entire adult life has been consumed with a burning desire to create a world without hunger. That focus has led me to over 100 countries and more areas of conflict and devastation than I can count, and it has introduced me to an entire world of caring and compassionate people who live to make a difference in the lives of those most in need.
Now, as the flames are starting to burn a little less intensely I am gratified to see that the world has finally realized that ending hunger in our lifetime is a significant priority. I am gratified to see that the United Nations has set a measurable goal of ending hunger by 2030.
Whether I see a hunger-free world or not, the ashes of my life will forever hold the warmth of all those who have given themselves to this grand, glorious and world-changing vision. Thank you, one and all, for caring enough to help end hunger in our lifetime.
The amazing work being done to eradicate polio by UNICEF, Rotary International, and the Gates Foundation is a great example of successful collaboration to attack a major global health issue. As a member of Rotary I have seen how committed our organization has been to #endpolio. Seeing the excellent work being accomplished and realizing that we will create a polio-free world inspires me to do even more to create a world without hunger.
My entire adult life has been devoted to ending the scourge of hunger. Now, the United Nations has set a sustainable development goal to end hunger within the next 15 years. My prayer is that by 2030 our polio-free world will also be a hunger-free world. Working together we can make it happen.
After just completing the first day of the 4 day international summit of Stop Hunger Now affiliates all I can say is I am too humbled for words. The commitment, the dedication, the passion, and the resourcefulness of our international folks has just blown me away. Stop Hunger Now is demonstrating that the global movement to end hunger is not only a reality, but it’s growing.
From the first SHN affiliate in South Africa to our newest in Peru, every director has shared their stories, and all of us here have been inspired, challenged and moved to tears hearing the struggles and successes that make up the work of ending hunger around the world. There are a lot of commonalities in the stories, and it has been a time rich in learning and sharing.
This afternoon we took time to relax a little and take it easy as we are all somewhat jet-lagged. We visited the Royal Selangor Petwer Factory, the Batu Caves , a Hindu Temple, and then had dinner at Malaysian Cultural Theater.
Tomorrow we will begin with a breakfast presentation on monitoring and assessment, then tour several distribution centers where Stop Hunger now meals are used to feed hungry children. We will end the day with a dinner in my honor.
It will be another full day, but one rich in learning and full of joyful celebration and fellowship. Tomorrow, I will try to share in more detail.