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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Happy Birthday President Barack Obama! 10 Things You Might Not Know About Our Powerful and Polished POTUS!

Today our Commander-in-chief, Barack Hussein Obama, celebrates his 51st birthday. The charismatic 44th President of the United States made history in 2008 by being the first African American man elected to take the Oval Office. With his radiant wife Michelle by his side, President Obama has become a political figure and family man that many admire. He has continued his long list of achievements over the last four years, becoming one of the most popular and highly recognizable leaders around the globe. Aside from his international endeavors he is a symbol of hope, diversity and progress in our nation. 

How well do you know Sasha and Malia's Dad? To celebrate his special day I'm sharing 10 interesting facts about President Obama. 

10. He says his favorite children’s book is “Where the Wild Things Are.” 

*That's a ShoMommy favorite too, check out an old post to celebrate the author Maurice Sendak

9. His first date with wife, Michelle Obama, was to the movie “Do The Right Thing.”   

*ShoMommy loves the smart, stylish, rising icon "Chelly O". We shared little known facts about our favorite first lady for her birthday. Read the old post at:

8. His favorite show is HBOs “The Wire.”

7.  He kept a pet ape called Tata while in Indonesia.

6. He has his hair cut once a week by his Chicago barber, Zariff, for $21

5. He was known as “O’Bomber” at high school for his jump shot skills at basketball. He has weekly games at the White House court. 

4. He owns a pair of boxing gloves signed by Muhammad Ali.

3. His father grew up herding goats, then went on to attend Harvard University. In 1991 Barack graduated 
Harvard Law School where he was president of the Law 

2. He wrote a children’s book “Of Thee I Sing.”

1. His name means blessed by God in Swahili.


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Congratulations Gabby Douglas! 2012 London Olympic Games Women's All Around Gold Medalist

With the support of her loved ones, coach and Iowa host family, 16 year old Gabby has become the first African American female in Olympic history to win the Women's All Around Gold Medal.

I had to share this touching commercial by Proctor & Gamble. Natalie Hawkins, Gabby's Mom, shares her family's journey to realize her daughters goals in pursuit of the gold! 

Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc please, please, please LISTEN to the dreams of the young people in your life! Nurture their potential, encourage excellence and love them along their journey. The dream CAN be realized :-) #YourChildIsAChampion Check out the moving piece below.