Full Text Obama Presidency June 6, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Comments on Novelist Ray Bradbury’s Death

POLITICAL SPEECHES & DOCUMENTS

OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

POLITICAL QUOTES & SPEECHES

President Obama on Ray Bradbury

Source: WH, 6-6-12

Ray Bradbury, the legendary novelist whose writing career stretched out over the course of 70 years, died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. The author, whose works included “Fahrenheit 451” and “The Martian Chronicles,” was 91.

“His gift for storytelling reshaped our culture and expanded our world,” said President Obama. Here’s the full statement:

For many Americans, the news of Ray Bradbury’s death immediately brought to mind images from his work, imprinted in our minds, often from a young age.  His gift for storytelling reshaped our culture and expanded our world.  But Ray also understood that our imaginations could be used as a tool for better understanding, a vehicle for change, and an expression of our most cherished values.  There is no doubt that Ray will continue to inspire many more generations with his writing, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

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History Buzz June 6, 2012: The National Trust for Historic Preservation Announced its 25th anniversary List of the Most Endangered Historic Places — Added 11 More to the List

HISTORY BUZZ: HISTORY NEWS RECAP

History Buzz

HISTORY BUZZ: HISTORY NEWS RECAP

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University. Ms. Goodman has also contributed the overviews, and chronologies in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, edited by Gil Troy, Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger published by Facts on File, Inc. in 2011.

IN FOCUS: THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION ANNOUNCED ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY LIST OF THE MOST ENDANGERED PLACES — ADDED 11 MORE TO THEIR LIST

Explore America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic PlacesNational Trust for Historic PreservationAbout the List

  1. Ellis Island Hospital Complex, New York Harbor, NY and NJ
  2. Historic Post Office Buildings, Nationwide
  3. Joe Frazier’s Gym, Philadelphia, PA
  4. Bridges of Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA
  5. Princeton Battlefield, Princeton, NJ
  6. Malcolm X – Ella Little-Collins House, Boston, MA
  7. Terminal Island, Port of Los Angeles, CA
  8. Sweet Auburn Historic District, Atlanta, GA
  9. Theodore Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch, Billings County, ND
  10. Texas Courthouses, State of Texas
  11. The Village of Zoar, Zoar, OH

Post offices, Ellis Island join endangered list: The National Trust for Historic Preservation announces its 2012 list of the 11 most endangered historic places. This year’s list includes historic U.S. Post Office buildings nationwide, the historic Atlanta district where Martin Luther King Jr. was born, the boyhood home of Malcolm X in Boston, the hospital complex at Ellis Island in New York Harbor, and the courthouses of Texas, among others….
Hundreds of historic U.S. post offices nationwide face uncertain futures as the U.S. Postal Service downsizes, so preservationists on Wednesday added these American institutions to the list of the country’s most endangered historic places.
Post offices will join the list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places as a group for the first time…. – AP, 6-6-12

  • America’s 11 most endangered historic places: As the saying goes, neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can stay U.S. postal carriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. But according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, many of the historic structures that once employed (or still employ) those carriers are facing uncertain futures.
    “Due to the U.S. Postal Services haphazard disposition process, developers and others interested in purchasing and rehabbing these buildings end up walking away after failing to get timely or clear answers from the Postal Service,” notes the organization, which included historic U.S. post offices on its 2012 list of the country’s most endangered places.
    This year marks the 25th anniversary for the list, which has spotlighted 242 locations threatened by neglect, insufficient funding, nearby development or poor public policy. The group’s successes range from JFK International Airport’s TWA terminal (listed in 2003, Eero Saarinen’s architectural masterpiece is now being restored) to the oldest surviving McDonald’s in Downey, Calif. Built in 1953, the fast-food landmark was listed in 1994 after weak sales and minor damage from that year’s Northridge earthquake nearly forced its closure, but “widespread public outcry” prompted McDonald’s to revamp and renovate the building.
    Not all the trust’s endangered places have had happy endings, however. According to the trust’s president, Stephanie Meeks, 10 sites have been lost over the past quarter century – including such high-profile venues as Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater (abandoned in 2006 and then demolished) and Detroit’s Tiger Stadium (demolished in 2009)…. – USA Today, 6-6-12
  • Ellis Island, post offices, other national sites join National Trust for Historic Preservation: Hundreds of historic US post offices nationwide face uncertain futures as the US Postal Service downsizes, so preservationists on Wednesday added these American institutions to the list of the country’s most endangered historic places…. – NY Daily News, 6-6-12

Campaign Buzz June 5, 2012: Mitt Romney Sweeps Tuesday 5 GOP Primaries with Wins in Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota & California

CAMPAIGN 2012

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University. Ms. Goodman has also contributed the overviews, and chronologies in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, edited by Gil Troy, Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger published by Facts on File, Inc. in 2011.

CAMPAIGN BUZZ 2012

THE HEADLINES….

IN FOCUS: ROMNEY SWEEPS TUESDAY’S 5 GOP PRIMARIES IN MONTANA, NEW JERSEY, NEW MEXICO, SOUTH DAKOTA & CALIFORNIA

Romney sweeps 5 primaries; redistricting shakes up Congressional races: Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney picked up more ammo in his quest for the White House, sweeping primaries in Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota and California on Tuesday night…. – CNN, 6-6-12

 

  • Romney wins Republican primaries in 5 statesCBS News, 6-5-12
  • Republican Romney wins five more US state pollsAFP, 6-6-12
  • Five more states boost Romney delegate totalPhiladelphia Inquirer, 6-6-12
  • Romney sweeps primaries in 5 statesNews24, 6-6-12
  • Mitt Romney sweeps primaries in 5 states: The results aren’t surprising because the presidential candidate, who spent the day stumping for Latino support in Texas, has effectively claimed the nomination. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigns in Fort Worth…. – LAT, 6-5-12
  • Romney wins Republican primaries in 4 states, adding to presumptive nominee’s delegates: Mitt Romney has won the Montana Republican presidential primary on his way to what could be a five-state sweep. Romney also won presidential primaries Tuesday in New Jersey, South Dakota and New Mexico. California is also holding a primary…. – WaPo, 6-5-12
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