American Hero John Glenn dies at 95 … Godspeed, John Glenn

JOHN GLENN, A TRUE AMERICAN HERO HAS PASSED AWAY

Astronaut, aviator, US Senator and American icon and hero, John Glenn has passed away at the age of 95. Glenn died at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, surrounded by family including his wife Annie. What a remarkable life. As a Marine Corps pilot, Glenn broke the transcontinental flight speed record before being the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962. Then, 36 years later at age 77 in 1998, becoming the oldest man in space as a member of the seven-astronaut crew of the shuttle Discovery. In a time in which we all dreamed of growing up to be astronauts, John Glenn made that a possibility. He is a national treasure and will be missed. Farewell to an American hero … Godspeed, John Glenn.

John Glenn

His legend is otherworldly and now, at age 95, so is John Glenn.

An authentic hero and genuine American icon, Glenn died this afternoon surrounded by family at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus after a remarkably healthy life spent almost from the cradle with Annie, his beloved wife of 73 years, who survives.

He, along with fellow aviators Orville and Wilbur Wright and moon-walker Neil Armstrong, truly made Ohio first in flight.

“John Glenn is, and always will be, Ohio’s ultimate hometown hero, and his passing today is an occasion for all of us to grieve,” said Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich. “As we bow our heads and share our grief with his beloved wife, Annie, we must also turn to the skies, to salute his remarkable journeys and his long years of service to our state and nation.

The John Glenn Story

Sadly, with the passing of John Glenn, this means that all of the original 7 astronauts chosen to lead the fledgling US space program in 1959 are now dead. They were the last of a dying breed of space explorers who were larger than life. Maybe this will wake NASA up and they can get back to doing what NASA was intended to do.

  • John Glenn
  • Alan B. Shepard, Jr.
  • Virgil I. ‘Gus’ Grissom
  • Scott Carpenter
  • L. Gordon Cooper, Jr.
  • Walter M. Schirra, Jr.
  • Donald K. ‘Deke’ Slayton.

Donald Trump First Stop on His ‘Thank You Tour’ to The Poeple for electing Him President in Cincinnati, OH

DONALD TRUMP THANKS THE PEOPLE

At a Thank You rally in Cincinnati Ohio yesterday, Donald Trump wowed the crowd and thanked the people for electing him president. Trump stated, “We made history and the real work begins, .. although we did have a lot of fun fighting Hillary”. That was met by chants from the crowd of “lock her up.” Trump also called for all people to come together and focus on what unites us not divides us.

 ”THANK YOU” Rally in Cincinnati, Ohio (12-1-2016)

The first stop in President-elect Donald Trump’s “thank you tour” quickly turned into a victory lap for the real estate magnate to revel in his surprising win and bash the naysayers that believed he had no shot at the White House.

Trump’s Thursday speech in Ohio largely mirrored the popular rallies that were a mainstay of his presidential campaign. The businessman boasted about his upset of Hillary Clinton, railed against the media, and chided politicians that counted him out or refused to back him.

“Our victory was so great, we have the House, we have the Senate, we have the presidency,” Trump said at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. “People are constantly telling me and telling you to reduce our expectations. Now is not the time to downsize our dreams.”

He set his eyes on the “dishonest” media and the conventional wisdom that a blue wall in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin would buoy Clinton no matter what happened.

“How about when a major anchor who hosted a debate started crying when she realized that we won?” Trump asked the booing crowd, referring to ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, who appeared to tear up during election coverage as Trump’s victory became apparent.

“[The media] was saying for months there was no way that Donald Trump can break that blue wall. We didn’t break it, we shattered that sucker. Man, that poor wall is busted up.”

And he criticized news outlets for waiting too long to call states like Pennsylvania, even when it became clear he was set to win.

Trump also took a shot at Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who was a vocal opponent of the president-elect and never endorsed him, saying he didn’t get support from “the upper echelon of politician” in the state.

Trump’s off-the-cuff remarks may have taken his own team by surprise: He announced at the rally that he was in fact tapping retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for Defense Secretary. The news had broken hours before in reports from CNN and Military Times, but Trump spokesman Jason Miller tweeted that no decision had been made. Trump told the crowd to keep the announcement under wraps, as it wasn’t supposed to be made public until Monday.

Michigan Secretary of State Posted Results … Donald Trump Wins Michigan by 10,704 (Trump Wins Landslide Election 306 to 232 in Electoral College)

THE COUNTING IS FINALLY OVER IN MICHIGAN AND TRUMPS WINS AS EXPECTED ON ELECTION NIGHT … LANDSLIDE WIN FOR TRUMP 306 TO 232 …

Donald Trump has been declared the winner in Michigan. Even though the election took place Tuesday, November 8, 2016, the Michigan Secretary of State has finally posted results Wednesday, the day before a long extended Thanksgiving holiday, Republican Donald Trump has defeated Hillary Clinton 2,279,543  to 2,268,839 and captures the 16 electoral college votes. The addition of the 16 electoral college votes to the Trump ledger now provides The Donald with a landslide electoral college win over Clinton and a mandate. The Left is still complaining and refusing to come to grips with the will of the people vote and are referencing that they will challenge the vote totals in the battleground states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, North Carolina. But wasn’t it Hillary Clinton and Democrats who railed on Trump following the 3rd presidential debate for not accepting the will of the people? Oh the hypocrisy.

Its a final, 2016 Presidential election: Trump 304- Clinton 232 (RCP)

Electoral college map - 2016 final

In the closest race for president in Michigan’s history, Republican Donald Trump is hanging on to a 10,704 vote win over Democrat Hillary Clinton.The Michigan Secretary of State posted results Wednesday that were submitted by the state’s 83 county clerks on Tuesday after the votes were reviewed and certified by each county.

Before that compiled count, Trump held a 13,107 lead over Clinton. But after each county certified its results, the lead shrunk to 10,704, with the biggest chunk coming from Wayne County, which showed that Clinton had gotten 565 more votes than originally tallied by the county.

Across the nation, Trump won 306 electoral votes — including Michigan’s 16 — to 232 for Clinton.

The vote totals that will be submitted to the state Canvassers Board on Nov. 28 are:

  • Donald J. Trump, Republican: 2,279,543
  • Hillary Clinton, Democratic: 2,268,839
  • Gary Johnson, Libertarian: 172,136
  • Jill Stein, Green: 51,463
  • Darrell L. Castle, U.S. Taxpayers: 16,139
  • Evan McMullin, write-in: 8,177
  • Emidio Mimi Soltysik, Natural Law: 2,209
  • Michael Maturen, write-in: 517
  • Tom Hoefling, write-in: 95
  • Laurence Kotlikoff, write-in: 87
  • Ben Hartnell, write-in: 39
  • Monica Moorehead, write-in: 30
  • ?Cherunda Fox, write-in: 10

Tom Hanks Hopes Donald Trump “Does Such a Great Job That I Vote for His Re-Election

MAYBE HOLLYWOOD AND THE LEFT CAN TAKE A QUEUE FROM TOM HANKS … ’We are going to be all right’

While being awarded at the Museum of Modern Art 9th annual film benefit actor Tom Hanks said the following, “This is the United States of America. We’ll go on. There’s great like-minded people out there who are Americans first and Republicans or Democrats second. I hope the president-elect does such a great job that I vote for his reelection in four years.” What a novel concept, rooting for America and place it over party. The Oscar-award winning actor was also recently selected among 21 key figures to be awarded the highest civilian honor in the United States, the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Tom Hanks

A week after the election, with many New Yorkers still feeling uneasy about the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency, a number of entertainment industry luminaries gathered at the Museum of Modern Art to honor Tom Hanks with the organization’s ninth annual Film Benefit, presented by Chanel.

The election results, a surprising outcome for many who opposed Trump, led MoMA’s chief film curator Rajendra Roy to scrap many of his planned jokes, he said, and just proclaim, “Thank God for Tom Hanks.”

[...]

Prior to the presidential election, Hanks spoke out against Trump’s lewd Access Hollywood comments, saying he was “offended as a man” and criticizing the then-Republican nominee for his lack of government experience. But speaking to The Hollywood Reporter on the black carpet leading into the gala, he reiterated what he’d said in April on CBS This Morning, and what he would later say in his speech, that the country and its people would be OK.

“This is the United States of America. We’ll go on. There’s great like-minded people out there who are Americans first and Republicans or Democrats second,” Hanks told THR. “I hope the president-elect does such a great job that I vote for his reelection in four years.”

The actor also made it clear that he’d heard Michael Moore’s suggestion that Hanks run for president and he wasn’t too happy about it, indicating he felt he was unfit for the position.

“Not to be completely, over and over coming back to the same thing that I would like to strangle Michael Moore on in offering my name in order to be something other than a CPA, which I’m not qualified to be either,” Hanks said onstage. “We will take everything that has been handed to us as Americans, and we will turn our nation and we will turn the future and we turn all the work that we have before us into some brand of a thing of beauty.”

President Barack Obama Speech on the President-Elect Donald Trump’s 2016 Victory (VIDEO) … “Because we are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country”

NOT A BAD SPEECH BY OBAMA … GIVING CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE.

Watch Barack Obama’s video below, Obama actually provided the correct tone and message to America following the Donald Trump presidential election. Obama stated, we are all rooting for success and the peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy in the United States of America. Honestly, it is too bad he did not have this tenor for the past 8 years and had taken his own advice. And ending his speech with God Bless America might have been a nice touch. However, the Obama speech below is a good one. Let’s hope he maintains there same beliefs after he is out of office toward president-elect Trump.

Transcript from WAPO:

Good afternoon, everybody. Yesterday, before votes were tallied, I shot a video that some of you may have seen in which I said to the American people, regardless of which side you were on in the election, regardless of whether your candidate won or lost, the sun would come up in the morning.

And that is one bit of prognosticating that actually came true. The sun is up. And I know everybody had a long night. I did as well. I had a chance to talk to President-elect Trump last night about 3:30 in the morning, I think it was, to congratulate him on winning the election and I had a chance to invite him to come to the White House tomorrow to talk about making sure that there is a successful transition between our presidencies.

Now, it is no secret that the president-elect and I have some pretty significant differences. But remember, eight years ago President Bush and I had some pretty significant differences. But President Bush’s team could not have been more professional or more gracious in making sure we had a smooth transition so that we could hit the ground running.

And one thing you realize quickly in this job is that the presidency and the vice presidency is bigger than any of us. So I have instructed my team to follow the example that President Bush’s team set eight years ago, and work as hard as we can to make sure that this is a successful transition for the president-elect.

Because we are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country. The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy. And over the next few months, we are going to show that to the world.

[...]

Now, everybody is sad when their side loses an election, but the day after we have to remember that we’re actually all on one team. This is an intramural scrimmage. We’re not Democrats first. We’re not Republicans first. We are Americans first. We’re patriots first.

We all want what’s best for this country. That’s what I heard in Mr. Trump’s remarks last night. That’s what I heard when I spoke to him directly. And I was heartened by that. That’s what the country needs — a sense of unity, a sense of inclusion, a respect for our institutions, our way of life, rule of law, and respect for each other.

I hope that he maintains that spirit throughout this transition. And I certainly hope that’s how his presidency has a chance to begin.

[...]

So win or lose in this election, that was always our mission. That was our mission from day one. And everyone on my team should be extraordinarily proud of everything that they have done and so should all of the Americans that I’ve had a chance to meet all across this country who do the hard work of building on that progress every single day.

[...]

So this was a long and hard fought campaign. A lot of our fellow Americans are exalted today, a lot of Americans are less so, but that’s the nature of campaigns, that’s the nature of democracy. It is hard and sometimes contentious and noisy and it’s not always inspiring.

But to the young people who got into politics for the first time and may be disappointed by the results, I just want you to know, you have to stay encouraged. Don’t get cynical, don’t ever think you can’t make a difference. As Secretary Clinton said this morning, fighting for what is right is worth it. Sometimes you lose an argument, sometimes you lose an election.

You know, the path that this country has taken has never been a straight line. We zig and zag and sometimes we move in ways that some people think is forward and others think is moving back, and that’s OK. I’ve lost elections before. Joe hasn’t, but…

You know. So I’ve been sort of sure…

BIDEN: But (ph) you beat me badly.

OBAMA: That’s the way politics works sometimes. We try really hard to persuade people that we’re right and then people vote. And then if we lose, we learn from our mistakes, we do some reflection, we lick our wounds, we brush ourselves off, we get back in the arena, we go at it. We try even harder the next time.

The point though is is that we all go forward with a presumption of good faith in our fellow citizens, because that presumption of good faith is essential to a vibrant and functioning democracy. That’s how this country has moved forward for 240 years. It’s how we’ve pushed boundaries and promoted freedom around the world. That’s how we’ve expanded the rights of our founding to reach all of our citizens. It’s how we have come this far.

And that’s why I’m confident that this incredible journey that we’re on, as Americans, will go on. And I’m looking forward to doing everything that I can to make sure that the next president is successful in that.

I’ve said before, I think of this job as being a relay runner. You take the baton, you run your best race and hopefully by the time you hand it off, you’re a little further ahead, you’ve made a little progress. And I can say that we’ve done that and I want to make sure that hand-off is well executed because ultimately we’re all on the same team.

All right. Thank you very much, everybody.

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