Maya Soetoro-Ng

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Maya Kassandra Soetoro-Ng is the maternal half-sister of Barack Obama, the 44th and current President of the United States. She was previously a high school history teacher and university instructor in Hawaii.
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8 Reasons The Obamas Never Miss A Christmas In Hawaii
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Last week, the White House announced that President Obama and his family will leave Friday to spend another Christmas in Hawaii. After so many holiday seasons spent in the Aloha State, it's safe to say the first family has pretty much perfected their routine. Here are eight reasons POTUS wants to come to Hawaii for the eighth year in a row: 1. Escape Between terror threats, rogue presidential candidates and an impenetrable NRA lobby, Obama probably needs nothing more than a five-hour time difference and a 5,000-mile buffer between him and Washington, D.C. After all, Hawaii is the most isolated population center on earth, making it the ideal place to just get away from it all. Even though the island chain is part of America, there is something uniquely exotic about the Aloha State, making it feel like a true escape.  Between its own culture, its own time zone, and its own way of doing just about everything, the idiosyncrasies that make Hawaii so distinct are prec...
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VIDEO: Soetoro-Ng given Aloha Peace Prize
Big Island - over 4 years
Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng holding her Aloha Peace Prize HILO, Hawaii – The inaugural Aloha Peace Prize was bestowed on Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng by the United Nations Association of the Big Island on Saturday. Well known through-out Hawaii as the sister of President Barack Obama, Soetoro-Ng is also known for her role in the non-profit “Our Public School” and “Ceeds of Peace” teaching curriculum. The Big Island’s United Nations Association – in looking for someone “to expand the understanding of Aloha” expressed through sincerity, kindness, Harmony and Aloha – chose Soetoro-Ng for its first ever Aloha Peace Prize. During the event held at the Nani Mau Gardens in Hilo, Soetoro-Ng was regaled with dance and entertainment, adorned with lei, and given a small “mini Maya” statuette. Kumu Leilehua Yuen began the program with an opening chant. Sara Burgess served as master of ceremonies. Those gathered were welcomed by Big Island United Nations Association president Ruth Larkin. The governor’...
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No Flubs For Obama, John Roberts At Private Swearing-In
Huffington Post - about 5 years
* Roberts reads the oath closely from a card * Short, private ceremony for Obama * Close family members in attendance By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) - This time they got it right. President Barack Obama and Chief Justice John Roberts, who flubbed the oath of office in a public inauguration ceremony four years ago, made it through without mistakes on Sunday at a private gathering that launched the Democrat's second term. Shortly before noon on a sunny day, Roberts, dressed in his traditional dark robe, strode into the oval-shaped White House Blue Room and positioned himself, with cue card in hand, at the edge of a light beam streaming in through the window. Obama, dressed in a suit, followed and planted himself opposite the chief justice. His wife, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha, rounded out the tableau. Roberts asked Oba...
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Joseph Vellone: My Big Fat Gay Convention
Huffington Post - over 5 years
Gay politicians, countless shout-outs to the LGBT community, rainbow flags waving: This week's Democratic National Convention might as well have been a Pride parade. And in some ways it was: More than any other national political gathering in American history, the 2012 DNC was a celebration of LGBT equality in America and within a party that has come to view the issue as a political winner. More than a dozen speakers touted President Obama's record on LGBT rights over the three days of the convention, beginning with U.S. Rep Jared Polis (D-Colo.), who was awarded a primetime speaking slot on Tuesday. Polis, who is slated to become the most senior openly gay member of the House of Representatives next year, wasn't shy about declaring his sexual orientation upon taking the stage, mentioning his partner, Marlon Reis, by name and calling Americans to respect the diversity of views on same-sex marriage and other hot-button social issues. "Tonight, I don't just ask my fellow Am...
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White House Travel Pool report – who is in the boxes of VP Biden and First Lady Michele Obama tonight? see
Fox News - over 5 years
Travel report below: Subject: Travel pool 7   From the Obama campaign, here are attendees for tonight’s session in the vice presidential and first lady’s boxes:     VPOTUS BOX ATTENDEES Congressman John Carney Congressman Emanuel Cleaver Senator Chris Coons Senator Dick Durbin Congressman Paul Hodes Congressman John Lewis Senator Harry Reid Senator Chuck Schumer Congressman Chris Van Hollen Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Mayor Michael Nutter Leo Gerard (President, United Steelworkers) Jimmy Hoffa (President,Teamsters) Lee Saunders (President, AFSCME) John Sweeney (former President, AFL-CIO)   FLOTUS BOX ATTENDEES Craig Robinson Maya Soetoro-Ng Elaine Brye (military mom who introduced FLOTUS) Courtney Brye (her husband) Mayor Julian Castro Honorable Kathleen Sebelius Mayor RahmEmmanuel Bill Daley Alfre Woodard David Axelrod   Dave Boyer The Washington Times
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Democratic Convention Schedule for Tuesday Night
Dublin Patch - over 5 years
California will be well-represented today for the start of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, which climaxes with a speech by Michelle Obama. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee, will take part in the “gaveling in” of the permanent chair shortly before 6 p.m. Eastern time. Rep. Barbara Lee is scheduled to speak around 6 p.m. Eastern time, and Rep. Xavier Becerra, from Los Angeles County, is scheduled to speak shortly before 9 p.m. Eastern Time. The first lady will take the podium at 10 p.m. Eastern Time. Music fans may want to take note that Ledisi, a former Cal student, will be singing sometime between Michelle Obama’s speech and the Jimmy Carter video. If you have an appetite for more political oratory than the one hour the major networks have devoted to the conventions, you can watch it live on C-SPAN.  Here’s Tuesday night’s schedule at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte: 5 p.m.- 6 ...
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DNC Schedule Has Minneapolis Mayor Rybak Speaking on Tuesday
Fridley Patch - over 5 years
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is scheduled to speak on Tuesday, Sept. 4, alongside a number of Democratic Party heavyweights at the 2012 Democratic National Convention Tuesday. See the DNC's full Tuesday schedule below. Rybak tweeted Tuesday his remarks would come between 6:35–7:10 p.m. Central, while the posted DNC schedule has him starting off the 7 p.m. hour.  That means there is a chance of at least some of his speech being carried live on national news broadcasts, most of which start at 7 p.m. Central. Rybak—an early backer of Barack Obama's 2008 presidential candidacy and one of several mayors with speaking at the DNC— has big historical shoes to fill. The last sitting Minneapolis mayor to deliver an address at a Democratic National Convention was Hubert Humphrey in 1948. Hear Humphrey by clicking on the YouTube thumbnail. What would you like to hear—or what do you expect to hear—Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak say when he addresses the 2012 Democratic National C...
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Women’s College with Outsized Impact to Host President Obama
Voice of America - almost 6 years
During finals week at Barnard, one of the few remaining liberal arts women’s colleges in the U.S., the pristine green campus in upper Manhattan is uncharacteristically hushed. Young women in the student center barely look up from their books and laptops.  One who does take a moment away from her studies is Barnard student government president Jessica Blank, who will share the stage at this year's commencement ceremony with President Barack Obama. “I’ve been having serious anxiety actually as I try to write my speech,” Blank said. “Every time I think I have a great draft, I think to myself, oh well, I’m going to be saying this in front of the president of the United States, so I think it needs to be tuned up a little bit more?” Barnard President Debora Spar said the White House has not said why President Obama asked to speak at this year’s ceremony, but she speculated that he will use the occasion to talk about renewed political battles over women’s issues, such as abortion...
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CNN Scurries to Distance Obama From Illegal Immigrant Uncle Onyango - NewsBusters (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
The sister is Maya Soetoro-Ng, who is the president's half-sister. BLITZER: Lisa Sylvester is monitoring some of the other top stories in THE SITUATION ROOM right now. What do you have Lisa? LISA SYLVESTER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hi Wolf
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Native Hawaiian Conference to begin Wednesday at Convention Center - Hawaii News Now
Google News - over 6 years
They'll be making announcements regarding funding for Native Hawaiian projects. About $1.5 million will go to organizations supporting Native Hawaiians. President Obama's sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, will also address the crowd with a special announcement
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Franklin & Bash mediocre at best - Edmonton Journal
Google News - over 6 years
2 pm & (CBS) ( (GLOBAL) The Talk Julie Bowen; Jason Priestley; Maya Soetoro-Ng. 3 pm ^ (CTV) The Dr. Oz Show Plastic surgery; removing spider veins; toilet water. 5 pm ^ (CTV) & (CBS) The Oprah Winfrey Show Chaz Bono
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Maya Soetoro-Ng
  • 2011
    Age 40
    She authored a children's book, Ladder to the Moon, that was inspired by her mother and her daughter, Suhaila; it was published in 2011.
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  • 2009
    Age 38
    In 2009, Soetoro-Ng helped bring her mother's dissertation to publication in the form of the book Surviving against the Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia.
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  • 2008
    Age 37
    She participated in the 2008 Democratic National Convention, where she spoke briefly about growing up with her brother and brought an Asian-American presence to the stage.
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  • 2007
    Age 36
    In May 2007, Soetoro-Ng announced that she would assist Obama in his campaign for presidency, and took two months off to campaign for him.
  • 2003
    Age 32
    In 2003, Maya Soetoro married Konrad Ng (Simplified Chinese: 吴加儒), a Chinese Canadian from Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
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  • 1996
    Age 25
    Soetoro-Ng was a high-school history teacher at La Pietra: Hawaii School for Girls and the Education Laboratory School, both in Honolulu, Hawaii. She previously taught and developed curriculum at The Learning Project, an alternative public middle school in New York City, from 1996–2000.
  • 1981
    Age 10
    While living in Indonesia, Soetoro-Ng was home-schooled by her mother and then attended Jakarta International School from 1981 to 1984.
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  • 1980
    Age 9
    Soetoro-Ng and Obama spent several years together in Indonesia and in Hawaii before her mother decided to return to Indonesia with her. After her parents divorced in 1980, her father remarried.
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  • 1970
    Born on August 15, 1970.
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