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Expected Attendees at the White House Iftar Dinner | The White House

Expected Attendees at the White House Iftar Dinner | The White House

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
August 13, 2010

Expected Attendees at the White House Iftar Dinner

This evening, the President will continue a White House tradition of hosting an Iftar celebrating Ramadan in the State Dining Room. This is the second Iftar hosted by the President. The Iftar is the meal that breaks the day of fasting, when Muslim families and communities eat together after sunset.

Below is a list of some of the expected attendees at tonight’s White House dinner celebrating Ramadan:


The Honorable Andre Carson, United States Representative (Indiana 7th)
The Honorable John Conyers, United States Representative (Michigan 14th)
The Honorable Rush Holt, United States Representative (New Jersey 12th)


Ms. Saleha Abedin
Mr. Ahmed Ahmed
Dr. Akbar Ahmed, American University
Mrs. Anila Ali, Council of Pakistan American Affairs
Mr. Bill Aossey, Midamar Corporation
Mrs. Fatema Bayat
Mr. Salam Al Marayati, Muslim Public Affairs Council
Rev. Chloe Breyer, Interfaith Center of New York
Mr. Hasan Chandoo, Oppenheimer & Co.
Ms. Sarah Darwish
Dr. Mahmoud Eboo, Aga Khan Council of the United States
Mr. Walter Edwards, Harlem Business Council
Mrs. Sana Fadel
Mr. Imad Hussain
Mr. Hassan Jaber, Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services
Mr. Muhammad U. Khan
Ms. Saaliha Khan
Imam Mohamed Hag Magid, All Dulles Area Muslim Society
Mrs. Shahnaz Masumi
Dr. Ingrid Mattson, Islamic Society of North America
Mr. Farooq Mitha
Ms. Dalia Mogahed, Director, Gallup Center for Muslim Studies
Mr. Mohamedraza Moledina
Mrs. Shabnum Moledina
Mrs. Laila Muhammad
Ms. Naheed Qureshi, Muslim Advocates
Mrs. Ranae Quraishi, Muslim Public Service Network
Ms. Intisar Rabb, Boston College
Dr. Jane Ramsey, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
Ms. Nadia Roumani, American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute
Mrs. Sally Steenland, Center for American Progress
Ms. Sadaf Syed
Mr. Mustafa Tameez
Mr. Ibrahim Vajzovic, United Bosnian Association
Mrs. Sara Najjar Wilson, Arab American anti-Discrimination Committee


The Honorable Dan Poneman, Deputy Secretary of Energy
The Honorable Ron Sims, Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Ms. Huma Abedin, Deputy Chief of Staff, Department of State
Mr. Mustafa Javed Ali, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Mr. Arif Alikhan, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development, Department of Homeland Security
Mr. Mazen Basrawi, Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Department of Justice
Technical Sergeant Sabrina Marie Bullock-Labaran, U.S. Air Force
Sergeant Major Agha Jalil Durrani, U.S. Army
Ms. Rehana Hakeem, Department of State
Chaplain Abdullah Hulwe, U.S. Army
Mr. Rashad Hussain, U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference
Mr. Adnan Kifayat, Department of Treasury
Ms. Sehreen Noor Ali, Department of State
Ms. Farah Pandith, Special Representative to Muslim Communities, Department of State
Ms. Hannah Rosenthal, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, Department of State
Mr. Irfan Saeed, Department of Homeland Security
Lt. Commander Abuhena Saifulislam, U.S. Marine Corps
Mr. Osman Shinaishin, National Science Foundation
Mr. Kareem Shora, Department of Homeland Security
Mr. Shaarik Zafar, National Counter Terrorism Center


Mrs. Shamim Jawad, Spouse, Embassy of Afghanistan
His Excellency Yashar Aliyev, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan
His Excellency Akramul Qader, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
His Excellency Roble Olhaye, Ambassador of the Republic of Djibouti
His Excellency Sameh Hassan Shoukry, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt
His Excellency Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See
Her Excellency Meera Shankar, Ambassador of India
His Excellency Samir Shakir Mahmood Sumaida’ie, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq
His Excellency Erlan A. Idrissov, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan
His Excellency Avni Spahiu, Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo
His Excellency Ali Suleiman Aujali, Ambassador of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
His Excellency Aziz Mekour, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco
Her Excellency Hunaina Sultan Ahmed Al Mughairy, Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman
His Excellency Ali Bin Fahad Faleh Al-Hajri, Ambassador of the State of Qatar
His Excellency Adel A.M. Al-Jubeir, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia
His Excellency Husain Haqqani, Ambassador of Pakistan
His Excellency Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak, Ambassador of the Russian Federation
His Excellency Habib Mansour, Ambassador of Tunisia
His Excellency Ilhomjon Tuychievich Nematov, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan
His Excellency Abdulwahab A. Al Hajjri, Ambassador of the Republic Yemen
His Excellency Ufuk Gokcen, Ambassador and Permanent Observer, Organization of the Islamic Conference
The Honorable Deitan Mish, Chargé d’Affaires at Interim of the Republic Albania
The Honorable Ali Alaoui, Chargé d’Affaires at Interim of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
The Honorable Tesfaye Yilma Sabo, Chargé d’Affaires at Interim of Ethiopia
The Honorable Salman Al Farisi, Chargé d’Affaires at Interim of the Republic of Indonesia
The Honorable Walid Rahman J. Al Hadid, Chargé d’Affaires at Interim of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
The Honorable Noraini Hamid, Chargé d’Affaires at Interim of Malaysia
The Honorable Bello Ringim, Economic Minister, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
The Honorable Suleyman Gokce, Chargé d’Affaires at Interim of the Republic of Turkey
The Honorable Dominick Chilcott, British Chargé d’Affaires at Interim

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Statement by the President on Pakistan’s Independence Day | The White House

Statement by the President on Pakistan’s Independence Day | The White House

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
August 13, 2010

Statement by the President on Pakistan’s Independence Day

On behalf of the people of the United States of America, I send my congratulations and sincere best wishes to all who will celebrate the 63rd anniversary of Pakistan’s independence. Here at home, I am proud of the many contributions Pakistani Americans have made to our nation and will continue to make in the years to come. Pakistan’s Independence Day is a useful time to reflect on the friendships Pakistan has in the world and the expressions of true friendship that come in a time of need.

This Independence Day anniversary also comes at a time of great challenge for the people of Pakistan as they bravely respond to widespread and unprecedented flooding. In line with the deepening partnership between our two nations, I have directed my administration to continue to work closely with the Government of Pakistan and provide assistance in their response to this crisis. We have rushed financial assistance, life saving and life sustaining relief supplies, helicopters, rescue boats, and disaster management experts to assist the Pakistani authorities. The people of America stand with the people of Pakistan through this difficult time and will continue to urge the international community to increase their support and assistance. We will remain committed to helping Pakistan and will work side by side with you and the international community toward a recovery that brings back the dynamic vitality of your nation.

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From Y2K to 2010….A Decade of Madness

Wow, it is 2010 already? Where has the time gone? Wasn’t it just yesterday that the world was in chaos over Y2K and impending doom as a result of evil computers? Where has the time gone?

This decade we went from chaos over Y2K to a completely digital decade. Tonight we all sent people text messages wishing them a “Happy New Year”, a decade ago text messaging did not exist and most people did not have a cellphone. Highspeed internet available to the masses wasn’t yet a dream realized. People still got their news from actual newspapers (I kid!). If someone had mentioned the concept of Youtube, Facebook or Twitter to us at the time we probably would have laughed in their faces.

In 2000 I was a freshman in High School. In 2000 I lived in Toronto, Canada and not Piscataway, NJ. In 2000 the Boston Red Sox were still cursed and we were sick and tired of the New York Yankees (some things just don’t change!). Ten years ago Kobe and Shaq were taking over the NBA. In 2000 the New York Knicks won 50 games. In 2000 “NBA on NBC” was entertaining us every Sunday. In 2000 Ken Griffey was well on his way to being the greatest baseball player whoever lived. In 2000 no one had heard of Tom Brady. In 2000 the St. Louis Rams were on top of the NFL. In 2000 people actually liked Brett Favre. In 2000 MMA was just a bunch of thugs and nowhere mainstream.

In 2000 Gladiator was the number 1 movie winning the “Best Picture” Oscar. Russel Crowe and Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich) also won Oscars. Pokemon was a major fad (I fell asleep at the theaters while taking younger cousins to go see whatever Pokemon movie was out that year). Eminem, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera were dominating the charts. American Idol, 24, Lost, Heroes, Mad Men, Survivor and NCIS didn’t yet exist.

In 2000 the United States was about to elect George W. Bush as President. In 2000 Joe Lieberman was a Vice President nominee and not the punchline to a joke.  In 2000 if you had told me that an African American would be President by the end of the decade I would have laughed at you. In 2000 Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck were insane (ok…so maybe things haven’t changed much there). In 2000 Jon Stewart was still a relatively new host of “The Daily Show” and not a major force in the world of politics. In 2000 the three network news anchors were Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather.

What will the next decade bring? Any predictions? Who would’ve predicted the major force Twitter, Facebook, blogs and pretty much anything digital would become. By the way what are you calling this year? “Twenty Ten” or “Two Thousand Ten”?

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2009 MLB Playoffs Day 2….Live Blog

Welcome back for day 2 of the MLB playoffs. Hopefully the games are more entertaining today then they were yesterday. We’re still a while away from first pitch today. Got some good baseball articles? Send them my way.

12:46 AM – Angels win 5-0. Big win. Needed this. Great play from start to finish. Lackey and Oliver combine for a shutout.

12:21 AM – Great start for Lackey. 7.1 innings of shutout ball. Just what this team needed. Glad the team finally scored some runs for him.

12:14 AM – What a strange inning. 5-0 Angels after 7.

12:03 AM – Angels have to capitalize here. Bases loaded nobody out as Vlad hits it off the pitcher. You can not let the Red Sox hang around.

12:01 AM – 4 walks for Bobby Abreu. Nice. Makes it two on nobody out for Vlad as Torii Hunter got hit by the very next pitch.

11:55 PM – These Wikipedia users are just crazy. C.B Bucknor’s page was updated.

During the off-season, Bucknor, who is legally blind, speaks at the Helen Keller Institute for Sensory Impaired Children.

11:45 PM – Nice play from Jacoby keeps the score at 3-0.

11:42 PM – The Angels still haven’t attempted a steal? Did not see that one coming.

11:19 PM – Speaking of good pickups by the Angels….Torii Hunter with a 3 run Homerun gives the Angels the lead here in the 5th. Still just one out.

Angels 3 Red Sox 0

11:14 PM – If a year ago you told me I’d be cheering for Bobby Abreu I would’ve called you crazy. What a pickup he’s been for the Angels.

10:44 PM – Vladmir Guerrero strikes out swing with the bases loaded to end the inning. We’re headed to the 4th in Anaheim. Still scoreless.

10:36 PM – I am liking this TBS crew doing the Angels/Red Sox series. Buck Martinez solid as usual. As bad as TBS has been doing these games so far I love the “Pitchtrax”. Everyone who broadcasts baseball needs to start copying that now.

10:00 PM – You know…I didn’t even think about it but “Pardon the Interruption” of ESPN brings up a good point.

Matt Holliday’s crotch botch: karma for missing home plate?

9:43 PM – As this Angels game gets underway take a few minutes to read this article on Nick Adenhart.

9:15 PM – Dodgers win on a bloop single to centerfield. Mark Loretta gets the game winning hit. Snaps 0-15 streak against Ryan Franklin. Poor Matt Holliday, drops what would have been final out. Gotta feel for Adam Wainright. Dodgers win 3-2 and lead series 2-0.

9:14 PM – Russel Martin walks to load up the bases. Winning run is at 3rd. Unbelievable. Cardinals wasting great outing from Adam Wainright.

9:11 PM – What an at bat from Casey Blake. Ends up drawing the walk. Belliard follows that up with a base hit up the middle tying this game up at 2. Winning Run is at 2nd.

9:05 PM – How did Matt Holliday just drop that ball?

8:51 PM – We head to the bottom of the 9th. Dodgers are down 1 but have 3-4-5 due up here in the 9th. Get ready for a parade of pitchers out of the Cardinals bullpen.

8:43 PM – Wainright battles out of the inning. He’s through 8. Great stuff from him as the Dodgers leave the bases loaded here in the 8th. Still 2-1 Cardinals. He threw 109 pitches giving up 3 hits and striking out 7.

8:41 PM – This is Wainright’s game to lose. Bases loaded now for the Dodgers. Kemp is up. Dodgers still trail 2-1 but there are 2 outs here in the bottom of the 8th.

8:36 PM – Jim Thome pinch hitting for the pitcher Jonathan Broxton with one on and 2 outs get plunked in the back. Orlando Hudson comes in to pinch run at first. He’s the go ahead run. Wainright still in this game.

8:29 PM – Broxton gets Pujols, Holliday and Ludwick on 9 pitches. Once again….brilliant move from Joe Torre there bringing him in that situation.

8:24 PM – Interesting move from Joe Torre. It is the right move. Bringing in the closer Jonathan Broxton here in the 8th with the Dodgers down by one but the Cardinals have the heart of their order coming up.

8:01 PM – Cardinals take 2-1 lead. With the way Wainright is pitching right now that might enough. Heads up play by Loney there getting the runner at 3rd.

Kershaw does not make it out of the inning. Joe Torre going to the bullpen with runner on first and two outs here in the 7th.

7:56 PM – This my friends is playoff baseball. We’re tied at 1 as we head to the 7th. Does Kershaw have more inning in him? Wainright is pitching a gem right now. Through 6 innings he’s allowed just 2 hits striking out 5. He’s thrown just 79 pitches.

7:31 PM – Shadows playing a factor now. Tough to hit out there. Wainright dealing right now. Just that one mistake right so far that took away his perfect game and shutout. Bottom 5 right now we are tied at 1.

6:44 PM – The starting lineups have been posted for the 3rd game of the triple header.

Red Sox:

Ellsbury, Pedroia, V.Mart, Youkilis, Ortiz, Bay, Lowell, Drew, Gonzalez with Lester pitching.


Figgins, Abreu, Hunter, Guerrero, Rivera, Morales, Kendrick, Mathis, Aybar. Lackey pitching.

Those lineups courtesy of Ian Browne.

6:27 PM – Matt Holliday solo homerun gives the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. Agree with the TBS crew….those shadows are going to come into play as the game goes on.

6:19 PM – Rockies win 5-4. Huston Street gets Victorino out to end the game. Rockies win 5-4 and split the two games in Philadelphia. Game 3 Saturday with snow in the forecast.

6:17 PM – Meanwhile over at Dodgers stadium the Cardinals just went down 1-2-3 in the first inning.

6:15 PM – Jimmy Rollins base hit to right field. Winning run on first now for the Phillies. There are two outs.

6:11 PM – Matt Stairs draws a one out walk…..and with the bench quickly emptying for the Phillies Cliff Lee comes in to pinch run. He’s the tying run here in the bottom of the 9th. With Cliff Lee coming into the game every member of the Phillies starting rotation not named Pedro Martinez has come into the game today.

6:00 PM – We’re headed to the bottom of the 9th here. The Phillies are down by one and will have the bottom of the order coming up against closer Huston Street.

5:56 PM Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe is reporting that the Yankees plan on keeping Joba Chamberlain in the bullpen if they advance beyond the Divison Series.

5:48 PM – Jayson Werth win a solo shot. Phillies down just 5-4 now in the bottom of the 8th. Two outs and Raul Ibanez coming to the plate as the Rockies make a pitching change.

Has anyone benefited more from playing in Citizens Bank Ballpark then Jayson Werth?

5:43 PM – Is TBS serious with this “language of the game” thing? Baseball fans know how to calculate stats

5:39 PM – Horrible job by the Rockies. Bases loaded and one out and the Rockies get nothing out of this inning. Lead just 5-3 as head to the bottom of the 8th. Jason Giambi strikes out to end the inning.

5:30 PM – The Rockies need to add a run or two here. Two on and nobody out here in the 8th.

5:11 PM – Good work from Scott Eyre. Comes into a tough situation and gives up only one run on a sacrifice fly. We’re headed to the bottom of the 7th and the Rockies lead 5-3.

5:00 PM – Tough luck for the Phillies. Looks like Happ just hurt himself. Grounder came straight back and hits him in the leg. He seems to limping after his warmup tosses. Tough break for Phillies. Pedro Marinez has to start game 3 now for the Phillies right? Bases loaded for the Rockies no outs. Pitching change yet again.

4:57 PM – Joe Blanton can’t shut the Rockies down here in the 7th. They have runners on the corner and the Phillies are going to the bullpen again. In comes Happ. No one out.

4:51 PM – Raul Ibanez with another big hit brings in two more for the Phillies. They are down just 1 now. Headed to the 7th inning. Rockies lead 4 to 3.

4:39 PM – Runners on first and third no one out for Ryan Howard here in the bottom of the 6th. His double scores one. Runners on 2nd and 3rd nobody out right now. Pitching change for the Rockies. Colorado still leads 4-1

4:32 PM – I have to ask again….why is 1050 ESPN Radio in New York not broadcasting the first game of the day? It’s not like Michael Kay’s show does great ratings going up against Mike Francesa and WFAN.

4:18 PM – Phillies pinch hit for Hamels here in the bottom of the 5th. He’s only thrown 83 pitches but with being down 4-0 and a man on first here they have to try and get some runs here.

4:16 PM – Good work by TBS (wait…did I really just type that?) on that replay. What was Gonzalez doing there? That was a big run there. If he gets thrown out at 3rd there and the score stays at 3-0 it’s a completely different game.

Rocies lead 4-0

4:08 PM – Just as the Rockies get that double to put runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out here in the 5th, Jayson Stark brings some bad news for Phillies fans:

Cole Hamels’ last win in a day game? (Cue Jeopardy music.) It was in LAST year’s LDS. That was 10 starts ago (in the sun)

3:53 PM – We head to the bottom of the 4th with the the Rockies leading 3-0. That was Torrealba’s first homerun since early May.

By the way did you guys see this? I know it is not baseball related….but it is sports related.

3:5 PM – Homerun Yorvit Torrealba. It’s a two out, 2 run shot. Rockies lead 3-0.

3:42 PM – We’re only in the 4th inning of the first game on the second day of these playoffs but George Lopez is already getting on my nerves.

3:34 PM – Good work from the Rockies getting ahead early. They obviously wanted a couple more in the early going. They can’t let Cole Hamles settle in. Only way the Rockies win this series is by getting into this Phillies bullpen.

Rockies 1 Phillies 0

2:37 PM – Getting ready for first pitch in the Phillies/Rockies game. As much as I dislike all Philadelphia sports teams I have to say that everyone has to check out Citizens Bank Ballpark. It is an amazing ballpark. Went there a couple of years ago for a Mets/Phillies game.

1:55 PM – Yankee fans need to seriously back off about Jeter having 18 playoff Homeruns. Have they seen how many playoff games he’s played? Mickey Mantle had 18 World Series homeruns. This is yet another reason why I hate Yankee fans.

Listening to Mike Francesa on WFAN and Yes Network in the meantime. WFAN is moving to a new studio in Manhattan after 22 years. Show starts off with a Mike Francesa tradition. Listening to audio clips from WCBS880 Yankees Radio play by play man John Sterling. If you don’t know of him go ahead and google him. If you think Chip Caray is bad….you haven’t heard anything yet.

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