President Barack Obama.
(Below: Barack Obama, the then-Presidential "candidate" signed this flyer for me. B.O. Barack Obama.)
When asked "how are you?" our collective response was ALWAYS "Outstanding, sir!!!"
We practiced auto-extrication techniques using various heavy machinery. Thank you Recruit Chow, hired by Glendale FD for taking this photo of me.)
I shall do a separate BLOG with photos and videos, devoted just to my experience in the Fire Academy.
I received a "degree of completion" in Administration of Justice, and graduated from California State Fire Marshal approved Firefighter Training Academy---at El Camino Fire Academy in December 2009. "One Voice. One Blood. One-twenty-five," was my Academy class--125's slogan. I was the Firefighter Recruit Ichinomiya who got permission from the Fire Chief to document the activities of our class, by you guessed it, taking photographs of our entire experience. Yes, even in the 1,100 degree, beyond boiling hot, "flash chamber." My passion/calling for taking photos and becoming a photographer was rekindled and re-ignited (no-pun intended) in the Fire Academy. ha haa!!!
Back to my "how I met Obama" story.....
Dr. Cornelia Lyles, a prominent African-American professor and absolutely wonderful and inspiring teacher, strongly suggested to her students to attend Barack Obama's first ever Los Angeles rally on Tuesday, February 20th, 2008. Sure, Mr. Obama was just another presidential candidate at the time, however, there was something about this candidate that radiated a strong possibility of becoming the next President of the United States of America.
(Above: Obama signing my flyer with his initials. B.O.
Note the secret service to his right. )
I almost asked Obama to take a photograph with me, however, I know in my heart-of-hearts, that one day, I'll take a "proper" photograph "of" and "with" him. )
(Above: There happens to be a town in Japan, named, Obama. It's been around for centuries.)
(Above: A very cool, James Bond-like photo of the President!!)
President Obama's Victory Speech
Click video and listen to the speech and read the text below.)
They thought that if they stated their political opinion that their business would suffer.
They thought that if they stated they political opinion that their network, their connections, their possible clients would flee.
Many people silently celebrated Obama's victory.
Many people silently hoped that Romney would win.
And those that had the courage to post their convictions got scorned, ridiculed, bullied and verbally beat up for what they stood for.
Perhaps YOU can help me make this happen?