IT IS OUR TIME TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Posted by Al Hathaway Saturday, September 26, 2009

Over my career I have had the opportunity to interact with various Washington Administrations: President Carter, President Reagan, President Bush 41, President Clinton, President Bush 43, and now President Obama.


We can be excited about this President. His administration understands that they have this moment to make a difference. Also, the difference they have to make is to insure that everyone has a place at the table.

In yesterday's meeting with Senior Staff of President Obama's various department we were invited to establish professional relationships with his key personnel. We have a wonderful opportunity to go directly to Federal Government Officials and do business. Most of us have had to operate at the whims of our local government. Now the Federal Government is saying to local and state government, "show us the partnerships you have established with non-profits and faith based organizations.

This is clearly the time to set up all of our games. This is the time to get to know people who talk to President Obama regularly. This is the time to press our case directly to the Federal Government for improvements in education, housing, employment, and other direct services. This is the time to think innovation. This is the time to "think out of the box."

Not only is President Obama seeking to make a difference. We must understand that the difference he is seeking to make is to permit persons such as myself (and also you) to know that they are welcome in the corridors of power.

WE HAVE ACCESS AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS FOR THE PURPOSE OF CHANGING IN A POSITIVE WAY THE PARADIGM IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY - "PLACE MATTERS."

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