A Defining Moment is a 9×10 coffee table book that contains a collection of never before seen color photographs and historic speeches that provides an introspective look at the first African American President of the United States. Take another look at the events that led to a time in American History that will come to be known as A Defining Moment.
Get to Know Patricia:
1.What did then Senator Barack Obama say about health care in America on February 7, 2007?
“Let’s be the generation that finally tackles our health care crisis. We can control cost by focusing on prevention, by providing better treatment to the chronically ill, and using technology to cut the bureaucracy. Let’s be the one generation that says right here, right now that we will have universal health care in America by the end of the next president’s first term.”
2. How has the President kept us safe and the country strong during his presidency?
What was his vision as the presumptive Democratic nominee on June 3, 2008?
Change is realizing that meeting today’s threats requires not just our fire power, but the power of our diplomacy – tough direct diplomacy where the President of the US isn’t afraid to let any dictator know where America stands and what we stand for. The Obama administration has consistently kept the lines of communication open with world leaders. He and his Cabinet travel frequently throughout the United States and the rest of the world. Key members of Al Qaeda have been eliminated and several non-democratic nations have toppled under his watch.
3. Ted Kennedy made a prediction that Barack Obama would make changes, but how did he?
Ted Kennedy: “For me, this is a season of hope. New hope for a just and fair prosperity for the many and not just the few.
- Increased minority access to capital
- Established a credit card bill of rights preventing credit card companies from imposing arbitrary/rate increases on customers
- Helped to get passage of a health care bill
- Advocates the elimination of an unfair tax burden on the backs of the poor and middle class.
4. How does the First Lady and the President feel about military families?
The military families that say grace each night with an empty seat at the table, the servicemen and women who love this country so much, they leave those they love most to defend it.
That’s why he is running to end the war in Iraq responsibly, to build an economy that lifts every family, to make health care available for every American child and make sure every child in this nation gets a world class education all the way from pre-school to college.
Recently, President Obama announced the withdrawal of troops in Iraq by the end of the year which was a campaign promise that he made. In addition, Mrs. Obama has devoted a significant amount of her time working with military families.
What inspired you to put this book together?
My sister was the first African American secretary of state in Colorado, and she faced many obstacles. So, there was a correlation to Barack Obama and her for me. More importantly, when I saw people’s reaction to him — the excitement, the tears, the admiration — I thought about all the photos I had of him beginning in 2006, through a complete coverage of the Democratic National Convention. I thought, “Why not do a book?”
What makes this book relevant?
It is relevant right now because you can go back and read President Obama’s speeches, and you can reflect on everything he said during the campaign to see if he has done what he said he would do, and he has. He has actually accomplished 101 items that he stated he would tackle during his campaign, including killing Osama Bin Laden This book is perfect for right now because it sets up his platform for 2012.
What message do you want people to get from the book?
I want people to be able to be a part of Barack Obama’s presidential journey when they look at this book. It’s a journey that all presidents must go through. This one happens to be the first African American president. A Defining Moment depicts a new chapter in American History and
you have that history in your hands.
Her first dream to be fulfilled was being a flight attendant with Braniff International Airways, for six wonderful years. After Braniff closed their gates in 1982,Duncanembarked on several careers including working with professional sport teams and Federal Express for 14 years.
In 2001, she formed her own event planning company IJABA, which means” A Wish Fulfilled”. She serves as Chief Executive Officer and President. Once again she developed another passion, photography. After purchasing a digital camera and photographing several events, Duncanrealized she had the talent to be a photographer. She left the ranks of being an amateur to becoming a professional freelance photographer. She is one of the contributing photographers for the Denver Weekly Newspaper and the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver.
Duncanrealizes following and achieving her dreams can be daunting tasks, so she embraces the words of her deceased sister, the honorableVikkiBuckley,Colorado’s first African American Secretary of State. “You have a dream and a goal, you must go after it! Stay focused; accept the good with the bad. You may get knocked back two steps before you can take one step forward, but don’t quit. If you work hard and keep God first in your life, you will persevere”.
Duncanis the proud mother of two adult daughters and resides inDenverwith her husband Kevin, a captain with the Denver Fire Department.