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POLITICO Birthday of the Day Q&A

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Daniel Lippman was kind enough to invite me to participate in this Q&A for POLITICO Playbook Plus as I celebrated my birthday this year. Thought I would cross-post here.

POLITICOPOLITICO Playbook Plus BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: David Almacy, Bush WH and Edelman alum now PR and digital strategist
11/25/2016

How/where are you celebrating your birthday and with whom?
“Since my birthday falls on the day after Thanksgiving this year, I plan to spend it with family — assuming that we aren’t still in a turkey induced tryptophan coma. We will probably stick pretty close to home on my actual birthday but may take a trip to Williamsburg to check out the holiday decorations over the weekend. Also, no cake for me. Bring on the apple pie and vanilla ice cream!”

How did you get your start in politics?
“I was a White House intern in President George H.W. Bush’s Administration while in college. After graduation, my first job was in the broadcast services division at the Republican National Committee feeding audio news actualities to overnight radio engineers during the 1992 cycle. After volunteering on the Bush 2000 campaign, I served in the U.S. Department of Education and as White House Internet Director for President George W. Bush.”

What’s an interesting book/article you’re reading now or finished? And why?
“Based on recommendations by two of my friends Gerrit Lansing and Tyler Brown, I picked up a copy of ‘Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World’ by Gen. Stanley McChrystal. In the book, he discusses lessons learned during his military career including how specific leadership principles can be used to optimize success for small groups charged with solving complex challenges. It’s an excellent read and I highly recommend it — especially as we head into the next four years.”

What is a trend going on in the U.S. or abroad that doesn’t get enough attention?
“Our family spent a week in London this past August. I was quite impressed with the digital integration in the United Kingdom such as ubiquitous Wi-Fi, interactive experiences at Parliament and museums like the Churchill War Rooms, easy monetary transactions on the Tube and a restaurant that was fully digitally automated from placing an order to food delivery. Of course, some of this technology is already available in the U.S. but it was notable that as a modern global city, London has invested in ways that we haven’t yet.”

What do you think a Trump presidency/Trump America will look like?
“Well, one thing is for sure. Whether you supported him or not, Mr. Trump has consistently surprised most, even his most ardent detractors, with his success as a politician. I can only hope for the sake of our country’s future that he surrounds himself with good people and that this trend continues.”

What’s your morning routine?
“My daily schedule is pretty straightforward. I’m usually up at 6:45 a.m., check email, then a quick scan of headlines and social media. I drop my daughters off at school then coffee, email again, turn on cable news, and plan the rest of my day which usually consists of conference calls and client work. On weekends, I can usually be found on the soccer field.”

What’s a goal of yours for the next year?
“It seems that most goals typically revolve around self improvement or ambition to improve one’s status in life. All that is fine but I choose to look outwardly in 2017. For me, I am going to try and slow down and invest more time in others. As the great philosopher Ferris Bueller put it, ‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.’ Good advice. We all have a lot more in common than we often care to admit. Instead of thriving on divisions, we all should just slow down, listen to each other, work together, focus on solutions, seek compromise and be thankful for the blessings we have — not just during this holiday season but year-round.”

Source: POLITICO Playbook Plus

My Case for Kasich

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Last night’s GOP debate in Houston was an all out brawl between Trump, Rubio and Cruz. They attacked, argued, called each other names and talked over each other as moderators struggled to maintain order at times. Not to mention that the discussion contained little to no substance.

Kasich New HampshireBy stark contrast, Ohio Governor John Kasich once again emerged as the nice guy who stayed positive while highlighting policy positions. In addition, a quick search on social media yielded results from users who often referred to Kasich as the only “adult in the room.”

The race is nearing a critical time with the March 1 and March 15 primaries and caucuses fast approaching. In fact, about 60% of the delegates will be decided by March 15 so if you want to make a real difference in shaping the future of our great country by choosing the right leader, the time to act is now.

Recently, my good friend Marc DeCourcey published his thoughts on Facebook and LinkedIn about his support for Governor John Kasich in a post entitled, “My Case for Kasich.” I have known Marc a long time. We have worked together both in and out of government and he is someone that I both trust and respect. We spoke last night and thought others may have similar stories or reasons for supporting Kasich. Feel free to share in social media with the hashtag #MyCase4Kasich.
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Inauguration 2017: The Final Countdown

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Fifteen years ago today, George W. Bush was inaugurated as the 43rd President of the United States.

Given the current debate over the future of our country, I was struck by these remarks from his Inaugural Address on January 20, 2001.

George W. Bush 2001 Inaugural Address“I am honored and humbled to stand here where so many of America’s leaders have come before me, and so many will follow. We have a place, all of us, in a long story, a story we continue but whose end we will not see. It is a story of a new world that became a friend and liberator of the old, the story of a slaveholding society that became a servant of freedom, the story of a power that went into the world to protect but not possess, to defend but not to conquer.”

“It is the American story, a story of flawed and fallible people united across the generations by grand and enduring ideals. The grandest of these ideals is an unfolding American promise that everyone belongs, that everyone deserves a chance, that no insignificant person was ever born.”
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Warning! Obamacare Very Sensitive

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Over the weekend, this appeared in my Twitter feed.

Evidently, a user was attempting to tweet out a link to a cover image of the upcoming November 11, 2013 edition of The New Yorker magazine. I was on my mobile phone at the time and was intrigued when a warning popped up after I attempted to click the link.

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The text of the tweet reads “New Yorker Mag Cover Slams Obama and Sebelius” and certainly implies that the image and cover story was likely critical of the Obama Administration’s botched rollout of Healthcare.gov and the Affordable Care Act.

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14 Government Shutdown Images

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Today marks Day 1 of the “Government Shutdown” after President Obama and the U.S. Congress failed to come to a budget agreement primarily due to the debate over the funding of Obamacare.

Here are some of the best shutdown images from media, blogs and other sites around web.

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RG3 still Redskins QB1 #HTTR

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Yes, with Week 1 behind us, the official 2013 NFL season is finally underway! In DC, there was a ton of buzz and anticipation leading up to the Monday Night Football game featuring the Washington Redskins vs. the Philadelphia Eagles.

Redskins Eagles Social ShowdownOf course, Washington looked very strong after an undefeated preseason (4-0), but all eyes were on Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (RG3). This season opener was his first chance to play in front of a hometown crowd at FedEx Field since the knee injury he sustained at the end of his phenomenal rookie year last season.

After battling back from surgery and intensive rehab in the offseason, many still questioned whether RG3’s recovery had been fully completed. However, according to Dr. Andrews, Coach Shanahan and Robert himself — he was good to go and cleared to play.

So, what happened?
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Friday Five: Digital Road to the White House

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Friday5: Digital Road to the White HouseThis year, we will all witness and likely participate in the 2012 U.S. presidential election in an unprecedented manner thanks to social media and rapidly emerging technology. Not only are the campaigns and mainstream media using these tools, but voters will also have unique opportunities that will help inform their vote on Election Day come November. Here are five ways that digital media is changing the modern political environment in the U.S.:

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Ten Unique Things To Do in Washington, DC

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Ten Unique Things To Do in Washington, DCOur Nation’s Capital is well known for iconic federal buildings, historic monuments and impressive museums.

However, there are a number of hidden gems that many visitors might not know about which are certainly worth a look while in the Washington, DC area.

Here are ten unique spots to add to your list should you find yourself “inside the beltway” this summer.

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I Spot the Shuttle…

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#SpottheShuttle from atop our International Square rooftop, 1... on TwitpicAbout 100 or so gathered on the roof of our building to get a glimpse of the Space Shuttle Discovery.

It was slated to fly over the Washington, DC monuments for a swansong journey before officially retiring to a new home at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Dulles, VA.

It was supposed to arrive between 10 AM and 11 AM ET but it was early. Word traveled faster than the shuttle.

How did we know? Why, Twitter, of course. Thanks, @Smithsonian! (HT @shkon)

So, we headed up to the roof and anxiously attempted to figure out just exactly which direction to look in anticipation of its arrival. Hashtags started to trend on Twitter such as #SpottheShuttle and #WelcomeDiscovery.

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2011 Capital Staffers Index

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The Edelman Global Public Affairs team has released findings from the 2011 Capital Staffers Index, an annual global study that analyzes top trends in global public affairs and communications.

2011 Capital Staffers IndexThis year’s expanded report is the third annual survey based on interviews with over 500 senior staffers (legislative directors and above) from capital cities in 11 different countries around the world including Washington DC, Brussels, London, Beijing, Ottawa, Mexico City, Paris, Berlin, New Delhi, Buenos Aires and Brasilia.

Although traditional methods public affairs components are still valuable, social media channels have experienced a meteoric rise in their ability to shape and influence policy worldwide over the past year.

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