April 7, 2009

April 7, 2009
First Ladies to Unite for Global AIDS Efforts

Thanks for checking out what is going on in another day of my life. I hope you are having a great week so far.

It was another early start to my day. I had to be up early so I could run some errands before going to my dentist appointment. First, I had to run to Mailbox Etc. to mail some of our Dab the AIDS Bears to donors. Then I was off to BCCC to see the dentist for a cleaning. Unfortunately, the dental hygienist had called in sick today but they had not called me to cancel the appointment. So needless to say, I was not happy about wasting a trip and time.

Then I had to stop by Catholic Charities to meet with Connie and Janet. It is always great seeing the two of them. They are such special women who are constantly going the extra mile to help others. No wonder they have both been past Dab's Angels. Unfortunately, I only had about thirty minutes to spend with them before it was time to head out.

But on to today's topic of my blog. How you been keeping track with President and First Lady Obama's first trip abroad? Well so far it has won winning reviews from most people.

Then I read about the first lady of France and First Lady Obama taking a stand on HIV and AIDS. I will not say I was shocked but definitely delightfully surprised.

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama met with French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy for the first time on April 3 and agreed to work together to draw attention to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, Agence France-Presse reports. The two met for a one-on-one lunch while their husbands, U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, had talks before the NATO alliance’s 60th anniversary summit in Strasbourg, France.

According to the article, the women will talk via telephone in the coming weeks to develop a joint plan to address HIV and other health concerns.

Bruni-Sarkozy, a former model and singer-songwriter, was spurred into advocacy after losing a brother to AIDS. Last December, she was named a goodwill ambassador for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; in February, she made her first trip on behalf of the organization to Burkina Faso, West Africa.

All this just gives me more hope we finally have a President who will address the urgency of HIV and AIDS in our own country. Time will tell.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab