ROUTE 66











{December 28, 2008}   THE ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE

This is an unofficial translation of the blog CLARIN BLOG RUTA 66 about Paula Lugones and Maria Arce, two Argentine journalists traveling along Route 66 during the weeks leading to the November 4th Election.

It has been arranged in journal format so it can be read top to bottom in a sequence.


SARAH PALIN

Sarah Heath Palin was born on Feb. 11, 1964 in Sandpoint, Idaho. She received an Associate degree in Sciences from the University of Idaho, and was beauty queen of Wasilla when she moved to that Alaskan city. She worked as a televising sports journalist. Later she became co-owner of a commercial fishing company and president of Alaska’s Commission of Conservation and petroleum and the gas, between 2003 and 2004. A militant member of the Republican party, in 1992 she began her political career as council member of Wasilla, of 8,000 inhabitants and in 1996 she became mayor. He had a great political jump in 2006, when she was elected governor of Alaska was, the first woman to occupy that position. From her position, Palin raised taxes on the oil companies – a risky measurement as seen by some observers – and reached an agreement with a Canadian company for the construction of a yearned for pipeline for natural gas. But her activities have also been put under a meticulous scrutiny: in July 2008 an investigation began to determine if Palin had tried to use her position to get her sister’s ex- husband fired as a member of the state’s Civil Guard. But her importance at the national level came from the hand of John McCain, when surprisingly he chose her as his running mate last August 29. For Palin, mother of five children, the family is a fundamental part of her public image. She is married with Todd Palin, who works in the fishing industry, and has 5 children. Their older son Track, is currently stationed in Irak, whereas their smaller son, Trig Paxson Van, has of Down’s syndrome. Shortly after joining the campaign of McCain, Palin and her husband Todd revealed that her adolescent daughter was five months pregnant. They announced that Bristol intends to have the baby and marry with the father of the child.


JOE BIDEN

Original Spanish posting published HERE on Oct, 5 2008

He was baptized as Joseph Robinette Biden Jr although he’s simply known as Joe. He’s 65 years and the son of Joseph and Jean Biden. He was born in Scranton, Pensilvania on November 20, 1942. He is the older of four brothers. In 1953, the Biden family moved from Pensilvania to Claymont, Delaware. Biden studied in the parochial school of St. Helenás School in Wilmington and the Archmere Academy of Claymont. Public service is part of the Biden family: a great-grandfather of Joe was a senator for the State of Pensilvania. After graduating from the University of Delaware in 1965 and receiving a law degree at the University of Syracuse in 1968, Biden moved to the Wilmington area and founded his own law office and practiced law until 1972. Two years earlier, Biden -then 27 years old- run as a candidate in the elections for the city Council of the County of New Castle and won in an historical republican district. At 29 years, he set out to defeat two term republican senator J. Caleb Boggs. With very little aid and his sister as campaign manager, he defeated Boggs by 3,162 votes. A few weeks after the election, tragedy struck at his door. His wife Neilia and their one year old daughter Naomi died in a traffic accident. In addition, their two young sons were seriously injured. Biden was sworn at his son’s bedside at the hospital and began to commute every day by train to Washington, a custom that he has maintained throughout all his career in the Senate. In 1977, Biden married Jill Jacobs, a PhD in educational and a teacher for more than two decades in the schools of Delaware. Currently, she is a professor at the Delaware Technical Community College. In 1988, he underwent surgery for a brain aneurysm and it was on the verge of dying. He recovered at the beginning of 1989 after two surgeries and he enjoys a good health ever since. In addition to being a senator, Biden is assistant professor at Widener University’s Law School since 1991, where he teaches a seminar on constitutional law. He is the father of three children: Beau, Hunter and Ashley. Beau is General Solicitor of Delaware. A captain at the 261ª Brigade of Signals of the National Guard of Delaware, he’s going to Iraq during October. Ashley is social worker, and Hunter, a lawyer. Senator Biden also has five grandsons: Naomi, Finnegan, Roberta Mabel, Natalie and Robert Hunter


BARACK OBAMA

Original Spanish posting published HERE on Oct, 5 2008

Barack Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. His name is the same as his father’s who was born and he grew up in a small village in Kenya raising goats next to the grandfather of today’s presidential candidate. Barack’s mother, Ana Dunham, grew up in a small town in Kansas, the third state crossed by Route 66 on its way towards the West coast. The paternal grandfather of Obama worked in an oil drilling rig during the depression, and later he joined the Army during World War II, after the attack to Pearl Harbor. He fought under the orders of famous general Patton. During the conflict, his wife worked at bomber’s factory. After the war, Barack’s grandparents were able to go to college thanks to special governmental program and bought a house with the aid of the Federal Housing Administration and they moved west, to Hawaii. It was there, at the University of Hawaii, where the parents of Barack met. His father had obtained a scholarship that allowed him to leave Kenya and follow its dreams in the United States. But after a while the man decided to return to his country and Obama grew up in the care of his mother between Hawaii and Indonesia, another of the places in which they lived. With time he moved to New York, where he graduated with a degree in International Relations at the University of Columbia in 1983. By 1985 he had relocated to Chicago, where he headed a group -sponsored by his church- to improve the living conditions in the districts affected by delinquency and the high level of unemployment. The group obtained some goals, but Barack felt that he needed still more to change people’s life. He enrolled in Harvard and studied law. He became a lawyer in 1991. Shortly after he returned to Chicago to practice civil law and to teach constitutional law at the University of Chicago. His work as activist led it to run for state senator in Illinois, and later for senator of the State of Illinois where he’s currently serving. On November 4 he may become the first black president in the history of the country


JOHN McCAIN

Original Spanish posting published HERE on Oct, 5 2008

He was baptized as John Sidney McCain III. He was born in Coco Solo, in the Panama Channel Zone, on August 29, 1936. He was elected for the first time a representative for the State of Arizona in 1982. Almost twenty-five years earlier he had graduated from the US Naval academy as an aviator. He trained as an aircraft carrier fighter bomber pilot. He fought during the Vietnam War and he almost was killed in the fire of the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal in 1967. That was not a good year. While he was flying a bombing mission in the North of Vietnam he plane was shot down. He was seriously wounded and was captured by the Vietnameses. They released him in 1973. He was tortured and his war wounds left him with permanent physical limitations. For the Americans he is a military hero. He retired from the Navy in 1981. By then he had reached the rank of captain. He moved to Arizona and his military credentials helped him to enter politics. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1982. He served for two periods, until he was elected to the US Senate in 1986. He was reelected by large majorities in 1992, 1998, and 2004. A conservative in almost all his positions, he has surprised the Republican party in more than an occasion with disagreements in key subjects. He was involved in a political scandal known as the “Keating Five”. Five senators (Alan Cranston, Dennis DeConcini, John Glenn, Donald W. Riegle and John McCain) were accused of corruption for giving inapropriate aid to Charles H. Keating, Jr, head of truncated Lincoln Savings and Loan Association during the 1980 and 1990. The crisis of the savings and loans, as it’s known, brought down 747 financial associations in the U.S.A. and it cost to the taxpayers 160 billion dollars. McCain was investigated and, for many, exonerated. The candidate to the presidency is also known it by his efforts ton establish diplomatic relations with Vietnam in the decade of 1990 and by his opposition to the political lobbying, position that he has defended from his position as president of the Committee of Commerce of the Senate. It is not the first time that he aspires to occupy the White House. He had already tried it in the year 2000, but George W. Bush won the primary nomination and he truncated McCain’s dream, a dream that may become reality on November 4. He is married in second nuptials with Cindy McCain. He has seven children and four grandsons. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona



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