A couple years ago the White House put together a short behind the scenes video showing a glimpse of what “Presidential advance” teams do in preparation for the President’s visit. Since one of Ellsworth’s “own”, Samantha Finke, is a member of this team, you might enjoy knowing exactly what her job is. She has the opportunity to travel to the far corners of the world to prepare for President Obama’s official visits and be a part of the activities during his visits.
Sammy updates her site regularly so checking for updates is the best way to find out how Bill is doing.
Sammy just called and asked me if I would post the address for updates on her dad’s condition. The family is inundated with phone calls and she respectfully requests that friends please click on her website for the latest updates on his condition.
From Sammy Finke regarding her father:
To keep you up to date on my Dad we created a website for him. This is the best and easiest way for us to keep everyone up to date on what is going on with our Dad so please share his website with anyone who would like an update. Not only can you post messages there that he will receive but you can also see pictures and read journal entries that my mom and I will post. Make sure to sign up to receive notifications so you know every time we post an update. In the mean time, if you want to send him an email card you can go to the following link Send Bill an E-card. The hospital will deliver it to his room 3307. Promise Regional Medical Center 1701 East 23rd Avenue Hutchinson, KS 67502
My friend who has been in Norway is winging her way home, as I write this, on the Air Force 1 support plane. The plane trip home is “pretty incredible”, she says. I can only imagine…no lines, no waits, lots of leg room, good food and drink, clean bathrooms, ample opportunities for good conversations. It has to be a spoiler for commercial air transportation.
She had a really awesome time in Oslo where all the conversations were about Obama and the Nobel Prize. She heard nothing about the gone-awry Russian missile.
Sammy stopped by the other day and, among other things, pointed out she didn’t get to ride on Air Force One after all. It seems her bag was on board and the flight was about ready to leave when the decision was made not to stop in Wichita to refuel. Wichita was Sammy’s destination so she and her quickly retrieved bag from the cargo area were left standing on the tarmac. She added that she has been on the plane before, but never in flight. Maybe next time, Sammy.
Former Ellsworth resident Samantha Finke spent the summer living on the border of Thailand and Burma working for Worldwide Impact Now (WIN). WIN is a non-profit that assists the ethnic people of Burma in their struggle for survival and freedom under the oppressive Burmese dictatorship. Please join Samantha and other volunteers from WIN for a free night of short films and discussion about the history of this amazing country and its struggle for democracy. Parental discretion is advised as some of the material is graphic.
Ringo still wants to climb the stairs to go to bed. But now he only goes up a couple of stairs then follows me to my bedroom. He’s not a bad guy to share a room with at night, but he makes night sounds that Brit couldn’t hear that do awaken me….like…well, licking, shaking his head so his tags rattle, an occasional yawn. Guy sounds.
On the positive side, he doesn’t wander around at night and does stay on his fluffy pillow by the window. He tries to remain quiet, so it would appear, until I make morning sounds then we both do the stretch and yawn thing and head for the front door so he can take a run.
He’s hungry first thing in the morning so I fill his bowl so he can move on with his day. It’s pretty obvious that after only a week or so, he’s controlling my mornings.
We made the mail run together for the first time. It is something he loves doing. Brit would say…”Do you want to go with me to get the mail”…and off Ringo would go, jumping great leaps in the air, waiting for the back door to open. I guess he always rode in the front seat as he didn’t seem eager for a back seat ride with me.
At the postoffice, I had a nice visit with Clara McCoy, spotted Daril Gwinner in his handsome and very impressive KU jacket and shared a few words….had a total stranger chime into one of my comments about the auto bailout…and well, I think I’ll take a chair to the post office when I get lonely and wait for someone who’d like to chat. I can see now why Brit always wanted to go get the mail.
And, while you are looking at your calendars and planning ahead during this busy season, please do me a huge favor and plan to attend Samantha Finke’s fundraiser at the PAC on December 15th at 7:30 pm. As you know, Sammy was working on the Clinton campaign up until the time she lost to Obama. After that, Samantha went to Thailand to work for the non-profit, Worldwide Impact Now. Until she was called home to head up the Obama office, Sammy was one of those workers who was helping the people of Myanmar. She’ll be showing several short films and talking about what she was doing for the people of Myanmar. It will be an interesting evening so I hope you can attend.