A Defining Moment By Patricia Duncan
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.
5. Will the Democrats reward the Republican Party with four more years?
Now in spite of the evidence, their candidate is promising more of the same. More tax cuts for the wealthiest American that will swell the deficit, increase inequality and weaken the economy. More band aids for health care that will enrich insurance companies impoverish families and increase the number of impoverished families and increase the number of uninsured. More going it alone in the world instead of building the shared responsibilities and shared opportunities necessary to advance our security and restore and influence.
6. Are you better off today?
Like millions of Americans, they’re asking questions as profound as they are ordinary. Questions they never thought they would have to ask:
Should Mom move in with us now that Dad is gone?
Fifty, sixty, seventy dollars to fill up the car?
Winters coming. How are we going to pay the heating bills?
Another year and no raise?
Did you hear the company say that it would be cutting our health care?
Now, we owe more on the house than it’s worth.
How are we going to send the kids to college?
How are we going to retire?
That’s the America that George Bush has left us and that’s the future John McCain will give us. These are not isolated discussions among families down on their luck. These are common stories among middle class people who worked hard and played by the rules on the promise that their tomorrows would be better than their yesterdays.
7. What was the most difficult time during the creation of this book?
August, 2010 was one of the most difficult times of my life! My Mom was in hospice with lung cancer. I would go to hospice with my laptop and the pictures I needed to edit for the book. I would work on the photographs until my Mom wanted attention. I would put the laptop away and give her my undivided attention. After sitting with her for several hours, I would go home and work on pictures until the wee hours of the morning. This went on for a couple of weeks. On August 15th, I finished my part of the book, the integral part! I couldn’t wait to tell my mom! When I got to hospice, a friend of mine was waiting. I told her the exciting news. We went into my mom’s room and as always she gave me a smile. I sat on her bed and kissed her on her forehead. I said, “Momma, I finished my part of the book and now I can turn it over to the art director.” She said, “You did! You finally got it done? You’ve been working on it for a long time. Oh Tricia I am so proud of you!” She had this big grin on her face! Mom took a turn for the worse a few days later and went home on August 23rd, 2010.
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.