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Two years ago, I was at a campaign rally as some of my followers know already. I was chosen to be on the platform with Mr. Obama along with about 50 others, including Bud. We heard his campaign speech, we met another Senator...we had the privilege of shaking Mr. Obama's hand afterward. Later that very night, I, along with all the others that were following him through his campaign for the White House, was on TV via the CNN program. Whooohoo!! AND...while standing through the presidential campaign speech, afterward, after boldly walking up to a Secret Service Man and asking him if I could possibly get the book I was carrying with me all the time, autographed, I was able to get my copy of Barack Obama's autobiography signed by Obama!! Whether he turned out to be a good leader or bad...I was hoping that one day he'd actually be elected and I could say to my grandkids "I have a book authored and signed by a president of the United States....and, I was there when he signed it". Of this I'm proud. I had to wait for his signature for about 30 minutes. But I got it!!! And now it's framed, alongside my campaign button I wore that very day.

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فلاش الخيال والمتعة.
Kortprosa er sjovt.
fiction Flash est un plaisir.
Flash-Fiction ist Spaß.
Tá Flash ficsean spraoi.
ficción Flash es divertido.
Flash fiction är kul.

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* Now, for my 55 *

Said in so many languages....Chinese, Arabic, Danish, French, German, Irish, Japanese, Spanish, or Swedish...somehow the message gets lost in the translation!! I personally liked the last...the Swedes say Flash fiction is COOL [kul]!!! Originally I wrote: Flash Fiction is Fun.

With Google ANY LANGUAGE G-Man Rocks! Try it and see.

POSTED: Friday, May 7th, 2010
12: 10 A.M.


  1. Anonymous5/07/2010

    How cool is that. I have a signed letter from Ronald Reagan that is all framed. I have treasured it since I got it. :) I didn't get to shake his had or ever meet him in person, but this is the next best thing. :) Glad you have that and what a cool 55 my friend. You are very clever. :) Have a great Friday and and wonderful Weekend Buxom :)

  2. Wow Anni.. how very special is that! I love how you've got it all safe in a lovely show case. Someday that book is going to be worth quite a bit of money! How Lucky you are to have met him face to face...Wow

  3. Very Clever 55 ... I love google translator...My husband was Chilean born but has lived all but 5 years of his life here in Australia. He can speak Spanish, or shall we say Spanglish but is not proficient in writing the language. We often use google translate to communicate with his family in Chile on Facebook & MSN...fantastic tool. Although you really do need to keep what you want translated free from slang!!

  4. Flash Fiction is definitely fun - in any language! :)

  5. I loved this, Anni! :)
    Flash Fiction är verkligen kul! :)
    And google translator is a great way to get some laughs... :)
    Love/ Jo.

  6. Anonymous5/07/2010

    Anni ~ such a clever take on a 55 ~ kudos to you!!

    I'm up (with a few extra words):

    Friday Flash 55 ~ Butterfly Kisses

  7. yeah g-man does rock...and so do you of course in any language. smiles. nice 55...

    mine is up!

  8. In any language it's certainly fun.

  9. oh anni, this was a hoot! at first i thought that some html monster had snuck into your blog but then some of the words began to make sense to me...gotcha, sheri! this was a great 55, funny but informative, too!

  10. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Good morning! Very cool story! Have a blessed day.

  12. Anni,
    That is a wonderful thing to share with your grandchildren! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Now that's what I call a show-and-tell, and what an amusing 55, the same sentence in many languages.

    You know, I've tried to translate English into Japanese with Google translate, but my wife says it makes no sense at all :(

  14. Anni, you should be proud of your copy of that book. One day I would like to visit you and actually see it close up and personal. Congratulations!!!

    Hope you and Bud have a fabulous day. Drop by my blog if you get a chance to see what's happened now. Grrr!

  15. While I may not be a supporter of President Obama, I think it is an honor to meet the president and just awesome to have such a wonderful piece of history to tell and hand down to the generations!

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!! I too, lived in coastal Texas (by Galveston) for about ten years. I am back in my home state of Missouri but sure miss the winters in Texas!

    I am going to check out some more of your posts!!

  16. Thank you for the tour around the world, Annie. The language class was great!

  17. It surely does get lost in translation, but yours is really an 'original' 55ve :D

  18. Hi Anni, Wow, all I can say is wow! How lucky to have been there on that platform with Senator Obama, now President Obama. I would have waited in line all day for his autograph. What a treasure of a lifetime.
    Thank you for your visiting and for leaving your sweet comment on "They say we choose our Mother's Tribute" for "show and tell" Friday.

  19. Only half an hour for such a historical signature ? that was really worthwhile the time. I have not changed my opinion about him, he is very good ! Only the next generations will profit from all the changements he makes now! The years with Bush were very expensive !

  20. Pretty Cool (in any language). And you ARE a Hoot!

  21. Priceless! I'm not the type of person to stand in line for an autograph either, but I would have done that in a heartbeat (or however many it took). I'm envious.

  22. In Russian it's pronounced klasna (gotta know that word when you are working with teens)

    Love your 55 as always

    Love from --->Luna polva escritor

  23. Anni, I liked you just a little better before I knew that you campaigned for Obama...LOL Forgive me, I had to say it! Kathy

  24. maddie No need to be forgiven...I'm used to it all by now. LOL

  25. You are so smart...I think I bomb out this week...oh please don't laugh...
    Happy Friday!
    Happy Mother's Day!

  26. i love translators!! i love your presidential memorabilia!! i remember that post!!
    i use translators for my newsletter i translate in spanish!!

  27. What an awesome thing to have!!

  28. I have an amazing story about a special autograph - some would think I'd crazy, but I was, and still am, thrilled to have it. Go here to read about it, in case you didn't the first time around:

  29. Thanks for reading and commenting too from
    Larry"this Blog Of Mine".

  30. Hi Anni! That is amazing to have that. Thanks for sharing. Have a good Mother's day...Julian

  31. Way cool, Anni! He does indeed rock in any language!

  32. Anonymous5/07/2010

    Hi Anni,
    That is amazing!! What a fabulous treasure that you have to pass down.
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, it was a pleasure to meet you!
    Have a great weekend.

  33. hi! Thanks so much for visiting my blog today - I love the name of your blog - cute! Have a great weekend!

  34. Wow, what a creative 55! Loved it. :)

    Have a great weekend!

  35. I found fun in your translations.

  36. A day to remember...
    Difficult to count the words, but we can always count on you for a cool 55.

  37. Now, that's a creative 55!

  38. Oh my dear Anni I have missed coming by here. Love your knew look!
    Wow I know your proud of your autographed book by Obama as you should be.
    Just wanted to wish you a very Happy Mothers Day.

  39. you are truly talented..
    very powerful 55,
    so many languages,
    so much fun!

  40. That was worth a visit for Anni. That really is a piece of history in the making.

  41. Clever and creative 55 this week. Loved it.


  42. It certainly is Anni - fun AND cool! Very creative 55. Bon weekend!

  43. And I thought I was proud of my Meat Loaf autograph!