Sunday, 26 February 2012
Obama to Speak at Joplin High School Graduation
President Obama will deliver the commencement address at the first high school graduation in Joplin, Mo., since a tornado nearly obliterated the town one year ago, killing 160 people.
Obama will travel to the still-recovering region to speak May 21 at Joplin High School immediately after the G8 and NATO summits in Chicago, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer announced today on Twitter.
In the aftermath of last year’s storms, Obama flew to Joplin to tour the devastation and attend a memorial service, where he promised residents, “your country will be there with you every single step of the way.”
News of Obama’s planned return comes as the region was rocked by another string of unseasonably dangerous storms late last week and the weekend that left at least 39 dead across five states, just east of Missouri.
Obama isn’t the first president to speak to the graduating class of a Midwest town that had been leveled by twisters. President George W. Bush spoke in Greensburg, Kan., in May 2008, one year after it was nearly wiped off the map.
Obama will also deliver the commencement address at Barnard College in New York City May 14, the school announced this weekend.
ABC News’ Ann Compton contributed to this report.
Thursday, 23 February 2012
Austrian McDonald’s New McRibster Jazzes Up the Traditional McRib
From the elusive Shamrock shake, Fish McBites for Lent, or France’s McBaguette, McDonald’s always seems to be one step ahead of our foodie needs.
For a limited time, McDonald’s locations in Austria are featuring the McRibster, a breaded, fried McRib that’s topped with pepper-jack cheese and bacon. With two sauces – a sweet chili and a honey mustard – the sandwich is garnished with lettuce and red onion.
Only available until March 27, the 640-calorie sandwich is part of a menu that includes a new Crispy Chicken Caesar burger and the former 1955 burger topped with caramelized onions, bacon, lettuce, barbecue sauce and tomato.
The traditional 500-calorie McDonald’s McRib is a rib sandwich topped with barbecue sauce, pickles and onions. McDonald’s released this sandwich for a limited time in November and enthusiastic fans updated its Facebook page.
The McRibster now has its own Facebook page for loyal fans, as well as those hoping the sandwich will make an appearance in their country.