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Barack Obama signs Jamaica's birthday card

Published:Friday | September 21, 2012 | 12:00 AM
President Barack Obama has fun with Luke, the infant son of David Mullings and his wife Kathryn.contributed PHOTOS
David and Kathryn Mullings with President Barack Obama (holding their son, Luke) in Florida recently.

University of Miami alumnus David Mullings, chairman and CEO of Keystone Augusta, his wife, Kathryn, a University of Tampa graduate, and their six-month-old son Luke, had the opportunity to meet and take photos with President Barack Obama in Orlando, Florida, after his recent speech at Rollins College.

They took photos with President Obama, also taking the opportunity to give him a Jamaica50 pin of pride as a birthday present. President Obama turned 51 on August 4 and Jamaica celebrates 50 years of Independence on August 6. Kathryn, a graphic designer and chief creative officer of Kaizen Interactive, created a birthday card for Jamaica's 50th year of Independence and President Obama signed it.


"We decided that if he did sign it, then we would donate the card to the Institute of Jamaica so that it would be in a museum where every Jamaican in the world would have the chance to see it. Some things are more valuable when they are shared," said David.

It was David's idea to create the card after receiving confirmation that they would get to take photos with President Obama. Kathryn obliged and agreed they should share it instead of keeping it in a private collection.

"As Jamaicans who have benefited tremendously from the United States, we could not pass up the opportunity to bridge the two countries. The timing is simply perfect," said Kathryn.

The Mullings family will make arrangements to hand over the signed card to Jamaica and a replica was also handed over to the consul general at the official Jamaica50 gala in Miami on August 18. President Obama sent a delegation to Kingston, Jamaica, to attend the celebration marking the 50th Independence Anniversary. The Honourable General Colin L. Powell, USA (Retired), former US secretary of state, led the delegation. Other members included Honourable Yvette Clarke, US House of Representatives, New York.