24 May 2009

in praise of O

ok, i think i've shown a trend on this blog that i can be hypercritical of O. particularly when it comes to his inability to follow through on his claim of being a "fierce advocate" for glbt people/issues.

...and then, i stumble upon something like this:

what a wonderful teaching moment...to tell a young man, "yes, i really am like you. yes, you really can grow up to be the president of the united states; you can be whatever you can dream!"

teacherken writes some of my favoite diaries at dKos. this one was no exception.

teacherken's original dKos diary here (which will include the comments on his diary, as well, sans above pic):

That picture is available for download at the official White House Flickr site, where it is accompanied a text I will offer below the fold. For now, examine the picture, imagine what is going on.

Here is the text accompanying the photo at the White House Flickr site:

President Barack Obama bends over so the son of a White House staff member can pat his head during a family visit to the Oval Office May 8, 2009. The youngster wanted to see if the President's haircut felt like his own. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
This official White House photograph is being made available for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way or used in materials, advertisements, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

Think about it. The youngster wanted to see if the President's haircut felt like his own.

The humility of our President. His accessibility to a somewhat ordinary person, a child, who doesn't know that one does not ask the President of the United States something like that.

For all of our complaints about policy and actions, the various criticisms we offer - and in many cases we must so criticize - still, it is helpful to have a more complete picture.

Barack Obama is still a caring person. To me this picture says a lot.

I simply wanted to be sure y'all had a chance to see it.


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