Thursday, January 13, 2011

13/365: The President Of The United States

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Obama Throws First Pitch At All Star Game

I'm writing this Wednesday evening, having just listened to the president's speech in Tucson at the memorial for those who died on Saturday and the congresswoman who lingers with a bullet wound to the brain. I can hardly find words for my reaction. It's so easy to slip into the formulas of sentimental BS or emotional manipulation in this kind of address. He didn't. His words were about individual tragedy and a national sense of mourning. There was no hint of political recrimination. He spoke to us about loss, resolution and a common sense of honor, all 300 million of us.

This is my only picture of the president, the one time I've seen him myself. He is throwing out the first pitch at Busch Stadium downtown for the baseball All Star Game in 2009, wearing the jacket of the Chicago White Sox, his home town team. At least it's not a Cubs shirt.

6 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Fantastic.

Julie said...

He is an admirable human being. It was a tough occasion on which to strike the right note.

Sally said...

Haven't heard about it, but I am a great sdmirer of leaders who rise to the occasion.

Here we are all bowled over by the great job the Premier of Queensland, Anna Bligh, is doing with respect to the floods across that state.

Anonymous said...

Romans 12:7-8 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

Ann said...

What a great shot of the President!

Jilly said...

This is a superb shot of the President. I listened to his speech with awe. He got it absolutely right.