This So-Called Post-Post-Racial Life

March 6, 2010

A Presidential View

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — pprscribe @ 11:01 am

I am still taking something of a blogging break from serious and contentious news of the day. Usually when I feel worn down like this I retreat to music, fiction, or photography. I have been listening to a lot of music lately—and can’t wait to re-join Old School Friday soon to share some of my musical ministry here. I have picked up an interesting novel, and have a couple more on my list. So that leaves photography. These shots I modified from the White House’s Flickr photostream.

They are nothing momentous: Just moments.

I don’t know why I am partial to this image. Actually, yes I do. It shows the President writing with his left hand. I’ve written before about the pride I feel, on behalf of my leftie daughter, whenever I see Barack Obama use his left hand. But I also like to imagine the moments right before this shot was taken, when he asked this brother (personal aide Reggie Love) to hold up a minute so he could write on his back.

This guy’s folks will have this image forever. He’ll show it to his own grandkids one day, should he one day be a grandfather. This young man will never know a United States in which a Black President did not exist as a reality. I know that there are important policy issues that we should be attending to—and holding this president accountable for. But in doing so we should not lose sight of the radical-ness of this president’s very Being President.

This is another one of those captured moments that I want to imagine the moments just before. The kid in the baseball hat really wanted to play this whole thing cool. But you can tell he’s interested. (Though I wish he had taken his cap off.) The President has got his Dad-face on.

And of course, who doesn’t like Bo. The “Snowcopalypse” may have shut down the Capital and much of the rest of the country, but it was all fun and games, apparently, for the First Dog.

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3 Comments »

  1. I just love the two last one.

    Comment by inspiredimagination — March 6, 2010 @ 11:36 am

  2. I love all four, especially the second one.

    Comment by Nordette — March 16, 2010 @ 10:57 pm

  3. love these. My eldest is a lefty too, and it was one of the first things she connected with about then-Senator Obama. Did you see, during the signing of the health care bill, the young man from the Seattle area who got to stand next to the President for the signing? That little guy’s mother passed away a couple/few years back, due to health insurance issues, and he has been advocating for health care since then, at his young age. I loved seeing the pics of him standing next to his President for the signing.

    Comment by more cowbell — March 24, 2010 @ 5:12 pm


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