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Sun Jun 28, 2015, 08:06 PM

Photo of the Day: Fearless

I don't know about you, but I've shed a lot of tears over the last 10 days. Some have been tears of grief and some of joy. It's hard to miss that we're going through a great historical moment in this country.

And so I wanted to mark this occasion with a few important words that have been written about it.

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Ten Days in June by David Remnick

What a series of days in American life, full of savage mayhem, uncommon forgiveness, resistance to forgiveness, furious debate, mourning, and, finally, justice and grace. As President Obama led thousands of mourners in Charleston, South Carolina, in “Amazing Grace,” I thought about late 2013 and early 2014. Obama’s Presidency was surely dwindling, if not finished. His mood was sombre, philosophical—which is good if you are a philosopher; if not, not.

Obama described himself to me then in terms of his limits—as “a relay swimmer in a river full of rapids, and that river is history.” More than a few columnists believed that Obama was now resigned to small victories, at best. But pause to think of what has happened, the scale of recent events.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court (despite an apocalyptic dissent about “pure applesauce” and “interpretive jiggery-pokery” by Justice Scalia) put an end to years of court cases and congressional attacks against the Affordable Care Act, which means that millions of Americans will no longer live in a state of perpetual anxiety about health costs.

On Friday, the Supreme Court (despite a curiously ill-informed dissent about Kalahari, Aztec, and Han mating rites by Chief Justice Roberts) legalized same-sex marriage nationally—a colossal (and joyous) landmark moment in the liberation of gay men and lesbians.



The theme, of course, is that we have been led both to and through these last 10 days by a great man...one who has been fearless.



Many great links here: http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2015/06/photo-of-day-fearless.html


*****

That image tells the story.

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sheshe2 Jun 2015 OP
brer cat Jun 2015 #1
sheshe2 Jun 2015 #4
brer cat Jun 2015 #6
MBS Jun 2015 #14
SCantiGOP Jun 2015 #10
Aristus Jun 2015 #2
sheshe2 Jun 2015 #5
Hekate Jun 2015 #11
3catwoman3 Jun 2015 #3
Iliyah Jun 2015 #7
Fred Sanders Jun 2015 #8
BlancheSplanchnik Jun 2015 #9
sheshe2 Jun 2015 #13
BlancheSplanchnik Jun 2015 #15
sheshe2 Jun 2015 #16
BlancheSplanchnik Jun 2015 #17
Hekate Jun 2015 #12

Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Jun 28, 2015, 08:15 PM

1. Still winning,

and filled with grace. It has been an extraordinary week for a very extraordinary man.

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Response to brer cat (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 28, 2015, 08:50 PM

4. That image.

Bold Angry Determined.

brer cat, one of my favorite posters.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #4)

Sun Jun 28, 2015, 09:06 PM

6. I suspect he does have much anger,

and probably despair as well. The burning of black churches after the Emmanuel AME massacre is a hard blow to overcome. He is limited in what he can do, but he will never give up or give in on this fight. I can't image a better person to be in charge these days.

Back at you, sheshe.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 29, 2015, 09:32 PM

14. I love the photo, too

but I'm not sure that's quite the right interpretation. .
That photo is from the Pinckney funeral-- my guess that he's clapping during the hymn that was being sung when he entered the room. (If you look at the video of the entire service, the Obamas enter at about 2 hours 30/34 minutes, and the President enters while clapping along to the hymn, "Get on Board". My bet is that that photo was taken shortly after he entered, while the hymn was still being sung. (As soon as he walked in, clapping, I thought, how could anyone question this man's religious beliefs??)

Several days later, I'm still in awe of his eulogy. I've watched it three times now, and I'm still stunned every time.

Listening to the Republicans and other right-wingers after Obama's speech, they seemed more than ever like little gnats, mere specks compared to our profound president.

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Response to brer cat (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 28, 2015, 10:52 PM

10. Damn right, brer cat

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Jun 28, 2015, 08:18 PM

2. Caption:

"Go on, motherfucker! Say 'destroying the American way of life' one more time!"

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Response to Aristus (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 28, 2015, 08:55 PM

5. Now that is a great caption!

Thank you Aristus.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 29, 2015, 07:01 PM

11. Ohhhh, yeah. That works for me.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Jun 28, 2015, 08:22 PM

3. President Obama is one of the most impressive...

...men I have ever observed. He is inspirational.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Jun 28, 2015, 09:10 PM

7. K & R

The disrespect that he has and still endures and in public have grace and respect for the haters shows that he is the right leader of the free world.

Hats off Mr. President!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Jun 28, 2015, 10:41 PM

8. Obama's calmness was what always impressed me. Maybe calm is fearlessness personified.

This man has more grace bestowed upon him than anyone else I can name.

Palin daughters, Obama daughters. Contrast. Compare. Be grateful.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Jun 28, 2015, 10:41 PM

9. thank you, thank you, she

Saving this....


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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #9)

Mon Jun 29, 2015, 07:10 PM

13. Thanks for reminding me to add to my journal.

You are welcome, Blanche. A moving article and a powerfully moving 10 days.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #13)

Mon Jun 29, 2015, 10:18 PM

15. Yes, really!!!

Who'd have thought, 10 years ago?

This almost makes me want to figure out how to turn on the tv, to watch it all!

But I find out what I need from you and the other good folks here...


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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #15)

Mon Jun 29, 2015, 10:23 PM

16. Lol~

I have turned on my TV a few times in the last 4 years, ya it takes me a minute to figure out how to do it.

You~

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #16)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 01:01 AM

17. heeee!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Jun 29, 2015, 07:02 PM

12. KnR, She.

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