a memorable day

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, and Marian Robinson tour the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial before the dedication ceremony in Washington, D.C. (Pete Souza)



10:50 ET: The President holds an event at Asheville Regional Event in Fletcher, NC.

4:50: Gives remarks at West Wilkes High School in Millers Creek, NC.


11:0: Visits YMCA on Guilford Technical Community College campus in Jamestown, NC.

5:00: Delivers remarks at Greensville County High School in Emporia, VA


10:30: Delivers remarks at Joint Base Langley-Eustis

2:40: Speaks to fire fighters at Fire Station 9 North Chesterfield, VA



Martin Luther King, Jesse Jackson said, would be sad that a “redemptive moment of historic proportions” that came with the election of President Obama in 2008 “has been met with unrelenting retribution, retaliation and unprecedented opposition.” “Many seem willing just to sink the ship just to destroy the captain,” Jackson said. “We must do better than that.”

152 Responses to “a memorable day”

  1. October 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I was checking out Mrs. Robinson in the other pictures sporting those sun glasses, Mrs. Robinson is one sexy grandma.

    Here’s to you Mrs. Robinson!

    • 2 P
      October 16, 2011 at 7:59 pm

      Agreed……can we say to FLOTUS “You got it for your mama?” HAWT HAWT HAWT!!!!! They age well; the Robinsons. Bet ya Grandma gets the ol’ men attention. I can see Michelle giving some of them an eye like a protective daughter 😉

    • October 16, 2011 at 8:09 pm

      It’s easy to see there is no lack of hormones on this site. 😆

  2. 5 Obama Grandmama
    October 16, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I love being part of this supportive community for our President. I come here today to cry with you at the beautiful words expressed on this awesome occasion. I needed the tears as they also express my feelings of a rough week finding out my mother has either stage 3 or 4 lung cancer. It really doesn’t matter which stage as she is 87 years old and hasn’t smoked for 50 years. We have further tests to set up to see how far it has spread. I live next door to her and my brother who is the main caregiver. I also care for her every day though. I just cancelled my reservations to fly down to my youngest granddaughter’s first birthday celebration next month so I am in a delecate mood today. Thanks all for letting me be part of this wonderful supportive community.

    • 6 GGail
      October 16, 2011 at 6:31 pm

      Obama Grandmama – so very sorry to hear the sad news regarding your mother’s health. Take a moment to listen to (1) Rev Al’s speech, then (2) President Obama’s speech, and then (3) listen to Aretha sing and your tears will bring relief to your soul.

      God bless you and your family.

      • 7 JoJothecat
        October 16, 2011 at 6:41 pm

        (((((( Obama Grandmama )))))))

        hugs and prayers to you, your mom, and your family. You are so blessed to have had her for so long and thank God she is close by for you and your brother to care for her.

    • October 16, 2011 at 6:39 pm

      Obama Grandmama~ I am so sorry about your mother~ I wish her- and you all the best.

    • October 16, 2011 at 6:41 pm

      My prayers are with you!

    • October 16, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      I’m so sorry Obama Grandmama, what a painful week it has been for you and your family. As sherijr said, I wish you and your mother only the best.

    • 11 utaustinliberal
      October 16, 2011 at 7:02 pm

      Hey Obama Grandmama. My heart hurts at the rough week you’ve had. I send you warm positive thoughts. I pray that the good Lord grant your mom the strength to fight this disease and give you the courage and fortitude to press on. I’ll keep you and Joan in my payers as she is set to undergo surgery tomorrow. Stay positive my friend.

    • October 16, 2011 at 7:10 pm

      (((HUGS))) and thoughts and prayers to your family. May God bless you and give you strength and peace.

      • 13 HZ
        October 16, 2011 at 7:22 pm

        Hi Obama Grandmama. I just came into the room to check in with our loving TOD family, and I read your comment and cried. However, please know that I am sending prayers and good thoughts your way for your mother. Please know that love is coming to you, your mother, and your brother.

        Think on the beautiful thoughts that GGail shared. May the time that you spend with your loving mother be a time to enjoy those memories that you both want to share at this time. Cherish each moment that you have and do the things that you love doing with and for her, especiallly now.

        I send you a big hug for you and your mother. I will also light a candle for you and your mother. My TOD Family Candle Circle of Love.

        Love you Obama Grandmama.HZ

    • October 16, 2011 at 7:15 pm

      Oh my! That is heart-wrenching. Take special care of yourself, dear. We are all here for you.

    • 16 Roberta in MN
      October 16, 2011 at 7:32 pm

      Obama Grandmama,
      My prayers go out to you and your family. Enjoy Mom while you can, I lost mine at 5 yrs old. There has been a whole in my heart ever since. Family is everything. You take care of yourself also, your children and grandchildren will need you. Hugs and prayers to you and yours.

    • 17 anniebella
      October 16, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      Obama Grandmama, know that your family here on TOD sends you lots of love. And we will keep your Mother and you and your family in our prayers. May the good Lord be with you all.

    • 18 P
      October 16, 2011 at 8:15 pm

      Obama Grandmama know that you have the support of many. We are here for you. I am immensely sorry to hear about your mom and I will be praying for a miracle for her. Take care of yourself. (((((hugs)))))

    • October 16, 2011 at 8:20 pm

      Sorry to hear. My previous comment seems so out of place. Forgive me. i should have read further into the thread. i refer you to a bible verse that has given me some comfort in the past: Psalm 55:22. Be blessed.

    • 20 a4alice
      October 16, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      Oh dear Obama Grandmama – So sorry. May you treasure all the time you have with your dear mother. I have lost mine and in the last few months of her life we had many many laughs, jokes, stories that she told us, dinners, lunches. She had one more thing to teach me and when she passed on I figured out what it was. How to live. I bet your mom, and all of our moms are the same in this regard. They never stop being our mom and they never stop teaching, even if it is by example.

      You are in my thoughts and prayers.

      {{{Obama Grandmama}}}

    • October 16, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

    • October 16, 2011 at 8:38 pm

      May The Creator give you the courage and comfort that you need…..gramdmama…..and a hugg from me

    • October 16, 2011 at 8:42 pm

      Our thoughts and pryers go with you during this difficult time. What a good daughter you are.

    • 25 Mel
      October 16, 2011 at 8:42 pm

      It was a wonderful day. and very busy we watched PBO speech on MSMBC, and what i can say is it was powerful
      beautiful, and PBO has to be one of the most power speakers of any president I have ever seen in my life time
      No body, but no body will be able to match this president intellect so Happy birthday to you Dr MLK and thank
      you for what you did and your legacy will live for ever.

    • 26 desertflower
      October 16, 2011 at 9:10 pm

      Thinking of you and wishing you well….one day at a time, is all you can do.You know that your TOD family is here for you….and the crying, well…it needs to be done. Hugs to you.

    • October 16, 2011 at 9:12 pm

      Oh, Obama Grandmama, my heart goes out to you. Nothing tries the soul more than living through the loss of a loved one. I pray you find the strength to get through this time.

    • 28 globalcitizenlinda
      October 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      I am extremely sorrry to hear about your Mom’s sickness and the challenges it is creating for you on so many levels. Hoping everything turns out as good as the creator can permit. hang in there!

    • 29 Charmed
      October 16, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      (((((Obama Grandma)))))

    • October 16, 2011 at 10:07 pm

      (((((Obama Grandmama and Mom))))) ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    • 31 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      October 17, 2011 at 12:57 am

      Obama Grandmama. My heart goes out to you. I lost my own mother last year. All I can say is to treasure each moment and make her feel cherished. I will pray for peace and comfort for your family. God bless.

    • October 17, 2011 at 2:19 am

      Obama Grandmama – I am so very sorry to read about your mother. No words can make the pain and sadness go away but know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and those of all your TOD family here. Take care of yourself while you are caring for your precious mother. My thoughts are with your brother also. You are both very special people, caregivers are angels here on earth. God bless you.

  3. October 16, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I was blessed today to be a part of the wonderful ceremony to dedicate the memorial to Dr. King. What a glorious day! Happy and excited crowd, wonderful speeches, songs and performances. Two highlights for me: 1. the video of “Lift ev’ry Voice and sing” – all the verses of the song were sung with pictures of historical African Americans and big events in the history of African Americans ending with the election of the 1st African American President and the words “Mr. President” – that was powerful. 2. When the President and his beautiful family came into the King Memorial with the King family – the President walking hand in hand with both Malia and Sasha, it was just a beautiful sight and the choir was singing the Battle Hymn of the Republic – that was the time of tears for me and many others. My words can not describe just how beautiful that moment was and that scene looked.
    Other highlights: Dr. King’s daughter – Bernice speech, Ambassador Andrew Young’s speech, and Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin singing.
    I had a great seat and the crowd kept chanting “4 more years” and was overjoyed at any mentioning of the President or sighting of him ( just seeing his car arriving on the screen sent squeals through the crowd.).
    It almost felt like the inauguration – the Obama Tshirts, hats, and buttons were everywhere.
    I loved every moment!

    • 34 GGail
      October 16, 2011 at 6:34 pm

      louc1 – what a great delight to hear from someone who was actually there! I bet your feet haven’t touched the ground yet!!! Did you get one of those white caps that I saw many people wearing? What was written on them?

    • October 16, 2011 at 6:40 pm

      Oh thank you louc for your first hand account.. how wonderful to have been there in person 🙂

    • October 16, 2011 at 7:17 pm

      Great synopsis! Thanks for sharing. Ms. Chips thanks for all the video and photos today!! Reallly, really appreciate you so much! 🙂

    • 45 mb32
      October 16, 2011 at 7:22 pm

      I was there too and it was wonderful! We were all really sad we didn’t get to see the mounument. Our bus back to Chicago left at 3 and the still hadn’t reopened it 😦 Still, it was a day we will all remember!

      • October 16, 2011 at 8:49 pm

        Somehow a ‘boots on the ground’ report always add a little something extra to the pictures and videos. Than you mb32, and Louc1, for adding that ‘personal touch’ for us here, It is indeed ‘a day we will all remember’.

    • 47 anniebella
      October 16, 2011 at 8:07 pm

      louc1, it was a wonderful day for us who watched it on tv, I can only imagine what it must have been like to have been there in person. i can only imagine.

    • 48 P
      October 16, 2011 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks for sharing your experience. 🙂

    • 49 eveingeorgia
      October 16, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      Thank you louc1 for this report. If we were left to the MSM we would get none of this. This is an inspiring, encouraging report – one I really appreciate after finding very little about it on the news sites.

      Thanks again to Chipsticks for all you do! This diary is like an emotional oasis.

    • 50 desertflower
      October 16, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      Wonderful!!!What a day to remember.

    • October 16, 2011 at 10:23 pm

      Thanks for sharing, louc1! So glad to hear that a good time was had by all.

  4. 56 Lorraine
    October 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    First time Jessie Jackson has made sense in a very looooooonnnnnngggg time.

  5. 64 Pamela
    October 16, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Wow, oh wow! So much hope and joy to be shared! Pity on those who do not walk into the Light of the Future with us, and our beloved First Family! Bless all here, and thank you for your wholesome heartedness! You each make a difference. Keep walking! See you in a month or so!

  6. October 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    I find it amazing how often our sermon fits the current events. Today, we head things like this: Jesus NEVER said “Go to church”…..he said, “Follow me.” Most American’s customize religion to fit their own needs. The religion of Jesus was not “come and watch” — instead it was “go and do”. He said, “It’s not about me”—“go and do” what you have seen me do……ENGAGE in people’s lives…….form relationships and LOVE people……It’s not about what happens in this room—-“GO AND DO”.

    I believe we need to use this same lesson/analogy in PRESSING ON and helping our President move our country forward.

  7. 69 Robert
    October 16, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Enjoy your vacation Pamela, I’m sure a great reader like President Obama would be familiar with this quote,”Great spirits have always encountere­d violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein.

  8. October 16, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    After my second viewing of today’s events all I can say is… we are all so blessed to be alive
    at this point in history. God has given us a tremendous gift in President Obama. His speech
    was beyond excellent. MLK along with many others paved the way and it is no accident that
    that PBO is the man of our time. We have to keep him in office. So to quote Rev Al, “OCCUPY A VOTING BOOTH”.

  9. 74 HZ
    October 16, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Thank you so very much Chipsticks for making this a very beautiful day in which to take in some much history of so many beautiful lives who have helped us get to this point. Now we will Press On to move the dream further to a broader reality with our President, Barack Obama. Your beautiful display of photos has my heart overflowing with thanksgiving, Chips. Thank you.HZ

  10. 75 Keith in C-buc, Ohio
    October 16, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    What a wonderful day in our nation and it’s capitol. Chips you are the best. My dad is so tired of the rightwing driven media that he asked me to rescue him. I gave him links to this site and many more pro Obama sites. The 76 year old man is estatic with the detail and info you provide. Thanks again for all you do.

    That said, now that it appears my year old prediction that Romney will be the GOP nominee I have another one. Romney along with many rank and file Rethug legislators will move to the center with moderacy and will try to steal independents and diseffected Dems (namely PUMAS and Emoprogs). Using the MSM and deceptive ads to hide their recent treacherous past.

    My question is will we let them? Keep hope alive! Obama/Biden 2012!!

    • 76 hopefruit2
      October 16, 2011 at 8:11 pm

      You are right on the money about Romney. I’ve been saying the same thing too. I don’t understand all this hullabaloo about Cain – he’s just being used by the GOP to suggest that they can’t possibly be racist. He’s not going anywhere. Once he spends a few weeks at the top of the polls they will take him down and push Romney.

      • 77 Keith in C-buc, Ohio
        October 16, 2011 at 8:47 pm

        Exactly. No way they allow two black men to run against each other for the highest office in the land. You are spot on Hopefruit. The RACIST Teathugs are so transparent. And what is so disgusting is Cain is so caught up in the limelight and has been up the Koch brothers behind for so long that he refuses to see he is being used or doesn’t care. We have to help PBO rise above all this insanity. Obama/Biden 2012!!

    • October 16, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      The danger Keith is noit that they will vote for Repubs…but that they will not vote at all….and encourage others to do the same…in an aside…i am not sure they voted on 2008….

      but i think as the election gets closer and the stakes become graver….they will either have to come into the light from the dark side or they will be banished…..to the far side of the moon…

    • October 16, 2011 at 9:07 pm

      How about that Keith. Me and your old man remember rotary dial telephones, black and white tv’s, and stick-shifts on the steering column.

      • 80 desertflower
        October 16, 2011 at 9:16 pm

        HEY! I’m not 76 years old and I remember ALL that:) Remember, tv wasn’t on all night:) They cut it off sometime around midnight….and the Star Spangled Banner would come on….no 24/7 back then!

        • October 16, 2011 at 9:37 pm

          Ahhh. You’re telling on yourself. Next you’ll tell me you remember ice boxes, rumble seats, and schwinn bicycles. And all day at the movies for 0.10 where you get 3 features, 15 cartoons and a Flash Gordon serial.

          • 82 desertflower
            October 16, 2011 at 10:12 pm

            Ummm…my grandparents had an icebox at their beach house…rumble seats were before my time:) but even I had a Schwinn! The movies…they were cheap, and I remember sitting through the entire movie a second time if I really liked it! For NO extra $$$…never left my seat:)

            • October 16, 2011 at 11:06 pm

              Okay. i got about 10 years on ya. (roughly – maybe more). Unless you remember scooters being made out of orange crates, 2×4’s, and old roller skates? 😀

      • 84 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        October 17, 2011 at 12:31 am

        Yep, I’m not far removed from those days. As a child I remember those very same days and the technology back then you mention. I am in my late 40’s. As a matter of fact my dads old 1972 Chevy Nova had a manual shift on its steering column and that is the car I learned to drive in and took my drivers license test in. 😯 Boy how time flies. 😆

  11. 86 P
    October 16, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    What a HISTORICAL day :D. I enjoyed it to the fullest!!!! Thank you Chips and everyone here who made it extra special!! I love those pics. The Obama girls are soooo blessed. What an experience for young girls. Malia was soaking it all up with her daddy and Sasha looks so iconic touching the wall tenderly as her father, the first black president listened attentively to the guide. That photo is HISTORY and will be seen by so many generations to come! All thanks to the man himself Martin Luther King Jr.
    Sasha is such a babe…..she always seems to get her family to laugh…I guess it comes with being the baby of the family. She’s a cute ham….if I could I’ll steal her (just kidding) 🙂 One of my fave photo of the entire family (mama Robinson included 🙂 )

    • 87 defytheodds
      October 16, 2011 at 9:07 pm

      In the pic w/Sasha touching the wall: The lady standing behind Malia w/ Ms. Robinson and to Sasha’s left, is holding Dr. King’s granddaughter. She’s the wife of MLK, III. Yes, it’s all so iconic.

  12. 88 BettyBear2th
    October 16, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    I just want to say how grateful I am for this site and for all the beautiful photos and loving comments. You have saved me from Huffpo.

    I especially like seeing how great first grandma looks since I am her age but hardly in that shape.

  13. October 16, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    McCain said, it would be nice if I got a phone call, before the President sent troops into Africa.

    Wait…, it would be nice if he got a phone call?

    What in the world?

  14. 97 Sly
    October 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    I just watched a Solidad documentary on MLK had me in tears…I decided to just see if Faux would be covering the memorial dedication guess what I found? That gal who made a crazy video I hate to call her (Obama girl)apparently she’s upset with the president…and she considers herself responsible for bringing the president lots of voters OK! she’s not crazy about him anymore (Prez) so huck asks if she likes anyone on the repug side and she blushes and says she likes him then he blushes like a sch boy and gives her a t shirt with him name on it LOL LOL then she starts crying talking about how much he’s helped her,how supportive he’s been WTH???I will never forget what he said at the NRA pliiiiiiiiz all these clowns are jealous of PBO Huck just wants a hot gal to sing about him my sides are aching LOL

    • 98 hopefruit2
      October 16, 2011 at 8:39 pm

      I don’t think Obama cares about this woman. Probably never did. It was the media that made her into a faux celebrity on Obama’s coattails, not the other way around. So good riddance!

      • 99 P
        October 16, 2011 at 8:47 pm

        Exactly. Ignore this media attention wh*re please!!!! It has no self respect and tried to disrespect PBO and had poor little Sasha questioning her father’s commitment to her mother!!!!!

      • 101 anniebella
        October 16, 2011 at 9:19 pm

        Sly, honestly, with the wonderful day we had with the MLK dedication, who has got time for that piece of garbage, who had her 15 minutes of fame with that stupid video of hers. .

    • 102 utaustinliberal
      October 16, 2011 at 8:44 pm

      BWAHAHAHAHA……. Wow that sounds like it must have been a very bizzare exchange Sly. She thinks she corraled a large amount of voters for then candidate Obama. What the f**k is she smoking? And Huck has been a tremendous help to her? In what? Buying her a burger; so he has someone alongside him on his way to King of the Lard people? 🙄

      • 103 Sly
        October 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm

        It was soo freaking funny!! PBO is a an honorable man I think they found a new way to disrespect him boo! they kept playing her silly video ESP the part with the underwear Smh! but when huck brought out the t shirt and she started crying about how amazing huck was LOL LOL he’s hoping she makes a video about him…. family values conservative my u know what!

        • 104 Blue
          October 16, 2011 at 9:34 pm

          Oh please give me a break! That Obama girl never voted in 2008 and her interest is making lots of money with fame and stardom. She’s no fool, for the GOP will pay big money to have her on every show, crying and lying, if that is what it takes. Since there’s no MONICA, they will find ways to try to embarrass the President and his family. These people have sold their souls, and will do what ever is necessary for their 15 minutes of fame.

    • 105 Sly
      October 16, 2011 at 8:45 pm

      Kindly forgive all errors typing on a new device… Btwn that pic of Sasha touching the rock is making me emotional…I’m the proud mom of a very pretty gal who started kindergarten this yr she is the only black gal in her class and last wk she came home in tears coz one of the boys had told her she was not pretty-tears as I write this…Hubby and i hugged her tight and assured her she was very beautiful and then she said her feelings were hurt but she knows she’s pretty coz she looks just like Sasha!!!May God bless the first family always.

      • 106 P
        October 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm

        The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves. ~William Penn. Only those who want what you have or who you are make it their priority to validate everything about you – P. If your daughter looks like Sasha she is GORGEOUS!!!! The Obama girls are two of the most beautiful kids I have seen in the “celebrity” world and in general! Everything about those girls are just beautiful and Sasha has the sweetest face ever! She da cutest 😀

        • 107 Sly
          October 16, 2011 at 9:19 pm

          Thanks P that image of 2 little black girls on the world stage is more powerful than we know…I’m pretty sure she identifys becoz they are the same color not that they look alike…It’s hard to talk to 5 yr olds about these issues plus the boy who said is 5! I don’t know if that’s how they roll at his Hse or he was just being mean nevertheless he apologized but it scared me!

          • 108 P
            October 16, 2011 at 9:48 pm

            No problem. I could never understand that lightskin vs darkskin nonsense. I know where it stems from but really it still have people thinking in that way!?! I know a lot of darkskin girls who are prettier than myself and many other lightskin people. It’s crazy. Keep telling your daughter she’s beautiful!

      • October 16, 2011 at 9:15 pm

        oh tell your daughter.. we have her back 😉 she is gorgeous to all of us Sly~

      • October 16, 2011 at 9:20 pm

        AwWW! Sly that’s the cutest story…”cos she looks like Sasha”….Yes indeed change has come!!

      • 111 desertflower
        October 16, 2011 at 9:21 pm

        I’m certain she is beautiful…just like her mom and dad…that’s called bullying, and it needs to be reported and dealt with accordingly.Talk to the principal first…and keep on going.

      • 112 anniebella
        October 16, 2011 at 9:26 pm

        Sly, may god bless your sweet little beautiful girl.

      • 113 sjterrid
        October 16, 2011 at 9:35 pm

        Sly, I’m so sorry your daughter had to experience that. I’m glad that she realizes that she’s beautiful, despite what one kid said.

      • October 16, 2011 at 10:06 pm

        (((((Sly’s gorgeous daughter)))))

        You’re a sweet mama. Give DD a hug from all of us. Remember, PBO was taunted as a little boy, too. And look how he turned out :mrgreen: .

        I was often the only little black girl in my classes, too. My mom colored in the faces of all my books with brown crayon, and always reassured me that I was beautiful. And I didn’t even have a black First Girl to look up to. Sounds like you’re raising a special little girl there!

  15. 116 Blackwaterdog
    October 16, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    I think I’ve watched the last few minutes of the speech 10 times now, and they brought me to tears every time.

  16. October 16, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Thank you Chips for this wonderful day……

    I’ve been quite emotional!!!!! A Tribute to my heroes….

    I thank you Martin Luther King…We never would have made it without you!!

    Thank you President Obama for Pressing On …and keeping the Dream Alive!!!

  17. 118 dotster3
    October 16, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    The first part of the Jobs Act which will get attention——President Obama will ask Congress this week to send 35 billion to communities to rehire teachers, firefighters, policemen. And here would be a good time to quote Eric Boehlert’s tweet: “For 11 months, GOP has embraced a radical, unprecedented brand of obstructionism; for 11 mos. the press has pretended it’s normal.”

  18. 119 halo
    October 16, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    PBO’s speech was excellent. IMO though, we could have gotten a better sculptor! Maybe it’s just me, but something about it seems a little off.

  19. October 16, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    It was nice of Jesse Jackson to see and speak the reality finally.

    “Martin Luther King, Jesse Jackson said, would be sad that a “redemptive moment of historic proportions” that came with the election of President Obama in 2008 “has been met with unrelenting retribution, retaliation and unprecedented opposition.” “Many seem willing just to sink the ship just to destroy the captain,” Jackson said. “We must do better than that.

    Just imagine, if he had had 100% of his own party’s support and at least 1% of repub support, what he could have achieved for US and for the rest of the world.

    • October 16, 2011 at 10:01 pm

      what Jesse Jackson said stood out with me too. It’s the truth. Am glad Chips put the quote up front. No matter, regardless of msm misinformation, it’s the truth also that there’s a lot of us who love respect admire and support PBO.

      And I love all the pictures, esp the one where PBO holds Malia and Sasha. The first lady, wow. the sillouette photo also.

      a memorable day

    • 122 globalcitizenlinda
      October 16, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      mentioned earlier today that Rev Jesse Jackson’s phrase hit right home and it would make a good tee shirt which could go as follows: “Republicans, willing to sink the ship of state just to destroy the captain”

  20. October 16, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    What a beautiful, memorable day indeed.

    Soledad’s special tonight on CNN on MLK, Jr. was extremely poignant. The opposition he faced, from front, back, left, right, up and down was so fierce. What came through several times is that he kept pressing on despite the violence, the lack of support, the disdain, the threats, the bombings, and perhaps worst of all…..the apathy.

    It made me realize that there are so very few who are equipped to handle the burdens that MLK carried in his life and that PBO carries now. The vision they have is so special, and they are gifted with special sight. But getting the vision to be made real is so difficult, requires so much persistence, dedication, and perseverance, that most people bail. I am thankful for the supporters that stood with MLK, that didn’t let him down. I am determined to be one of those who don’t let this President down.

    Pressing on.

  21. 135 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 16, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Love the ad from AARP. . . If Congress think they are going to cut our SS or Medicare, they need to remember …there are 50M of us, and we vote!

    • October 16, 2011 at 10:13 pm

      Me too. First time I saw it was last week while we were eating dinner…..my Republican hubby and I……..not one word was spoken after it ended, but inside I was saying “YES”!

  22. 137 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 16, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I guess people no longer like the president! He is losing his base! . . . will be tweeting this to Tweety!

  23. 140 Viv
    October 16, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I just wish the King children were on better terms with each other. I was saddened to see that Dexter was not present today. I know they have filed suits and counter suits against each other….I just wish they had been able to come together for this historic day.

    • 141 isonprize
      October 16, 2011 at 10:21 pm

      Viv, yeah, I thought of that too. But, regardless of the back story, Dexter is on the wrong side of history on this one.

      I don’t know any of the details, and I really don’t want to know, I do know that the right thing to do would have been for Dexter to be there.

    • 142 globalcitizenlinda
      October 16, 2011 at 10:31 pm

      wondered why Dexter could not put the differences apart today of all days. I thought a judge had ORDERED the King Children to settlle out of court through a mediator. reports indicated at the time that the judge had said they go this private route precisely so that they do not embarass their parents and drag the King Legacy through the mud in public.

      Last saw Dexter with these Martin and Bernice when their sister Yolanda died. Seems since then the situation go worse between the three. this is very sad

      • 143 Viv
        October 16, 2011 at 11:02 pm

        I read somewhere that they have settled out of court. I guess the lawsuits are settled but their relationships remain strained. So sad that the children of a man and woman who stood for unity can’t get along.

  24. 144 globalcitizenlinda
    October 16, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Some on this site were wondering why the Obama-haters cornel west, tavis smiley, maxine walters etc were not at the Rev Dr. M L King Dedication today.

    Well, according to CNN’s Don Lemon on his show a short while ago, cornel west had promised that he would mark today’s dedication ceremony by getting arrested at OWS and I guess he got his wish in NYC.

    I suspect that by doing this he thinks he can upstage President Obama. this is one of the reasons why the presence of such characters at the forefront turns some people off who do not care for the camera-hungry haters.

    Amazing to see people who you once respected turn into bitter, hate-filled shells of themselves before your own eyes.

    One begins to wonder, was there EVER anything there or did some of us misjudge character and brilliance because we did not know some kind and exceptional human beings like President Obama to set very high standards on a daily basis so that comparison sorts out the rest who are so small and meanspirited ?

  25. October 16, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I just saw/listened to the Video clip of the choir singing ‘Glory,Glory Hallelujah’ and that touched
    the core of my soul. Especially how the song was juxtaposed with the pics of Our Prez and the First Family,
    just walking slowly hand in hand. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Miss Chips. You are like a fairy godmother
    who makes wishes come true and a journalist extraordinaire:)

  26. 146 globalcitizenlinda
    October 16, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Did anyone else notice that a number of the Ladies dressed in colours within a certain (same) range : FLOTUS, Rev Bernice, Mrs King etc?

  27. October 16, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Anyone know when Soledad’s special will be re-aired? I have looked and looked on CNN’s website and can’t find anything.

  28. 150 Alycee
    October 16, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Photos from the Philly Inquirer. The last one, of the father holding up his 6 month old son made me simultaneously smile and cry. http://www.philly.com/philly/gallery/MLK_memorial_dedication.html?viewGallery=y

  29. October 16, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Well, I watch that show Homeland on the Showtime channel.
    And, Lawrence Odonell was on playing himself. He gave an interview to a war Hero.
    I just found it odd to see LOD there.

  30. 152 Sue
    October 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    What a wonder family, the Obama’s. I can not say that enough.

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