‘celebrate the dream’

Text of speech here



People wait in line during sunrise for a dedication ceremony at the Martin Luther King Memorial on the National Mall

The Obama family examine a time capsule as they arrive for the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial

463 Responses to “‘celebrate the dream’”

  1. October 16, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Hilfiger has really come a loooooooong way. Interesting how is trying to redeem himself from his unfortunate racial statements more than a decade ago. Good for him

  2. 21 Me4obama
    October 16, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Is that the GUY from CNN John something doing the introducing. The voice sounds familiar

  3. 22 GGail
    October 16, 2011 at 10:49 am

    It has been a wonderful program thus far and I’m like Rev Lowery….I’m waiting to hear that man Barack Obama speak!

    • 23 CTGirl
      October 16, 2011 at 10:52 am

      LOL! I am with you! I loved when he said that ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 24 ribletsonthepan
      October 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm

      Love me some Pres too!…. but Rev Lowry, Andrew Young and C.T. Vivian were MLK top lieutenants from the 1960s and fellow fraternity members of Alpha Phi Alpha who is responsible for the conception of the Memorial and the 28 year fight for its placement on the National Mall.

  4. October 16, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I like the violin rap combo

  5. October 16, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Okay these guys singing are making me cry.. and laugh.. “our feet are softer”..

  6. October 16, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Cicely Tyson.. haven’t seen her in a long time.. another great.

  7. 31 a4alice
    October 16, 2011 at 10:55 am

    ooh Cicely Tyson on now.

  8. October 16, 2011 at 10:56 am

    oh thank you for the pictures of the crowds Chips, cnn doesn’t seem to show much of anyone but the speakers.. I’d love a pan of the crowds.

  9. 33 dotster3
    October 16, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Someone mentioned the background—-it is horribly distracting, people walking back and forth, looks like secret service guys having a conversation, people milling about back there not paying any attention to the program.

    • 34 dotster3
      October 16, 2011 at 10:59 am

      And now someone is crouched down back there in the direct line of vision. I think they finally told her to get down.

  10. 35 Ladyhawke
    October 16, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Mary and her violin are breathtakingly beautiful. And the spoken words were so powerful.

  11. 36 utaustinliberal
    October 16, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Love Cicely Tyson. Can’t wait for President Obama’s dedicaton speech. Rev. Joseph Lowery was funny and full of truth. I love that he repeated the benediction he gave during PBO’s inauguration. I thought conservatives would lose their ever lovin minds with how they reacted to his benediction. ๐Ÿ˜†

  12. October 16, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Young gorgeous girl with a powerful and sweet message.

  13. October 16, 2011 at 11:00 am

    well that little girl’s dedication did me in I’m afraid.

  14. October 16, 2011 at 11:01 am

    okay.. Rev. Al coming up. Dianne “Julia” Carol.. one of my childhood heroines.

    • 41 dotster3
      October 16, 2011 at 11:13 am

      I have wonderful memories of being a little girl from Iowa going to see the Broadway play in NY, “No Strings” starring Diahann Carroll. I bought the soundtrack LP and played that thing over and over and knew every word from all the songs, thought she was the most beautiful actress. And then years later, I was in a sorority at U. of Ia. participating in rush, and Diahann’s understudy came through, beautiful and talented and with a personality and heart to match, and everyone fell in love with her. This was in the 60’s and we could not get a recommend for this lovely, lovely girl from her southern home town because of her bi-racial heritage. This caused a huge uproar, a delegation was sent there to plead the case, they would not relent, everyone in the sorority was bawling and furious. She could not pledge and remained a friend of the sorority, invited to all our occasions, but it was a sad time in history. I see photos now in my sorority alumni magazines, and there is a great diverse group of gals there now, judged by the content of their character.

  15. 44 Ladyhawke
    October 16, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I could just eat that little girl Amandla up. She is so sweet. Her remarks brought tears to my eyes.

  16. 46 Fred
    October 16, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Diahnn Carrol in the house ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. October 16, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Waiting for the President to speak-

    GOING AFTER MITT: David Axelrod, President Barack Obamaโ€™s chief campaign strategist, insists he doesn’t know whether Mitt Romney will ultimately face off against his boss in November 2012.

    But if that happens, itโ€™s obvious how Axelrod and the rest of the campaign will try to paint the former Massachusetts governor.

    โ€œI think thereโ€™s a question about where his core principles are,โ€ Axelrod said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” saying Romney has been a โ€œpro-choice, pro-gay rights, pro-environment candidate for office and then he decides to run for office and did a 180 on that โ€ฆ time and time again, he shifts.โ€

    Axelrod hosted the campaignโ€™s first major conference call with reporters this week and spent the bulk of the conversation bashing Romney, though he wouldnโ€™t say whether Team Obama thought Romney would be the ultimate Republican nominee.

    As for Obamaโ€™s jobs proposal, which the president has traveled around the country to sell to voters, Axelrod insisted that Congress would ultimately vote on the entire plan โ€“ although the package has already been rejected by Republicans on Capitol Hill.

    โ€œWe hope to assemble the entire plan and weโ€™re going to take votes on each one of them,โ€ Axelrod said. โ€œThey will be done sequentially and the sequence is being discussed right now.โ€ – Seung Min Kim

    • 48 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      October 16, 2011 at 12:17 pm

      Of course Mittens is going to be the GOPTeaparty nominee. They know it, we know it, and so does the Koch bros, Karl Rove, and the MSM. These debates are just for theatrics. I’m pretty sure the campaign has been planning and is gearing up for the Flip/Flopper.

  18. October 16, 2011 at 11:08 am

    “we have to own the damn station” EXACTLY!

  19. October 16, 2011 at 11:12 am

    PBO has arrived with the First Family. YES!!!!

  20. 53 CTGirl
    October 16, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Let’s retire them Rev!

  21. October 16, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Rev Al – Vote Dammit!

  22. October 16, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Al Sharpton…Occupy a voting booth

    you wiill not take away the civil rights…

    you will not take away vorting rights….

  23. 57 EDP4BHO
    October 16, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Good morning TOD. I’m late arising but seems I came in just in time to catch PBO. I will record the entire program when it airs again. One of the best sights I saw so far is that “VOTE” sign. Today is what it is all about. Protest with a practical purpose.

  24. 60 GGail
    October 16, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Rev Al moves me to tears and FIRES ME UP!

  25. 61 CTGirl
    October 16, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Standing O for the Rev! Faith indeed!

  26. 63 Sue in Minnesota
    October 16, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I so love the Good Reverand. Truth to Power. Amen Brother!

  27. 64 Ladyhawke
    October 16, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Thank you for speaking the truth Rev Al.


  28. 66 CTGirl
    October 16, 2011 at 11:19 am

    “Speak up and rescue your children from the prison industrial complex!” This is so true!

  29. October 16, 2011 at 11:19 am

    wow…such powerful speeches

  30. October 16, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I am on Whitehouse.gov and I cannot hear this very well. Anyone else having this problem?

  31. October 16, 2011 at 11:23 am

    does anyone know how many folks are in attendance

  32. 77 CTGirl
    October 16, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Listen to the crowd greet the Obamas!

  33. 78 utaustinliberal
    October 16, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Rev Al was on FIRE!!!! @TheRevAl “We will #OccupyAVotingBooth. We will kick out those who want to take us to the back of the bus!!” #Truth.

  34. 79 a4alice
    October 16, 2011 at 11:23 am

    K what’s the box that PBO and 1st Family are looking in?

  35. October 16, 2011 at 11:24 am

    HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON!!!!!! OMG, bawling my eyes out!

  36. October 16, 2011 at 11:25 am

    CNN livestream just showed the First Family having a tour of the site. Gorgeous!!

  37. 83 GGail
    October 16, 2011 at 11:26 am

    BEAUTIFUL Rendition!

    I’m always tickled to see white folks (the white men) try to keep on beat with the clap ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. 84 Me4obama
    October 16, 2011 at 11:27 am

    My heart beating so fast in anticipation of President Obama

  39. 85 Fred
    October 16, 2011 at 11:27 am

    yikes I can’t believe they have the singers take their own chairs with them ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  40. 86 donna dem 4 obama
    October 16, 2011 at 11:28 am

    This is a wonderful cermony. I have lots of family in attendance. The Obama’s are in da House!

    • October 16, 2011 at 11:32 am

      Oh Donna- have a lovely time,.. cheer him for us too please ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 90 Little Lulu
      October 16, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      Donna, please let us know your estimate of the number of people who attended. CNN made it look and sound (!) as though PBO was speaking to about 10 people in an intimate setting. As someone agrees below, it was media manipulation at it’s finest. Infuriating for me. But PBO made another one of his greatest speeches and there was nothing the media manipulators could do about it. LOL!

  41. October 16, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Joe! I hope he’s goin to speak too.

  42. October 16, 2011 at 11:31 am

    People cheering for my President and First Family ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. 93 EDP4BHO
    October 16, 2011 at 11:31 am

    OMG, just watching the First family, and then the Bidens stand and pause, and that magnificent still of Dr. King himself, brought tears to my eyes, and I don’t cry that easily. OMG, the magnitude of the moment is startling. Look at that. OMG.

    • 94 donna dem 4 obama
      October 16, 2011 at 11:37 am

      You have got to see it in person EDP4BHO. Please plan a trip next year if you can to come and see it. It is truly magnificent.

      • 95 EDP4BHO
        October 16, 2011 at 11:46 am

        I plan to go in 2012, Donna. I can see my whole reaction right now, and it has touched something deep inside me that just surprised me. Just shows how the occurrences in life make us who we are.

        • 96 geegee
          October 16, 2011 at 6:40 pm

          Was just there Labor Day weekend for my family reunion, and the monument was one of the sites we toured. It is truly awe inspiring. I guess it was especially poignant for me because I am of that era during which the civil rights movement occured. By the way, C-Span rebroadcasted the ceremony at 3:30pm, so I was able to see it after attending church service-whoopee:smile: Wunnerful-everything, just wunnerful ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. October 16, 2011 at 11:32 am

    BEAUTIFUL…breathtaking. The Obama and King families standing in front of Dr. King’s image.

  45. 98 CTGirl
    October 16, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Our POTUS is such a dad!

  46. 101 desertflower
    October 16, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I’m watching the WH live stream….and I hope that PBO hasn’t spoken yet…I just see people milling around their seats…Ben Jealous talking to John Lewis…I think I see Valerie Jarrett….did I miss PBO?

  47. October 16, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Look how tall Malia is? Now I thought that was Michelle. Lol!

  48. October 16, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Good morning TOD Family! What an absolutely gorgeous day in D.C.!

    I’m looking at the footage of the Obamas arriving. God, I loooooove this family :mrgreen: ! Look how gorgeous the girls are. It’s so beautiful how they stay hugged up. I always love it when PBO and Malia are walking hand in hand — she’s stunning and so tall. Sasha is adorable snuggled up with Mommy, and Michelle looks splendid as usual.

    I am so glad to be alive witnessing this presidency. YES!

    • 105 anniebella
      October 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm

      I saw where the President were walking holding Sasha and Malia’s hand. The Daddy loves his little girls, and they love Daddy. And yes our wonderful First Lady looks lovely as usual. We have to admit it we have a beautiful First Family, inside and out.

  49. October 16, 2011 at 11:34 am

    This is the reception to this event that I was hoping for. I am so excited that there is such support for the President as well as Dr. Martin Luther King. This tells me there is HOPE for the United States of America!

    Here is the candle link for lighting a candle for our President. As you know, I always get nervous before the President speaks.


    • 107 EDP4BHO
      October 16, 2011 at 11:49 am

      Signed ! And look at this beautiful ceremony of peace. Amen.

    • 108 JoJothecat
      October 16, 2011 at 11:58 am

      I will light a candle for the first family and the VP Biden and family, for America, and our one of our own in the TOD family – Joan K. Shaw who will undergoe surgery Monday. Please keep her in our prayers.

  50. 109 lexusv
    October 16, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Rev. Al said it all…Not about Obama…but about our Momma’s, that man is a poet LOLOLOLOL On the serious, everyone has spoken so well…but I loved the passion of Marion Wright Edelman. She said so much truth.

  51. 110 GGail
    October 16, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Here we gooooooooooo!

  52. 111 lexusv
    October 16, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Has anyone seen Dexter…he ought to be ashamed of himself ;o(

  53. October 16, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Um I’m confused, what happened to the crowd? Did they just cut out the crowd sound.. or are they on a different stage away from the people?

    • 119 dotster3
      October 16, 2011 at 11:44 am

      It looks like the same stage, but it seems like they cut the crowd sound. Aretha needs a riser, microphones blocking face.

  54. 120 Jessica
    October 16, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Looks like I didn’t miss much, I got here a little late. It looks like Malia and Sasha went for a vintage vibe with their outfits and Michelle looks like she’s growing out her hair.

  55. October 16, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Salazar never leaves the house without his 10 gallon hat

    • 122 conlakappa
      October 16, 2011 at 10:14 pm

      Maybe just for dress-up, outdoor occasions? He didn’t have it on at the Latino Heritage event the other day. I saw him at a cafe once earlier in the year having breakfast. No hat in sight.

  56. October 16, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Oh, that’s wonderful, Ken Salazar just said that the memorial site is now deemed as a national park. Sweet!

  57. 124 dotster3
    October 16, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Salazar decided on his 10 gallon hat for today. Interesting choice.

  58. October 16, 2011 at 11:40 am

    that is so moving.. Salazar’s dedication.. 359th National Park. OMG who would have seen this day coming.. back in the 60s?

  59. October 16, 2011 at 11:42 am

    the First Family looked amazing

  60. October 16, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Aretha in the house — she’s obviously the go-to singer for events like these. Look at PBO checking out her leopard coat ๐Ÿ˜† !

  61. 131 Fred
    October 16, 2011 at 11:44 am

    damn Aretha it’s supposedly 64 ยฐF in DC and you’re breaking out a fur coat? ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  62. 132 GGail
    October 16, 2011 at 11:44 am

    SING Re Re!!!

  63. October 16, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Pres. Obama is feeling all churchy. Look at him swaying. He’s in da zone!! LOL

  64. October 16, 2011 at 11:45 am


  65. October 16, 2011 at 11:45 am

    PBO looks like he may just PREACH this morn-ting!

  66. October 16, 2011 at 11:46 am

    bawling again & feel every movement of PBO swaying to the music…….he’s the true Christian

  67. October 16, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Herman Cain wants to tell us PBO does not share the black experience? Look at PBO automatically swaying to Aretha’s testimony (singing). you can’t fake that!!

  68. October 16, 2011 at 11:48 am

    GOD MORNING TO ALL! GREAT DAY IN THE MORNING…Aretha is turning on the water works up in here. i never thought i’d see what i’ve seen.

  69. October 16, 2011 at 11:48 am

    That’s all right, now……The Queen is in the house!! SANNGG Aretha!!

  70. 154 Fred
    October 16, 2011 at 11:51 am

    gosh I am getting goosebumps and he didn’t even start

  71. 156 dotster3
    October 16, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Strange that they cut the crowd response, can only hear the clapping of those on stage when President Obama is introduced.

  72. October 16, 2011 at 11:52 am

    My President looks spectacular and sounds strong. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  73. 159 GGail
    October 16, 2011 at 11:52 am

    IT’S ON NOW!!!!! Tell it Mr. President

  74. 160 donna dem 4 obama
    October 16, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Gosh I love to hear this man speak. Thank you Lord for President Barack Obama!

  75. 163 EDP4BHO
    October 16, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Even though the network muffs the crowd sound, you can tell the crowd was loud when looking at how PBO kept smiling, thanking them ๐Ÿ˜€

  76. 164 hopefruit2
    October 16, 2011 at 11:55 am

    My President was gifted with a LOUD voice….we need that.

  77. October 16, 2011 at 11:56 am

    PBO: “Today, MLK returns to the National Mall….” ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

  78. October 16, 2011 at 11:57 am

    I have two live streams on, and they are not in synch, but who cares? I am getting the speech on one, reaffirmed by the other couple sentences later. ๐Ÿ˜†

  79. 170 Fred
    October 16, 2011 at 11:58 am

    damn PBO you are feeling it now

  80. October 16, 2011 at 11:58 am

    MLK was the most hated man in the America

  81. October 16, 2011 at 11:59 am

    POTUS telling the truth.. listen up America.

  82. October 16, 2011 at 11:59 am

    So glad PBO is reminding people that progress was HARD and that MLK was vilified by many — considered a rabblerouser, a communist, a radical. Make it plain, Mr. President! Attacked by his own people. YES! YES! YES! (Hear that, Corny and Travesty?)

  83. October 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Pointing out the similarities of the treatment and criticisms of Dr. King by both his opponents and those on his own side. Definitely sparks memories for me.

  84. 177 LAMH34
    October 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    darn, I’m at work busy thx to a co-worker not on her post…missed the First Famiy intro, but I know my peeps here at TOD will have video ASAP/

  85. October 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    ‘Change has NEVER been quick! Change requires determination.’

  86. October 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    change insists on persistence…yep

  87. October 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    “Change has never been quick, simple, or without controversy. Change requires persistence, dedication….” Thank you, Mr. President, for the history lesson. Dr. King kept pressing on.

    This is a masterpiece.

    “Dr. King refused to accept the ‘is-ness’ of today and kept pushing toward the ‘ought-ness’ of tomorrow.”

    He’s feeling this….whoo lawdy.

  88. 181 dotster3
    October 16, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    PBO has that preacher lilt in his speaking manner today. I am always so impressed how he can tailor his tone according to his audience and to the specific moment. “Don’t be discouraged by what is, keep marching toward what ought to be”. HOPE.

  89. October 16, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    This speech is so full of DEPTH
    Don’t be discouraged by what “IS”, …in other words ‘PRESS ON!’

  90. October 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Do we understand how amazing it is that we have a President, A PRESIDENT who stirs up the people? who stirs up our conscience? Who asks the people to stand up & change..

  91. October 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Preach, Mr. President. Preach.

    Nobody does it like Barack Hussein Obama.

  92. 186 Jessica
    October 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I knew this would be one for the history books and he ain’t even finished yet.

  93. October 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Dr. King believed God resides in the oppressor AND the oppressed.

  94. 188 hopefruit2
    October 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    WOW our President is on FIYA today – thanks for speaking the truth Mr. President! MLK would be proud ๐Ÿ™‚

  95. 190 kittypat
    October 16, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    “peace without justice was no peace at all”

  96. 191 Fred
    October 16, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Tea’s sit down and learn.This man is schooling your butts and I am talking to you too “brother” Vermin Cain

  97. October 16, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    IMO, here is the lesson that PBO has already learned and most of us are still working on – to learn to stand IN THE SHOES of our opponents.

  98. 193 CTGirl
    October 16, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    He is breaking it down! Yes he is!

  99. October 16, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    speaking to you ows, now… speaking to ALL of US now.

  100. October 16, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    OMG, this is tremendous.

  101. 197 donna dem 4 obama
    October 16, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    This speech is touching me emotionally. Tears are starting to stream from my eyes!

  102. October 16, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    “Those with power and privilege will resist any call to change the status quo.”

    “MLK knew that peace without justice was no peace at all.”

    Any social movement must have love at its center….

    The unemployed worker can challenge the excesses of Wall Street without vilifying them….

    Gosh — I just got chill bumps realizing how iconic this speech is. I would like some engraving or printing of it or something….

  103. 200 EDP4BHO
    October 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    PBO is skilled and artful in speaking to the moment. He is so powerful today. Thank you Lord, thank you Dr. King, and thank you President Obama. OMG he is kicking it today.

  104. 201 Ladyhawke
    October 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm


  105. October 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    “MLK was so quintessentially American because he was so optimistic, which is so unique on the face of the earth….”

  106. October 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    ‘In this democracy government is no distant object.’

    God, this speech is monumental AND perfect for the point we are at RIGHT NOW in America! I will have to listen to this later in quiet moments when I’m not so emotional. Our President is a worthy successor of MLK.

  107. October 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm


    what a Man…What A Mighty Good Man

    Beautiful Day with Tod’s Family…….Let us indulge in this piece of History!!!


  108. October 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    make a way outta no way

  109. 207 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Preach, PBO, PREACH!

  110. 208 EDP4BHO
    October 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    This is most definitely his best speech ever. Peace go with you forever, President Obama.

    • October 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      Yes! Yes! Yes!! This is the first time I have ever actually cried as the result of a speech. Yes I’ve often been touched, but I’ve always been able to hold the tears at bay.

      • October 16, 2011 at 12:17 pm

        Of course, we O-bots always say the current one is the best speech ever! ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† Of course, it’s not our ‘fault’ we have THE BEST POLITICIAN! Just our good fortune, I guess!

  111. October 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    What a powerful and wonderful day. The timing and path of the campaign to build this monument is highlighted by the dedication occurring with THIS administration. Can you IMAGINE, McCain/Palin or pushing forward Willard Romney leading this dedication??!??

  112. 213 Fred
    October 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    he hit it out of the damn ballpark over and over and over again

  113. 214 donna dem 4 obama
    October 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Okay I have lost it now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  114. October 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Damnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn…that is my President….I love him

  115. 216 GGail
    October 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm


  116. October 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    God — that was so beautiful!

    He was born for this moment. Total kismet.

  117. 221 dotster3
    October 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Those with power will always resist and decry change. To see MLK monument and to see him larger than life is to do him a disservice. That there were setbacks, there were struggles, but his message was that change can come if you do not give up. Belongs on the mall because he saw what we might become, the message of constant striving, the courage to stand up when the resistance is strong, always reach for what is possible. President Obama continuing the work of MLK.

  118. October 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    We shall overcome sung by all.

  119. October 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Look at our purdy First Lady ๐Ÿ˜› !

  120. 224 hopefruit2
    October 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    No words.

  121. October 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    don’t settle for ‘isness.. press on for the ‘oughtness’

    thank you Mr. President

  122. October 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    OMG! I lost it totally. What an amazing President we have!

  123. 227 CTGirl
    October 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    The right man for this time! The right man! We do not deserve him but let me tell you I do so appreciate having him lead us!

  124. 228 Bobfr
    October 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Yes, this is one that folk will be watching, over and over again, not decades from now but centuries from now. Thank you President Obama and I assure you Mr President we feel your pain, we really do.


  125. 229 lexusv
    October 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Oh my God, that is so touching. The President was speaking of history and today. We have to keep up the fight for truth, honor, respect, and JUSTICE!

  126. October 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I am so moved by this speech that I’m in tears. He somehow brought it all together–a beautiful, honest tribute to Dr. KIng, a deep understanding of the pains and problems people are going through and an incredible inspiration for the future. I loved the idea of not being caught up in the “is” but focusing on what “ought” to be. God bless our president. No other president ion my lifetime could have done this and I was born when FDR was president.

  127. October 16, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Oh Lord, the mic is open, and Joe is talking. Please don’t say anything silly, Joe. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  128. 237 a4alice
    October 16, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Wow. So glad I don’t have eye makeup on right now. “God makes a way out of no way” is-ness/ought-ness and God is in us all.

    So so powerful.

  129. 238 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 16, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Love Joe around hot mics!

  130. 239 EDP4BHO
    October 16, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    PBO and Joe are like bookends with those smiles. OMG , it’s Stevie “freakin” Wonder ๐Ÿ˜€

  131. October 16, 2011 at 12:17 pm


    He has been so instrumental in the whole MLK Holiday and Memorial movement. So glad he is reaping all the rewards and seeing the vision come to pass. Full circle moment.

    “Happy Birthday to ya………..”

  132. October 16, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    This is all beyond words. OMG, spectacular. Totally crying and now here comes Stevie!!!!

  133. 244 Ceb
    October 16, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Did you hear Joe over the mike “look at the faces out there!”

    Tears in my eyes as I listened to him. We are blessed.

    Good to end with Stevie

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  135. 246 Me4obama
    October 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    My Joe never disappoints. This is indeed a BFD

  136. 247 Ceb
    October 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    The “him” I meant was PBO.

  137. October 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    He was totally tearing up in the end. I’m still shaking.

  138. 255 FiredUpInCA
    October 16, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    The President was preaching and teaching today. To the PL and the CBC: you can’t complain and quit particularly when you don’t have it nearly as hard as previous generations. To the Occupiers of Wall Street: Don’t vilify the whole street particularly since you want some of the shops on the street to employ the 99 percenters. To Wall Street: Don’t vilify the unions since you require the labor and living wages to sustain you.

    To me: See the world through the Tea Partiers and Boehner’s and Cantor’s and PLers eyes. They are of this earth and so are you.

    Hard important necessary lessons today if the Dream is ever to become reality.

    • 257 Chi
      October 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm

      President Obama is simply magnificent…

      May God continue to bless, protect, instruct, guide, guard, defend and safeguard our brilliant, intrinsically decent and all around amazing President and his glorious wife, our phenomenal First lady and their lovely daughters…

  139. 258 GGail
    October 16, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    SING STEVIE!!!!!!!

  140. October 16, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    We are living in a Moment. We need to enjoy the Moments.

    • October 16, 2011 at 2:54 pm

      Totally agree, PJ. We need to LIVE them, AND ENJOY them! One because they are so meaningful and powerful and two, because some of us won’t be around to see anything better.

  141. October 16, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    There are no words to express how I feel right now. Guess i’ll just continue crying!

  142. 262 Me4obama
    October 16, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I have NEVER cried like this since the day PBO was elected. I think this is the best speech ever.

    • October 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm

      I think it’s his best, easily. You could see inside the soul of PBO, realizing that he sees and hears all that is going on, has processed it all, and has sifted the wheat from the chaff. He is unshakable. He understands at a deep level this time and he has a bright vision for the future.

      • October 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm

        Wow… You expressed my sentiment so precisely. That’s why it is pitiful that the so called pundits still don’t understand him. He can not be rattled or bullied by those hypocrites. I am in awe of the man, maybe flawed but yet so perfect.

      • October 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm


        i have recently listened to the Presidents speeches…the one he gave at the DNC convention in 2004….his speech on race that he gaave in Philadelphia in 2008…his victory seech….and his inaugural speech…..

        he has been amazing consistent…..

        but today….today as someone said you heard the soul of our President…and it is gooood…!

        God bless President Obama…may the Creator continue to guide his footsteps…

    • October 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm

      Me too me4obama. President Obama can move me like no one else. That wasn’t just PRESIDENT Obama speaking it was Barack Obama, the man – what a pure and beautiful soul he has, how blessed we are that he is President, how lucky we are to live in the age of Obama. God has truly blessed the world.

    • October 16, 2011 at 5:42 pm

      Oh yeah, I forgot that I cried then too.

  143. 272 Ceb
    October 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Yes, I could see that in his eyes. He feels so deeply what we can be; it moves him and is what is behind everything that he does. One of Dr. King’s quotesnis woven into the new rug that graces the oval office.

  144. 273 Ladyhawke
    October 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Melissa Harris Perry speaking now on MSNBC.

  145. 274 lexusv
    October 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Did anyone else notice the backdrop of event and the speech of President Obama and the wording “the stone of HOPE” I wonder if that was planned? Perfect settting.

  146. October 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Stevie was fantastic. Wish we could have that performance forever.

    Now they’re on to a reception at the White House. What a glorious day for them!

  147. October 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    What can I say! Perfect. President Obama was pitch perfect. I know now why I love this man. What a speech. God bless President Obama!

  148. 281 GGail
    October 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I am so happy to have been able to view this dedication live! Thank you Chipsticks again for providing this forum for us to gather and celebrate together!!!!!!

  149. 287 donna dem 4 obama
    October 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Well MLK has to be smiling down on the US with great pride after hearing that speech from President Barack Obama.

  150. 288 hopefruit2
    October 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    For those of us who missed our President’s fine speech, CSPAN will be airing the ceremony again later today from 2:50PM. Of course I’m sure that Chipsticks as usual will do a fine job of posting a video as soon as it becomes available ๐Ÿ™‚ :):)

  151. October 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    a bad check…one marked ‘ insufficient funds’. thank you Dr. King

  152. 290 EDP4BHO
    October 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    There you go. 1963……Jobs and freedom. 2011…….jobs and freedom. Poignant !

    • 291 JoJothecat
      October 16, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      That’s what happens when we forget where we come from, how far we come, and stop looking to the future to improve the lives of ALL Americans. We need to vote, vote, vote, and continue to vote to keep those out of politics that want to roll back the clock and stand still.

  153. 293 desertflower
    October 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Shear unadulterated brilliance! Tears were streaming down my face….words just can’t express the emotional impact his words and deeds have on me….I feel empowered. Once again. Thank you, Mr. President for all you do, and will continue to do.

    • October 16, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      Empowered – that is exactly what he does for me too.. perfect desertflower.

      • 295 desertflower
        October 16, 2011 at 1:05 pm

        Thank you,sherijr…WE ARE ALL EMPOWERED! WE have to have the strength and the perseverance to press on and make OUR country the kind of place that Dr. King envisioned….that PBO has been telling us all that we need to make FOR OURSELVES.WE have that power! We have that voice.Let us all take what is rightfully ours and make this country one of equality and justice for ALL.We are many, and mighty.PBO was just the catalyst that enabled the change we all seek….we will be the only ones that can see this through to its final place…PBO told us all that change is hard, full of fits and starts….we can’t stop moving forward…one foot in front of the other…pushing harder and harder against those that want nothing more than the status quo, because THEY BENEFIT from the status quo! PBO ripped the oozing, pus filled scab off, and revealed to the country all the inequality that is going on…that we still need to fix….we thought that we were safe living in our own little cocoon,that racism was gone, that equality was here, that we had the house with 2.5 children and 2 cars in the driveway and a job that we were treated fairly at, and were paid enough to achieve the things we wanted to……he exposed the lies to the American people….it was all a facade.And people are angry….be it at the wrong person.Behind the scenes of our comfortable, pretend world,real people were discriminated against, Wall St. was gambling with your house payment money because they wanted MORE,your comfortable job was being shipped overseas because the labor was cheaper and the company’s profit could be increased if they moved your job to India….things happened in Washington that people NEVER paid attention to…until now, and the pain has already set in…the knowledge that “we were doped” has manifested itself to anger in the streets…the truth is, that PBO is the ONLY one that is on their side! He is the ONLY one that is fighting for their rights….it’s OUR JOB…to make them understand that their anger is directed at the wrong person…show them why, and to get them to harness that passion/anger to work for the good of the country…giving PBO the tools (better/more progressive Dems…just any old D won’t do) he needs to help us ALL achieve the goals that we all want. The country is way more in line with our vision for the future than the people in Washington would have us believe….it has been shown, time and time again.I believe that this is our moment, this is our time…to say ENOUGH! I love my President..for having the faith in all of us, to do the right thing for our people…he believes in all of us more than we believe in ourselves sometimes….that faith, that love of others,love of country over self, is what makes me support this amazing President more and more every single day. The haters are afraid of him…for exactly the reason I stated above….he has exposed them, and he is not afraid of them….they can not buy him or threaten him….and they know that once the people begin to fully understand this….they will be done. Game over.And that is the power that WE have.I pray we make it so.

  154. 298 CTGirl
    October 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Another thing that choked me up was when MLK’s little grand daughter (I believe only grandchild) touched the rock! That just held my heart!

  155. October 16, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    The words of the “I Have a Dream” speech as just as appropriate today as they were almost 50 years ago. So vivid. So timeless.

    Eternal. Love and justice are always eternal.

  156. October 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    MLK talking about Alabama in 1963. Could be talking about Alabama in 2011. Amazing.

    • 301 Ladyhawke
      October 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      Exactly. That’s why people across the country from all ethnic groups have got to focus on JOBS and VOTING RIGHTS. The Republican Party wants to take the country back to the Jim Crow days. They want to take THEIR COUNTRY back from the black man in the White House. The biggest threat to the well being of this country is the Republican Party. The sooner more Americans realize that, the better off we will be.


  157. 304 hopefruit2
    October 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Notice that MLK never personally attacked the then President, or vilified any single individual? He attacked a system of discrimination but never stooped to get personal with anyone. Let that be a lesson to those who are always ready to quote MLK when they want to push their personal hateful insults and attacks, but don’t really apply his principles to themselves and their own behavior.

    • October 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      ^This!! It baffles me how easily that those who want to “claim” MLK, don’t adopt any of the principles and values that he championed!

      • October 16, 2011 at 1:06 pm





        • 311 Debz
          October 16, 2011 at 1:35 pm

          That part of the speech struck me. as he was speaking about Dr King being vilified, even by his own people, I began to cry because our President is facing much of the same, not only from the haters out there, but “from his own” namely Tavis and his sidekick.

  158. October 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    MLK & Pres O’s words, encouragement, belief.. all in one day~

  159. 316 Little Lulu
    October 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I loved his speech but I HATED the lack of any wide shots of the crowds. The camera set ups on CNN and the direction of the mikes to only pick up the sound of the first row responding to this momentous and powerful speech. So frustrated with that! Does anyone know how many people were actually there?

    • October 16, 2011 at 12:39 pm

      Media manipulation at its best {worst}. This isn’t a daggone Tea Party rally. This is a MOMENT for our history.

    • October 16, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      I agree Lulu.. I notice once POTUS was done, CNN now has allowed the crowd sounds to be heard… what a lot of hooey. I too would like to know how many people are there, I suspect it is a huge crowd. Donna Dem’s family is there.. so maybe she’ll be able to tell us, also I think Vero is there- so we’ll get some first hand idea.

    • 319 Debz
      October 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      That really bothered me too, LuLu. I will have to find someplace to watch and listen to the speech with the crowd noise. What a beautiful speech!

    • 320 Obama Grandmama
      October 16, 2011 at 5:54 pm

      I was only watching the first clip of PBO on this posting giving the address. Towards the end of it you can see it is from FOX News so that may explain the mikes only picking up the applause of those on stage and little panning of the crowd. Further down there are clips from CNN.

  160. October 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    What they hated Dr. King so much for is that he used THEIR language against them.

  161. October 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    O/T..heheheh this is tweet made me LOL..

    Obama could give a speech saying “We should feed the poor” and Travis & Cornel would be like “But what about the really poor?” #MLKmemorial

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  163. October 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Jennifer Holiday….is doing her thing….the Lady can sing

  164. October 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Quite remarkable that DAilykos does not have a SINGLE diary or Front page article dedicated to this event. Not a single one. Just took a peek. Well what do you expect when Markos purged the Minorities from the site. Sad really.

  165. 335 gcwp1
    October 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    DR MLK and President BO see what CAN be. Limited minds see what IS.

  166. October 16, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    No, thank YOU, Ms. Holliday! lol

  167. October 16, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    What an amazing and emotional speech.

    President Obama is such a great and humble man. God bless him.

    Dr. King we shall all overcome!

  168. October 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Joined hands for the final prayer. Joining hands virtually, yes I am.

  169. 340 Lovepolitics2008
    October 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    OMG That SPEECH !! He put his whole soul in it. And he was almost overcome with emotion at the end.

    Fighting for change his HARD and LONG. You need to be fierce and persistent, yet keep your dignitly and display some compassion for the opponents because some of it is just fear. LASTING change comes when you win hearts and minds.

    When will his critics finally see what Barack Obama is all about ?

  170. October 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Trending on Tweeter Now:

    #Have A Dream
    #Jennifer Holiday
    #Dr. King’s

  171. October 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Wow.. now a concert.. I wonder if CNN will keep streaming~ just curious folks, since no tv / cable here at my house… did any station air this whole thing thus far?

  172. 348 hopefruit2
    October 16, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    MLK Memorial is also trending worldwide on Twitter, so it’s very telling (but not surprising) that there isn’t a single diary or FP article on this ceremony on Old Orange, a site where folks LOVE to quote MLK to push their questionable narratives.

  173. 349 CEB
    October 16, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I watched on the white house site, so I did not get to see the other events (not a cable person). Thanks so much Chips for posting the video of the Obama family visiting the monument earlier today. Just loved seeing the president holding his daughters hands. It says so much for a parent-child relationship when the kids are still so willing to cling to their parents in public; especially when they are teenagers as Malia is. I always get a little choked up when I see such daddy- love. Strong, capable women who have high self-esteem are the result of this.

  174. 350 Robert
    October 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Just finished listening to Dr. Martin Luther King’s ” I have a dream” speech and as usual it bought tears to my eyes. Like Dr. King, President Obama is a master speaker and both know how to paint with words. President Obama always rises to the occasion when a great speech is required and today was no different. May God continue to bless him as he continues to light a path forward for those who seek to make this world a better place for all. Hope everyone has a great day.

  175. 351 CEB
    October 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    It was so cute that PBO’s tie was the same color of FLOTUS’ dress. I have noticed that they do this often.

  176. 352 Tally
    October 16, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Why does all the good stuff happen at the crack of dawn (here on the Left Coast)?

    OF course, I could be in Hawaii – I’d like to be in Hawaii….. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • October 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm

      I am on Kaua’i and I’ve just been reading everyone’s reaction to POTUS’ Celebrate the Dream Speech and tearing up..I can imagine when I actually see the replay.


  177. October 16, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I’m so agreeing with ‘hindsight is the best sight’ as I say today was the perfect day for this dedication AND this speech. September just wouldn’t have cut it. The forces of nature, political (non-) actions and a wise and insightful president combined to get just the right message out there.

    – change is never easy
    – change often comes in increments
    – the powers that be won’t give up without a major battle
    – critics will always find something to criticize
    – don’t give up; PRESS on
    – etc. etc.

    Honestly, I was cheering for the parallels PBO was drawing without calling them parallels. I love, and will always love the way this President speaks to me like I have a brain. None of the ‘turn the 999 around and you’ll get …’ or ‘corporations are people’, or other imbecilic utterances, just words that attest to the fact that there are thinking members of the populace. God bless and continue to guide you, President Barack Hussein Obama. Bless you for the insight you have into the needs of America right now. We need you. We are overjoyed to have you in the Oval Office at this time. We WILL stand behind you, not just because we want to, but because we have to. There is no real alternative. Thanks to your family too, for the sacrifices they make for their country.

  178. 358 Ladyhawke
    October 16, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Where King Once Marched, Now a Dedication

    The monument of Dr. King is not only the first to a black man on the Mall and its adjoining parks but also the first to honor someone who was not a president, according to the foundation in charge of putting it up, something that has been an inspiration for many people.


    • 359 Debz
      October 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm

      And to think, this monument would never have happened without President Obama and Ken Salizar.

    • October 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      This article only refers to the President by his title only once in the first paragraph. Otherwise it’s Mr. Obama. What’s up with that, i wonder?

      • 361 Obama Grandmama
        October 16, 2011 at 6:03 pm

        I remember hearing about that current journalistic protocol is to use the title once at the beginning of an article then the Mr. or just the last name after that. I heard this explanation when this was brought up earlier in the Presidency. From what I remember said is this is what is currently taught in journalism courses and not an oversight or belittling effort. It seems strange to hear that without a reference to why though.

  179. 362 halo
    October 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I missed it!

  180. 363 anniebella
    October 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    What a morning. What a morning. I only wish I could have been there. Listening to the speakers, and the singing, the little twelve year old girl who spoke about those four girls kill in church by a bomb. Seeing our First Family, and hearing our President give his wonderful speech. Everyone joining arms together singing we shall over come. Then topping it off with a playing Dr. King “I Have A Dream Speech”. Today was something special. For anyone who missed it it will be on C-Span today at 3pm and 12am.

  181. October 16, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Daily Kos..Is nothing but Obama-Bashing Site..Why in the world would they show something positive about PBO
    Shame on them for not having this Memorial on their site today.

    Every time I receive a letter or a petition for support from Markos, I always reply..by letting him know…that I am not crazy or stupid to contribute to a site that it’s main agenda is, to disrespect, insult our President…You must be out of your damn mind,,If I ever give One Cent…So please delete me from your mailing list…I’ve been banned from the site…Yet they have a nerve to ask me for $$..LOL

    • 365 hopefruit2
      October 16, 2011 at 1:26 pm

      I have a growing suspicion that many on DKOS are rooting for a Romney win in 2012.

      And while I may be mistaken and will be happy to eat my words if I’m proven wrong, I also believe that this OWS “movement” is designed to distract, confuse, create voter apathy and distrust of the current administration, and which if successful, can ultimately result in a Romney win in 2012.

      • 366 COS
        October 16, 2011 at 1:51 pm

        Hopefruit, even if they are rooting for Romney, look at this section of an article written about PBO’s donors.


        “among Obama’s supporters, however, there has been an uptick in donations from both Democratic- and Republican-leaning counties, even as more than one in 10 people are out of work in those places.”


        • 367 hopefruit2
          October 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm

          Thanks COS – I know our President has a LOT of support all over this country and that the truth will be out in the open once the real election campaign gets underway.

      • 368 bonkers
        October 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm

        After reading here, I decided to check FDL, and not a single mention there about the MLK ceremony anywhere. Several posts new today, and most all saying the exact same thing in the exact same words they’ve been saying 500 times per day for the last two years – basically President Barack Hussein Obama is a corporate stooge sell-out who is really naive and would sell your children to slavery in exchange for some Goldman Sachs cash.

        It’s a psychosis….it really is. On a day like to today even…so weird.

        • 369 TrumpDog
          October 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm

          Interesting…from a site that was so concerned about reeducating Blacks.

          Was Corney and Tavis invited to the MLK ceremony?

      • 370 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        October 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm

        Hopfruit your concerns and observations are valid. DKOS can root and encourage a Romney victory all they want, same with OWS, but the truth will prevail wether mankind can see this now or not. LOVE will be victorious over HATE in the end. KEEP HOPE ALIVE!! Obama/Biden 2012!!

    • 372 JoJothecat
      October 16, 2011 at 1:35 pm

      Turned off CNN after the ceremony. The “black” guy on started BS about PBO speech was about his failings as president. That the speech was to a large AA crowd in which he asked them to stand with him eventhough he did not accomplish must for this base. Such BS.

      • 373 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        October 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm

        ummm…………..Jo Jo this type of behavior you post is exactly what PBO talked about in his speech. The HATERS are going to HATE. MLK’s fight remains today and PBO is the face of who and what we are. WE ARE THE CHANGE WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR. Either we are a part of the solution or we are a part of the problem. This “black” guy on CNN is a part of the problem. PRESS ON!!

      • 374 anniebella
        October 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm

        I can’t think of her name, the black lady who’s a professer, she sometimes fill in for Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, she talk highly of the President’s speech.

      • 376 Charmed
        October 16, 2011 at 4:19 pm

        I can’t watch CNN…..so it’s #Obamasfault it was mostly an AA crowd. The black media acts like they got there on their own and ONLY Obama has benefitted from the civil rights movement. Listen to how they always stress that Obama is only there because of the civil rights movement but they never say “we’re only here because of civil rights and affirmative action” somehow they act like they just got there on their own with no institutional changes.

        • 377 Debz
          October 16, 2011 at 5:30 pm

          This attitude by the msm is ridiculous. the crowd were “Obama supporters” “He was talking about himself” This has something to do “with his re-election” blah blah blah!! If any of these talking heads ever listened to themselves they would see how foolish they look.

    • October 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm

      I’m not even thinking about DKos today. They are so far from my mind, lol.

      I’m basking in the glow of my President’s speech today and the glorious legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Not much room for any negativity today ๐Ÿ™‚ .

    • October 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      Kasai–that site is poison, and also very, very irrelevant. They like talking to themselves and promoting the hate. Glad you tell Markos to take a walk. Fortunately I haven’t been back to that site since November, 2010 and have not been asked for a dime.

  182. October 16, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    @RepJohnLewis ,,Just tweeted…

    #I’ll never forget Dr. King saying there is no noise as powerful as the sound of the marching feet of a determined people#

    Thank John Lewis for your vivid memories. We must Press On

    • October 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      And yet CBC Waters and Tavis and whoever else thinks they own The Black Experience wanted to get all bent out of shape when the president said take off your bedroom slippers and put on your marching boots. That’s what you hear when people are determined—the sound of them marching in their marching boots! It’s an inspirational call to arms, not a disparaging put-down. But the response was disingenuous and cynical and shows the ugly jealousy of the same kind that sought to sabotage Dr. KIng AND Malcolm X. Backstabbing is a crude, unseemly and ultimately self-defeating thing.

      • 383 Charmed
        October 16, 2011 at 4:23 pm

        Did you notice NONE of them where marching with Rev. Al yesterday or at the MLK dedication…..well if they are there I didn’t see any shots of them.

        • October 16, 2011 at 5:22 pm

          Indeed! And as I watched him I also thought, “This is what THEY should have initiated themselves!” If you’re going to arouse people, why not organize them? Instead of asking for permission from the community to be “unleashed” on the president, how about teaching people how to unleash themselves, i.e., VOTE against their real enemieS! Where are the Smiley’s and the West’s and the Glover’s and the Damon’s when it comes to empowering people to vote at a time when that right is being increasingly threatened by people others VOTED into office? How can West rage about King crying in his grave when West is stomping all over— it fostering the diminution of the enthusiasm needed to activate the very instrument that King and others got beat-up, imprisoned and killed for?

  183. 385 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I am Blessed, Blessed, Blessed. I thank the Lord for the ancestors, the heros and sheros who paved the way for me; whose backs I climbed on, shoulders I stood on, who educated me, feed me, encouraged me. The folks who had big names and the folks who had no names. I thank the Lord for letting me remember that I did not make it on my own and I pray that he will continue to give me strength so that I can help make a way for the generations to come.

  184. 387 defytheodds
    October 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    We just all witnessed a day for the history books–and beyond. Thank you God!

    • 388 defytheodds
      October 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      Rev. Otis Moss Jr., who was co-pastor with King at Ebeneezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, also helped organize the Freedom Riders in the South. He participated in marches and pushed for new federal laws with greater protections for African Americans, including the Civil Rights Act. He said Sundayโ€™s dedication underscores how far the movement has come โ€” and what remains to be done.

      โ€œThis monument, [dedicated by] this president, makes a significant statement to the nation and the worldโ€ that Kingโ€™s work was not in vain, he said. But the fact that the King memorial stands between monuments to Presidents Thomas Jefferson and George Washington โ€” both slave-holders โ€” and is beside Abraham Lincoln, who oversaw a bloody war to end slavery, is significant, Moss said.

      Also, News media from 150 domestic and overseas organizations were on hand to record the day.


  185. 389 bonkers
    October 16, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    What a monumental day! (couldn’t resist…)

    Can’t wait to see the speech later. Fired up!

  186. 390 donna dem 4 obama
    October 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Setting the table and leaving all of you a seat at the table for your virtual Sunday Dinner:

    Barbecue Ribs
    Barbecue Chicken
    Potato Salad
    Baked Beans
    Collard Greens
    Hubby’s homemade Dinner Rolls
    Sweet Tea
    For dessert – Hubby is baking an Apple Crisp which we will top with Vanilla Ice Cream

    Have a great rest of your day!

  187. 397 Bobfr
    October 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Hi Chipsticks,

    Full video:

    Thank you.


  188. 399 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    October 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm


    • October 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm


  189. October 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    “We know in this country right now that there is a complaint about folks at the top end of the income scales, that they make too much and too many don’t make enough,” Cantor said during an appearance on Fox News Sunday, toning down his earlier criticism of the Occupy Wall Street protests.

    “We need to encourage folks at the top of the income scale to actually put their money their work to create more jobs so we can see a closing of the gap,” he added.


  190. October 16, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Sounds like the Herman Cain ties made it to MSM

    Story on CBS

    Herman Cain’s long ties to Koch Brothers

  191. 408 Sankofa
    October 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    I woke up too late to see the ceremony (West Coast) and immediately came to TOD. Chips, the pictures and videos were soul stirring and reading some of the comments gave me goose bumps and tears. I will watch the re- run of the ceremony and wrap myself in the rightness, truthfulness, compassion, clarity and honesty of the moment. I am honored, in my life time, to know men of the caliber of Dr. Martin Luther King and President Barack Hussein Obama…….history will be kind. Thank you TOD commenters for your heartfelt posts, they were soul touching……..

  192. 409 Fred
    October 16, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    you have to wonder where the “real” African-Americans;you know the self-proclaimed “leaders” are today? Every single bloody one of them missing at the Dedication for MLK;from Smiley;To West to Vermin Cain ๐Ÿ™„

  193. 419 hopefruit2
    October 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Tweeted:

    //Joined thousands at #DedicateMLK to honor & celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and continued search for a more perfect union //

  194. 424 Ladyhawke
    October 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    FROM: Congressman John Lewis

    The King Memorial: A Symbol of the Best in America


    President Obama is doing all he can to help build this sense of community. In the bluster of media hype and political rhetoric, the substantive work President Obama has done to turn our economy around, to assist everyday Americans during this time of financial crisis, and to put people back to work has not gotten enough attention. In his humility this President has not trumpeted his success. He has kept his eyes focused on the challenges at hand, trying to use his power to do what he believes is in the best interest of the American people.


    • 427 Debz
      October 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm

      Did you see the photo of the idiot being escorted out for screaming that the President is the antichrist?? It’s frightening that these sickos can get any near the President.

  195. 429 defytheodds
    October 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Remarks by the President at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication
    (Full Text via the White House)

  196. October 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    For those who missed the live memorial, like me, CSPAN will be re-playing the event at 3:20pm.

  197. 431 GGail
    October 16, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Chipsticks, the video’s and photo’s you’ve posted are PERFECT captions of today’s momentous events. Thank you for I can’t seem to get enough!

  198. October 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Hiya people, more videos and photos added to the thread, will be back soon with more updates. Thank you for adding to a very special day ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 433 hopefruit2
      October 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm

      Thank YOU Chips for all you’ve done to bring this event to us here! I love love LOVE pic#4 where Sasha appears to be saying something and the whole family is looking at her smiling ๐Ÿ™‚

  199. 436 Fred
    October 16, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett speaks to Sasha Obama (R), as her sister Malia (C) looks on after the girls’ father US President Barack Obama spoke at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial dedication October 16, 2011 in Washington, DC

    Senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett (L), Malia Obama (C), Sasha Obama, and their grandmother Marian Robinson (R), rise after US President Barack Obama spoke at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial dedication October 16, 2011 in Washington, DC

    The first family place an item inside a time capsule at the dedication ceremony of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in West Potomac Park in Washington, October 16, 2011. Pictured are (L-R) U.S. President Barack Obama, Sasha, Malia, first lady Michelle Obama and her mother, Mariam Robinson

  200. 440 meabloom
    October 16, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Went to work this a.m so I missed everything. Thanks so much Chips for having photos and videos of the celebration. From the comments and videos I can tell it was truly a powerful ceremony. Just to be in the presence of greatness such as the monument and the first African American president, must have been so powerful. Look how far our country has come since Dr. King?!?!? This is truly another historical day.
    God Bless.

    • 441 hopefruit2
      October 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      Meabloom, CSPAN is also replaying the event – if you are interested. Our president doesn’t speak until towards the end – about 2hrs 40 minutes into the program.

  201. 443 globalcitizenlinda
    October 16, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Rev Jesse Jackson was right on point to day: “currently, there are many people in a determined opposition who are willing to SINK THE SHIP IN ORDER TO DESTROY THE CAPTAIN”. I hope this phrase can be captured on a tee shirt because it is so right

  202. October 16, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    C-Span1 now showing dedication ceremonies.

  203. 445 a4alice
    October 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Wow! I was out gardening and came back in for a quick check in – look at how many many more things there are to look at! Chips – thanks so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

    PS. I love that photo of PBO and FLOTUS sitting peacefully with their eyes closed while Ms. Franklin is singing. That is cool

  204. 446 Ladyhawke
    October 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Obama: King ‘stirred our conscience’


    Obama urged Americans to harness the energy of the civil rights movement for today’s challenges and to remain committed to King’s philosophy of peaceful resistance.


  205. 447 Ladyhawke
    October 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I can’t get that haunting song that Miri Ben-Ari played at the dedication today out of my mind. It was so beautiful. She just blew me away. I checked her website and and as luck would have it, the piece is featured there. Gorgeous…..


  206. 448 GGail
    October 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Ok, so I fire myself back up with: First, Rev Al’s speech. Second, Pres. Obama’s speech. Third & Final, Aretha singing “Precious Lord”. I can play these over and over and over. That Rev Al is developing into a force!

  207. October 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    If you missed the MLK monument dedication, C-SPAN is replaying right now. watch. PBO will be speaking shortly

  208. October 16, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    PBO is rockin’ just like a Baptist preacher to Aretha’s song. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  209. 451 Ladyhawke
    October 16, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    In Obama’s MLK Memorial speech: a call for faith, persistence, and patience


    But the core of the speech appeared to be a call for both continued struggle and patience with the process of change.

    “First and foremost, let us remember that change has never been quick,” Obama said. “Change has never been simple, or without controversy. Change depends on persistence. Change requires determination. It took a full decade before the moral guidance of Brown v. Board of Education was translated into the enforcement measures of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, but those 10 long years did not lead Dr. King to give up. He kept on pushing, he kept on speaking, he kept on marching until change finally came.”

    “And then when, even after the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act passed, African Americans still found themselves trapped in pockets of poverty across the country, Dr. King didn’t say those laws were a failure; he didn’t say this is too hard; he didn’t say, let’s settle for what we got and go home. Instead he said, let’s take those victories and broaden our mission to achieve not just civil and political equality but also economic justice; let’s fight for a living wage and better schools and jobs for all who are willing to work. In other words, when met with hardship, when confronting disappointment, Dr. King refused to accept what he called the “isness” of today. He kept pushing towards the “oughtness” of tomorrow.


  210. October 16, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Obama wants $35 billion for teachers, first-responders first
    By Sam Youngman – 10/16/11 03:18 PM ET
    President Obama is returning to the road this week to press Congress to start passing the American Jobs Act, beginning with $35 billion for states to put teachers and first-responders to work.

    But White House officials said Sunday that Obama will not be sending a separate piece of legislation to Congress, referring questions about the process to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that Congress has a jump-start in producing legislative language because Obama submitted the American Jobs Act with the provisions contained within.

    October 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm


  212. 459 nintendowii10
    October 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Negative hateful comments on the video of PBO speaking at MLK Jr Memorial and on the thread on HuffyFluffy

  213. 462 conlakappa
    October 16, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    ReRe didn’t wear a big hat, on a Sunday and all! I’m disappointed. My folks were down at the event but, alas, no big crowds for me. It was a perfect day for the dedication, which karmically made up for Hurricane Irene’s disruption last time.

  214. 463 Titti
    October 17, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Thanks Chips for the coverage; simply beautiful. How anyone would find anything negative to say about yesterday is beyond me. My friend signed up to the Medical team the first time around but shame she couldn’t make it this time.

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