That Photo

Clark Reynolds, 3, is greeted by President Barack Obama during a Black History Month Celebration held Feb.18, 2016 at the White House in Washington, D.C. (Pete Souza/White House)

Washington Post: This photo of Obama and a little visitor at a Black History Month celebration is remarkable

For 3-year-old Clark Reynolds, Thursday began like most others.

Morning preparations gave way to hours at school and then a visit to his mother’s office to change into a suit and tie. Clark’s mother, Nichole Francis Reynolds is a former congressional staffer who now works in the private sector. Friends had secured an invitation for Reynolds and her son to the White House’s Black History Month celebration, the final gathering of its kind while the first black president remains in office. But Francis Reynolds had only told Clark that he had earned a special treat. He is, after all, only 3.

What Clark does know is the president’s name, his face when he sees Obama on TV and the sound of President Obama’s voice when it comes through the satellite radio in his dad’s car…..

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102 Responses to “That Photo”

  1. 1 Don
    February 20, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Great photo!

  2. February 20, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Our phones seem to have a nasty habit of running out of juice when we’re running about, but soon, we may be able to harness all that running energy to the benefit of our mobile devices. Thanks to a new energy harvesting and storage technology developed by the bright minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, our shoes may become our next energy source. A paper published late last year in Scientific Reports details how human motion could be captured and then utilized in order to power mobile devices. And this may spell just the beginning of power-generating shoes. Power-generating shoes could be especially useful for the military, as soldiers currently carry heavy batteries to power their radios, GPS units, and night-vision goggles in the field. The advance could also provide a source of power to people in remote areas and developing countries that lack adequate electrical power grids.

    “Human walking carries a lot of energy,” Tom Krupenkin, a professor of mechanical engineering at UW-Madison says. “Theoretical estimates show that it can produce up to 10 watts per shoe, and that energy is just wasted as heat. A total of 20 watts from walking is not a small thing, especially compared to the power requirements of the majority of modern mobile devices.” From your phone to your tablet to just about anything that requires batteries for operation, Krupenkin and his colleague J. Ashley Taylor believe that this technology could be a game-changer in the energy space.

  3. 9 MightyPamela
    February 20, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    🐻 ❤ 🐻 Hello dear TOD, I say this too often, but this, exactly this, gentle caress on the face of a small child, is the gift to the future our beloved President brings to our planet. Even at 3 years old, Clark will register this moment, this experience, the feeling and thought it carries, and this will live in him and through him for all of his life.

  4. February 20, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    “Most people rarely stop and look at the billions-year-old fireball in the sky if for no other reason than to avoid temporary blindness. Now, however, NASA is saving you the pain with a yearlong time lapse of the sun and detailed play-by-play of just what goes on up there. The time lapse was recorded every day of 2015 by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.

    “What we’re looking at right now is imagery from the Solar Dynamics Observatory,” Nicholeen Viall, a solar physicist at NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center, says in the video. “All of the dynamics and activity that’s going on in the solar corona — the sun’s atmosphere — which is what I study.”….Viall proceeds to lead an explanation of the different workings of the sun, going over filaments, magnetic loops, prominence, active regions and “coronal mass ejections.” Viall also talks about unresolved issues, including why the solar corona is significantly hotter than the sun’s surface. “We know that it has to do with a magnetic field, which is constantly dynamic and evolving and ejecting energy into the solar corona,” she says.”

  5. February 20, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Love that photo!!! Thank you, Chips 🙂

    A different remembrance ….

    Wishing all of you a fun Saturday …. see you tomorrow …

  6. 12 hopefruit2
    February 20, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    I love this Twitter hashtag! 🙂

    • 15 jackiegrumbacher
      February 20, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      What a beautiful tribute from Malala. I wish all those who have an irrational hatred of Hillary Clinton would read this.

      • February 20, 2016 at 3:59 pm

        i think that some folks are still upset about 2008…but the President made her his SOS…and then there is Bernie….who has done more than anyone to push voters into the Hilary Clinton line

  7. February 20, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    ICYMI Peak Washington D.C. 😕

    “It was a D.C. lawyer’s dream come true, a Hollywood premiere for a movie based on the novel he wrote in his spare time. But when “The Revenant,” the highly anticipated new film adapted from Michael Punke’s book, had its big opening in L.A. — an evening featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu — the author was nowhere to be seen. He was 10,000 miles away in Nairobi, putting the finishing touches on an international trade agreement enacting a $1.3 trillion trade deal covering GPS devices, semiconductors and touch screens. Punke, 51, may be having the literary moment of a lifetime, more than a decade after his novel was released to high praise but modest sales, but as the deputy U.S. trade representative and ambassador to the World Trade Organization in Switzerland, he’s missing out on a lot of the fun…..

    In fact, he wasn’t even allowed to talk about “The Revenant” for this article. Federal ethics rules prohibit him from doing any side work — even a little promotional campaign — that might enrich him and potentially abuse his high-ranking office in the process. “Oh, he wishes he could talk about it,” said Tim Punke, who in addition to working for a Seattle lumber company has become his brother’s de facto spokesman. “Can you imagine having your book turned into a movie, having Leonardo DiCaprio in it?” Of course, if the book goes on to sell a bajillion copies, Michael Punke is allowed to cash the checks. He just can’t do anything to push it along. “It’s kind of bittersweet,” said Traci Punke, Michael’s wife, who flew to the premiere with their two kids from their home in Geneva. “He’s so grateful that it just happened, that it came to the big screen, that he can’t complain. But he’s obviously disappointed.” Granted, Michael Punke has nothing to complain about. It’s not as if he’s been mauled by a bear, left for dead by his compatriots and sent traipsing through hostile Indian country like Hugh Glass, the early-19th-century protagonist of “The Revenant.” It’s a gripping story, historical fiction blending the lonely terror of “Castaway,” the driving vengeance of “The Count of Monte Cristo” and the landscape of a classic old Western the kind of tale that you can imagine being scrawled under flickering candlelight in a remote cabin with the help of stiff bourbon…continued”

  8. 18 hopefruit2
    February 20, 2016 at 1:00 pm

  9. February 20, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Such a wonderful and poignant photo, Chips! ….late shout out on the Pete Souza RT 😎 ….this story reminds me of this too: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/24/us/politics/indelible-image-of-a-boys-pat-on-obamas-head-hangs-in-white-house.html

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    I don’t know if anybody posted this video….little girl finds out President Obama won’t be President for more than 8 years:

    • February 20, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      The pictures above is a bookend with the picture up top that opens the post. I would love to see a tweet with both pictures in it. They are the iconic pictures of the Obama Presidency. Nothing had come close to the first one until this one up above of the little boy at the White House this week.

    • 21 CEB
      February 20, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      I finally watched this and I am sitting here crying as well. It is so hard to let go of someone who has been so good to us and for us, but the thing that helps most adults is that term limits are good when the alternative is someone like Shrub or any of the clownish politicians running for the office now. Loved PBO’s response to her (and how cool it is that he saw the video).

    • 22 Betsy
      February 20, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      Did you see on twitter that President Obama replied to this FB post? It was amazing and I cried. I can’t find it right now, sorry.

  10. February 20, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Somebody started a hashtag, #ObamaAndKids. I have so many photos of PBO with kids, so many to choose from. But these are some of my favorites.

  11. 29 Judith Fardig
    February 20, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Best hashtag in ages! #ObamaAndKids showcases his heart in a special way.

  12. February 20, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    • 32 desertflower
      February 20, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      I DO notice!! 🙂 I also notice that EricFive hasn’t been around for awhile…miss his insight. Always had valuable thoughts to share….

    • 33 jackiegrumbacher
      February 20, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      We always notice! Any program that benefits women is automatically deemed expendable by white male legislators.

  13. February 20, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Awww hell no 😀 😀 😀 😀 you’re not right for this, Chips!

    I leave TOD with a big smile on my face….catch you guys this evening 🙂

  14. 40 JER
    February 20, 2016 at 1:49 pm

  15. 43 jacquelineoboomer
    February 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Can’t wait to read that story, Chips – thank you! Here are some of my random thoughts (lucky you).

    One good thing about ol’ Bernie was (and I’m using past tense, only in my mind) that he seemed to push Hillary to either being just a touch more left (where I wanted her) or to “find her voice” a little bit earlier and better during her second run for president or to help create the set of circumstances that allowed her to fully embrace all of the President’s successes.

    Not a big fan of people on twitter and elsewhere on social media who are trying to totally discount his 1960s equal rights creds, because every young white man who stood up at the time showed the courage of his convictions, unlike many, many (many) others. If there’s a big chunk of time in between his early creds and now and people want to call him out on that, so be it.

    Many of his current positions sound good to me, and so do many of Hillary’s progressive ones. I guess that means I’m somewhat of a socialistic Democrat or a democratic Socialist, and “so be it” to that, too, but I prefer to just think of myself as an Obama Democrat all the way!

    Bernie neglected checking on his campaign folks and leading his “supporters” in a positive way, during the last few months. He picked some surrogates (or they picked him) that I do not condone. I’m sure most of our grandmothers told us “You are the company you keep.” For this and a few other reasons (which I’ll keep to myself, because I fully respect anyone who’s still on the Sanders side), I’m going to start paying more attention to Hillary.

    If Bill stays out of her way and, in particular, away from the cameras, this would all be more palatable for this Ridin’ with Biden voter. I’m not fully in Hillary’s court (’08 campaign did it for me, although I beat those feelings back when she was a stalwart member of the Obama administration, as SoS), but I’ll be a voter. Although I really want to write-in “JRB” on my primary ballot, I’ll just smile to myself about that, instead.

    By the way, Hillary, why say you admire Gov. Cuomo’s $12-an-hour minimum wage standard, but can’t support the $15 figure? What’s that $3 to you? Do you have any idea what that means to people trying to hang on, in our economy? You and I will be talkin’ online, I can assure you!

    Thanks for letting me get this off my chest, TODville. Been like attending an Athletics Anonymous meeting on the topic of politics. 🙂

    • 44 jackiegrumbacher
      February 20, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      JO’B, what I saw was Hillary Clinton pushing Bernie Sanders to the left on social issues, i.e, women’s rights, racial justice issues and sensible gun laws, particularly. He has lefty ideas about Wall Street, free college and single payer health insurance that are simply not workable, but seem attractive in sound bites. President Obama has said that being challenged in the primaries actually strengthens a candidate’s skills for the general, especially debating skills and in that sense the Sanders challenge has been good for Clinton.
      The part about Sanders supporters that I find most difficult to accept is their constant undermining of President Obama and his achievements. If you support Bernie fine, but don’t it by vilifying the best president we have had in the last century. This isn’t just something I’ve read about, it’s something I actually witness (and endure) in Democratic meetings.

    • 47 57andfemale
      February 20, 2016 at 4:26 pm

      Here is the answer on minimum wage: there is ample evidence and studies on the positive effect of $12/h federal minimum. There is no evidence or studies on $15. To serious economists this matters. It could very well be that there is a point where too high a minimum wage could affect job and economic growth in lower income States and communities, whereas $12 is proven to help. Krugman and other liberal economists are making this point. It’s a huge deal for the experts who know something. We can accurately say that $12 is at the top of a federal minimum that will help workers and the economy. And we’re only talking about a federal minimum. States and communities can choose a higher minimum based on individual circumstances.

      • 48 Betsy
        February 20, 2016 at 5:22 pm

        Thanks for this excellent explanation.

        • 49 57andfemale
          February 20, 2016 at 8:18 pm

          Thanks, Betsy. It’s really a complicated issue. Of course I want full time adult workers paying rent and supporting families to make a true living wage. But some reliable studies show that teens who need part time work experience will be pushed out of the work force if the minimum isn’t balanced. Some countries have a lower minimum for teens, a living wage for adults. And we’re talking a minimum here. Local living conditions must be taken into consideration

          • 50 Betsy
            February 21, 2016 at 1:39 am

            I agree; one size doesn’t fit all. I appreciate Hillary being honest here instead of giving in to the temptation of offering an easy answer. She’s learned that from PBO, I think.

            • 51 57andfemale
              February 21, 2016 at 10:24 am

              She has definitely learned, and if MSN actually looked at her, she is a very different candidate. $12 would be a huge increase. I am an incremental it. See how changes work, and adjust. It’s stable and sane

  16. 52 JER
    February 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Any Track and Field fans?

  17. 53 globalcitizenlinda
    February 20, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    striking juxtaposition of the trending ObamaAndKids and ScaliaFuneral as topics that are trending at the same time on twitter

  18. February 20, 2016 at 2:44 pm


    Pablo Henry @DeionGottaSTFU
    Girl Scouts just rushed me to buy some cookies, I told them I didnt have cash, this 8 year pulled out her iPhone and said “we take PayPal” 😑

  19. 62 globalcitizenlinda
    February 20, 2016 at 2:45 pm

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  22. 68 0388jojothecat
    February 20, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Lil Barack is a tween or teen by now….

  23. February 20, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    • 70 jackiegrumbacher
      February 20, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      Adelson is about as evil as they come. He thinks that his workers are slaves whose political freedom he can control. Too bad Nevada doesn’t hold a real primary with voting times outside working hours.

  24. February 20, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    I know the only poll that counts is the actual vote, but the graphics from the entrance polls are interesting:

  25. 74 Dudette
    February 20, 2016 at 3:27 pm

  26. 76 Dudette
    February 20, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    My President is neither lame duck nor out of touch! ❤️❤️❤️

    • 77 0388jojothecat
      February 20, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      Aweeeeeee, what a wonderful guy. Yes, by the grace of GOD he will be a citizen looking out for all of us just like he does as President.

    • February 20, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      Did he say anything else? I’m not on Facebook.

    • February 20, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      I love it!!! For most young people, he has been the only President in their lifetime or who has memorable for them. I love that he is an example for them and has set a standard that I hope they hold others to when they are of voting age.

    • 80 Obama Grandmama
      February 20, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      In many ways I am on the same level as this child with my feelings about Obama leaving office. Awhile back PBO did a speech or interview where he said similar things about being an active citizen for change right along side of us. Thinking of it from that perspective reinvigorated me.

      February 20, 2016 at 4:31 pm


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  29. February 20, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Lol….so Luke Russert wanted in on the #ObamaAndKids trend….

    Reaching a little bit, don’t you think?

  30. 88 Obama Grandmama
    February 20, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I am starting to think Sanders’ campaign is beginning to mirror Cruz’s campaign tactics. The person at the top may not be able to control all of their supporter actions, but they certainly can influence them. Remember when Obama had hecklers at his rallies and the crowd would boo them and he would say “Don’t boo go vote!”?

    • 89 57andfemale
      February 20, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      Has Bernie tried ? The campaign reflects the top of the ticket and his/her ability to lead supporters. The reports of Sanders tactics are disturbing, and I continue to follow both camps on Twitter. Dirty is dirty, especially from someone who is holier than thou.

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  32. February 20, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    More fun!!

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  34. 93 JER
    February 20, 2016 at 4:26 pm

  35. 95 Dudette
    February 20, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Thank you Mr. President!

    [watrerworks again]

  36. February 20, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    I read in a tweet that Nevada draws cards instead of flipping coins to break ties. I thought the tweeter we joking….

  37. February 20, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    • February 20, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      his beautiful response

      Caprina, tell her to dry her tears, because I’m not going anywhere. Once I leave the White House, I’ll still be a citizen just like her. And when she grows up, she can get involved right alongside me. In the meantime, I’ll keep an eye out for her letter, and we’ll always get to celebrate our birthdays together!

    February 20, 2016 at 4:39 pm


  39. 102 globalcitizenlinda
    February 20, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    oh the gop and fox are out-front, frantically pushing some information that is favorable to a specific Dem candidate … care to guess which one and why they are almost giddy is their speculation holds?

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