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27
Jul
20

The Boy From Troy

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Remembering U.S. Rep. John R. Lewis by Jacqueline OBoomer

The boy from Troy
Whose Mother no doubt
Did not want him to go
Traveled to the bridge
So long ago, so long ago

He marched with Dr. King
And spoke at the podium before him
They had to tone down his words
Because he spoke the harsh truth
And while he spoke the truth
He learned so well
And taught others
And I’m guessing for his Mother
To tone down the words
Forgive the others
Make his impassioned plea
Make it a learning event
On the road to Congress
Where he spent long years
And became its conscience
Educated more youthful soldiers
Boys and girls from Troy
And everywhere

Never to be taken down
And told not to be so harsh
Again.
Because he found his voice
He found his voice.

Today he is driven in a hearse
Through the streets of Washington
To pay respects at the
National Museum of African American
History and Culture
That he worked to achieve and the
Lincoln Memorial and
Black Lives Matter Lane and
the U.S. Capitol
And be driven nearby the souls who
Loved him
Some waiting in the streets.

It’s touching
It’s hard to watch.

I am so glad I got the chance
To witness the history from afar
I saw the boy from Troy speak
Before Dr. King at the podium
I saw him visit
Black Lives Matter plaza this year
I saw him in Congress
Sometimes during late-night hours
When he was speaking up
And standing up
For his fellow Americans

Gone but not forgotten
A treasure sent for only a little while
Borrowed from his Mother
So he could dedicate his life to
Getting in good trouble and now
His life has space at the museum
His life mattered
Our hearts break
Good trouble.

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18
Jul
20

John Lewis: A Legacy Unmatched

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21
May
19

Choice Means Freedom

19
May
19

Abortion Saves Lives

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16
May
19

Abortion Is A Right

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26
Apr
18

The Victims Of White Supremacy

13
Dec
17

Black Voters Did That

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12
Dec
17

THANK YOU, BLACK VOTERS

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15
Jul
16

The President’s Thinking Hours

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Michael D. Shear: Obama After Dark: The Precious Hours Alone

“Are you up?” The emails arrive late, often after 1 a.m., tapped out on a secure BlackBerry from an email address known only to a few. The weary recipients know that once again, the boss has not yet gone to bed. The late-night interruptions from President Obama might be sharply worded questions about memos he has read. Sometimes they are taunts because the recipient’s sports team just lost. Last month it was a 12:30 a.m. email to Benjamin J. Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser, and Denis R. McDonough, the White House chief of staff, telling them he had finished reworking a speechwriter’s draft of presidential remarks for later that morning. Mr. Obama had spent three hours scrawling in longhand on a yellow legal pad an angry condemnation of Donald J. Trump’s response to the attack in Orlando, Fla., and told his aides they could pick up his rewrite at the White House usher’s office when they came in for work. Mr. Obama calls himself a “night guy,” and as president, he has come to consider the long, solitary hours after dark as essential as his time in the Oval Office.

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He works on speeches. He reads the stack of briefing papers delivered at 8 p.m. by the National Security Council staff secretary. He reads 10 letters from Americans chosen each day by his staff. “He is thoroughly predictable in having gone through every piece of paper that he gets,” said Tom Donilon, Mr. Obama’s national security adviser from 2010 to 2013. “You’ll come in in the morning, it will be there: questions, notes, decisions.”  One night last June, Cody Keenan, the president’s chief speechwriter, had just returned home from work at 9 p.m. and ordered pizza when he heard from the president: “Can you come back tonight?” Mr. Keenan met the president in the usher’s office on the first floor of the residence, where the two worked until nearly 11 p.m. on the president’s eulogy for nine African-Americans fatally shot during Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. Three months earlier, Mr. Keenan had had to return to the White House when the president summoned him — at midnight — to go over changes to a speech Mr. Obama was to deliver in Selma, Ala., on the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” when protesters were brutally beaten by the police on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. “There’s something about the night,” Mr. Keenan said, reflecting on his boss’s use of the time. “It’s smaller. It lets you think.”

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02
Mar
16

The President And First Lady’s Day

President Barack Obama walks form the stage after honoring the 2015-2016 College Football Playoff National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) escorts University of Alabama football head coach Nick Saban (L) to an East Room ceremony celebrating the team's 2015 college football championship at the White House March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

President Barack Obama and Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban

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President Barack Obama holds up an Alabama Crimson Tide football while welcoming the 2015- 2016 College Football Playoff National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide in the East Room of the White House

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President Barack Obama, center, gestures as he honors the 2015-2016 College Football Playoff National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Also on stage is head coach Nick Saban, left. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with from left, Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry, and teammates quarterback Jake Coker, offensive lineman Ryan Kelly and linebacker Reggie Ragland, as the president is given a football, jersey and helmet during a ceremony to honor the 2015-2016 College Football Playoff National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide football team in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry

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U.S. President Barack Obama greets the 2015 national collegiate football champions, the University of Alabama, with head coach Nick Saban (L) at the White House March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

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President Barack Obama pretends to throw a football during a ceremony honoring the 2015-2016 College Football Playoff National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide football team, Wednesday, March 2, 2016, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, . (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama walks though the audience after a ceremony to honor the 2015-2016 College Football Playoff National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during a Women’s History Month reception in honor of women veterans on Capitol Hill. After being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed a joint resolution in 1987 which designated the month of March as Women’s History Month

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers present an American flag to retired Air Force Brigadier Gen. Wilma Vaught

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