Posts Tagged ‘painting



15
Jul
11

ruby

President Barack Obama, Ruby Bridges, and representatives of the Norman Rockwell Museum view Rockwell’s “The Problem We All Live With,” hanging in a West Wing hallway near the Oval Office, July 15, 2011. Bridges is the girl portrayed in the painting. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

AOL (2010): When Ruby Bridges arrived for her first day at William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans 50 years ago, she thought it was Mardi Gras. People lined the streets, shouting and throwing things – just like a Carnival parade. But these people weren’t celebrating.

At 6 years old, Bridges had been unwittingly thrust onto the grand stage of American history. Her parents had volunteered her to be the first black child to attend an all-white school in the South. Local law enforcement refused to protect her from the unruly mobs that surrounded her school, so every day she was escorted by four federal marshals – the scene immortalized by Norman Rockwell’s painting “The Problem We All Live With.”

That first day, all the parents had rushed into the building and taken their kids out — effectively boycotting the school. The school didn’t quite know what to do; Ruby was told to just sit in the principal’s office until it was time to go home.

“I remember thinking, ‘This school is easy,'” Bridges told AOL News.

Since then, Bridges grew up, raised four sons and worked as a travel agent before returning to a career as an educational activist that she had started at such a young age. But while her educational career eventually subsided into a normal New Orleans childhood – albeit one charged by forced integration – those exceptional first days in school had shaped her for life.

Full article here

19
May
11

brushing up

First lady Michelle Obama helps paint a mural a a youth center at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, May 19

22
Mar
11

a fine art

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama helps paint a mural with students at the site of a USAID project called ¡Supérate! in San Salvador, El Salvador, March 22. The first lady and her daughters helped 30 ¡Supérate! students complete their community service project by painting a mural to decorate the center’s health clinic which will open next month.

Earlier in the day:

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and her El Salvadoran counterpart Vanda Pignato unveil a plaque during a visit to Ciudad Mujer Center in San Salvador. Ciudad Mujer is support center for single mothers.

14
Feb
11

westbound

President Obama travels west on Thursday for a two day trip to meet with technology leaders, first visiting San Francisco and then, on Friday, Intel’s most advanced manufacturing facilities in Hillsboro, Oregon.

The President last visited San Francisco in October to campaign for Senator Barbara Boxer, then-gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. candidate Gavin Newsom, all of whom won their seats.

After attending a fundraiser at the Palo Alto home of Google’s Marissa Mayer the President walked across the street to greet a bunch of kids who were standing on the edge of the curb holding a sign that told the president how much they love him.

He bent down and shook their little hands. “I wish I was in my PJs,” he told one girl who was wearing hers. “Thank you so much for the sign,” he said to the kids holding it up.

….as Obama continued down the line, a boy piped up. “Show him your picture,” he said loudly. It was enough to encourage another, shier boy to produce two drawings he’d made for Obama. He handed them over to the president, who thanked him and held them out for inspection.

One drawing was of Obama as a stick-figure in a suit with a very red face … “Now, I’m a little red-faced,” Obama said playfully as he examined the rendering of himself. “This is after I’m talking to some of my Republican colleagues,” he concluded.

21
Jan
11

the big picture

A behind-the-scenes look at The Zhou Brothers’ original multi-textural oil painting that President Obama gifted to President Hu Jintao of China in honor of the State Visit. Featuring the last eight Presidents of the United States and the Great Wall of China, watch as renowned Chinese American contemporary artists, DaHuang and Shan Zuo Zhou, explain the significance and creation of the painting.

16
Dec
10

one who drops his shoes & socks throughout the land

December 16, 2010

Bunky Echo-Hawk, a Native American artist, created a work of art entitled “Barack Black Eagle: He Who Helps People Throughout the Land,” which was displayed during the inaugural festivities. Obama was given the name by a Crow family who adopted him into the tribe when he visited the Crow Nation in May 2008.

22
Oct
10

red in the face

Politico: After a day of campaigning with college students, small-business owners and high-rolling Democratic donors, President Obama stopped to charm some of the country’s smallest Americans.

Obama left a $30,400-a-plate fundraiser in a wealthy neighborhood in the San Francisco area on Thursday and walked across the street to greet a bunch of kids who were standing on the edge of the curb holding a sign that told the president how much they love him.

He bent down and shook their little hands, trying to make small talk. “I wish I was in my PJs,” he told one girl who was wearing hers.

“Thank you so much for the sign,” he said to the kids holding it up.

And then he leaned down and autographed it, prompting several thank-yous from the parents who were standing behind the children.

….as Obama continued down the line, a boy piped up. “Show him your picture,” he said loudly. It was enough to encourage another, shier boy to produce two drawings he’d made for Obama.

He handed them over to the president, who thanked him and held them out for inspection.

One drawing was of Obama as a stick-figure in a suit with a very red face. The other was of a building that looked like a castle, presumably of the White House.

“Now, I’m a little red-faced,” Obama said playfully as he examined the rendering of himself.

“This is after I’m talking to some of my Republican colleagues,” he concluded.

The president autographed the drawings, too, eliciting another round of thank-yous from the adults.

“You guys work hard; the least we can do is have a president who does, too,” Obama said before he was whisked off in the presidential motorcade

04
Oct
10

portrait

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the beginning of a meeting of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB) in the State Dining Room at the White House, October 4

01
Oct
10

at your service

The First Lady, The President and The Vice President Serve on 9/11

17
Sep
10

west wing week: “back to school” (october 17, 2010)




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