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Sun Mar 8, 2015, 09:15 PM

POTUS just dropped the Mic for the ages.

Ambassador Gaspard @patrickgaspard
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POTUS just dropped the Mic for the ages.
3:50 PM - 7 Mar 2015



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Read the full transcript of Obama's rousing, emotional speech in Selma: http://vox.com/e/7932126?utm_campaign=vox&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter
3:52 PM - 7 Mar 2015

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POTUS speech at Selma was a love letter to America.
3:51 PM - 7 Mar 2015




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Trymaine Lee ✔ @trymainelee
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THIS photo of Obama and John Lewis in Selma yesterday. The long arc of 50 yrs ago bent toward his presidency. (WashP)
12:24 PM - 8 Mar 2015 Selma, AL, United States

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B_iHqDAXEAAjC44.jp

Breathtaking #Selma50
6:56 PM - 7 Mar 2015

http://theobamadiary.com/2015/03/08/a-tweet-or-two-229/











This weekend brings tears to my eyes and hope in my heart, may we bend toward justice.




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Reply POTUS just dropped the Mic for the ages. (Original post)
sheshe2 Mar 2015 OP
Cha Mar 2015 #1
sheshe2 Mar 2015 #2
dixiegrrrrl Mar 2015 #16
sheshe2 Mar 2015 #18
mountain grammy Mar 2015 #20
brer cat Mar 2015 #24
samsingh Mar 2015 #29
uhnope Mar 2015 #40
spanone Mar 2015 #3
Spazito Mar 2015 #4
Hekate Mar 2015 #5
babylonsister Mar 2015 #6
sheshe2 Mar 2015 #8
guillaumeb Mar 2015 #30
No Vested Interest Mar 2015 #7
Marie Marie Mar 2015 #9
hlthe2b Mar 2015 #10
sheshe2 Mar 2015 #11
calimary Mar 2015 #12
love_katz Mar 2015 #13
JDPriestly Mar 2015 #14
BlancheSplanchnik Mar 2015 #15
sheshe2 Mar 2015 #22
busterbrown Mar 2015 #17
SoapBox Mar 2015 #19
Stellar Mar 2015 #21
BumRushDaShow Mar 2015 #23
sheshe2 Mar 2015 #33
BumRushDaShow Mar 2015 #37
brer cat Mar 2015 #25
sheshe2 Mar 2015 #34
longship Mar 2015 #26
sheshe2 Mar 2015 #35
loudsue Mar 2015 #27
ReRe Mar 2015 #28
Blue_Tires Mar 2015 #31
guillaumeb Mar 2015 #32
calimary Mar 2015 #36
sheshe2 Mar 2015 #39
Bartlet Mar 2015 #38
lovemydog Mar 2015 #41
sheshe2 Mar 2015 #42
lovemydog Mar 2015 #43

Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Mar 8, 2015, 09:32 PM

1. POTUS did.. Mahalo for the beautiful photo-journal depicting it, she.

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Response to Cha (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 8, 2015, 09:39 PM

2. Thank you Cha.



The demonstrators in Selma were beaten but unbeatable. http://nydn.us/1aV9YfQ
11:27 AM - 8 Mar 2015



We all need to march on.


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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 8, 2015, 11:21 PM

16. Here are some pics from the Ala. news site...

GiNormus crowds....here is link to slideshow..the first 2 are esp. impressive.

http://www.al.com/#/0

Selma is about an hour north of me.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #16)

Sun Mar 8, 2015, 11:27 PM

18. this one dixiegirl.



Damn it. Reach!

Thank you.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #16)

Sun Mar 8, 2015, 11:44 PM

20. Thank you.. I've been looking everywhere for pictures. These are great.

This is so emotional for my generation. I remember those times so well. It didn't seem possible that a black American could ever become president.
I always admired Shirley Chisholm who I thought could break all barriers and be the first black female president. Now, wouldn't that have been something.

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #20)

Mon Mar 9, 2015, 08:09 AM

24. +1

I remember as well and agree with you on Shirley Chisholm. I was thrilled in '68 when Julian Bond was nominated for VP, although he was too young to accept. The sight of a black American President marching Sat. was very emotional.

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Response to Cha (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 9, 2015, 10:34 AM

29. kick

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Response to Cha (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 9, 2015, 08:17 PM

40. recognizing how exceptional the American ambition is, and how much my own tribal identities start

 

...that of recognizing how exceptional the American ambition is, and how much my own tribal identities start with being American.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Mar 8, 2015, 09:41 PM

3. k&r...

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Mar 8, 2015, 09:45 PM

4. A picture is worth a thousand words....

Your pictorial essay is worth a million.

Thank you for this, it is both powerful and incredibly moving.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Mar 8, 2015, 09:50 PM

5. KnR my dear friend

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Mar 8, 2015, 09:54 PM

6. Lovely, and very emotional to me as well.

And those clueless rethugs didn't show up? Shame on them.

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #6)

Sun Mar 8, 2015, 10:03 PM

8. There is a lot of shame on them, bsis.

The clueless party scores high points on ignorance and their acceptance of racism. They showed disrespect to Selma and the struggle of PoC. Not at all surprising, is it. They show it to our Black President as well. Deaf Dumb and Blind as always.

Thanks bsis. A truly beautiful weekend with daylight savings shining down on them all.

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 9, 2015, 03:27 PM

30. the GOP did show up at Selma

they were all at the billboard of Nathan Bedford Forrest that stands opposite of the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

By the way, Forrest was one of the founders and the first Grand Wizard of the KKK
(link here: http://www.nndb.com/people/328/000102022/ )

and Edmund Pettus was a noted leader and Grand Dragon of the Alabama branch of the KKK.
(link here: http://www.vox.com/2015/3/7/8164801/selma-edmund-pettus-bridge-kkk )


Here is a link to the billboard, by the way. :http://www.vox.com/2015/3/7/8164801/selma-edmund-pettus-bridge-kkk

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Mar 8, 2015, 10:03 PM

7. Beautiful! Thank you. I am touched

by the photos and specially the song.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Mar 8, 2015, 10:18 PM

9. That photo with John Lewis just took my breath away.

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Response to Marie Marie (Reply #9)

Sun Mar 8, 2015, 10:34 PM

10. Me too... Brought tears and I wasn't in any kind of mood to cry tonight.

'Poignant' does not begin to cover it.

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Response to Marie Marie (Reply #9)

Sun Mar 8, 2015, 10:36 PM

11. A hug for the ages Marie Marie.

Tears



John Lewis

My skull fractured, I spent 3 days in Good Samaritan, the same hospital where Jimmie Lee Jackson had died #Selma50
2:51 PM - 8 Mar 2015






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Response to Marie Marie (Reply #9)

Sun Mar 8, 2015, 10:38 PM

12. Wasn't that great?

And I LOVED what Congressman Lewis said, leaning into the mic and almost conspiratorially said (paraphrasing) "can you believe it - 50 years later I'm introducing the first black President of the United States?!?"

He was visibly floored by the very thought. What a great moment!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Mar 8, 2015, 10:48 PM

13. A bazillian recs is not enough.

Love these threads, and a HUGE shout-out and THANK YOU to all who have posted them.

Tears indeed.

The speech is a love letter to America.

May we continue to march forward, all of us who do not yet have a full place at the table.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Mar 8, 2015, 10:48 PM

14. K&R.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Mar 8, 2015, 11:16 PM

15. goosebumps!



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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #15)

Mon Mar 9, 2015, 12:23 AM

22. Yes.

Goosebumps Blanche.

I cry for many reasons. Sad for the past and hope for the future.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Mar 8, 2015, 11:26 PM

17. The Scum Bags... All of them on the Right..

You think they actually care about the passion, empathy, kindness of all of us who have tears in our hearts.. Fuck No!! They see only thugs and takers on that Bridge.. They all can go to hell!!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Mar 8, 2015, 11:41 PM

19. Where was Clarence Thomas...and his white wife...

Oh that's right...he got no benefit out of all the people that fought for rights (and mixed race marriages).

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Mar 9, 2015, 12:16 AM

21. Enjoyable...

thanks for sharing.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Mar 9, 2015, 07:35 AM

23. The Lewis-Obama photo is priceless

As much as the two of them have interacted and spent time together for various reasons and at various events over the past decade, THIS particular event and that moment of embrace, was a powerful testament for that one particular man having made a sacrifice for the other man to be there in the capacity of the leader of the free world.

Obama is from my generation (we are mere months apart in age) and *we know*. We know that sacrifices were made to pave the way for us just as we sacrifice for our children and grandchildren. We were part of a large group of "little children" along with Martin Luther King's "little children", as referred to in one of the quotes from his famous speech -

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.


Our "passion" will understandably be different from those who were there on the ground 50 years ago and participated and suffered. But then they suffered for us so that we would not have to - most notably, the physical abuse just to be able to vote. And we are eternally grateful, and we are making our own sacrifices to go the next step for our own progeny, who like ourselves, continue to be targeted for some ridiculous reason or other, and so we have our work cut out for us.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #23)

Mon Mar 9, 2015, 04:00 PM

33. It is a powerful picture that will be etched in my mind forever.

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Such eloquent and moving words from you BRDS~

Our "passion" will understandably be different from those who were there on the ground 50 years ago and participated and suffered. But then they suffered for us so that we would not have to - most notably, the physical abuse just to be able to vote. And we are eternally grateful, and we are making our own sacrifices to go the next step for our own progeny, who like ourselves, continue to be targeted for some ridiculous reason or other, and so we have our work cut out for us.


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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #33)

Mon Mar 9, 2015, 06:07 PM

37. I was in 1st grade in 1968 when MLK was assassinated

And the elementary school that I attended wanted to have an assembly to mark the shocking but solemn event that April, and they had nothing to provide a backdrop for what became a hastily arranged program... And it just so happened that my mother had recently purchased a silk-screen print from the daughter of her neighbor, that was part of a series on the civil rights struggle that was ongoing at the time... And when the school principal asked if anyone had *anything* they could use for the assembly, she volunteered her print - which had MLK and Ralph Abernathy front and center, surrounded by a few sets of impressionist images of people being attacked by dogs and women standing around on a corner waiting. The imagery was a composition that focused on the Montgomery boycott in 1956 sparked by Rosa Parks's act of defiance in 1955, where MLK was an active participant and organizer of carpools for the residents who were refusing to use the buses. And so the framed print was placed on a large easel on the auditorium stage, the top was draped in black velvet, and it became the centerpiece for the assembly program. I have it hanging on my wall right now. It'll be 50 in a few years...

Here you had an assembly filled with MLK's "little children" who he hoped that one day, would be judged like all the other little children... with respect and dignity.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Mar 9, 2015, 08:10 AM

25. Monday am K&R

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Response to brer cat (Reply #25)

Mon Mar 9, 2015, 04:03 PM

34. Thank you brer cat~

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Mar 9, 2015, 08:36 AM

26. Nicely done, she.

And yes, the pic of PBO and Lewis is a good one. (There seems to be something in my eye just now.)

R&


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Response to longship (Reply #26)

Mon Mar 9, 2015, 04:09 PM

35. I know what you mean, longship.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Mar 9, 2015, 09:18 AM

27. Have I mentioned that I hate the people who have always been against

"liberty and justice for ALL" ? They are so busy trumpeting the pledge of allegiance "one nation, under God", but then they don't emphasize the "liberty and justice for all" part.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Mar 9, 2015, 09:32 AM

28. K&R

Thank you so much for your posts with photos and links.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Mar 9, 2015, 03:29 PM

31. kick

I actually stood up in my living room and cheered...

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Mar 9, 2015, 03:29 PM

32. thanks sheshe

another great collage and many great pictures by the responders as well.

I included some info in my response to babylonsister that you might appreciate. I think the info adds a little backstory.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Mar 9, 2015, 04:37 PM

36. I suppose you could also say he just SLAM-DUNKED the mic for the ages.

I too hope we bend toward justice. Sure still seems like an awfully long arc, though.

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Response to calimary (Reply #36)

Mon Mar 9, 2015, 07:30 PM

39. I do believe that would be appropriate, calimary.

I suppose you could also say he just SLAM-DUNKED the mic for the ages.


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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Mar 9, 2015, 07:26 PM

38. Wonderful speech

Thanks for posting the pics and links, nicely done.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Mar 9, 2015, 08:41 PM

41. In case anyone hasn't seen the speech.

Here it is in high def:

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Response to lovemydog (Reply #41)

Mon Mar 9, 2015, 09:36 PM

42. I read the transcript, yet have not had time to watch.

Thanks lovingmydog.

Look at these pictures by Pete Souza, a history of him as well. Sadly it sunk. The images at the link are awesome.

Behind the Lens: Selma, 50 Years Later ~by Pete Souza

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026338389





I love this President, lovingmydog.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #42)

Mon Mar 9, 2015, 10:21 PM

43. Oh, you're in for a treat my friend!

I just emailed the same video to my dad, sister & brother & posted it on Facebook. 'Everywhere in this country there are new steps to be taken, new ground to cover.' It's 30 minutes, so whenever you're ready you can watch at your leisure. It's one of the great speeches in American history.

I love this President too sheshe2. I feel a bond with all who support him & his family. We're blessed to live in this time, when so much is changing for the better. It doesn't happen as quickly as we'd like, but we take comfort knowing we're together in this struggle. I'm grateful so many continue striving for positive change. From all walks of life. Have a wonderful evening & week.

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