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Aug
13

Let Freedom Ring, Part 3

11:0 – 4:0: The Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action Ceremony, The Lincoln Memorial

2:45: President Obama delivers remarks

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White House Live, C-Span and CBS

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@whitehouse: President Obama’s framed copy of the original March on Washington program in the Oval Office

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I’m struggling to imagine we’ll see a more stunning image today:

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128 Responses to “Let Freedom Ring, Part 3”


  1. 1 Allison
    August 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Chips, your doing a fabulous job, as usual. Thanks so much!

  2. August 28, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    POTUS has arrived.

  3. 4 GGail
    August 28, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Yardarm, please bring your church choir over to this thread. I love them!!!

  4. 5 utaustinliberal
    August 28, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Rev. Joseph Lowery. You are amazing! That image is powerful.

  5. 6 sherijr
    August 28, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Dr. King was so young.. think of the profound things he said and did.. and yet all at so young an age.

  6. 7 GGail
    August 28, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    “Whooo Hooooo!!!!

  7. 8 sjterrid
    August 28, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Good Afternoon, TOD! I got here just in time to see the President!

  8. August 28, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Chips you are a rockstar!

  9. 10 GGail
    August 28, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Two of the girls are the twin daughters of my KTLA morning news caster Chris Shauble

    • 11 dotster3
      August 28, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      Brilliant—-those young girls singing the Natl Anthem!

    • 12 Gazelle
      August 28, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      The 3 young ladies were terrific. Wished the C-Span camera had stayed on them more. I guess it was telling me: You’re at work, listen only! No peeking!

      John Lewis, in my heart!

  10. 13 Layla
    August 28, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    My heart is beating faster and faster as my son and I await President Obama!

  11. 14 HZ
    August 28, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Our POTUS has arrived and the beautiful drops of God’s grace has entered before him. May our President lift us up, bring our hands together with bells of requesting freedom to ring for all of us; our hearts to receive the efforts of our community ringing. Enter with grace and blessings, Mr. President. We are right beside you . HZ

  12. 15 sherijr
    August 28, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Sooo glad to see POTUS & Flotus, love her dress/ hair too !

  13. 19 taiping1
    August 28, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Thanks so much Chips for such great coverage. No better place on the Web!

  14. August 28, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    This calls for major pouting! I’ve been looking forward to hearing the girls sing since seeing their pics here last night, and the cameraperson DELIBERATELY kept the camera roaming. I. am. mad….and pouting. Pout, pout, pout!

  15. 21 anniebella
    August 28, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    POTUS and FLOTUS has arrived.

  16. 23 vcprezofan2
    August 28, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Has anyone spotted, or waved to, Dudette or DD yet? I have been looking carefully at the crowd but I haven’t spotted either one yet. ;)

  17. 27 sherijr
    August 28, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    my first vote was for Jimmy Carter.

  18. 28 utaustinliberal
    August 28, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I love love love this hero.

  19. 30 utaustinliberal
    August 28, 2013 at 2:30 pm

  20. August 28, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    • 32 anniebella
      August 28, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      So proud to call them my President and First Lady. Hear me right wing haters and left too. Pride feels my heart and soul.

  21. 33 vcprezofan2
    August 28, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Okay, settling down to listen to each nuance from here on …. ;)

  22. 34 Joy
    August 28, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Just awesome speeches by everyone on this 50th anniversary of Dr. King. Im so impressed. I love democrats that march for jobs and freedom in the U.S. You dems will prevail! No doubt!

  23. 35 jacquelineoboomer
    August 28, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Would anyone have the candles link? Thank you.

  24. 38 vcprezofan2
    August 28, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Okay Bill, time’s up!

  25. 41 utaustinliberal
    August 28, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    • 42 Joy
      August 28, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      They will hold their heads high right now. And they look beautiful the Obama’s. No matter what they are faced with. What a very smart couple these 2 are. :-)

  26. 43 Joy
    August 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    John Lewis is the voice of Dr. King today. He is the voice of African Americans and the voice of the legacy of Mr. King. What a wonderful man he is.

  27. 44 jacquelineoboomer
    August 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Martin Luther King III is proudly representing his mom and dad and entire family, during this entire MOW50th anniversary.

  28. 46 dotster3
    August 28, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    chips mentioned it earlier, but I agree that it doesn’t seem like they are leaving much time for PBO if the bell ringing is supposed to happen at 3:00, and he is to speak before then.

  29. 47 sherijr
    August 28, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    I LIKE that hat :) a masterpiece!

  30. 49 Joy
    August 28, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Why am I feeling that these bastards in Syria, Iran and Russia are fucking with your president right now, on the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King?

  31. 50 vcprezofan2
    August 28, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I guess, PBO won’t be speaking at 2:45pm after all.

  32. 51 dotster3
    August 28, 2013 at 2:47 pm

  33. 53 sherijr
    August 28, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I have to get my son, I’m afraid I’m going to miss POTUS… please please please Chips (I know you will) post the speech as soon as possible. I hate missing him live, in the moment.

  34. 56 dotster3
    August 28, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    An unfortunate camera cspan camera view of MLK sister—-microphones cover her face so all you can see is her hat.

  35. 59 Vicki
    August 28, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Breaking News!!!! Bill deBlasio leading MYC mayoral race at 36% to Chris Quinn at 22% and Bill Thompson at 20%.
    Love over hate.
    Inclusion wins over the greedy rich excluding the rest of us.
    As Ted Kennedy said, “the work goes on, the Dream will never die.”
    What a day.

  36. 64 GGail
    August 28, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Bernice is speaking/preaching the TRUTH!

  37. 65 Joy
    August 28, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Bernice is screaming too much. Wish she slowed down her speech a little. Her words are strong but to fast.

  38. 66 jacquelineoboomer
    August 28, 2013 at 3:01 pm

  39. 67 GGail
    August 28, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    What a touching ringing moment

  40. 70 utaustinliberal
    August 28, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I’m choked up. Today is a beautiful day.

  41. 71 vcprezofan2
    August 28, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Sharing my bell-ringing

  42. 72 yardarm756
    August 28, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Ya’ll I’m back in church.(layed out)

  43. 74 sherijr
    August 28, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    whoa back just in time ~ yahoo!! thanks vc, was careful :)

  44. 76 yardarm756
    August 28, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Speak Mr. President!

  45. 77 jacquelineoboomer
    August 28, 2013 at 3:06 pm

  46. 78 jacquelineoboomer
    August 28, 2013 at 3:09 pm

  47. August 28, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    This man must be a gift from God – no other explanation! none!

  48. 83 utaustinliberal
    August 28, 2013 at 3:17 pm

  49. 87 utaustinliberal
    August 28, 2013 at 3:22 pm

  50. 88 utaustinliberal
    August 28, 2013 at 3:23 pm

  51. 89 utaustinliberal
    August 28, 2013 at 3:24 pm

  52. 90 yardarm756
    August 28, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    UNFINISHED BUSINESS!

  53. 91 jacquelineoboomer
    August 28, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Kat’s doing a nice job live tweeting, along with UT:

  54. 92 Gazelle
    August 28, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    [Not exact words, but loved it]: …… Courage comes from not turning against each other, … but by turning towards one another.

  55. 93 jacquelineoboomer
    August 28, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Lots of folks are live tweeting the President’s remarks, including Martin Bashir. Here’s a crowd shot:

  56. 94 jacquelineoboomer
    August 28, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Touching embrace and light kiss from our First Lady to our President, to comfort him. He felt every word, as did all of us.

  57. 95 GGail
    August 28, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I cannot, I will not, I shall not cry at my desk!!!!

    Thank you President Obama

  58. 98 sherijr
    August 28, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    No One I have ever listened to, puts it all together the way Mr. President does~ he paints a stirring picture but always based in reality.

  59. 99 jacquelineoboomer
    August 28, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    The King children all had the same look after the President said a little something to them … I like to imagine he said, “Your mom and dad would be proud of you.” And they would.

  60. 100 dotster3
    August 28, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Beautiful, President Obama. He can move me like no other—-no one else ever. I had tears flowing during most of that speech. And I could see from the smiles on the people in the crowd shots that they too knew they were listening to a man of greatness. He is a gift.

  61. 102 Gazelle
    August 28, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Random thought. Wow, Andy Young has really aged.

  62. 103 vcprezofan2
    August 28, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Over here! Hey PBO, I’m over here patiently awaiting *my* hug & kiss.

  63. 104 jacquelineoboomer
    August 28, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Look at our wonderful First Family!

  64. 105 yardarm756
    August 28, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Now the talking heads brgin their senseless analysis. Watch and see.

  65. 110 jacquelineoboomer
    August 28, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I really don’t want this to be over. Although I don’t think I could take much more. What a profound and inspiring event.

    There’s no “one” reason to cry, but there are many, many reasons to cry. Glad to share my viewing with all of you here! Off to take a quiet moment.

  66. August 28, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    One of my patrons (wearing a dashing hat) came in from the parking lot. She said everyone who was in their cars was listening to the speech. She was bowled over.

  67. 112 GGail
    August 28, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I am so happy, proud and pleased with the whole program today. I am especially grateful to John Lewis, Andrew Young and Julian Bond, who endured so much and are still here today, to help us carry the Torch of Equality.

    Thank you Chipsticks, for this has been the best seat in the House today :-)

  68. 113 dotster3
    August 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Me too times a million

  69. August 28, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Magnificent speech, from his heart. And I know he is feeling the enormity of what is left to be done. BRAVO, PBO. We love and admire you and all you have stood for on our behalf.

  70. 116 MightyPamela
    August 28, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Thank You, and God Bless You, Mr. President ~ Power off, I heard what I needed to hear!! Hugs all around {{{{TOD}}}} :lol:

  71. 117 sherijr
    August 28, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Thank you Chips, there is no one I would have rather shared today with, than with you and all the folks here at TOD.

  72. 118 GGail
    August 28, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Ok, it’s past time for Donna and Dudette to check in…

  73. 120 CEB
    August 28, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    What a beautiful day. I watched on the White House feed from about 12:30 until ABC picked up with the president’s speech. We have been given our charge and our inspiration to make our union more perfect. Change does not come from Washington (or the State Houses) but to it from citizens working to make it so.
    That final view of PBO, Michelle, Clinton and Carter at the feet of Lincoln’s statue in a final farewell to the crowd was so symbolic of so many things.

    The msm is still doing their part to black out important events and movements. Thank God for the internet and sites like Twitter and Youtube and TOD that help to keep us informed.

  74. 121 sjterrid
    August 28, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Thank you Chips for sharing this space where we can listen to our great President, and we don’t have to listen to any commentators on what we just heard. Love you, all the blog tyrants, and all you “twitter Warriors”!

  75. 122 dotster3
    August 28, 2013 at 3:54 pm

  76. 123 JER
    August 28, 2013 at 3:56 pm

  77. 124 HZ
    August 28, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    We are so blessed to have President Barack Obama in the Oval Office working for All people. This has been a beautiful time in this day just like I felt it to be in my heart and mind.HZ

  78. 126 carolyn
    August 28, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    I just LOVE to hear our President speak. He always speaks to my heart and soul…..I love his verbal pictures which make his message just alive.

  79. 127 dotster3
    August 28, 2013 at 4:01 pm


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