Lots more videos from today at the PBS YouTube channel
All posts from the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington linked at the top of the sidebar on the right – this is the link image:
The President’s speech took my breath away. For once, I’m actually speechless.
Back with more in a while.
Powerful images and words.
A Powerful Sight: Barack Obama, the two-term African-American POTUS honoring Martin Luther King Jr's legacy. #MOW50 http://t.co/Dozr5oOQpA— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) August 28, 2013
TY dear Chips! you are an extraordinary person!
O, and after Layla.
For those who missed it.
POTUS:  "They came by the thousands from every corner of the country. Men and women, young and old; Blacks who longed for freedom"— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) August 28, 2013
Pres. Obama: "They were seamstresses and steelworkers, students and teachers, maids and porters. They shared meals and bunked on the floor"— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) August 28, 2013
Pres. Obama: "They assembled here to petition their government for redress and to awaken America's long slumbering consciousness." #MOW50— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) August 28, 2013
POTUS: "They lived in towns where they couldn't vote and where their vote wouldn't matter. There were couples who couldn't marry." #MOW50— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) August 28, 2013
Pres. Obama: "In the face of hatred, they prayed for their tormentors. In the face of violence, they stood up and sat in." #MOW50— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) August 28, 2013
Pres. Obama quotes Frederick Douglass: "Freedom is not given. It must be won, through struggle and discipline, persistence and faith."— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) August 28, 2013
Pres. Obama: "Because they marched, state legislatures changed, Congress changed and, yes, eventually the White House changed." #MOW50— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) August 28, 2013
Pres. Obama: "We will suffer the occasional setbacks, but we will win these fights." #MOW50 #MLKDream50— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) August 28, 2013
I am so grateful this man is our President. Powerful speech!
This x infinity.
I LOVE our President!
A beautiful day of healing words and music.
Pres. Obama: "The arc of the moral universe may bend toward justice but it doesn't bend on its own." #MLKDream50 #MOW50— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) August 28, 2013
Pres. Obama on the lack of opportunity and income inequality: "This remains our great unfinished business." #MOW50— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) August 28, 2013
Pres. Obama: "What does it profit a man to sit at an integrated lunch counter if he can't afford the meal?" #MOW50 #MLKDream50— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) August 28, 2013
Pres. Obama: "The March on Washington teaches us that we are not trapped by the mistakes of history; that we are masters of our fate" #MOW50— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) August 28, 2013
Pres. Obama: "That’s where courage comes from; when we turn not from each other or on each other, but towards one another." #MOW50— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) August 28, 2013
Pres. Obama: "With that courage, we can stand together for the right to health care in the richest nation on earth." #MOW50— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) August 28, 2013
Pres. Obama: "Change does not come from Washington, change comes to Washington!" #MOW50— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) August 28, 2013
Pres. Obama: "The mother who pours love in her daughter so she can walk through the doors just like anybody's son; she's marching!" #MOW50— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) August 28, 2013
C-Span is replaying his speech so I’m listening again.
Pres. Obama: “We will vindicate the faith of those who sacrificed!" #MOW50 #MLKDream50— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) August 28, 2013
Pres. Obama: "In the face of impossible odds, people who love their country can change it!" #MLKDream50 #MOW50— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) August 28, 2013
Thank you so much, UT, for keeping many people who missed the President’s speech informed. You are really very special! Your reporting puts to shame the reporting of the sensationalists MSM reporters who claim to be journalists.
Chips Chica, I could kiss you! You heard my cry and you brought me the visual of the girls singing. / 1 chups! + 2 air kisses/
All day long I've watched black conservatives tut-tut people celebrating the #MOW50 from the office windows they sit in because of the #MOW.— Chris L. Robinson (@chrisLrob) August 28, 2013
I cannot WAIT to get home to hear my President speak. This was an amazing day. Thank you everyone for your comments and input. It lifted me up. UT, You Rock!
I guess there is no decent Republicans who felt the need to show up today. Speaks volume about what kind of Republican Party they are.
POTUS suppose to have a interview with PBS, anyone remember what time? I want to watch it.
My thought exactly.
I see Smiley and West chose not to come; I guess if you can’t be on stage why bother. The election of this president pulled the hoods off of pretenders and poseurs of all stripes and colors.
Who is Smiley and West?
Nobody really, much to their chagrin; Tavis Smiley and Cornel West.
I believe their first names are Beevis and Butthead. Not necessarily in that particular order
Yes, I read somewhere that they were invited but declined. Amazing that they couldn’t show up to support such an important historical event. Shame!
They are only hurting themselves with their pettiness. In years to come when folk reminiscence with fondness, the only thing these two persons will remember is their smallness. Sad, just sad.
I laugh everyday while they writhe in envy.
Emoprogs and GOP can create hashtags mocking Pres. Obama but he is a two-term POTUS and I will enjoy his presidency with a smile on my face.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) August 28, 2013
How juvenile that mocking activity is…..like kids on a playground.
We all know that President Obama is the adult in the room and these Emoprogs and Tea racists Republicans people are spoil rotten nasty babies, who refuse to grow up.
Indeed, one ‘freedom’ I’m immensely glad I have is the knowledge that their mocking, taunts, ignorance, or whatever, do not taint my joy in this president.
@NerdyWonka:I *am* enjoying PBO's presidency with SMILES, PRIDE and a heart full of LOVE. There's NOTHING emoprogs&GOP can do to change that— Vick C. (@sonamie) August 28, 2013
Yes Indeed, UT! And when the history books are written he would figure prominently while the emoprogs would be lucky to make it in the footnotes.
Chipsticks, you have done a TREMENDOUS job today and I most humbly THANK YOU!
I now have this tread to listen to the girls singing the Nat’l Anthem and see them. Their dad was so proud this morning on the news and I know he’s proud as punch at their performance. They first performed the Anthem for the 4th of July on the news morning show, then they sang it at a Sparks Basketball game. It was after those two excellent performances that they video was sent to the King Foundation and they were chosen to perform today. Their father said that they’ve had the opportunity to meet and shake President and Mrs. Obama’s hand.
Good for them! DO you know their ages? They look like early teens (at the most) to me.
Chris and his wife have two sets of twins! These are the twelve year old’s. The other twins (10 yr old) had to stay here with Chris and attend school.
12! As I said ‘Good for them!’
The idea of twins has always tickled me – the thought of getting 2 for 1 (set of ) pain.
VC, Be sure to watch the KTLA5 morning news in the morning so you can see how proud Chris is of his children and his wife’s efforts as their manager. He anchor’s the 4:30am – 7am news broadcast.
I will try, but I can’t promise as we’ll be leaving here at 5:30am. If I remember in the hustle and bustle , I’ll turn the station on.
I forgot you’re leaving in the morning. I thought it was the evening
Cheer up! You won’t have to listen to me rambling on as I frequently do, AND you are welcome to come ‘up north’ for the winter. For you, I might even be willing to rent some skis – as long as I only need to observe while you ski.
I keep telling you that I only visit warm locales. Does “up north” not have a warm season????
And I cross-country skied when I was in my twenties – a St. Bernard couldn’t get me on a pair of skis now – Hahahaha!
What’s the fun in leaving warmth to go to warmth? Come on now, be adventurous! And yes, I keep on making my case as a way to practise my persuasive skills. Doesn’t our president advise against ‘giving up’?
Thank so much for the coverage of this wonderful day. I missed all the speeches, as usual, so I so appreciate being able to see it here. Chips, you are the best — UT too!
I’m maintaining my No Negative Zone today.
As we all should do!!!!
Finally, finally I got to see the president’s speech and I’m just so blown away by it. He could not have done a finer job and I am so proud of him, my heart swells. If only his words would touch the hard hearts of those in our states and in Congress who want to destroy every good thing this country represents. If only people across the country could take real inspiration from his words and turn to each other and work together. We all did this so well in 2008 and 2012, embracing strangers, working with people from all walks of life, marching together to elect our magnificent president. We have to keep on doing it day after day to keep righting wrongs and protesting injustice. The president will not give up or give in and neither can we. I hope, hope, hope that this speech is shown to school children and used as a teaching tool for bringing positive change to their lives.
Well said, jackie. Excellent comment.
Dear chips and TOD family, from Saturday, this virtual space has been, for me, a window into the past of American history that allowed me to understand fully the magnitude of the significance of the civil rights crusade. Thank you so much Chips for responding in the positive to the prompting to create this medium. What a magnificent job you have done!
May God bless and prosper theobamadiary.
I just heard Rev. Phipps sing – WOW!
C-SPAN repeats are so helpful.
Just another great speech by PBO, another one for the ages really. and I could care less what those nattering nabobs of negativity on cable news have to say. Its too bad the people that really need to see and listen and hear the president’s words will refuse to do so for the most part. and we all know the reason why.
But PBO presses on and so should we all!
Hasan sentenced to death:
I do not believe in the death penalty but now we will be subjected to appeal after appeal…for who knows how many years and you know the press will cover that! I wish he could have been thrown in jail for the rest of his life never to be heard from again.
I’m sick of Hasan. Put him to death or not, I don’t care.
Military court. I don’t think you will see years and years of appeals, although I’m sure there are some.
As per wiki:
In the United States, Courts-martial are conducted under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), 10 U.S.C. §§ 801-946, and the Manual for Courts-Martial. If the trial results in a conviction, the case is reviewed by the convening authority — the person who referred the case for trial by court-martial. The convening authority has discretion to mitigate the findings and sentence.
If the sentence, as approved by the convening authority, includes death, a bad-conduct discharge, a dishonorable discharge, dismissal of an officer, or confinement for one year or more, the case is reviewed by an intermediate court. There are four such courts—the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, and the Coast Guard Court of Criminal Appeals.
After review by any of these intermediate courts, the next level of appeal is the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF).
Okay, you’re right. This will go on and on and on……..
There is a good chance he will try to refuse these appeals, being the martyr that he is. But there should be a deliberative process before the death penalty. Which still makes my blood run cold………..
It won’t go on that long. After CAAF, the next court that could hear the case is the Supreme Court. Probably about a year or two for it to get through to the CAAF.
Other note: Any military death penalty sentence can only be carried out by direct approval of the President. In other words, if the President decides “no, not going to do it,” it doesn’t happen.
Cool! Thank you
He’s also been dishonorably discharged and will be transported to the federal prison at Ft. Leavenworth, KS.
Unfortunate outcome of P5 meeting: Russia & China continue to block meaningful Security Council action on #Syria, impeding UN path forward.— Samantha Power (@AmbassadorPower) August 28, 2013
Russia and China,supports the use of chemical weapons, the two country Edward Snowden ran too, now what does that say about about Snowden?
Well he went to Hong Kong.
Isn’t Hong Kong administered by China?
Kind of, but not under complete control. It’s complicated. But yes, ultimately by going to Hong Kong he was under the jurisdiction of China.
And if Snowdenwald had their way, we would be blind to knowing where and what Syria is doing. because, FREEDOM! Or something.
@Lawrence @Edshow #Snowden's & #Greenwald's favorite places – China & Russia – support the use of chemical weapons twitter.com/AmbassadorPowe…— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) August 28, 2013
@AmbassadorPower So China & Russia support the use of chemical weapons against innocent men, women & children. Not surprised. cc @vj44— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) August 28, 2013
Not surprised that Russia and China blocked action because both have huge human rights problems.
Common decency dictates we do something!
By “we”, I mean the global “we”.
This speech by PBO will take on a life of its own, just as MLK’s speech did. We have lived with that one for 50 years now, and people will live with PBO’s for the next fifty years, at least.
I mentioned on a previous thread how masterfully this program was put together…..it built, piece by piece, speaker by speaker, until our president put everything put it all together as only he can, in beautiful, figurative, clear, and yes surgical language.
Think I should clarify one of my adjectives: “surgical” by that I mean precise, concrete, honing in on a target.
Yes, everything was smooth, in sync, and connected, and on time. All speakers stuck to the time limits and each person was ready to go after the next. Everything was professional as well as inspirational.
I’m heartbroken I couldn’t watch it. And my boss just told me he expects an entire project done by Friday, and I thought all he wanted was a detailed outline and timetable. I am so screwed. I won’t have the luxury of watching today’s event…….
Darn boss 57!!!!! Just think you can recapture this beautiful feeling after your project is due and share it with us!
The whole commemoration is being replayed on C-Span so you can watch it when you get home from work.
thanks for the good wishes. God help me…..
I should work all night……..
The “Bronx Cheer” to your boss, 57! Don’t worry, you’re gonna do a great job!
thanks for the good wishes. God help me…….
What a GREAT day! Just got back home. There were 12 of us in our group. We did the march and then stayed for the remarkable speeches and performances. Two of my friends were interviewed for local news channels so I guess I’ll have to try to catch them. Even with the stickiness and off and on rain it was a FANTASTIC day! I loved every moment of it.
So glad that you had a good experience. It looked wonderful online and on TV, but nothing beats being there.
Claire, thanks for reporting in! I bet it was a FANTASTIC day being out there on the Mall.
Great! I watched it on C-Span and thoroughly enjoyed everything. A really historic day.
I can feel the excitement in your words..
I am logging in for a quick minute. I was able to hear the President’s speech! What a speech. I can’t wait to read it all. I have a long meeting tonight so it will be tomorrow night before I can watch. So thankful to be able to come here and get snippets. It is all so powerful. Thank you Chips and all!!!
Using the Blog Roll on the right, I went to Politicususa. Sarah Jones entitled her article “President Obama gives the Civil Rights Speech of the Decade.” Excellent analysis…….she was exactly right in what she said.
Excellent find. Thanks.
Merrill Lynch settles US race discrimination suit for $160 millionhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23870879.— (@amk4obama) August 28, 2013
Brokerage giant Merrill Lynch has settled a racial discrimination lawsuit for $160m (£103.1m), which could affect as many as 1,200 employees in the US.
It is one of the largest sums ever paid in a discrimination suit.
“We are working toward a very positive resolution of a lawsuit filed in 2005,” said Merrill Lynch spokesperson Bill Halldin.
The suit was first filed by George McReynolds, who worked at the bank for 30 years.
Mr McReynolds was joined by 16 other former and current African-American Merrill Lynch employees as part of the suit, although the settlement payout could apply to thousands more workers at the firm.
In the lawsuit Mr McReynolds, who worked in the Nashville, Tennessee office, alleged that African-American workers at Merrill Lynch offices were encouraged to pursue clerical positions in a segregated workforce and if they did become brokers, were not offered much in terms of support.
At the time the time the suit was filed, only 2% of Merrill Lynch’s employees were African-American, despite an agreement the brokerage had signed with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to increase that percentage to 6.5%.
is a bitch!
8 years – they obviously tried every legal route to avoid admitting any offense.
Is anyone else amused at the irony of MoveOn pleading for money to fight the ‘Repeal Obamacare’ RW campaign? Weren’t they on the 2010 bandwagon that it wasn’t good enough, and also pleading for money on any and every rumor at that time?
In their defense…oh I have nothing!! lol
Oh my….I have a lump in my throat and very leaky eyes; we are so fortunate to have such a giant of mankind, in our time; God bless PBO and his family.
Pres Obama w Mrs Obama waves to crowd from steps of Lincoln Memorial following speech http://t.co/mVOuloi0FT— (@petesouza) August 28, 2013
Remember during the last inauguration, when the President turned around to look at the crowd one more time, as he stated he will not see that again. Well he saw it again today! They love him!!!!!!!
Exactly my thoughts !
That’s a beautiful photo.
Yes, I was reminded of that day too. People love him…….that is easy to see.
PBS live now:
Pres Obama delivers his remarks at the Lincoln Memorial http://t.co/IEHYliSh6l— (@petesouza) August 28, 2013
I love how Pete Souza made this a black and white — looks like it stepped right out of 1963
Missed the speech but I knew I could count on TOD to provide video.
Chips, thank you so so much for the fabulous threads today. I was just watching a repeat on C-SPAN until they went to those callers. But I did get to see Forrest Whitaker. Lawd, hope I’m not spelling his name wrong because I want a full-on mind-affair with him. Please note the “mind” part in that equation. LOL! Yep, that’s my weakness — the mind!
Although I just can’t stomach Chris Hayes, I will watch his show tonight at 8pm ET. Only because they’re going to air Dr. King’s speech in its entirety. How the heck did that happen? Hayes? Uggh! Switched off Bashir show when he started talking about Dr. King “smirking” when a line in his speech resonated w/ the crowd. Dr. King “smirking” — really, Hayes, get off my lawn.
A pleasure Gazelle, thank you!!!!!
This day was indescribable! Because of my disability, I was in allowed to sit in a great section. Beause of this, I was able to scoot around and take pictures of some great folk: Oprah, John Lewis, ElijahCUmmings, Jaime FOxx, Al Sharpton, Bill Russell…..I couldn’t believe it, all these folk passed right near us, and they were gracious to a fault.
Everything was timed well; the event stayed on schedule. The performances and speeches were all good.
I got to talk with and photograph the three young girls who sang The Star Spangled Banner.
I thought all the presidents’ speeches were great, but President Obama’s was simply elegant.
WHat a blessed day.
Also, saw Joy Reid, Eugene Robinson, Chris Matthews, and Jesse Jackson.
Oh my! Big time envy here seeing and being near all those people…..what a treasure for you. That is just wonderful.
Love your choice of word “elegant” to describe the President’s speech. That is absolutely the perfect descriptor.
Dear Chips, let me join every one who has thanked you for the magnificent work you’ve done in covering the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March On Washington. You and your fellow “blog tyrants, UT and LP,” have done an incredible, and truly historic, job. For a person like me, who was just 17 years old during the March, this brought back so many memories. I wanted to say much more, but I thought that a simple THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart, would be the best way to honor you, UT and LP, for what you guys have done. I also join everyone who is so proud of our Great President. His Speech today reinforced my love and respect for him. It also brought me what our great sailor, Yardarm, calls “waterworks.” You see, I never imagined that I would live longer enough to witness a day like this one. Listening to President Obama’s speech today, I know that in the place they are, Dr. King, Medgar Evers, A. Philip Randolph, and every courageous person who sacrificed so much for so long, must have a smile on their faces.
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