There are so very many important events we’ve witnessed with President Obama in 2013. The following choices are only some of the many highlights for me, moments large and small.
1 Inauguration 2013
We went through many emotions throughout the 2012 campaign. There was the agony, the relief, the joy: A SECOND TERM. Then there was the rhetorical power of his inauguration speech – “Faith in America’s Future” – where he spoke optimistically about transformation: gender equality, gay marriage, the economy and the environment. He reached back and reminded us of our troubled history and showed us where we might go as a grateful nation. Powerful and direct, it was full of his characteristic sense of hope and opportunity. Once again President Obama shows us the depth of his faith – his faith in us and in our nation, a faith that carries him through day in and day out.
“We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths—that all of us are created equal—is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall.”
“Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia, to the quiet lanes of Newtown know that they are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm.”
“The commitments we make to each other—through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security—these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.”
2 Rosa Parks: The Touch
Through the great moral and universal arc of justice, PBO & Rosa Parks connect at the unveiling of her statue in the Capitol Rotunda. Another iconic full circle moment for the civil rights movement.
3 PBO in Jerusalem
Despite the incessant undermining tactics and lack of cooperation from Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Obama deeply recognizes the urgency of keeping Israel from drifting toward isolation and endless strife. His trip to Israel was full of good will and strategic thinking, fully matched by actions and deeds.
4 Jason Collins
President Obama took a moment to honor Jason Collins by calling him and saying he “couldn’t be prouder of him” for coming out as gay man while playing in a major sports league. This moment once again signaled his commitment to equality under the law. Out of many, we are one.
5 Statement on Trayvon Martin
Once again, PBO stands up and speaks out for justice and fairness in a way that cuts to the heart of the matter: the pain and suffering that the African American community continually feels through the lens of history and experience. Heartbreaking and sobering, he speaks directly to the American people to express his mind, heart and soul.
6 Trip to Africa
Robben Island. There really are no words to describe the raw emotional power at the moment of grappling with this period of cruel history in Nelson Mandela’s life. The photos show us how much it meant to President Obama to connect this piece of the puzzle of one of his most important mentors.
7 Republican shutdown
Topped out on obstructionist RWNJ extortion tactics that have been pervasive throughout his Presidency, PBO calls out the GOP for shutting down the government and harming the American people, jeopardizing national security and stalling the economy.
“Probably nothing has done more damage to America’s credibility in the world, our standing with other countries, than the spectacle we’ve seen over the last several weeks.”
8 Sandy Hook
Who can forget the raw emotion of the President’s response to the slaughter of innocent children and school administrators at Sandy Hook Elementary? Our President profoundly and eloquently epitomizes with conscience and grace the pain that shocked and seared our nation. No artifice or pretense, just straight from the heart.
9 PBO visits Fast for Families immigration activists on the mall
The President and First Lady of the United States stepped outside the White House to extend their hand of support to families who are fasting for immigration reform. This is another concrete action that illustrates President Obama’s commitment to justice, equality and a movement that will have significant impact on our nation for decades to come.
10 Speech at Madiba’s funeral
It’s hard to convey the love and the spirit in PBO’s voice as he addressed South African mourners and the international community at Madiba’s funeral. This was a speech for all time from a man of the world.
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