On This Day: President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden link arms and sing “We Shall Overcome” during the dedication ceremony for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. Joining them, from left, are: Harry Johnson, Sr.; Interior Secretary Ken Salazar; and Herman “Skip” Mason (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama has canceled trips to Rhode Island and New York in order to continue monitoring the government’s response to the Ebola outbreak. He now has no scheduled public events today.
President Obama meets with, from left, U.S. Trade Representatvie Ron Kirk, former President George H. W. Bush, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, prior to the Points of Light forum at Texas A&M University, in College Station, Texas, Oct. 16, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama greets Marine Corps cadets, and Reveille, the Aggie mascot, in the Marine Corps Mess Hall at Texas A&M University, in College Station, Texas, Oct. 16, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama says goodbye to former President George H. W. Bush and former Secretary of State James A. Baker, prior to departure from Easterwood Field landing zone, in College Station, Texas, Oct. 16, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)
Pete Souza: “Neighbors in West Newton, Mass., react as the President headed their way after speaking at an event next door.” Oct. 16, 2010
President Obama hugs his wife Michelle at the conclusion of his debate against Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the second U.S. presidential debate in Hempstead, New York October 16, 2012
President Obama tosses a football with Press Secretary Jay Carney in the Outer Oval Office, following the Senate vote on the federal government shutdown and debt ceiling, Oct. 16, 2013. Trip Director Marvin Nicholson and Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer watch (Photo by Pete Souza)
Even at a ripe 45, I have some of the sense of invulnerability that I had at 25. There is no good reason for me to be so confident; I have the physicals and admonitions from my doctor to prove so. But, I guess it’s better than being like some people, who treat every errant mole as a sign of the Grim Reaper’s impending visit.
However, everything ends. The one surety in life is that your time on Earth is short an precious. Would we appreciate life if we somehow discovered the fountain of youth? I don’t know. But the short lives we have now make every moment unique, of a singular nature, whether in joy or sorrow.
As life is short, something which always informs my decisions is the question: Am I making the world a better place. I’m not talking about great, macro-historical acts. I’m talking about the little things, the everyday kindnesses, the quotidian miracles which will not make it to the history books, but which may change a person’s life in innumerable ways for the better.
It’s a question by which I try to live. But it’s also a question which too few of our fellow citizens ask.
President Obama applauds a student who had just sung a song to him at Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School in New Orleans, La., Oct. 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama has a discussion with students during a visit to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in New Orleans, La., Oct. 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)
Students gather to see President Obama during his visit to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in New Orleans, La., Oct. 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)
Students hold out their hands to greet President Obama during his visit to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in New Orleans, La., Oct. 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama holds House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s granddaughter, following the Democratic National Committee dinner at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, Calif., Oct. 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)
The First Lady casts her absentee ballot, October 15, 2012
President Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, conducts a conference call with Rob Nabors, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to discuss the federal government shutdown and debt ceiling, in the Oval Office, Oct. 15, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)
On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wait to welcome South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and Lee’s wife Kim Yoon-ok on the North Portico of the White House, October 13, 2011
The President has no public events scheduled
The Week Ahead
Tuesday: The President will attend a DCCC event in the Washington, D.C., area.
Wednesday: The President will travel to Union, New Jersey, to attend a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee event.
In the evening, he will travel to Bridgeport, Connecticut, for a campaign rally with Connecticut Democrats, featuring Governor Dan Malloy.
Thursday: The President will travel to Rhode Island to deliver remarks on the economy.
Afterward, he will travel to Long Island, New York, to attend a DNC event.
Friday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.
On This Day
Singer Thalía dances with President Barack Obama during the “In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina” concert, celebrating Hispanic musical heritage, on the South Lawn of the White House, Oct. 13, 2009 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)
Pete Souza: “After a day filled with meetings, the President headed to the White House Basketball Court to shoot a few baskets with his personal aide Reggie Love. Before heading back to the Oval, he flipped the ball towards the rim just where the afternoon light was falling.” Oct. 13, 2010
First Lady Michelle Obama and South Korean first lady Kim Yoon-ok attend an arrival ceremony for South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on the South Lawn of the White House, October 13, 2011
President Obama and President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea participate in the State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Oct. 13, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)